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AIGA national board members

AIGA welcomes new national board members

This month, six designers join the national board of directors for AIGA. After a national search, the following board members were elected by a vote of AIGA’s professional members: Kim Baer, founder of design studio KBDA; Ethan Bodnar, product designer at Skillshare; Robert Calvano, director of Merck’s in-house agency; Allan Chochinov, partner at Core77; Su Mathews, senior partner at Lippincott; and Darralyn Rieth, lead design operations consultant for Kimberly-Clark Corporation, who assumes the role of treasurer. Learn more about the new board members and read about the accomplishments of Julie Beeler, Zia Khan, Jamie Koval and Angela Shen-Hsieh, who just completed their 3-year terms. more-board »


AIGA moves toward broader engagement

Each June, AIGA’s chapter leaders gather to prepare for the coming year and beyond. This year in Salt Lake City, representatives of all 66 chapters enthusiastically endorsed plans to increase the range of interests represented within AIGA by encouraging content from members and chapters to be shared through AIGA.org. Chapter leaders explicitly recognized that AIGA consists of many different voices, with no one voice more important than the others; ratified a change to the membership participation structure and fees to attract even more designers whose interests AIGA represents; and embraced an equal commitment to the design aspects of head (design thinking), heart (social impact) and hand (craft). more-AIGA »


Register now for “Gain”!

“Gain: AIGA Design for Social Value Conference” will bring together the best and the brightest innovators working in design and social good today. In San Francisco this October, Fast Company Co.Exist editor Morgan Clendaniel will moderate a stellar lineup of speakers including Rule29 founder Justin Ahrens, Stanford ChangeLabs director Banny Banerjee, frog design vice president of creative Robert Fabricant, IDEO.org creative director Patrice Martin, Project H Design founder Emily Pilloton and more. Register now! more-gain »

50 Books/50 Covers

AIGA partners with Design Observer for “50 Books/50 Covers”

Design Observer is hosting this year’s “50 Books/50 Covers Competition,” to identify the best work published in 2011. In addition to 25 internationally recognized designers who will serve as nominators, any AIGA member is welcome to nominate books worthy of consideration in either the cover category or the book category. Books are broadly defined to include trade, special editions, letterpress and digital productions, and they may come from any country as long as they are in English (or bilingual with English text). Final selections will be made by Design Observer editors, and will be published in the AIGA Design Archives, as well as on Design Observer and Designers & Books. Submit your favorite designs by August 15! more-5050 »

leadership workshop

Build your leadership skills in New York this week

AIGA is hosting special leadership events in New York for mid-level designers and managers who oversee creative teams. Join design and business leaders for a panel on corporate social responsibility, leadership, organizational transformation and design strategy for business on Thursday, July 19, or an in-depth workshop focused on personal, business and community leadership on Friday, July 20. Spaces are still available—register now. more-leadership »

Breakthroughs webinar

Webinar: “Wireframing + Prototyping” on July 18

The Breakthroughs webinar series—brought to you by Adobe and AIGA—continues with “Wireframing + Prototyping: Pencil to Paper to Screen” featuring JD Graffam of Simple Focus and Adobe expert Remon Tijssen. This webinar will help you lay the right design foundation for your mobile application or site by exploring information architecture and interaction design through wireframes and prototyping. This free, members-only event will be held on Wednesday, July 18 at noon ET/9:00 a.m. PT. Log in to register today. more-wireframing »

Ask Aquent webinar

Ask Aquent webinar: “Interview Techniques” on July 19

Get the latest tips on how to ace your next interview by attending the second in this series of professional development webinars sponsored by Aquent. Join Senior Recruiter/Agent Lisa McClain as she offers insights on the best interview practices and techniques. There will be plenty of time for Q&A, so if you have a question you’d like to send in advance, send it by email. You can also find a recap of the previous session, "Getting the Job," here. The next free, members-only webinar will be held this Thursday, July 19 at noon ET/9:00 a.m. PT. Log in to register now. more-ask »

Design for Good

Design for Good Summits and events

This summer, AIGA will host three invitation-only “Design for Good Summits” in New York City, Seattle and Birmingham, bringing together design professionals and civic leaders to develop innovative solutions to community-specific problems related to dietary guidance and lifestyle management. PepsiCo Nutrition Ventures is supporting the events and helping to develop the programs. Want to learn how you can design for good? Visit designforgood.aiga.org for ideas, or contact your local chapter to find out about upcoming Design for Good activities in your area. more-summits »

INitiative events

This summer: chapter INitiative events, sponsored by The Creative Group

Chapters across the country are gearing up for INitiative events! On August 20, join AIGA Dallas Fort Worth for “INitiative Part 1,” a lively panel discussion with local in-house design legends. On August 24, AIGA Minnesota presents “The INtrapreneurial Workshop,” an intensive workshop for in-house leaders. On September 11, AIGA Jacksonville brings back “IN Lunch Meet,” its bimonthly meetup for in-house designers. And on September 12, AIGA Atlanta welcomes The Creative Group’s executive director, Donna Farrugia, for “The Creative Team of the Future,” a look at how in-house and agency designers alike can improve their marketability. Mark your calendar today, and check out the in-house event calendar for more INitiative events being scheduled this fall. more-events »

Design for Democracy

New election design “Field Guides” available

AIGA Design for Democracy, led by AIGA national board member Drew Davies, has been working with election design experts Dana Chisnell and Whitney Quesenbery to distill best practices into a series of pocket-size handbooks called “Field Guides To Ensuring Voter Intent.” These guides will help county election officials, designers and advocates to design ballots, write instructions for voters, test ballots for usability and create effective poll worker materials. Check them out online! more-guides »

Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships

Worldstudio and AIGA award scholarships to design students

Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships for the 2012/2013 academic year were awarded to 24 college students studying art and design in the United States. Recipients were selected not only for their ability and need, but also for their demonstrated commitment to giving back to the larger community. Get to know the awardees through their work and personal essays. more-scholarships »

Geographics: Design, Education and the Transnational Terrain

Register now for the December Design Educators conference

“Geographics: Design, Education and the Transnational Terrain” will include two full days of presentations by design educators from more than 20 countries. This Honolulu conference will feature discussions of projects that have taken place between groups of students learning about design in distant locations, as well as theoretical positions concerning the ways that design ideas past and present have moved across the world’s geographic boundaries. Space is limited—register now. more-geographics »

John Luu

8 Tips for Keeping Your First Design Job

Article by John Luu
Having your first bona fide design job at a well-respected firm or agency can be an exhilarating and stressful experience. These eight tips will help you keep—and excel at—your new job. more-luu »

Design for Good: Design System for the Community Garden

Design for Good: Design System for the Community Garden

Case study by Lindsay Kinkade
A logo redesign for the Southside Community Land Trust—a community garden organization in Providence—took on new dimensions when the designers adopted a collaborative approach, working closely with the nonprofit to develop a design system with long-range vision. more-kinkade »

Mark McGuinness

Team Leader by Design: An Interview with Mark McGuinness

Article by Andy Epstein
In this interview, popular author and design management consultant Mark McGuinness discusses the role of the design team leader and the skills team leaders need to succeed. For current and prospective in-house team managers, Mark offers suggestions on how to lead design teams by example. more-epstein »


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