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.
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.
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Cory Hudson, Senior Creative Director, AOL Networks/Advertising.com
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.
Boxed lunches will be served.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Credit/debit cards only — no cash or checks will be accepted.
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.
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.