SFDW Closing Reception: Shutterstock's Pixels of Fury

  • Public Works 161 Erie St San Francisco, CA, 94103 United States

Shutterstock challenges each "Pixel's of Fury: A Live Creative Inspiration Tournament" contestant to inspire every designer to learn something new. Designers compete in front of a live audience to conceive and create inspiring posters at breakneck speed. Under the gaze of local superstar judges, the pressure is on to answer the big design challenge: Whose inspiration shines brightest? In its 3rd year in San Francisco!

Open bar, foodtruck from Little Green Cyclo, and prizes!

Meet the Contestants

Natalie O'Connor

A native Ohioan, Natalie moved to San Francisco last year to pursue a career at social-media focused agency VaynerMedia. She is inspired by furniture and fashion design as well as typography, and is currently ideating her own urban activewear line inspired by women on the go. In her former life, she danced on dugouts and hung out with dragons.

Patrick Nelson

A Marin/SF native, Patrick studied Art and Design at Cal Poly SLO and Academy of Art SF, and transitioned into work at Butchershop Creative. He's fascinated with the process of branding, and finds watching an idea evolve into a brand you can see and feel very rewarding. In his off time, he enjoys relaxing around family and friends, dogs and cats, lakes and mountains and deserts.

David Paslay

David resides in San Francisco with his wife and 5-year-old daughter. He's been designing for most of his adult life, primarily in interactive design. He's worked as a freelancer, in a design studio, at tech firms, startups, and most memorably, in advertising. His specialty is web and UI design, but he's also been known to bust out some band-poster gems on the side.

Randall Hom

Randall was born and raised in San Francisco and studied design at UC Davis. He's a product designer at a startup called BetterWorks in Palo Alto that's working on a revolutionary goal-setting platform. Outside of design, he loves slaying covenant scum in spartan armor, shooting photos, and slaying big mountains backward on skis.

Katie Conforti

A recent transplant to the Bay Area, Katie is a visual designer and front-end developer hailing from South Florida. She studied graphic design and printmaking at the Savannah College of Art and Design, graduating with honors in 2008. Katie is active vwith AIGA SF and recently earned third prize at the Zero Emission InnEVation Hackathon.

Christian Bergstrom

Born in Sweden, Christian grew up in both New York City and Davis, California, and is currently a designer in San Francisco. He cheers for Brazil during the World Cup every four years, loves all music from John Coltrane to Judas Priest, and the only thing he likes more than coffee is Irish coffee! And design, of course.

Your Host

Greg Hoy

Greg leads Creative Outreach & Integration at Pinterest, following a decade designing in the NYC ad world. He also founded the east coast office of a Chicago-based RPO firm, led creative hiring for Crispin, Porter + Bogusky in Boulder, Colorado, and built out the product and communication design teams for Facebook. He’s a compulsive musician, DJ, and avid coffee enthusiast.


The Judges


Josh Levine

Josh is a brand strategist and co-founder of culturelabsf.com, a community of founders, designers, and practitioners committed to redefining workplace culture. You can usually find him going on about the future of work on Twitter.

Phil Hamlett

Phil is the Graduate Director at the Academy of Art University’s School of Graphic Design, where he teaches classes, develops curriculum, and manages the thesis-development process. Prior to joining the Academy in 2004, Phil led design studios on both coasts. He was recently named incoming president of AIGA SF, beginning this month.

All proceeds go to AIGA SF to cover expenses of producing SF Design Week.


Tickets $15.