The Business of Freelancing

$15 Members
$20 Non-Members
$5 Student members

Successful freelancers are more than creatives—they’re full-fledged businesses. Between promoting the business, growing client relationships, delivering the work and managing everything in between, it's not an easy balance to pull off.

AIGA Chicago and Artisan invite you to join a panel of experts discussing branding, mentorship and promoting your business to address the most pressing and practical demands facing freelance professionals today.

All attendees have a chance to win a $50 AMEX card from Artisan. All you need to do is bring a business card to the event. In fact, bring a bunch so you can do some real networking while you're there.


Sam Rosen, Moderator
Since the age of five, Sam Rosen was most likely to be found behind his Mac trying to get all those ideas out of his head and into the world.

Born and raised in Chicago, Sam has spent the better part of the last decade starting businesses all centered around people and design. Formally trained as a designer, these days he spends more time at the business end of things. He prides himself on a keen ability to connect great people with lovely ideas, spaces and other great people all with the goal of making meaningful work and hopefully making the world a better place along the way.

Sam spends his time focused on Desktime, an online platform to share extra office space and One Design Company, a digital agency based out of Chicago.
One Design Company

Chuck Anderson
Chuck Anderson is the founder of NoPattern, an art and design studio in Chicago. Obsessed with color, Chuck’s graphics have been used in campaigns with clients such Nike, Warner Bros., Burton, Target and more, and was named a design icon by Computer Arts Magazine. A self-taught artist, Chuck’s work is marked by wild, vivid colors, psychedelic lighting.

Kelly Komp
Kelly Komp is Principal / Creative Director at Multiple, Inc.. He graduated from Ball State University with a BFA in Graphic Design. A former co-founder and Creative Director of Chicago-based Tandemodus, his award-winning strategic thinking and communication design capabilities have brought clarity and energy to organizations in a wide range of industry sectors from higher education to pharmaceutical to non-profits fighting extreme poverty and improving our natural environment. 

He’s a former Chicago Chapter board member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and instructor of Design for the Web at Chicago Portfolio School.

And he credits his experiences slinging tacos, shagging golf balls at a driving range, filing records for a law firm, operating a forklift and bagging ice in a 20° factory with providing him with a love of not doing any of those things today.

Marian Williams
Informed by a background in design, printmaking and illustration and over 14 years in the advertising industry, Marian started her studio in 2008 to work more closely with local and multinational businesses who share her love of design and are eager to develop strong brand identities and design communication. 

Marian has logged time at VSA Partners as well as advertising agencies Euro RSCG and Leo Burnett. Her knack for creative expression, love of problem solving, and training in the advertising world uniquely positions her to guide a process that leads to strong creative work.  Life outside of work currently involves: enjoying her animals and people, rocking out to the drum and bass jams, riding her bike and sneaking off into the wilderness

Special thanks to our Event Chair, Richard Zeid.

When & Where
Tue, Nov 30, -0001