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Because of AIGA » » Previously fostered student, fostering design.



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

Jeff Barlow
AIGA Seattle - Past President | Current Member

Previously fostered student, fostering design.

I changed my course of study two years into school from computer science to visual communication design. I knew I would be a 6 year student and I decided I would get the most out of the extra two years on a Big Ten campus, but not as most late grads would imagine. I doubled up on internships with the Alumni Association and the Marketing Communications department. There, I was fostered as a designer by the veterans. I freelanced any chance my student organizations or friends asked. Then, I cold called (emailed) AIGA members in Indianapolis and set up individual portfolio reviews. At that point, I HAD NO IDEA HOW IMPORTANT AIGA WOULD BECOME TO MY PROFESSIONAL LIFE. The insight and care that those designers provided was invaluable and I was humbled by their generosity with their time and hospitality. I gained employment as a Creative Director fresh off the graduation stage and credit my design mentors with the preparation. In the early months after graduation, I really began to engage in the local AIGA community activities and found myself on the Board shortly thereafter. An official year into my board position, our president’s inertia and vision are contagious. AIGA has grown me as an individual leader, a team member and a creative mind. Guest speaking at my alma mater about how to prep for life after school and continuing the design conversation with current students at our chapter’s local portfolio review event, I hope to continue this addictive tango of learning from and building up design for years to come.

Caitlin McCready | Indianapolis

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