I just wanted to take a minute and introduce myself, as well as, talk a bit about some of the exciting initiatives AIGA Charlotte has around the corner. My name is John Fuller, and I am the new Design For Good Director for AIGA Charlotte. Design for Good is a platform for applying design thinking to social change. The Design for Good platform creates opportunities for designers to build their practices, raise their visibility in the community, and make a positive impact. We will connect and empower designers through tools, case studies, events, training and resources.
For additional information on Design for Good take a look at this video, produced by dress code, and hear from members of the design community about the importance of design thinking to solve many of the problems facing our society today. Learn how you can make a difference in your local community, your company, and the world.
We are here to help. I would love to chat with you about any social projects you may currently be working on, or any projects you are interested in getting started. Please reach out to me. In addition, the list below contains some resources, templates, and possible funding sources to help get your project off the ground.
Please take a moment and fill out this survey about our Design for Good initiatives. Your answers will help to guide us in how to best use our Design for Good resources, and provide you the tools you need to be successful.
Thanks, as always, for your support of AIGA Charlotte.
Sally Jenkins is a Charlotte graphic designer and the owner of page2studio, a firm she founded in 2010. Visit her site at page2studio.com. She has been an AIGA member since 2009.
Where are you from?
I am a true Charlotte native. My parents still live in the same house in Myers Park to which I was brought home as a baby. Thirty years ago their neighborhood was “transitional” so it’s been very interesting to see what it has become today. When we moved back after college, my husband and I bought a house in the Chantilly neighborhood, which I didn’t know even existed growing up. It’s a totally different city over here, with such a vibrant community of young people and a great urban feel. It definitely feels like the right place to be creative and inspired. And who knows what it will look like in thirty years?
What attracted you to the design profession?
I have been an artist since I was 4 years old. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t creating something on paper. But my type-A side knew that I wouldn’t be a great starving artist, so in high school my dad found several local designers for me to follow around for an afternoon. I knew then that graphic design would be the perfect marriage of creativity and business for me. Someday, I would like to get back to the canvas again and see what my style looks like after so many years of computer-based design.
If you could be any super hero (existing or new), who would you be and why?
I would be a mix between Superman and Elastigirl (from the Incredibles). I started my own business to be able to keep my creative profession going while also being a great mom to my two kids, who are 5 and 2.5. But that means that every day I am in and out of the phone booth every couple hours, and often every couple minutes, putting my Mom cape on, then my Designer cape, all day and night. I feel pulled in all directions 24/7 maintaining this “balance.” But when I look back on this time later, I know I’ll be glad that I was able to maintain this creative part of myself while still being very involved in my kids’ childhoods. And my kids will see me doing a job that I love that also challenges me every day.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I do all of this with no coffee. I’ve never had a single cup, it just tastes bad to me. I recently took up green tea just for the caffeine, but I mostly rely on the little sleep I get, the support of my amazing husband and friends, prayers, and adrenaline to get me though each day.
What are you currently working on?
I am working on the packaging for a new kid’s granola bar that will be hitting shelves later this year. It’s been a great branding project for me, involving lots of research into competitors, messaging hierarchy, and the nuances of packaging design. Many of my clients are start-ups who come to me with a great idea and the need for their product or company to fit appropriately and attractively into the right marketplace niche. I love being able to give them the confidence to grow their brand.
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.
You may attend AIGA Charlotte events regularly. You may have volunteered a couple times in the past. You may have even been involved as a mentor in our Mentorship program. You’ve been drawn to Charlotte’s design community over time, and find yourself with a continued drive to do more, become more involved, and make more of a difference. If this sounds like the energy and passion you’re looking to provide, and if you are wanting to become more involved with our chapter, AIGA Charlotte wants you!
We invite you to become more engaged with AIGA Charlotte as we begin the election process for our next Board of Directors. We are seeking dedicated design professionals with a passion for advancing our craft and strengthening our creative community. We are looking for folks who crave being involved in something much larger than their daily routines and everyday work tasks. Join our Board of Directors and you too can help mold and shape the future of AIGA Charlotte.
To nominate yourself, or someone else, please send an email to AIGA Charlotte’s President, Kevin Brindley. Include the name of the individual, their email address and phone number, and either a brief statement sharing why you’d like to join AIGA Charlotte’s Board of Directors, or a short recommendation of why the person you are nominating is a good candidate. You do not need to nominate an individual for a specific position. AIGA Charlotte’s Nominating Committee will be tasked with matching nominees to appropriate positions.
Nominees will then be contacted by a Board representative and asked to participate in an informational interview session towards the end of May or first week of June. At this session, current Board members will discuss our Board of Director positions and the responsibilities attached to those roles. Nominees will participate in informal discussions with current Board members to help determine the best fit for each nominee.
To be eligible, individuals must be an active member of the Charlotte Chapter of AIGA and must be good stewards of AIGA’s Standards of Professional Practice.
If you have any questions about the responsibilities of being a Board member, please contact AIGA Charlotte’s President, Kevin Brindley.
The nominations close May 15th.
We look forward to hearing from you.