Fall 2019 ─ Mentors

We are so lucky to have them share their passion and expertise.

Portfolio Improvement

🧠 Mentor: Jeff Stanley, Lead Graphic Designer at Hollister Inc.

Whether it’s to find that new gig or seeing your own work in a new light, this group is all about your portfolio and you. We’ll be focusing on the nuts and bolts of portfolio refinement as well as improving your relationship with your own work as a way to better tell your story. 

Portfolio Improvement

🧠 Mentor: Laura Nesbitt, Graphic Design Manager at American Academy of Sleep Medicine 

Whether it’s to find that new gig or seeing your own work in a new light, this group is all about your portfolio and you. We’ll be focusing on the nuts and bolts of portfolio refinement as well as improving your relationship with your own work as a way to better tell your story.

Career Development

Navigating a Creative Career in Corporate America

🧠 Mentor: Lauren Versino, Freelance Graphic Designer at Wilson Sporting Goods

You’ve gotten that job you were interested in and it’s in a corporate environment… how do you navigate all those other moving pieces? If you’re a designer at any stage in the game who is asking yourself things like: “How do I define my next step? How do I negotiate a rate/raise? How do I work in a corporate office space as a creative alongside non-creatives? How do I pitch an idea to my leadership team?,” then this is the group to explore that in.

Design Confidence

🧠 Mentor: Payal Gandhi, Digital Designer at Tribune Publishing

What is the difference between art & work to you? Make a ripple in life; what does that look like to you? Let’s break the barrier by pushing our confidence to the next level of comfort. Let’s stand out and showcase our work so hiring managers and clients can see what our worth—through our design talent—is.

Freelance / Entrepreneurship

Creative Entrepreneurship & the Art of the Side Hustle

🧠 Mentor: Max Billings, Founder and Brand Designer at EightySeven

If you’re happy with a 9-5 job at an agency where you just take your check and go home, this is not the class for you. We’re going to talk about the ins and outs of what goes into starting your own creative business. From simple things like LLC’s vs Sole Proprietorships to the more complex of how to position yourself with potential clients, this class will be driven by wherever you are in your process of building your side hustle. While we will have set topics, this will be driven by the experience level of the group.

Women in Design

🧠 Mentor: Hannah Rebernick
🧠 Mentor: Erin Agnoli

Hannah and Erin be focusing on the great aspects, the difficult aspects, and everything in between for people who identify as a woman in design. Our meetings will include things like sharing and creating resources for women designers by women designers, client relationships as a woman in design, eliminating self-diminishing words from our vocabulary, building up other women in your workplace, being assertive and confident without folding to criticism or pressure, acknowledging your accomplishments, and so much more.

Collaborating on a Group Project

🧠 Mentor: Tom Belmonte, Sr. Art Director at Critical Mass

Work through the process of making a digital product from creating a brief through to the creation of a digital product. 

Professional Development

Design Tool-belt

🧠 Mentor: Blanca Cortes, Freelance Graphic Designer and Illustrator
🧠 Mentor: Angelina Gilliana, Brand Ambassador at Mohawk Fine Paper

Focus on expanding your skillset as a designer covering a range of skills from networking, to creating type or hand lettering, through to executing a final project and many things in between.

UX & Product Design

Prototyping with Proto.io

🧠 Mentor: Maxwell Young

Creating UI designs in sketch or Figam then building out a working interactive prototype with proto.io.

UX & Product Design

Design Systems

🧠 Mentor: Jaime Hsu

All about design systems form the why to the how and all of the questions in between.

Diversity in Design

🧠 Mentor: Daniel Escamilla, Graphic Designer at American Medical Association
🧠 Mentor: Elle Abarca, Associate Creative Director at VSA Partners

Work through the process of making a digital product from creating a brief through to the creation of a digital product. 

Get Involved

If you’d like to get involved, let us know! We’ll add your name to the notification list for the next round in case you didn’t make it in this time.  You can always keep up with the program via Facebook and Instagram (that’s where we’ll announce all of our important news!)

Contact

Have questions? Hit up Mentorship Chair, Eric Irving, at eric@chicago.aiga.org