Angelo Outlaw
President

Favorite font

Anything calligraphic today, something different tomorrow.

Music I create to

Mostly stuff without a lot of lyrics like Explosions in the Sky, Bonobo, Wax Taylor and soundtracks.

My first job

Retail at Miller’s Outpost.

What inspires me

When form and function combine to make something beautiful.

Advice to new designers

Always be willing to try new things, and get really good at the ones you love. Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions or approach your design heroes. You’ll be glad you did.

I love AIGA because

It’s a great way to meet and be inspired by people who share the same passion for design.
Pam Brown
Vice President

Company

Joie Luxe Design

Favorite font

Currently crushing on Galano Grotesque

Music I create to

Anywhere from Lounge Chill to Electronica Dance.

My first job

Taco Bell late-night shift.

What inspires me

Other creative people of all disciplines, exploring the great outdoors, music that grabs my heart strings

Advice to new designers

Never stop learning! Check your ego at the door. Get involved with the community, give back. And mostly, love what you do.

I love AIGA because

AIGA has given me a sense of family and community; it makes me a better designer; and it has given me the confidence and ability to lead; I can't imagine my life without AIGA.
Petra Ives
Membership Director

Company

lime1 Design, Inc

Favorite font

Right now: Hypatia, Scala Sans, Antiqua, Stymie (might change next month…)

Music I create to

Bon Iver, Massive Attack, classical piano like Ludovico Einaudi and so much more.

My first job

work in a sausage stand (Germany), be the Red Robin mascot bird (US)

What inspires me

other people, travel (seeing new places), just being out and about: watching, exchanging, inhaling.

Advice to new designers

don’t wait for the perfect job, just throw yourself into work and create, create, create. See every small project as an opportunity to do something great. Collect experiences, learn, grow and before long the perfect job will find you…

I love AIGA because

the community. the exchange. the people. the opportunities. the fun.
Sean Bacon
Education Director

Favorite font

Sweet Sans, I once had a student tell me I should marry it. Walbaum is a close second.

Music I create to

I listen to a lot of podcasts when I design. Everything from NPR to WTF with Marc Maron.

My first job

Bagger at a grocery store.

What inspires me

Old things, books, cooking, type.

Advice to new designers

Be nice! The power of kindness is incredible.

I love AIGA because

The people rock and design is fun… right?
Angela Noble
Web Director

Company

Noble Intent Studio (formerly known as Kovalent)

Favorite font

Serif: Bodoni, Sans Serif: Gotham

Music I create to

The sound of silence

My first job

Personal assistant to a realtor

What inspires me

The beauty of nature, idealistic people

Advice to new designers

Don't shy away from collaborating and sharing knowledge with other designers - though they are your competitors, you're stronger together building on each other's knowledge rather than always reinventing the wheel on your own.

I love AIGA because

It brings everyone together and unites us under a common goal - to solve the world's problems using design!
Candice Warner
Email Marketing Director

Favorite font

Display: Regal, Body: Centuma Thin, Guilty Pleasure: Courier (so organized and predictable)

Music I create to

My 100 Pandora stations on shuffle (the limit is 100, if you’re curious). Including: Hip Hop Beats, 80s Hair Metal, Elvis’ Blue Christmas (yup, all year round), Country (all of it), TLC.

My first job

First design job: Intern at Jack in the Box First job job: Einstein’s Bagels

What inspires me

Hard workers who know when to take breaks, anything unexpected made with paper, and bottomless mimosas (or any combination of the 3).

Advice to new designers

“If you never take the time to do it right, when will you have the time to do it over?”

I love AIGA because

We’re a like-minded group of badasses.
Alana Hawkins
Y Conference Director

Favorite font

Mrs. Eaves and Oswald.

Music I create to

50’s Rock n Roll or Jazz/Bluegrass typically.

My first job

Actress at Death Row The Haunted Prison.

What inspires me

Travel, energy, patterns, driving around.

Advice to new designers

Don’t stay in one place too long.

I love AIGA because

It’s a collective force of creatives all striving for ultimately the same goal of bettering, pushing and exploring design.
Karen Morrison
LINK Director

Favorite font

Gotham.

Music I create to

Chill beats I can get lost in.

My first job

Cashier at Grand Union.

What inspires me

People.

Advice to new designers

Create what makes you happy.

I love AIGA because

The people I meet.
Gil Lazcano
LINK Chair

Favorite font

Berthold Akzidenz Grotesk

Music I create to

Downtempo lounge–though I don’t limit myself to that.

My first job

Worked in a warehouse for a fabric distributor.

What inspires me

Everything.

Advice to new designers

Work hard and keep it fun.

I love AIGA because

Good times and awesome people.
Marc Hedges
Development Director

Favorite font

My current favs are – DIN, Archer, Simian, and Minion.

Music I create to

Social Distortion, Thievery Corporation, and for that little extra bump, some Elvis Presley.

My first job

Constan Carwash, Columbia SC. (where Happy the Tiger worked until 1974.)

What inspires me

Being around interesting and creative people.

Advice to new designers

Stick to the grid cause that’s the only way you’ll learn how to break it.

I love AIGA because

AIGA supports my profession and it’s full of interesting and creative people doing creative and interesting work within our community.
Marie Nowinski
Director of Event Programming

Favorite font

Gotham.

Music I create to

50’s, 80’s, Top 40, hip hop, dance, country.

My first job

Worked in a Deli at age 15.

What inspires me

Nature, travel, art, culture, design and people who have overcome obstacles to do what they love.

Advice to new designers

Work with those you admire and learn from them. Imagine what you want in your career and go for it. Everything happens for a reason so if you get discouraged, remember that what you are doing now will lead to something greater in the future.

I love AIGA because

I meet people with the same creative passion and I am constantly learning something new.
Stephanie Nowinski
Event Programming Co-Director

Company

Nowinski Creative (freelance)

Favorite font

Futura

Music I create to

Chill, experimental music with a good beat (like Ghost Loft).

My first job

Pick Up Stix in high school. I got to work on my people skills and my mopping skills.

What inspires me

Color, pattern, architecture, people who speak with a light in their eyes.

Advice to new designers

ABN. Always be networking!

I love AIGA because

It gets you connected through fun events and educational workshops to so many talented individuals whose brains you can pick.
Trisha Swindell
Event Programming Co-Director

Company

Philips

Favorite font

Today? Biko? Tomorrow? Who knows! So many good ones to choose from!

Music I create to

Silence or music without words if I need to concentrate in InDesign, podcasts/audiobooks when I use Illustrator/Photoshop

My first job

Picking blueberries on a farm

What inspires me

Seeing other people's passions come to life

Advice to new designers

Learn that SAVE shortcut and use it like it's a tic

I love AIGA because

It's a great place to meet like-minded people to talk about and experience all the things that are design together. And what in this world doesn't need design?
Jasmine Jimenez
Administrator, Design for Good Director

Favorite font

Gotham.

Music I create to

I can listen to any music and feel good.

My first job

Coffee shop barista & manager.

What inspires me

Humor, art books, experimental typography.

I love AIGA because

The opportunity to interact with creative minds is inspiring and participating in AIGA hosted events has proven to be entertaining and eye opening.
Maileen Flores
Director of Finanace
Dave Conover
Past President

Favorite font

That’s like asking me who my favorite kid is.

Music I create to

It’s easier to ask what music i do not create to; pop country, light jazz and Jimmy Buffett.

My first job

Related or unrelated to design? Unrelated: summer job loading shower stall kits in western Pennsylvania new home tracts. Related? Phoenix Design Studio owned by 3 women.

What inspires me

Youth.

Advice to new designers

Accept contradiction and paradox. Always get an initial payment for work from someone you haven’t worked with before. And spell “stationery” correctly.

I love AIGA because

They are a voice for our profession.