Design for Our City: Closing Party


EVENING (6:00 pm - 9:30 pm)

Vü Studio, 6735 Centennial Boulevard, Nashville, TN, 37209


Nashville Design Week

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Hear a panel about the evolution of the Nashville Design Week brand identity followed by our signature Closing Party with a warehouse vibe.

Help us close out Nashville Design Week 2023 while being immersed in the ethos of Design Week: yesterday, today and tomorrow. We will start the evening with a short panel about our purpose for NDW and why we think it is critical to do a full rebrand every single year. The panel will kick-off a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the next Nashville Design Week Brand Partner, so we highly encourage graphic designers to attend that are interested in putting their name in the hat. Attendees will hear from the last 3 Brand Partners (Rex Runyeon, Lasso Studio, and New Hat) about each of their experiences creating two unique visual identities for Nashville Design Week over each of their 2 year terms. From creating NDW’s foundational identity, to navigating the state of the world in 2020, and now challenging the brand to evolve, we will dig into what makes it special to create a brand that represents the Nashville design community for just a moment in time.

After the panel, we will enjoy a party with an homage to Nashville Design Week’s beginnings with a warehouse vibe that puts the 2023 brand on full display. Cocktails will be provided by Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery and their associated spirit brands. Photo Booth experience provided by Hi-Fi Media Co.

Parking is free onsite, but rideshare or carpooling recommended.


Veronica Foster (Moderator)

Veronica Foster is the Director of Communications for Nashville Design Week. Alongside the Brand Partner, she manages the ethos of NDW through external communication strategy. She is always finding ways to bring it back to the root of why each and every one of us designs and she especially loves challenging the design community to do more. Veronica spends her days working as the Communications + Advocacy Manager for the Civic Design Center, where she is the mind, pen and cursor behind the organization’s voice, managing strategic messaging across all departments. She also manages individual donor relationships for the organization.

Rex Runyeon (2022-2023)

Rex Runyeon Design Office is a strategic design and art direction studio based in Nashville, TN known for creating striking visual identity, packaging, illustration, and signage for clients who value design as a point of differentiation. As a native Nashvillian, Rex is proud to represent his city as Nashville Design Week’s Brand Partner for the second year in a row.

Allen Laseter, Lasso Studio (2020-2021)

Allen brings over twelve years of animation, illustration, and directing experience to Lasso Studio. With a foundation in film focused on directing and cinematography, Allen brings highly relatable narratives rooted in his love for cinema to the world of motion, and an artful vision to every project. His unique style and approach has led to collaborations with top studios across the globe and clients including MTV, TED-Ed, and Disney.

Lindsey Laseter, Lasso Studio (2020-2021)

Lindsey brings over twelve years of branding, graphic design, and strategy experience to Lasso Studio. Armed with a unique foundation of psychology and human behavior paired with her talent for design and business principles, she’s built her expertise through digital agencies, boutique branding studios and in house leading teams and companies. She loves creating custom solutions that connect brands and people on a personal level and guiding clients and partners to create a great experience along the way.

Elizabeth Williams, New Hat (2018-2019)

Elizabeth Williams is the co-founder and Principal of New Hat Projects. New Hat Projects is a surface design studio founded in 2016 specializing in original artwork for custom wallcovering, interior finishes & installations. We transform spaces for brands, designers and homeowners who want something they can’t find anywhere else.