Snapshot 2013: Year-End Recap

AIGA Santa Barbara had a banner year in 2013, and we were thrilled to share it here in the 805 with our local chapter as well as designers around the nation. Thanks to our hard-working board and supportive volunteer membership, this year’s events were smash hits—none more so than Portfolio Day at in April and the arrival of Michael Schwab for a career-spanning presentation in September.

Our film series continued with screenings of “Typeface” in February, “Linotype” in June, and “Sign Painters” in October. We made time for some shop talk sessions with “The Designer Network” (January) and “Mix & Blend” (May). 2012’s popular “Design Business Matters” discussion spawned a sequel in November. Our ongoing studio tour series checked in with CMND-Z of Santa Barbara in March and Classic Letterpress of Ojai in December. We also enjoyed the “Project Medusa” brainstorm session in April, shadowed Ventura’s annual ArtWalk with our own “TypeWalk” trek in July, and powered through the “Why Am I Talking?” communications workshop in November.

AIGA S.B. board members represented our chapter at national design events and AIGA conferences: Sustainability Director David Cowan and Social Media Director Cole Parnell attended San Francisco’s CompostModern in March; President Patty Driskel, Membership Director Jennie Jacobs, and Communications Director Keir DuBois traveled to Philadelphia in May for “Forward,” the AIGA Leadership Retreat; Patty also went to AIGA’s “Head, Heart, Hand” design conference in October and met her hero George Lois.

AIGA Santa Barbara’s 2013 Board of Directors is thankful for our local sponsors (both event-specific and year-round), our volunteers, and our chapter membership for helping make these events possible. We’re also enormously grateful for supportive spouses, brilliant designers, encouraging colleagues, inspired illustrators, typographical superheroes, patient film interviewees, letterpressed holiday cards, resilient sign painters, wise discussion panelists, canine screen-printing assistants, Pennsylvanian chipmunks, and many more from this year’s long honor roll. We’d love to see all of it again, and then some, in 2014.

Tom Hinkle’s type collection at the “Typeface” screening Q&A.

The 2013 Portfolio Day T-Shirt design was created during our studio tour of CMND-Z.

David Cowan (right) conducts a filmed interview at CompostModern.

Students at Portfolio Day 2013,

Jennie Jacobs, Keir DuBois, and Patty Driskel at Shutterstock’s AIGA Forward party, Pennsylvania Academy Of The Fine Arts, Philadelphia.

AIGA SB’s pod for artist in residence Norman Clayton, at Ventura ArtWalk.

AIGA SB’s Board Retreat in August, hosted by Patty Driskel at her Goleta home.

Michael Schwab signs one of his limited edition posters for Joya Thomas.

Patty Driskel’s view from the audience at the “Head, Heart, Hand” AIGA conference in Minneapolis.

AIGA SB Vice President Sarah Schumacher interviews sign painters Nick Barber, Rose Oatis and Mark Oatis after the film.

Letterpress printer Norman Clayton demonstrates his process with Holly Dickens’ holiday card design.

By Keir DuBois
Published December 20, 2013
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