The Detroit Chapter of AIGA, the professional association of design, is proud to announce the second annual Beyond the Bar: An LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered) Design Showcase for LGBT designers and illustrators in the greater Detroit metro area. Beyond the Bar 2012 will be held on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at the Affirmations center during Ferndale’s Pride Week.

Beyond the Bar is a celebration of the contributions that LGBT designers bring to the applied arts. The design showcase seeks to dispel the career stereotypes of this unique subculture though a display of various creative projects, ranging from graphic design, illustrations, photography, industrial design, and architecture pieces. LGBT designers were asked to submit their favorite project during a Call for Entries in April and May 2012. Chosen pieces will be on display at a reception at Affirmations (290 W. 9 Mile Road, Ferndale, MI 48220) during Ferndale’s Pride Week.

The design showcase and reception on June 14, 2012 will feature appetizers, wine, and beer, along with musical selections from some of the Detroit metro area’s finest DJs. Suggested donations of five dollars will be collected at the door. Event partners are AdCraft, AIA Detroit, AIGA Detroit, and Affirmations. This event is open to the public, and advance registration is not required.

For more information about Beyond the Bar 2012, contact Alex Harvilla, AIGA Detroit Social Chair, at 313-977-0204 or via email at More information can also be found at


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