icon-lt-120AIGA Maine’s Lightning Talks are a recurring series in which creatives of all kinds present brief, informal talks to their peers. Each event is centered around a single broad topic. Several experts from within Maine’s creative community are invited to speak for about 10-15 minutes about one aspect of that subject. Speakers share stories or case studies, talk about process, and provide helpful tips and ideas. Lightning Talks are a forum for learning from one another’s expertise and experiences, and a chance to meet and build connections with creative professionals outside of your own discipline.

    Past Lightning Talks

    April 12, 2017 · Maine Charitable Mechanic Association


    • Katherine Benedict, Puelle Design: Get Paid Faster: 10 Invoice Design Mistakes to Avoid
    • Jaime Steed, Key Bank: How to Sell Yourself and Your Ideas
    • Lauren Myers, Lauren Rachel Design: Essentials of Freelancing and Being a Successful Solopreneur
    September 16, 2015 · Think Tank


    • Anchour: The Value of Branding
    • Arielle Walrath, Might & Main: Before Design: Research and Strategy for Better Brands
    • David Puelle, Puelle Design: Brand Archetypes: an Introduction, Benefits and Pitfalls
    • Kate Howe: Branding for Placemaking
    May 15, 2015 · IDEXX Laboratories

    UX: User Experience Design

    • Chris Laflamme: UX How to Begin Beginning
    • Ellen Kanner: UX Process: From Idea to Final Product
    • Ben Ho: The Human Side of Design
    • Eric Basford: Freedom Through Constraints: Embracing Mobile UI Guidelines
    • Kevin Silver: Interaction Design – Language of Behavior
    May 2, 2014 · SPACE Gallery

    Book Arts

    • Martha Kearsley, Strong Arm Bindery
    • Don Lindgren, Rabelais Books
    • Scott Vile, Ascensius Press
    February 20, 2014 · SPACE Gallery


    • Jeff Badger
    • Christopher David Ryan
    • Mike Gorman
    November 21, 2013 · Zero Station

    Type Design

    • Neil Patel, Greyletter: Customize Me
    • David Wolfe, Wolfe Editions: Letterpress: A Historic Process
    • Mark Jamra, Type Culture: High-Performance Typefaces
    August 15, 2013 · Zero Station


    • Nathan Eldridge
    • Brian Fitzgerald
    • Mark Rockwood
    May 16, 2013 · Zero Station

    Web Design

    • Kevin Brooks, Independent web developer
    • Travis Soule, Web developer at The Atom Group
    • Justen Peters, Principal at 50 Fish