Dear AIGA members,
We’re currently restructuring our board of directors, and we’re asking all of you to cast your vote for this year’s slate of incoming board members. Upon approval by the chapter membership, the terms for these incoming board members will commence in June, 2016.
Please take a moment to cast your vote below. Voting ends June 3, 2016.
We’re also happy to announce that Mig Reyes will transition from Co-President to President for the 2016-2017 term. Congratulations, Mig!
We also wish to extend sincere thanks to our outgoing board members Mike Joosse, VP of Membership Experience; Matt Terdich, VP of Outreach; and Sharlene King, VP of Development. Their service and dedication helped advance our mission, forge new partnerships and strengthen our community.
Co-VPs of Member Experience, Amy Guterman and Amy Schwartz
Amy believes design has the power to provoke thought and create positive change. Currently, she is a communication designer at gravitytank, where she collaborates on multidisciplinary teams to help clients define new products and experiences. She worked on teams to redesign patient health records with the VA and immunization records with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—recognized internationally through IxDA, FastCo and Wired. Before joining gravitytank, Amy founded Knowtify, a startup focused on making complex information clear for the common good. She also puts her passion for social change and design to work by serving on the EPIC Board of Directors. Previously, Amy was the lead designer at a financial services company, where she honed her skills in information design by visualizing financial strategies. She received a BFA in visual communications from Washington University in St. Louis and completed a fellowship with Firebelly University.
Amy Schwartz is a designer specializing in branding, digital experiences, and games. She is currently the Design Director at Cards Against Humanity and Blackbox. She was the winner of Command X at the 2015 AIGA National Design Conference; other recognitions include the Emerging Designer Award by AIGA Chicago, Finalist for Young Designer of the Year by the Net Awards, and the recipient of the AIGA Chicago What’s Next Grant in 2014. She has been featured in numerous publications, including Frame Publisher’s Masterclass, Fast.Co Design, Print Mag online, HOW Design and Brand New. Amy founded Liminal Space, a design initiative that promotes experimentation, community, and dialogue within Chicago’s thriving design, art, and technology scenes. She has also been an adjunct professor at DePaul University. Her past clients and collaborators include the Cranbrook Art Museum, Google, and Bright Bright Great. Amy holds an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BA from DePaul University.
VP of Community Outreach, David Sieren
David solves design problems, makes pictures, keeps analog creative practices alive, and teaches students both young and old to care about all of the above. He currently lead’s the design discipline at One Design Company, an independent Chicago studio focused on brand strategy and experience design. In 2007 he co-founded the Post Family, an independent Chicago-based collaborative focused on creating experiences that engage communities through art and design. An adjunct faculty member within DePaul University’s School of Design and a visiting instructor at Marwen, he considers engagement in the educational field to be an essential part of his practice.
Education Co-Chair, Lauren Meranda
Lauren Meranda works as Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Judson University. She has a Masters of Design in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BFA in Visual Communication from Northern Illinois University. During graduate school she attended the summer design workshops at the Basel School of Design. Lauren also runs a multi-disciplinary design practice specializing in projects for cultural institutions, social activism, civic engagement, and public memory through experimental media, collaborative storytelling, and interactive design for physical spaces. Her work has been featured at the Hull-House Museum, in the Chicago Design Archive, Typeforce, and the Chicago Design Museum’s Distortion Social. She presented her research on memorial design at the AIGA Design Educators Conference in 2014 and is presenting on the formation of a Student Design in Nature Retreat for Judson University at TypeCon this August. She has been an active member of AIGA Chicago since 2007 and has been leading the Judson University AIGA Student Group for the past two years. She also volunteered last summer for Archive15. Lauren has a passion for the intersection of design, education and social engagement, and hopes to pass this love along to the next generations of designers.
Congratulations to our new Leads:
David Owens, Volunteer Lead
Elaine Lopez, Diversity Co-Lead
Chris Mendoza, Photography Lead
We also wish to thank the members of our nominating committee:
Susan Bennett, Simple Truth
Kelly Komp, Multiple
James LaCroix, LaCroix Design Co
Marcia Lausen, Studio/lab
Alisa Wolfson, AIGA Chicago Co-President
Mig Reyes, AIGA Chicago Co-President
Mike Joosse, AIGA Chicago VP of Member Experience