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Apr 9, 2016
(Graphic Design) Portfolio Review Day
BGSU Fine Arts

AIGA Toledo, the BGSU Division of Graphic Design (BGSUGD) and the AIGA BGSU Student Group are proud to announce Dirty, the 9th Annual Portfolio Review Day!

This year’s student portfolio review sessions will be held Saturday, April 9th in the BGSU School of Art. Modeled after our previous successful Portfolio Review Days, we have once again planned an exciting all-day event! Beginning with open registration / check-in starting promptly at 8:30am, a formal review period from 9:30am–12:30pm, lunch, keynote speaker Tyler Deal followed by pecha kucha talks from recent grads about their lives after BGSU with a Q&A to immediately follow.

  • Registration/Check-in: 8:30–9:30am (walk-in’s welcome, pre-registration recommended)
  • Reviews: 9:30am – 12:30pm
  • Lunch: 12:30 – 1:15pm
  • Keynote Lecture: 1:15 – 2:30pm
  • Recent Grad Pecha Kuchas with Q+As 2:45 – 4:00pm
Apr 13, 2013
6th Annual AIGA Toledo / BGSUGD Student Portfolio Review Day
BGSU Wolfe Center

We are proud to announce SHINE, the 6th Annual AIGA Toledo / BGSUGD Student Portfolio Review Day, Saturday, April 13th, from 10:00am–4:00pm, on the campus of BGSU in the acclaimed Wolfe Center.

We are currently seeking experienced designers to review, as well as recent grads to participate as panelists. Please fill out this inquiry for if you would like to volunteer ( ). Don't miss this great opportunity to (re)connect with regional graphic design faculty, students, and professionals.

Special guest and acclaimed designer Gail Anderson will be giving a closing talk, as well as serving as a portfolio reviewer for the day. Anderson is a New York City-based graphic designer, educator, and writer. She has served as creative director of design for SpotCo, an advertising agency whose clients include over half the shows on Broadway, and as senior art director of Rolling Stone magazine. Anderson is an AIGA medalist, and co-author of seven books on design and pop culture, including the upcoming Found Type, with Steven Heller. She teaches at the School of Visual Arts, and most recently designed a postage stamp for the USPS commemorating the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Participating students will receive immediate evaluation and feedback from regional design professionals who are working and teaching in the field of graphic design each and everyday. Undergraduate and graduate graphic design students, at all levels and from all institutions, are encouraged to participate (recent grads as well!).

Oct 5, 2016
Aaron Draplin: Pretty Much Everything
BGSU Wolfe Center

Join us for a lively talk from Aaron Draplin, as he regales us with tales of his newly published book (Draplin Design Co.: Pretty Much Everything), graphic design and life's other curiosities.


Aaron James Draplin is the founder of the Draplin Design Co., based in Portland, Oregon. He has created print, identity, and illustration work for Timberline Lodge, Woolrich, Patagonia, Nike, Mark Maron, and Sasquatch Festival, among others.


Esquire. Ford Motors. Burton Snowboards. The Obama Administration. While all of these brands are vastly different, they share at least one thing in com­mon: a teeny, little bit of Aaron James Draplin. Draplin is one of the new school of influential graphic designers who combine the power of design, social media, entrepreneurship, and DIY aesthetic to create a successful business and way of life.

Pretty Much Everything is a mid-career survey of work, case studies, inspiration, road stories, lists, maps, how-tos, and advice. It includes examples of his work—posters, record covers, logos—and presents the process behind his design with projects like Field Notes and the “Things We Love” State Posters. Draplin also offers valuable advice and hilarious commentary that illustrates how much more goes into design than just what appears on the page. With Draplin’s humor and pointed observations on the contemporary design scene, Draplin Design Co. is the complete package for the new generation of designers.

This talk, hosted by BGSU GD & AIGA Toledo is part of AIGA Toledo's 10th Anniversary. The talk is free & open to the public.

Mar 20, 2015
Adobe Creative Cloud Training
BGSU at Levis Commons

Friday, March 20th, AIGA Toledo will be hosting a workshop with Adobe on new and exciting features to the Creative Cloud – including Mobile apps that are sure to make your life as a designer a little easier.

Adobe Creative Cloud: Using Mobile Apps and What's New in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign

In this workshop, you’ll see how Adobe mobile apps can easily be used in your everyday work. We’ll begin by capturing colors, images, shapes or video to be used in a creative project, then modifying those assets with sophisticated tools—right on an iPhone and iPad. Then we’ll incorporate captured content in Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe Photoshop CC, and Adobe InDesign CC using the new apps along with the Adobe Creative Cloud libraries.

In Photoshop, you'll see retouching magic, intelligent upsampling and how to Extract Assets. With Illustrator, you'll see easy pattern creation, and the all-new Image Trace panel. And with InDesign, you'll learn timesaving new features and about the new Color Theme Tool.

Register Now - Space is Limited!

  • $5.00 for pre-registered AIGA members
  • $10.00 for AIGA members at the door
  • $35.00 for pre-registered Non-members
  • $50.00 for Non-members at the door
Mar 15, 2013
Adobe Workshop
Hanson Inc

Taught by Adobe certified trainer April Clark, The Creative Cloud and the new Creative Suite 6 applications allow designers to:

  • Experience improved speed due to new performance engines in Photoshop Extended and Illustrator.

  • Work with large, complex files and applying creative effects such as blurs, glows, and drop shadows with unprecedented speed.

  • Work faster and more fluidly with an enhanced user interface in Illustrator.

  • Efficiently create beautiful repeating patterns in Illustrator.

  • Efficiently repurpose content for print and digital applications by creating alternate versions of an InDesign layout within the same document.

  • Experience retouching magic and work with video and 3D in Photoshop Extended.

  • Leverage dozens of timesaving enhancements that let you streamline routine design and production tasks without compromising quality or control.

  • Design new types of content using familiar skills and tools. Design and publish HTML websites without writing code using Muse.

Apr 23, 2014
AIGA Members meeting with Andrew Weber
Seed Coworking

Join us for our Annual Members Meeting on Wednesday, April 23, 2014!

Andrew Weber, a professional sports photographer based out of Toledo, Ohio will share his work and his story of success!

Andrew has covered: 2012 London Olympics, Super Bowl, World Series, Daytona 500, Indy 500, hundreds of college and professional football games along with working with local companies. For more of Andrew's work, visit his website:

Pizza, beer and non-alcoholic beverages will be available.

AIGA Members: FREE. Non-Members: $5 at the door.

Apr 11, 2015
AIGA Toledo and BGSUGD 8th Annual Portfolio Review Day
Hanson Inc

Natural and undisguised, it is time to show who you really are. AIGA Toledo, the BGSU Division of Graphic Design (BGSUGD) and the AIGA BGSU Student Group are proud to announce RAW, the 8th Annual Portfolio Review Day! You’ve worked hard to prove yourself over years. Now is the time to bring proof for evaluation and feedback. Over 20 graphic designers and design professionals from across the Northwest Ohio region will be on hand, ready to review your work.

This year’s student portfolio review sessions will be held Saturday, April 11th at Hanson Inc. in Maumee, Ohio. Modeled after our previous successful Portfolio Review Day’s, we have once again planned an exciting all-day event, but with a new format. Beginning with open registration?/?check-in starting promptly at 8:30am, a formal review period from 9:00am–12:00pm, lunch, keynote speaker Kelli Anderson followed by mini talks on salary tips, what freelancing entails and Q&A panel discussion with recent graduates.

Our special guest speaker, Kelli Anderson is an artist, designer, and tinkerer who is obsessed with the mechanics of visual things. In her work, she tries to find surprising possibilities hidden in ordinary experiences.

Both undergraduate and graduate graphic design students at all levels are invited to participate in the Review Day (recent graduates as well!). Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to receive direct, one-on-one feedback, including an opportunity to be reviewed by Kelli! Be sure to visit the AIGA Toledo website at to register online (walk-in’s still welcome), review specific event details, and check out who’s confirmed as a professional reviewers. Help us make this year’s Portfolio Review Day another great success... save the date and register early! It is time to reveal at the Review!

Oct 24, 2014
AIGA Toledo Cocktails & Creatives
Paula Brown Shop


Please join us Friday, October 24th for the next installment of AIGA Toledo’s Cocktails & Creatives. The event will run from 6–9pm and you are welcome to stay as long as you wish. These mixers are a great networking and social opportunity.


  • Beer Garden (Full Bar), Tunes and Cornhole!
  • Enjoy food from the Swig Food Truck
  • Rain or shine. Indoor seating also available.

Stop by the Adam's Street Zombie Crawl after!

Aug 1, 2014
AIGA Toledo Cocktails & Creatives: TAoVG
Toledo Museum of Art

Join AIGA Toledo at the Toledo Museum of Art to tour The Art of Video Games. This exhibition shows the striking visual effects, player interactivity and creative use of new technologies in games. By focusing on four game types—action, adventure, target and combat/strategy—the exhibition reveals the emergence of video games as a means of storytelling and audience engagement. We will be able to connect with the content of the show across generations, from classics such as Pac-Man and Super Mario Brothers to more recent games like Flower and Super Mario Galaxy 2.

After the museum tour we will be heading to Mutz for food and drinks! There, we can recap the exhibition and share some design stories.

Aug 3, 2013
AIGA Toledo Ice Cream & Beer Social
Fidler Castle

Pack up your kids and your design friends to join us at the first AIGA Toledo Ice Cream & Beer Social. We'll provide the ice cream, you bring a topping to share + byob to this kid friendly AIGA event. See the driveway mural designed during the 2013 SWEAT Workshop and enjoy an afternoon surrounded by other creatives.

Jan 22, 2015
AIGA Toledo's Annual Member Meeting
Seed Coworking

Are you still wondering where the beef is? Have you kept the mullet alive? Do you still sport those acid wash jeans and rock out to Cindy Lauper? If so, put down that Rubik’s Cube and listen up because AIGA Toledo is hosting a totally radical 80’s-inspired prom for all ages. The prom will take place at our 2015 Annual meeting. This is the one time a year where we can get together as a chapter and Flashdance to Mr. Roboto, so don’t miss it. Dust off those spandex pants and leg warmers, tease your hair, don’t forget your Day-Glo, and make sure you look Pretty in Pink for our full-fledged 80’s prom event.

Drinks will be provided, but please bring a food item to share. Snacks based on the theme are encouraged and be sure that you're not the only person still dressed for 2015! We will be discussing our upcoming year, as well as reviewing the past year, introducing new board members, and discussing, as a chapter, what's next. In addition to the meeting, we will have 80’s-inspired decor, music, lighting, snacks and drinks.

Bust out the tux’s and gowns, throw on a corsage, and join us for a totally gnarly time. (Or just join us, sans fancy digs; your choice).

Mar 2, 2016
AIGA Toledo's Annual Member Meeting

It's time for the AIGA Toledo Annual Members Meeting.

We will begin with a tour of our new meeting space located downtown in the Communica building. We will announce upcoming events for the year and have an open forum for questions and suggestions.

Following the business portion of the meeting we will go to the Black Cloister for social hour and a Drink & Draw. Pizza and sketchbooks will be provided.

How will the Drink & Draw work?

Each artist will place 1 noun and 1 adjective in separate buckets. Much like Card Against Humanity, one artist will draw a random slip of paper from each bucket. For example, hairy (adj) and vegetable (noun) are selected. All other artists will then have 3-5 minutes to draw an interpretation of a hairy vegetable in their sketchbook. The artist who drew the slips from the bucket will then act as a judge and select the winning drawing for that round. The buckets will then be passed to a new artist to serve as judge.

We will provide the Pizza, sketchbooks, and pencils. 21+ feel free to purchase drinks from the bar.

Apr 20, 2017
AIGA Toledo: Art Loop, Game Night
Communica / AIGA

Did you hear? AIGA Toledo now has a space in downtown Toledo thanks to the generous donation by Communica. And, we’re on the Art Loop! Swing by AIGA Toledo while you’re out and about every 3rd Thursday. We’ll have a casual, no agenda atmosphere with a variety of fun & creative activities each month.

On Thursday, April 20th, we’re hosting a game night that’s open to creatives and the public. Come mingle with us, hear about upcoming events and ideas and make a spring themed button.

BYOB and any games you may want to play.

May 9, 2014
BGSU Senior Graphic Design Show
Seed Coworking

REACH - the 2014 BGSU Graphic Design Senior Art Show. 23 students. 23 portfolios. 23 inspired travelers.

Light refreshments and hors d'oeuvres provided.

Apr 21, 2016
Design Briefs: The Great Outdoors
Toledo Museum of Art

Draft timeline

  • 5:30pm: Reception. There will be appetizers catered by the Museum and a cash bar.
  • 6:30pm: Announcements and introductions
  • 7:00pm: Presentations on 2 design challenges, with panel feedback
  • 8:00pm: Breakout sessions for each design challenge
  • 9:00pm: Event over

Design Briefs is a partnership between AIGA Toledo and the Toledo Museum of Art.

The event is an opportunity for local businesses and organizations to introduce a challenge their company is facing to our community’s designers, developers, and creatives to receive concentrated Design Thinking feedback.

During the event, local business owners, organizations, or aspiring entrepreneurs present their story along with a specific business challenge they’d like to overcome, receiving concentrated Design Thinking feedback from a panel of design and business professionals. The attendees will then have the opportunity to interact with the presenters during breakout sessions, as they collaboratively explore ideas on how to overcome the highlighted obstacles.

The theme of our second bi-annual Design Briefs event is “The Great Outdoors.”


  • Jamie Sands, Wood County Park District: "Reinvigorating an Old Brand"
  • Adam Levine, Toledo Museum of Art: "How to Unify the Campus"


  • Sara Khorshidifard, BGSU Department of Architecture & Environmental Design
  • Ashley Vetter, Communica
  • Steve Madewell, Toledo Metroparks


  • Matt Davis, Interrupt Marketing
  • Bill Sattler, Madhouse

The event is free and open to all, but registration is requested:

Mar 1, 2014
Design Charrette
Seed Coworking

Postponed from December because of the weather.

Today, AIGA Toledo is coming together to give back to the Toledo community through design at our 5th Annual Design Charrette.

A group of 20 designers, web developers and writers will come together today to develop a complete identity system, website and collateral materials for a chosen non-profit organization in need.

This years selected organization is Aurora House.

Are you looking to help out in a little way? We will be accepting donations of the following items from 9 - 5pm today at Seed Coworking. Your help and donations are greatly appreciated!

• Journals • 2014 planners and pocket planners • Gift Cards - Gas, Grocery Stores, Target, Dollar Stores, etc. • Bus passes • Toddler beds • Coats - Women's and children • Disposable diapers • Paper products • Feminine hygiene products • Baby monitors • Laundry soap • Dryer sheets

In the meantime, continue to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get in on the action! #ToledoDesignCharrette.

Feb 20, 2014
Design Hood at Interrupt Marketing

Have you ever wondered about another studio's design workspace? How does their environment keep them doing such great work? Or who ARE those people that work there? Well here is your chance to get those questioned answered.

Join us on Thursday, February 20th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at Interrupt for Design Hood, AIGA Toledo's meet and greet studio event. Afterwards, go for drinks with fellow designers for a Cocktails with Creatives event at TREO.

Members: Free

Non-members: $5 at the door.

Facebook event:

Sep 21, 2015
Design Week: Call to Action
Owens Community College

From the products we use to the way we visually communicate, design is all around us and touches every aspect of our lives. Design Week is a time for us to come together as a community and celebrate design and its potential to create social change for the better. Join us September 21-28 as AIGA Toledo brings you three amazing events that will redefine your perception of “good” design as we showcase a solid week of the “Design for Good” ethos.

We kick off Monday, September 21 with Call To Action, featuring Dan Klyn, renown information architect and co-founder of The Understanding Group. Kate Hunt will tell us about Design for Good overall and how it was applied locally in West Michigan.

Held at the beautiful Owens Community College's Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Dan will leave you feeling inspired and better connected to your purpose in the industry. With the generous support of the Toledo Web Professionals, we invite people of all backgrounds and skill levels to join us for an evening of networking, refreshments and thought-provoking conversations.

Sep 24, 2015
Design Week: Design Briefs
Toledo Museum of Art

From the products we use to the way we visually communicate, design is all around us and touches every aspect of our lives. Design Week is a time for us to come together as a community and celebrate design and its potential to create social change for the better. Join us September 21-28 as AIGA Toledo brings you three amazing events that will redefine your perception of “good” design as we showcase a solid week of the “Design for Good” ethos.

On Thursday, September 24 in partnership with the Toledo Museum of Art, we bring you Design Briefs.

Connecting Toledo’s creative class with entrepreneurs, we will seek to create positive social impact through solving problems together.

During the event, business owners or aspiring entrepreneurs present their story along with real business challenges they are currently facing and a panel of design and business professionals will offer their feedback and advice.

The attendees will then have the opportunity to brainstorm and interact during dynamic breakout sessions, as they collaboratively explore ideas on how to overcome the obstacles.

Hosted by the Toledo Museum of Art at their beautiful Glass Pavilion, Design Briefs will be an experience you won’t want to miss.

Sep 28, 2015
Design Week: Doug Powell, Design at Scale
BGSU Wolfe Center

From the products we use to the way we visually communicate, design is all around us and touches every aspect of our lives. Design Week is a time for us to come together as a community and celebrate design and its potential to create social change for the better. Join us September 21-28 as AIGA Toledo brings you three amazing events that will redefine your perception of “good” design as we showcase a solid week of the “Design for Good” ethos.

Design Week closes with Doug Powell from IBM, talking about Design at Scale.

After more than two decades as an independent designer, educator, and community leader, Doug Powell is now helping to lead a design-driven transformation at IBM, one of the largest technology companies in the world. How does change happen in a 100 year-old global organization? How is the role of the designer changing in technology, business and society? How does all of this sync with his personal commitment to social impact design? Join IBM Design Principal Doug Powell in this wide-ranging discussion.

Oct 12, 2012
Design Week: Made in Hollywood
Toledo Museum of Art

Join us on Friday, October 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm the Toledo Museum of Art for final DesignWeek event, Made in Hollywood. Tom Loeffler the curator of the exhibiiton will provide AIGA Toledo with a special tour of the show.

Picture it: the golden age of Hollywood where the likes of Clark Gable and Greta Garbo were transformed into gods and goddesses who ruled the screens and stole the hearts of adoring movie-goers. Equally significant but generally less recognizable are the photographers who helped launch these icons into stardom through their timeless photographs.

Tickets :: FREE for TMA Museum Members $8.00 general admission $5.00 for students (must show student ID at admission, students up to 22 years old.)

Oct 8, 2012
Design Week: Rick Valicenti
BGSU Wolfe Center

Join us on Monday, October 8, 2012 at the Donnell Theater (BGSU Campus) for our DesignWeek kick-off event with a special lecture by AIGA Gold Medalist Rick Valicenti. His presention provides highlights of his exhibition :: Curiosities and the 21st Century Thirst. Following his lecture will be a opening reception for the exhibition in the Willard Wankelman Gallery located in the BGSU Fine Arts Center.

Oct 10, 2012
Design Week: The Visual Language of Herbert Matter
Maumee Indoor Theater

Join us on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at the Maumee Indoor Theater for second DesignWeek event with a film screening of The Visual Language of Herbert Matter. The film is a revealing look at the fascinating life story of the highly influential mid-century modern design master. Known as a quintessential designer's designer, Swiss born Herbert Matter is largely credited with expanding the use of photography as a design tool and bringing the semantics of fine art into the realm of applied arts.

Admission :: $7.00 AIGA Toledo Members $12.00 for Non-members

Jun 11, 2015
Designhood at Graphite: Design & Build
Design Graphite & Build


Giant Sharks. Huge fiberglass Octopuses. These are everyday items at the Graphite Design + Build studio in downtown Toledo, Ohio. The shop specializes in custom sculptures, models, signage, and spaces.

Have you ever wondered about another studio's design workspace? How does their environment keep them doing such great work? Or who ARE those people that work there? Let's get those questioned answered!

Designhood takes you into the spaces of creatives in your community for a casual hangout. Enjoy the company of designers and creatives in a new setting and learn the workings of neighboring spaces.

Jul 26, 2012
DesignHood at the Collaborative
The Collaborative Inc

Have you ever wondered about another studio’s design workspace? How does their environment keep them doing such great work? Or who ARE those people that work there? Well, here is your chance to get those questioned answered.

Join us on Thursday July 26 anytime from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at The Collaborative Inc for DesignHood, AIGA Toledo’s meet and greet studio event.

Members: FREE

Non-members: $5.00

Dec 5, 2012
Digital Illustration Workshop
Seed Coworking

Merrill Rainey will be leading the Illustration Workshop, focusing on digital illustration and tablets.

Holiday beers and "snacks" provided.

30 participants maximum. Make sure to reserve your spot!

$5.00 for AIGA members $15.00 for Non-members

You must preregister/pay using the following link

Nov 16, 2011
Drawing the Line
Fat Fish Blue

Join AIGA Toledo for lively panel discussion on the digital divide. We hope that this event will garner much controversial conversation surrounded by excellent appetizers catered by Fat Fish Blue.

Apr 8, 2017
Impression, Annual (Graphic Design) Portfolio Review Day
Hanson Inc

AIGA Toledo, the BGSU Division of Graphic Design (BGSUGD) and the AIGA BGSU Student Group are proud to announce Impression, our Annual Portfolio Review Day, April 8, 2017 at Hanson in Arrowhead Park. Modeled after our previous Portfolio Review Days, but also ever evolving, we have once again planned an exciting event! This year we will not have a singular keynote, but rather showcase the professional career stories of designers, so students can get more glimpses inside the profession.

Jun 14, 2016
Nuts + Bolts: Pre-Conference Talk with Julie Anixter
BGSU Wolfe Center

AIGA Toledo is proudly hosting a Pre-Conference Cocktail Reception + Welcome Talk with new AIGA Executive Director, Julie Anixter. Free and open to the public.

A vocal advocate for the power of design for over 20 years, Anixter’s career has spanned business, education, and the public sector. She boasts global experience working with world-class brands and institutions, including Chanel, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, GE, P&G, Roche, and the U.S. Military, and utilizing design, business strategy, and technology to activate and realize transformation and growth.

Anixter has experience in almost every facet of the creative and business disciplines, including consulting, curation, business development, education, management, marketing, product, service and UI/UX development, and R&D, in the process collaborating with leading designers and design supporters around the world.

Julie Anixter took the role of AIGA Executive Director in January of 2016 and we’re elated to be one of the first chapters to host her.

This will be a great networking opportunity you won’t want to miss.

The AIGA Design Educators Conference, Nuts + Bolts is June 15 - 16th at Bowling Green State University.

Jun 15, 2016
Nuts+Bolts Design Educators Conference
BGSU Wolfe Center

We are pleased to announce the Spring 2016 Design Educators Community conference: Nuts+Bolts, Tightening up classroom fundamentals, reinforcing careers, and constructing the future of the discipline, June 15-16, 2016, Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, Ohio.

Nuts+Bolts, a national AIGA Design Education conference for emerging and established design educators, administrators, students, and designers will strip away the mystique of academia and help build a solid foundational knowledge of discipline-specific teaching methods.

Envision emerging and seasoned educators engaging in faculty mentoring and collaboration through direct conversation, with workshops, panels and sessions designed to help move careers, and the field of the design teaching profession, forward.

Through a series of group discussions, workshops, lectures, speakers and learning sessions, opportunities for open dialogue will be facilitated. Participants will be encouraged to share their challenges and achievements with others, uncover our educational shortcomings, identify our responsibilities, and offer pathways to solutions, all for the greater good of design and the global community.

Sep 7, 2013
Pixels of Fury
Secor Building

Get ready for live design entertainment during the RockPaperSizzle Show!

Presented by Shutterstock, (AIGA's Official Sponsor for Creative Inspiration) Pixels of Fury is a traveling competition that pits designers against one another in a high-speed challenge, cheered on by a live audience and we are bringing the tour to Toledo this September! With the judges and crowd watching, the pressure is on to create the most compelling work before the clock runs out.

Competitors face off in 20-minute rounds at computer stations in a party setting, creating original posters with a common challenge. In each round, a winner is selected by votes from at least two judges and the audience (through SMS voting). In the final championship round, the winners of each of the competition rounds switch topics and re-design each others’ posters. The judges and audience vote for the grand champion.

All competitors use curated Shutterstock lightboxes and Shutterstock Instant and Spectrum search to create their posters. They can add type, but can’t use any outside images. Everything happens live, with competitors surrounded by the audience while their work is projected onscreen in real time.

More event information will roll out as we get closer, but Save the Date now!

Use #aigatoledo for your tweets, instragrams, etc. for this event. Also use #PixelsofFury to connect your messages with other Pixels of Fury events around the world.

Sep 20, 2014
Popcorn Posters
Secor Building

The smell of salty, buttery popcorn and the largest soda you’ve ever held in your hands (for just a quarter more) and a somewhat comfy seat in a dark room full of strangers – this is a night at the movies. There is something about seeing a film in the theater that has continued to draw us in. It’s not just a night at the movies; it’s the entire courtship that captures our attention – starting with iconic movie posters.

The art of posters to promote a theatrical event goes way back, gaining popularity with the designs of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in the late 1800s. Within the last century, movie posters have been a symbol of the film industry. A movie poster is not only a form of advertising, they’re meant to connect with the viewer and entice them to want event more. Throughout the years, they have been placed in theaters across the country and adorned the bedroom walls of teenagers.

Whether it is a classic or a new box office hit, sit back in a comfy chair with your favorite snack and press play. Then, create. Now is your chance to share your favorite movie through the art of a movie poster. Show us how you connected to the film. Show us what the movie means to you. Redesign the poster using the medium(s) you prefer and give it your own interpretation.

May 9, 2019
Seed Coworking

Unfortunately, due to the weather conditions this week AIGA Toledo is postponing the Pulp event scheduled for Thursday, January 31st. This event has been rescheduled to May 9th.

What designer do you know that don’t drool over gorgeous textures, brilliant colors, and thick paper stocks that demand attention? As creatives we intersect an exciting world of digital and physical experiences. Now more than ever we work in tandem to find the perfect accompaniment to an augmented world, often a physical printed artifact that carries the same quality and attention to detail given to our digital experiences. Indeed the user experience game does not end at the keyboard as every touch point and experience connected to a brand defines that brands voice in the public eye. Curious to find the next great stock, the perfect texture, or a killer new color that can push your project to the next level?

Sep 7, 2013
Rock, Paper, Sizzle
Secor Building

AIGA Summer Show. Free Admission/Donations Welcome.

“The size, shape, smell, texture and sound of a vinyl record; how do you explain to that teenager who doesn't know that it's a more beautiful musical experience than a mouse click? You put the record in their hands. You make them drop the needle on the platter. Then they'll know.” - Jack White

With access to thousands of songs tucked away in our pockets, technology has made it easy for us to not just listen to our music, but devour it. We can set the mood to every waking moment (and sleeping moment for that matter). Our own personal soundtracks, closing us off to the rest of the world in beautiful auditory isolation. No matter the format, the experience of listening to music is vital to many of us. Even as technology continues to redefine that experience with promises of accessibility, speed and control, part of me longs for life to just slow down. Take the time, turn off the phone and illuminated screens and really listen to music. For decades, records have allowed us that unique opportunity. There’s a warmth to vinyl records, a delicate and often imperfect charm capable of releasing us from the compulsion to dart from track to track. We experience the music not as a collection of songs, but as a unified work of art.

And then there’s the record cover. It’s much easier to make an impression when you have so much real estate to work with. There’s more room for details and subtleties. When you hold it in your hands, it feels like art. Something collectible that you could hang on the wall, unlike the countless CD jewel cases you likely have stacked in a closet. We’ve all dreamed of designing album art for our favorite band or musician. Well now is your chance. Maybe it’s for one of your favorite albums that you were less than impressed with the artwork. Redesign it. Maybe you want to put a modern spin on a vintage classic or a retro spin on a new release. Do it. Give it your own interpretation. Make it beautiful, impactful, and memorable. Music and design have always gone hand in hand, so pay homage to the music that moves you to create.

We’re extremely excited for this show and know it will be a blast for all participants. It is a fundraising event, as all accepted artwork will be available to purchase via silent auction. There will also be a DJ, appetizers and a cash bar.

In addition, the show will be held in conjunction with Pixels of Fury: A Live Creative Inspiration Tournament presented by Shutterstock. Designers compete in front of a live audience to conceive and create inspiring posters at breakneck speed. Under the gaze of local superstar judges, the pressure is on to answer the big design challenge: Whose inspiration shines brightest?

Use #aigatoledo for your tweets, instragrams, etc. for this event.

Feb 1, 2013
Sideshow and Tell

We already know you have design chops. After all, you’re an AIGA member. But what other skills or hobbies are you hiding? For AIGA Toledo's 2013 annual members meeting, we're inviting members to share unique talents they enjoy on the side.

Do you build robots? Collect historic artifacts? Paint pet portraits? Maybe you dabble in street art? Show us what you’re passionate about outside of graphic design!

A select few members will take turns briefly exhibiting their talents. So let us know now if you would like to participate before all the spots fill up!

We’ll also take some time to discuss the state of the chapter, upcoming events, and respond to your concerns and suggestions.

Please RSVP on the event page if you plan on attending and/or would like to be a part of our special “sideshow”.

Jan 16, 2016
Streets is Watching: Shoes as Status Symbols from the Ancient World to Today
Toledo Museum of Art

AIGA Toledo is proud to present an exciting upcoming event in partnership with the Toledo Museum of Art. In alignment with the TMA exhibition The Rise of Sneaker Culture, Dec. 3rd – Feb. 28th.

Ben Ewy is presenting an insightful lecture on 2,500 years of fashion and footwear.

Sneaker culture is massive. A multibillion dollar industry, sneaker culture and footwear in general overlaps fashion, design and business. The impact of sneaker and footwear design is so far reaching that it arguably it touches all corners, and soles, of human culture. Ewy is a true sneakerhead having spent years engaged with the footwear game and takes us on a fascinating journey from humble beginnings to the summits of fame and fashion design.

May 4, 2019
Strive: AIGA Toledo + BGSUGD
Hart (downtown)

The BGSU Division of Graphic Design, AIGA Toledo, and the AIGA BGSU Student Group are proud to present our 12th Annual Portfolio Review Day on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Hart in Downtown Toledo. Modeled after our previous Portfolio Review Days, but also ever evolving, we have once again planned an exciting event!

Sep 27, 2016
What Comes Next is the Future
Seed Coworking

AIGA Toledo presents "What Comes Next is the Future," a documentary film about the web created by Bearded founder Matt Griffin. It is the story of Tim Berners-Lee’s creation – how it came to be, where it’s been, and where it’s going – as told by the people who build it.

In the film, Griffin knits together a narrative by mining dozens of conversations with important figures from throughout the web’s history including Jeffrey Zeldman, Denise Jacobs, Tim Berners-Lee, Ethan Marcotte, Chris Wilson, Lyza Danger Gardner, Eric Meyer, Irene Au, Alex Russell, Trent Walton, Val Head, Jonathan Snook and many more.

Apr 12, 2014
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