We were early instigators to form AIGA West Michigan in 2008. I served as its first President from its formal inception in 2009 through April 2011. Here is a letter I sent to members upon stepping down from the board. More
Last year I was asked to be among the presenters of a Pecha Kucha-style event as a part of the Nosh Night series sponsored by local arts organizations including AIGA West Michigan. Rather than showing commercial work, I unearthed images from my sketchbooks. Recently I unearthed them again, and thought I'd share few of the images. More
Earlier this week, I met in NYC with design organization leaders (AIGA, APDF, DMI, IDSA, IxDA; invited but not able to attend were GDC, RGD, and SEGD) to discuss how we might work together in this increasingly multi-disciplinary world. More
The theme of the 2009 AIGA design conference—Make/Think—focused on the designer’s role both in making artifacts and solving problems with creative (design) thinking. It was a great experience that was fun and inspiring, and lived up to my expectations. More
Last week, we lit a match. There are AIGA chapters in Detroit and Chicago and student groups at local schools (GVSU, FSU and Kendall), but there is no professional group in Grand Rapids. As a way to encourage a maturation of the local design community, we have long planned to start a local AIGA chapter in West Michigan. More
There is an increasing number of great (and I mean great) tools that help people produce their own designed works. These help-yourself and off-the-shelf design tools and templates are pretty good these days, and getting better.
At the AIGA Conference in Denver, I saw a presentation given by Shoshana Berger and Grace Hawthorne, co-founders of Ready-Made Magazine. More