AIGA Connecticut The Professional Association for Design Sun, 19 Aug 2018 09:21:09 +0000 hourly 1 Mingle + Muse with us May 24! Tue, 08 May 2018 23:32:04 +0000 annagallo

AIGA Connecticut invites you to Mingle + Muse May 24!

Celebrate spring with your board and fellow creatives at Mingle + Muse! This free event is a laid-back opportunity for you to expand your creative circle and unwind after a long day at work. This time around, we’ve got two great installments at two great breweries to make sure you can chill with us no matter where you live. Read below for more information and to register for your preferred event.

Mingle + Muse: Hartford @ Hog River Brewing Company

Mingle + Muse: Hartford 5/24

When & Where

6 PM – 9 PM
Hog River Brewing Company
1429 Park St, Hartford, CT 06106
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Available on Bartholomew Ave. in the Dirt Salon lot


Craftbird Food Truck

Other Information

Navigation tip from Hog River: “Use 30 Bartholomew Ave. as your destination address for more accurate directions to our taproom. We are not located in this building, but we are right next to it in the 5-story white building on the corner of Park St. and Bartholomew Ave. Parking is available in lot on opposite side of the street.”

Live music via Twang Thursdays: Pat Stone & The Dirty Boots kicks off at 7 PM


Mingle + Muse: Stratford @ Two Roads Brewing Company

Mingle + Muse: Stratford 5/24

When & Where

6 PM – 9 PM
Two Roads Brewing Company
1700 Stratford Ave, Stratford, CT 06615
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Available at facility


HAPA Food Truck

Other Information


Brewery Tour

Want to see more of the brewery? We’ve arranged a private tour for a group of 25 participants. Tours are $10.00 per person, which includes the hour-long tour, a tasting, and a souvenir tasting glass. The tour begins at 6 PM and ends at 7 PM. Reserve your spot during registration!



Creative Scholarship 2018 Sat, 17 Mar 2018 15:13:51 +0000 keishacroxton

This year’s scholarship is bigger than before!

This year we’re giving away a lot more prizes and providing more exposure for the winner.

The Moo-la

For those that don’t know, Moo is a great resource when it comes to creating and printing useful items like business cards, postcards, and flyers. We felt it’d be a great tool for an up and coming designer to have in their arsenal. That’s why we’re going to be awarding the top three winners with gift cards worth $50. It’s a good amount to help them get started.

Spamming Social Media

This year the winner will be featured not only on our AIGA website, but also on our Facebook and Instagram account. We felt like if your work is good it should be showcased right? The winner will be asked to provide a headshot and send us one of their best pieces from their scholarship submission. The social posts will feature their photo, prominent piece, and a little blurb about them. The blog post on the AIGA website will be a mini interview of the top winner.

The Actual Scholarship

AIGA Connecticut didn’t do a scholarship last year (we failed, we know) so to make up for that we’ve made the pot a little sweeter. This year’s scholarship will be $1,500 instead of the $1,000 of previous years.  That’s a whole lot more art supplies and materials for the upcoming year. The winner will be contacted by May 7, 2018 and then ceremonially awarded at an upcoming AIGA Connecticut event that month.

Where do I sign up?!

We’re currently accepting submissions for the scholarship. The deadline for submission is April 18, 2018. You can find out more details and find the submission form here

Emerging Professionals 2018: Isabella Cialfi Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:41:36 +0000 keishacroxton

Emerging Professionals 2018: Isabella Cialfi

Tell us about yourself. Who are you? What are you studying in school and what year are you?

My name is Isabella Cialfi but most people call me Bella. I am a 22-year-old passionate graphic designer from Berlin, Connecticut. I love design in just about all fields, but I especially love web design and motion graphics. If I had to pick a favorite program, it would probably be Adobe AfterEffects. I’ve always been artistic and into anything and everything creative whether it’s drawing, photography, music, or even makeup. I just recently finished my Bachelors Degree at CCSU this month and have been working as an intern for the past eight months at a company called CME Associates and I am thrilled to say that they offered me a full-time position.

Why design? What inspires you to do the work you do?

What I love about graphic design is that it is art with a purpose. You have to make something that not only looks aesthetic, but also makes sense for whatever you happen to be doing. I sometimes like to compare it to a puzzle: a challenging but fun, rewarding one. That is why I pursued design as a profession.

What are you looking forward to most after graduation?

What I look forward to now that I have graduated is focusing on my job and the beginning of my career. I’m definitely excited to finally get to put all of this hard work to use. I love what I do so I am also looking forward to what the future has to offer me.

What do you enjoy most about AIGA Connecticut and/or the events we hold?

What I enjoy and appreciate the most about AIGA Connecticut and the events is how it brings all designers together. The importance of connecting with other people in your field is immense. AIGA’s events make that an easy thing to accomplish. Also, you guys stress the importance of graphic design, which not many people realize!

Isabella's design for the 2018 Emerging Professionals Workshop.

Random question. If you had any super power what would it be and why?

This question is easy for me! If I could have any super power it would be to never get tired or have the need to sleep. Everyday I catch myself thinking that there aren’t enough hours in the day. I always feel like I have so much to do and have things I want to do, but don’t have the time. We spend a lot of our lives sleeping so it would be cool to double the amount of time we have. So that is definitely the super power I would choose!

Finally, where can we follow you or find more of your work?

If you would like to find and/or follow my work, you could go to

Emerging Professionals 2018: Megan Butler Wed, 10 Jan 2018 21:28:15 +0000 keishacroxton

Emerging Professionals 2018: Megan Butler

Tell us about yourself. Who are you? What are you studying in school and what year are you?

My name is Megan Butler and I am a designer, artist, photographer, scuba diver and a student of life. I am a senior at CCSU studying Graphic Design and minoring in art.

Why design? What inspires you to do the work you do?

The desire to do something that makes me happy motivates me to get out of bed every day and continue going to school and work. It makes me excited to see something I create come to life and to be able to say “hey I made that” and be proud of what I made. I may not be great at everything, but to finally feel like I’ve found something that I am confident in feels pretty awesome!

What are you looking forward to most after graduation?

I am looking forward to starting a career and really kicking off my “adult” life. It seems a pretty intimidating but it’s also exciting to think of starting a new phase in my life and continuing to do what makes me happy.

What do you enjoy most about AIGA Connecticut and/or the events we hold?

I really enjoy the social and networking aspect of AIGA CT. I have met so many great people and created so many new bonds through this organization. It has forced me out of my comfort zone and given me the confidence to talk to and introduce myself to other creatives. You never know who may make an impact on you and vice versa!

Megan's design for the 2018 Emerging Professionals Workshop.

Random question. If you had any super power what would it be and why?

I have to pick just one?! I always wished that I could be like the stretchy lady from the incredibles so that when I drop things I can pick them up with my extendo arm, but that doesn’t seem cool enough. So I think I could choose being able to fly because then I can travel as much as I want any time I want and see the world.

Finally, where can we follow you or find more of your work?

You can visit my site, or my photography and design instagram, @meganbutlerphotos.

Emerging Professionals 2018: Lydia Stephanos Wed, 10 Jan 2018 01:25:52 +0000 keishacroxton

Emerging Professionals 2018: Lydia Stephanos

Tell us about yourself. Who are you? What are you studying in school and what year are you?

My name is Lydia Stephanos, I studied Graphic Design at Central Connecticut State University and will be graduating this spring 2018.

Why design? What inspires you to do the work you do?

I chose Design because I have always enjoyed art and creating things and Graphic Design allows me to express those interests.

What are you looking forward to most after graduation?

After graduation I am looking forward to start my designing career and expanding my knowledge by learning from professionals.

What do you enjoy most about AIGA Connecticut and/or the events we hold?

What I enjoy the most about AIGA events is that they help students enhance their design skills and prepare them for the real world with fun activities that spark creativity.

Lydia's design for the 2018 Emerging Professionals Workshop.

Random question. If you had any super power what would it be and why?

If i had any super power it would be teleportation to travel to any place I want.

Finally, where can we follow you or find more of your work?

You can follow my Instagram page, @stephanosdesign.

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

AIGA skull main 2560 x 1536

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!