#TDKtuesdays City Hosts

The first Tuesday of the month, these guys host #TDKtuesdays around the globe. Join the local Facebook page, go meet them in person or contact them if you want to get involved. They are all heavily involved in the design industry, amazingly friendly and just good humans!

AdelaideErin Rispen

Heyo! I’m Erin, a Communication Design student studying at UniSA. I originally studied art, then architecture, so I’ve always known I wanted to create - just not what exactly. I secretly want to be Iris Apfel, and have a love for anything considered ugly, especially if the words “tragic”, “70’s”, or “velvet” are  mentioned.  I enjoy anything I ‘hands on’ as well as creating designs for print, and place making. If you catch me around the place  you’ll most likely find me fawning over an animal, singing at an inappropriate time or drawing on something I shouldn’t.
I’m a big fan of collaboration, and as Adelaide’s TDK host I’m keen to get involved with some great local events and workshops. Can’t wait to meet you all at the next #TDKtuesdays meet up! 

Instagram: @ricepan

AtlantaMary Sellers

Mary here! I’m currently hustlin’ at PRISK, the design and branding studio I founded in 2015. I work as art director, designer, illustrator, janitor, comedian…whatever is needed to build the agency and support our team. My focus is primarily in print, branding, and packaging, which is why I maintain an unreasonably large collection of beautifully packaged and utterly worthless crap. When I’m not in the trenches with our fabulous clients you can find me shredding the trails on my mountain bike, eating burritos, and telling seriously cheesy jokes.

I have had a life-long love affair with the design world and I’m super pumped to help build and expand Atlanta’s creative community. No matter what your particular style or medium, you have a place here. I will keep you posted about kick-ass local events, so keep an eye on the TDK event calendar. Let’s spread the design love, make some new friends, and have a boat load of fun along the way! 

Instagram: @maryclaudette

Auckland, Kayleigh Bartlett

Hey! I’m Kayleigh and I’m a graphic design student from Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design. I have a particular interest in visual thinking and the visual avant-garde. I use design as a way to express myself, my influences come from simplicity and functionality. When I’m not stressing out about assignments I’m usually planning my next holiday or exploring the coasts of Auckland, I’m really passionate about other cultures and exploring the world. I love design for its massive impact on our everyday lives, it creates a strong conversation about the issues going on in our world which I love to be a part of. I’m excited to be hosting #TDKTuesdays, I can’t wait to meet all of the rad designers we have in Auckland!

Instagram: @kayleighbb

Brisbane, Chloe Soan

I’m Chloe, I’m obsessed with letterpress, pillows and watercolours. I'm the Studio Manager at TDK 😉 and a sessional tutor at QUT. Now and then I do some freelance work, I love identity and branding design - my favourite part is all the research (such a nerd). Otherwise you'll find me reading, repurposing old books, swimming and consuming watermelon in all its forms. 

I LOVE LOVE LOVE #TDKtuesdays, it's such a great way to get involved in the design scene and know what everyone is up to. I've met some of my favourite people through TDK, so come down and meet some rad people, have a drink and chat design. 

Instagram: @thisisnotanorange

Canberra,  Ian Dudley

Hi, I’m a web design student at the University of Canberra. I love being involved in #TDKtuesdays, as it’s a great way to catch up with other students and design professionals in a welcoming environment. Spending time with these like minded individuals is inspiring, not to mention the opportunity to make new friends and industry connections.

#TDKtuesdays Canberra is going to be great this year. Along with social drinks, we’re planning some fun activities which will help introduce you to others from the design community. Not just a great night out, but an avenue to progress professionally!

Instagram: @ian.dudley

Chicago, Regan Carey

Hi there, I’m Regan! Since graduating from DePaul University’s design program in 2015, I’ve been committed to finding ways to use design to help others. I’m on the design team at Event360, an event management company that creates amazing events for non-profits, and I’m also the co-event chair for AIGA Chicago’s Design for Good initiative. In my spare time, I dabble in knitting, pottery, bookbinding, cooking, and exploring this city in a garden. The freshest spot to talk design, discover ideas, and make friends is at our next #TDKtuesdays event—and you’re not going to want to miss it!

Instagram: @regancarey

Christchurch, Kate Darby

Kia Ora, I'm Kate! I'm a recent grad from Massey University in Wellington, but I'm back in my hometown of Christchurch these days, and keen to get more of a design community going down here. I'm the founder of a startup called Dovetail X which I'm building to enable designers find other creatives to collaborate with. I also do a lot of freelance branding, web, and graphic design work for a range of big and small clients. 

When I'm not furiously googling why my code broke or sketching logos, I can be found adventuring around Canterbury, trying to discover Christchurch's next best brunch spot, or watching a TED talk.

I'm excited to bring the design community of Christchurch together for #TDKtuesdays to hangout, collaborate, bounce ideas round, and uncover all the cool opportunities Christchurch has to offer for young designers. Looking forward to seeing you all first Tuesday of each month!

Instagram @katedarby_

Denver, Nichelle Tesone

Hi Denver! I'm Nichelle and I am a multi-disciplined designer who just recently graduated (woohoo!) from the design program at the University of Colorado Denver. I interned at an advertising agency this summer and since I have been freelancing for agencies in the Denver/Boulder area and with my own clients. I love all things art and design, but I have a passion for branding, typography, and photography. #TDKtuesdays in Denver is gearing up for 2017, so stay posted and join us for some good times and new friends!

Instagram @nichelletesone

Dublin, Zita Kirk

Hello hello, I’m Zie from Dublin and I recently finished my course in Visual Communications. After all these years I should know what I want to specialise in, right? Nope! All I know is that I’m excited to work, contribute and explore within the design community. I’m currently developing a project called All Work Now Play that aims to cultivate a stronger student designer community. When I’m not at my computer doing creative work, I’m probably swooning over cute puppers, or binging on other visual material *cough* Netflix. Join me at TDK Tuesdays to chat about all things design, your woes, goals and everything in between. I look forward to meeting you all.

Instagram @ziekirk

Dunedin, Craig Scott

I’m Craig, and I am Head of Design at Otago Museum in Dunedin. I studied Communication Design at Otago Polytechnic, graduating in 2009. Dunedin has tonnes of up and coming and established talent, so it was a no brainer to put my hand up to make #TDKtuesdays happen here. It’s really exciting to have a forum to exchange plans, triumphs and failures between students, grads and industry. I look forward to seeing the magic that monthly meet-ups can make happen!

Instagram @cra1gsc0tt

Gold Coast, Dave Lydiard

Yo! My name is Dave and I am the Studio Manager / Designer at Oven Creative in Surfers Paradise. I’m all about expressing personality and character as simply as possible, whether it be through design, copy, composition or a combination of the three.

#TDKTuesdays are back in 2017 and we’re ready to bring the fire AND drop some bombs! We’re talking industry speakers, excursions, beer, food, events and most important of all – networking, where you’ll potentially meet your future employer/ business partner/ best friend/ lover!

#TDKTuesdays on the GC provide an environment for students, new grads and those working in the industry to talk shop, share ideas, collaborate and build a stronger design community for the region. Be there or be square!


Kansas City, Marisol Ortega

Hey! I’m Marisol. Currently working as a senior designer for Hallmark. I’m also a contributor at Lost Type Co-Op and freelance pretty frequently. I have a particular interest in painting, florals, patterns and letterforms. I love analog and it will forever be my muse.

When I’m not illustrating, lettering or designing I’m tinkering with knitting projects, collecting plants, reference books and spending waaaay too much money on flowers. I’m fairly new to the Kansas City area and super excited to be hosting #TDKTuesdays and getting to know everyone! Come down and say Hi!


Los Angeles, Marla Burke

Hi! I’m Marla. I’m a freelance industrial designer and a recent graduate from Otis College of Art and Design. In my spare time, I’m slowly restoring a 1966 travel trailer in my backyard (which you can see the process of <here>). I love hands-on projects and don’t get to do nearly enough of it in my freelance work!
I’ve lived in LA my whole life and feel very connected to this city. I love the idea of bringing designers together through TDK. I think that good design can’t happen in a vacuum and it’s so important to make an effort to get out of our little bubbles and meet new people! I also lead a group called Field Trip where we do monthly tours of designer’s studios and workspaces. I’m looking forward to meeting my fellow Angelinos at TDK!


Melbourne, Shelby De Fazio

Hey there I’m Shelby! Since graduating from Communication Design at RMIT in 2015, with a couple of internships under my belt, I travelled to New York to intern and simultaneously fall in love with the city. The following months were spent in the glorious European sunshine and upon returning to Melbourne late last year, I worked full time in a corporate studio. Now biting the bullet and working as a freelancer, I’m super excited to get on board the fabulous TDK team, meet some awesome like minded people, throw around ideas and collectively explore the amazing design community we have here in Melbourne.

Instagram: @shelbydoesntlikecheese

Milwaukee, Ashley Sternberg

Hello Milwaukee! I’m Ashley, a December 2016 graduate of the design and visual communication program at UW-Milwaukee and a current design intern at Summerfest for their 50th edition celebration. Outside of work, you can find me attending various events in the design community around Milwaukee, volunteering with the wonderful mentors and students of Islands of Brilliance, or developing my app with the Student Startup Challenge at UWM. Since moving to Milwaukee in 2011, I’ve fallen in love with the city's creative energy and I truly believe that Milwaukee is on the cusp of becoming one of the most vibrant cultural hubs of the Midwest. I’m excited to play a role in continuing to grow and connect Milwaukee’s design community through TDK!

Instagram: @ashu.desu

Newcastle, Gray Clack

Freelance graphic designer. Full-time comic geek. If I had a superpower it would be the ability to draw a perfect circle every single time. I graduated from Hunter TAFE’s graphic design program in 2015, and spent 2016 completing further studies and honing my design skills at Newcastle’s Pumphouse School of Design. For 2017 I’ve moved my freelance business into The Roost, an open-plan studio/community of independent creative people sharing space and ideas in the heart of our city. 

I love that we have a group like TDK where up-and-coming creatives can get together with seasoned pros to share knowledge and ideas over a beer or two. #TDKTuesdays Newcastle has a great track record of cool events, workshops and guest speakers, and 2017 is shaping up to carry on that tradition!

Instagram: @seechangecreative

New York, Esteban Arturo

Hey there! I'm Esteban, a recent grad from the University of Florida and current designer at STORY—a concept retail space that reimagines itself every 4-to-8 weeks. #TDKtuesdays is gonna be FUEGO. We are working to put you in front of exciting professionals, yummy snacks, fun drinks, and new friends.

Instagram: @estebos

Perth, Hailey Sims

Hi I’m Hailey, I run my own design studio, Hailey Sims Designs which has its owns clients and I also do freelance work for a number of studios and agencies around Perth. I graduated from Tafe with my Advanced Diploma in 2012 and then Curtin in 2013. In those years The Design Kids was a great source for information about industry and more importantly connecting and promoting up-and-coming designers to industry. So come on down & get involved!

Instagram: @haileybsims

Portland, Dora Litterell

Hello from Portland Oregon! I'm Dora and I just recently graduated from Portland State University's design program! As an individual who's endlessly positive and enthusiastic I can't help but create work that's fun, happy, and spontaneous. I spend most of my time having a blast collaborating with the lovely people of Portland and unintentionally sporting my Texan accent. I'm so excited to be apart of The Design Kids! I love bringing people together through design!

Instagram: @computa.dora

San Diego, Summer Williams

Hi! I'm Summer! I'm a graphic design student at San Diego State University. I hope to do front end web development when I graduate. Right now I work from home for a social media agency as a graphic designer. I get inspired by everything I encounter and I'm constantly looking for problems to solve in a creative, new way. I really enjoy being involved in the creative community so I'm super excited to be a TDK city host! I'm always on the hunt for cool events in our community to go to (I put them in our TDK event calendar, so keep an eye on that!). Looking forward to meeting you at our next event!
PS... If you haven't read Elizabeth Gilbert's book Big Magic, you need to. It is a fantastic read for anyone who wants to live creatively.

Instagram: @summerwilliamsdesign

San Francisco, Nikky Keavy

Hi, I’m Nikola, an art director and Aussie expat living in San Francisco. I have a background in branding and print, and a love-affair with all things type. I spend my days working with the smart people at Campaign Monitor. And at nights I'm eating my way through San Francisco and nerding-out on typography at design events.

Instagram: @nixykeavy

Seattle, Maggie Fowler

Hello! I’m Maggie, living in Seattle and studying visual communication design at UW. I have a heavy appreciation for minimalism paired with a passion for play with print, typography, scale and bold color. My favorite is school bus yellow, but I’m on board with millennial pink.

I’m excited to kick off #TDKtuesdays here, I love getting together with local creatives to trade talents and explore artistic outlets that let us unplug from our screens. Don’t miss out the first Tuesday of each month on a chance to pause and connect with Seattle’s design scene! Come boogie.

Instagram: @magsfowler 

Sydney, Denise Chippindale

Hey I’m Denise but you can call me Chip! I’m currently working as Partnerships Producer at General Assembly and most probably will find me wandering around Surry Hills with a camera in hand. I love TDK because I get to meet and hang out with some of the most talented creatives around. Come share in free popcorn and a cider (or two or three) and lets chat!

Instagram: @dedechip

Tasmania, Isobel Clark

Hi All! I’m Isobel, coming to you from the beautiful island state, Tasmania. I am a recent graduate of Foundry, having studied a diploma in Graphic Design in Launceston. I am now working as the sole graphic designer of an award winning local marketing firm, Kingthing Marketing. Where I am hoping to expand my skill set and learn more about the industry. When I’m not freelancing in my spare time, you can catch me exploring my island home, whether it be climbing a mountain, swimming in the ocean, or having a cheeky wine with friends and family. Design is everywhere, and I am always excited to be part of this ever evolving industry. I love to surround myself with creative people and am always eager to meet and hear from other like minded people. I hope to catch some of Tassie’s amazing talent, at the next TDKTuesday meet up in Launceston, to talk all things creative.

Instagram: @isobelclarkdesign

Toronto, Hyejeong Yun

HELLO! I’m Hyejeong, and I am from South Korea. I studied Industrial Design in Korea, and I am currently studying graphic design at OCADU in Toronto. My inspiration comes from coffee and the stillness of the night. I am really interested in using paper craft for my design as a tool of communicating with people in a analogue way. Also, I love design as not only a means of communicating with people and the world, but also as a method of truly interacting with them in a loving spirit. I am super-duper excited to meet people!

Instagram: @chubi

Wellington, TK Price

Kia ora from Wellington! After graduating from Shillington in Melbourne back in 2013. I currently work as the In-house designer for Huia, a publishing house as well as a stack of freelance work to keep me on my toes. A #TDKtuesdays regular, I’m chuffed to be looking after the Wellington chapter and hope to have a few brews and yarns with the up and coming creative community. Keep an eye out for our next round of mischief the top Tuesday of each month!
Instagram:  @fush_n_chumps

Vancouver, Lauren Bortoli 

Hello! My name is Lauren, and the owl is Sweet Potato. I'm a Graphic Designer & Illustrator with a flair for travel, currently living away from my native hometown of Melbourne, Australia, to breathe the mountain fresh air of Vancouver. Before leaving I was working as a freelance beer label designer, full time in Pre-press and completing internships from some of Melbourne's premiere design agencies. Right now I'm happily spending my time freelancing and creating rad illustrations, whilst also finding my design feet in this new city. 
Vancouver has a tonne of design potential, and I'm keen to meet and greet others also partaking in this journey. So, grab your toque and check out #TDKTuesdays for a beer, a chat and some design-y good times