AIGA Vermont Welcomes Former White House Design Leader, May 30

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Ashleigh Axios Shares Her Experiences as a Digital Designer in the Obama Administration

Burlington, Vermont AIGA Vermont culminates its nine-month

WTF!? speaker series with a talk by Ashleigh Axios, former Creative Director and Digital

Strategist for the Obama Administration. She will offer a behind-the-scenes look into the

extremely high-profile in-house design job of leading digital design at the Obama-era

White House. Ashleigh will speak at ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain on

Wednesday, May 30 at 6:00 pm to talk about her role in building the first-ever Office of

Digital Strategy, and what it was like to work in what now seems like a distant political



Ashleigh is an international speaker, strategic creative, and an advocate for design's

ability to break barriers and create positive social change. She leads The Studio for

Automattic , a company with the mission to democratize publishing and commerce. She

is a board member for AIGA , the professional association of design, of which AIGA

Vermont is a chapter organization.


“Today is arguably one of the most exciting times to be a designer. From

problem-solving in healthcare to bringing about social change in society, design is

exploding and constantly changing,” says Michelle Hobbs, Communications Director for

AIGA Vermont. “AIGA Vermont is proud to have hosted the WTF!? speaker series, which

focused on these issues and discussions around emerging trends and the future of



WTF?! talks have featured national design champions who inspire and educate in the

areas of social design, healthcare design, game design, exhibit design, government

design, UX, and AR/VR. This series has been generously supported by the Masters’ in

Emergent Media at Champlain College , Maglianero Cafe/Karma Birdhouse and ECHO,

Leahy Center for Lake Champlain.



AIGA Vermont brings together creatives dedicated to engaging, educating and

facilitating responsible design that supports our local and global community. Through

events and professional development, AIGA Vermont encourages participation,

collaboration, mentorship and an active exchange of ideas.

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 6:00pm