Meet Derek Man Liu, Creative at Wieden + Kennedy on Tuesday, October 8

We’re excited to announce the Small Talk Big Ideas speaker series. Creatives from the industry will share their success stories and answer your questions.

Join us for the kick-off event Tuesday, October 8, 11:00 A.M. Derek Man Liu (ADV BFA 2009), Creative at Wieden + Kennedy London will be with us at 180 New Montgomery, 5th floor gallery. Stop by to learn how an American copywriter built a successful international career at top agencies in Beijing, Shanghai and now London.

Creative Jam is Back: Bigger than Ever & Hosted at Adobe HQ!

Time to get your Jam on! March 6th is a special night of creation, competition, and inspiration at Adobe HQ at 601 Townsend. Free to register, just for you. Sign up to compete or attend today!

AD2SF Event: Make Opportunity Equal

AD2SF invites you to join speakers from Tesla, LinkedIn, Periscope Data & Neo on Thursday, September 20. The panel will focus on how individuals can impact and grow diversity and inclusion initiatives in their organizations. They’ll explore the perceptions people have versus the reality of diversity in the tech industry today and, more importantly, how others have already made an impact in their organizations.

The evening filled with food, drinks, and inspiring stories directly benefits local nonprofit, Hack the Hood, which has developed an innovative model for introducing low-income youth of color to careers in the tech industry. As an Academy of Art student, you can get $5 off individual tickets with STUDENTDISCOUNT promotional code.

MFA Alumni Hosts Apple Event

Selena Davant started her Smile A Day project while studying at the Academy. Since graduating, she has nurtured it to broad acclaim. Now she’s hosting a special event at the Apple Store Union Square and is inviting you to participate. It’s free to sign up.

“Selena Davant has been traveling to different communities capturing the richness of life with her camera through her project, Smile A Day. Bring your iPhone and she’ll show you some of her top techniques for encouraging people to feel comfortable in front of a camera. This walk is about a mile and ends at 7:30 p.m., so wear comfortable shoes and bring a fully charged device.”

VeeR Features ADV Students Stefanie Shao and Yansong Wan

VeeR has an interview with ADV students Stefanie Shao and Yansong Wan about VR and their VR tour of Napa Valley. Read it here and check out their Napa Valley project. 

Join AD2SF and Twitter for #SocialJustice

AD2SF invites you to a panel discussion about how Twitter is utilizing Twitter internally and externally to bring awareness to issues around the world. Find out more about how we interact with each other and how Twitter has helped move the dial forward when it comes to diversity and inclusion, LGBTQ acceptance and women equality.

Thursday, March 2, 2017, 6 to 8 p.m.

Drinks and light refreshments will be served.

Twitter headquarters
1355 Market Street, Suite 900
San Francisco, CA 94103

Get details on the speakers and buy tickets at Eventbrite

See ADV Alumni Jason Sperling’s Super Bowl Ad for Honda


This Sunday at the Super Bowl, we are rooting for ADV Alumni Jason Sperling, Creative Director for this spot for Honda. Gooooo Jason!

The spot features Tina Fey, Missy Elliot, Steve Carell, and more. Read more on the process of developing this ad in this interview with Jason in AdAge.

Cheer on Former ADV Student Mobolade Ajomale in the Olympics Men’s 4x100m Relay Final on Friday!


Congrats to former ADV student Mobolade Ajomale, Academy of Art’s first ever Olympian! After a successful qualifying round on Thursday, he will be advancing to the Men’s 4x100m Relay Finals as part of Team Canada. Read more here. 

The 4x100m final is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. PT Friday. Live coverage link: Live Results and Live Video.

Instructor Michael Brandt featured in NY Times

Take a look at today’s NY Times State Of The Art column which features longtime ADV instructor Michael Brandt.

Brandt is featured in his role as a founder of Nootrobox. Its Go Cubes product has taken the SXSW festival “by storm this year”…

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Copy and Coffee, Wednesdays at 10am

Words can be powerful. Words have the ability to build regimes. They

can tear down walls or build them up. They can break barriers, ice, and

even hearts. Words have the power to create allegiances and declare

wars. A lone whisper can shatter a silence the way a stern speech can

move mountains. Sonorous sounding syllables satisfy swiftly, succinctly

serenading serene psyches. Salamander.

Articulate words can express a single idea, while a single word can

embody an entire doctrine. Without words, you—we wouldn’t exist. So

embrace the unyielding awesomeness that is narrative, debate, lecture,

or just plain conversation. And maybe get your caffeine fix, too.

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(art directors and strategists welcome).

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