The Seattle Design Festival celebrates the ways design makes life better. Community members, city officials, citizen-experts, and designers all come together at workshops, performances, tours, exhibitions, talks, films, gatherings and more to exchange ideas. This year, the Seattle Design Festival explores how design can contribute to a more equitable society.
Join UX Book Club to discuss “Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data” by Charles Wheelan.
Once considered tedious, the field of statistics is rapidly evolving into a discipline that Hal Varian, chief economist at Google, has actually called “sexy.” How can we catch schools that cheat on standardized tests? How does Netflix know which movies you’ll like? What is causing the rising incidence of autism? As best-selling author Charles Wheelan shows us in Naked Statistics, the right data and a few well-chosen statistical tools can help us answer these questions and more.
Everyone is welcome to hang out and chat about the topic, even if you're not familiar with the reading material. Short excerpts from the book are read aloud to loosely guide the conversation along the topic.
When designers, educators, students and business leaders come together to exchange information and ideas, exciting things happen. Join IDSA (Industrial Designers Society of America) in Seattle, Aug. 19-22, 2015, for Future of the Future, IDSA’s 50th anniversary International Conference, with Chair Surya Vanka, IDSA, former director of user experience at Microsoft. "For half a century, IDSA has advanced the design profession,” says Vanka. “I'm grateful for the opportunity to facilitate the conversations that will lead our profession into the next half century."
Ben Jenkins discusses his thoughts on how creatives might consider dedicating to the long haul of mastering their craft without leaving their spirit, relationships and health behind. Ben presents concepts for learning to focus on what matters in order to free up time to live and work. Learn why the idea of work-life balance is a myth for the creative person. Ben will reveal the difference between living a creative life that mindfully fuels your work and health vs. living the life of a person in the creative industry.
Event Details & Tickets ($20 AIGA member, $30 non-member)
Join Puget Sound SIGCHI for a full-day workshop with Indi Young to heighten your skills in collaboration and developing creativity.
Spend the day becoming aware of your assumptions and learning what cognitive empathy can mean for your work. Try out a new, deeper kind of listening, which forms the root of cognitive empathy, and apply it within your organization.
Event Details & Tickets ($295)
We know we can’t design meaning directly, but we can certainly facilitate it. Join us to hear Marsha Haverty delve into theory to uncover the nature of meaning so that we may recognize new structural properties of information that do not just facilitate the emergence of meaning, but maintain its evolving thread in networks, cross-channel ecosystems, the Internet of Things, and other complex contexts.
Details & Tickets ($12.50)
Join UX Book Club in discussing “Articulating Design Decisions: Communicate with Stakeholders, Keep Your Sanity, and Deliver the Best User Experience” by Tom Greever.
“Every designer has had to justify designs to non-designers, yet most lack the ability to explain themselves in a way that is compelling and fosters agreement. The ability to effectively articulate design decisions is critical to the success of a project, because the most articulate person often wins."
You do not need to read the book to attend and participate in the conversation. Everyone is welcome to discuss the topic and share personal experiences, even if you're not familiar with the reading material.
Join the July Seattle Information Architecture and User Experience (IA/UX) Meetup as Stuart Maxwell discusses the politics of navigation!
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For years, REI.com's global navigation existed in a relatively stable equilibrium. It balanced the need to sell products and services, provide access to educational content, and inform visitors about unique aspects of the company. But a recent agency-led redesign threatened to disrupt this stability. Suddenly, a whole host of assumptions around the proper role of site-wide navigation were exposed. As REI's in-house IA, I had a front row seat to watch merchants, marketers, designers, and business managers wrangle over their competing expectations of REI's global nav. My job was to influence opinion and try to restore a healthy balance in the navigation while still supporting a new design direction for the site.
This talk will be a case study of the unexpected political struggles that were revealed during the design process. I'll attempt to fairly portray the full range of perspectives on global navigation, from customers to business owners, from agency designers to in-house designers, from accepted practice to emerging trends. I'll talk as candidly as I can about the discussions that took place throughout the redesign process, and where we landed on some fundamental questions about navigation: Who should we design for? Who should care about the global nav? And, particularly, what is IA's role in the creative process? In short, when politics enter the design studio, who wins?
Join us for a brainstorming session with Kat Davis of Frog, to learn the basics of support, teamwork, and the generative flow of ideas that will make you a better designer! Kat will lead us through the basics of "yes and" and supporting each other and will 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. She has also taught UX design at General Assembly in Seattle. When not designing, Kat moonlights as an improvisational comedian.
Join Puget Sound SIGCHI for their June meeting with Lindsey Arnold! Learn from a licensed therapist turned user researcher on how to apply therapy techniques to your UX practice.
Skills you will learn include: facilitating groups and understanding group dynamics, motivating behavior change in individuals, reading your team members' nonverbal cues, and providing an environment for change to occur. The more you understand people's behaviors, the greater impact you can make in your UX work, both with your team and beyond.
Enter through door located about 1/4 of the way down the Harbor Steps.
The Department of Design is pleased to present the Senior Portfolio Show with over forty graduating Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts students. On display is an accumulation of portfolio work from throughout the program ranging from interaction design, motion graphics, editorial layouts, branding, packaging, production, service learning and more.
The showcase will be Friday, June 12th from 1:30-4pm in the Academic Instruction Center West second and third floor lobbies. Prior to the show, there will be a guest lecture from 12-1:30pm in Rm 204 by guest speaker Aaron Draplin. Aaron Draplin, designer and founder of Draplin Design Co.
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!
In celebration of The New Frontier: Young Designer-Makers in the Pacific Northwest, join us for an exclusive screening of Teague: Design & Beauty followed by a discussion with filmmaker Jason A. Morris and Teague Brand Manager Sarah Matheny.
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The Department of Design will be hosting the BFA portfolio show at 1927 Events in downtown Seattle on June 5th from 4-8. Check out the work that they’ve been making over the past year. Parking is available in the area and light refreshments will be provided.
Show website and individual student portfolios: http://www.wwubfadesign.com
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
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.
Free (Creative Academy student/staff)
$11.34 (Guild member or students w/ID)
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.
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".
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.
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)
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.)
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)
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)
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.
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)
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)