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Gain conference

Announcing the initial roster of “Gain” speakers

This October, experts in the sphere of design for social change will expand your perception of design’s power on the stage at “Gain: AIGA Design for Social Value Conference” in San Francisco. Fast Company Co.Exist editor Morgan Clendaniel will moderate a lineup of intriguing speakers, including Rule29 founder Justin Ahrens, Stanford’s d.school director Banny Banerjee, frog design vice president of creative Robert Fabricant, co:lab design director Richard Hollant, IDEO.org creative director Patrice Martin, Interactive Africa founder Ravi Naidoo and Project H Design founder Emily Pilloton. Mark your calendar and get your tickets now. more-gain »

Bright Lights: The AIGA Awards

Bright Lights. Big City. Brilliant Designers.

Next week at “Bright Lights: The AIGA Awards,” AIGA will honor four new medalists for their exceptional achievements, services and contributions to the field of design. Download the free Bright Lights 2012 iPhone app to learn more about the honorees, contribute to the event, watch exclusive videos and make your own photo booth prints. And if you’ll be in New York next week, make plans to celebrate with us in person! more-awards »

Board of directors

Vote on the AIGA slate of national directors

AIGA professional members are asked to vote by April 30 on a slate of new directors for the national board. A committee of AIGA members, chaired by Jill Spaeth (AIGA DC), has recommended a five-person slate balancing AIGA’s leadership needs for the three-year term beginning July 1: Kim Baer, Robert Calvano, Allan Chochinov, Su Mathews and Darralyn Rieth; Ethan Bodnar for a one-year term to fill a vacated seat. more-board »

AIGA Member Portfolios gallery

Join the AIGA Member Portfolios Gallery

Set up your portfolio on Behance and link it to the AIGA gallery to enjoy new features and promote your work! Recent upgrades allow you to easily post a new project on your Behance portfolio and promote it with one click to AIGA.org, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn—and even to iPhones and iPads with a free app. Take advantage of this free service, a benefit of your AIGA membership. more-portfolios »

AIGA Medalist

Recommend an AIGA Medalist by May 18

Do you have an influential, innovative colleague or mentor who has made a significant impact on the practice of design in the United States? Recommend him or her to be considered for the AIGA Medal—the highest honor awarded in the design profession—by May 18. more-medal »

Photoshop CS6 Beta

Be the first to experience the power of Photoshop CS6

Download Photoshop CS6 beta and see how it will maximize creativity and achieve unprecedented editing speed with a rich set of new features. Photoshop CS6 will be available in Creative Suite collections and as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud™ offering from AIGA Official Sponsor Adobe. more-beta »


Learn how creativity can drive positive change for business

Designers contribute new ideas, products and perspectives by driving innovation breakthroughs. In one of Aquent’s latest webinars, “Driving change with creativity,” Dell global creative director Tommy Lynn describes how creativity and design can fit into a company’s overall strategic plan. more-webinar »

Code for America Brigade

Join the Code for America Brigade

AIGA’s Design for Good program is collaborating with Code for America to encourage designers, developers and local leaders to contribute their talents to “develop and deploy a new Civic Web.” Visit the Brigade site to see examples of projects and to connect with local initiatives and collaborators to build civic apps for your community. more-brigade »


AIGA discount on the APDF Financial Handbook for Design Firms

Did you know that AIGA members receive an exclusive discount on the APDF Financial Handbook for Design Firms? This handbook provides valuable information to both design firms within their first five years of operation and seasoned businesses looking to increase profitability. Be sure to check out this essential guide to running an efficient and prosperous design firm, available to all AIGA members at a discounted Alliance Member Rate. more-APDF »

HOW Design Live

Member discount for HOW Design Live events

AIGA members are eligible for an exclusive 10 percent discount on any of the HOW Design Live conferences taking place June 21–25 in Boston—the best price you’ll find anywhere. With specialized events for in-house, freelance and package designers, you won’t want to miss this week of hands-on training and insights! Log in to learn more. more-discount »

Thank you

Thank you to AIGA’s generous in-kind sponsors!

Each year, a number of companies generously contribute in-kind products and services that support AIGA’s special and annual initiatives. Over the past 12 months the following companies donated paper: Mohawk Fine Paper, Neenah Paper and NewPage Paper. The following firms donated printing services: AccuLink, The Artcraft Company, O’Neil Printing, Sandy Alexander, Scodix and UPrinting.com. Applied Image Inc. and Sierra Signs provided signage and wall vinyl services and Herman Miller donated iconic furniture for “Bright Lights: The AIGA Awards.” In addition, Tekserve loaned computers and devices and Emma provided email services. These companies believe in the value of design and have demonstrated their support of AIGA. Please give them the opportunity to support AIGA member projects and initiatives!

Aquent | AMA webinar

“Mastering the Creative Brief”

By Aquent
Aquent, AIGA’s official sponsor for professional development, provides advice on why creative briefs are important, what they should include and the steps necessary for making them effective. more-aquent »

Relighting the Spark

“Don’t Be a Victim of Copying”

By Frank Martinez
Copyright law provides protection to designers, but like most trips to a new place, it requires you learn a few local customs and words of a new language to get the most from it. more-martinez »

Color Code: What Color Is “Brave”?

“Color Code: What Color Is ‘Brave’?”

By Marcy Rye
A client asked about the meaning of color, so we set out to find scientific evidence to explain why fast food restaurants use orange and red, why donate buttons are red, and why most people’s favorite color is blue. The reasons are more subjective than you think. more-rye »


Take advantage of member benefits

Did you know that your AIGA membership gets you discounts on great brands like Adobe, Apple, FedEx, lynda.com, Shutterstock and more? Learn about these and many other benefits offered exclusively to members.

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