AIGA Seattle Fellow

Shelly Langton

2007 AIGA Seattle Fellow

Shelly Langton is a graphic designer/art director and photographer, and former AIGA Seattle board member.

Her contributions to AIGA focused on addressing a rising need to consider cultural differences during the design process, and to connect US designers with the global design community. This included holding cross-cultural design sessions at AIGA national board retreats, coordinating joint events with the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, and organizing the first US-based Icograda Design Week, held in Seattle in 2006. Her involvement in this event included coordination with conference chairs, and AIGA national, securing sponsorship and venues, tours, and public relations. She was also a co-founder and board-member of the AIGA Cross-Cultural Design Group (XCD). This group was responsible for influencing AIGA to join Icograda, and taking designers to Cuba, and China; and developed and fostered relationships with designers and design organizations around the world.

Shelly is currently Art Director at KPFF Consulting Engineers, where she leads an in-house graphic design team on projects for clients like SDOT, King County and WSDOT. In her previous positions with Waggener Edstrom, Safeco, and Chihuly, she has led award-winning design projects for Microsoft, MasterCard, T-Mobile, Boeing, Morgan Stanley, AMD, Safeco, and Chihuly.

Shelly has a BFA from Michigan State University, and a certificate in Design Firm Management and Leadership from University of Washington. She is indebted to the late Cherry Brown from The School of Visual Concepts; and to the late Massimo Vignelli, for the mentoring she received as a young designer.


About the AIGA Seattle Fellow Award

The AIGA Fellow program is a means of recognizing seasoned designers who have made a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within our design community as well as in our AIGA chapter. The nominee must:

  • Be a practitioner and/or educator with more than fifteen years experience in the profession.
  • Be a member in good standing.
  • Have made a significant contribution to AIGA.
  • Have made a positive impact within their local or regional design community.
  • Have advanced excellence in graphic design as a discipline, profession, and cultural force.