Ink & Pixels
Student Design Conference

Saturday, April 12, 2014, 9:00 am–3:30 pm

Ink & Pixels, AIGA Baltimore’s Student Design Conference, is one of the area’s largest events focused on helping students prepare for a career in design.

The event is divided into two parts. In the morning, industry leaders will present exciting lectures on the skills needed to succeed in the professional world. After a catered lunch, students will present their portfolios to regional design professionals and receive constructive, one-on-one evaluations.

AIGA Baltimore is excited to host this annual event that brings together students and professionals who share a passion for design and its future.

Location & Directions

Stevenson University, School of Design
Owings Mills North Campus 11200-A Gundry Lane Owings Mills, Maryland 21117

Take I-795 to exit 4 (Owings Mills Blvd). Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Owings Mills Blvd N/MD-140/Reisterstown Rd. Merge onto Owings Mills Blvd. Continue on Owings Mills Blvd. Turn right onto Crondall Ln, then make right onto Gundry Ln. Drive past gate, Stevenson School of Design is the first building on your right.

Free parking in available lots.

Schedule • April 12, 2014

  • 9:15–9:45 am Registration
  • 9:45–10:00 am Welcome
  • 10:00-10:50 am Breakout Sessions

    Pick one! See box to the right for options.

    Pick one! See box below for options.

  • 11:00-12:00 pm

    Reinvent Yourself: Commit to Being Flexible

    Cory Hudson, Senior Creative Director, AOL Networks/

    In order to remain relevant (and employed), consistent evolution and reinvention is extremely vital in today’s work environment. Cory Hudson will discuss the importance of developing a continual commitment to evaluating and diversifying your overall skillset, and remaining open to learning new tools, technologies and techniques. Cory will also provide valuable insight and advice as to what employers are looking for in potential team members.

  • 12:00–1:00 pm Lunch

    Boxed lunches will be served.

  • 1:00–3:30 pm Portfolio Review

    Every effort will be made to maximize the number of reviewers who will sit with you and discuss your work. Keep in mind that reviewers will be asked to limit their critique time to 15 minutes, so be prepared to present your portfolio and get feedback within this time constraint. Dress appropriately. It is a creative field, but you still want to make sure you look professional.

    Portfolio review locations will be assigned at check-in.

Choose a Breakout Session!

  • Making Sure The Price is Right

    Jen Dodson, Chief Creative Officer, Adashmore Creative

    Pricing your product or service is a science and an art. First, you want to cover expenses. You also need to plan for profit and consider the value you provide customers, not to mention examining your competitors. Jen Dodson will guide you through the basics of pricing from understanding the financials to figuring out where you fit into the marketplace.

  • Creating a Killer Digital Portfolio

    Sarah Joy Verville, Assistant Professor of Interactive and Graphic Design, Stevenson University

    Want a killer online portfolio? Learn the latest tips, techniques, and trends of digital portfolios from Sarah Joy Verville. Discover ways to create or improve your online portfolio with regard to today’s expectations and avoid common pitfalls. Seamlessly integrate your design work on the Web with your identity to enhance your online presence. Make your work stand out from the crowd and ensure that viewers notice and click through your memorable portfolio.

  • Landing a Job 101

    Christina Bittinger Melito, Senior Designer, Frank. Strategic Marketing

    The journey to landing your first job might seem daunting, but after this crash course, you will be equipped with insider knowledge on how to get there. Christina Bittinger Melito will tell you how she snatched up her first job out of college, and give the inside scoop on what agencies look for when scouting new talent. Discussion topics will include networking, choosing attire, growing your web presence, researching your potential employer, making first impressions, and more. Come prepared with questions!

Portfolio Review — 10 Important Tips

  1. Make a good impression by wearing professional attire, smiling, and arriving on time; better yet, arrive early.
  2. Introduce yourself and shake hands. Tell the reviewer your name and something interesting about yourself: what type of industry you want to enter, why you chose the field of design, etc.
  3. Include 7–10 pieces of your best work in your portfolio presentation. For a lasting impression, your first and last pieces should be your strongest.
  4. Showing interactive work? Come prepared with a fully charged laptop or other portable device and make your projects available offline, in case an Internet connection isn’t available.
  5. Be ready to discuss your work and answer questions. Explain how you developed the idea, what research was conducted, who the target audience was, and any challenges that you may have faced when creating it.
  1. Don’t rush through your portfolio presentation. Speak at a normal pace and give the reviewer time to comment on each piece.
  2. Be open to constructive criticism. The reviewer is there to help you. You can filter through the comments later and decide which changes to make. Bring a pen and paper to take notes.
  3. Be prepared to give your resume and business card to the reviewer. Also, including a leave-behind with a few examples of your best work will make your presentation even more memorable.
  4. Ask the reviewer questions about their job. Take the opportunity to learn about what they do and how they got there.
  5. Ask for the reviewer’s business card and follow up with an email or note to thank them for their time and feedback.

Join Us

This event is open to students and recent graduates. As a student embarking on a career in the design industry, this is your chance to show professional designers your portfolio in a no-risk, non-competitive environment. The portfolio review is designed to give you advice and insight that will improve the way you present yourself and your work. You will practice your interview skills and receive honest feedback about your portfolio and resume.

Register by April 4 and Save!

Advance Registration

  • AIGA Members: $20
  • Nonmembers: $30

At the Door

Credit/debit cards only — no cash or checks will be accepted.

  • AIGA Members: $25
  • Nonmembers: $35
You must register in advance in order to take advantage of our tasty boxed lunch options. Advance registration will close April 4 at 11:59pm.


The conference is limited to the first 100 students, so register early to secure your spot. Once registration is confirmed, no refunds will be given.

Accessibility & Special Needs

All areas of the conference are handicap accessible and priority seating may be reserved for individuals who need it. Please contact us if you would like to reserve one of these seats for yourself or someone in your party.