Showcase at Acheson House Gallery Aims to Reveal the Designers Behind Santa Barbara’s Most Recognizable Campaigns

From May 20 – June 23 the design work of AIGA Santa Barbara members will be shown in the “Designer Behind the Design” exhibition at the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara’s Acheson House Gallery.

Santa Barbara, CA – AIGA Santa Barbara, the Central Coast’s professional design association, will exhibit its members most compelling and significant professional graphic design work at the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara’s (AFSB) Acheson House Gallery from May 20 – June 23.

The showcase, titled “The Designer Behind the Design”, aims to highlight the AIGA’s talent in the Santa Barbara community, and to share their story and creative statements about their professional designs.

“The designer’s job is to draw attention to our client and their message,” shared Patty Devlin-Driskel, Board Member of AIGA Santa Barbara and show organizer. “Most people remember a well-designed piece, but where did that creativity come from? As designers we make the client, event, campaign or website memorable and marketable but our role is invisible to the public. People rarely ask who was the designer behind the design.”

The showcase, now open for submissions by AIGA Santa Barbara members, will be held in the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara’s Acheson House Gallery. The gallery space is open to the public, Tuesday-Friday from 10-2. There will be a gallery reception featuring AIGA Santa Barbara’s work on May 20.

“We are very excited about partnering with AFSB to showcase our members’ work in their beautiful gallery,” AIGA President Keir DuBois shared. “Design is a profession; a lot of expertise, creative development and time goes into the designs we see here in town. Our local community turns out exceptional design work and we see this show as a great opportunity to shine some light on the designers behind the work.”

Each AIGA Santa Barbara member is asked to submit one significant piece of work that they have created during their career. That piece and client may be well known to the public but the creative source unknown. The Design Showcase is open to the entire membership. AIGA SB members must self-curate and submit one entry only with their creative statement and credits. Click here to enter a piece.

About the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara
Founded in 1983, the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is a public nonprofit charitable organization. With the goal of enhancing our community’s awareness and appreciation of architecture and the built environment, the Architectural Foundation offers and supports a diverse array of programs serving both North and South Santa Barbara County. These activities provide educational opportunities for the public and involve participation and support from local design and building professionals. Through its ongoing programs and resources the Foundation seeks to promote quality in design, construction, and preservation and to foster an understanding of excellence in the urban environment. To this end, the interested public, as well as design professionals, developers, contractors, and business groups are invited to become involved in and support the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara.For more info:

About AIGA Santa Barbara
Founded in 1914, AIGA is the nation’s largest professional association for design, with over 26,000 members. AIGA believes designers serve a critical role as communicators, educators and innovators, and sets the national agenda for design’s role in economic, social, political, cultural and creative contexts. AIGA Santa Barbara is one of 70 chapters, and represents creative professionals at any career level in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties. AIGA Santa Barbara’s eleven-member Board of Directors advocates for the value of design by developing diversified programs and connecting creative professionals with the surrounding community.

By aigasantabarbara
Published April 13, 2016
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