AIGA OC: The First 100 Days

The year so far, and our plans for what’s next… an update from AIGA Orange County’s new President.

These first hundred days of my Presidency would not have been possible without the efforts of our previous President, Lauren Vajda. Lauren has infused ambition, vigor, and a strong vision into AIGA Orange County. I’m thrilled to contribute to the work that’s she’s begun.

The Headlines

Here’s everything you can expect from AIGA OC in 2017.

  • Connecting our creative community through partnerships.
  • Bringing more of AIGA’s national initiatives to Orange County.
  • Building more value into AIGA membership.
  • Expanding our content offerings and volunteer opportunities.
  • For AIGA OC to be a non-profit first, and event group second.

If that sounds good to you, then subscribe to our Email List and follow us on Social Media. For the super-eager, consider supporting us with an AIGA Membership or joining us as a Volunteer.

To learn more, keep reading…

Connecting our Creative Community Through Partnerships

AIGA OC sits alongside a growing number of local groups contributing amazing things to Orange County. We want to be a connection point to all of these communities, whether you’re an AIGA member or not.

Today we’re assembling community partnerships with the following local organizations: Batch, Connecting Things, General Assembly, The Newport Beach Film Festival, The Orange County Museum of Art, SOURCED, TypeEd, Wayfare, and have more to announce soon.

These groups are committed to bringing valuable content and community to Orange County. We couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with them.

We’re also pleased to continue our relationships with educational institutions working to grow the next generation of creative problem solvers. Specifically, Art Institute of California-Orange County, Laguna College of Art + Design, Chapman University, CSU Fullerton, and a new partnership with Fullerton College.

Bringing More of AIGA’s National Initiatives to Orange County

AIGA’s national efforts aren’t driven by events — but instead by initiatives; from programs designed to practically equip and empower creative professionals (E.G. Google Design Census, and IBM Design Thinking), to further-reaching projects focused on social change and raising the voice of Design in our wider-community (E.G. Gender Equity Toolkit, and Design For Good).

The goal of this initiatives-driven approach is two-fold:

  • To elevate the value and need for Design jobs in our culture
  • To equip designers with the tools and resources they need to do those jobs

We want AIGA to be a platform for creative professionals (and students) to come together and shape their industry for the better. Look out for more of these national initiatives in Orange County soon.

Building More Value into AIGA Membership

AIGA OC cannot survive without the support of our members and friends. To say thank you, we’re building more benefits into the AIGA Membership package. As of today, we’re excited that membership offers the following benefits:

In Orange County from AIGA OC

  • Free Access: Field Trips Series / Annual Student Portfolio Review /
  • Free or Discounted Access: Practical Workshops / Lectures and Panels / Annual Orange County Design Awards / Monthly Mix Series
  • Member Only Access: Mentorship Program

In Orange County from our Community Partners

  • Discount: To ALL paid General Assembly classes in Orange and LA County.
  • 20% Discount Tickets: Newport Beach Film Festival (Art, Architecture, and Design category)
  • Member Only Advance Ticket Reservations: Free film screenings at the Orange County Museum of Art

National Benefits — The list is huge, here’s some highlights:

We have more coming soon!

Expanding our Content Offerings and Volunteer Opportunities

We don’t want you to feel like you’re missing out if distance is keeping you away from our events. We’re starting a new original content initiative with the goal of reaching all 948 mi² of Orange County. This new Medium account is just the beginning. Keep an eye out for future changes to our website, emails, and social media channels.

We’ve also heard resounding feedback that people primarily choose to volunteer with AIGA for professional development opportunities. We’re redesigning how our Board of Directors is organised in order to create more opportunities for creatives to get involved with projects and initiatives available through AIGA and our Community Partners. We want these opportunities to be a resource for people to grow into new areas of design and leadership.

For AIGA OC to be a Non-Profit First, and Event Group Second

People are often surprised to learn that AIGA OC is a registered non-profit organization, 100% run by unpaid volunteers. We want to wear this as a badge of honor and be driven by a goal of serving our members, our partners, our community, and Orange County with the power of design.

We believe that AIGA’s long history, and its national network of incredible thinkers and problem solvers puts us in a unique position to serve Orange County in this way.

Whether you’re an AIGA member or not, we can’t wait for you to join us at something soon — Come and say hi so I can meet you.

Thank you for your time,
Archie Bagnall
President, AIGA Orange County

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