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


Amsterdam | Roos Lomans

Hoi TDK Amsterdam! I’m Roos, I’m 1.87 centimetres tall (yes, that’s over 6.1) Dutch and an all round explorer. I love adventures and am never happier than which i have a backpack on. In my passport I am 26; in my head i have the curiosity of a 7 year old and I approach my life with excitement and enthusiasm. Design gives me the opportunity to play in a grown up way. I'm so proud to be a part of the design kids and I can't wait to meet other creatives in Amsterdam!

Instagram: @findingfortunes


Atlanta | Mary 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 | Janelle Baptist

Hey gang, I'm baaack! Hot off the heels of my North American stint, I'm currently teaching Design part time and looking for more ways to get involved and give back the design community :) As a Graphic Design and Photography graduate, I love being a part of TDK because it's something I wish I'd had when I was studying - plus, I love helping people and sharing what I've learnt! #TDKtuesdays AKL is a great opportunity to break out of that uni student bubble, practice your socializing skills and even learn some new things - so come on down, say hi and chill out with us!

Instagram: @escapedfragments


Barcelona | Romayne Gadelrab

Hola! I am Romayne, all the letters of my name rearranged make ‘Agreeably Random’ the label with which I freelance over here in Barcelona from. I studied graphic design in London and recently graduated from the design research Masters in Elisava BCN. We are super lucky in Barcelona to have some of the worlds best design festivals and studios on our doorstep and I look forward to meeting you all at our own creative events for #TDKTuedays. Obsessions include 0.5mm pens, all things Japanese, drinking vermut and making zines- lets get together and make a zine !

Instagram: @agreeablyrandom


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 full-time 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! P.s I’m always available for gifted coffee/beer 😜

Instagram: @jessie_sanbrook


Brisbane | Jessica Allen

Hi! I’ve been involved with TDK since I was a student (going on two years now, time flies when you’re having fun), and have loved every minute of it. I have TDK to thank for feeling apart of the diverse and rich design community here in Brisbane. After graduating I worked in the corporate marketing sector which, after one too many board meetings, I decided wasn’t my bag and have been freelancing as a visual communicator ever since. What excites me about design and illustration is its ability to change your perspective of everyday life. When I grow up I hope to be as badass as TDK founder and all around babe Frankie Ratford <3

Instagram: @jmayallen


Canberra | Elizabeth Flora

Hey there Canberra! My name is Elizabeth and I am thrilled to be your city host. While studying design, I fell in love with developing concepts and using creative problem solving in visual communication. I have gone to TDK on and off for the past three years and it has made me a much better designer because you meet people who share your experiences and offer constructive advice. In 2017, I was the graphic design student leader for the University of Canberra End of Year Exhibition and I saw first-hand the amazing designers (both students and studios) that our city has nurtured, inspiring me to become more involved and to develop upon the bridge between design students and industry. As the Canberra City Host, I will be encouraging a strong and social network where we can learn from each other, develop our skills and grow our community.

Instagram: @elizabethflora_creative


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 | Adrienne Johnson

Hi I’m Adrienne! A University of Florida Alum with a BFA in Graphic Design and a BS in Advertising, I’m currently a communication designer at Maxar Technologies designing for commercial space technology brands. When I’m not moonlighting or engaging with the design community, you can find me hiking or camping, planning my next big trip, or speeding through sitcoms while learning new software or illustrating. TDK Denver is growing every day, and I’m so excited to be a design advocate and conduit for this amazing community. Let’s inspire one other, and learn and grow together!

Instagram: @adrienneivers


Dublin | Zie 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


Edinburgh | Ben Whiting

Hey folks! I'm Ben, a 22 year old designer looking to make waves and other catchy buzzwords within the industry. I'm absolutely over the moon to be the Edinburgh host for the awesome bunch at TDK, and can't wait to find a troupe of inspiring superhuman students & graduates in the city and start kicking some ass. As for a bit about me I spent most of my early life in or around a pub because, curve ball incoming, my dad is a pub landlord - which you would think would come with a whole wealth of knowledge and anecdotes, but all I've really got to show for it that I'm pretty good at pub quiz names. My love for graphic design really got started when I created the horrendous love child of terribly written articles and Corel Draw (remember that?) which turned into the first ever school magazine at my high school, from there my brain did a Shia Labeouf and told me to "Just do it". Jumping on, I graduated from University back in 2017 and have since been throwing myself into the creative industry like you did into that crowd back at the S-Club 7 gig in Freshers Week. Now I'm looking forward to forming a community of braw buddies to create something real, tangible and purposeful for young creatives here.

Instagram: @the_orange_fish


Glasgow | Jonny Mowat

Hi! I’m Jonny, a 23 year old designer and illustrator, recently graduated into the big, juicy world of creative employment. The path that has led me to be actively pursuing a career in design/illustration/creativity in general, has been an odd one. When I started university, I did two years of mathematics with computing science, then had a quarter-life crisis about how boring that was and how fun it was making stuff for people. Instead of jumping ship and studying graphic design, I semi-jumped my half-ship and switched to Product Design Engineering. I continued to lean firmly towards the design part of the course as it felt euphoric compared to power electronics lectures, and committed to teaching myself as much as I could in my evenings and weekends. Now I’ve graduated and I’m working as a designer, and I’ve told you all this so that you know I haven’t really got a clue what I’m doing and that’s why I wanted to help set up The Design Kids in Glasgow, which will hopefully give at least a wee bit of guidance to people floundering around in the early years of their career like I have been. I also like films/doughnuts/skateboards/disco.

Instagram: @jmowatstuff

Gold Coast

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!

Instagram: @dave_lydiard

Kansas City

Kansas City | Lauren Osoba

Hello! I am a graphic designer and illustrator based in Kansas City, MO. I am happy to represent the Design Kids in the Kansas City area; helping students and other emerging designers is very rewarding. I love, love, love freelancing and passion projects. I am an avid collector of design and illustration; from illustrated maps and city guides to books and magazines. When I am not designing I enjoy traveling to places near and far with my fiancé, Jared, and our Corgi Malshi mix, Cordiroy. I also document Cordiroy's adventures on his Instagram, and he even has his own zine, to be released soon.

Instagram: @laurenosoba


Manchester | Emma Tominey

Ey up Manchester! I am absolutely over the moon to be your brand new (and first ever!) TDK host! I am a dual professional from Newcastle where I worked as a freelancer alongside my teaching practice at Newcastle College (Lecturer/Course Leader). I moved to Manchester in 2016 and have expanded both my creative and teaching practice as well as working on a Masters in Design. My MA research is focused on developing a reflective model for creative practitioners to help us do better creative work. Having worked on a lot of creative projects for charities and grass roots fundraising initiatives my creative practice is focused on design for critical causes and designing for social change. I am currently working on a social enterprise project developing paper and print products and workshops utilizing risograph, screen printing and artist books to support art and design education organizations. I am also hoping to secure funding for a large-scale identity project utilizing documentary film, photography and interactive exhibition design in collaboration with an amazing team of creatives in the city in 2019, watch this space! My little studio is now based in the sunny Costa Del Salford where I have made my home and found an amazing team of educators to work with at the University of Salford. I can’t wait to meet you all at our next #TDKtuesdays event where we can talk design, share inspiration and get to know this amazing creative city together.

Instagram: @tominominey


Melbourne | Laura Schweiger

Hey everyone, my name’s Laura. Originally from the south of Germany, I moved to Melbourne to do my masters in Comm Design at RMIT. After graduating, I co-started my own studio Sometimes Lucky with two fellow amazing designers, and also do some freelance work on the side. I’m super excited to be part of the fabulous TDK team, meet awesome new people, make crazy ideas happen and connect with the extraordinary design scene in Melbourne!

Instagram: @laura_schweiger


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


NYC | Bianca Ng

Hi, I'm Bianca Ng, a designer, illustrator, and writer who’s obsessed with typography, imperfections, and the female psyche. I graduated from the University of Michigan. Previously, I worked at a design studio, agency, and tech startup. I frequently experiment with analog processes and I find inspiration from connecting with creative people. #TDKtuesdays is an amazing to hang out with talented and motivated creative people from all types of backgrounds.

Instagram: @bng.design


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


Portland | Ellen Skiff

Greetings! My name is Ellen Skiff and I working the freelance hustle in Portland, Oregon. I currently work for an app development company and am absorbing the spectacle of working in a tech. Lots of my recent work involves 3D rendering, and technology based graphic design and branding. I also have spent a lot of time working with the Adidas group and am 100% about that #threestripelife. I love to geek out on new forms of making involving tech and explore that in my free time by attending artist talks, reading dystopian novels for inspiration, and experimenting with new programs. When I’m not hustlin’ you can find me splashing in/near any body of water here in Oregon, biking around the city, or in the garage fixing up something that I broke. Always accepting inquiries for a slice of pizza + beer! Over and out!

Instagram: @skiffdesign

San Diego

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

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 | Liliana Rasmussen

Hi! I'm Liliana, and I'm studying Industrial Design at the University of Washington in Seattle. I love both 2D and 3D design, and I hope to be able to work with and merge both. I love plants, pasta, art, travel, activism, and spending time with my friends. I'm super excited to be joining the TDK fam, and I can't wait to host some dope #TDKtuesdays events!

Instagram: @_lili_llama_


Sydney | Beau Penton

Heya Sydney crew! I'm Beau. I'm a graphic designer and illustrator living in Sydney! Currently I'm working as an in-house designer for an international homewares company over in Bondi while also producing a range of small patches and pieces on my own. Outside of the design world you can normally catch me at a gig, a bar or out on the football pitches of Sydney! I'm a massive fan of TDK and love watching the group go from strength to strength in Sydney. Come on down and meet the crew!

Instagram: @beau__not


Tasmania | Loretta Jones & Isobel Clark

Loretta: Hey everyone! My names Loretta, and I’m a 20 year old design student living in Hobart, Tasmania. I’m currently studying an Associate Degree in Design at Foundry located on the beautiful waterfront. When I’m not studying you can find me drinking excessive amounts of coffee at different cafes around town, taking aesthetic photos and watering my huge family of plants. I’m absolutely stoked to be sharing the TDK Tasmania role with Isobel, and doing the Hobart meetups! I’d love to have you along for a cheeky bev to chat about the creative things in life and to share advice. I look forward to getting to you at the next #TDKtuesday meet up in Hobart. Isobel: 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: @retjones, @isobelclarkdesign


Vancouver | Renee de Valle

Hey everyone! I’m Renee, a graphic designer, illustrator and aspiring UX designer from Melbourne, Australia. I moved to Vancouver in June 2017 and am loving getting to know the creative culture of a new city. I graduated a Bachelor of Communication (Graphic Design) back in 2012 and have been working in in-house, design studio and freelance roles ever since. Since being in Vancouver I’ve also completed a UX Design course at BrainStation through which I’ve had many great opportunities to network and get involved with designers from Vancouver. I’m a lover of all things travel, cats, food, wine, drawing, music, getting outdoors and being inspired with and by other like-minded people. I’d love to meet as many passionate designers here in Vancouver as I can, starting with #TDKTuesdays where I hope we can all catch up, have a chat and explore creativity in this beautiful city together!

Instagram: @rendevalle


Wellington | Kelsey Gee

Kia Ora! I’m Kelsey, a fourth year honours student at CoCA Massey! I major in Visual Communication Design and am super passionate about designing for social good/social change. A lot of my work is print and branding based but I also love UX, UI and have been a professional photographer for quite a few years. I first started coming to TDK because I love to make connections and meet new people, so I’m super stoked to be hosting for Wellington! You can chat to me about networking, the creative industry, social enterprise, design, photography, Spanish (I’ll be impressed if you do it en Español), ballet, politics, running, travelling, food, food and much more food! Look forward to meeting you at our next event!

Instagram: @kelseyjgee

Become a host!

Applications are now open for our 2018 City Host positions worldwide!

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

1. Add design events to our website calendar and facebook group.
2. Write a fortnightly intro (3 sentences) about what's happening in your city.
3. Organise our monthly meet-up #TDKtuesdays.


Advantages to being a city host:
1. We’ll share ALL our contacts in your city with you.
2. Reach out to industry peeps for something other than a job!
3. Free conference tickets.
4. A job title that opens doors.
5. Build the design industry around you.
6. 1000000x times easier to get a job when you know everyone!
7. Be the most connected person in your city.
8. Become a part of the TDK team.
9. Looks great on the resume.
10. Any other perks we can offer!

Is it paid?
Yes! Once we have a sponsor in your city, half the sponsorship money goes to you, and you can do whatever you like with it!


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