Last year, I was invited by one of my most-valued mentors, Clement Mok, to apply for a seat on the national board of AIGA, the professional association for design, and I was selected to serve for one year. I‘ve never been on a non-profit board before, and it‘s been a wonderful experience so far. I am inspired by the passion and dedication of the organization- from those who work tirelessly at the national headquarters in NYC to those who donate their time to the regional chapters. I‘m doing my part to spread the word of this 95 year-old(!) organization by writing this post, and inviting you to join me and 22,000 other design professionals to support AIGA.
AIGA is above all an advocate for design – to discover it, discuss it, understand it, appreciate it, be inspired by it. AIGA has 65 chapters across the US that offer networking events, inspirational talks, events, portfolio reviews, design competitions, conferences, and community outreach to evangelize the value of design. The AIGA website is full of great information and resources, from job boards, to member portfolio sites, to design archives, to design blogs, to best practices.
In the age of everything virtual, AIGA offers many opportunities to meet and mix with other design professionals. Everyone needs to get away from the computer now and again and get together in the physical world to stand and bask in the light of design.
How you can get involved:
Find your local chapter, and attend an event. Non-members are welcome to all events! See if you like it! I am pretty certain you will.
Join the chapter as a member and get discounts on AIGA events, Adobe products, lynda.com products, health insurance and more! Your membership fee is also tax-deductable.
Become active in AIGA governance; every chapter has its own local board of directors and offers a great chance to flex and build your business skills. It‘s a way to give back to others, and that always feels good. You‘ll see me evangelizing AIGA events in the lynda.com blog now and again. I hope to see you at an AIGA event soon – please let me know if you are a lynda.com member; it‘s always a great treat to meet you in person.