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AIGA - The Buzz

A quarterly AIGA newsletter for design students, emerging designers and educators.


Making internships more fair

The federal government specifies that unpaid internships at profit-making companies must demonstrate an educational experience geared toward the interests of the intern, not the firm. In a recent article on AIGA.org, executive director Richard Grefé described the criteria, recent developments and new movements to raise awareness of intern rights. Join the conversation »


Would you swim alone with sharks?

Not having a career mentor is exactly that. If you’re embarking on a design career, a good mentor can act as an adviser, motivator, counselor and invaluable guiding force. Ram Castillo, founder of a resource site for design students and recent design graduates, outlines the tangible benefits of career mentorship and offers tips on how to find the right mentor. Read the article »

AIGA Insights

Share your voice on AIGA’s future

AIGA is proposing transformative change to assure a robust and relevant resource for the next generation of designers. AIGA’s board of directors invites your perspective and encourages your vote on options for the future—find out what AIGA might look like in 2020 under each of the two options for change. Review the options »

60 Minute Mentor

Fall events at local chapters

Fall is a great time to get back into the swing of things and recommit to making some great design work, but coming back from a summer hiatus can be tough! Luckily, there are AIGA events geared toward emerging designers to help ease you back into the studio—including AIGA Minnesota’s 60-minute mentor event and AIGA Atlanta’s bocce ball tournament. See all upcoming AIGA chapter events »

Virtual portfolio reviews

Virtual portfolio reviews with RGD

RGD, the Association of Registered Graphic Designers in Canada, invites AIGA members to participate in a Virtual Portfolio Review. The online review features three emerging designers who each present three pieces of work and then receive live feedback from experienced professionals. Sign up online to present your work or to attend the next review on October 17!


What aspiring designers need to know about strategy

If you’re going to run a design-led business, it’s inevitable that you will need to talk strategy with your clients. David Sherwin, interaction design director at frog, explains strategies you might create as a design businessperson and thoughts on how these different strategies could support the efforts of your clients. Learn more »

Like this Box

Case Study: Like this box

Four out of ten homeless individuals in Charlotte, North Carolina live in places not intended for humans. AIGA student member Trey Bates transformed a class assignment into a robust project designed to bring awareness about local homelessness. Learn more in this case study and submit your own projects to be featured on AIGA.org.

Our Time

Now’s our time

“Design matters. We’re no longer the weirdos hidden away in fancy studios kerning type. All eyes are on us. So how do we respond? What bold moves do we make? How do we change the way we work to truly deliver on the power of design?” As part of the “Defining the Studio of 2015” initiative by AIGA and Adobe, Susana Rodríguez de Tembleque of SYPartners poses these questions in a visual essay. See the essay »

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If you recently graduated or moved, be sure to update your mailing address, email and graduation date on My AIGA to get the latest news, event invitations and announcements from AIGA. And update your attributes while you’re there—that way you’ll be sure to receive information and resources that are right for you! Log in to update your account »

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