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Co-President & Membership Director
Paige Klecker

president@aigaiowa.org
membership@aigaiowa.org

Why did you first join AIGA, and why do you continue to support AIGA?
I joined AIGA in college as a way to participate in the design community. I helped start the student chapter at my university and transitioned to the Iowa board when I graduated. I love being apart of the AIGA family and I enjoy being able to help shape the design community in my city.

What are you aiming to achieve as a board member?
I would like to help build awareness of design in Iowa and to help educate our city on the impact and importance of design.

What type(s) of work do you do?
I work as a full time graphic designer while also learning photography, animation, and lettering.

Where do you feel at home doing design work?
I love getting out to local coffee shops like Scenic Route in the East Village.

Tips for new and/or prospective AIGA members?
Get involved! We are all volunteers and we love to see our chapter participate in the programming and mission of this organization.

Co-President
Molly Bochanyin

president@aigaiowa.org

Treasurer
Claire Sedovic

treasurer@aigaiowa.org

Why did you first join AIGA, and why do you continue to support AIGA?
I first joined AIGA because as a student, soon to be graduate because I felt that it was important to make new connections within the DSM art and design community. Now, as a board member I continue to support AIGA because I reap the benefits not only as a member, but also as a voice in deciding what kind of events and resources we want to offer our fellow creatives here in DSM.

What are you aiming to achieve as a board member?
I aim to provide our members with diverse and quality programming. And on a larger scale, I want to help AIGA to remain an integral part of the burgeoning art and design community here in DSM.

What type(s) of work do you do?
Currently as the treasurer, I take care of all monetary duties such as creating budgets and tracking our expenses. However, I most enjoy planning events like our summer luncheon series or hands-on workshops.

Where do you feel at home doing design work?
My default is Smokey Row because it’s just blocks away from my apartment, but for a more collaborative space, I think Gravitate is great and when the weather is nice, I love simply going outside to Gray’s Lake or the Papajohn Sculpture Park to sketch and find inspiration.

Tips for new and/or prospective AIGA members?
I would advise new and prospective members to attend as many events as possible, even if they are not sure they know anyone else attending. The more initiative you take to join our programs the more you will get out of them and the more fellow creatives you will meet!

Programs Director
David Baeza

programs@aigaiowa.org

Why did you first join AIGA, and why do you continue to support AIGA?
I joined AIGA in Chicago while in school to learn and become a part of the Design community, to see what is out there being created by different agencies and designer, and what I would like to pursue in my career; it being a great networking opportunity was a plus. I continued being a member because I enjoy being a part of something greater; something that pushes me to work with great people, develop my craft, and build everlasting relationships.

What are you aiming to achieve as a board member?
As a board member I aim to foster the mind of the designer and help maintain a community of people who can inspire each other.

What type(s) of work do you do?
I am currently a Designer at Flynn Wright and work on varies project formats from Print and Digital ads, photography to front-end web development.

Where do you feel at home doing design work?
My top creativity place is Barnes and Noble. The ability to walk around and be inspired from all various resources when stuck or wanting to have a different approach on a piece is awesome. Also, it's not super quiet.

Tips for new and/or prospective AIGA members?
My suggestion would be to current and potential members would be that you should always aim to be inspired. Be surrounded by ideas, work and people that push you to become greater than today; don't be content.

Operations Director
Doug Choi

operations@aigaiowa.org

Why did you first join AIGA, and why do you continue to support AIGA?
I joined AIGA initially to serve on its board. I had seen one of the events they had helped organize a while back where they invited the duo from Good F*cking Design Advice. It seemed like a good way to give back I've been with them ever since.

What are you aiming to achieve as a board member?
I'm really hoping to help knit the Iowa design community closer together. We have a lot of designers and there's an incredible amount of potential that we can tap if we call join together, cooperate, and collaborate.

What type(s) of work do you do?
I started out in web design but have been working on more identity work, apps, and even dabbling in print from time to time. There are so many avenues open to designers now and I hope to explore all of them by the time I'm done.

Where do you feel at home doing design work?
Coffee shops are a long time favorite with Smokey Row, Sidebar, and Java Joe's being relatively accessible. Sometimes being on location adds a lot of creativity to the mix due to the time pressure.

Tips for new and/or prospective AIGA members?
Give everything at least three chances. We do a lot of experimentation at AIGA to find what works and to keep up with everything that is now going on in Des Moines. We love it when prospective members like our events, but if not, we love it even more if you let us know what went wrong. We're big listeners, as all designers should be, and without your help we can't be as good as we can be.

Secretary
Brianna Greene

secretary@aigaiowa.org

Why did you first join AIGA, and why do you continue to support AIGA?
I joined AIGA to immerse myself in the Des Moines design community, to connect with other creatives, and to attend events on local and national levels that help me grow on a personal and professional level. I continue to support the organization because I love what the it stands for and the opportunities I've been given since I got involved.

What are you aiming to achieve as a board member?
I'm excited to be a part of the AIGA Iowa board and am working to help build community that begins with the board and expands throughout Des Moines to our members.

What type(s) of work do you do?
I'm a graphic designer for a food magazine!

Where do you feel at home doing design work?
I live at the Crane Artists Lofts and to me, that is the best place to work on outside projects. The community is great.

Tips for new and/or prospective AIGA members?
Make sure to take advantage of the events we host! Oh, and if you're nervous about going alone, come find a board member/me and we'll help get you acquainted!

Web Director
Mike Kang

webmaster@aigaiowa.org

Why did you first join AIGA, and why do you continue to support AIGA?
I wanted to be a part of the design community and learn more about design as a profession. I support AIGA because I want to give back to the design community as I continue to grow in my career.

What are you aiming to achieve as a board member?
My goal is to make this position clearer and easier for the next Web Director.

What type(s) of work do you do?
I'm a Senior Interactive Designer at Trilix, a marketing company in downtown Des Moines—I design and code websites!

Where do you feel at home doing design work?
Probably at my home office? Boring, I know...if I lived closer I'd probably hang out at Scenic Route Bakery or Smokey Row more often.

Tips for new and/or prospective AIGA members?
Be an explorer! Explore communities, perspectives, designs, everything.

Design Assign Liaison
Lauren Oliver-Price

designassign@aigaiowa.org

Why did you first join AIGA, and why do you continue to support AIGA?
I joined AIGA as a member of the Drake student chapter. I wanted to be more active in the local design community and participate in the many events planned by the chapter. I continue to support AIGA as a design professional because of the benefits for students and professionals. I think one of the main reasons I joined in college was GAJBC which I still recommend to any design student I meet.

What are you aiming to achieve as a board member?
I joined the board as Secretary and have since moved to Design Assign Liaison. As a board member I hope to grow the Design Assign program, connecting non-profits and designers. I guess to put it simply and load it up with sappiness, I'd like to make my corner of the world just a little bit shinier in whatever way I can and Design Assign allows me to do just that.

What type(s) of work do you do?
I am Creative Manager at Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa. We're a small marketing team of only three people which means I get to handle everything from multi-page publications to website edits and even the occasional woodworking project. Every day is completely different which I love and easy access to cookies is a pretty unique perk.

Where do you feel at home doing design work?
I think some of my best work has come from sitting at my own kitchen table but anywhere they make a good vanilla latte is a good workspace in my book.

Tips for new and/or prospective AIGA members?
The best tip I can offer new members is to just do what you can to get involved. Get out there and take advantage of all AIGA has to offer but don't feel too bad if you can't make it to every event. Whether you're getting into the job market and need portfolio tips or just want to spend time with fellow designers, we have something for everyone and we're always here when you need us.

Design Assign Liaison
Lindsey Rupp

designassign@aigaiowa.org

Education Director
Shelby Eckardt

education@aigaiowa.org

Why did you first join AIGA, and why do you continue to support AIGA?
I first joined AIGA as a student to attend events and learn about different possibilities in the Des Moines area. I'm still a member because I met so many people through the events that I went to. I also like knowing I can support our local design community somehow.

What are you aiming to achieve as a board member?
I'd like to help bring resources to students that they may not get during school. There's a difference between learning the work and doing the work. You can learn something new every day if you look for education opportunities, or even just by reading about design every day.

What type(s) of work do you do?
Right now I create touchscreen apps that organizations use to educate people about energy efficiency within a building. I'm also an in-house designer. On the side, I'm working on starting a business for wedding branding.

Where do you feel at home doing design work?
Since I am the only designer within my company, I like to try to get together with friends and fellow designers that I met through school or AIGA. Bouncing ideas off of each other and being able to critique each other is always helpful.

Tips for new and/or prospective AIGA members?
Go to any design related event around town! You will be able to meet people that think like you and understand what you do as a creative.

Public Relations & Communications Director
Jordan Voigt

publicrelations@aigaiowa.org

If you’re interested in joining the board, please contact info@aigaiowa.org. AIGA Iowa is a professional organization operated entirely by local volunteers.

Open positions:

  • Volunteers Director
  • Outreach Liaison
  • Sponsorship Director
  • Archive Director

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