By Elizabeth Paige
While AIGA, the professional association for design, only came to UB last fall, they have been busy building an active presence on campus. AIGA aims to help those who are interested in design build a community of likeminded creative souls who can support and encourage each other. The University’s AIGA chapter is a place where students can also build leadership and networking skills in preparation of moving to the professional sector.
According to AIGA’s Vice President Dawn Hubbs, the founders of UB’s chapter of AIGA “wanted to develop a university chapter for other UB students that would supplement the education process.”
In addition to the UB chapter, AIGA also has an active Baltimore chapter. By bringing AIGA to UB’s campus, students interested in design will have more opportunities to shine and network with design professionals.
This year, AIGA is planning to host workshops, local field trips, and other fun events that get people in touch with design and their creative sides. Additionally, AIGA is not limiting itself to UB—they want to bring UB student work into the local design community and help our students stand out professionally.
As a student, Hubbs finds AIGA membership to be very rewarding. “I love being able to bring designs to the table and get feedback from other creatives that are in my field,” Hubbs said.
Independently, Hubbs is going to the Adobe Max Conference in Los Angeles, California, in October, where she’ll rub elbows with industry veterans and bring back what she learns to share with AIGA. While Hubbs is going alone this year, this is the kind of event AIGA hopes will be available to more students in the future.
Not a design major? Don’t fret— AIGA is open to anyone who has a creative side dying to get out. This is the kind of club that is great for a design student looking for professional opportunities, or a non- design student who wants an excuse to get creative and ignore their homework for an afternoon. There truly is something for everyone in AIGA. Want to learn more about AIGA? Currently, meetings are on Thursdays at 4:30pm, but for the most up-to-date information check out AIGA on OrgSync and see what they’re up to: https://orgsync. com/88379/chapter