Demonstrating design's impact & cultivating the future of design in New York City.

We elevate designers
and the role of design
in NYC and beyond.

We do this by:

Advocating for issues impacting our professional context;

Educating and empowering designers at every level;

Community-building and defining the future of our craft.

History

Founded in 1914, AIGA, the professional association for design, is a nonprofit professional membership organization headquartered in New York City.

Its formation began in 1911, when Fred Goudy sat at a table with Alfred Stieglitz, W. A. Dwiggins and others who shared a commitment and a passion in the nobility of a profession that had not yet been named: “the purposeful arrangement of text and images to communicate more effectively, with dignity, elegance and impact; and accomplished with high expectations for the craft of production.”

Three years after their first meeting, they decided to create the American Institute of Graphic Arts. They required each member to bring a chair, as the early organization had no permanent home. “We should each ask what we are willing to bring to the table to advance this remarkable profession.”

AIGA NY is the New York Chapter of AIGA. Established in 1982, as the association began to decentralize leadership, AIGA NY is the largest of 70 chapters with 3,000 members to date. The New York Chapter is a separately incorporated, nonprofit organization with its own Board of Directors, bylaws and tax-exempt status. While it is self-governing in every way, it operates in a manner consistent with the mission of the parent organization.

Leadership

The 2018–2019 AIGA NY Board of Directors represents our chapter’s diverse interests. They work to provide the varied and relevant programming and initiatives we’ve become known for, and they build on the work, commitment, and energy of past boards.

Joe Marianek
President
Joe Marianek
President

Joe Marianek is a designer, educator and principal at Small Stuff, where he leads projects of social and cultural impact. Joe was previously an Associate Partner at Pentagram and a design lead at Apple. His work has been recognized by the AIGA, D&AD, SEGD, ADC, and he received the ADC Young Gun Award. He is an adjunct faculty at Rhode Island School of Design, where he earned a BFA in Graphic Design. Joe has served on the AIGA/NY board since 2014, focusing on education and advocacy.

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Ida Woldemichael
Vice President
Ida Woldemichael
Vice President

Ida Woldemichael is a New York City based creative director with over 12 years of design experience. She is currently serving as the Creative Director at Everytown, and an educator at NYU. The heart of her work is design for political activism, and branding. Ida served as a lead designer on the historic presidential campaign for Hillary Clinton, developing the popular supporter tagline, “I’m with her.”

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Sarah Van Anden
VP Treasurer
Sarah Van Anden
VP Treasurer

Sarah Van Anden is the Senior Program Manager at the Center for Curatorial Leadership, where she facilitates programs designed to foster the professional lives of art curators and address critical needs within the museum field. As a senior member of staff, Ms. Van Anden leads program development, strategic initiatives, communications, and fundraising. Her position builds on years of experience working closely with New York City’s nonprofit arts community. Previously a Program Officer with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, she oversaw a portfolio of more than 140 organizations and helped distribute over $30 million annually through the Cultural Development Fund, the City’s open, competitive funding process for arts nonprofits. Her additional experiences include positions with the Shelley and Donald Rubin family office, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, Art in America, and Academic Programs at the Clark Art Institute. Sarah completed her undergraduate studies at Temple University and an M.A. in the History of Art from Williams College.

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Marc Rabinowitz
VP Operations
Marc Rabinowitz
VP Operations

Marc Rabinowitz is a Director of User Experience at Code and Theory, a digital-first creative agency. He leads teams in designing elegant products & brand experiences for clients challenged by their own gnarly digital ecosystems. Notable clients include NBC News, The Outline, Bloomberg and New York Life. Marc’s work has been recognized by AIGA, the Art Director’s Club, Adobe Design Achievement Awards, SXSW Interactive Awards, and Digiday Publishing Awards. Marc received his MFA in Design Entrepreneurship from the School of Visual Arts in 2008. He lives with his wife in the Lower East Side.

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David Frisco
Chair, Advocacy
David Frisco
Chair, Advocacy

David Frisco is a current Design Fellow at Public Policy Lab. He is the founding partner of IntraCollaborative, a socially minded design collective comprised of Pratt MFA graduates. He is an Adjunct Professor with CCE in the Undergraduate and Graduate Communications Design departments at Pratt Institute. At Pratt, David is Co-Creative Director of Design Corps, a pro-bono design program for organizations with socially and environmentally minded missions. David holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale School of Art and a BFA in Graphic Design from University of Illinois at Chicago. Before heading out east, David was a Senior Designer at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

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Emily Oberman
Board Member, Emeritus
Emily Oberman
Board Member, Emeritus

A native of Yonkers, New York, Emily Oberman studied design and filmmaking at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York City. After graduation she joined the legendary design studioM&Co., working with Tibor Kalman to create work for Knoll, Wieden & Kennedy, (the much-missed) Restaurant Florent, and Talking Heads, for whom they made the award winning music video for “(Nothing But) Flowers.” With Kalman as creative director, Emily was the original designer for the launch of Benetton’s critically acclaimed magazine, Colors. Before joining Pentagram, Emily cofounded the design studio Number Seventeen in 1993, which operated for (coincidentally, perhaps) seventeen years. Emily’s work is unique in that it blurs the line between promotion and design—often using language and humor to make an emotional connection. Her clients have included Benetton and NBC Universal (including brand identities for 30 Rock, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and Saturday Night Live, for whom she has done the opening title sequence for 19 years, as well as a coffee table book). Recent projects include branding for Leafs by Snoop and Pounds, strategy and branding for DC Entertainment, strategy and branding for Film Independent, branding for the LA Film Festival, identity and show packaging for the Film Independent Spirit Awards, strategy and branding for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Mia), branding and opening sequences for Tina Fey’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Maya Rudolph and Martin Short’s variety show Maya & Marty, and identities for J.K. Rowling’s film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and DC’s Justice League film. Other projects include the brand identities for This American Life, Bike New York, Alex Gibney’s production company, Jigsaw, and The Wing, a space for women that opened in the fall of 2016.

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Chelsea Atwell
Programming
Chelsea Atwell
Programming

Chelsea Atwell is a Partner, Creative Director and Brand Strategist at Zero Studios, a digitally led design and branding studio in NYC. Prior to helping launch Zero, she served as a lead designer on the digital team at Hillary for America in Brooklyn, New York. Chelsea has traveled around the United States to speak about her experience designing for a groundbreaking presidential campaign and the importance of design in creating change for the better. She cares deeply about human-centered design and using empathy as a tool for design and business. Chelsea grew up in the midwest and graduated from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design with a BFA in Communication Design, where she returned to teach classes in design and illustration. She is currently a part-time faculty member at Parsons School of Design, teaching branding to undergraduate students.

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Meg Beckum
Chair, Community
Meg Beckum
Chair, Community

Meg Beckum is Executive Creative Director at Elmwood, a global consultancy that helps brands unlock and leverage the power of design. Prior to joining Elmwood, Meg worked as a creative lead at Sullivan, AKQA and Interbrand where she built identities, environments and campaigns for American Express, AT&T, Avon, Planned Parenthood, Teach for America and Verizon. Meg holds an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design and a BA in journalism from the University of Georgia.

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Lizania Cruz
Inclusion in Design
Lizania Cruz
Inclusion in Design

Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, Lizania Cruz is a New York-based designer, artist and entrepreneur working in fashion, advocacy, and the arts. She brings a decade of design experience to her current work as an Art Director for General Assembly. Her clients have ranged from established brands, like Anthropologie, to startups and nonprofits such as the American Cancer Society and The Center for Urban Pedagogy. She founded and accessory line, Bagavundas. Most recently she launched Flowers for Immigration, a photo project that tells the stories of immigrant bodega workers through their flower arrangements. The project was featured on Fusion News and KQED Arts.

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Janet Esquirol Sylvan
Education
Janet Esquirol Sylvan
Education

Janet Esquirol Sylvan is a Creative Director and devoted Educator. Professional background includes full service ad campaigns for national and regional clients, Art Direction for weekly publications, as well as UI, UX, and web development. Her personal artwork celebrates memory and is a place for experiments in communication and interaction. Janet began teaching in Higher Education at Parsons in 2003 and has since instructed and helped shape curriculum at several institutions in NYC. In early 2013 Prof. Esquirol joined the Media Arts and Technology Department at CUNY BMCC. Here, in addition to teaching Digital Design, she has been involved in grant procurement and administration and has been an invited speaker for events at SUNY, CUNY, the FATE conference, and AIGA:DEC. She has also been the Creative Director of TEDxFultonStreet since 2014, which has produced over 50 TED Talks and gained over 1 Million views online. Janet received a BA in Studio Art with a concentration in Design and Printmaking and was a Student Scholar in the Ammerman Center for Arts & Technology during her time at Connecticut College. She also holds an MFA from Parsons in Design and Technology.

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Rosie Garschina
Chair, Programming
Rosie Garschina
Chair, Programming

Rosie Garschina is a multi-disciplinary designer and director currently working as Creative Director of Interbrand NY. Over the course of her 15-year career she has partnered with brand consultancies, design studios and in-house agencies to craft and execute global rebrands, campaigns and branded content.

For 6 years she was Creative Director at Trollbäck+Company where she led creative accounts for Spotify, Nickelodeon, Verizon, Sesame Workshop, MTV and The New York Times. In 2015 she launched a global campaign for Spotify that doubled their paid subscriber base and elevated the Premium platform. In 2017 she executed a global rebrand of MTV International that unified a design system spanning 40 countries and 13 languages. Most recently she worked with director Gary Hustwit to craft the opening titles and 10 principles sequence for ‘Rams’, the documentary celebrating iconic industrial designer Dieter Rams.

She is active speaking and judging in institutions across the country.

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Caspar Lam
Chair, Education
Caspar Lam
Chair, Education

Caspar Lam is the co-founder of Synoptic Office, a multidisciplinary studio operating in the space between design, technology, and education. The studio’s work has been exhibited internationally and recognized by Fast Company Design, iDn, Neshan, Etapes, and It’s Nice That. Caspar holds an MFA from Yale and degrees in biology and design from the University of Texas atAustin. His work with cultural and fashion clients includes the Guggenheim Museum, Ohne Titel, and Vogue China. Adobe, AIGA, and ID Design Review have recognized his work. Previously, Caspar led design and digital strategy for Artstor, an Andre Mellon Foundation-funded non-profit to develop digital products related to metadata and publishing for institutions such asHarvard, Cornell, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He has been a visiting critic at the Hong Kong Design Institute and served as an Adjunct Associate Research Scholar at Columbia University’s GSAPP. Caspar regularly writes and speaks about design, most recently at Typographics and the TDC. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Communication Design at Parsons School of Design.

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Amélie Lamont
Inclusion in Design
Amélie Lamont
Inclusion in Design

Amélie Lamont is a product designer(d) and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. She specializes in using cultural studies and design anthropology to inform her design process. She’s also the co-founder of Good for PoC and creator of The Guide to Allyship, two resources aimed at helping marginalized communities. She’s had the honor of presenting her research and work at places such as The White House, The Great Discontent, Etsy, Twitter, Dropbox and Cooper. When she’s not designing or writing, you can find Amélie doing yoga, serving her community, watching Korean dramas, or gathering energy for her next Kamehameha wave.

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Kat McCord
Community
Kat McCord
Community

Vancouver born, ECUAD educated and 12 years practicing in London before calling New York home, Kat McCord co-founded Thackway McCord in 2008 as creative director, focusing on corporate branding plus work in the cultural and tech space. She believes in the art of the big idea, in the craft of perfecting it, and in technology to communicate it. When not obsessing about letterspacing, she enjoys drawing, galleries, bands, sailing and snowboarding. In 2017, she co-founded fallhazard.org to explore the convergence of art, design and architecture.

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Jessie McGuire
Citizen Designer Now!
Jessie McGuire
Citizen Designer Now!

Jessie McGuire is the Managing Director at ThoughtMatter, a branding and design agency committed to the use of artful, innovative design for clients like The New-York Historical Society, Downtown Staten Island and Tacoma’s Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. Jessie has been integral in shaping the purpose and creative vision of ThoughtMatter, spearheading projects and campaigns that include the production and free distribution of posters for the 2017 Women’s March, the redesign of the unabridged U.S. Constitution for modern readers and the expansion of the 100 Gates public art project. Jessie has also worked on branding, positioning and fundraising initiatives to raise awareness and support for socially progressive organizations and causes such as March for Our Lives, Girls Write Now and The Joyful Heart Foundation. Jessie holds a BFA in Communications Design and Advertising Art Direction from Pratt Institute and a MPS in Branding from The School of Visual Arts. Before joining ThoughtMatter, Jessie managed and worked on design projects for billion-dollar brands owned by Kimberly-Clark, P&G and Colgate Palmolive. When Jessie is not working on design, she can be found running in Brooklyn—alone, in a race or after her two kids.

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Julia Parris
Programming
Julia Parris
Programming

Julia Parris is an independent commercial photographer and art director based in Brooklyn, New York. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, she brings her interdisciplinary fine art background to every project. She has established in-house photography studios at agencies such as Wieden+Kennedy NYC, Big Spaceship and McKinney. Parris creates and leads community arts initiatives, teaches and volunteers in youth focused art programs and speaks on creative entrepreneurship. Julia is currently working on the second edition of her self-published collage zine, MOVE SLOW, due in fall 2018. When she’s not shooting, she can be found gallery hopping, reading, or running in the park with her dog, Wiley.

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John Rudikoff
Development
John Rudikoff
Development

John Rudikoff is the CEO and Managing Director of the CUBE (the Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship) at Brooklyn Law School, a law center that trains lawyers to serve startup businesses and entrepreneurs through clinical practice. John also serves as Special Counsel and Representative-At-Large to MASS Design Group, an internationally recognized design firm with headquarters in Boston and Kigali, Rwanda. John previously served as a member of the MASS’s board of directors from 2011-2013, and as General Counsel and Director of Business Development from 2013-2015. John also serves as board chair of Terreform ONE [Open Network Ecology] a non-profit architecture group that promotes innovation and smart design in cities; and Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX), a non-profit group working to develop a new light rail transit system connecting the two boroughs. After completing law school, John served for five years as an Assistant District Attorney at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office where he founded the Environmental Crimes Unit within the Rackets Division. He directed numerous multi-agency investigations and lead complex prosecutions of corporate and individual wrong-doers. John was instrumental in negotiating seven-figure settlements and the remediation of environmental degradation and was the lead attorney on numerous trials and grand jury investigations. John received his Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College and his Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School, where he was awarded the Samuel Witte Prize for his scholarship in literature and the law, the Jack Weprin Real Estate Prize for his scholarship across the real estate law curriculum.

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Elliot Salazar
Chair, Communications
Elliot Salazar
Chair, Communications

Elliot Salazar is a Senior Designer at Refinery29, an award-winning digital media company, where he oversees the design for R29’s social media channels – including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you’ve liked, double tapped, or retweeted a post on one of R29’s social feeds then you’ve probably seen some of his work! Originally from Texas, he studied Design at Texas Tech University and later received his MFA in Design from the School of Visuals Art’s Designer as Author & Entrepreneur Program, co-chaired by Lita Talarico and Steve Heller. He’s been an active member of AIGA/NY for several years and has volunteered at many events. Finally, he competed in the live design competition Command X during the 2015 AIGA Design Conference in New Orleans – so maybe that’s why he might look a little familiar! Photo by: Erin Yamagata

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Rich Tu
Inclusion in Design
Rich Tu
Inclusion in Design

Rich Tu is a VP of Brand Design at MTV, a member of AIGA NY’s Board of Directors, and the host of the First Generation Burden podcast. Rich is a first generation Filipino-American and award-winning artist residing in Brooklyn, NY. He is a graduate of SVA’s prestigious Illustration as Visual Essay program and received the “Young Guns” award from the Art Directors Club, which recognizes the world’s best creatives under the age of 30. Creatively, his focus is on emerging audiences and energetic brands that benefit from an eclectic and unique point of view.

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Khoi Uong
Communications
Khoi Uong
Communications

Khoi Uong is the creative director and co-founder of Studio Rodrigo, a digital product design and strategy consultancy based in NYC. Prior to founding Studio Rodrigo, he was the creative director for Method, NY. He lives in Brooklyn between a nondescript federal prison and a large victorian cemetery with his wife and two small but growing children.

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Lynne Yun
Community
Lynne Yun
Community

Lynne Yun is a Type Designer at Monotype who specializes in all types of letterforms. From crafting handwritten calligraphic pieces to designing type for the screen, she enjoys the balancing act of form and function that is required when designing tools for communication. She enjoys sharing the joy of her craft through public speaking engagements and teaching workshops for organizations such as Typographics, TypeCon, and the Society of Scribes. Lynne’s previous positions include being a designer at Apple Inc., Publicis, and Deutsch. Her work has been recognized by organizations such as AIGA, Type Directors Club and Art Directors Club.

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Staff

Stacey Panousopoulos
Executive Director
Stacey Panousopoulos
Executive Director

Stacey Panousopoulos has extensive management and customer service experience in the creative sector. Prior to working with AIGA NY she was the office manager, student advisor and seminar coordinator for Gotham Writers’ Workshop, the leading private creative writing school in New York City and online. She earned a BA in creative writing and classical studies at Hunter College in NYC. At AIGA NY, she builds relationships with the existing 3,000 members, the board of directors, sponsoring corporations and a range of external partners.

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Collaborators

Sabrina Hall

Sabrina Hall is a multidisciplinary designer and art director with a love for storytelling and editorial content. Her work includes collaborations in both print and digital, working with groups such as Family Fun Magazine, Parents Magazine, AVON and the AVON 39 digital campaign, and branding campaigns for Randa and the Information Governance Institute. Her desire is to combine her knowledge and expertise in these areas to deliver the best creative products to her clients and their audiences.

She is passionate about advocating for diversity and creating opportunities for high school and college students in the field of design. Sabrina loves coffee, traveling, and reading Murakami novels.

Sabrina is excited to be an AIGA NY Mentor coordinator and has been involved with the program for over 5 years.

Anjali Menon

Anjali Menon is an Art Director in Graphic Design at COTY. She currently develops identity and packaging for brands such as Vera Wang and Jennifer Lopez. Prior to this, she developed packaging and in-store merchandising displays for COTY’s top beauty brand. At the heart of her design process is a desire to stay inspired while creating unique concepts that encapsulate the personality of each of her clients.

Anjali holds a BFA in Communication Design from the School of Visual Arts. She has been living in New York City for the past 12 years, and previously lived and studied in India and Singapore.

Extended Play

Extended Play (EP) is a multidisciplinary design & technology studio, led by designer and developer Joseph Bergdoll. EP works at the intersection of branding, interaction, product, and print design.

Sponsors

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Made in NY

We’re proud of the New York design community, and we reflect that in everything we do—from the design & development of this very website (thanks extendedplay!) to the fonts we use (thanks Commercial Type!).