Design Revival 2014

Every two years AIGA Cincinnati invites the creative community to gather with select guest speakers for three days of creative rejuvenation. Join us at Wooded Glen Retreat Center September 5, 6, and 7 to get inspired, meet new people and return to work refreshed and ready to knock out your next project.

Design Revival: Analog combines speakers and attendees alike to share experiences and ideas. With an audience limited to 55, every seat is front row. This three-day recharge features hands-on workshops, inspiring presenters, and relaxing events where you can casually interact between friends, colleagues, and speakers.

You’ll spend three days with like-minded designers and creative — far from deadline pressures in Indiana on a 600 acre wooded property. Bring your sketchpad and your imagination to capture the special moments created from this one of a kind experience.

This is an all inclusive weekend. All room and board is at the Wooded Glen Retreat and Conference Center making this event easier on your pocketbook and making sure you had one less thing to worry about. So come out, sit back, relax and enjoy the chirping of real tweets from real birds and go analog.

Roy Behrens, Designer, Author, Educator
For 43 years, Roy R. Behrens has taught at American art schools and universities, among them the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and the University of Northern Iowa, where he currently teaches graphic design, illustration, and design history. A former contributing editor for Print Magazine, he has published seven books and hundreds of essays and articles on design-related subjects.

Phillip Fass

Nikki Villagomez
Nikki Villagomez is a nationally recognized speaker on the subject of how culture affects typography. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University (geaux tigers!) with a BFA in Graphic Design. After working as a designer in New York City, she moved to her home state of South Carolina where she became a fulltime freelancer. Nikki is the founder and former president of the South Carolina chapter of AIGA. She has been an educator teaching Graphic Design and Typography at the University of South Carolina and the University of Akron. Currently, Nikki is a the Graphic Design + Creative Studio Manager at Dixon Hughes Goodman. In her free time, she maintains her daily blog ( about how culture affects typography.

Jeff Ebbeler, Illustrator
Jeffrey Ebbeler has been creating award winning art for children for over a decade. He has illustrated more than 40 picture books. He worked as an Art Director for the children's book department of Publication’s International in Chicago for 6 years. He writes and illustrates the monthly comic series Nestor’s Dock for Ask magazine. He has also done paper engineering for pop-up books, created large scale murals for schools and churches, and sculpted puppets and preformed for several marionette theaters. Jeffrey gives many lectures and demonstrations in grade-schools, colleges, and museums about the process of bringing words to life through pictures. He and his wife Eileen both attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati. They currently live in Cincinnati with their twin daughters Olivia and Isabel.

Casey Riordan Millard
Casey Riordan Millard graduated with a BFA from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio in 1994. She has exhibited her large-scale installations, ceramic works, paintings and drawings in galleries throughout the United States including the Fuller Craft Museum, Brocton, Massachusetts, the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Contemporary Arts Center’s UnMuseum, Cincinnati, Ohio, John Michael Kohler Center for the Arts, Sheboygan, Wisconsin and Packer-Schopf Gallery, Chicago, Illinois. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Casey has been featured in the publications Hi-Fructose Magazine, New American Paintings, Lark Studio Series Ceramic Sculptures, and Lark’s 500 Ceramic Sculptures. In 2009 she received an Efroymson Contemporary Art Fellowship, in 2011 was a finalist in the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Fourth Floor competition, and in 2012 received an Cincinnati Arts Ambassador Fellowship. Casey’s first children’s picture book, Shark Girl and Belly Button (Blue Manatee Press), which she wrote and illustrated, is scheduled for release in the fall of 2014. She resides with her husband and two children in Cincinnati, Ohio.

**We are just getting started! More speakers to come - keep your eyes peeled!**

Photos from Design Revival 2012:




     Checkin 1:00pm - 3:00pm (Can checkin late if need be)

     Happy Hour & Jeff Ebbeler

     Dinner with Speakers

     Liquid Courage & Wagon Ride




     Nikki Villagomez


     Phillip Fass


     Roy Behrens

     Liquid Courage


     Cornhole Tournament, Campfire & Why? (band)




     Casey Millard

     Share Your Story

     Closing Remarks 

When & Where
Fri, Sep 5, 2014 - Sun, Sep 7, 2014 4:00 PM - 9:00 AM
Wooded Glen Retreat & Conference Center
2602 Hebron Church Rd
Henryville, IN 47126