In-house Meetup: How to Collaborate with Non-Designers

The best way to explain what high resolution means to everyone else. 


If you’re educating clients and colleagues that .jpgs aren’t vector graphics for the 300th time or seem to continually find yourself in sticky scheduling situations, then you won’t want to miss our workshop! We explore how best to communicate with the non-designers on our teams to ensure we get what we need to make the materials they need on time and on budget.


Chris Nasshan, AIGA CT Director, Community, and Ryan Thorp, AIGA CT Chair, In-House, will cover how to navigate collaboration throughout the project cycle and how to effectively communicate the how’s and why’s of what we contribute and will execute upon as designers. Followed by a Q&A. 


Thanks to our community of in-house designers for this workshop suggestion!


When & Where

Wednesday, December 2

7 PM–8:30 PM EST




Members & Non-Members: FREE


Chris Nasshan

Art Director, Avid Marketing Group; AIGA CT Director, Community

Chris Nasshan (Nash) is a Connecticut native who studied graphic design at CSU Sacramento. He began his career with the US Navy, working as a defense contractor drafting shipboard schematics. At the same time, he specialized in logo and identity design in his freelance business, Formal Elements. He transitioned to the Las Vegas area and was Design Director for 3.5 years at XGDA, a production house for apparel clothing. Nash was then offered a position as Senior Visual Designer in-house at Alpinestars, located in Los Angeles, California, where his main role was overhauling the global brand’s website UX/UI and refreshing related marketing collateral for the 10,000+ skews of product. 

Newlywed and missing the east coast, Nash moved to Boston with his wife, Amy, where he worked for 2.5 years as a Senior Designer at a smaller marketing agency called King Fish Media, where creative was executed in partnerships with other in-house agencies for companies such as Forbes, NYL Investments, and Keurig. Nash is now back home in Connecticut with his family, embracing his new role as Senior Art Director for Avid Marketing Group. He is currently training his team on workflow processes and guiding the younger designers to think more creatively on the process of design. Nash also sits on the board of AIGA CT as Director of Community, working towards bringing the Connecticut creatives together.

Ryan Thorp

Graphic Designer, Legrand, North & Central America; AIGA CT Chair, In-House

Ryan is an in-house Graphic Designer within the Central Marketing Department at Legrand, North & Central America, located in West Hartford, CT. A double-alumnus from Central Connecticut State University, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic/Information Design, as well as a Master of Arts in Information Design. He has been in his current role for the last 4.5 years and as an in-house designer he produces on-brand material while also communicating out new templates and guidelines to the other designers within the company across North and Central America. A Connecticut native, he is a proud “nutmegger” and enjoys visiting different cities and towns across the state, seeking out museums, breweries, art galleries, and music venues. Thorp also sits on the board of AIGA CT as Chair, In-House, working towards better serving our community of in-house designers.

When & Where
Wed, Dec 2, 2020 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EST