Professional development

AIGA provides members the opportunities to learn new skills, get advice on pressing career questions, hear insights from the profession’s leaders, and change the trajectory of their career. Use the resources below—conferences, webinars, online courses, advice, and more—to invest in your professional development.

Yale 300x300AIGA & Yale “Business Perspectives for Creative Leaders” program
July 24–29, 2016

Advance your career at AIGA’s week-long course with Yale School of Management faculty. Sessions on competitive strategy, operations, financial accounting, leadership, negotiation, law, and management will help you understand corporate management, the issues your clients face, and the value you bring to the table.

2016-aiga-design-conference-125AIGA Design Conference
October 17–19, 2016

The AIGA Design Conference brings the design community together to experience provocative speakers, local culture, nightly networking receptions, competitions, exhibitions, professional development sessions, and face-to-face roundtables with your design heroes. Best rates available through January 2016.

creative-lab-aiga-dandad-300Creative Lab
September 21–23, 2016

The Creative Lab is an intensive three day-long program designed to educate, inspire, and “future-proof” the creative output of attendees. World-class trainers provide knowledge and inspiration through hands-on learning and immersive experiences. Attendees will leave inspired and ready to produce higher quality work.

Facilitation by Design 150“Facilitation: by design” workshops
Various dates and locations

These two-day workshops are for professionals who want to gain confidence leading collaborations and empower participants to take responsibility for successful outcomes. Attendees will gain resources, strategies, and valuable insights to help them guide people effectively through a collaborative design thinking process.

castillo-how-long-should-i-work-300Design Jobs series

How can you land your dream job, even if they’re not hiring? Will an unglamorous gig hurt your rep? What should you put in your portfolio? Career advice guru Ram Castillo​ tackles these and more. Submit your burning design job questions @thegiantthinker on Twitter to get them answered.

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  • AIGA Career and Education Guide

    AIGA Career and Education Guide

    As you embark upon a career in the ever-changing field of graphic design, stay on top of <a title="What designers need to know" href="http://www.aiga.org/guide-designersneedknow/"><font color="#da4d49"><u>what designers need to know</u></font></a>, <a title="Who becomes a designer?" href="http://www.aiga.org/guide-whobecomesdesigner/"><font color="#da4d49"><u>who becomes a designer</u></font></a>, and just <a title="What is Graphic Design" href="http://www.aiga.org/guide-whatisgraphicdesign/"><font color="#da4d49"><u>what graphic design is</u></font></a> in the first place. Plus, find out <a title="What goes on in design school?" href="http://www.aiga.org/guide-whatgoeson/"><font color="#da4d49"><u>what goes on in design school</u></font></a>, how to select the right one for you, and land your first design job once you graduate.   Presenting Sponsor: <a target="_blank" title="Adobe" href="http://www.aiga.org/sponsors-partner-adobe/"><font color="#da4d49"><u>Adobe</u></font></a>

  • AIGA webcasts

    AIGA webcasts

    AIGA offers webcasts as part of a range of professional development opportunities to help designers get inspired and learn new skills.

  • AIGA Design Jobs

    AIGA Design Jobs

    Design Jobs is an exclusive job board for AIGA members. Look here to find your next design job—or design hire!

  • CreativeLive discount

    CreativeLive discount

    AIGA and CreativeLive have joined forces to provide AIGA members with access to information and classes that help develop your creative skills.

  • Adobe

    As AIGA’s Official AIGA Sponsor for Design Solutions, Adobe creates innovative programs that give members a voice and engage the creative community in dialogues about design and technology.

  • Skillshare

    Skillshare

    AIGA and Skillshare, an online learning community for creators, have partnered on a series of co-curated design classes to help expand online learning options for AIGA members.

  • Lynda.com discounts

    AIGA and Lynda.com have formed an alliance to provide AIGA members with access to information and activities that help develop and maintain software skills. 

  • MOOCs

    Massive Online Open Courses MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) are your launching pad to learn beyond the realm of design. Register for these free classes from top-tier universities on a range of subjects including business, management, technology, humanities, social sciences and more. You’ll grow personally and

  • Business Development Breakthrough

    Business Development Breakthrough

    AIGA has partnered with business development consultant, Rhonda Page, to offer her program at a discounted rate for members.

  • AIGA Chapter Mentorship Programs

    AIGA Chapter Mentorship Programs

    AIGA chapters around the country are committed to providing mentorship programs to local high school students, college students, emerging designers and seasoned professionals.

  • Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships

    Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships

    Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships allow college students from disadvantaged backgrounds to realize their artistic dreams. Apply by March 28 for the 2014–2015 academic year.

  • Designers as innovators, activists, and visionaries

    Designers as innovators, activists, and visionaries

    AIGA executive director Julie Anixter talks about the advancing roles of designers to innovate, as well as the need for inclusion and diversity in the profession, at 2016 HOW Design Live.

  • Design leaders predict the creative jobs of tomorrow

    Design leaders predict the creative jobs of tomorrow

    Designers at Google, Microsoft, Autodesk, IDEO, Artefact, Teague, Lunar, HUGE, New Deal, and fuseproject envision the new design jobs of the future.

  • The biggest risk of your design career? Not having a mentor

    The biggest risk of your design career? Not having a mentor

    If you’re embarking on a design career, a good mentor can act as an adviser, motivator, counselor and invaluable guiding force. Ram Castillo, founder of a resource site for design students and recent design graduates, outlines the tangible benefits of career mentorship and offers tips on how to find and make the right mentor-match.

  • A designer’s guide to LinkedIn

    A designer’s guide to LinkedIn

    For those of you that set up a LinkedIn profile way back and left it to languish, below are some tips to make sure that your LinkedIn profile is doing everything it can to promote your career or design practice.

  • IDEO’s secret recipe for an innovative design team

    IDEO’s secret recipe for an innovative design team

    The design studio shares how its hiring process created a collaborative workplace culture, fueled by employees who play different roles to nurture creativity.

  • Building a brand: lessons from Apple and Starbucks

    Building a brand: lessons from Apple and Starbucks

    Alessandra Ghini shares the two biggest branding insights from her work in marketing at Apple and Starbucks.

  • Pinterest founder Evan Sharp on how to manage design talent

    Pinterest founder Evan Sharp on how to manage design talent

    The architect-turned-entrepreneur talks about dropping out of grad school and treating staff like a soccer team.

  • The creative’s secret to career longevity

    The creative’s secret to career longevity

    Got your foot in the door? Here are three pitfalls to avoid if you want to stay hired, and keep growing, in the creative profession.

  • How Facebook mines valuable design critique

    How Facebook mines valuable design critique

    Design critique shouldn’t be endless rants or debates. Here’s how the team at Facebook ensures they get constructive feedback from every session.

  • Do you want fries with that logo? Thoughts on design pricing and how to get paid what you’re worth

    Do you want fries with that logo? Thoughts on design pricing and how to get paid what you’re worth

    These days, there's a dangerous trend toward clients expecting more work for less pay. So how do designers and creative professionals go about getting paid what we're worth?

  • Get paid on time: 3 steps to a better design contract

    Get paid on time: 3 steps to a better design contract

    AIGA Blue Ridge asks a lawyer/chapter member how to draft a contract that prevents against late payments, and protects you when it happens.

  • What it's like being a designer at a major company

    What it's like being a designer at a major company

    Feel like every designer works for a boutique agency or start-up? Here’s everything you need to know about designing at big companies.

  • 5 questions freelance designers should ask potential clients

    5 questions freelance designers should ask potential clients

    Freelancers don’t have to take work because it’s in front of them. Here’s how to make sure the client is someone you want to work with.

  • 7 mantras for future design leaders

    7 mantras for future design leaders

    Design heads at 3M, Intuit, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Philips, and REI ask “what’s next” for a new generation of design leaders.

  • AIGA position on spec work

    AIGA maintains its position against speculative work while recognizing that the decision on whether to take the risks of speculative work is up to individual designers.

  • AIGA Standards of professional practice

    AIGA Standards of professional practice

    These standards define the expectations of a professional designer and represent the distinction of an AIGA member in the practice of design.

  • AIGA Standard Form of Agreement for Design Services

    AIGA Standard Form of Agreement for Design Services

    This agreement allows you to create customized terms and conditions for your design engagements.

  • How to hire a designer

    How to hire a designer

    Whether you’re hiring a designer for your department, expanding your design studio or looking for a freelancer, AIGA is the place employers turn to first for qualified candidates. Here’s what you need to know.

  • National programs

    National programs

    To augment the hundreds of local events and activities developed and hosted each year by AIGA members through local chapters, AIGA produces these national programs to support all members.