Winter Community Meeting

On December 16, we’re wrapping up 2020!

As part of our ongoing effort to better serve the Connecticut design community, AIGA Connecticut is hosting our quarterly Community Meeting. This winter meeting will spotlight:

Freelancer Forum

Are you a freelancer? Or looking to get into freelance? Join the discussion—led by thought leader and South-West Outreach Chair Randy Herbertson—on how to better network with agencies as a freelancer, and ways agencies can best utilize their network of freelancers.

Design For Good

Help give back by joining the conversation. Learn about our 2021 Design for Good initiatives with Nancy Ruzow, Design for Good Director. Our goal is to use design to help better the state’s communities.

At our Community Meetings, you can also do the following:

  • Learn about what AIGA Connecticut has been up to and get a peek at what’s around the corner for winter and spring events & initiatives!
  • Talk back: Let us know what you need, and what’s working and what’s not.?
  • Network with other CT creatives and AIGA Board Members
  • Share your ideas for improving our local design community.
  • Find out more about how you can get involved!

This community meeting will be conducted virtually, so feel free to bring your favorite snack or beverage! Both Members and non-Members are welcome!

When & Where

Wednesday, December 16
7 PM–8:30 PM


Free for everyone!


Board Member Randy Herbertson

Randy Herbertson


Randy will discuss how he finds and utilizes freelance talent for his agency, including tips for getting noticed and opportunity to turn short term into long term engagements or permanent positions.

Randy is a recognized brand strategist, conceptor, and creative director with over twenty years of marketing and innovation experience in the client, agency, and media worlds, from entrepreneurial to corporate environments. Randy has worked in the WPP and Omnicom agency networks, Conde Nast Publications, Allied Domecq, and E&J Gallo. He also spent several years in the digital start-up world during the height of the dot-com boom. Most recently, Randy has worked in the boutique agency world, owning and operating two firms, including The Visual Brand, founded in 2013. He has strong expertise in social media, digital innovation, packaging, industrial and environmental design.

Randy has balanced his training and experience to play a key role in a number of product innovations and corporate transformations. He has worked with a diverse range of companies industries that include retail, financial, professional services, technology, and entertainment, pharmaceutical, automotive, and consumer packaged goods.

He has spoken on numerous industry panels and is a corporate mentor to a number of emerging companies and individuals.


Nancy Ruzow

Nancy Ruzow


Nancy believes design can change the world. Graduating from design school in 1979, Nancy worked here and there until 1985, when she formed Ruzow Graphics Inc., which she built into an expandable studio that’s won over 70 national and a few local creative awards. Ruzow Graphics works on branding, logos, annual, financial, and special report, ads, and websites. Nancy also designs for good in the local community, having donated or discounted her services for A Better Chance of Westport, Builders Beyond Borders, Embrace Hope Sandy Hook, Gen Equality NYC, Groton Alliance for Substance Abuse, Near and Far Aid, Pink Aid, Play With Your Food, Project Return, RYASAP | Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership, Staples Tuition Grants, and The Westport Library. Nancy is owner and chief moderator of Creatives’ Roundtable (CR), an accountability group that helps creatives grow and fine-tune their businesses, as well as hosts business speakers once a month to benefit the CR membership. Additionally, Nancy sits on the board of Fly Female Founders in NYC (formerly Grind Female Founders), and she doodles in her spare time.


Zoom Instructions:

Step 1. Just as you do for any of our events, sign up on the registration event page

Step 2. Your event access via Zoom is delivered to your inbox 30 minutes prior to the start of the event.

Step 3. For the best event experience, please ensure you have the latest zoom updates installed. If you've never used Zoom, you can download the app ahead of time here

Step 4. 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.

When & Where
Wed, Dec 16, 2020 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EST