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Student programming

Advice for students | Student Symposium | Student Portfolio Display | Command Xtra Party | Volunteer opportunities


Advice for students

To prepare for her role as moderator of the "Next" student symposium, UnBeige's Alissa Walker asked design luminaries to give their best advice and inspiration for students.

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Student Symposium

Thursday, October 11
1:00–4:00 p.m.

Moderated by Alissa Walker, design writer and editor of, the “Next” Student Symposium inspired, informed, entertained and let attendees in on some secrets of how it’s done and how to make the transition from school to studio. Speakers included:

Kerning Your Way to the Top
Gail Anderson, creative director, SpotCo
Listen to her presentation now!

Specialization is for Suckers
Adam Brodsley and Eric Heiman, co-founders, Volume, Inc.
Listen to their presentation now!

Allison Lack, Jennifer Sukis and Pamela Zuccker, Principle, Inc.
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Essential Attributes of the Graphic Designer
Adrian Shaughnessy, author of How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul
Listen to his presentation now!

Say "No!" to Helvetica—Type from the Streets
Garth Walker, Orange Juice Design
Listen to his presentation now!


Student Portfolio Display

“Next” offered an invaluable opportunity to display your portfolio, be seen and shake hands with the famous designers and classics whose work you’ve admired.


Command Xtra Party

Thursday night closed out with the Command Xtra Party.


Volunteer opportunities

A great way to get involved, make connections and give back to the profession, is to volunteer at an AIGA event. Over 70 volunteers provided their talents to help make "Next" a success.