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 Co-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!
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

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

Company

Richtr Financial Studio

Favorite font

I like script fonts - they are so different from what I get to work with day to day in the finance world

Music I create to

It varies based on what I'm working on - from doo wop to jazz instrumental to complete silence

My first job

Subway Sandwiches & The Epicentre (The San Diego Regional Teen Center)

What inspires me

The flavors and environments of other countries and cultures

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

of the community it creates for designers to gather, learn and inspire one another
Monica Preston
Design for Good Director

Company

California Exposure

Favorite font

Gotham

Music I create to

Indie rock, pop, electronic, and hip-hop

My first job

Selling gyros at a stand

What inspires me

Witnessing young people change the world

Advice to new designers

Never stop creating; ignore the haters.

I love AIGA because

AIGA is a useful platform that empowers designers in their profession and encourages creative community engagement.
Joelyn Brickner
Copywriting Director

Company

JOELYND CREATIVE

Favorite font

Knowledge

Music I create to

Alternative 80s & 90s, classical piano, Aimee Mann, Crowded House, Creed, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, Sade, Zero 7...

My first job

I had two part time jobs: Lab Tech at Medical Science II (U of M) stuffing pipits, cleaning petri dishes and mouse cages, and as a cashier at Frank's Nursery & Crafts.

What inspires me

Animals, children, growing things, red rock and deserts, negative space, the many hues of blue and romance.

Advice to new designers

Don't limit yourself... embrace change, keep your eyes, mind and heart open and it never hurts to watch for typos.

I love AIGA because

The connection it provides to a whole lotta talented people.
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.
Scott Hinkle
Community Outreach Director

Company

Senhinx

Favorite font

Standard legible print (Times Roman type)

Music I create to

Everything for me starts with The Beatles and goes from there, my musical taste is pretty eclectic: Brazilian Bossa-Nova to The Mavericks to almost anything that has a rhythm, buzz, groove or twang.

My first job

At age 16, I bussed tables at a local hotel restaurant.

What inspires me

The forward thinking luminaries that made and make a positive difference in the world and have a story to tell about it. Besides that, the beach.

Advice to new designers

Passionately engage yourself and those around you in the technology and the endless creative possibilities that are available. Continually ask: "What if..."

I love AIGA because:

The interesting and diverse people and ideas that it attracts.
Atri Kazemian
Email Marketing Director

Company

Mitchell International, inc.

Favorite font

Futura, big Paul Rand fan!

Music I create to

Latin music at the moment :)

My first job

Collaborating with my graphic design Profs at my first college.

What inspires me

Elon Musk

Advice to new designers

You never know if you don’t give it a try

I love AIGA because:

Inspiration! Connection! Creativity! and of course very friendly people!
Amy Jo Levine
Y Conference Director

Company

Visual Asylum

Favorite font

Mrs. Eaves

Music I create to

Whatever comes up on ipod

My first job

dishwasher in dinner, age 13

What inspires me

typography, architecture, music, art, words

Advice to new designers

listen, research, think, then think some more, sketch.

I love AIGA because:

the people - the more involved I became the more I got out of it.
Terri Lowry
General Board Member

Company

TerriLowry.com

Favorite font

Georgia Italics — it has a nice swing to its hips!

Music I create to

indie pop, ambient electronic, or hip-hop

My first job

answering phones at a Chinese take-out

What inspires me

My two boys—they’ve changed my entire perspective on life.

Advice to new designers

Every designer started where you are right now.

I love AIGA because

it promotes healthy design ethics and has my back!
Diolinda Monteiro
Education Co-Director

Company

5th Dot Studio

Favorite font

Depends on my mood. The first font I remember going gaga over was Palatino. I am also a fan of the silent screams produced by fat face fonts both old and new.

Music I create to

RJD2, Tourist, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray Vaughan, lots of others.

My first job

Ice cream slinger at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. We made our waffle cones in house and would time the process so that the waffle smell permeated the casino floor just as bingo was getting out. They came to us in droves every time!

What inspires me

My daughter.

Advice to new designers

Take time to step away from your computer. Take walks, read books, learn new things, and be sure to connect with designers who you feel safe sharing work with but who also give great critique.

I love AIGA because

it’s all about design!
Angela Rivera
Social Media Director

Company

BLVR

Favorite font

It's a tie between calligraphic scripts and gothic/blackletter, lombardic fonts.

Music I create to

Buena Vista Social Club or Pitbull (there is no in-between)

My first job

Face painter at Seaworld (I quit after 1 week!)

What inspires me

travel, food, culture, and my community

Advice to new designers

Don't be afraid to break the rules

I love AIGA because:

it welcomes any and all creativity – regardless of discipline, background, or experience.