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Sep 12, 2019
Creative Minds: Interdisciplinary Collaboration
BGSU Wolfe Center

The 2019 Edwin H. Simmons Creative Minds Series welcomes Chicago-based Architect Iker Gil and Designer Rick Valicenti. They will present Interdisciplinary Collaboration: A Bigger Idea at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 12 in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre, Wolfe Center for the Arts.

Creativity involves seeing, thinking and innovating. Through interdisciplinary collaboration different disciplines come together to share their perspectives, ideas and knowledge in the process of creation.

BGSU alumnus Rick Valicenti and Iker Gil, who are always in search of the possibility of doing things differently in their individual practices, identified interdisciplinary collaboration as a means of impacting design.

Iker Gil and Rick Valicenti will address this from their Individual perspectives and professional experiences.

The event is free and open to the public.

Apr 26, 2018
Atomic Design Systems
Seed Coworking

Discover the world of Atomic Design Systems and how to use them to create stronger user interface elements. Learn how to create designs physically or digitally and apply them to your own projects.

Alexander will walk the audience through the atomic methodology and show why systems are valuable by making your work:

  • Sustainable
  • Faster to Produce
  • Cohesive


Alexander is a designer at Spoke and will earn his BFA in Graphic Design from BGSU in May of 2018. He spends most of his time obsessing over grids and compulsively organizing his files. When he isn’t working, he can usually be found drinking impressive amounts of coffee

Oct 4, 2016
Calling All Creatives! Toledo Area Artist Input Session
The Arts Commission

The Arts Commission invites visual, literary and performing artists in our community to attend a feedback session with members of our staff on Tuesday, October 4th at 5:30pm in our Arts Commission Offices.The Arts Commission staff has programming updates to share and invites those creatives attending this session to participate in a dialogue around access to resources for artists. Of specific interest is input and views on the creation of an artist grants program. Please RSVP at

For 2017, The Arts Commission will refocus its artist services programming. These efforts support Objective 5 in The Toledo Strategic Plan for Arts & Culture. Objective 5 strives to create capacity and stability for arts and culture in our community. A defined short-term strategy includes developing entrepreneurial, business and grant proposal writing skills for artists. More information about the Plan can be found at

Feb 12, 2018
Code City - The Power of Re-Designing Toledo's Flag
Rustbelt Coffee

Vex-a-what? The How & Why: Designing City Flags...Alex Martinez is on a mission to make city flags better, especially in Toledo. Flags are ubiquitous symbols of civic pride and are often designed, frankly, pretty terribly. But they don't have to be.

Alex is a web designer and front-end developer at Whitelabel, a Toledo digital agency. After living in Washington, DC for several years, where its city flag is a sign of local pride, Alex returned to his hometown of Toledo with a dream to help get its own flag a redesign.

His talk will reveal the five basic principles of vexillology – the study of flags – and share the power they have to unify a city’s brand and community.

Jun 14, 2019
Comics and the Art of Visual Communication
Toledo Museum of Art

Comics are finally coming of age as an artistic and literary form. Now this once-maligned medium of expression is poised for new opportunities, thanks to a mutating media environment and a potential revolution in visual education.

Author and comics artist Scott McCloud shines a light on these and other fascinating trends -- and demonstrates why every visual choice we make matters -- in a fast-moving cascade of images and ideas.

General admission is $15.

Oct 18, 2018
Conceptualizing Accessibility
Seed Coworking

WordPress provides you with a decent head start when it comes to creating accessible websites. There are still plenty of items to check off your list to ensure that everyone has access to your site’s navigation and content. How can we be sure we understand the value of Accessibility when it comes to our projects?

Join us in welcoming Jessica Setter who is passionate about Design and Accessibility for our mobile worlds. She specializes in solutions bridging problems with art.

This talk is based on her current work in Accessibility Design. She will use visual examples then discussing the importance of conceptualizing accessibility early on when planning platforms. In between examples holding moments to ask people what differences there may be and how those differences affect the results of using a platform.

Jessica is a Graphic Designer from Southeast Michigan. After obtaining a BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI, she works in Graphic Design at Owens Corning, and as a UI/UX Design Freelancer.

Instagram: setterj92

Nov 18, 2015
Design Association Happy Hour
Black Cloister Brewing Company

Join the Toledo Design Center, AIA Toledo and IIDA for night of networking and mingling with urban designers, architects and interior designers.

Open to all design professionals. Brewery tours available.

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:

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Oct 23, 2012
Geek Dinner & Demo October Meetup (TWP)
Dibenedetto's Italian Bistro

This is a Toledo Geek Dinner meeting with presentations from member Web Pros. This could be a technique or something you want to share if you can do so smartly. The restaurant is providing a special menu with a range of affordable meal items from $8 - $14.

To Attend or Speak: Please sign up at our website with Toledo Web Professionals

Agenda: 6-6:30 drinks & socialize (presenters plan to confirm your participation the day of the event) 6:30 Begin talks 7:30 Order food & socialize

Speakers: Each speaker is given 10 to 15 minutes to share your topics. We'll provide power, LCD projector with VGA connector & screen. I have a newer Mac adapter. Please be prepared with an adapter if you need it or go without.

Nov 5, 2014
Graphic Design SWEAT Program

American Institute of Architecture Students , Bowling Green State University (in the College of Technology, Architecture, and Applied Engineering) Fall 2014 Lecture Series.

Amy Fidler & Jenn Stucker – Graphic Design SWEAT Program

Amy Fidler and Jenn Stucker are co-founders & organizers of the Summer Workshop for Experimentation and Thought (SWEAT).

Amy received her BFA from BGSU and MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Visual Communication and Jenn earned her BFA from BGSU and her MFA from Eastern Michigan University, Graphic Design. Both are dedicated faculty in the Graphic Design department at Bowling Green State University and co-founders of AIGA Toledo.

The SWEAT program founded by Amy and Jenn creates an outlet to give designers and design students the opportunity to collaborate, create compelling, poignant work and engage in some summer fun. And as with all good, hard work, SWEAT is required.

Aug 18, 2016
IDSA International Conference
Detroit Marriott - Renaissance Center

Designers are driven to #MakingThingsHappen. They begin with dreaming and bring the dream to reality, even when others don’t have faith. We are the hand that introduces the future to the present, all while striving to benefit people, community and industry.

As industrial designers, we play a critical role in advancing the satisfaction of life through experiences, social innovations and enjoyable services.

From August 17–20, 2016 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, the 2016 IDSA International Conference will contemplate and share how we are Making Things Happen in industrial design and related fields during the next 50 years of IDSA.

Aug 10, 2019
Jeep Design
SeaGate Convention Centre

As part of Jeep fest, we will be talking about car design.

FCA is sending some concepts of its new Jeep Gladiator pickup launched in April. The automaker also is sending two of its top Jeep stars to give presentations as part of a Jeep Speaker Series sponsored by SSOE Inc. and held at a stage in the convention center.

Giving a presentation at 2 p.m. will be Toledoan Taylor Langhals, the chief exterior designer of the Gladiator and the designer who created the (heart) 4-1-9 tribute found exclusively on Gladiator truck beds to honor his hometown.

At 2:30 p.m., Mr. Langhals will be followed by Mark Allen, FCA head of Jeep Design, the man who oversaw the entire design process of the Gladiator and whose job it is to oversee production design of all Jeep vehicles.

Sep 25, 2012
Jeff Cogswell on JavaScript
Seed Coworking

I am excited to announce and welcome our September speaker, Jeff Cogswell. Jeff is a software developer and trainer, and owner of Cogsmedia Training. He has 25 years of experience in software development, having focused the last 10 years almost exclusively on web development. About eight years ago he realized JavaScript was soon going to be required knowledge of any web developer, and began mastering it. He has written over a dozen books, including C++ All-in-One for Dummies.

I've asked him to help us understand how he uses JavaScript plus what excites him about new JavaScript technologies.

Mar 1, 2019
Leaders for Community Action + Equity workshop
BGSU Student Union

Calling all professionals and community practitioners in the fields of public administration, not-for-profit management, educational leadership, urban planning, housing, and more!

Come to BGSU to learn techniques and approaches to Equity-Centered Community Design. By the end of this workshop, you will have the tools to work toward transforming local communities within your own place of employment. In this four-hour intensive workshop, we will examine the ways we plan and create programs to achieve more inclusive and equitable outcomes. This workshop is for those who want to learn how structure their own organizations, businesses, and communities to be more inclusive.

Registration Fee for the professional-focused workshop is $45.

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.

Sep 9, 2019
Planning & Cultivating Design Systems (Detroit)
College for Creative Studies, A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education (Detroit)

Join Michigan UXPA for our contribution to Detroit Month of Design and learn a systematic framework to plan, promote, and launch a design system as well as how to create buy-in for one throughout a company’s culture.

Feb 20, 2016
Road trip to World IA Day (Ann Arbor)
Rackham Amphitheater (in the Rackham building)

Information Everywhere, Architects Everywhere

Please register at TWP Meetup so we know to expect you.

We'll be making our annual trip up North to attend World IA Day in Ann Arbor, MI. World IA Day will take place in 23 cities, 14 countries, 6 continents. Ann Arbor, MI is the location closest to us.

We'll meet at the Rackham Amphitheater

Travel Information

• North on US 23 (36 miles)

• Exit 35: West on I-94 (3 miles)

• Exit 177: North on S. State Street (3 miles)

• Left on Williams, Right on Maynard

• Arrive at Maynard Parking Structure, 324 Maynard Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

9:00AM - 9:30AM Arrive and meet our group


• 8:30 AM Registration / Coffee / Breakfast

• 9:40 AM Introduction & Welcome

• 9:40 AM The IA of I Am

• 10:30 AM Coffee break

• 11:00 AM Lightning Talks Round 1

• 11:30 AM Kaarin Hoff

• 12:00 PM Lunch Break (on our own)

• 1:15 PM Chaos, Order and Everything in Between

• 2:00 PM Lightning Talks Round 2

• 3:00 PM Break

• 3:20 PM Architecting Change in Agencies: Navigating Ambiguity, Uncertainty, and Volatility When Designing for Users

• 4:10 PM Closing remarks & raffle

• 5:00 PM Event ends After event party at Arbor Brewing

May 19, 2016
StartUp Toledo - Maya Ramirez
Toledo School for the Arts

She was mentored by Tim Gunn, rubbed elbows with First Lady Michelle Obama, and went on to win the first-ever Project Runway: Junior edition on the Lifetime network. And she’s only 14!

Join StartUp Toledo at Toledo School for the Arts as we visit with Maya Ramirez, an impressive young lady who's challenging the status quo of the fashion world one stitch at a time. Hear her recount her experience on Project Runway: Junior, and learn about her plans for the future.

It's also the night of the 3rd Thursday Loop. Come early, catch the sights and then venture to the Choir Room for our event. TSA ambassadors will be available to show you the way.

Join us at Manhattan's afterward to hang out and share what you learned.

Feb 28, 2019
The Role of Power, Equity, and Design
BGSU Student Union

Join ICS and the BGSU School of Art in welcoming Antionette Carroll, an internationally recognized graphic designer, community activist, public speaker, and entrepreneur.

In her public lecture, Carroll will introduce the principles of Equity-Centered Community Design. She will discuss her work as the Founder and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab, a non-profit, youth-led, community-centered social impact design collaborative, to demonstrate how graphic design can be utilized as a vital tool in redesigning entire communities and cities to be more racially diverse, inclusive, and equitable.

Apr 24, 2012
Toledo Web Professionals
Maumee Bay Brewing Company

Toledo Web Professionals Geek Dinner.

The presentation for this meeting will be a collaborative effort. Various speakers will give a brief (5-10) talk on the pros and cons of a CMS they have experience with. A projector will be available.

People will start arriving around 6 and talks will start around 6:45 or so. Come join us to talk shop, socialize and enjoy the great beer and food from the Maumee Bay Brewing Co.

Speakers scheduled so far:

Patrick McSweeny - Wordpress and Drupal

Keith Thompson - Plone

Chris Wammes - Percussion

Justin Dykhouse - Concrete5

Daniel Paquette - Cushy CMS and GetSimple CMS

Mar 27, 2012
Toledo Web Professionals Geek Dinner
Aktion Associates, Inc

Toledo Geeks and Toledo Web Pros are meeting and mixing at Aktion Associates HQ in Maumee, OH.

Details about this event will be posted here: Please RSVP and add guests if you have them. Food will be provided by Aktion.

Apr 12, 2014
Hanson Inc Website
Jun 24, 2017
WordCamp Kent
Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center

Northeast Ohio is having a WordCamp! It's only a few hours drive. Head over to enjoy a weekend of learning about WordPress or RSVP to this meetup and express interest in receiving more info about carpooling / group travel efforts.

Please Note: You'll need a ticket from the site below to attend. Secure your ticket if you're interested, they'll sell out quickly.


WordCamp Kent, on June 24 & 25, 2017, is a casual, locally organized conference covering everything related to WordPress. WordCamps happen all around the world, and each camp has a unique flavor based on the local community.

Our local community is awesome and our camp is, too. Stay tuned to this website for announcement on what’s happening, where, and with whom, but here’s a general idea of what you can expect.

• When: June 24 & 25th. (Saturday & Sunday)

• What: Sessions, panels, lightning talks, networking, workshops, happiness bar (One on one WordPress help) and an after party. (Oh, and a sweet free t-shirt!) Schedule @ TBD

SPEAKER DEADLINE: April 15th 2017 Submit Proposal To Speak @

• How Much: $40 per person & available @