Open AIGA Webcasts


AIGA seeks openness, transparency and engagement concerning AIGA policies and activities. “Open AIGA” is a webcast series that provides background on what AIGA is doing, why and how, with an opportunity for members to ask questions of AIGA management. 

Everyone is welcome to attend these sessions, which are free and open to the public.

Upcoming sessions

Professional development opportunities

July 2014

Kathleen Budny headshot 75x75Kathleen Budny is the program director at AIGA. She collaborates with staff and volunteer committees to orchestrate AIGA’s biennial design conference and its design and business conference. Kathleen also works to create partnerships with universities and other providers to program professional development at a national level.

Recently recorded sessions

These sessions are available to view on demand, any time:

Spec work, crowdsourcing and collaborative design

March 14, 2013  

Executive Director Ric Grefé reviewed AIGA’s policy on spec work and the challenges posed by crowdsourcing and collaborative design. This informal briefing encouraged participants to raise questions and to comment. Watch this webcast.  

Finances, revenues and expenses at AIGA

March 7, 2013  

AIGA is committed to high standards of financial integrity and accountability. In this webcast, Ric Grefé presented AIGA’s national budget and took questions from members and nonmembers. Watch this webcast.  

AIGA strategy and positioning: What, why and how

February 7, 2013

AIGA’s relevance and influence in advancing design and designers’ interest depend on a strategy that adapts to rapid changes in the design economy and the role of design in competitiveness and innovation. In this webcast,  Ric Grefé discussed AIGA strategy and positioning, placed them in context and took questions. Watch this webcast.  

AIGA’s “Justified” competition

January 31, 2013

Heather Strelecki, director of special projects, gave an overview of AIGA’s “Justified” competition. This session included a tutorial on how to use the online entry system, an explanation of requirements for each section of the online entry form and a preview of new features available in 2013.  Watch this webcast.  

Ethical standards for the professional designer

November 12, 2012  

Ric Grefé introduced two documents that represent the basic principles guiding ethical behavior in the profession: The AIGA Standards of Professional Practice, which have become a global standard for communication design professionals, and The Standard Form of Agreement for Design Services, a modular contract that can be used for communication design projects regardless of medium. See resources from this session.

About the new AIGA membership

September 27, 2012 

Ric Grefé hosted a “virtual town hall meeting” in this webcast to discuss AIGA’s new membership structure, explain its goal of making membership accessible to more people who believe in the value of design and want to promote professionalism, and answer questions. Watch this webcast.