Meet Your Team

Pre-planning Event


Wednesday, October 10
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The purpose of the Pre-Planning Event is for each team to meet for the first time, discuss their project, and to come up with a strategy to complete the project within the 12-hour span of the DesignMil event.

Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery

The Great Hall
923 W Juneau Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53233

The brewery parking

1213 N 9th St
Milwaukee, WI 53233


Pre-Planning Event Schedule


DesignMil organizers will give a short presentation, and then provide dinner. Afterwards, you'll meet your team for the first time. Creative teams will meet with their nonprofit to determine tactics to be completed the day of DesignMil. This meeting is mandatory for all participants and nonprofit representatives.

Attendance is mandatory. If you are not able to be in attendance, please email us at

Preparing for the Pre-Planning Event


1. Prioritize your item(s)
Even though we’ve provided options for pre-determined packages, you may find out while talking with your team that they can take on more than you originally requested, or you may find that you need to reduce the amount of work into something more manageable for the 12-hour period. If you have a list of priorities, write them down and share them with your creative team so they can start at the top and work their way down.
2. Have your content ready
Make sure to have your text written, images gathered, and any other content ready to hand over to your design team. 
3. Strategize Final File Sharing
We have outlined in our schedule a time slot that your designers can send/share their files with you. Discuss your preference to receive your files. We highly recommend creating a shared Google Drive folder or Dropbox folder. 

4. Keep an open mind
Your design team is made up of very talented, creative people with lots of ideas. 


1. Be sure to bring the following if you need it:

  • Computer with all necessary software
  • Computer charger
  • USB drive or other means to share files quickly
  • Pencils, pens, anything else you need to sketch ideas
  • Computer mouse or drawing tablet
  • A water bottle to stay hydrated!

Ready, set, go!

Design Day Event


Saturday, October 20
8:00 am - 9:00 pm

Milwaukee central library

Centennial Hall
733 N 8th St
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Meals, snacks and coffee will be available throughout the day. Invite your friends, family or coworkers to the final presentation at the end of the night!

parking options

LIBRARY LOT - 801 W Wisconsin Ave - $12 All Day

633 STRUCTURE LOT - 633 W Wisconsin Ave - $12 All Day

WELLS STREET LOT - 601 W Wells St - $5 All Day

      For the schedule for Saturday's event, please refer to our schedule page.


      Preparing for Design Day

      We'll hook you up with a few things, so feel free to leave these at home:

      • Electrical Outlets
      • Internet connection
      • Coffee, lots and lots of coffee


      1. Plan on two scheduled feedback sessions with your creative team & the final 7:30pm presentation
      First feedback session is 11:30am-12pm, second session is 3:00-3:30pm.


      1. Be sure to bring all the necessities used in the pre-planning meeting
      This includes computers, chargers, sketches, notebooks, etc. Everything you need to submit complete design files at the end of the night.

      2. Challenge yourself
      Take this day as a personal challenge to better yourself professionally and work in a different environment than you normally would. 

      3. Have fun!!



      Thank you so much for your interest and support in DesignMil

      We’re excited to see you soon!
      Questions, Comments or Concerns? Please feel free to reach out to us.

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