Graphic Design and the Dallas AIA Associates

August 4, 2010 — 9 Comments

I am sitting on a panel at the upcoming Texas Society of Architects convention – seminar #101046 from 10:00 to 11:30 Saturday, October 16th. The topic is “The Purpose of Social Media for Architects”. Sounds great right? I’m not really sure what it means to be honest with you. As long as I get to stand in front of a room full of people and talk about myself – I’m in.

One of the members on the panel with me is Laura Davis – she’s a big fan of and organizes (among other things) architectural networking events for architects and other design related folks. I haven’t ever meet her before but she is part of a group that met last night for an on-going event hosted by the Dallas AIA Associates Committee. The event is held every first Tuesday and they call it “Architecture on Tap”….clever right? (because there’s beer and we talk about architecture) At any rate, I told you all of that simply as a way of introducing the graphics that are generated by the associates group to promote the event – I think they are great.



They are designed by associate architect Scott Taylor and so far there have been three developed. You can see the evolution of what is going on here and if I’m really being honest….Ssssshhhh…I’m really only going because I like the graphics so much.

If you like them too – let me know, I’m sure Scott would appreciate some awesomeness. If you want to reach Scott directly (you know, so he can design your wedding invitations) you can email him at –

Finally, I  met about 10 people last night that were readers of this blog – it was cool and a little surreal. I’m just sitting here in my living room writing this stupid blog trying to occasionally be funny (architects can tend to take themselves too seriously). Despite communicating with people through email, I don’t meet many readers, so putting a real face to the people you interact with just makes doing this more rewarding.

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  • This is very clever. It's tough to get most architects out of their shell and beer is always a good idea in a room full of us. The well designed beer coasters are an excellent lure. I'll be interested to hear how works – it's had dismal results here in the northwest.

  • bobborson

    Thanks Becky.

    As much as I would like to agree with you and say I have “architectural thoughts” – usually they are more like movements if you know what I'm saying … yeah! … ? Okay, maybe not.

  • bobborson

    Hi Albert,

    Thanks for writing – in response to your comments…

    A. Like seeing someone slip and fall is funny and enjoyable (laughter is only okay after you have confirmed the person isn't seriously injured).

    B. Luckily, none of the people I met wanted to karate-chop me. (I have to deal with that occasionally.)

    C. The beer was equally cool.

    I have added this event to my monthly calendar, I had a great time.

  • bobborson

    That would be pretty interesting to see a collection of really old groovy coasters – I'm sure all I would have to do is hit up Google…

  • bobborson

    Hi Ashley,

    You can contact Scott Taylor directly if you want at

  • LOVE these! Graphics are amazing and the concept is brilliant. Who can I talk to at the Dallas AIA about borrowing this idea for Detroit's Associates? We just signed up about 100 new Associate members and are looking for ideas to maintain/retain these new members…

  • The graphics are fantastic. They bring back a lot of memories. My grandfather had a bar in his basement and always a lot of coasters like those in the graphics. I wish I had a few of them. Great work, Scott.

  • A. It is not so stupid. It's funny & enjoyable. Those are two different things.
    B. It is surreal to meet your readers. Can't imagine!
    C. The graphics are cool… I hope they served equally cool beer

  • Love the graphics. Beer improves all meetings ;). Thanks for sharing your architectural thoughts. They are much enjoyed.