Ligature 29 is the University of Florida's annual symposium featuring internationally recognized designers who lead lectures, workshops, and a juried exhibition of graphic design students' work.

So, what even is a ligature?

A ligature is that tiny little connection you make between two letters to join them together. Some connections even look like a smile! 


Ligature 29 is a celebration of design connections that make us SMILE.



Workshops and Portfolio Reviews (UF Students Only)

Meg Lewis's Workshop  |  12 PM - 2 PM

Fine Arts C 314

Tad Carpenter's Workshop  |  3 PM - 5 PM

Fine Arts C 112

Gallery Opening  |  7 PM - 9 PM
Gary R. Libby Gallery (Fine Arts C)
1370 Inner Road, Gainesville FL 32601


AIGA Gainesville Coffee with Creatives  |  10 - 11:30 AM

AIGA Social Hour  |  6 PM - 7 PM
Gary R. Libby Gallery
1370 Inner Road, Gainesville FL 32601

Lecture Series + Awards  |  7 PM - 9 PM
Little Hall Room 101

Ligature Afterparty  |  10 PM



Tad Carpenter is a designer, illustrator, author and educator based in Kansas City, Missouri. Carpenter co-runs the design and branding studio, Carpenter Collective with his wife, Jessica Carpenter, where they focus on bringing powerful messages to life through branding, packaging, illustration, and design. They have worked with clients ranging from Target, Coca-Cola, Macy's, Old Navy, Conan O'Brien, Adobe and MTV among many others. Carpenter has worked with numerous bands on posters and tour campaigns for over 10 years, including John Mayer, Bob Dylan, Radiohead, Paul McCartney, and Dave Matthews Band to name a few. Carpenter has written and illustrated over twenty children's books in our marketplace today intended for adults and children of all ages. See more of his and his studio's work at carpentercollective.com


Meg Lewis is a designer working with happy companies to create friendly, personable visual experiences with an emphasis on clean, expressive type and bold colors. Beyond design, she is a speaker and educator creating more fulfilling lives for humans of all kinds. Meg empowers individuals to discover their unique selves through books, video series, workshops, and talks titled Full Time You. She also founded Ghostly Ferns, an international collective of designers and commercial artists available for collaborative lines, installations, events, workshops, and artist series. See more of her work at darngood.co

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