Dave Conover
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.
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.
Angelo Outlaw
Director of Finance

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.

Why I love AIGA

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

Why I love AIGA

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: 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
Social Media 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.

Why I love AIGA

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.
Judi Pelayo
Development Co-Director

Company:

PelayoDesigns

Favorite font:

I don’t have a favorite font, but I do have go to fonts that I use often & work well across different designs: Helvetica Neue & Stag.

Music I create to:

I work best while listening to podcasts, audiobooks or NPR news. I am entranced by the stories and loose track of time, I find it relaxing and informative.

My first job:

My first job was working with the Los Angeles Unified School District as an after school coach. I was in high school and it was a part-time job. I wanted to be a teacher and I enjoyed having the opportunity to work with children. It was a great experience and one of the most fun jobs I’ve had.

What inspires me:

The youth inspire me, other designers, nature & laughter.

Advice to new designers:

Do not be complacent, hustle your way to the top, learn how to take criticism & never stop learning.

I love AIGA because:

It allows me to connect with like-minded individuals who I can learn from and be inspired by, also I have the opportunity to give back to my 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.
Bobby Buchanan
Advisory

Company:

Buchanan Design

Favorite font:

DIN

Music I create to:

Depends on the project and my mood.

My first job:

Skinny Dip Frozen Yogurt when I was 15.

What inspires me:

Great Design. Road Trips. My Family. Environment.

Advice to new designers:

Keep your ego in check, work hard, and never stop learning.

I love AIGA because:

It has shaped me as a designer and professional in so many ways.