Hampton Roads
AIGA advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force. As the largest community of design advocates, we bring together practitioners, enthusiasts, and patrons to amplify the voice of design and create the vision for a collective future. We define global standards and ethical practices, guide design education, enhance professional development, and make powerful tools and resources accessible to all.

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Because no creative is an island, the Hampton Roads Chapter of AIGA formed in March 2005. Our thriving community now has a bridge to everyone interested in the creative communication arts—inside and outside of our local area. The improved flow of ideas and communication across that bridge can only help raise awareness and professional standards for ourselves and for future generations.

The crew of writers, photographers, graphic designers, printers, electronic media professionals and other members of AIGA Hampton Roads hold to a threefold purpose:

— to offer its members a forum to exchange ideas, information and recognition;
— fortify relationships between various vocations within the creative communications fields;
— and to be a resource of the multifaceted craft of communicating arts.

The mission of AIGA Hampton Roads is to promote the highest level of creative excellence and professionalism in the communication arts as a strategic tool for business and as a cultural force, and to provide leadership in the exchange of ideas and information, to encourage critical analysis and research, and to advance education and ethical practices for the communication arts community of Hampton Roads.


— To encourage excellence in the communication arts through a program of publications, exhibitions, competitions, lectures, and other projects in the public interest which fall within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended;

— To promote higher education in the communication arts through contact with and support of local educational institutions offering courses of study in the communication arts. To set up scholarship programs and otherwise aid communication arts students through portfolio reviews and other forms of professional counseling. To encourage research into the history and development of communication arts for the preservation and appreciation of past styles, techniques and influences;

— To encourage and stimulate public interest in the communication arts through lectures, exhibitions, publications and other activities;

— To elevate standards of design and quality of production in the communication arts by encouraging the introduction and development of new methods, techniques and materials;

— To create a forum for the exchange of information, views, styles and techniques among those engaged in the communication arts;

— To fund the above-described programs through Membership dues, publication, lecture and exhibition fees and contributions from Members of the profession, the business community, the public, and local, state and national funding agencies.

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Get the inside scoop with Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design Co. and learn what goes on behind the scenes! Aaron will give an in-depth walk through of some of our projects and answer questions in an intimate setting. Tips, tricks, tales and threats from our questionable existence! Questions answered. Riddles solved. Enigmas discussed. Don’t miss out!
Norfolk · Thursday, April 6, 2017
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Print’s not dead! Let this talk be proof. From the contracts to the scheming, from the pagination to the design, from the tears to the nightmares…Aaron Draplin shares the entire story behind Draplin Design Co.'s newest book Pretty Much Everything.
Virginia Beach · Thursday, April 6, 2017
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InSight is the first Student Portfolio Review of its kind in Hampton Roads. This all-day event aims to equip emerging designers with the awareness, confidence, and tenacity necessary to thrive in the professional world.
Norfolk · Sunday, April 23, 2017
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