The DSVC is excited to bring the speaker series to Deep Ellum!

This year, all of our meetings will take place at Life in Deep Ellum. Masks are recommended. We can't thank everyone enough who logged on to our virtual speaker series last year and are excited to welcome you back to in-person meetings! We will continue to have a live-stream option available to those unable to attend due to COVID concerns or anyone outside of DFW who would like to hear from our speaker lineup.

Join us from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm for coffee and networking at Life in Deep Ellum's coffee shop Mokah. At 7:00 pm, you can bring your coffee into the venue, and we will get the meeting underway. There is ample parking at Life in Deep Ellum, so no one will struggle to find a spot.

Mix & Mingle: 6:00 pm
Meeting: 7:00 pm
Q&A: 8:00 pm

Livestream Notification: To receive the live stream link before the meeting, you will need to be registered for the meeting before Wednesday, Feb 2nd. The live stream link will be sent to all registrants on Wednesday morning. Any day-of registrants will receive a replay link on the Thursday following the meeting.

On May 4th, we welcome graphic designer and master letterpress printer Rick Griffith.

Rick was born and raised in Southeast London and immigrated to the U.S. in the late ‘80s. It was his early jobs at Washington D.C. record stores that turned him on to graphic design. It was a (short) freelance career on Madison Avenue which funded his first practice, RGD (Rick Griffith Design), and it is his love of design (and his partner Debra Johnson) which sustains the design practice MATTER, which, over the last two decades, has grown into an ambidextrous design consultancy, print shop, workshop, and retail bookstore.

As Design Director at MATTER, Rick works across all media for business, culture, and civic engagement with his partner and staff. MATTER’s broad range of clients includes restaurants, beverage manufacturers and distributors, politicians, universities, architects, engineers, arts venues, mimes, scientists, government agencies, and entrepreneurs. Rick's work is an erudite exploration of language, history, politics, science, music, and ethics—typographically-focused and relevant. He is known as a passionate advocate for design.

From his home in Denver or the creative atelier in Brooklyn, Rick travels the world as a visiting artist, lecturer, and educator— sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge with the next generation of designers—and contributing critical dialogue regarding graphic design as a broad discipline in the service of community and industry. For a full list of his lectures and awards, check out his credentials.

Rick’s true orientation is towards self-reliance, disruption, creative compassion, and independent thought. For most of us, life is long—for lots of reasons, we might begin to act like it.

Please join us Wednesday, May 4th, to welcome and hear Rick's empowering story!