Jan. 14 2014 09:12 PM

Happenings for those who prefer to read things in Helvetica

If You Build It, one of the films showing in the buildup to the first-ever San Diego DESIGN Film Festival

San Diego DESIGN Film Festival: A handful of bigwigs in the design community have come together to create this new event, which showcases film with a focus on advertising, architecture, art, fashion, interiors and landscape. The actual festival is happening from Oct. 9 through 12 at various Downtown and Balboa Park venues, but screenings leading up to the big event include From Nothing, Something, a film profiling the process of several creative thinkers, at the Museum of Photographic Arts at 7 p.m. on Feb. 11. On March 11, the series continues with If You Build It at Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas in Del Mar. $15. sdDESIGNff.com

Artists + Designers in Real Time: Designer and artist David Fobes has always been interested in the boundary between art and design. His own work often straddles the divide. A lecturer at SDSU, Fobes has pieced together a new lecture series that's open to the public. Happening at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays in Hepner Hall, Room 213, from Jan. 28 through April 29, the lineup includes others who bridge the gap between art and design, including Guido Van der Werve (Jan. 28), Neil Kendricks (Feb. 11), Bells and Whistles Design Group (March 18), Wendy Maruyama (April 21) and Lee Puffer (April 28). Look for "Artists + Designers in Real Time" on Twitter and Facebook. Free.

The Panama-California Exposition Centennial Lectures: At 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, Friends of San Diego Architecture continues its series exploring the historical Balboa Park exposition with a talk by U-T San Diego's Roger Showley at the NewSchool of Architecture & Design (1249 F St., Downtown). The venerable reporter who covers the city's built environment and planning policies will speak about "The History of Balboa Park: 1867-1909." Next up is Mike Kelly on "The Program Site Plan for the Exposition: 1910-1913." $5 suggested donation. friendsofsdarch.com

 19th Annual AIGA San Diego Y Design Conference: AIGA San Diego hosts this annual design event bringing industry thinkers, innovators and leaders together for a two-day conference on creativity and collaboration. This year's speakers include Robynne Raye, Ron Miriello, Bennett Peji  and others. The conference is happening March 14 and 15 at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego in Morena. $175 and up. y-conference.com

Spanish Revival and Eclectic Architecture in Mission Hills: The annual lecture series presented by Mission Hills Heritage has historians, artists and authors exploring the architecture of the uptown San Diego neighborhood. The talk will take place at Francis Parker School (4201 Randolph St. in Mission Hills) from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. $10. missionhillsheritage.org

Placemaking: Mixed Use Design, Planning and Community Engagement for the 21st Century: The Urban Land Institute of San Diego / Tijuana presents a panel of experts from the Southern California real-estate community exploring a dynamic approach to the planning, design and management of new neighborhoods and public spaces. Speakers include architect Marios Savopoulos and Allison+Partners general manager Richard Kendall. The talk's at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at CoMerge (330 A St., Downtown). $10. sandiego.uli.org

Spring Home / Garden Show: Members of the American Institute of Architects San Diego who specialize in residential design will be on-hand to offer free personal consultations to homeowners looking to remodel, improve, expand or build a home. The show takes place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds from Feb. 28 through March 2. aiasandiego.org.

Woodbury School of Architecture: Spring 2014 Lecture Series: The school's innovative lecture series includes a talk about game design by Beat Suter at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24. Then, at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 7, Francesco Lipari and Mark Mückenheim will discuss "The Architecture of Future Mankind: How People and Technology are Shaping Cities." The talks happen on campus (2212 Main St. in Barrio Logan). woodbury.edu

Animation, Game Art and Game Design: Newschool of Architecture + Design is offering a new course through its Media Design School and kicking things off with a public launch from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, in the Wonderbread Building (121 14th St. in East Village). The new program is part of a collaboration with Media Design School in New Zealand. Mingle with industry leaders and learn how you can turn your video-game habit into a career. eventbrite.com/e/media-design-school-at-nsad-event-launch-tickets-9978876087

Architecture + Design: Meet the New San Diego: The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is launching a new lecture series focusing on some of San Diego's most interesting architecture. The series kicks off Wednesday, Feb. 12, with a tour of the new Central Library with architect Rob Quigley and the City's Arts and Culture Commission's interim Executive Director Dana Springs, the woman responsible for the permanent installation of art throughout the new library. Following the tour, the group will visit Quigley's private studio for a reception and discussion. This series isn't cheap and is exclusive to MCASD's Circle level Members with membership starting at $1,500. mcasd.org/events/ad-central-library-tour

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