In 2010 AIGA Colorado premiered the film Typeface: The Movie. The Colorado
State University AIGA student group was so inspired that we traveled to
Wisconsin that summer for a three-day workshop at the Hamilton Wood Type Museum. On the journey home, we were buzzing
with creative energy: Our eyes had opened to the potential of educating
ourselves through travel and building relationships.
That potential is important because, let’s face it, the world is
filled with talented, capable designers. Instead of being indifferent and
accepting our role as simply more people with degrees in graphic design, we
decided to take action. The We Need More Summer 2011 tour is our attempt to
bridge the gap between education and professional practice.
leave from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, tomorrow,
August 4. Our first stop on the tour is Kansas City, followed by Saint Louis,
Indianapolis, Cincinnati, New York City and Chicago. Along the way we will also
stop in Niles, Michigan, home of the French Paper Company, and Two
Rivers, Wisconsin, for a Hamilton reunion. The tour concludes in Minneapolis on
trip is about dialogue and exploration. The AIGA chapters in each of these
places have been gracious enough to welcome us into their communities and show
us what makes their cities and design culture unique. We will be sharing these
experiences through blogs posts and videos, and our goal is to take these local
views of design and draw connections that benefit students, professionals and
AIGA organizations across the country.
Although fast paced, this journey will be thoughtful and we
hope inspiring—and maybe even hilarious. We look forward to filling you in!
Ed. note: We’ll be following the tour
and posting updates on AIGA.org. You can also
join the conversation on Facebook
and Twitter, and be sure to check out We-Need-More.com for comprehensive
AIGA student groups get students involved in the local design community, create a community of their own and help them build leadership skills.
Section: About AIGA -
membership, design educators, students
A first-year MFA student writes a letter to his future self on the
responsibility of being of a designer, educator and critic.
Section: Inspiration -
career, professional development, personal essay, Voice, students
What happens when designers apply their problem-solving skills to socially progressive businesses and causes? In the first of an ongoing series of posts, Laura Weiss shares her experience and points the way for designers considering pro bono projects.
Section: Why Design -
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Graphic design, also known as communication design, is the art and
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Section: Tools and Resources -
graphic design, design educators, students, Career Guide
A brand should have a sense of purpose, and is not just your logo, your letterhead, or your web site: it is every piece of communication that is created to explain who you are.
Section: Why Design
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