AIGA: a design club that enhances skills and networking

Design is a relevant topic in this day and age. Many companies are looking for those who have strong design skills to brand their product appropriately.
Getting involved in a club that suits your major is important for networking and interacting with those who share your same passions and goals.
American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) is a professional organization for design and its members practice all forms of communication design, including graphic design, typography, interaction design, branding and identity.
UMHB is lucky to have our very own chapter on campus that caters to those interested in graphic design or digital art.
The organization’s aim is to be the standard bearer for professional ethics and practices for the design profession.
The official website for AIGA states that it is the profession’s oldest and largest professional membership organization for design—with more than 70 chapters and more than 25,000 members. AIGA advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage, and vital cultural force. The AIGA website states:

“From content that defines the global practice to events that connect and catalyze, we work to enhance the value and deepen the impact of design across all disciplines on business, society, and our collective future. From design fans to the profession’s leading practitioners, AIGA members come from all backgrounds, all fields, and all levels of experience—from all around the world. Whether you’re a design enthusiast, student, freelance designer, in-house designer, design educator, design thinker, or a business owner, AIGA is here to welcome you into the wider world of design.”

Recently, members of the organization came up with a logo design that resembles The Incredibles title. Chriscina Lampkin, a junior graphic design major, produced the design.
She is actively involved in creating digital art. She explains that in her graphic design class, the students had to make a logo for another person.
“I eventually got to do a product mockup of a tattoo ink bottle, because the guy I did the logo for was into tattoos,” Lampkin said. “AIGA has really helped me gain progress in my designs.”
Alexandra Boivin is a senior fine arts major and the current president of AIGA. She is looking for someone to take the reins over the organization after she graduates in May. She has many visions for the future of AIGA.
She explained that one purpose of the organization is to make and develop connections that students can have long after graduation.
Boivin says it’s important to “have that crowd of people” to go back and connect with later on in your career.
Any students who enjoy collaborating on art, coming up with ideas for their projects, or just seeking to learn and improve on their artistic capabilities should consider joining this organization.
AIGA meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 5:15 p.m. in the conference room of the Baugh Center for the Visual Arts (BVAC) building.
To get more information contact the organizations advisor Matt Smith at mjsmith@umhb.edu.

Author: Sarah Ifft

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