What is Ligature?

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 20 focuses on the balance between pathos, ethos, and logos, and the relationship that is made when these three types of thinking unite. Ethos, pathos, and logos are represented through the three colors, while the intricate pattern references the process of how concepts are made through the overlaying and combination of ideas referencing mathematical equations.

The Speakers

Jessica Walsh

Jessica Walsh


Jessica Walsh is a multidisciplinary designer living and working in NYC. She has worked with various NYC studios such as Sagmeister Inc, Pentagram Design and Print Magazine. She has also done freelance work for clients such as the The New York Times & NYT Magazine, AIGA, Computer Arts & I.D. Magazine, among many others. In 2009, she was awarded the top rising star in design by ComputerArts, and in 2010, she was named an Art Directors Club Young Gun. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI.

Michael Hendrix

Michael Hendrix

AIGA Profile

Michael Hendrix, a Location Director and an Associate Partner at IDEO, leads the Boston studio. Michael contributes creative direction and brand strategy to projects as diverse as counter-culture apparel, OTC drugs, and luxury-home goods. Michael believes the most effective designs are built through an organization's cultural transformation resulting in networked experiences—from strategic planning, to operations, to multi-modal consumer interactions.

An accomplished communication designer, Michael has received awards from all of the major American graphic design associations and publications, including the One Show, Type Directors Club, Print, How, and Communication Arts. His work is part of the permanent collection at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and the Denver Art Museum. He is also an AIGA Fellow—an honor acknowledging designers who have made a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in the practice and conduct of graphic design.

Joel Speasmaker

Joel Speasmaker


Forest is the multi-purpose studio of Joel Speasmaker, located in Brooklyn, New York, working in the areas of graphic design, art direction, publishing, branding, web design & development, illustration, and various curatorial projects. Joel previously published The Drama, served as art director for Anthem magazine and was comics editor for Swindle. Currently he is exhibiting personal work and self-publishing The Small Book series.


Friday, February 18

7-9pm —

Gallery Opening
Focus Gallery, UF Campus

8-9pm —

Lecture: Michael Hendrix
Location: Fine Arts B (FAB) 105

Saturday, February 19


Workshops With the Speakers
Reserved for design students

8-10pm —

Lectures: Jessica Walsh/Joel Speasmaker
Location: Fine Arts B (FAB) 105

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