|Member Since||May 2003|
|Member Type||Design Leader|
|AIGA Chapter||Kansas City|
|Title||Creative Account Manager, Licensing|
|Company||Hallmark Cards, Inc.|
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I'm a multi-disciplinary designer with an additional background in psychology. I have done quite a bit of design & art direction for local theatres, bars and nonprofits over the years. Currently, I am a Creative Account Manager in the Licensing Department for Hallmark Cards working with brands like Star Wars and DC Comics. I am also past president and current advisor to AIGA KC board. I play guitar, drums, and I dj, and freelance on some short films and web series.
Christine Taylor commented on the article "Why double the number of AIGA members?"
Ok, the intangibles Ric mentioned? Here is my take... I have been a member of AIGA for about 6 or 7 years and I have been actively involved for about 4-5 of those years. I have had my membership purchased for me only once (and that was most recently). I have paid for every conference on my own since 2001. I have always seen the value in putting back into my proffession, and since i have been a board member of a local chapter, my commitment has grown even stronger. Really, spending is about priorities and I have made this a priority in my life. I know that my money is being spent on things like growing our profession, making more people aware of who we are, what we do and how important the profession is. I know that we now have a seat on the United Nations and we provide scholarships and mentorships to those who need it most. We are also leading the way for sustainable design in our profession among other very important initiatives you can read about on this site...I am just scratching the surface of what this organization is doing. I know that I can call just about any AIGA member in the United States and they will help me in good times and in bad. I have met and been inspired by some of the greatest leaders in our profession, some of which I can now call my friend. I am not quite sure what all these tangible benefits are that people are expecting to get? What ever happened to just the idea of giving back? This is a non-profit organization working for me and you...in all honesty, that's all I need to know. That in and of itself is worth a lot, despite all the other fore-mentioned intangibles. Those that think events should be free have obviously never thrown or put on an event to know what goes into it. If you have and know how we can get better sponsors to keep event costs down, I would encourage you to join your local board...give back that knowledge. In 10, 20, 30 years, where will we be, what will being a designer mean...will I even have a job? Well, you better bet AIGA will be at the forefront of answering and defining these questions and they will be there to support you whether you have a job or not. You can make it a priority to make sure your voice is heard a long the way, or you can wait until you get whatever it is you are expecting to receive...either way AIGA is there working for you. Ok, I may sound a bit preachy, but that is because I am passionate about this organization. Remember, nothing worth while comes cheap or free...the value is there...sometimes you have to just look beyond the obvious to see it.