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STA Design Inspiration Weekend: Inspiration, Influence, Impetus

January 16 - 18

Join fellow colleagues for informal talks and friendly gatherings at the 22nd annual STA Design Inspiration Weekend. You’ll find instant camaraderie, stimulating design, and just plain fun, along with good food and bowling. It’s a great way to meet new people or reconnect, to share stories and get invigorated, and to live it up or enjoy downtime.

This year, STA is excited to host Ben Van Dyke for the keynote address on Inspiration, Influence, Impetus. Ben was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to the Netherlands where he was artist in residence at NLXL in The Hague. During this time, he lent his talents to the implementation of experimental practices for the ministries of education and culture with an analysis on the cultural implications of design. He has continued his research through site-specific installations of experimental typography. He has been invited to exhibit his work across North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He also serves as Vice President of DesignInquiry — a non-profit design collective focused on research and education.

Saturday and Sunday presentations are given by most of the attendees to share design work and to facilitate introductions and conversations. This year’s participants will include Amir Berbic, Matt Doherty, Joseph Michael Essex, Laura Ferrario, Alice Lee, Sharon Oiga, Guy Villa Jr, Jack Weiss and many others.

You are invited to step forward and present your own special view on Inspiration, Influence, Impetus. What motivates your creativity? Who or what has affected your thinking and making? Describe a design spark or catalyst.

There will be 10- and 20-minute presentation slots (unless otherwise arranged). To give a presentation and be included in the printed program, send the title and brief description (tentative ok), and an image to Guy Villa Jr or Sharon Oiga at

The Eaglewood Resort and Spa (just northwest of the city) is accessible via public transportation. A resort shuttle will pick up attendees at the Metra station in Itasca.


Friday, Jan 16
5:00 – 6:15 PM: Reception and Check-In (please arrive on time)
6:30 PM: Keynote Speaker Ben Van Dyke and Dinner
9:00 PM: Conversations Continue at Hotel Lounge

Saturday, Jan 17
8:00 AM: Breakfast Refreshments
9:00 – 5:00 PM: Presentations
12:30 PM: Lunch
6:00 PM: Dinner and Bowling

Sunday, Jan 18
8:00 AM: Breakfast Refreshments
9:00 – 12:00 PM: Presentations

All meals listed above, included in the registration fee, will be provided.



January 16, 2015
January 18, 2015
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Eaglewood Resort
1401 Nordic Road, Itasca, IL United States
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