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There and Back Again (or, How to Get to and from Design Week)

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AIGA Baltimore
October 19, 2013

We’ve got Design Week events going on all over the Baltimore metro area this year! From Owings Mills down to Columbia, we’re spreading our wings—and the love.

Some of you might be pondering your transportation options for our events. (You’re coming to every event, right??) So we’re here to help!

First off, we’re happy to announce that we’ve partnered with spanking-new ride-sharing service Lyft (of fuzzy pink car-mustache fame) to offer discounted rides to all guests for the Charm City Type Race and INTERACT panel discussion. Just download the app and enter the code AIGA under “payment” to receive $10 of free credit towards your ride. Learn more about Lyft here.

Another great option if you’re in the city is to use the Charm City Circulator. This free shuttle service runs through several of the city’s main corridors and would be an excellent choice for getting back to the starting point from the end point of the Type Race. You could also use it to get to our 25th Anniversary Party in Fells Point or the the Refresh Baltimore panel at MICA. County folks can connect to the Circulator via the MTA’s Light Rail service.

Alternatively, if you want a scenic, relaxing transportation option and aren’t in a time crunch, you could try out Baltimore’s Water Taxi service. It docks at several spots around the Inner Harbor. After the Type Race, wouldn’t it be nice to take a sea cruise back to Locust Point?


We always recommend carpooling when you can because it’s not only green, it’s less frustrating—instead of each of you finding your own parking spot, you only have to find one!

Some of our events feature street-only parking: the Charm City Type Race, INTERACT panel discussion, and studio tour at Gilah Press + Design. We recommend leaving yourself plenty of time to park for these events. If you end up arriving early, no worries. We’ll be happy to welcome you into the event.

For the Type Design for Non-Type Designers workshop on Tuesday, there will be plenty of free parking available at Stevenson University’s School of Design. Just make sure you account for rush hour traffic!

Whether you’re carpooling or not, you’ll also find street parking in Fells Point for our 25th Anniversary Party. If you can’t snag a street spot, there’s always the garage on Thames Street, which is pretty darn cheap and just a couple of blocks away. The garage is also an option if street parking is unavailable for the Orange Element studio tour in the same area. However, you’ll find plenty of free parking in ADG Creative’s lot!

We’re looking forward to seeing all your shining faces at these events. Let’s make Baltimore’s second annual Design Week awesome!

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