Struktur Series 2021: original animation by Dan Bones, original music by Greg Brace. 



Struktur Society is a creative community at the intersection of Design + Music. Struktur highlights the importance of creativity, innovation and vision of artists to our society as we speed into the future. Our world is changing rapidly and now more than ever we need that vision to map out a path forward. Critical thinking is necessarily paired with creative thinking to foresee which directions to take. Struktur fosters this thinking while providing artists with 1) Connection: a community of support, 2) Cultivation: a place to grow, and 3) Creation: resources to develop their vision. 


Struktur isn’t just a place to gather. Since it’s inception in 2013, Struktur’s focus has been on three main directives: to offer Creative Inspiration, to build a sense of Creative Livelihood and that supporting ourselves as artists is possible and absolutely necessary, and to grow leaders and foster Creative Leadership in all of our industries.


Struktur has hosted over 120 speakers from the likes of NASA, The North Face, Sound United, 99% Invisible, Arc’Teryx, Autodesk, the Biomimicry Institute, Biolite, Cotton Incorporated, frog Design, Field Notes, Giro, IDSA, Levis,,  the Norman Lear Institute, Poler, Promostyl, REI, Stanley, University of Oregon,  Woolmark, Wacom and Burton to name a few.


Struktur is unique in that it is built by creatives for creatives. Struktur gets to the heart of what drives the artist and then gives a safe supportive space to imagine and explore together. Those who attend Struktur drive change and strive to make a difference in the world through passion and action. Like the artist, Struktur constantly evolves. We are excited to see where Struktur takes us in 2021!











Struktur Series is a monthly online speaker series that brings designers and musicians to forefront and highlights the journey of the artist. Through sharing experiences and ideas, Struktur creates community and support and a safe place to share ideas and grow. Held on the Zoom platform, speakers run the creative gamut from the developing artist to the established.

Struktur Series is a platform for education, both from the audience to the stage. We are creative professionals sharing with creative professionals, recognizing that we never stop learning and that knowledge comes from all directions.


Check out past episodes of Struktur Series and past sessions of Struktur Event, as well as in-depth interviews and additional content on our Struktur Society YouTube channel.




The first Struktur Event was a two-day series of speakers, panels, and parties held at the Ecotrust Building in Portland. The event hosted 110 creative professionals, all there by word of mouth. 2015 saw Struktur grow well into and over the 150-seat capacity of the space. .



The third Struktur Event expanded to a third day with an added workshop component hosted by new partners at the Wacom Experience Center and University of Oregon in the historic White Stag Building. Attendee count of Struktur Event busted the seams of the space, forcing volunteers and attendees to stand and rotate seating throughout the event. Struktur also expanded into Struktur Podcast in 2016..



Due to demand, Struktur moved to the Leftbank Annex in Portland’s edgy East Side. An old WWll machine parts factory and home of eccentric inventor Dean Child, the Annex is a beautiful space that has hosted the likes of President Obama. Struktur Event grew to well over 300 attendees, multiple program tracks and a full lineup of workshops on the lower level of the Annex. Struktur also added Struktur Lab, a micro event held in Austin, TX..



After closing doors for three years, Struktur relaunched in January 2021 in an online format. Adding music and performance to the original focus of art and design, Struktur now highlights two fields and industries that have similar challenges and needs, and that are inextricably linked in our culture. Struktur Society was created to encompass an online community and Struktur Series, a monthly speaker series and happy hour, was developed to bring regular connection and collaboration, as well as a platform for speaker growth and leadership..


The Struktur Event creative conference was co founded by Michelle Rose and Sam Ward, design leaders from the performance apparel and interactive design industries. Together with the most dedicated team of leaders, advisors, sponsors, and volunteers, the Struktur team has been building a connected, supportive, innovative, and fun environment for creatives since 2013. The 2021 Struktur team is focused on bringing this incredible community online to keep us connected and help us usher in a new era.


Struktur Society was created by Michelle Rose, artist, designer, martial artist, musician, futurist, and one of the original co founders of Struktur Event. Michelle is a connector of creative minds and an innovator in performance design with 20 years experience leading and shaping design at large brands like The North Face and Columbia Sportswear. Her understanding of strong brand culture and how nurturing talent drives that culture stems from direct training by Starbuck’s founder Howard Schultz in the early nineties. Michelle has channeled this training and years of leadership experience into the foundation of Struktur Society.

Michelle founded Struktur Society to enable creative artists and musicians to see their value and potential, to grow professionally, and to help those who work with creatives understand and tap into these visionary minds.

Michelle is also co founder of Agency Aspect™, an emerging brand of everyday performance apparel and bags for women. A 5th degree black belt and teacher of martial arts with a lifelong exposure to music, visual and theater arts, Michelle brings all of her passions and experience together in Struktur, building a unique and dynamic resource for the creative community.


We are excited to welcome Karen Dunn and KMD Productions to the 2021 Struktur Series team. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, KMD Productions operates nationally and offers full-service event coordination and management for businesses and nonprofits throughout the United States — both in-person and virtual.  Working primarily in the pro audio industry, her clients include NAMM, Yamaha, Waves, Sennheiser, PreSonus, ADAM Audio, Calrec and others. Her events are well-known throughout the industry for their flow and vibe.

With the onset of the pandemic and the loss of in-person events, Karen quickly embraced the virtual world, creating a weekly guide to online happenings, including industry webinars, podcasts, interviews and panels, working with clients to create unique online events, and creating KMD Pro Speed Mentoring™. Using a unique matching style reminiscent of speed dating, Karen has brought together 20 mentors and 20 students for some one-on-one, face-to-face time at schools throughout the US, with stops in Spain and Canada. She has also partnered with Entertainment Industry Professional Mentoring Alliance (EIPMA) and She Knows Tech, adapting her speed mentoring concept to fit different platforms.




Partnership with supporting brands/organizations is essential to Struktur’s existence and success. Sponsoring Struktur Series is an investment and commitment to the creative minds and ideas that envision our future and drive innovation. It is a great way to reach the visionaries and leaders in the industries of design and music, at a unique gathering of creative professionals and entrepreneurs. Partner with Struktur TODAY!

Exciting new opportunities to partner with Struktur are available for 2022! Contact today.


Who attends Struktur? Top designers, musicians, leaders, companies and organizations of all sizes who support high levels of artistic creativity and innovation in the fields of design and music support Struktur. Struktur speakers and attendees are involved in their industries, companies, and communities. They seek to grow, to lead with purpose, and to make real human connections with substance. They know Struktur isn’t simply a networking event, it is a true community where real and lasting networking and growth happens. We want to see you there!

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