I just moved to Madison WI last year, and with another coworker, we started the Madison Design Alliance. I know Madison isn't huge, but it does have a lot of design firms (Bjorksten, Inform, DCI, Creedo, etc) and design oriented companies (Trek, Pacific Cycles, Saris, Planet Bike, Rayovac, etc). What it doesn't have, however, is much if any design culture. Coming from Milwaukee, the difference is night and day. I miss the gallery nights. I miss the exhibits. I miss connecting with other designers, and feeding off each other's creative inputs. So with that, the Madison Design Alliance was born.
There's already a graphic design oriented group around, but we primarily focused this group on product development professionals. We have a monthly meeting at the Great Dane downtown, on the first Tuesday of every month, as well as events scattered throughout the year. Please feel free to "like" us on facebook, or join our group on LinkedIn!