The ultimate how-to on being a design professional
No longer just a day for portfolio reviews! The new and improved EPW features VIRTUAL workshops and panels catering to students and creative professionals looking to build their skills and learn about the expectations of working in the design industry.
We’ll be covering topics such as design career paths, building an online presence, a focus on freelance, and more.
Portfolio Reviews & Workshop
Portfolio Reviews - for those looking to show off their design skillz
Sign up for a one-on-one portfolio review with an experienced creative professional. Accomplished designers will offer invaluable insight and constructive feedback. Specializing in all areas of design, reviewers work with leading in-house teams, agencies, and studios. In previous years, students have been hired from the connections created at Emerging Professionals Workshop.
Portfolio Workshop - for those looking for help curating their portfolio
Sign up for a workshop focused on designing engaging, visually appealing portfolios that effectively tell the story of your work. We will go through every stage of portfolio development from conceptualization to organization.
When & Where
Sat, Apr 10, 2021
10:00 AM - 6 PM EDT
AIGA CT Zoom
Students + AIGA Members: $20
General Admission: $35
If you have been affected by the unprecedented events of this year and would like to attend the event for low- or no-cost contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Please register to receive the zoom details for the event. For the best event experience, please have the latest zoom update installed.
Step 1. Just as you do for any of our events, sign up on our site
Step 2. Your event access via Zoom is delivered to your inbox 30 minutes prior to the start of the event. Note: If you've never used Zoom, you can download the app ahead of time here.
Step 3. Click the Zoom link in your email a couple of minutes before the event starts. Do your best to arrive on time; we’ll take a few minutes to get settled and then we’ll get started.
Your registration constitutes permission to use photos, audio, and video recording taken of you at the event for promotional and educational purposes in connection with AIGA, corresponding publications, archives, and online. Ticket rates are based on AIGA Membership status at the time of registration. AIGA Memberships are non-transferable. Schedule may change.
9:45 AM – 10:00 AM Welcome
10:00 AM – 10:50 AM Tackling the Job Search + Best Practices
Getting ready for an interview takes more than Googling standard interview questions. You need to establish an extraordinary first impression, demonstrate you understand the company you are interviewing with and its products/services, and convey that you are a good culture fit with the right skills.
11:00 AM – 11:50 AM Freelancing 101
Getting started as a freelancer can be tough and confusing. When you're self-employed, you're not only providing services to clients, but you're completely responsible for your own personal business, which includes non-design skills such as accounting and legal. In this session, we will explore how to navigate freelance work, the basics of contracts and pricing, and how to keep records for tax purposes.
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Design Career Paths
Having a plan is essential to reaching any goal, but one thing 2020 has taught us is the importance of being adaptable. You never know where your career might go and in this session we will explore different design paths you might find yourself walking including: in-house vs agency, corporate vs retail, digital vs traditional, and specialized fields.
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Break
1:00 PM – 1:50 PM Agency Case Study
A case study is a report on a successful project or campaign you've completed; they are highly beneficial because they demonstrate your strategy/skills and the impressive results born from them. By sharing with potential and current clients that you get results in the services they need, you establish credibility and position yourself as a leader in that sector.
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Portfolio Review*
This year’s Portfolio Review is going virtual and open to all design students, emerging professionals, and designers changing career paths. Consult with local design leaders in 15-minute sessions to receive one-on-one feedback on your portfolio, practice your interview skills, and ask for guidance.
*If you are interested in the Portfolio Review, you must select this session upon registration at checkout. You cannot register for both Portfolio Review and Portfolio Workshop event tracks due to the conflicting times.
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Portfolio Workshop*
A portfolio is a designer’s calling card and completely necessary to finding work. Learn how to better sell your skills through the contents and structure of your portfolio. This workshop is focused on designing engaging, visually appealing portfolios that effectively tell the story of your work. We will go through every stage of portfolio development from conceptualization to organization.
*If you are interested in the Portfolio Workshop, you must select this session upon registration at checkout. You cannot register for both Portfolio Review and Portfolio Workshop event tracks due to the conflicting times.
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Break
4:00 PM – 4:50 PM Skillset Versatility
Companies are continually looking to hire positive problem solvers with well-rounded skill sets. Modern designers need to master multiple disciplines, rise to the challenge of working across multiple mediums, and embrace innovation and change. In this session, we will discuss how versatility is a more valuable skill than ever before.
5:00 PM – 5:50 PM How to build an Online Presence
Does your social media presence reflect who you are as a professional? How would you feel if your boss scrolled through your feed? How we present ourselves online is important personally and professionally. In this session, explore the elements that make up a professional online presence, the different online platforms available, and discover the impact that conduct and tone can have on your professional reputation.