AIGA Richmond the professional association for design Sun, 16 Jun 2019 00:58:01 +0000 hourly 1 Ikit Feed – Richmond 32 32 Author Talk: Austin Kleon Fri, 19 Apr 2019 16:33:07 +0000 aigarichmond

Join us for a book talk by New York Times-bestselling author of Steal Like an Artist and Show Your WorkAustin Kleon for his newest book, Keep Going. 

Austin Kleon shares life-changing, illustrated encouragement on how to stay creative, focused, and true to yourself in the face of personal burnout or external distractions.

It’s been a rough few years and it doesn’t seem to be getting any easier. A lot of people wake up every morning and ask themselves “How do I keep going? How can I stay focused on my vision when the world seems out of control?” Now Austin Kleon shares 10 pieces of wisdom that are the perfect antidote to doubt, confusion, and burn-out.

Registration is required on the Richmond Public Library page:

HP + AIGA Richmond – Print It Right Fri, 16 Nov 2018 04:52:59 +0000 aigarichmond


Join us for a fun evening where we’ll enjoy drinks and bites and get up to speed with what’s happening in digital print. HP’s North American Lead for Business Development, Jeff Dowd will share stories of how big brands, small companies, in-house designers and agencies are getting super creative and producing real results using the latest developments in printing technology.

Presentation begins @ 6:30 pm
Drinks + hors d’oeuvres provided


Jeff Dowd - North America Business Development Lead for HP’s Graphic Solutions BusinessJeff Dowd is a thirty year graphics veteran and the North America Business Development Lead for HP’s Graphic Solutions Business. Jeff is a two time How-E award winner for HP recognizing leadership, 2018 Top Business Development Award and Hewlett Packard Achievement Award Winner. Jeff has also been a two-time HP Ambassador. Jeff has spoken in front of thousands of people over the years for groups and events including PIA, DSCOOP,
On Demand, Graph Expo, RIT and HP events. Significant leadership roles Prior to joining HP, Jeff was President/CEO of Colgar Protective Coatings and Vice President of Sales & Marketing for North America for Color Print Solutions. Jeff was America’s Business Manager for HP’s High Speed Inkjet in 2014.

Professional achievements
Jeff spent nearly a decade with Canon USA in their digital imaging and color printing divisions. He also worked for Aldus/Adobe during the emergence of desktop publishing. Jeff also held a variety of senior positions for six years with Xerox Corporation in the graphic arts market.

Jeff holds a BS from Kent State University. Jeff has also attended corporate sponsored advanced courses in color at Cal Poly and Rochester Institute of Technology.

Jeff and wife Karen reside in Silver Lake, Ohio. They have two boys; Garrett, a Fulbright Scholar at the University College of London, now working on his Fellowship PHD at The Ohio State University and Colton, a Biomedical Engineering freshman at Akron University.

Creative Jam – The Veil Brewing Co Fri, 09 Nov 2018 04:33:55 +0000 aigarichmond

The mission of AIGA Richmond is to be the voice for Central Virginia’s design community. We accomplish this by connecting people, impacting culture through design, and advancing design as a profession.

CONNECT the design community

IMPACT the design culture

ADVANCE the design profession

Please join us for some food, drinks and meaningful conversations about the Richmond design scene.


The Society for Experiental Design Sat, 13 Oct 2018 10:16:30 +0000 aigarichmond

A panel event exploring the role of Experience Design across disciplines
What (really) is Experience Design?  

What does Experience Design mean to you? As creatives, we are always designing with a purposeful meaning or experience in mind, but how does that translate across different design disciplines? 

What Experience Design Means Across Different Design Disciplines
On Friday, October 12th, join Andrew LeVasseur, Chairman of the Experience Design program at VCU Brandcenter, and a diverse panel of design professionals as they dive deep to explore the role of Experience Design in their work; from purpose through process and outcomes.

Continue the conversation after the panel with a networking happy hour at Triple Crossing Brewing. First drink is on us (for those 21 and up)!

Hosted by the Richmond chapter of the Society for Experiential Graphic Design, this event invites professionals from within and outside the experiential-design community to share their thoughts, ideas and experiences on what Experience Design means to them.

Andrew LeVasseur, Chair of the Experience Design program at VCU Brandcenter

Clive Roux, CEO of The Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD)
Maggie Thacker, Director of Marketing and Bus. Dev. at Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
Rob Winstead, Principal at VMDO Architects and President of the Central VA AIA
Tasha Dean, Head of Production at The Martin Agency
David Murray, VP of Product Design at WillowTree

Date + Time
Friday, October 12, 2018
Panel 2:30-4:00 PM
Networking Happy Hour 4:00-5:30 PM

VCU Brandcenter Lecture Hall
103 S Jefferson Street
Richmond, VA 23284

You don’t have to be a member of SEGD to attend the event, it is open to the entire design community and those interested in Experiential Graphic Design. To learn more about SEGD visit

Space is limited and a ticket is required, to register for this free event please RSVP below.


Creative Jam Community Meeting Mon, 20 Aug 2018 18:25:37 +0000 aigarichmond

The mission of AIGA Richmond is to be the voice for Central Virginia’s design community. We accomplish this by connecting people, impacting culture through design, and advancing design as a profession.

CONNECT the design community

IMPACT the design culture

ADVANCE the design profession

Please join us for some food, drinks and meaningful conversations about the Richmond design scene.

Mosaic Workshop – Johannah Willsey Thu, 17 May 2018 03:19:28 +0000 aigarichmond

Come join AIGA Richmond for our upcoming Pink Elephant Session to learn the art of mosaics with Johannah Willsey, visual artist and co-owner of Phoenix Handcraft! Her work combines reclaimed objects with traditional mosaic techniques. Johannah will be giving a studio tour and leading the group in everyone creating their own small mosaic to take home.

Join us for a great evening of learning a new skill and creating your own mosaic!

Bio: Johannah Willsey is a visual artist and co-owner of Phoenix Handcraft, a Richmond-based design studio specializing in handmade works in metal, mosaic, & wood. She is a self-taught mosaic artist with a BA in Art History. Her work combines reclaimed objects with traditional mosaic techniques. She is currently exploring environmental and social justice through mosaic. When not in the studio, Johannah can be found homeschooling her two children, exploring outdoor Richmond, or fostering community through groups like RVA Makers and Richmond Craft Mafia.


Spring Lecture Series – Jerry Hoak Fri, 11 May 2018 04:18:17 +0000 aigarichmond

Design Talk – Creativity Through Adversity // Jerry Hoak

Adversity is a given for us all. At some point in our lives, we all will encounter a period of pain that tests our resolve and endurance. Those of us who thrive as creative thinkers are often able to create meaning from these challenging times and find inspiration in the struggle. Come hear how Jerry Hoak has used his abilities as a creative thinker to find strength and growth in the most trying of times.

Jerry Hoak joined The Martin Agency in 2017 after spending more than a decade in New York working at Droga5, Taxi and Ogilvy. Recently named EDC, Managing Director at Martin, he has been helping lead the agency to become even faster, more collaborative and diverse. He believes the best advertising respects an audience’s time by delivering entertainment, utility and purpose.

His proudest advertising moment came in 2015 when the podcast Freakonomics featured his Prudential campaign in an episode titled “How to Make a Smart Ad.” It was not a paid endorsement.

Despite winning the Mega Millions Jackpot in 2017, he continues to work in advertising. That’s not true. He is married with two cats and a dog named Glitter, and he is a board member of the Make-A-Wish foundation of Greater Virginia. That is true.

Pink Elephant Session with Emily Herr – Mural Workshop & Creative Process Sat, 05 May 2018 06:52:33 +0000 aigarichmond

Join AIGA Richmond at the Veil Brewing for a great night of learning about the art of murals from local muralist, EMILY HERR! After Emily gives a talk about design and execution of murals and her creative process, we will be collectively painting Emily’s mobile studio that will be parked at the Veil!Each attendee will also be able to take home a print of one of Emily’s murals. You won’t want to miss this great opportunity to learn about mural design from a local expert!


Painting murals is an excuse for Emily to explore new settings for illustrative visual art, work closely with an ever-changing variety of people, and push her physical and creative limits. As part of her creative practice she travels as often as possible to seek new landscapes and visual paradigms, from Chilé to Iceland, from Qatar to California. Self-employed since graduation from VCU, she pursues continuing education in the form of workshops across the US and abroad, as well as initiating ambitious projects that guide the shape of her client work – most recently designing and building a mobile artist studio, and then launching a traveling mural project called “Girls! Girls! Girls!” to better represent women in public art.

AIGA Richmond Presents Ashleigh Axios – #ThanksObama Sat, 07 Apr 2018 03:21:40 +0000 aigarichmond

Join AIGA Richmond and Ashleigh Axios on April 27th @ 6pm!

Get a behind-the-scenes look at how innovative design and digital strategy happen in-house at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue during the Obama administration. Hear her team’s tactics for tackling limited resources, overcoming impossibly quick timelines, experimenting while in the public spotlight, and not just taking criticism, but intentionally seeking it out. Ashleigh will show-and-tell how her small design team transformed daunting challenges into successful digital campaigns in a talk packed with tips and nostalgia.


Ashleigh Axios is an international speaker, strategic creative, and an advocate for design’s ability to break barriers and create positive social change. She leads The Studio, where she functions as an executive creative director for Automattic, a company with the mission to democratize publishing and commerce. She is guiding the formation of the inclusion portion of Automattic’s first design language, Muriel — establishing how inclusion can be a key ingredient for the success of digital products and communications. She is an executive board member for AIGA, the professional association of design, and an editorial board member for Design Observer. Ashleigh served as the creative director and a digital strategist for the Obama White House, bridging two presidential terms, in the first-ever Office of Digital Strategy. She is also the president emeritus of AIGA Washington D.C., where she formed DotGovDesign, an initiative and conference connecting and empowering government designers. She is a graduate from, and a current alumni advisor to, Rhode Island School of Design.

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Ellen Lupton // Design is Storytelling Thu, 01 Feb 2018 03:24:12 +0000 aigarichmond

Design is Storytelling

Ellen Lupton’s latest book, Design Is Storytelling, shows how designers create compelling experiences that touch people’s minds and emotions. How do we move, act, and respond when we look at a poster, a website, or a road sign? Designers can employ ideas about narrative, behavior, and humor to amaze and delight the eye and mind. This talk is illustrated with fun and surprising examples of design that will help you master the art of narrative.*

*There will be a VIP book signing prior to the “Talk” from 5:30 – 6:15 pm.

Ellen Lupton is a writer, curator, educator, and designer. She is Senior Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. Recent exhibitions include Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial (with Andreas Lipps), How Posters Work, and Beautiful Users. Lupton also serves as director of the Graphic Design MFA Program at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) in Baltimore, where she has authored numerous books on design processes, including Thinking with Type, Graphic Design Thinking, Graphic Design: The New Basics, and Type on Screen. Her most recent book, Design Is Storytelling, was published by Cooper Hewitt in 2017. Her next exhibition, The Senses: Design Beyond Vision, opens in April 2018.