Upstate New York
Upcoming Events
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 / Cohoes

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND: You will receive insight from local design educators, professional designers, and potential employers on preparing your portfolio, interviewing techniques and what to expect when you begin your job search. This event is a great opportunity to polish up your presentation skills, learn new things, and network and become aware of who's who in your local design community.

WHO CAN ATTEND: The workshop is open to college students slated to graduate with design degrees in 2015, or recent 2014 design graduates.

WHO IS SPEAKING AT THIS EVENT: We've got a great lineup of leading area designers speaking on a wide variety of topics that are paramount to graduating designer students, including:

Michelle Bersani: AIGA Upstate NY Chapter President
Natalie Semczuk: "You've Got Options"
Andrew Gregory: ”Work the Triple Play: Three Important Points for Young Creatives”
Mike Rivette + Christina Sharp: "How To Avoid A Poopfolio"
Jean Dalhgren: "Think or Thwim"
Beau Comeaux: ”Imagery Matters: Presenting Your Work Professionally”
Jennifer Wilkerson: ”Freedom isn’t Free”
Sean Hovendick: "Work While You Sleep: Use the Web and Social Media to Get Hired"
Derek Slayton: “Staying Inspired”
Taylor Gillis: “Do What Scares You”
Seth Louey: “Adaptive You-x"
Sara Tack: “Say What? Presenting Design Thinking and Content”
Curtis Canham: “They Never Told Me: Lessons Learned”
Chris St. Cyr“All This Has Happened Before, and all This Will Happen Again.” 

Questions? Please email Event Organizer, Doug Bartow


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Thursday, February 12, 2015 / Rochester

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!

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - Friday, April 17, 2015

Create Upstate is back—bigger and better! Stay tuned for more details at

Sunday, July 26, 2015 - Friday, July 31, 2015 / New Haven

Developed by Yale School of Management and AIGA, this program offers creative leaders a better understanding of business and design. For more information, visit:

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - Saturday, October 10, 2015 / New Orleans

Experience provocative speakers, local culture, nightly networking receptions, competitions, exhibitions, professional development sessions and face-to-face roundtables with your design heroes. For more information, please visit: