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Pixels of Fury Brings Design Frenzy to Baltimore This Week


This Wednesday, Pixels of Fury is back, and it’s furiouser than ever. The fast-paced design competition presented by Shutterstock and AIGA hits Baltimore on October 17, where contestants will go head to head to answer the question, “What inspires you about Charm City?”

As always, the dueling designers will only have 20 minutes to complete their entry live, on the spot, using only images and vectors from the Shutterstock collection in their quest.

Contenders will be feeling the Fury more than ever–we’re honored to have AIGA national president Doug Powell (!!!) and former AIGA Baltimore chapter president Bob Shelley will be judging the designs, while audience SMS votes help secure the coveted PoF trophy for one lucky winner.

Advance registration is closed for the event, but tickets are available at the door. In addition to the blazing battles, you can indulge in food, drink, a live DJ set, and networking with the creative community. Tickets are $25 for AIGA members and $35 for non-members.

The event kicks off at 6:30pm at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. Read on to meet the contestants!



David Colson

David is a graphic and user-interface designer at Orange Element. He moved to Baltimore from the Midwest in 2006 to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art, and has lived there (more or less) ever since.


Sarah Jennings

Sarah is the pre-sales manager for Millennial Media. She spends her days making awesome tiny ads for tiny screens, and her evenings creating spectacles, doing improv, and undertaking giant rehab projects happen on her house.


Dirk Torrijos

Dirk’s design career spans 15 years, but he’s been drawing since he was 5 years old, coming from a family of professional artists. After earning a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 1996, he hit the road as a musician, then proceeded to build and design instruments for HCG Instruments. In 2008, he started doing freelance motion graphics and 3D modeling, and in 2010, began working for Alexander and Tom.


Jill Blum

Jill has been a designer her whole life, but for the past decade-plus, she’s been getting paid to do it. A fan of the serial comma, Jill is a part-­time graduate student at University of Baltimore, a full-­time designer for Stanley Black & Decker, a partner and self-­proclaimed Creative Catalyst at design consultancy Caffeine, and on a crusade to make Third Person Thursdays a “thing.”

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Bobby G
Bobby is the Creative Director at Groove Commerce, a Baltimore-based tech firm that designs, builds, manages and promotes awesome things that live online. Originally from Philadelphia, he started his career in 2000 as a web designer and animator, working mostly in print, in both Philadelphia and Baltimore, before joining Groove.


Micah Piccirilli

Micah is Creative Director, Brand Architect and Partner at Piccirilli Dorsey — a multidisciplinary, super-creative agency. For the last 20 years, he has built brands, launched campaigns, and developed web sites, with work featured on everything from billboards to bowling balls. He has worked for large clients, medium-sized clients, and some that are so small that their office is located in a storage shed.

One of these designers has what it takes to bring home the Furious Pixel trophy. Stay tuned to find out who!


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