Power within: Reflection & self-care a vessel for bold art (+ Happy Hour)

Keynote /Friday/October 14/7:00 PM

Description and details

Kick off DC Design Week 2022 with DC native Justine Swindell — illustrator, muralist, survivor, public health advocate, and mother — as she discusses how the intersection of well-being, our personal stories, and design can better connect us to our artistic approach and audience. Justine’s journey recovering from heart surgery and her pursuit of wellness has helped her find her own voice as an artist and designer.

After starting her career in commercial post-production and graphic design, Justine’s formative experiences inspired her to obtain an M.A. in Sociology and dedicate more than ten years to improving  outcomes for vulnerable populations

Justine pours her life experience and training into her illustrations, paintings, and public art projects, fusing gritty nostalgia with pop art to creator her bold, minimalistic style. Creating her lane as an artist, she helps people, brands, and authors—especially those who are underrepresented—tell their stories with authenticity and pride.

After the Q&A with Justine, stick around for a raffle of one of her framed illustrations, eat and drink with your fellow creatives, and celebrate the start to DC Design Week.

This opening party was made possible by our sponsors Taoti Creative and Optoro.


Venue name: Optoro office

Venue info: 1001 G St NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20001


  • Justine Swindell

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    Illustrator & muralist

    Justine Swindell is a DC native artist, survivor, public health advocate, and mother. In her minimalist/bold style, she fuses gritty nostalgia with pop art to make illustrations, paintings, and public-art projects. Creating her lane as an artist, she helps people, brands, and authors tell their stories with authenticity and pride.


In-Person Guidance

  • We recommend that everyone wear a mask when they aren’t eating or drinking.
  • Enter the building and look for the Washington Center Offices. Check in with security and take the elevator to the 12th floor.

COVID-19 is hard to predict: What happens if in-person events need to be canceled?

When possible, in-person events will be moved to Zoom and a refund should not be expected. If an event is canceled in its entirety, a refund will be issued. In either scenario you will be notified immediately.


  • A sign language interpreter will not be present unless requested. If requested, we will do our best to employ a sign language interpreter for the event.

  • This venue is ADA accessible.

  • The venue is located near theMetro Center (take the 11th and G exit, which will take you straight into the building) and Chinatown (exit to 9th and G, walk two blocks down G St. and turn right on 11th) Metro stations.

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You can learn more about how we’re making DC Design Week an accessible experience by visiting our accessibility statement.

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