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You Belong at AIGA

Why should you join AIGA? AIGA, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, is the oldest and largest professional organization for design. It is a community and network of artists, designers, and creative people. This is the place where design leaders are—people who influence the profession of design. However, you don’t have to be a pro. AIGA doesn’t discriminate. They accept all levels of experience and people of all backgrounds. By joining AIGA you are a part of a national community of more than 22,000 professionals who are passionate about the things you are.

This nationwide network has local chapters. The closest one to Mason is the student-led AIGA Mason group associated with the Washington D.C. Chapter. If you are a student you can join AIGA to help transition into the professional world of design. AIGA Mason has meetings and events with design related activities that encourage students to learn, get inspired, and make new friends. AIGA DC has local events that are opportunities to create relationships with other creatives. It is a great way to get involved and the investment is well worth the cost. It is only $50 for one year, that’s less than five dollars a month.

It doesn’t cost much to take part in a thriving community that offers great benefits like, exposure on the AIGA member gallery, exclusive design job posts, webinars, business resources, salary surveys, and discounts on design related products like Apple, Adobe, Moo, and Lynda. If you are a student designer, have little exposure, or just want to be more active in the design community, you need to join.