ASK + GIVE: November 2021

Are you LOST on how or where to ASK for a design mentor?

Or do you have a funny design client story to GIVE?

Looking for an opportunity to ASK a design friend about a collaboration?

Or would you be down to GIVE a locally brewed beer a try?

If so, AIGA Chicago and its members ASK you to join us for a no-nonsense, casual, community event we like to call "ASK + GIVE" at Empirical Brewery in Ravenswood.

“ASK + GIVE” is open to everyone, but it is aimed specifically at members of the Chicago DESIGN COMMUNITY, their needs, and aspirations. So come and unwind with a brew (or a non-alcoholic soda) from Empirical’s BEERIODIC table menu and ASK fellow designers for feedback, advice, resources, or just recommendations. You can GIVE or ASK one-on-one OR you can ASK the community via write-in form or on the open mic….because you never know WHO can GIVE what you need.


Masks are required inside -- despite vaccination status, per City Ordinance.

Event requirements may be updated at any time due to health and safety guidelines.



Nermin Moufti

Nermin is a designer, strategist and whole-hearted champion for form, function and care. Having cut her teeth senior designer at FutureBrand and Firebelly Design, she’s reinvigorated storied brands and led boundary-breaking campaigns for Planned Parenthood, Type Directors Club, Onward and StockX. Her work has been recognized by the STA 100, Typewolf, Brand New, Communication Arts, and Fast Company Innovation by Design. She holds a BSc in Visual Communications from the American University of Sharjah (UAE), and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts, Media and Design from OCAD University.

Christian Solorzano

Christian Solorzano solves complex problems through empathy, creativity, and design. He’s the founder of the @chicagographicdesignclub, a community focused on critical thinking and conversation about the theory, craft, and practice of graphic design. He enjoys drawing inspiration from experimentation, play, nature, and the world at large.

Alexandra Harcha-Montes

Alexandra Harcha-Montes is a multidisciplinary design professional, born and raised in Lima, Peru, and based in Chicago. She is a Principal of Design at Newell Brands, a consumer goods global corporation. She joined Newell Brands in 2017 as a Creative Manager, leading a team of graphic designers focused on packaging design in the Outdoor and Recreation division with brands such as Coleman, Contigo, Puddle Jumper, amongst others. Today, she is a Principal in the Advanced Design team, leading omnichannel design projects for all brands across the Newell portfolio including Prismacolor, Oster, Rubbermaid, Crockpot, Yankee Candle, Breville, Calphalon, etc. She is deeply invested in D&I initiatives, and chairs committees in three different employee resource groups.

Prior to joining Newell Brands, Alexandra has held roles as Art and Creative Director, in organizations ranging from award-winning advertising agencies, universities, start-ups, publishers, newsrooms, and her own independent design studio. Her expertise crafted in different design paths from digital, environmental, to print and everything in between.

Previous company roles include Texas Tech University, Curiosity Advertising, GoSun, The Amarillo Globe-News, Cincinnati State, with clients such as P&G, CINTAS, Lenscrafters, Dean’s Foods, Luxottica, TruMoo, Mayfield Creamery, MedVet, amongst others.

Volunteering, social justice initiatives, sustainability, and contemporary art take a very important space in her life. She has been a board member of AIGA Cincinnati chapter, a mentor in the AIGA mentoring program, and has served in the boards of several arts and community centered non-profit organizations over the years, including the Contemporary Art Center (Cincinnati) and Pones. She has deep passion for teaching

and mentoring, which she has fulfilled for 11 years as a museum docent at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago and the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, where she chaired the Docent Council.

Other personal passions include food making, food styling, traveling extensively and as often as she can, fashion, documenting life, Peruvian hairless dogs, performance art…none of these in any particular order. She dreams of being a chef and opening a tiny restaurant in a faraway beach.

Cost + Schedule

6:30pm — Doors Open

7:00pm — Ask + Give Event starts begins in the Beer Garden

$5 for Professionals

Free for Emerging Designers and Students


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Code of Conduct

By registering to attend this event, you agree to abide by AIGA Chicago Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct may be found here.


Special thanks to Nacho Montiel and Irina Goldman for planning this event.

When & Where
Wed, Nov 10, 2021 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM CST
Empirical Brewery
1801 West Foster Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640