AIGA Connecticut The Professional Association for Design Mon, 21 Aug 2017 23:08:27 +0000 hourly 1 Copy, Transform, Combine. Swiss Modernism Exhibition at UNH Wed, 08 Feb 2017 01:35:02 +0000 annagallo




Seton Gallery at the University of New Haven
Feb. 27 to Mar. 30
Closing Reception Mar. 24 6–8 pm

Swiss modernism is most commonly taught from the pages of a textbook as a movement with a simple linear trajectory. “Copy, Transform, Combine.” is an exhibition of historically significant Swiss posters from the private collection of Thomas Strong, aimed at deepening the historical/practical education of graphic design students with a more immersive material and contextual experience. The gallery space will be accesible to students and will become an active workspace, where students will be able to copy, transform, and combine new works based on these exemplars. Curated by Javier Viramontes with Karina Eckmeier.

Presented in collaboration with AIGA Connecticut.



Announcing the AIGA Connecticut 2016 Creative Scholarship Mon, 07 Mar 2016 19:54:03 +0000 annagallo

AIGA Connecticut 2016 Creative Scholarship

The $1,000 AIGA Connecticut Creative Scholarship program rewards undergraduate students who produce exceptional work at university art and design programs across Connecticut. Each year, one scholarship recipient is selected for their creative ability combined with their demonstrated commitment to their field of study.

This year, AIGA Connecticut will also award the top three winners a one-year Skillshare subscription (a $100 value). The submission deadline is March 31, 2016.


  1. Applicant must be an AIGA member or join AIGA during the application process before submission. For more information on membership visit:
  2. Applicant must be enrolled in a Connecticut college or university.
  3. Applicant must be enrolled in a Bachelor’s design program and cannot be a senior student.


All applicants for the 2016 AIGA Connecticut Creative Scholarship program must submit the following to by March 31, 2016:

  1. Five pieces of original work. Submissions must be digital: PDF (2MB or less), links to a website, Vimeo or Youtube are all acceptable. Please list links and/or PDF file name on the application.
  2. An essay on why you have chosen the field in which you are majoring in as a profession.
  3. One letter of reference from a professor.
  4. Application form, available here.
  5. All application materials, including the reference letter, must be submitted by the deadline.

Selection And Notification Process

All entries will be carefully evaluated by a jury of Connecticut creative professionals including Peter Good— AIGA Connecticut Fellow 2009, Richard Hollant—AIGA Connecticut former president, Alexander Isley—AIGA Medalist 2014 and AIGA Connecticut Fellow 2013, Suzanne McKenzie—AIGA Boston former President and noted social impact designer, and Pamela Williams—AIGA Connecticut Fellow 2012. Submissions will be reviewed anonymously and the winners will be determined by a final group vote.

The winners will be notified by May 12, 2016 and formally awarded at an AIGA Connecticut event.

Questions And More Information

For your convenience, you can print a copy of the entry guidelines using this link. Please feel free to email with any questions.

Post-Event Recap: THE CREATIVE IMPACT SERIES – Social Entrepreneurship Fri, 04 Dec 2015 23:04:01 +0000 annagallo

On Tuesday, December 1st, we held the first event of our new #designforgood series, THE CREATIVE IMPACT SERIES. The Social Entrepreneurship installment brought together three of Connecticut’s social impact leaders—Onyeka Obiocha of A Happy Life, Constanza Gowen-Segovia of co:lab, and Suzanne McKenzie of Able Made—to discuss the challenges, risks, and rewards of building a brand for good.

Some of the key takeaways from the panel discussion:

Ony said that, while he intends to do everything he can to ensure his business evolves, he looks forward to the day when a high school student can look at his model and say, “I can improve on that.” If done well, the foundation one lays in social enterprise will inspire those who come after to continually raise the bar.

You deserve to get paid for your work, even when you want to work for good. It’s natural to feel guilty about “profiting” off of your work for a cause because you know all of the ways in which additional funding could advance it. However, you need to care for yourself to help you more effectively care for others, especially if you want your involvement to be sustainable for the long-term.

Constanza discussed a time when she and her peers spent months working on visuals for potable water awareness in rural India. When her team arrived on site, “it didn’t matter how pretty the posters were,” because other elements needed to be in place before the campaign could be successful. It was easy to regard all of their work as time wasted, but the dialogue that emerged around the more urgent needs of the locals drew attention to the places it was most needed. The reality is that time invested into a worthwhile cause will make ripples in some way, even when the end result diverges from your original vision.

While from time to time social enterprise hopefuls get lucky with angel investors, a lot of the opportunities you’ll find come from networking with other passionate people. Whether you want to collaborate with like-minded business owners or find a social enterprise mentor, seeking out chances to interact with your community and seizing them is crucial. The people you most look up to were once in your shoes, and many will be happy to discuss your vision (and ways they can help out) with you.

Taking the Plunge
Ony explained that “the stars will never be perfectly aligned” in a way that lets you know it’s totally safe to make the jump from your day job to full-time social enterprise work. When you believe in your cause, you have to decide to take a leap of faith at some point. Suzanne discussed how she found the transition to social enterprise less jarring than her previous shift from agency work to self-employment because of the clarity she had about how she wanted her business to work. Making the switch sounds scarier than it actually is, and the rewards of knowing your impact outweigh the anxiety.

Check out photos from the event below, and don’t miss our next CREATIVE IMPACT SERIES event in April, when 2014 AIGA Medalist, Cheryl Heller, sits down with us to talk about how she came about developing the Ideas That Matter program with Sappi, and the M.F.A. program in Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts. We can’t wait and hope to see you there. Special thanks to our hosts, reSET, and our sponsor, Sappi.

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Post-Event Recap: Skull Craft Social 2015 Tue, 27 Oct 2015 02:02:34 +0000 keishacroxton

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Our event this past Thursday night had a great turnout. This was AIGA CT’s second annual Skull Craft Social event and this year’s skulls did not fail to impress. The top four winners got to walk away with some amazing prizes.

Rob King of Killer Minnow Studios was this year's top winner.

Rob King of Killer Minnow Studios was this year’s top winner.

If you’re one of the people who attended (or if you couldn’t attend the event and want to see what you missed) you can view the event photos below.

A special thanks goes to Sharon King, owner of A Touch of Health in Clinton, for donating two massages as prizes for this event.

Thanks to everyone who attended. We look forward to seeing you at the next event!

Post-Event Recap: The Crazy Ones Sun, 20 Sep 2015 09:30:31 +0000 annagallo

Crazy Ones

Thursday’s event featuring Stephen Gates and Trina Cintron was a huge success! Who would have guessed that Stephen Gates tattooed his beliefs onto his arm!?

If you were unable to make it or just want a refresher, you can check out the presentation deck so generously provided by the speakers, or this recording of the same workshop at Adobe MAX 2014.

A very special thank you goes out to our wonderful host, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. Be sure to check out their exhibition series Painting in Four Takes, beginning November 15.

Thanks to everyone who came out and celebrated The Crazy Ones and #designinCT!

Post-Event Press Release: In-House 2015 Sat, 11 Jul 2015 02:41:41 +0000 annagallo CONNECTICUT DESIGN LEADERSHIP EVENT HOST TO FORTUNE 500 COMPANY EXPERTS

Coca-Cola, Harvard, AARP, Eastern Mountain Sports and Stanley Black Decker as part of the lineup.

Alex Center of the Coca-Cola Company

Hartford, CT (June 2, 2015,) The Connecticut chapter for AIGA, a national professional association for design, hosted creative directors and designers from some of the most well-known brands in the world.

The conference for in-house creative talent titled “InsideOut 2015” was held at The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford.

Featured speakers included Alex Center, Lead Designer, The Coca-Cola Company; Stephani Finks, Design Director, Harvard Business Review Group, Press; Dian Holton, Deputy Art Director, AARP Media; and Gregory Pizzi, Senior Global Manager – Graphic Design Stanley/Black&Decker.

Speakers shared their insights about how high-performing in-house creatives and teams thrive and keep their edge. Interactive discussions addressed issues like trends, challenges and opportunities for creativity and innovation these influential market leaders face in today’s ever-changing landscape.

Attendees representing ESPN, ASSA ABOY, Webster Bank, CBIA, Covidien, AAA Northeast, Gartner, Eversource (formerly UI), Perkin Elmer, Robinson & Cole, Prudential Financial, and Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects; had a chance to hear, first hand, how internationally known companies address the challenges of design and meet in small, breakout sessions throughout the conference.

“Our goal is to raise awareness about the importance that creativity and innovation play in business today,” said AIGA Connecticut President, Kim Barker-Craven. “Connecticut, in particular, is losing talent and business to other states that offer a high quality of living but at a lower cost. The exceptional line up of speakers we secured underscores this critical initiative and that major companies and organizations see the value and want to be part of the discussion,” she said.

About AIGA Connecticut
AIGA Connecticut, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, is one of 170 AIGA chapters, representing more than 26,000 creative professionals worldwide. AIGA advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force. As the largest community of design advocates, we bring together practitioners, enthusiasts, and patrons to amplify the voice of design and create the vision for a collective future. We define global standards and ethical practices, guide design education, enhance professional development, and make powerful tools and resources accessible to all. For more information about AIGA Connecticut visit


In-House 2015 Panel

Panelists (L-R) Stephani Finks, Design Director, Harvard Business Review Group, Press; Krista McDonald, Art Director, LoveSac; Ralph Frisina, Art Director, Winstanley Partners and Danny Costa, Creative Director, Vestis Retail Group; being introduced by Kim Barker-Craven, President, AIGA Connecticut, and Creative Services Group.


Monique Duquette introduces Alex Center

Monique Duquette, AIGA Connecticut Director of In-House Programming, introduces Keynote speaker, Alex Center, Lead Designer, The Coca-Cola Company. Other speakers at the Conference were Dian Holton, Deputy Art Director, AARP Media; and Gregory Pizzi, Senior Global Manager – Graphic Design, Stanley/Black&DeckerStephani Finks, Design Director, Harvard Business Review Group, Press; Krista McDonald, Art Director, LoveSac; and Danny Costa, Creative Director, Vestis Retail Group.

The Deadline for the 2015 AIGA Connecticut Creative Scholarship is Less Than Three Weeks Away! Tue, 24 Mar 2015 03:46:02 +0000 annagallo

Each year, AIGA Connecticut awards $1000 to one exceptional design student. Click here to read the entrance requirements and more!

Celebrate International Women’s Day with AIGA Wed, 18 Feb 2015 02:24:37 +0000 annagallo

For more than 100 years, March 8 has been recognized as International Women’s Day.  On March 8, 2015, people all over the world will celebrate women’s achievements while stimulating conversations about furthering gender equity.

The AIGA Women’s Leadership Initiative is joining this movement and we invite any interested member to participate creatively in this collective effort.

Make it Happen
To celebrate this occasion, flex your muscles and design a fabulous digital image that represents women’s leadership to you.

We invite AIGA members, of all genders, to share their women’s​ ​leadership-themed designs on Twitter by tweeting​ at @AIGAdesign and including​​ ​the hashtag #AIGAwomensleadership. (Without following these instructions, we might not see your work!) Follow the 4×6″ format of our Women’s Leadership postcards, or think outside the box—it’s your work, we just want to celebrate and amplify it! And, of course, be sure to send it from your own Twitter, so that you get the proper credit.

AIGA will celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8 by sharing some of our great member-submitted designs on our AIGA-branded social handles (including on Twitter, where AIGA has a whopping 460,000 followers) all day long, as well as throughout the month of March, which is Women’s History M​onth.

Looking for some inspiration to get started? Check out these designs created by the AIGA Women’s Leadership Steering Committee.

We appreciate your participation, and look forward to seeing these creations!

Design for a Cause: Posters Against Ebola Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:10:12 +0000 annagallo

Calling all designers! Use your talents for a greater good and donate your design to Posters Against Ebola! Created in an effort to foster discourse about the virus, Posters Against Ebola is an endeavor equal parts design and humanitarian. The campaign, which you can also support as a patron, makes limited edition prints from great designers, including Debbie Millman, available for $20 or less. All proceeds from the sale of posters go to Doctors Without Borders to aid in the battle against the Ebola.

Click here to see the collection and read the submission requirements!

2014 Undergraduate Poster Design Competition Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:10:35 +0000 annagallo

When we asked students to create a promotional poster for one of our upcoming events, The Birth of a Designer, a talk by Australian designer/author Ram Castillo, there were so many great entries that it’s been hard picking one winner! Check out these great designs and stay tuned to find out the winner(s), which will be announced at Ram Castillo’s talk on December 6th. Register for the event today!

You can also view the entries on our facebook page.