Glad to see the Support, AIGA

Below is an email (May 05) I sent a few friends concerning one of AIGA’s e-newsletters. What is AIGA’s goal in publishing such a description when it goes counter to established AIGA initiatives? Glad to have other perspectives but this garbage was going to students and it offered no other angle. That is the way to invest, eh?

For another angle: Download PDF / THE LANDSCAPE OF GRAPHIC DESIGN EDUCATION by Meredith Davis

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The AIGA Design Business newsletter (May, 2005 Issue 4) has an article that tells you all you need to know about a life in graphic design. For those of you reading e-mail while attending the Philly conf., can you make a healthy public protest concerning the authors summary of teaching [trashcan lids are useful for such occasions] :

For some individuals, teaching might also be a career option, but chances are that it will not be full-time. Most schools of art and design bring in working professionals to teach specialized courses on a part-time basis. There are several benefits to this approach. It gives students access to the latest information and techniques. It also gives them opportunities to develop their personal networks, perhaps learn about internships or freelance gigs and maybe even meet a potential employer. For these reasons, it’s common for instructors of art or design to teach in addition to their client-related activities.


posted by Tony Brock on July 20, 2005 | comments: 1 | post a comment

Seems some ‘pros’ are concerned the sky is falling due to the fact one can get a logo design + unlimited revisions for under $99. Hmmmm, well, if this concerns you and you spent 4+ years getting a BFA or somesuch in graphic design makin’, then request AIGA rethink some of the trash they publish on defining what makes for a career in teaching.

The way I see it, you either raise your game or learn how to pump out more logos for less. I am one that thinks we should maybe spend our time at the national conf. thinking more about what is at the top end instead of making fun at the low. If it is respect you want, quit wasting your time giving some designer a second thought.

The movement is a sign of evolution. Adapt and quit whining about what Mama don’t know about your pretty pictures and what some supposed ‘uneducated,’ sell-out is doing to the clientele and company you keep. Barf. Get a real job!

Posted by tb on October 9, 2005 11:10 AM