Design As An Elastic Career

A virtual panel discussion on the pursuit of design as a career with Julie Anixter and Douglas Davis.

A role in the creative industry can take on many forms, meaning the path toward a fulfilling design career looks different for everyone. Join AIGA CT at the “Design As An Elastic Career” panel discussion on Wednesday, May 26, at 7 PM EDT. Julie Anixter, Enterprise Design Principal at Throughline, and Douglas Davis, Principal of The Davis Group, will provide their take on the following topics:
  • Following one’s passion
  • Loving your job at every stage
  • Building a life-long career
  • Following non-linear career paths
  • Giving back
  • Having various titles that may encompass more than simply “designer”
  • Managing life, family, and a design career
  • Creating “a life worth living” within the design industry

Meet Our Panelists


Julie Anixter

Enterprise Design Principal, Throughline, Inc.

Julie Anixter is the past Executive Director of AIGA. She is currently Enterprise Design Principal at Throughline, a Washington DC based firm. She has been an advocate for the power of design for 30 years, working across business, the arts, education, and the public sector. She believes in the power of design to help organizations to evolve, to be "experience aware," and has collaborated with leaders at organizations ranging from Chanel, P&G, to the U.S. Postal Service and U.S. Military. She serves on the board of Project Osmosis, a Chicago-based design education non-profit and received their 2020 Mentor Award.

Douglas Davis

Principal of The Davis Group LLC

Douglas Davis enjoys being one of the variety of voices needed both in front of and behind the concept, strategy, or execution of design. He is the principal of The Davis Group LLC and the Chair of the Communication Design Department at New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn (CUNY). Douglas is the author of Creative Strategy and the Business of Design, a title that was translated into Mandarin in 2020 by Beijing Normal University. This fusion of creativity, business objectives, and marketing strategy is the foundation for his vision and approach to increasing the variety of voices making a living with their imagination. The blur of transitions between education, entering the workforce, recession and entrepreneurship has shaped his perspective on the business of creativity.

Zoom Details

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When & Where
Wed, May 26, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT