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.
Stay tuned for more upcoming events!
AIGA Orange County presentsIn-House INitiative: Defining an In-house Agency
A discussion panel with top Creative Directors and Designers from Boeing, Nickelodeon, Oakley, Taco Bell, and Google will share their experiences working in in-house environments. Each will bring a sample of an in-house project, and a moderator will help navigate the attraction of in-house, how is it different from advertising agencies and design firms, and answer questions from the audience.
AIGA Charlotte presentsI’d Like to Buy the World a Vitaminwater.: Alex Center
Alex Center could feel the energy was different when he walked into the offices at Glacéau brands, which was sold to The Coca-Cola Company. No mentoring or master’s program could have taught Center more about branding than what he learned over the next nine years. Learn what he discovered in watching a brand grow from startup to starlet in this entertaining and provocative session about merging brands and the power of design.
AIGA DC presents2016 DotGovDesign Conference
Join your government colleagues for this great opportunity to build stronger community, improve standards across agencies, and help each other be better at what we do.This year's conference will house a number of exciting opportunities for collaboration, conversation, and inspiration—spotlighting folks around government who have been working hard to promote good design practices. And you could be among them!
AIGA Boston presentsFuture History
Shaping the visual landscape of New York City is no small task. Susan Sellers, a founding partner of 2 x 4, known for their branding for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Harvard Art Museum, and Head of Design at The Metropolitan Museum of Art joins Hilary Greenbaum, Director of Graphic Design for the Whitney Museum of American Art, in an exciting conversation about designing for world-class cultural institutions.
AIGA Atlanta presentsAIGA/SEGD Insider Tour of the Porsche Experience Center
Tour the extraordinary Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta, and see how one of the world’s greatest automotive brands does branding!
March 24AIGA New York presentsIn The House with Tumblr & Pinterest
Join AIGA/NY as Scott Tong of Pinterest and Zack Sultan of Tumblr share
recent design projects, discuss what it’s like to design in-house and
compare and contrast the differences between working in NYC and SF.
AIGA San Francisco presentsStudio Tour: Creative Live
Join us 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 in the environment that inspires their best work. This time we're visiting CreativeLive, which empowers you to unleash your potential by bringing the world’s greatest experts directly to you, live.
AIGA Minnesota presentsNew(s) Perspectives: Star Tribune Brand Refresh
Meet Star Tribune creative and marketing leaders and former members of their partner agency at the time, Larsen: Jane Messenger,
Steve Yaeger, Paul Wharton, and Gwyneth Dwyer for a morning discussion about how a cultural shift and brand refresh positioned a Minnesota icon for the future.
AIGA Arizona presentsSnaps
The Snaps showcase at FilmBar, Thursday, March 10 starting at 7 pm, will highlight the work of in-house design teams working at some of the most innovative and recognizable, valley based businesses. From their greatest successes to their most challenging projects, we'll hear how they did it.
March 9, 2016
AIGA San Francisco presentsDesign//Work: Articulating the Value of an In-house Team
Join AIGA SF 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. Topics include how in-house is different from agencies or start-ups, articulating the value of an in-house team to the rest of the company, and more.
February 25, 2016
AIGA Colorado presentsBuilding an Innovation Culture
Join speaker Dan Makoski in a conversation about how to create a more open fast pace innovation culture, foster inspired design, and set the expectation of greatness. As the founder of Google's Project Ara, and the Design Lead on the original Microsoft Surface, Dan is on a mission to thoughtfully design epic experiences in collaboration with the people who inspire us to innovate.
February 23, 2016
AIGA DFW presentsAIGA DFW INitiative
Bring your current work to the open forum and get feedback from local creatives that share your passion. Following a quick creative challenge to spur everyone's thinking, INitiative will host a workshop style creative review of attendees' projects. Come with your work. Leave with inspiration.
February 9, 2016
AIGA Los Angeles presentsThe Effect of Branding in Digital Companies
Join us as we go deep into conversation with Everett Katigbak to learn about branding the world’s fastest growing companies like Facebook and Pinterest, and how it made an impact on their bottom line. Moderated by Arturo Perez, CEO of Kluge Interactive, we’ll dig deep into the differences between product and brand design, and what it takes to affect change through these disciplines.
January 29, 2016AIGA Richmond presentsFailing ForwardJoin AIGA Richmond for some creative inspiration from J. Dontrese Brown, a motivational creative design professional and Brand Creative Director at CapitalOne, as he talks about how it is not about the successes that make you or your journey unique—it’s the failures.
January 28, 2016
AIGA Minnesota presentsmINhouse Event:
U.S. Bank Brand Refresh
Join Joe Cecere, President and Chief Creative Officer of Little, and Kate Quinn, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Affairs of U.S. Bank, for a morning discussion about branding, design, and the process of how to shift a brand’s visual voice.
January 28, 2016
AIGA Wichita presentsSeth Gerard: Map Wars
Join AIGA Wichita to hear the story of how the original digital map makers are putting themselves back on the map, and how UX research shaped the redesign of Mapquest, as explained by Lead User Experience designer Seth Gerard.
January 21, 2016AIGA DC presentsDotGovDesignJoin 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. Sarah Brooks gives us an inside look into her journey from the tech scene of San Francisco to the Presidential Innovation Fellows, her recently published book on strategic design thinking, and the Insight & Design team with the VA Customer (Veterans) Experience Office.
December 3, 2015
AIGA Arizona presetsSnaps!
AIGA Arizona wants you and your in-house design crew to participate in a celebratory snapshot of your most inspiring and exciting work.
The Snaps! event will provide a venue for in-house designers from across the valley to display their work to a broader audience and connect with other in-house designers. Attendance, however, is open to any designer who want to learn more about the comparatively low-profile work of in-house designers.
November 7, 2015AIGA Houston presentsInside JobINSIDE JOB 2015 brings in speakers from some of the biggest and best inhouse creative teams to help you navigate through today's corporate design world without losing your creative edge. With insight into the challenges and rewards of inhouse design, INSIDE JOB 2015 will push you to bring out the best in you and your team, whether you’re a seasoned inhouse art director, a jack-of-all-trades project manager or a newly-minted design professional.
October 22, 2015
AIGA Boston presentsAgents of Change: Driving Design Innovation In-House
Join our conversation with local in-house design leaders as they discuss how they drive design innovation in their companies. As leaders from EF, Rue La La, and Fidelity Labs, they’ll discuss how they help to develop a culture of design in their organizations, and how they inspire their teams to work with peers across departments and disciplines.
October 13, 2015AIGA Seattle presentsWhat the (blank)AIGA SEATTLE invites you to join us for an in-house panel discussion featuring creative leaders from EMP, SIFF, Slalom, Outerwall, and Microsoft! Be a part of this insightful glimpse into the inner workings of in-house design studios as our panelists shed some light on successes and common struggles faced in this unique design environment.
September 19, 2015
AIGA Cleveland presentsINtrospective: A One-Day Conference for In-House Creatives
AIGA Cleveland is proud to announce INtrospective: A one-day conference for in-house creatives! Our conference will be a day of education, insight and inspiration, featuring some of the most dynamic and influential in-house creative professionals both nationally and locally. Registration for this event will be opening the week of August 10th.
September 9, 2015
AIGA Seattle presentsThe Lunch Box @ Sound Transit
Break away from your desk to visit an amazing studio and listen to local design leaders present original perspectives that will inspire, shift or interrupt your relationship with the design space. September’s Lunch Box will be hosted by Sound Transit. Presentation includes a 360° sneak peek virtual tour of our University Link light rail project.
August 15, 2015AIGA Philadelphia presents@in: The Conference for In-House Creatives
Franklin Square Headquarters at the Philadelphia Navy Yard | 201 Rouse Blvd, Philadelphia
AIGA Philly is proud to announce @in: the conference for in-house creatives. It will be a day of insight and inspiration featuring some of the most dynamic and influential in-house creative heroes! We have an amazing line up.
August 20, 2015AIGA Minnesota presentsmINhouse Event: Prime Therapeutics
Join Prime Therapeutic’s creative director, Molly Sullivan, and her design team for a behind-the-scenes look at how they helped evolve their company’s culture with their interactive Customer Experience Room.
July 30, 2015
AIGA Los Angeles presentsMusic + DesignJoin us in a discussion with the creative directors of major record labels Warner Bros., Interscope, Capitol, and Hollywood Records/Disney Music Group to examine defining components of culture, music and design. We’ll examine how artists work with labels to define their brand, the role designers play in transforming sound into treasured tangibles and see what the future may hold.
July 22, 2015
AIGA Charlotte presentsJosh Higgins: You Do You (Everything Else Is Secondary)
From a touring musician on MCA/Universal Records to Design Director for President Obama to a Creative Director at Facebook, Josh Higgins lived by his mantra of "You do you" and realized that it wasn't about him, it was about we. This took him decades to figure out, but he'll be sharing his secrets in under an hour at this highly anticipated AIGA Charlotte event.
June 24, 2015A Q&A with Kickstarter
Curious about crowdfunding? AIGA Maine has arranged a talk with Terry Romero, Food and Crafts Outreach Lead at Kickstarter. Join us at the Bearded Lady’s Jewel Box for a short presentation on how Kickstarter works and general best practices, followed by a Q&A with Terry and a few locals who have run their own successful projects. Free and Open to the public.
May 21, 2015Webcast: Transforming Cultures, When Businesses Embrace Design
Join Doug Powell, studio lead at IBM Design, as he pulls back the curtain on his experiences helping to develop a culture of design at one of the largest and most successful companies in the world.
May 1, 2015AIGA Connecticut presentsInside Out 2015: The Conference for In-House CreativesGain insight into how high-performing in-house creatives and teams thrive and still keep their edge. Customize your experience through a series of topical breakout sessions with individual speakers, then engage through an interactive panel discussion about in-house trends, challenges, and opportunities. And, enjoy networking opportunities throughout the day, including the closing cocktail reception.
April 8, 2015AIGA Arizona presentsSide by Side: Dispelling Myths About In-House DesignIt’s common for agency and freelance design to be perceived as more attractive or “sexier” than in-house design, but it’s time to dispel those myths. Join us for a panel discussion with notable in-house, agency, and freelance designers from the community, where we’ll talk about the differences between the three design practices and what it’s really like to work in house.
April 8, 2015AIGA San Francisco presentsStudio Tours: FitbitJoin us as we get a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the Fitbit design studios during our Studio Tours. Fitbit is the market leader in the fast-growing category of connected health and fitness products, which combines wearable tracking devices with motivating online and mobile experiences to help people reach their health and fitness goals. Tours sell out early, so get your tickets today.
March 27, 2015AIGA Washington D.C. presentsDotGov Design ConferenceGPO, PRA, RFQ, BPA, 508, or GSA. If you know some of these acronyms, you probably speak the language of a government designer. Join us on March 27th to meet your peers around the federal government at the very first installment of AIGA DC’s, DotGov Design Conference. We’ll continue the conversation about how we can build community, improve standards across agencies, and help each other be better designers.
March 26, 2015AIGA New York presentsIn the House MuseumDesigners everywhere are noticing that more and more designers are working in-house for companies large and small. When do we start to ask what the role of the designer should be? How do design ideas live there? Join Mike Abbink from the Museum of Modern Art, Hilary Greenbaum from the Whitney Museum of American Art, Peter Kaplan of the Museum of Arts and Design, Susan Sellers from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Lorraine Wild from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as they explore these questions and engage a lively conversation about design, power, culture, ideas, freedom, and the city, moderated by Juliette Cezzar.
February 19, 2015AIGA Oklahoma presentsFrom the TV Screen to Every Other Screen, and Back with Bob CalvanoJoin Bob Calvano, AIGA national board member, as he pulls back the curtain and shows you how A+E Networks is creating digital products for their six global brands: A&E, HISTORY, Lifetime, H2, FYI, and LMN. Bob is currently the vice president of design and oversees all visual and user experience design for the full portfolio of brands.
January 19, 2015AIGA Minnesota presentsINcredibles: A Brand Refresh Story at Thrivent FinancialINcredibles—a series of events focused on in-house creative, issues, and topics—presents a brand refresh story at Thrivent Financial’s Minneapolis Corporate Center.
Hear from an organization that recently refreshed their brand and also the design firm that helped them. Susan Zima, director of brand and creative services, and Amy Huth, senior marketing specialist, brand management, from Thrivent Financial will share their experiences along with members of Capsule, the design firm.
November 15, 2014AIGA Central PA presentsIn Haus KreativPeer behind the veil and discover how Central PA's top in-house designers hone their craft. This presentation will show local in-house designers from the healthcare, government, entertainment, non-profit and education sectors and they'll share their unique perspective on design from the inside. Panels include Marco Ceo from Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, Michael Zigmund from Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians, Mallory Gricoskle from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, Rosie Turner from Harrisburg Area YMCA and Danelle Balley from Schoolwires.
November 15, 2014
AIGA Houston presentsINSIDE JOB 2014In support of INitiative—AIGA’s partnership with The Creative Group to bring quality in‑house content and programming to the forefront—INSIDE JOB 2014 brings in speakers from some of the biggest and best in‑house design departments to help you successfully navigate through today’s corporate design world without losing your creative edge. With insight into the inherent challenges and rewards of in‑house design, INSIDE JOB 2014 will push you to bring out the best in you and your team, whether you’re a seasoned in‑house art director, a jack‑of‑all‑trades project manager or a newly‑minted design professional.
November 5, 2014
AIGA Rhode Island presentsIn-house Rhode Show @ Taylor BoxJoin AIGA Rhode Island for the first leg of their in-house Rhode show series when they visit Taylor Box Company in Warren, RI. Dan Shedd, president, and Julie Passey, director of design, engineering and package development, will give a tour of the facility and introduce you to members of the in-house design team. Light refreshments will follow.
October 21, 2014AIGA Baltimore presentsMarketing the Baltimore Ravens Get your purple and black ready as AIGA Baltimore and the 2013 Super Bowl Champions bring you the Ravens brand team! Even non-sports fans will appreciate the design and marketing challenges presented by such a large organization. Join AIGA Baltimore for this special Baltimore Design Week event and learn how staff members approach their work and collaborate to create, manage, and promote the Baltimore Ravens brand.
October 18–19, 2014AIGA Phoenix presentsIn-house breakout sessions at the Method + Madness conferenceAs part of Phoenix Design Week, the Method + Madness conference is two days that feature two aspects of design—the crazy and inspiring beauty of the design process, and the practical approach with insight and training that will empower you to pull off your big ideas. The insights from local in-house design leaders in three breakout sessions on Sunday afternoon will help in-house design teams thrive, enable in-house designers to make a greater impact at their companies, evolve professionally and connect with a broader network of peers.
October 15, 2014AIGA San Francisco presentsStudio Tour: EventbriteCome meet the Eventbrite Design and UX Teams and check out their new space. Over the past few months, they’ve embarked on a major redesign—they’ll share what they’re building and what’s next for the ticketing and event discovery platform.
October 2, 2014AIGA Indianapolis presentsBecoming an In-house Profit Center with Jeni HerbergerAIGA Indy along with AAF Indy are thrilled to host national speaker and creative consultant, Jeni Herberger, for an engaging event focused on in-house creatives and teams. Jeni gives audiences an unforgettable experience and unprecedented insight into designing a profitable reality uniquely their own.
September 17, 2014AIGA Cleveland presentsDesign Crawl: INitiativeJoin AIGA Cleveland for an in-house panel discussion featuring local creative directors and hiring professionals. As part of the INitiative, sponsored by The Creative Group, this panel will discuss the difficult design challenges in-house teams face on a daily basis and share their experiences, struggles and successes as in-house creatives. Then, they’ll answer your questions and maybe even share some insider tips and tricks.
September 8, 2014AIGA DC presentsDotGov DesignJoin 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.
August 7, 2014Webcast: Creative GrowthEtsy 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 discussionAIGA 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: MattelTour 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 & CollaborationINsight, 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 HuntHave 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 teamsIn-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 TourDesigners 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 27, 2014AIGA/NY presentsIN-THE-HOUSE IV: Culture, Connectivity and ContentBrands 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 27, 2014AIGA Seattle presentsSchmooze: In-House EditionJoin 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 13, 2014Webcast: 10 tips for in-house designersAllan 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 SharingAIGA 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 DesignJoin 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-CurranJoin 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 StartupsJoin 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.Join 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 EXhibitAIGA 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 LectureOver 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 ProductsINcredibles—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.
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