Shutterstock’s Pixels of Fury

AIGA Pittsburgh will be hosting Shutterstock's Pixels of Fury, a live design competition. This competition pits designers against one another in a high-speed challenge, cheered on by the audience. With the judges and crowd watching, the pressure is on to create the most compelling work before the clock runs out. Whose inspiration will shine brightest? 

Competitors face off in 20-minute rounds at computer stations with their process shown live on screens for the audience to watch, creating original posters with a common challenge. In each round, a winner is selected by votes from the judges and the audience. In the championship round, the finalists face off, tackling the topics their opponents used to advance in the previous rounds.

Pixels of Fury will be held at Pierce Studio, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Education Center. Enjoy drinks and appetizers, meet the creative community, and listen to music spun by DJ MB (Matthew Buchholz of Alternate Histories), all while cheering on some of the best designers in Pittsburgh.

Nonmembers: $20
Members: $10
Students: $5 (a valid student ID must be shown at the door)




Sydney Bennett

Sydney, also referred to as Squid, is an enthusiastic (and fantastic) senior Graphic Design student from West Liberty University. She has worked for a national Popsicle company creating everything from packaging design and posters to social media and marketing. For future endeavors, she plans to follow her dreams of becoming a professional level graphic designer, gathering all the skills, lessons, and tools necessary to one day share her love and passion for design by teaching at the college level.



Doug Dean

Doug is always trying to contribute creativity to the world, whether as an art director at Wall-to-Wall Studios, an active freelance designer or the leader of The Wakening, a zombie themed surf punk band. Known for non-traditional tactics for posters (like duct tape, bubble wrap, cigarette burns), his work has been recognized by Graphis, Communication Arts, Print Regional, AIGA, and AdFed. When not designing, Doug tries to keep his two kids alive.




John DeGore

John started out as an in-house graphic designer before transitioning to interface and user experience design. He cohosts the Creative Briefs podcast, which chats with people about their creative endeavors. Along with working as a user experience designer, he is a student of Carnegie Mellon's Masters of Human-Computer Interaction program. Some of his favorite things include the art of Jack Kirby, mac & cheese, and the music of Stevie Wonder.



Julian Glander

Julian Glander

Julian Glander is a person living and operating as a freelancer in Pittsburgh. He works primarily in the traditional creative media of illustration, animation, app development, talking hamburgers, magical buildings, games about clouds, missing bike posters, and 3 dimensional blobs.




Val Head

Val Head is a designer based in lovely Pittsburgh, PA. Her work ranges from projects on the web to interactive installations to print. She is the author of The Pocket Guide to CSS Animations, teaches CSS Animations on, and hosts the All The Right Moves tutorial screencast.

You can find her on stage speaking at events likeAn Event Apart and encouraging others to do the same as the co-host of the Ladies in Tech podcast. She also founded the popular Web Design Day conference, and leads workshops around the world on UI animation and creative coding.




Nick Meloy

Nick is a Designer/Developer working at in Pittsburgh. He enjoys all things design and technology, and the constant challenge the quickly evolving industry presents daily. While away from the computer, you can find Nick fly fishing in the creeks of Pennsylvania, or just outside in the woods somewhere.



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Alexander Patho Photography


Nathan Fullerton



When & Where
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM EDT
Pierce Studio, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
805 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222