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What is #TDKtuesdays?

Sick of the same classmates and being in a design bubble? Want to meet creative directors but no idea where? Fancy some new design friends or want to add some cooler design stuff to your social life? We hold monthly meetups called #TDKtuesdays around the world the first Tuesday of the month.

We’ve decided here at The Design Kids HQ that there is waaaay too much emailing and not enough socialising. So roll on #TDKtuesdays, where every first Tuesday of the month our fabulous city hosts organise a space to hang out, have a beer and encourage anyone interested to come along! Some of the highlights from previous years include multiple job opportunities, book swaps, team camping holidays, internships, collaborations, new friendships and group shows. It's a great place for design students, graduates and professionals to meet other design students, graduates and professionals, talk some shit, swap notes, get involved and just generally build a bigger and better design community in their cities. If you are shy and “networking” (dirty word) is hard, this is a easy place to start. Grab a friend and come say hi!

Sign up to your city, subscribe to the newsletter, join the Facebook group and get down to the next #TDKtuesdays near you!

Find your city host!

Connect to your local Design community through #TDKtuesdays

Adelaide | Marchelle Matthew

Hey! I’m Marchelle and I’m obsessed with all things design. In 2019 I’m taking a break from Uni teaching and full-time agency work to freelance and get more involved in the Adelaide design community. I understand the sometimes overwhelming pressure of studying and I would love TDK Adelaide to help bridge the gap between study and working -something I wish I'd had when I was studying. Everybody has an experience to share and sharing is the only way we can strengthen the design community. If you’re looking to break out of the study bubble, or if you’re an industry veteran looking for like-minded people to catch up with, #TDKtuesdays ADL is for you! Head over to our Facebook group and get involved. See you soon!

Instagram: @marchelle__

Amsterdam | Isabelle Oud

Hii! I'm Isabelle and I'm a freelance illustrator from Amsterdam. My mission is to make the world a little more beautiful with design and illustration.

Instagram: @isabelleoud

Amsterdam | Ria Bhatnagar

I am a self-taught graphic designer and illustrator, originally from India currently in Amsterdam! Also, co-founded a dance start-up in Delhi, India. My interests are varied and my passion towards them is what drives me everyday. Freelancing my way through this new city right now. Glad to be a part of the TDK family! :D

Instagram: @breathein.breatheoutt

Auckland | Janelle Baptist

Hey, I'm Janelle! :) A Graphic Design and Photography grad and a bit of a nomad, I'm currently tutoring Web and Graphic Design while holding down the AKL fort. I love helping others figure out where they want to go and I focus on putting on events to help them get there,so come on down to #TDKtuesdays to have a chat!

Instagram: @escapedfragments

Barcelona | Vanessa Gordalina

Hey there! I'm a Portuguese graphic designer, currently working and living in Barcelona. I’ve been working in this area for 5 years, in Portugal (freelance as well). I really love to meet new people, to do some handcrafts, illustration, drink some wine, searching for new trends, share design ideas and I’m obsessed with colours.

I'm joining TypeThursdays here in Barcelona and helping with the social media and events at BAU.

I’m very glad to be a part of the TDK family!

Instagram: @vangorda.design

Berlin | Lou Hillereau

Hey there, here is Lou! I am a freelance visual designer characterized by an analytic mind and a curious approach. I especially love to overlap disciplines and to create unique atmosphere through design and collaborations. Originally from France, I am working with clients and studios in Berlin since a few years, so I am super stoked to pursue my exploration of Berlin design’s scene and community through TDK and to share it with you all. I can wait to see what we can make of #TDKtuesdays so come meet us and see by yourself at our next event.

Instagram: @louhllr

Berlin | Jessie Sanbrook

Hey there! I’m Jessie a super curious human, obsessed with design and all things bright and colourful. Originally hailing from Melbourne, I’ve been on a tour of the globe living in France, Spain and finally settling in Berlin as a Freelance Graphic Designer / Illustrator. I can be found drinking coffee and curating events around Berlin. Nerding out on type design, illustration and gradients is possibly one of my favourite things to do. I’m super passionate about TDK and the magic that can come from this network - so come to one of our events, say hi and let’s chat!

Instagram: @jessie_sanbrook

Bogotá | Lully Duque

Hey there! I'm Lully! a Colombian graphic designer with a background in branding and print. My biggest love -after dogs- is experimental typography. That led me to co-found the art collective Type of Tape (It is an urban art project that combines typographic enthusiasm and tape art to create unique installations). I'm a big fan of colorful spaces, pizza, cosmos and TDK! Happy to be part of this and looking forward to meet you all!

Instagram: @lullein

Brisbane | Scott Milton

I'm Scott. I'm a digital product designer at Josephmark. Last year I moved from Wales in the UK to Brisbane. I went to one #TDKtuesdays event and it introduced me to everyone I know today. Come say hi at the next event, meet the community, feel inspired and leave with a whole new bunch of friends.

Instagram: @madebymilton_

Brussels | Jacob McPherson

Jacob McPherson is the founder of digital communications, editorial content production, and SEO agency, Cement Media Inc @cementmag. Based in Brussels, he works to support the creative vision of individuals and brands throughout Europe, and beyond. In addition to leading the TDK, he is part of media-hub, KANO Brussels @kano.brussels, managed and operated by European journalism platform Are We Europe @areweeurope.

Instagram: @cementmag

Canberra | Josephine Julian

Hey everyone :) My name is Josephine and I am one of the hosts for TDK in Canberra, Australia. I am a graphic and web designer who loves sketching(badly) and technology. I am studying part-time while working as a trainee designer in a government department and I am so excited to be apart of The Design Kids. I have a love for design and technology so I love the opportunity to share that with others.

Instagram: @punkrockandpandas

Cape Town | Nina Solms

Hi guys! I'm a graphic designer living in Woodstock, Cape Town. Currently working independently, I love designing anything that I can print on paper, especially if I can fold it afterwards! Some of my favourite things include running, binging on Spotify, drinking wine and making dinner for friends & family. Super excited to spread the TDK love in CPT. Let's meet up for some design gees!

Instagram: @nina_solms

Chicago | Eva Castillo

Hey there, I'm Eva, your new City Host! I'm a brand narrator and graphic designer based in Chicago. After graduating from ChiArts, I dove right into freelancing and found myself working for many creative people and agencies around the city. My creative passions take on many forms, including logo and editorial design, photography, film, and music. As a Black and Mexican kid growing up in Logan Square, I've grown to be more involved with community preservation through design.

Instagram: @boxchevee

Copenhagen | Wiktorija Marszalek

Hej there! I’m Vika / Wiktorija a super curious human, obsessed with design. Outside of the design world, you can normally catch me drinking coffee, at a yoga studio, or at a gig. But nerding on graphic design, illustration is possibly still one of my favorite things to do. I am super excited to run TDK community in Copenhagen and I am looking forward to meeting you and bringing all together!

Instagram: @w.withpassion

Denver | Meg Mothershed

Hi, I’m Meg! I’m a co-owner of a graphic design and branding studio that I run with my husband. I have previously worked as an in-house designer at a nonprofit, a freelance designer, and even as a printer’s devil for a letterpress studio. When I’m not busy in the studio, you can find me taking a yoga break or trying out new recipes!

Instagram: @mothershed_design

Dublin | Zie Kirk

Hello I'm Zie 👋
Discovering TDK has been life-changing. It's the best way of meeting amazing people in our wonderful creative community including my awesome partner in crime and co-host [Jessie](@jessiedeboe)! When I’m not at my computer doing creative work I’m probably swooning over cute puppers 🐶🐶... binging on other visual material *cough* Netflix or dancing on a night out. Join us at #TDKtuesdays to chat about all things design, goals (woes) and everything in between! We look forward to meeting you — sharing a cuppa/ pint or two 🍻😜

Instagram: @ziekirk, @jessiedeboe

Dunedin | Craig Scott

Kia ora! I'm Craig and I have been a host for three years in Dunedin, NZ (one of the best small cities). I graduated with a Bachelor of Design (Communication) a while ago... and now run the Exhibition and Design department at Otago Museum. On the side I run my own project Self Destruct Studio and try and get involved with all the awesome creative things this place has to offer. Look forward to seeing you at our #TDKtuesdays events!

Instagram: @selfdestructstudio

Glasgow | Phoebe Willison

yooo GLASGOW! We're Phoebe, Mook and Sophie. We're all graphic designers who have moved here in the last couple of years (or moved back here - in Phoebe's case). We love Glasgow because we think it's the friendliest & funnest city ever, and we're PURE KEEN to make TDK Glasgow the friendliest & funnest design network about. Come join us at one of our monthly events, or drop us a wee message if you want to get involved! See yous soon!

Instagram: @phoebe.willison, @attanath, @sophiecurrier

Gold Coast | Kristen Curtis

I originally came from a background of fashion & finance, only choosing to study Graphic Design later as I adored the college's vibe. Since then I have found myself in love with the world of design I have worked with many different companies doing everything from: packaging design, printing, marketing, illustrator, signage, branding & most recently web design! I'm a kawaii lover, booze snob, mosh-pit menace, hardcore weeb, chess-champion, lover of all things 'back-alley neon' / blade runner aesthetic, kitchen tile obsessed & absolute fangirl over anything made with a spray can. I'm a huge advocate for showing that the Gold Coast is more than the glitter strip, so if you're ever in my hood let's have a beer! ✌🍻

Instagram: @kristendoesnotexist

Kansas City | Leorah Addadi

Hello there! I am a born and raised Kansas City girl that loves to travel. I am currently working towards a BFA in Graphic Design and Fine Art at Park University, set to graduate in 2020. I have a passion for color theory, astrophotography, sunsets and great conversation!

Instagram: @leorahsaur

Lisbon | Sebastiao de la Guardia

I'm a graphic designer from Lisbon, specialised in branding projects. I'm passionate about typography, combining design with social good and personal projects. Over the years I've started refugee programs, music podcasts and now I'm devoting my time to TDK Lisbon. We want to give back to the community and create something truly meaningful.

Instagram: @sebdelaguardia

Lisbon | Inês Ayer

Hi TDK community!

My name is Inês Ayer, a Portuguese Designer passionate about multidisciplinary design, using an approach that combines the best of digital and print worlds through storytelling interfaces. Currently freelancing in Lisbon to clients from around the globe in 360º projects and taking the first steps to build TDK Lisbon. Along side with Sebastião de La Guardia we want to create one more reason for Lisbon to be a synonym of creativity.

Happy to share this challenge with you!

Instagram: @ines_ayer

London | India Pearce

Hiya! We're India, Anoushka and Charlotte and we run TDK London. Our backgrounds are in advertising, graphic design and UX design, and we have contacts spread around the London scene so hit us up if you want to learn something weird, cool or cultural!

Instagram: @thatindiagal

Los Angeles | Sarah Huston

Hi, I'm Sarah! I'm originally from the Gold Coast, Australia but am now living in LA. I work for BLNKT, a creative agency with a strong focus on the action sports and lifestyle industries. I'm also the founder of Yeah Girl, a media platform celebrating the intersection of women's skateboarding and creativity. When I'm not designing you'll find me skateboarding (hello slappy curbs!) or lurking in my favorite coffee shops. I'm looking forward to sharing drinks, ideas and fun times with all you LA creatives!

Instagram: @thesarahhuston, @blnktagency

Manchester | Jasmine Thomas

Since graduating, I’ve completed a 1 year internship at a digital design agency formally known as e3creative. After completing my internship, I’ve been promoted to a Junior Designer. The company has since merged with a global company called Dept which has given us the opportunity to develop and expand to be the be company we can be. As I designer, my focus is illustration! I love vectored patterns and as a hobby I love to do dot work portraiture. I wanted to be the host of the Manchester Design Kids so I can be more connected to the industry... but also be that support network not only for students but for graduates to that are transitioning from student life to the “real world”. I found it particularly hard as a transition and that’s why I find it important that we can all stay connected!

Instagram: @jasminethomas.designs

Manila | Regina Suarez

Hi, I'm Regina! I'm a 20-something-year-old self-proclaimed multidisciplinary designer from Manila, Philippines. I have a degree in Architecture, but have love and appreciation for designing other than just buildings. Aside from practicing architecture and doing freelance design work, I involve myself in creating events specifically to support local artists in Manila, whether they be visual, poetry or music. I can't wait to meet more inspiring people and I hope to see you at #TDKtuesdays!

Instagram: @helloreginasuarez

Melbourne | Chloe Young

Hey Melbourne, I'm Chloë! 👋 When I'm not TDKing I'm working at a studio called Sweet, running around with the AGDA Council or patting my cat and wondering how she got so fat (sad reacts only). When I am TDKing, I'm organising events where you can meet the best creatives & even better friends and hopefully learn something new. I'm constantly blown away by our amazing design community in Melbourne and can't wait to see the next gen of designers thrive (that could be you!)

Instagram: @youngchloe

Milan | Cecilia Melli

Hello! I’m Cecilia, I am an independent Art Director, Visual Designer and Brand Strategist consultant based in Milan. I’m specialized in creation and management of brand identities, commissioned by direct clients as brands, companies, and design studios as well.

Beyond that, I’m a true paper lover, literally obsessed with typography and always curious about what’s on in my city. Also when I travel, I always get in touch with local creative people.

The Milanese design scene is really inspiring: there are a bunch of talks, conferences and workshops.
On the TDK’s calendar, I will share with you my selection of best things to do and see. Check it out and save the dates!

I will also work on the #TDKtuesdays: an appointment dedicated to students and professionals. It will be a monthly series of inspiring talks taking place in hidden gems of my hometown as illustrators’s ateliers, creative studios, an tiny labs. It will be a chance to peer into the “behind the scene” of creative processes, getting in touch with professionals and being part of a creative community.
Come along and spread the word among your friends, your studio mates and your fav people!

Instagram: @ceciliamelli @ceciliamellistudio

Milwaukee | Ashley Steinberg

Hello! I'm Ashley, I studied Design and Visual Communication + Japanese while I was in school and I now work at Summerfest in our great city of Milwaukee. I'm excited to continue growing the design community in Brew City!

Instagram: @ash_stein.design

Montreal | Mandeep Bangar

Yo! I'm Mandeep, I have studied in Graphic Design and Web Development. Moved to Montréal when I was 5 months old from Punjab, India. Currently developing a new and improved portfolio; learning new skills and exploring. I am excited to get started on creating a huge community in Montréal!

Instagram: @mandeepbruv

Montreal | Nathan Elkaim

Hey there :) as you can see from the headline above, I'm Nathan and I'm the co-host for TDK Montreal.

Design wise, I run a solo branding operation focusing on brand strategy and identity design. I also do illustrations for fun sometimes.

Other than that I'm really into anything stories (movies, tv shows, manga, etc.). I'm also a huge music nerd.

Can't wait to get things moving in Montreal!

Favorite Sport: Debating

Instagram: @nathan_elkaim

Paris | Marie Guirlet

Hi! I'm Marie, I'm a freelance art director and designer based in Paris. On design perspective I like concepts, branding and art direction. Otherwise I love disco music, smelly cheese and making stuff with my hands.

Instagram: @marie.guirlet

Perth | Rachel Thwaites

Hello. I’m Rachel. I recently graduated from Edith Cowan University in Perth studying graphic design and animation! I’ve done a bit of my own freelancing as well as dabbling in a few studios part time and casually. I'm now working at Juicebox in the creative team and loving it! I like lots of things… like illustration, motion graphics, painting, wine, architecture, travelling and taking photos, 3D design and doodling. Lots of silly doodling. Sometimes I can’t decide what I like the most. I started going along to TDK ‘cos I had no idea what the heck I was doing. Meeting some fellow creatives, graduates and other people in the industry made me feel like it was all going to be okay. In fact, it made me feel like it was going to be swell! Come hang on Tuesdays if you wanna make some design friends, learn some things, and feel all warm and creative and fuzzy too.

Instagram: @am_i_rt

Rio de Janeiro | Luiz Fernando Antunes da Silva

Hey guys! My name is Luiz and I'm hosting TDK in Rio de Janeiro! =) I love editorial design, cats, travelling and Drag Queensss, Okuuur! I'm kind of new in this Design world and I'm still exploring some possibilities. Before that I was lost in the darkness of bureaucracy working as a international relations advisor and bla bla bla... boooooringgg! BUT NOW I'm living my dream discovering some new stuff in design, meeting new people and building my career! If you're planing to visit Rio, or if you already live here, just let me know so we can have a coffee and meet up at TDK Tuesdays!

Instagram: @luizgold

San Francisco | Astrid Fedel

Instagram: @astridfedel

Singapore | Jade Loh

Hello, I’m Jade! I'm a graphic designer living in sunny Singapore. After finishing 4 years of business school, I decided to move to Brisbane for a year to pursue my dream of becoming a graphic designer – the best decision I've made in my life!



When I'm not working as a full-time designer in an agency, I'm probably chilling at a Kopitiam (coffee shop) with my favourite cup of Kopi (coffee) or out exploring my city. I'm excited to meet more local creatives and experience the design scene in Singapore.

Instagram: @allmyjiggles

Stockholm | Robin van Wijk

Graduated as Graphic Designer from Holland, now living in Stockholm freelancing as Branding Designer. I like getting people together brainstorm, create together and love to make/look at art when not behind the computer.

Instagram: @robin_vanwijk

Sydney | Sarah Bracken

Ahoy! I'm Sarah and I'm a graphic designer and web developer currently based on the Central Coast. I love social enterprise, picking people's brains, being a bit of a derp, learning new things and especially being part of the TDK family. The amazing people the come along each month to our #TDKtuesdays Sydney events inspire me in endless ways!

Instagram: @doughnutsoup

Tasmania | Lily Moeller

Hello!



I'm Lily, I am the Program Administrator for DarkLab and Logistics Manager for Designer’s Bootcamps! And I’m Marnie, a recent Foundry graduate specialising in UX and Digital Media. Together with our wonderful Hosts up in Launceston we are building a more inclusive and exciting design community in Tasmania.



Can't wait to see you at the next event!

Instagram: @lilymoeller_

Tasmania | Nicholas Levett

Hi, I'm Nick! I'm a Graphic Designer and Science Communicator working mainly at Hex & Hue, and with a whole crew of amazing creatives throughout Tasmania! The creative industry is booming in Tasmania at the moment, with so much new talent emerging everyday! Come along to #TDKtuesdays and you'll have the chance to mingle with the community, find some inspiration and make some new friends!

Instagram: @njlevett

Tel Aviv | Linoy Josef

Instagram: @linoyosef

Tel Aviv | Noa Nizzani

Hello, I'm Noa! I am 31 years old and I live with my husband Ohad and our two silly cats, Louie and Twiggy. I grew up in Italy, but moved to Israel after high school and have been here for the past 12 years. I'm currently an independent freelance designer but I have a background in advertising, branding, marketing design and studio management. When I'm not designing you can usually find me binging on Netflix, reading, going to art and/or music shows, attending karate practice, and also chomping on veggie food all over Tel Aviv. I'm really excited to share what this colourful & creative city has to offer for designers, and I'm looking forward to meeting you all :)

Instagram: @noanizzani

Toronto | Sayu Fujii

Hey! I’m Sayu, an art director and designer based in Toronto, Canada. I have previously lived in Hong Kong and Singapore, but I am originally from Japan! I am currently majoring in creative advertising at Humber College, but my creative passion expands across various mediums. This includes prop styling, typography, photography, and film. I love collecting vinyls, eating asian food, and going to art museums. If the name Wes Anderson comes up, everyone looks at me (HUGE fan). I’m super excited to be the Toronto city host and to get TDK running here!

Instagram: @sayufujiidesign

Washington D.C. | Jacob Hege

Hi! I'm a graphic designer who loves millennial pink, and owns too many white sneakers just like you! Every day I make an iced chai tea with oat milk and lose 5 pounds in water weight as I sweat to work 🙃

I am excited to get to know you and connect with more creatives in the DC area!

Instagram: @jhege @s0methingeveryday

Wellington | Louise Holloway

Hi, I'm Louise! I am a Visual Communication Design graduate (class of 2016) and now working as a in-house graphic designer, plus I freelance on the side - I love typography and layout design! Outside of design I am also a blogger, writing about creativity, mental health and anything that generally interests me!

If you'd like to know more about me, visit my website louiseberyldesign.com or hit me up on my socials!

Instagram: @louiseberyldesign

Become a host!

Applications are now open for our 2020 City Host positions worldwide! Interviews conducted early February.

Want to be the host in your city!?
The role and the responsibilities of a volunteer city host are simple:

1. Organise our monthly meet-up #TDKtuesdays.
2. Oversee your city's Facebook group.

THAT’S IT.

Advantages to being a city host:
1. We’ll introduce you to all our industry pals in your city.
2. Reach out to industry peeps for something other than a job!
3. Free conference tickets in your city!
4. Build the design industry around you.
5. 1000000x times easier to get a job when you know everyone!
6. Be the most connected person in your city.
7. Become a part of the global TDK team and family.
8. Looks great on the resume.
9. Need a reference or letter of recommendation? We got you!
10. Any other perks we can offer!

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