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Because of AIGA » » I’m no longer a zombie



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

Jeff Barlow
AIGA Seattle - Past President | Current Member

I’m no longer a zombie

I was your typical college student – go to class, talk to maybe three people, eat ramen noodles, go home, work on homework, lack sleep, and repeat.  Pretty much like a zombie. To make matters worse, for some reason I thought that designers could not get along with each other. So one day, a member from the AIGA student group at my college talks to my class and mentions the benefits of being a member plus free pizza to attend a free lecture. So before I decide to go, I did what I thought was normal – I searched online for anything negative I could find – and I couldn’t find anything. So being the typical college student – I wanted free pizza and all I had to do was go to this free lecture, I wasn’t sure if I was going to join, but needless to say by the time the lecture was over, I joined the group.

After joining AIGA, my zombie-self pretty much disappeared (except during finals). I started talking to more of my fellow peers; I would ask them for advice and have them critique my work and they did the same to me. In a way we created our own support group. Outside of college I still was anti-social, so I attended a few social gatherings, locked myself out of my car countless times and started networking. I would later get the chance to attend three conferences by the connections I made from AIGA.

I collaborated on projects with my peers, started doing some freelance work with them, gaining additional portfolio pieces in the process. I have become more confident in myself as a designer, met professionals who I would have never met if I was still being a typical college zombie, built a stronger portfolio and network, and finally as lame as it may sound – I made friends.

Adrian D. Alvarez | Cincinnati

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