The Show

Ligature is a weekend-long design symposium run entirely by students and features talks and workshops with highly recognized guest designers. The exhibition and accompanying events are intended to motivate, inspire, and create a greater design awareness throughout our community.

Ligature 21 focuses on the layers of growth in the programs development over the 21 years that Ligature has occurred. The three icons of the earth, the tree and the onion represent the global reach, the compounding betterment and the ripeness of design practice that has culminated.

The Speakers

Michael Tabie is a designer and illustrator located in Brooklyn, New York. Together with Karen Goheen, Two Arms Inc. is an illustration and design team best known for their gritty silkscreened rock posters. With over 6 years of experience in both small and large agencies, their diverse portfolio showcases projects from high-end fragrance packaging, brand development campaigns, independent album design to custom lettering and illustration. Their specialization includes their passion for Serigraphy, thus their design studio operates as half print-shop producing limited edition art prints and rock posters of their creation. Their work has been featured by Print Magazine, Communications Arts and Graphics.

Dana Tanamachi

Dana Tanamachi

Dana Tanamachi is a graphic designer and custom chalk letterer who hails from the Lone Star State, but currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. She specializes in creating large-scale typographic installations in chalk for a variety of clients such as West Elm, Rugby Ralph Lauren, Google, The Ace Hotel, Adidas, EveryDay with Rachael Ray, and Lululemon Athletica. In 2011, Dana was named a Young Gun (YG9) by the Art Directors Club and a Young Creative to Watch by HOW Magazine. Most recently, she had the honor of creating O Magazine's first entirely hand-lettered cover for their February 2012 issue.

Duane King is a designer, thinker & writer. Together with Ian Coyle, Duane runs a creative studio and consultancy based in Portland, Oregon that focuses on design, culture, and craft. Duane is the founder of Thinking for a Living, a publisher and curator of thought-provoking design content and a creator of meaningful experiences. He is an Executive Member of the IADAS, the Webby Awards judging body, and serves on the board of Designspeaks. In 2011, Fast Company selected him as one of the 50 Most Influential Designers in America.


Friday, February 24

7pm-10pm —

Gallery Opening
Focus Gallery, UF Campus

6:30-7:30pm —

Lecture: Duane King
Location: Fine Arts B (FAB) 105

Saturday, February 25


Workshops With the Speakers
Reserved for design students

7-9pm —

Lectures: Dana Tanamachi/Mike Tabie
Location: Fine Arts B (FAB) 105

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