San Francisco
September 29th 2007


Saturday, September 29th, 2007
Doors open at 7PM
Competition from 8 - 11PM
After party (at 111 Minna) from 11PM - close

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission St at 3rd
415 978 2700

General Admission
$10 advanced tickets / $15 at the door
Must be 21+

San Francisco Audience Design Contest:

Winner: Shali Nguyen
See all San Francisco entries

Small city, big talent. San Francisco's design community is the largest per capita of any major US city. And with that many creatives packed into 7x7, its no wonder the level of work produced continues to inspire internationally.

The City by the Bay has one of the most diverse design communities in the world. From dot com fueled, processor pushing interactive experiences to graffiti destined for the museums, specialization is all but extinct in the Sco. The resulting visual richness leaves no style or concept unturned.

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San Francisco 2007 Photos:

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The Designs:

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THE WINNER - Erik Otto
The winning design by Erik Otto

Round Three:
"Overtime" with canvas "Board Game"

Erik Otto Brian Gunderson    

Round Two:

Erik Otto Brian Gunderson Jeremy Arviso Emory Allen

Round One: "Currency"

Erik Otto Brian Gunderson Jeremy Arviso Emory Allen Steve Ha Aaron Winters Benjamin Belsky Clarissa

San Francisco Contestants:

Erik Otto - Winner!!!

Erik Otto

Energy. Boldness. Intuition. These concepts resonate throughout my work. Educated in Illustration, working as a designer and painter, my diverse talents reflect my unconventional approaches. | |

Brian Gunderson - Audience Prize Winner / Finalist

Brian Gunderson

Brian Gunderson is an Art Director / Designer at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco. His bold, illustrative style is both sophisticated and down-to-earth and has won him industry awards both nationally and internationally. In 2004 he was included among the top 20 visual artists under the age of 30 by PRINT magazine. Now, having reached the ripe age of 30, his recent work includes interactive branding for Got Milk, a series of 36 cover illustrations for Harcourt Publishers, and iconography in the recent HP's "The Computer is Personal Again" campaign.

Jeremy Arviso - Semifinalist

Jeremy Arviso

Jeremy Donavan Arviso AKA "EYEROCK" is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and is Navajo (Dine´) of the 'Áshiihí (Salt Clan), born for Tó 'Aheedlíinii (Where The Water Flows Together Clan). His maternal clan is Sun Clan (Hopi) born for Kin Lichíi'ni (Red House Clan) and is also Pima and Tohono O'odam from the Southwestern United States. He is 28 and currently freelances as a graphic designer and muralist under the name REZROCKET DESIGN in San Francisco, California. | |

Emory Allen - Semifinalist

Emory Allen

I, along with my girlfriend, produce whatever ideas pop into our heads. At this early stage in my career, I take joy in experimenting with as many types of mediums and styles as possible.

Aaron Winters

Aaron Winters

Aaron Winters, 32, is the graphic designer, illustrator and publisher behind Abide Visuals (AVMJ), based in Sacramento, California. |

Steve Ha

Steve Ha

Steve Ha aka Nam is the brain behind the madness at FlavorInnovator. Years of abusing surfaces with spray paint has definitely influenced his flair and can be witnessed in his techniques, styles, concepts, color schemes, and of course the final product. His raw designs perpetuate the need for genuine, artistic elevation in a world overflowing with commercialized waste. When he's not watching his daughter, Jasmine, he likes to crack open a cold 40oz and stare at painted surfaces.

Benjamin Belsky

Benjamin Belsky

Benjamin Belsky spent his early years washing raw flesh off saws in the local butcher shop. He is an avid reader and traveler with a forte for art directing. He likes Bocce ball as well as the Golden State Warriors. He is influenced by Mac Dre, Django Reinhardt, Miami Beach and inspired by mid -century pin-up photography, marsh ink, and the public library.

Clarissa Peck

Clarissa Peck

Clarissa Peck is a 23-year-old designer from Cedar Rapids, Iowa currently attending Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. She's most well known for her appreciation of threes, her appetite for art nouveau, and her motivation to create.

All work will be judged by our 2007 all-star panel:

Sam Flores Illustrator

Sam Flores

Fifteen years after first arriving on the West Coast from New Mexico, Sam Flores, an art school evacuee and self-taught illustrator, has established his place in the modern art movement as a master of fine art and product design. His contemporaries include Shepard Fairey (OBEY), Mike Giant, Jeremy Fish, and David Choe; whose collective bodies of work have forged a pathway for a new and accessible movement within the popular art world. Sam Flores' artistic quality is unpretentious and provocative and demands consideration without categorization.

Kelly TunstallIllustrator

Kelly Tunstall

Kelly Tunstall is an artist, illustrator, art director and graphic designer living on the tough streets of San Francisco. By day she can be found posing as the mild-mannered Associate Media Director/Nerd at Rearden Inc. and helping the Honorable Gabe Scott curate at 111 Minna Gallery. By night, she can be found painting devastatingly delectable ladies on various surfaces in her underground lair, shared with collaborator/handsome boyfriend Ferris Plock. Tunstall's artwork has been shown in galleries nationally and internationally, and she has illustrated for many companies large and small. |

John DoffingFounder, START SOMA

John Doffing

John Doffing is an art + technology entrepreneur. He is the founder of START SOMA, the CEO of START MOBILE (which brings the artwork of emerging + underground artists/musicians to mobile phones around the world), and is the curator of the ART HOTEL in San Francisco, where he created the PAINTED ROOMS art shows. John firmly believes that 'art should be for everyone', and his iconoclastic approach to curation has resulted in opportunities for emerging artists worldwide. John earned his BA from Marquette University (Phi Beta Kappa - Triple Major in History, Political Science, and Philosophy, Minor in Psychology), along with a graduate BA/MA with Honours from St. John's College, Cambridge University, where he was a Davies-Jackson Scholar.

Vulcan Graffiti Artist


Vulcan's murals have shown in museums, his art can be found on platinum album covers, and his abstract canvases hang in private + corporate collections throughout the world. Vulcan is one of those unique individuals whose creativity both reflects and drives popular culture. He first performed at Harlem's legendary Apollo Theatre when he was five, sang in funk + heavy metal bands, worked for years as a DJ in underground clubs, painted an acclaimed mural at ANTHRAX in Connecticut, and produced chart-topping electronic music. He has written for VIBE, chronicled the underground motorcycle stunt scene in New York, traveled the world painting live at hip-hop festivals, spoken at universities around the world - including NYU, Yale and the Rhode Island School of Design, on the history of urban art (before being hustled out the back door to avoid the police!), and currently competes in international video game competitions. Vulcan is currently an artist in residence at START SOMA in San Francisco.

John Trippe Founder, FecalFace

Jon Trippe

John is a photographer / filmmaker / web dude / curator hailing from Toledo, Ohio, currently residing in San Francisco. He started FecalFaceDotCom on a whim in the year 2000 and has since done more than his share for the San Francisco art scene and the world by entertaining over 9,000 unique visitors a day and helping launch many a career over the years. Not just an online community, Fecal Face also curates art shows for these talented artists to exhibit their works. Other than this, John's history of clients include; Thrasher, Slap, Juxtapoz, I-Path and Element where he has done numerous internet and film projects.