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We’ve all been thrust into new territory this week. Everyone here at AIGA Chicago is dedicated to helping our community make it work.

There’s never been a better time than now to put all the technological advances of the past decade to good use. If you’re an educator in need of virtual-friendly design education resources to use with your students, this list is for you.

We’ve been compiling our best free podcasts, documentaries, virtual lectures, and more to help keep your students inspired during an unsure time. Please check back regularly as we’ll be updating this list as new resources come in.

Have a great free resource to share with us? Email hello@chicago.aiga.org and we’ll add it to the list.

Freelancer Resources

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Image of panel discussion at the AIGA Chicago Design Ethics Roundtable event, hosted at Basecamp.
Image of panel discussion at the AIGA Chicago Design Ethics Roundtable event, hosted at Basecamp.
AIGA Chicago hosts Design Ethics Roundtable at Basecamp.

Last week AIGA Chicago hosted its first Design Ethics Roundtable. First, we’d like to thank all our panelists and participants who made the event a great success. Second, wow! What a great feeling to see like-minded designers come together to share their experiences, ethical dilemmas and thoughts around how to design with empathy.

One of my biggest takeaways from the event was so simple: Sharlene King, a Sr. UX Designer at Salesforce said: “Good design is ethical.” I know Sharlene wasn’t implying that ethical design is truly that easy but wouldn’t it be great if it was? …


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Designers have always had a huge impact on the world around them. In our current environment of rapid change, design is becoming increasingly interpersonal — meaning it is more important than ever for designers to consider their ethical responsibility and the impact their work has on the lives of others.

We’re living in a “move fast and break things” era where the pieces of failed projects are swept under the rug without taking a moment to consider why they didn’t work. Now, however, we’re starting to realize just how much has been broken. …


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Image: House Industries

Finding inspiration is an in-depth, personal process for every creative professionalwhich makes getting a peek into the minds of industry leaders something worth sharing. Get an inside look at how Andy Cruz of House Industries finds inspiration the very process of creating.

Where do great ideas come from?

It’s an age-old question that has been asked and answered many times over in blogs, books, TED talks, Reddit AMAs and more — and for good reason. It’s an important question. Without inspired ideas we wouldn’t create new art, invent new products or move our society forward.

So where does inspiration come from? And if you do find inspiration, what if it isn’t paying the bills? How do you find the balance between feeling inspired and making your rent? …


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When men tell me to smile I want to punch them in the face. I didn’t used to get mad, I used to politely ignore them and go about my business. Sometimes I would even continue to engage in conversation with these men. The HORROR! At 32, even though I’m mostly the same person, I can’t imagine being the girl who didn’t stand up for herself in that situation. But I was.

Now when a man says to me in some random bar, “You’re too pretty not to smile. I bet if I buy you a drink that will make you smile,” my skin immediately starts to crawl and I say “Actually, no. It won’t. …


But I’ll probably keep doing it anyway.

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After what feels like years and years of avoiding online dating I finally gave in. I want to be clear: I didn’t avoid online dating because I thought I was too good for it, or not “desperate” enough for it, or because I thought all the guys were freaks who couldn’t get dates on their own, or that I “really do like being single.” I avoided it simply because it seemed like too much work. Here’s one more social media site I’m going to fail to update or post weird stuff to.

Okay. Okay. A tiny part of me DID think that all guys who use online dating sites were freaks that couldn’t get dates on their own. I also believed the double standard that for girls it’s different. And most girls on there are just nice people trying to meet someone in this crazy world. So what? I’m only human. …


Or practicing self-acceptance on a daily basis.

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The other day I walked into my local coffee shop on the corner and was horrified to see donuts behind the glass case. A case that should have been filled with various pastry delights, including the best almond croissants I’ve had in Chicago.

Not one of those bullshit almond croissants that’s been cut in half and stuffed with fake-tasting almond “flavor” and topped with powdered sugar. A legit, made fresh every day, crisp and flakey on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside, with real almond paste, never cut in half, perfect almond croissant. …

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