Designing a Better Future for Seattle
We are a community of creative pioneers, harnessing the power of design to build a better future. We constantly explore and leverage the physical and digital landscapes, by engaging people through design-related programming.
We are designers, strategists, writers, developers, students, educators, directors and volunteers. We call the Pacific Northwest Home. We are AIGA Seattle.
Our National Organization:
AIGA advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force. As the largest community of design advocates, we bring together practitioners, enthusiasts and patrons to amplify the voice of design and create the vision for a collective future. We define global standards and ethical practices, guide design education, inspire designers and the public, enhance professional development, and make powerful tools and resources accessible to all.
Founded in 1914 as the American Institute of Graphic Arts, AIGA remains the oldest and largest professional membership organization for design and is now known simply as “AIGA, the professional association for design.”
Our Local Leadership
A robust design community lead by a volunteer group of directors, chairs, committees, advisors, & volunteers
Our Board of Directors is an all volunteer team voted in by the chapter membership. These hard-working leaders manage the chapter’s business affairs, set the goals and vision for the upcoming year, and lead an even larger team of Chairs and Committees who all work together to build a better design community.
Partner & Creative Director at Modern Species, a sustainable brand design studio in downtown Seattle. Gage has been in AIGA leadership for over a decade, having been involved with chapters and student groups in Colorado, North Carolina, Wisconsin and now Washington. He also serves as an Editorial Director for the Living Principles, AIGA’s sustainable design framework.
Tessa is a native New Yorker who adventured to the lovely Pacific Northwest a decade ago and now happily calls Seattle her home. Tessa currently serves as an Account Director at Digital Kitchen, a brand and communications agency, where she provides clients with thoughtful strategy and account management support for sustainability and corporate social responsibility focused projects
Vice President of Client Services at Oracle. In 2013 Wacarra was honored as one of the top 40 Under 40 in Direct Marketing by Direct Marketing News. She actively volunteers at Girls on the Run International and at YearUp, in addition to serving on the Executive Board of AIGA Seattle.
Brendan creates under the name Lost In Print. As an Art Director for 10+ years in Chicago he served on the AIGA Chicago board for nearly 4 years. Today he’s photographing commercial portraiture and lots of live music in addition to working on a variety of branding, print and UX design projects. Brendan is an Eagle Scout, a wannabe sommelier and he’s looking for the next story to tell.
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Anjelica is the Senior Content Strategist for Oracle Marketing Cloud’s Creative Services team where she partners with enterprise clients to develop creative marketing strategies across channels. She has experience establishing digital content and editorial strategies and creating and producing online series for a variety of brands across a wide range of industries.
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Principal Recruiter at Artefact, an award-winning technology, product design, and development company.
Jill is a freelance UX Designer and Researcher who loves solving design puzzles to create wonderful user experiences. Jill has a background before UX Design of customer-focused roles such as account management, sales and photo research at Getty Images. Additionally, she is an excellent herder of cats, smoother of ruffled feathers and voice of reason.
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Calvin is a designer who enjoys collaborating across disciplines—and does so with great enthusiasm. As a Visual and Experience Designer at Microsoft, he relies on a keen sense of functionality and a grounded connection with humanity to harmonize the overarching brand and design language used within Microsoft.
Special Events Directorspecialevents@seattle.aiga.org
A St. Louis native, Steven started his software development career in Kansas City. Having moved to Seattle in 2012 to joinUP Global, a non-profit fostering entrepreneurship communities, as a software developer supporting infrastructure and automation.
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Annie Hill is a UX Designer with over a decade of business, marketing, quality, and leadership experience in the high-tech industry. She spent her formative years at Microsoft in various roles where she created and launched services, packaging, and incubation programs and frameworks for cutting edge products like Kinect, Xbox 360 S, Surface, and Holo Lens.
Nina is the Lead Designer at the Seattle Art Museum. Prior to working at SAM she spent five years as Senior Designer at Worldstudio, a strategy and communications firm in NYC that builds bridges between clients and communities to enable positive social change. A few of Nina’s favorite things include eating gelato, playing co-rec soccer, and having dance parties with her toddler.
As partner, Joel helps provide vision and leadership guiding the solutions and designs his company, www.FuseIQ.com, provides to their clients. As Seattle AIGA Web Director Joel is leveraging his decade plus experience creating Web solutions to help AIGA Seattle evolve and progress to be a flagship website of resources, events and inspiration.
Having been around for almost 30 years now, our chapter has amassed an impressive amount of initiatives that aim to build a better community. From Art with Heart, to AIGA Link, to our biennial design and technology conferences Into the Woods and Hive, many of our chapter initiatives are kept alive and strong by a dedicated group of Chairs.
Made up of prominent members of the Seattle design community, our Advisory Board offers guidance, advice and a fresh perspective on how the chapter and community are doing. Lead by the Advisory Board Chair, this team regularly meets with the Chapter leadership and occasionally rolls up their sleeves to help bring new initiatives to life.
Jeremy Wheat Design Studio
Quesinberry and Associates
Seattle Pacific University
Design Commission, Creative Morning Seattle
Elmer dela Cruz
University of Washington
The Fellow award program is a means of recognizing designers who have made a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within their local or regional design community as well as in their local AIGA chapter. The areas of education, writing, leadership and reputation, as well as the practice of design are given equal consideration in measuring significant contribution. These are our AIGA Seattle Fellows.
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The Chapter President is voted in by the Board of Directors to lead the chapter toward successfully executing their collective vision. Each of these leaders have made their mark on this great design community and continue to do so long after their term.
Brooke Mackay Castro
Tan Le & Laura Zeck
As a membership-based organization, we owe a lot to every individual who makes the commitment to becoming a member. You are how we keep AIGA thriving, even after 100 years, and although we can’t list all 700+ members of AIGA Seattle, we would like to at least give a shout out to those who have signed up at the Leader & Trustee levels. Thank you for your above-and-beyond support.