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Because of AIGA » » Because Community Builds Character



This project was created by:
Bill Klingensmith
AIGA UPSTNY - Past President | Current Member

Jeff Barlow
AIGA Seattle - Past President | Current Member

Because Community Builds Character

The barrier of entry to be a designer these days is quite shallow. Essentially buy a computer and software and bingo-bang-go there you go! Now for designers who place themselves in a community like AIGA, it becomes quickly apparent that design is much much more then that ability to manipulate vector or raster pixels on a computer screen with a computer mouse. As a member of AIGA since college at Colorado State University, I got the opportunity to meet new colleagues and see the advantage of networking and being around like minded professionals. About two years ago I moved to Los Angeles to attend the Art Center College of Design now in the graduate program, Media Design. Moving is challenging and even with the friends I made through school I realized that AIGA was a great alternative to meet designers outside my college and social circle. At Art Center I helped lead the college chapter and have won a scholarship through the local chapter. I also organized and drove a 31 foot RV with 7 other students from Art Center to the AIGA conference in Denver. Community makes life more fun and the statement its all about who you know become really pertinent in creative fields. Plus AIGA makes living in LA a little more tolerable which is nice.

Chris Becker | Los Angeles

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