Civilization — A Design Practice

Design Lecture Series

Each year our Design Lecture Series brings 1800 attendees together to hear free lectures on creativity and innovation from global design legends at the Seattle Public Library. The non-profit series is fully produced by Civilization – from event creation, partnerships and sponsorships, to branding, identity and web design and development. Posters from the series are included in MoMA's permanent collection.

    Recognizing the growing design community in Seattle, we created and produce the Design Lecture Series to bring world-class designers and our personal heroes to Seattle to stimulate conversation on design practice and innovation. All of the events, hosted at the Rem Koolhaas designed Seattle Public Library, are free and open to the public.

    The series has featured April Greiman, Stefan Sagmeister, David Carson, Ken Garland, Lance Wyman, Adrian Shaugnessy, Paula Scher, Experimental Jetset, Karel Martens, Emory Douglas and Kenya Hara. In 2017 we are set to host Saki Mafundikwa and Jessica Walsh.

    Along with creating and coordinating the event, location, sponsors and production, we developed and designed the brand, identity, collateral and website.

    Posters from the series have won multiple print awards and we are honored that they are now part the permanent collection of design at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).


    Strategy, Concept, Branding, Identity, Graphic Design, Print, Copywriting, UI/UX, Responsive Web Design and Development, Outreach and Partnerships, Event Production, Social Media Strategy and Marketing


    April Greiman, Stefan Sagmeister, David Carson, Ken Garland, Lance Wyman, Adrian Shaughnessy, Paula Scher, Karel Martens, Emory Douglas, Kenya Hara


    Moleskine , Seattle Public Library, Umpqua Bank, Mohawk, Design Within Reach, Knoll, Aesop, ReachNow, Legion Paper, Colorplan Paper, Mailchimp, CreativeLive, Vitamin T, Various Projects, Whole Foods, 52 Limited, Olderbrother, W Seattle, Peter Miller Books, Moment, Caffe Vita, Marjorie, Aquent, Theo, Office of Arts & Culture, Black Heritage Society, Seattle Design Festival, MT Tape, Bootstrapper Studios, Stanley, Stack, Rachel’s Ginger Beer, Printing Control, OOLA, Hotel 1000, Gray Magazine, City Arts, Hilliard’s, Structure Cellars, Convention Totes, Arcade, KUOW-NPR


    Icon (ISBN: 0957081634) – Counter Print UK

    Print Magazine

    Featured In

    Under Consideration

    Frame Magazine


    IdN - 2013

    IdN - 2015