Ann Willoughby: Designing a Life and a Career

A leading American voice in design is coming to Omaha. Ann Willoughby has taught, written, and lectured about the importance of women as design leaders in both business and as a social force. Have you heard of the Willoughby Design Barn? It’s awesome. Looking forward to seeing lots of people out for Design Alliance Omaha’s spring lecture. Special thanks to Ervin & Smith for the stellar event poster.

Ann Willoughby
Thursday, May 9, 2019 @ 7 pm
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha

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And we’re back! The first Design Alliance Omaha event of 2019 is a partnership with Film Streams. We’re showing a new documentary by Gary Hustwit about Dieter Rams, one of the most influential designers alive. The film is a rumination on consumerism, sustainability, and the future of design. 

Rams is also revered for his “Ten Principles for Good Design,” a list of edicts that champion simplicity, honesty, and restraint. The first fifty RAMS attendees who pre-purchase tickets online will receive a poster illustrating those principles. View the poster here.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 @ 7 pm
Film Streams Ruth Sokolof Theater

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daOMA at 10

In 10 years Design Alliance Omaha (daOMA) has brought some of the world’s best architects and designers to the city. Last night it was Michael Bierut. Before that Enrique Norten, Austin Howe, Jeanne Gang, Michael Rock, Yves Behar, Fritz Haeg, Paola Antonelli, Majora Carter, Craig Dykers, Walter Hood, Hani Rashid, Karim Rashid, Linda Loudermilk, Thom Mayne, and Bruce Mau. Inspiring, motivating, challenging, illuminating, and on and on. Here's to the next 10.

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Michael Bierut: How To

Design Alliance Omaha welcomes Michael Bierut of Pentagram to commemorate 10 years of creative dialogue. Big time design leader coming to our fine city. Very much looking forward to hearing his stories first hand. I loved his How To book. Hopefully he’ll talk about his HRC experience. Either way, I think we could all use some simplicity, wit, and good typography.

Michael Bierut
Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ 7 pm
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha

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Omaha Design District

Design Alliance Omaha First Friday Discussion. Join us Friday, March 3rd to review an investigation of precedent and context into the idea of a design district in Omaha, NE. Talk with members of the community and leave us your thoughts on these questions:

  1. Does Omaha need a design district?
  2. If so, what does a design district need?

Omaha by Design Gallery
618 South 11th Street
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Beer and wine served with light hors d’oeuvres.

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MEX > OMA: Enrique Norten

Design Alliance Omaha is back with one of our signature lectures. This year we welcome Enrique Norten, Mexican architect and principal of the design firm TEN ArquitectosProjects as places where senses and meanings are accumulated: planning and scale, the architecture and its objects, the city and its complexity.

I do love a good, thought-provoking lecture from an esteemed architect. One constant is the multiplicity and action in public space, as the bridge, between people and their environment. Quite an impressive set of projects. Taking place the day after Election 2016. I’m expecting the mood to be celebratory.

Special sidenote. It’s the 10th anniversary of Design Alliance Omaha. To everyone who has ever attended a lecture, Pecha Kucha OMA, or generally advocated for design in the middle of everywhere, we’d like to extend our gratitude. We couldn’t have come this far without you.

Enrique Norten
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha

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