Thursday, August 15, 2013

Join In On AIGA’s Strategic Planning Process


It’s no secret that AIGA will be celebrating a century of existence in 2014. Next year will certainly be cause for a celebration, but it will also be a time for great reflection. While chapters across the country are poised to present special programming regarding the centennial, AIGA is also preparing for what the next 100 years will look like.

AIGA’s national board has done the heavy lifting when it comes to the organization’s strategic plan. In fact, we won’t rehash it all here; simply take the time to visit their detailed breakdown (or view the condensed version in the slideshow at the top of that page). In short, the proposed strategy will have four focuses: design, designers, organizational viability, and members/chapters.

So where do you come in? As always, AIGA values member input. That’s why a series of Adobe Connect sessions have been slated over the next two months. Though you can find the eight sessions (the first four tackle the strategic focuses mentioned above) listed at the bottom of  their breakdown, we wanted to call attention to the first two sessions since they’re taking place next week:

3 p.m. on August 20: Focus on Design

12:30 p.m. on August 23: Focus on Designers

These sessions will be held by none other than AIGA Executive Director Ric Grefé himself. And you don’t even have to be an AIGA member to participate. So, really, there’s no better time to join in on the conversation. Click through the links above to learn session details—and for the opportunity to give your two cents on what steps AIGA should take as it heads into its next century.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

AIGA Is Proud to Support September’s Blend Conference


We’re excited to announce that we’ve recently arranged to be a community sponsor for the forthcoming Blend Conference that’s taking place right here in our hometown from September 5th through the 7th. This is a cutting-edge conference, one that will showcase 50 speakers who will share their thoughts and opinions on user experience design, user interface design, and web development. So, basically, when it comes to all things web design, this is an experience that you certainly will not want to miss.

Organized by the Queen City’s own Bermon Painter, the conference promises to provide knowledge galore, with 40 talks spread across three tracks, plus a full day of hands-on workshops that will keep your gears turning. A ton of thought has gone into curating a diverse mix of speakers, as evidenced by the 50/50 male-to-female speaker ratio and wide range of disciplines covered.

And at AIGA Charlotte, we love irony. One of the conference rules is that no devices —that’s right, no laptops, tablets or phones—are to be used during the conference sessions. Don’t freak out. Seriously. You can handle it. The purpose of this is to promote conversation and collaboration between folks from all of the disciplines. Our forefathers did that anyway, right? (Seriously, they did.)

To learn more about the conference, head on over to Blend’s official website. There you’ll find a full list of speakers, venue details, and—if you’re an out-of-towner—a hotel option. We certainly hope to see you on the 5th.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

AIGA Charlotte Member Spotlight: Mervil Paylor


Mervil Paylor is the Owner and Principal Designer at Mervil Paylor Design. She has been a member of AIGA since 1987.

What is your favorite word?
I like runtogetherwords like nevertheless, inasmuch, notwithstanding and woebegone. Oh, and I like palindromes (both verbal and visual) — perhaps because my father’s name was Bob.

What’s your proudest accomplishment?
It is a toss-up between designing the piece that won the “2002 Sappi Paper Company International Best Printed Piece In the Universe” award (I can’t remember the exact award title but I like my version better anyway so let’s just go with it) or, scoring 99.3 percent accuracy on Typewar is an addictive typeface-identification site and app. Out of 26,209 questions I averaged 99.3% right. Only one person has bested me in the percentage ranking — electricboogaloo, with 99.6%. Be warned EB, right now I am busy working, but next recession I am coming after you.

What’s one goal (professional or personal) you have for the future?
I am writing a book about my longtime best friend, Becky Johnston, an artist and designer who died several years ago. I promised her I would finish it and so I shall. It is a mix of writing and visuals. Becky saw early drafts and was convinced I was creating a new genre — “the book as brochure.” You can check out a rough draft of the first chapter on my website at:

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
"Do everything you want to and only do what you don’t want to when you have to."
— Advice from my grandmother, Mervil Norman Hobson, at 86

What is the best purchase you’ve ever made?
A Mac SE, circa 1987-1988.


About AIGA Charlotte’s Member Spotlight

Each month AIGA Charlotte interviews a selected AIGA Charlotte Member. It is a great opportunity for the Charlotte design community to see who AIGA Charlotte is along with all the amazing things our members are doing. If you or someone you know would like to be interviewed and appear on AIGA Charlotte’s Member Spotlight, please contact Patrick Saleeby, Membership Director.