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Conferences

What do registration fees cover and how are they set?
The registration fee for participants includes attendance at all conference general session presentations and the opening reception. Continental breakfast and light refreshment breaks will be provided; lunch and dinner are on your own. The fees are set to make the experience both memorable and affordable. Typically the per-person cost of putting on the conference is about three times the registration fee.

Can we get a discount for group registrations?
At this time, there are no discounted group rates for the AIGA Design Conference.

How do you select speakers for the conference?
When the Design Conference originated 30 years ago, the gathering was an opportunity to bring together people who were passionate about design to share ideas. Over time we have drawn further afield in seeking speakers who are inspirational, informative, and provocative.

Each year, the AIGA community helps to curate the program for AIGA’s conference. AIGA invites members, nonmembers, chapter leaders, and other concerned parties to contribute suggestions to program through an open call for topics and speaker recommendations. The affinity session presentations are programmed by a group of curators and leaders from AIGA's communities of interest.

Except in highly unusual cases, we have not paid speaking fees. We also try to avoid any presentations that will be self-promotional or promote a specific product. Unlike some professional conferences, we do not offer opportunities for presentations that do not fit into the main theme of the conference as determined by the conference chair. This policy is followed in order to be able to manage the experience and value we offer all participants.

Can I buy a one-day pass to the conference?
AIGA offers only full-conference registration to its events. The experience and the pricing for the conference are based on participants attending the entire conference. Based on experience, we have determined that it is neither economically nor administratively feasible for our small staff to offer partial registrations and to oversee compliance. As such, it would be unfair to those paying full registration to allow those purchasing a partial registration to experience the full conference by violating the intent of a partial registration.

Do you offer any comp registrations?
We do not offer complimentary registrations to anyone, including board members and chapter leadership. This policy is based on a firm commitment to equity and fairness. We respect our customers who pay for the conference and will not violate their trust.

Is video of speakers from AIGA conferences available?
To share the content from the conference with a wider audience and allow attendees to relive the experience, AIGA will make every effort to post video of all the main stage presentations on the AIGA website. Additionally, be sure to follow along as AIGA live-tweets all mainstage presentations from our Twitter handle (@AIGAdesign), as well as covers the entire conference in real time on Facebook (/AIGAdesign) and Instagram (@AIGAdesign).

Am I eligible for the student rate?
The student rate is available to AIGA members who identify as students in the AIGA design community. The rate is determined by your current membership status.

Competitions

What is AIGA’s annual competition this year?
This year, AIGA + Design Observer are pleased to announce the relaunch of the annual 50 Books | 50 Covers competition for books published in 2016.

How do I apply to 50 Books | 50 Covers?
For these details and more, please visit the Rules and eligibility page within this year’s 50 Books | 50 Covers application system.

Publications

Does AIGA publish a salary survey?
AIGA no longer publishes a print version of the salary survey. To view the most recent survey results, please visit designsalaries.org. Results from past AIGA Salary Surveys are available on the AIGA website.

Did you publish a printed version of the AIGA Member Directory this year?
The online directory of designers is searchable by name, company and geographic location, and is always up-to-date.

Can I reprint an article from the aiga.org website on another website?
AIGA encourages the distribution of AIGA-produced web content on other sites, as long as the purposes are in line with our education and advocacy mission. If your intent is non-commercial and educational, you do not need to submit a request. However, make sure to credit the author (if applicable) and include the following information:

First published by AIGA, the professional association for design. www.aiga.org

Otherwise, please submit a request in writing explaining what you would like to republish and for what purpose.

Still have questions about publications? Contact our managing editor.

Volunteering

AIGA relies on member volunteers to accomplish many activities throughout the year. There are two ways to volunteer with the national organization:

Volunteer your time

Each AIGA chapter, as an independently chartered organization, sets its own policies regarding volunteering for local events. AIGA provides guidelines to help shape these chapter policies.

For larger events run by the national staff of AIGA, such as the biennial design conference, the following guidelines apply:

  • All volunteers must be current AIGA members at the time of the event.
  • First right of refusal is given to volunteers who have successfully served at a national event in the past.
  • The next order preference is given to members of the local AIGA chapter where the event is being held.
  • All other members interested in volunteering for an upcoming event should contact the volunteer coordinator.

Volunteer your design services

AIGA's policy is to always provide an honorarium for design projects as compensation. While we realize it is not set at market rates, it recognizes that no design should be expected without compensation. Volunteer designers are usually not required to do work up front for free before a contract or project begins. Each designer knows explicitly beforehand the terms we are able to offer, which is meant as our demonstration that every designer's work has significant value, knowing that there are both monetary and non-monetary considerations in any project.

Conferences and events

AIGA works with designers and firms to create promotional materials including posters, event programs, event web sites, etc. Designers typically send us a portfolio of their past work, then have the opportunity to review a design brief and accept or decline the project. At that time, a contract is executed with a commitment to an honorarium, after which work on the project begins. Implementation, such as printing costs, postage and paper, are covered by AIGA and/or an interested sponsor.

The guidelines are as follows:

  • Preference is given to current AIGA members and AIGA student groups.
  • Groups of volunteers may work together on a project if the majority are current AIGA members.
  • To be considered, you must submit a proposal with a link to your online portfolio.
  • A design brief, including honorarium amount, will be provided for consideration before any work commences.

If you're interested in volunteering your design services for an event, submit a proposal to AIGA’s volunteer coordinator.

Students

Can you send me a course listing for AIGA?
AIGA is a professional association, serving its members and promoting the value of design to the business community and the general public. It neither offers courses in design nor makes recommendations of selected programs. Nationally, each chapter's lecture series may address programs and creative practices, but they are not offered as courses.

AIGA does offer a comprehensive resource for those interested in a career in design. AIGA Career and Education Guide is intended to help the individual make decisions about preparing for a career in design. It defines the purpose and practice of the field and identifies the strong links between effective educational programs and effective professional practice. Suggestions are made to help the individual evaluate schools and potential employers.

What are the top 20 graphic design schools in the U.S.?
AIGA is a professional association, serving its members and promoting the value of graphic design to the business community and the general public. We do not rank graphic design programs or schools.

We do offer a list of NASAD-accredited and non-accredited schools for reference. 

Can AIGA help find a design graduate a job?
AIGA's website offers Design Jobs, a national career and recruitment center. AIGA members may post a job seeker profile, and anyone may post a job listing.

Do you sponsor a student competition? Do you know of any national student competitions coming up soon?
The AIGA national competitions do not include a category for student work. The main reason for this is that the selected entries from these competitions become traveling exhibitions, and we need multiple copies of each selection, which are not available if the work hasn't been produced, as is generally the case with student work.

Some AIGA chapters have competitions at a local level, and many of them include a category for student work. Please contact your local AIGA chapter for more information.

Publications like How and Print have sections in their annual reviews for student work as well. You can contact them for deadlines and additional information. Also, there's a catalog of both national and international competitions called “Awards, Honors and Prizes,” by Gale Publishing. You can find it in the reference section of libraries. They have a dedicated section on design competitions.

Does AIGA offer any scholarships?
AIGA and Worldstudio offer Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships to allow young people from minority and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to not only to realize their artistic dreams, but also to give back to their communities.

I'm looking for a summer internship. Any hints on how to start my search?
We encourage students to list themselves in the job seekers section Design Jobs with a “seeking status” of Internship. Likewise, we are encouraging firms to list their internship opportunities.

You should also contact local colleges and universities to determine if they have internship placements. Another good way of proceeding is to review past AIGA annuals to identify designers whose work you admire and write to them. You can also contact the National Network for Artist Placement and ask for a copy of The National Directory of Artist Internships. This publication identifies art internships for emerging artists in various fields, including graphic design. The directory is distributed to over 2,000 colleges, university career centers, and libraries and is useful for graduating arts students. Contact: NNAP, National Network for Artist Placement, 935 West Avenue 37, Los Angeles, CA 90065. 213 222-4035

What is the AIGA student medallion?
The AIGA Medallion for Design Excellence was awarded in recent years in recognition of distinguished achievement by a student in graphic design. The individual receiving the award has exhibited outstanding creativity, innovation, achievement or leadership, and dedication to the profession of design.

AIGA awarded this medallion to encourage national awareness and recognition of the contributions of design students to the future of graphic design. AIGA worked with a small number of schools in the late 1990s. The program is currently in hiatus.

Commenting

AIGA welcomes the sharing of comments that further the discussion of content on AIGA.org, but we urge you to be mindful of these policies.

  • Comments on the AIGA website are moderated. If you are an AIGA member or registered site user under a verified name, your comments will be published without delay. Otherwise, you must wait until the site administrator has reviewed and approved your comments before they will be published.
  • Please try to keep your comments concise, informative, respectful and relevant to the topic at hand. Try to refrain from generic comments (e.g., “Nice article,” “Thanks for posting,” “This sucks,” etc.). You've got the floor, so to speak, so we hope you'll use it to say something useful.
  • While we will not enforce it, we hope you will also use your full name when posting, as it fosters more open and thoughtful communication with others.
  • If you submit comments under an anonymous or false identity, the AIGA site administrator may refuse to publish it for any reason.
  • While we seek to create an open forum that is inclusive and diverse in its ideas and expressions, we will not tolerate malicious, obscene, racist, sexist, abusive or otherwise offensive language on AIGA's pages. AIGA may delete any post deemed inappropriate without warning. In the case of repeated offenses, AIGA may terminate your posting privileges.
  • While it isn't something we would regularly opt to do, in certain cases your post may be edited. If you are a registered user and have provided a contact email, you will be notified first of any changes to your comments.
  • The AIGA forum is for non-commercial purposes only. Therefore, comments intended to solicit funds, advertising or services may be refused, altered and/or deleted from the site. (Knock-off handbag sellers, be warned.)
  • You may not post, upload or transmit any software or other material that contains a virus or other harmful code or device. You may not use the AIGA website to distribute chain letters, mass mailings or SPAM or to gather email addresses for the purpose of sending SPAM to other users of the AIGA site.
  • By posting, uploading or transmitting any material on or through AIGA's website, you hereby grant AIGA a non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide license to use that material in all media, whether or not now known.
  • AIGA is not responsible for verifying the accuracy of statements submitted by users in the comment sections.

RSS

What is an RSS or XML feed?

“RSS” stands for Really Simple Syndication, which has become a standard for publishing updates to web content-as the name implies, it's simpler than visiting a website to find out what's new. With RSS (also called XML feeds), you can subscribe to a feed that notifies you when articles, videos and other types of content are updated.

How do I read my RSS feeds?

You could download a news reader application (or aggregator), use one built into your web browser or use a web-based service. Subscribing to a feed is usually as simple as copying and pasting the URL.

AIGA provides an RSS feed for all published content.

About AIGA.org

The AIGA website has taken many forms since its first iteration in 1995. At every step along the way, AIGA has worked with design firms to ensure that members-and all those interested in design-have a place to turn for information, resources and inspiration.

Site design timeline

  • May 2011: Redesign of aiga.org
    Design: Method; technology partner: NimbleUser and Thirdwave
    More visually dynamic, offering storytelling experiences both long and short, and numerous opportunities for participation.
  • May 2009: Launch of my.aiga.org
    Design: C&G Partners; technology partner: NimbleUser
    Centralized AIGA transactions, including account management, membership initiation and renewal and event registration.
  • 2007: Redesign of www.aiga.org
    Design: Happy Cog; technology partner: Thirdwave
    The redesign, visualized by interactive design studio Happy Cog and made functional by AIGA's longstanding technology partner Thirdwave, improved the site's usability and search ratings. The site degrades gracefully onto varied media platforms, such as handheld devices and has been flexible enough to permit significant ongoing functionality expansion.
  • 2004: Redesign
    Design: Flat; technology partner: Thirdwave
    A warm color palette enticed visitors to explore the many aspects of the site.
  • 2003: Redesign
    Design:Tanagram; technology partner: Thirdwave
    This redesign was intended to begin to make the extensive content on the site more accessible to visitors. Various constituencies could easily navigate to content targeted especially to their interests.
  • 2000: Redesign
    Design: Tanagram; technology partner: Thirdwave
    The objective of this site redesign was to engage the visitor from the start. A somewhat neutral home page changed to reveal four current content areas as the visitor clicked on the page. The site also integrated for the first time with AIGA's back-end membership system.
  • 1995: Launch
    Design:
    Graffito/Active8
    After providing an initial design to give AIGA an online presence, Graffito/Active8 designed an ambitious site that allowed for the same content to be viewed through three different skins.