Event Calendar /

May 2013

Wed / 05.01.13

12:00AM - 11:59PM

National Bike-to-Work Challenge!

Make May the Start of Something New

Need motivation to bike to work? Then May is your month! Be challenged by your fellow designers by starting or joining a 3-9 person team under the AIGA organization to take on Cascade Bicycle Club's Commute Challenge. Whether you're a road warrior or a two-wheeled neophyte*, we want you out of your car out there riding with us. It's FREE and you only need to commit to FOUR rides for the month (but we bet you'll do more)! Just track the miles you ride, log them into the simple online tool, then watch as you and your team climb the ranks.

To join in, you have two choices. You can either:

  1. Find 3-9 friends/coworkers/colleagues, then create your own team as a Captain and send your other teammates an invite. Just select AIGA as the "Organization" you are joining under.
  2. Or if you can't find 3 others to join you, just post a message on the AIGA Seattle Facebook Event Page that you want to join a team and we'll do our best to help you find a spot!

Sign up now
to feel the wind in your hair, cruise past the traffic, feel the competitive spirit and get in great shape!

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Thu / 05.02.13

5:30PM - 8:00PM
Capitol Hill, Pike/Pine Corridor

AIGA Seattle /

Studio Tours on Capitol Hill

Civilization, Substantial, Urban Influence & Creature

See what's through the doors, behind the curtains and under the sheets at Capitol Hill design studios to get a tad closer to what is really making these creatives tick & tock around the clock producing all that beautiful work.

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Wed / 05.08.13

6:00PM - 9:00PM

Community / Art with Heart


Annual Print & Design Industry Fundraiser Benefiting Art with Heart

Ready, Set, THROW! Like having fun, networking with others in the print, visual and graphic arts community while raising money to help kids in crisis? You won’t want to miss this event!

We’re looking for teams, individual bowlers, cheerleaders, and sponsors! Enjoy dinner, a no host bar, door prizes, and exciting raffle items while showing off your bowling skills. Get a fun night out and let the competition begin!

All proceeds raised will directly benefit children facing grief and loss – both here and in Newtown, CT after the Sandy Hook shooting.

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Thu / 05.09.13

7:00PM - 8:00PM

AIGA Seattle / IxDA + MakerHaus

Connecting: Emerging Themes for Interactions

Albert Shum & Corrina Black presented by IxDA + AIGA Seattle

Over a year ago, a team at Microsoft interviewed design thought leaders from Method, School of Visual Arts, Doblin, Nokia, Microsoft, Arduino, Kicker Studio, Twitter, Method, Malmö University, Stamen and frog design to understand perspectives on emerging themes in interaction design. It’s an exciting time for interaction design with work in such areas as The Internet of Things, Screens Everywhere, More Natural Interfaces, Augmenting our Abilities, Building Living Systems, Adaptive Environments, When Machines Can See, and Disrupt Everything. Albert Shum and Corrina Black will share some of these interviews and discuss how these emerging themes will shape our world.

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Fri / 05.10.13

8:30AM - 10:00AM
The JBL Theater at the EMP

Community / CreativeMornings Seattle

CreativeMornings Seattle: Mamoun Sakkal

Writing Backwards: Designing Arabic Typefaces

As the international market for design grows, the value of knowing less-familiar writing systems also grows. International typographer Mamoun Sakkal will tantalize us with stories on the challenge and beauty of designing Arabic typefaces during May's Creative Morning talk, Writing Backwards: Designing Arabic Typefaces.

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Fri / 05.10.13

9:00AM - 12:30PM
1927 Events

Community / PSFK SEATTLE


PSFK.com presents a lively conversation around the creativity emerging from in and around Seattle. At PSFK SEATTLE, speakers will present innovative projects that reflect new types of businesses that are being built and fresh ideas in the ways we interact with our city.

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Fri / 05.10.13

5:00PM - 9:00PM
Cornish College of the Arts

Community / Cornish College of the Arts


Food trucks, live music and free drinks!

EXPO 13 builds upon the annual BFA Exhibition, highlighting the depth and range of our students’ creative inquiry and expression at Cornish College of the Arts. The Art and Design shows serve as the keystone to an expanded schedule of events, including dialogue, performances, and artistic interventions.

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Tue / 05.14.13

11:50AM - 1:00PM
Wexley School for Girls

AIGA Seattle / Wexley School for Girls

The Lunch Box @ Wexley School for Girls

An AIGA Seattle Thought Leadership Series


Join us at a different local studio each month for The Lunch Box. Break away from your desk to visit an amazing studio and listen to local design leaders present original perspectives that will inspire, shift or interrupt your relationship with the design space. After the presentation there will be a chance to ask questions and pick the brains of some of Seattle's brightest design minds.

This month's lunch will be hosted by Cal McAllister of Wexley School for Girls. He’ll discuss:

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Wed / 05.15.13

12:01AM - 11:59PM

Community / GiveBIG + ARCADE

GiveBIG 2013 + ARCADE

DONATE ON MAY 15, 2013 and The Seattle Foundation will match a percentage of the funds to the organization you donate to!

The Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG is a one-day, online charitable giving event to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations who make our region a healthier and more vital place to live.

Each donation made to the more than 1,400 nonprofit organizations profiled on The Seattle Foundation's website on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, will receive a prorated portion of the matching funds from the "stretch" pool. (See website for details).

Donate to ARCADE during GiveBIG and help elevate the dialogue on design and support a more innovative, interdisciplinary, energized design community and public in the Northwest (and beyond).

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Wed / 05.15.13

12:01AM - 11:59PM
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Enter now to WIN FULL REGISTRATION to the Dieline Package Design Conference 2013!

Calling all Designers, Students and Creatives!

The Dieline is giving you the opportunity to design your own package and win a full registration ticket to The Dieline Package Design Conference in San Francisco on June 23rd to 26th.

Deadline for entry is May 15, 2013. For complete details on this The Dieline Papercraft Challenge click here.

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Sat / 05.18.13

12:00PM - 4:00PM
The Western Gallery, WWU Campus

Community / WWU

Masters of Design: Volume Inc.

Our Work Shouldn't Be Here


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Tue / 05.21.13

6:30PM - 8:30PM

Community / Puget Sound SIGCHI

Accessibility is the New Black

Puget Sound SIGCHI's May Meeting presented by Wendy Chisholm

In a world of 30-second Super Bowl ads and 140-character tweets, how do you catch someone’s attention? When you get it, how do you communicate about something as complex as web accessibility?

In this session we’ll talk about the issues we face helping large corporations make their web properties accessible. We’ll talk about tactics that have worked well and strategies that haven’t. This is about messaging web accessibility within a large organization, catching someone’s attention and maintaining it in order to create organizational change.

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Tue / 05.21.13

7:00PM - 8:30PM
School of Visual Concepts

AIGA Seattle /

Open Board Meeting 2013

We Want You for the Board!

Every year some of our hard-working board members roll out of their biennial positions to allow a new batch of members to take on their duties. Just before they do, though, we hold our Open Board Meeting where enthusiastic, collaborative, rock star members like yourself can chat with out-going board volunteers about what it takes to kick-ass as an AIGA Seattle Director or Chairperson. This meeting will take place

Tuesday, May 21st
7:00 - 8:30pm
School of Visual Concepts


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Wed / 05.22.13

12:00AM - 12:00AM
Oregon Convention Center

AIGA Chapter / Portland

WebVisions Portland

Explore the Future of the Web

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Thu / 05.23.13

6:00PM - 8:00PM
Belltown Pub

Seattle Schmooze

Special AIGA Seattle + IxDA Mixer

// AIGA Seattle and IxDA Mixer //

Join us at Belltown Pub! AIGA members and friends will meet colleagues from IxDA for a drink. IxDA serves the needs of the international Interaction Design community (more info at: www.ixda.org).

So join us as we get together to swap ideas, vent about impossible deadlines, share inspiration, and have a laugh. No reservation needed, no cover charge but must be 21+ and attendees are responsible for their own tabs. Belltown Pub has a pool table, foosball, and will offer our group happy hour deals until 8. It's sure to be a great time!


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Wed / 05.29.13

12:00PM - 1:30PM
Seattle Design Center-Plaza Building

Community / Seattle Graphic Artists Guild

Whatever Happened to Weekends?

How Guarding Your Leisure Hours Can Make You More Productive with Jim Krause, HOW Conference Presenter

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Thu / 05.30.13

6:00PM - 10:00PM
Downtown Seattle

Community / Design Fail Institute

Seattle "Play in Public" Event

The kickoff event for the Design Fail Institute

What if all the people of Seattle came together to design games for social change?  How might we live differently if we realized our powers to "change the game" whenever we choose?  Join us on Thursday, May 30th, for a night of fun and adventure -- where we will introduce the power of play for unleashing human creativity.

Downtown Seattle will be transformed into a giant playground.  We'll run for cover, chase each other, and race from one checkpoint to the next until the game is done.  Inspired by the famous game, Journey to the End of the Night, we will host a "play in public space" event unlike any you've experienced before!

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Fri / 05.31.13

9:00AM - 3:00PM
Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center

Community / Puget Sound SIGCHI

The UX Team of One Bootcamp

A Full Day, Hands On Workshop

This workshop is a hands on crash course in the skills, methods, and clever hacks that successful UX teams of one use to work inclusively, efficiently, and effectively. It is also a frank and candid guide to the challenges and opportunities that you might encounter if you're a UX team of one.

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