Upstate New York
Past Events
Thursday, April 13, 2017 / Schenectady, Rochester, Syracuse, Poughkeepsie, Binghamton, Utica, Glens Falls

Whether you're a designer yourself, work with them, or just want to get to know a few, this is a great opportunity to connect with your community. Grab a cup of coffee and let's chat!

This event is free, we just ask you register in advance so we can manage numbers. Thanks!

ITHACA
Ithaca Coffee Co
311 E. Green Street

Ithaca, NY 14850


SCHENECTADY
Electric City Innovation Center - https://www.ecic.biz/
433 State Street, 4th Floor
Schenectady, NY  12305

*Special talk by Paul Engel: "Designing with a Story" -  http://www.beardesign.co/


BINGHAMTON - *Friday, April 21st*
Strange Brew
137 Washington Street
Binghamton, New York


ROCHESTER 
Boulder Coffee
100 Alexander St

Rochester, NY 14620

*Jeremiah Parry-Hill, Instructional Design Manager at RIT, will speak on "What I Do and Why: A Polymath's Walk Through Education, Ethnography, and Design Thinking”


SYRACUSE
The Sweet Praxis
203 East Water Street
Syracuse, NY


UTICA  
Bite Bakery
53 Franklin Street
Utica, New York


GLENS FALLS 
Spektor Coffee Roasters
140 Glen  Street
Glens Falls, New York


POUGHKEEPSIE
The Crafted Kup
44 Raymond Avenue

Poughkeepsie, New York

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 / Schenectady


 

AIGA Upstate NY invites emerging graphic designers in to our 9th annual Portfolio Review.

Note: this event will also be held in Syracuse on Friday, April 7.


SCHENECTADY DETAILS:
Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 6—9 PM 

The GE Theater at Proctors
432 State Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
Driving directions are here.

THE EVENT: 
The review is a chance for emerging designers (students and recent graduates) to practice their interviewing skills and get valuable feedback from local professionals about their design work and résumé in a no-risk, non-competitive environment geared at preparing them for the professional portfolio presentation process. Participants also have the opportunity to network and share their work with each other.

WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND? 
You will receive objective advice and thoughtful one-on-one commentary and criticism of your design work from local design educators, professional designers, and potential employers. While this event is not a job fair, some reviewers may be looking for potential employees or interns. This event is a great way to discuss your work, fine-tune your presentation skills, network and become aware of who’s who in your local design community.

WHO CAN ATTEND:

Students and Emerging Designers: The review is open to college seniors, current MA and MFA candidates and recent design graduates with less than 5 years of professional experience.

Reviewers: The review is open to local art, design and communication professionals and educators interested in helping our local design students prepare themselves for their professional careers. We welcome a wide range of reviewers from seasoned professionals to those who have successfully landed their first design positions. Why not take a few hours and give back to our local creative community? 

COST:
AIGA Members: $10
Non-AIGA Members: $20
FREE for reviewers

WHAT TO BRING:
Bring 12-15 pieces of your best work from your portfolio, as well as multiple copies of your résumé and business cards. If you plan on showing interactive or rich-media work, please bring a fully-charged laptop or tablet. WiFi will be available in the GE Theater.

QUESTIONS:
Email event coordinator, Doug Bartow

 


Generously sponsored by Proctors Theater.

Friday, April 7, 2017 / Syracuse

 

AIGA Upstate NY invites emerging graphic designers in to our 9th annual Portfolio Review.

Note: this event will also be held in Schenectady on Wednesday, April 12.


DETAILS:
Friday, April 7 from 9-11am

Newhouse School at Syracuse University
432/434 I3 Center (Newhouse 3)
215 University Pl
Syracuse, NY 13244

THE EVENT: 
The review is a chance for emerging designers (students and recent graduates) to practice their interviewing skills and get valuable feedback from local professionals about their design work and résumé in a no-risk, non-competitive environment geared at preparing them for the professional portfolio presentation process. Participants also have the opportunity to network and share their work with each other.

WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND? 
You will receive objective advice and thoughtful one-on-one commentary and criticism of your design work from local design educators, professional designers, and potential employers. While this event is not a job fair, some reviewers may be looking for potential employees or interns. This event is a great way to discuss your work, fine-tune your presentation skills, network and become aware of who’s who in your local design community.

WHO CAN ATTEND:
Students and Emerging Designers: The review is open to college seniors, current MA and MFA candidates and recent graduates.

Reviewers: The review is open to local art, design and communication professionals and educators interested in helping our local design students prepare themselves for their professional careers. We welcome a wide range of reviewers from seasoned professionals to those who have successfully landed their first design positions. Why not take a few hours and give back to our local creative community? 

COST:
AIGA Members: $10
Non-AIGA members: $20
FREE for reviewers

WHAT TO BRING:
Bring 12-15 pieces of your best work from your portfolio, as well as multiple copies of your résumé and business cards. If you plan on showing interactive or rich-media work, please bring a fully-charged laptop or tablet. Please note that WIFI is not guaranteed.

QUESTIONS:
Email event coordinator, Renée Stevens at renee@upstatenewyork.aiga.org.

Friday, November 18, 2016 - Monday, March 27, 2017

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

Show Upstate New York what design can do. Show Upstate why design is important. Show Upstate the power of design. We challenge all student designers to form design teams this school year and commit to making a positive impact on their community.

CHALLENGE REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Registration (Deadline 11/30/16)
    Registration requires the formulation of a team and the identification of a design problem to solve.

    • Teams must include at least two student designers and a mentor who is a professional in the field (can be a faculty member, alum or local designer).  

    • Teams must also identify a social issue in their local community that can be addressed with design (you may choose to collaborate with a local non-profit, but are not required to do so). The goal of your design solution should be one of the following:

      • Increase awareness of the issue or a perspective on the issue with an audience not currently or adequately reached.

      • Promote a specific call to action that will result in a positive impact on the community.

      • Redesign an existing piece of media, with appropriate permission and approval of the publishers of that material, to clarify and amplify the intended message to effectively reach the intended audience

  • Project Submission (Deadline 3/27/17)
    Collaborate with the local community to develop a solution of the design problem. Consider the needs/wants of the target audience and constraints like publication budget, feasibility, access, etc. when making design choices including the medium/format. Submissions should be sent by email to education@upstatenewyork.aiga.org from the mentor’s email address to demonstrate your mentor’s support and approval of your team’s project/work and must be received no later than midnight on 3/27/17

    • CASE STUDY: Include team name, images, overview of social issue, project brief, strategy, research, solution, challenges and effectiveness. Also include images of both the final solution and the process. Remember that these should be designed documents that will be on display at Create Upstate if you are a finalist. See professional case study examples highlighted on AIGA’s Design for Good webpage (http://www.aiga.org/landing.aspx?pageid=10103). Case study should be 750-1000 words and submitted as a PDF (please keep to one page front and back).

    • VIDEO:  Videos should be 1920px1080px, no longer than 90 seconds, and uploaded to Vimeo.com (please make sure that “download the video” and “add to their collections” are both turned on in your privacy settings). Videos should document the solution, process and what informed poignant design decisions. Videos must include the names of all team members (and the colleges/organizations they are affiliated with), and include an overview of the issue your team addressed.  Videos will be included in an album/channel on Vimeo and shared with the AIGA Upstate New York community. Please submit video as a Vimeo URL.

Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges comprised of professional designers from across Upstate New York using this rubric. The top three submissions will be highlighted at Create Upstate 2017 where the community will vote on the ultimate winner. See last year’s submissions.

Participants in this competition retain any and all copyright claims to their work. Your participation in this competition grants AIGA Upstate New York the right to display and publicize your creative work generated for this competition at Create Upstate 2017 and in our print and and digital publications and communications, providing we include appropriate attribution. 


 

Eligibility:

  • Student design team members must be studying a design related field at a college or university within the AIGA Upstate New York Chapter region.

  • All teams must have one local design professional (may be a professor) serve as a mentor to the team.

  • In order to qualify to exhibit work at Create Upstate 2017 all deadlines and requirements (Registration, Submission) must be met.

  • Submissions may only include projects completed during the 2016-2017 school year.

  • Teams must have the appropriate license/rights to the copy, type and images in their work.

  • The chapter reserves the right to exclude work that does not reflect the AIGA Standards of Professional Practice http://www.aiga.org/standards-professional-practice/.

Please direct inquiries about the Student Design Challenge to education@upstatenewyork.aiga.org.

 

Monday, March 27, 2017 / Queensbury

A night with Aaron James Draplin from the Draplin Design Company

We got a book deal! That mythical call up to the big leagues. Hear the harrowing account of making our first book. From the contracts to the scheming, from the pagination to the design, from the tears to the nightmares…we'll share what it’s like to cram your whole half-wit career into 256 pages. Learn about file management tips, layout shortcuts and other organizational tips & tricks that can be applied to the smallest of projects or that once-in-a-lifetime book project we still can’t believe we pulled off. And yes, the book has typos, and so does life. We’ll show examples of both from the making of Pretty Much Everything. Print’s not dead! Let this talk be proof. The entire presentation is dipped in Pantone Orange 021. 


About DDC:

Located in the mighty Pacific Northwest, the Draplin Design Co. proudly rolls up its sleeves on print, identity, web development, illustration and Gocco muscle projects. We make stuff for Coal Headwear, Union Binding Co., Richmond Fontaine, Field Notes, Esquire, Nike, Wired, Timberline, Chunklet, Incase, Giro, Cobra Dogs, Burton Snowboards, Hughes Entertainment, Megafaun, Danava, Ford Motor Company, Woolrich and even the Obama Administration. We pride ourselves on a high level of craftsmanship and quality that keeps us up late into the wet Portland night

Sponsored by: SUNY Adirondack Media Arts Club + AIGA Upstate New York

**Please be advised, tickets to this event are limited and likely will sell out.   Advanced purchase is highly recommended as it is not guaranteed there will be tickets available day of.  **

Doors open at 6:30pm! There will also be some pretty rad raffles going on at the speaking event, so get stoked!

*Students Must Present Valid College ID to gain entry with Student Ticket. 

Be sure to also check out Aaron’s workshop that day (tickets are separate): https://draplinworkshop.eventbrite.com