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Through “INitiative,” a program created by AIGA and The Creative
Group (TCG) to support in-house designers, AIGA chapters host local in-house design events across the country.
August 7, 2014Webcast: Creative Growth2:00 p.m. EasternEtsy creative director Randy Hunt shares the evolution of a design studio that has grown from a creative team or two to more than 50. He’ll reveal what lessons he’s learned, the best tips for keeping it real and how to make sure you have fun along the way.
July 31, 2014AIGA Triad NC presentsINitiative panel discussion6:30–8:30 p.m. AIGA Triad NC invites you to join them for an in-house panel discussion featuring creative directors from Under Armour, Krispy Kreme and Wake Forest University. These creative leaders will share insight into the inner workings of in-house design studios and shed light on the current struggles and successes faced in an in-house design environment.
June 24, 2014AIGA Los Angeles presentsStudio Tour: Mattel7:00–9:00 p.m. Tour Mattel, whose family of companies is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products. Get a sneak peek at Mattel’s creative culture behind their portfolio of best-selling brands including Barbie®, Monster High®, American Girl®, Thomas & Friends® and Fisher-Price® brands, as well as a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines.
May 8, 2014AIGA Iowa presentsIt Takes 2: Innovation & Collaboration7:00–8:30 p.m. INsight, a program created by AIGA Iowa, supports in-house designers by providing events that help them evolve professionally and connect with a broader network of peers. “It Takes 2” will feature Em Byerly, a 3-D gifts designer, and Katie Larson, a lettering artist, who work together at Hallmark Cards. This partnership formed 7 years ago and has been growing ever since. The two work to play to one another’s strengths while minimizing weaknesses. Join us to learn how their unique points of view make for great results!
May 1, 2014AIGA Orlando presentsAllan Peters: The Badge Hunt6:30–9:00 p.m.Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work in a boutique design agency? How about a huge marketing agency or a global ad agency? What about working in-house for the best brand in the world? Allan Peters has tried them all and has survived to tell you the tale. This is a story that spans 33 years and includes not only the victories but also the down right ugly stuff that happened along the way. Join him as he walks you through projects for brands like Nike, ESPN and Target showing you his process as well as behind the scenes stories and photos.
April 30, 2014AIGA San Francisco presentsThriving: In-house design teams6:30–8:30 p.m.In-house teams face the difficult design challenge of continuously working within brand while striving to find innovative ways to communicate it. Brands like Google, Facebook and Apple are lighting the way by coming to market with inspired and impressive in-house generated work. Join AIGA San Francisco as we discuss the challenges and power that in-house creatives face, how your team can best create value for your organization and get the juicy work you want.
April 9, 2014AIGA San Francisco presentsYouTube Studio Tour6:00–8:00 p.m.Designers at YouTube work across a host of disciplines, including product, user experience and research, visual communications, marketing, and brand advertising. The evening will include presentations from across the organization, a lively panel discussion, and a tour of one of the largest online destinations and publishing platforms in the world.
March 27AIGA/NY presentsIN-THE-HOUSE IV: Culture, Connectivity and Content6:30–8:30 p.m.Brands influence us in every aspect of our lives, from the technology we crave, to the content we discover, to the way we share our take on the world. AIGA/NY has invited 3 mega brands: 163 year-old The New York Times, 30 year-old Apple and 3 years old Instagram, to talk about how their in-house design teams work to make these connections seem effortless and essential to our daily lives.
March 27AIGA Seattle presentsSchmooze: In-House Edition6:00–8:00 p.m. Join AIGA Seattle for the In-house Edition of Schmooze! We can’t guarantee Kevin Spacey will be there, but we can promise that you’ll have the opportunity to rub elbows with amazing in-house designers, manager and creative directors.
March 13Webcast: 10 tips for in-house designers2:00 p.m. EasternAllan Peters, associate creative director for Target and the new ambassador for AIGA’s INitiative program, will share 10 tips for in-house designers. From seeking out a mentor to knowing that you’re good enough to get another job, he’ll offer words of wisdom and encouragement learned while working for one of the largest internal creative studios in the country. Watch a recording of the webcast here.
March 6, 2014AIGA Boston presentsIn-House Design Series: Roundtable on Information Sharing6:00–7:30 p.m., Suffolk Construction Company, BostonAIGA Boston presents an In-House Design Series focused on the opportunities and the challenges of being an In-House designer. This series has been developed for in-house designers or individuals interested in in-house design to network, share ideas, make a greater impact at their companies, and grow as designers. This upcoming event will focus on the topic of “Information Sharing” both within your team, and within your company—i.e. information access, project tracking, company rollouts, etc. Please bring any questions or ideas you may have for discussion!
February 26, 2014AIGA DC presentsDotGov Design6:00–7:30 p.m. at Canvas, Washington, DC Join AIGA DC and your government design peers to continue the conversation about how we can build community, improve standards across agencies, and help each other be better designers.
February 20, 2014AIGA Knoxville presentsStewart Scott-Curran6:00–10:00 p.m. at The Emporium Art & Culture Alliance, KnoxvilleJoin AIGA Knoxville as CNN Art Director Stewart Scott-Curran presents “What Indiana Jones and Eighties Thrash Metal Taught Me About How To Be A Good Designer.”February 18, 2014AIGA Colorado presentsBuzz: Designing for Startups8:30–10:00 a.m. at Hooked on Colfax, DenverJoin AIGA Colorado for another exciting installment of Buzz! This month's guest is Steve Entringer, Director of Creative Services for UrgentRx, a Denver startup founded by entrepreneur and inventor Jordan Eisenberg, who has already started and sold three companies in his relatively young career. Steve will share his experience of being involved with a startup as well as some of the considerations they face—everything from packaging, prototyping and focus groups to printing on unique materials and PPT pitches.February 13, 2014AIGA San Francisco presentsStudio Tours: Levi Strauss & Co.5:30–7:30 p.m. at Levi Strauss & Co., San FranciscoJoin AIGA San Francisco as we get a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of some very influential Bay Area design studios during our Studio Tours. See projects in progress, learn about different firms’ cultures and methodologies, and rub elbows with design luminaries and up-and-comings in the environment that inspires their best work.
January 11–February 7, 2014AIGA Philadelphia presentsINhouse EXhibitExhibition reception: February 7, 6:00–9:00 p.m. SPACE 1026, PhiladelphiaAIGA Philadelphia is putting together a special exhibition of the Philadelphia area’s finest in-house creative! The best annual reports, invitations, brochures, websites, packaging, collateral and communications created by in-house creative teams will be on display at SPACE.
January 28, 2014AIGA Baltimore presentsNational Parks Conservation Association Lecture6:30–8:30 p.m. at Groove Commerce, BaltimoreOver the past eight years, Scott Kirkwood and Annie Riker have transformed the graphic design department of the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) from an assortment of under-utilized staff to an award-winning team. Join AIGA Baltimore on January 28 for a presentation by Scott and Annie and learn how they’ve made design and branding a priority at the NPCA.
January 16, 2014AIGA Minnesota presentsINcredibles: Purpose-Driven Design at Quality Bike Products4:00–7:00 p.m. at Quality Bicycle Products, BloomingtonINcredibles—a series of AIGA Minnesota curated events focuses on in-house creative, topics and issues—presents the talented internal creative team and inspiring facility at Quality Bicycle Products (QBP). Jason Gaikowski, director of brand marketing, and art directors of the QBP brands will talk about their wide assortment of consumer products and how purpose drives the creative process.
December 5, 2013AIGA Minnesota presentsINcredibles: Working Effectively with a Developer4:00–5:30 p.m. at Larsen INcredibles—a series of AIGA Minnesota curated events focuses on in-house creative, topics and issues—presents Reid Durbin, Director of Interactive Development, and Ryan Bridge, Senior Developer of Larsen. They will present methods for effectively working with developers and the discussion will be tailored specifically toward attendees’ interests. Attendees are invited to submit questions at registration.
November 19, 2013AIGA Philadelphia presentsIn-house workshop with Emily Cohen: Project Initiation and Creative Briefs6:30–9:30 p.m. at the University of the Arts As a consultant to creative professionals, Emily Cohen is on a mission to help corporations, designers, marketers, strategists and clients improve how they collaborate to develop smartly-crafted project initiation documents and creative briefs that achieve results. Join Emily Cohen as she discusses the various do’s and don’ts involved in generating and utilizing these all-important tools.
The Creative Group (TCG) specializes in placing highly skilled interactive, design, marketing, advertising and public relations professionals with a variety of firms on a project and full-time basis. TCG offers ongoing information and resources to help creative professionals and companies keep up with ongoing changes in the industry. Learn more at creativegroup.com.
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