Aug 6

The New Frontier: Young Designer-Makers in the PNW

  • Bellevue Arts Museum

The frontier represents the final boundary, signifying a geographic region as well as an abstract realm where original ideas evolve and take shape. In "the new frontier"—on the cusp of the unknown and untested—designer-makers are resetting boundaries, playing by their own rules, and establishing innovative models for creating, producing, and distributing goods.

The Pacific Northwest, still a frontier for industrial design production, is home to an inspiring population of young makers who are forging creative practices based on untested economic models that hark simultaneously to pre-industrial craft production and to cutting-edge technologies. Driven by a need to create beautiful, functional objects, while recognizing that the world is full of beautiful, functional objects, these pioneers form ideas, locate resources, and utilize processes available to them on the frontier. This phenomenon, globally conscious but regionally based, represents the new creative economy.

The New Frontier presents works by young, locally based designer-makers. Examining the materials, processes, and creative strategies that define their practices, the exhibition acts as a catalyst for the discussion of how objects and products are conceived and created here; who is making them; and how the field of local design is reflective of this unique region.

May 31

AIGA's Bike Month Challenge


The Bike Month Challenge presented by Adobe is Cascade Bicycle Club’s annual fun, free online trip-tracking contest. Ride solo or form a team of coworkers or friends (min 4, max 10) and challenge yourself and others to ride as much as possible during the month of May. Find AIGA Alt-T under leagues to compete against other designers!

Earn bragging rights and prizes for your bike trips and inspire a friend to try biking. All participants are eligible for a free souvenir and prizes, and team captains get a free T-shirt and party at the Captains Bash. New this year: You can track all your bike trips on Cascade Bicycle Club’s sleek new website, whether you’re riding to work, to coffee or just for fun.

6:30 pm18:30

IxDA Presents: Kat Davis "Kick-ass Brainstorming, Improvisation Techniques for Designers"

  • SURF Cabana

Tickets (only $5!)

Ever gotten stuck in a brainstorming session? Ever had egos get in the way of teamwork? Taking lessons from improvisational theatre, this workshop will teach you the basics of support, teamwork, and the generative flow of ideas that will make you a better designer. We’ll start with the basics of “yes and” and supporting each other and address how to apply these principles in real world situations. This workshop is fun and interactive, so come ready to try something new!


About Kat Davis:

Kat Davis is an interaction designer at frog. She has worked with a variety of Fortune 100 companies, start ups, government agencies and NGOs on projects ranging from talent management software to new product development. Kat is a passionate teacher of design to both current and aspiring designers. She has led workshops at IxDA ’15, IxDA South America, and UNICEF and taught UX design at General Assembly in Seattle. When not designing, Kat moonlights as an improvisational comedian.

8:30 am08:30

Paper Airplane: Design Thinking + Food Workshop

  • Artefact

Tickets: $37.74 (AIGA members), $53.49 (non-members)
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Join AIGA in Pioneer Square embark on this an all-day event filled with epic design thinking, brainstorming and cross-discipline collaboration.

Paper Airplane is part two of the Changemaker Series and this year's theme is focused on food!

This fun and educational workshop is for designers, changemakers, food-focused nonprofits, social impact organizations, strategists, writers, and anyone else who would like to turbo-charge their brainstorming sessions with human-centered, design thinking tools. 

Why should I attend Paper Airplane?

• Draw, act, write and share your brave, new ideas 
• Learn tools and thinking used in the design field
• Gain a deeper understanding of your users
• Define your most immediate design problems
• Explore systems thinking and learn ways to design at scale
• Discover new methods to turn ideas into action
• Connect with other brilliant changemakers

12:00 pm12:00

Creative Leaders Forum

Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 
12:00pm - 1:30pm
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Tickets: Free (first 12 people only!)

Leading a creative team is incredibly rewarding and also comes with a fair amount of challenges. AIGA has created this group for collaboration between Creative Directors, Studio Managers, Agency Owners and other Creative Management functions coming together to discuss trends, get input and brainstorm ways to tackle the challenges that come with leading creative organizations.

For the June session this forum will be talking about team morale! How do you keep teams engaged when work is challenging or repetitive? What are ways to build systems that keep teams excited to come to work every day? We'll share tips and ideas and establish upcoming topics for these forum discussions.

The meet up is free, but bring your lunch (or order one when you get here)! The event is open to the first 12 people who register to ensure everyone can participate. See you there!


7:00 pm19:00

New Web Design Tools For Visual Thinkers w/Erik Fadiman

  • Seattle Central Creative Academy

Free (Creative Academy student/staff)
$11.34 (Guild member or students w/ID)
$16.52 (General)


Join the Graphic Artists Guild for this talk/working with Erik Fadiman on applications that help web designers output HTML and CSS.

In this talk/workshop, they'll look at two different desktop applications, Blocs and Pinegrow, which are easy to learn and output perfect html and css from the popular bootstrap framework.

They'll also also look at a two web-based prototyping tools called UXPIN and InVision which allow you to rapidly prototype a website and demonstrate interactivity to clients.

9:00 am09:00

ACT-W Seattle: A Conference to Advance the Careers of Tech Women

  • Zulily

The annual conference known for creating community, building skills, and supporting empowered women in technology is coming to Seattle!

This year, in an action-packed Saturday hosted by Zulily, Seattle WIT organizations passionate about increasing the numbers of women in tech are organizing career-building interactive booths, breakout sessions, networking, technical workshops, and a career fair. Women of all levels of interest and involvement in tech are invited to attend. Whether you have a lot to learn or a bit to teach, we hope you join us! Stay tuned for more details; as we solidify our sessions, sponsors and partners, we will add them to this page and email you. Keep in contact with the hashtag #actwSEA!

**Note: you do not have to "feel" technical to attend this conference. Any woman involved in the tech industry is welcome; there will be no tests to decide if you're technical (or "woman") "enough".

More Info / Register

6:00 pm18:00

AIGA Seattle Schmooze

  • Clever Bottle

Join AIGA for their monthly Schmooze event (this month at Clever Bottle)! This event is an opportunity meet and get to know the AIGA board members, other Seattle designers, and creative minds of all kinds. No reservation needed, no cover charge, and please note that attendees are responsible for their own tabs.

Event Information (Free)

9:00 am09:00

Puget Sound Research Forum Spring Conference

  • The Museum of Flight

Join the Puget Sound Research Forum for their Spring Conference: Research Takes Off

Topics include: Insights integration, innovations in qualitative research in wearables, human factors engineering, and more. (See the schedule for details.)

More info / Register ($115 early member, $165 early non-member (until 4/9), $50 student)

6:30 pm18:30

UX Book Club: Designing Multi-Device Experiences by Michal Levin

  • TBA Seattle, WA

For the April meetup, the book club will be discussing "Designing Multi-Device Experiences: An Ecosystem Approach to User Experiences across Devices" by Michal Levin. 

As always, you don't have to read the book to attend and participate in the conversation. Everyone is welcome, but please do your best to familiarize yourself with the topic. 


Event Details & RSVP (Free)

Apr 19

B2B Startup Weekend Seattle

  • SURF Incubator

About Startup Weekend Seattle

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback!

Tickets ($75 Early, $99 Participant, $25 Demo day only)

6:00 pm18:00

The Zombie Apocalypse & Other Honeymoon Ideas: Creating an Indie Comic Book

  • Porch

This month's IA/UX meetup is co-hosted by IxDA Seattle and sponsored by Porch. Join us to learn from two designers about presenting your own work, as well as what's involved in creating an indie comic book.

The Zombie Apocalypse and Other Honeymoon Ideas: How one Designer couple created their Indie Comic Book

Sarah Braly and David Phillips are the creators of the independent comic book High Fructose Zombies. In the span of 2 years, they went from having nothing to a 6 issue graphic novel, a successful Kickstarter and window display in Grand Central Station in NYC. 

Details & Tickets ($12.50)

Apr 14

ByDesign 2015

  • Northwest Film Forum (some events elsewhere)

Join the Northwest Film Forum and design firm Civilization for ByDesign, the film forum's annual architecture and design film festival.This year’s film lineup roves the architectural terrain of tiny houses, the history of typography, the interiors of 1977’s psychic landscapes, a German architecture firm captured through the lens of the late Harun Farocki in one of his last films, and more.

ByDesign brings together a diversity of people, ideas and creative visions to explore intersections of design and the moving image. The program celebrates artists who combine forms and disciplines to transform our visual culture.

Join for an opening party and array of guest artists and speakers, documentaries, panel discussions that illuminate the roots, currents and future of design in motion.

Also, on Tuesday, 14 April, ARCADE is co-presenting a free ByDesign talk by Surya Vanka, "Furturing the Future" at the Frye Art Museum. 

Tickets / More info $60 ($30 for Film Forum, ARCADE and Frye Art Museum Members)

8:30 am08:30

Seattle Creative Mornings: Humility

  • Impact HUB Seattle

This is part of a series about humility

Speaker: Omri Mor

Omri founded ZIIBRA in 2012 with the goal of helping artists turn their creative projects into full-time gigs.

12:00 pm12:00

AIGA Lunch Box @ Slalom

  • Slalom

Join Slalom, Wexley School for Girls, and the Pike Place Market Foundation as they discuss the process of creating a compelling campaign idea, infusing that into a responsive digital experience, and launching a campaign to complete the 40-year vision of the historic district and connecting the Market to Seattle’s waterfront.

Event Information / Tickets ($15-25 members, $30-40 non-members)


9:15 am09:15

Introduction to UX design by UX Launchpad

  • Sole Repair Shop

Introduction to UX design by UX Launchpad 

Get acquainted with design thinking. If you want to become a designer or you want to understand designers better, this is for you. By the end of the day you'll have a full sketchbook, a product pitch, and a way forward.

9:00 am09:00

Beyond Responsive: Accessible Design For Every Device

  • Bell Harbor Conference Center (Pier 66)

From the people who brought you A List Apart, this full day event follows An Event Apart Seattle and runs 9am to 4pm.  

Responsive web design is now a foundational concept of modern web design. It gives us the flexibility that we need to create future friendly web sites and applications. But there’s more to creating a great experience for everyone than just “making it responsive.” There’s much, much more.

Event Info & Registration ($549, $649 at the door)

Mar 31

An Event Apart: The Design Conference for People Who Make Websites

  • Bell Harbor Conference Center (Pier 66)

From the people who brought you A List Apart, An Event Apart Seattle is an intensely educational learning session for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for.

Event Info & Tickets ($1095-$1390)


6:00 pm18:00

AIGA March Schmooze

Join AIGA for their monthly Schmooze event! This event is an opportunity meet and get to know the AIGA board members, other Seattle designers, and creative minds of all kinds. No reservation needed, no cover charge, and please note that attendees are responsible for their own tabs.

Schilling Cider House
708 North 34th Street
Seattle, WA 98103

Registration: http://seattle.aiga.org/event/schmooze-4/

6:30 pm18:30

Design as Inquiry: Tactile and Tactical Design

  • Bagley Hall, University of Washington

Design as Inquiry: Tactile and Tactical Design with Daniela Rosner, PhD

In this talk, Professor Rosner describes a research approach that relies on technology design not as an end in itself, but as a way to understand social phenomena, from how artists use new technologies to foster insight and action, to how community members engage public space to produce new modes of citizenship.

7:00 pm19:00

The Evolution of Design Agencies - Seattle IA and UX meetup

  • Moz Headquarters

The Evolution of Design Agencies

Creative agencies today must not only deliver outstanding work to clients, but must also have their finger on the pulse of digital trends, be strategic advisors who can make sense of the ever-changing marketing landscape and staff themselves with top talent who can successfully execute on these demanding challenges.

6:00 pm18:00

Content Strategy & SEO Panel Event

  • Moz

We are once again hosting this mont's IA/UX Meetup in partnership with Content Strategy Seattle and with support from AIGAASIS&T, and UXPA.

January's Meetup features Content Strategy and SEO with a panel discussion at Moz Headquarters. Our presenters will give brief talks with their key advice about working with SEO and content strategy in harmony, then take on questions submitted by our registrants.

Our panelists: 

  • Adria Saracino, Head of Content Strategy, Distilled 
  • Trevor Klein, Content Strategist, Moz 
  • Rachel Price, Content Strategist, Radio Tower Digital 
  • Panel Host: Misty Weaver, Content Strategy Lead, Portent

It's a shorter than usual evening so we'll start with a brief networking and nosh session, then go straight into our panel. Help us plan the program by submitting your questions when you register.

Tickets $10

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Huge thanks for Moz and General Assembly for sponsoring this event! That is so, so awesome.

7:30 pm19:30

Remembering Alan Turing

  • Town Hall

Town Hall hosts Andrew Hodge's, author of Alan Turing: The Enigma for a discussion on the computer scientist, mathematician, and WWII code breaker. 

From his work to decipher encoded German messages during the war, to his conviction as a homosexual, Turing’s story is chronicled Hodges' book. He will share little-known details of Turing’s life, analyze the far-reaching influences of his work, and explain why, even today, it’s important to recognize — and remember — the work of this once-celebrated, once-criticized genius. 

A University of Oxford professor, mathematician, author, and gay rights activist, Hodges’ book is the basis for a newly-released film starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing.

Tickets $5

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8:30 am08:30

Creative Mornings Seattle - Mona Akmal and Code.org

  • EMP Museum

Creative Mornings Seattle presents another edition of their popular morning lecture series, a talk by Mona Akmal from Code.org.

Mona has a long history of building products (like OneDrive) for real people at companies like Microsoft and Amazon. She’s explored many aspects of product development in her professional journey (from being a developer to running a product team). Being a Pakistani woman in the high-tech industry in the US, the issue of diversity has great personal meaning for Mona. As director of product at Code.org, she is dedicated to bringing computer science education to all children and in doing so, helping eliminate the stereotypes that plague this sector.


Event details & registration

5:30 pm17:30

How to conduct a content audit

  • Portent

A brief how-to session on conducting a content audit to end (or kick off) your year! Paula Land will offer tips and CSS will crowdsource even more helpful advice. Networking first, a little pizza among friends, then Audit Madness at 6:30.



UX Holiday Party 2014
6:30 pm18:30

UX Holiday Party 2014

  • Facebook Seattle

IXDA Seattle is excited to team up with UXPA SeattleAIGA Seattle and ASIS&T with support from IA/UX MeetupUsability SeattleContent Strategy Seattle and UX Happy Hour for one spectacular holiday event!

Come celebrate with your friends and colleagues for a first-time event in Seattle!  Combined UX groups, representing more than 6,000 members, are throwing a party to celebrate and reflect on 2014.

Tickets $25

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