Vote on 2020 Board Slate

Dear AIGA members,

We’re asking you to cast your vote below for the incoming AIGA Chicago board members. The term for these positions will commence in June, 2020. Please take a moment to cast your vote today. Voting ends May 22, 2020.

We also wish to extend sincere thanks to our outgoing board members David Sieren, Co-President and Antonio García, VP of Diversity & Inclusion. Their service and dedication helped advance our mission, forge new partnerships, and strengthen our community.

Final Slate
Co-President—Antonio García
Antonio García is Design Strategy Director at Table XI, founder of Dadwell & Co., and VP of Diversity & Inclusion for AIGA Chicago.

Prior to joining TXI’s leadership team, Antonio was Group Experience Director at Rightpoint. Before Rightpoint, he helped launch Northern Lab—Northern Trust’s internal innovation accelerator. Ahead of the Lab, he led gravitytank’s interaction design discipline and social innovation practice. Leading into innovation consulting, Antonio was Director of Strategy for Firebelly Design.

In addition to design leadership, Antonio is a mentor, educator, and lecturer at Northwestern University’s Segal Design Institute and Designation. He previously taught Customer Discovery as part of University of Chicago’s Polsky Center Entrepreneurship Essentials and New Product Definition at IIT Institute of Design.

A frequent contributor to community conversations on the topics of DEIB, design ethics, culture and creativity, Antonio believes design’s sole function is to cause change.

If he’s not hard at work, Antonio is most likely DJing, drawing, or training for his next marathon.

VP of Diversity & Inclusion—Dave Pabellon
Dave Pabellon is a graphic designer. He constantly pursues endeavors that connect his graphic design practice with social empowerment through the studio and classroom environment.

He has mentored and instructed in the non-profit sector, has taught at the university level, and lectures infrequently for professional design institutions and organizations. Pabellon is currently an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Dominican University. Prior to academia, he fulfilled the senior designer role at Faust Associates, an award-winning visual communication firm specializing in intuitively guided and collaborative design solutions that disregard convention.

His personal work has been produced in collaboration with the publication AREA Chicago, through the catalogs of Organize Your Own, Experimental Geography, Critical Cartography, and Urban Festival show. Pabellon received his MFA (2007) in Graphic Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago and his BA (2001) in Digital Communication from California State.

Chair of Mentor Program—Nicholas Phillips
Nick leads design research and experience design at Studio 2133. He strives to approach every problem with empathy and humility making sure to always put the users’ needs first.

As a result, He is able to translate human behavior into design decisions leveraging them as the framework to shape products and experiences that are both valuable and viable in the market. Nick received a Master of Science in Engineering Design Innovation from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.

He is very interested in the “Mixed Methods” of design research and discussing where the industry is headed and potential career paths with other designers.

By AIGA Chicago
Published May 5, 2020
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