For some reason I have a habit of always arriving at a conference the day before it starts or at least for the pre-conference events. I do this to learn about the conference. You can get the feel of the group by hanging out with the pre-people!
This year I am at the AIGA conference for designers but before I get into the conference let me give you some background. I joined the AIGA board because a friend asked me too as she needed my skills of Social Media. I had no idea what I was getting into!
AIGA is an organization for professional designers. I don’t fit into that so I created separation. I would say I am not a designer more than once during our board meetings but slowly they wore me down and I started to see I was a creative and designer are just part of the tree of creative.
So now that you have the back-story let’s move forward…
So at the pre-conference I am meeting people and hearing stories and watching them all interact with each other. I see this as a tribe. Their people, their life line. I say this because of the impact AIGA has had on people. Their life has been changed, opportunities have arisen and inspiration if freely floating around. I hear a story where AIGA gave a designer an award of $1000 to pursue his dream of being a screen printer. His life was changed. AIGA has the old die heart members that do block printing by my hand to the high-end animation designer. Creativity is broad and as a board member I am going to start to think outside of the box and talk about AIGA to everyone and not just whom I think are designers.
Let’s all bring more creatives into the fold and let them know that AIGA is here to support, educate and offer inspiration!