The second meeting will be in a different place and the third meeting in an even different place. All suggestions will be considered. I called 12 places at the Perimeter and the lowest room price I could find for 25 people was $250. Rooms cost money either in a charge or added on to the food/drink charges. It has to have free parking and minimal smoking. It has to have food and alcohol. Free parking probably isn't going to happen sometimes in Midtown or Downtown. With dinner, a drink, gas, and maybe parking you are still spending $10-20 less than an AIGA meeting just to hear the speaker. The speakers may not be from New York City but they'll be good. This is about networking and meeting people who can help you...not meeting someone from a hot ad agency in Seattle who can never do anything for your career. You are all now deputy location scouts in charge of finding places in your part of town where we can move the meetup so it is in different parts of the city for different months. Please also forward people you'd like to have speak to the group -- a vendor with a unique offering, a luminary designer you admire, or a technical rep from a software company.
This Meetup group focuses intentionally on building an informal, friendly, and supportive community that helps Atlanta-area designers share, develop, and prosper. Our members are primarily graphic designers across all career stages, skill levels, and media. Building on what already exists in the market through other groups and associations, our programming will be a mix of events and social experiences that challenge, encourage, and inspire members to create their best work ever.
Allied professions, vendors, and prospective employers are always welcome to participate in our events and online conversations but please contact the Organizer before posting solicitations to the Message Board.