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GROW: The AIGA Austin Conference for Emerging Designers

An interactive day of learning for designers starting their career or with up to 5 years of professional experience.

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Indhira Rojas
Founder, Anxy Magazine
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Indhira Rojas

Indhira Rojas is the the founder of Anxy Magazine and creative director and principal at Anagraph. For over a decade she has worked in the intersection of branding, editorial, and interaction design in the tech and publishing sector. Throughout her career she has collaborated with businesses and organizations large and small, such as The Bold Italic, Once, Modern Farmer, Atlas Obscura and the online platform Medium.

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GROW
CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

GROW encourages emerging designers to think holistically about their career and provides a forum for individuals to learn the tools and mindsets that build a fulfilling professional path.

Saturday, March 30th

Schedule

9:00 am
Lightning Talks
Choose from a curated selection of presentations from inspiring emerging designers:

• Esther Amaku
• Flor Barajas
• Nick Bruni
• Ryan Hicks
• Justin Reyna
• Yocelyn Riojas
• Daniel Seong
• Kristin Taylor
• Jamaal Tribune
• Victoria Valadez
• Edith Valle
• Eileen Wu
Registration
Collect your swag bag, mingle for a bit, grab caffeine at Jo’s Coffee.
9:30 am
11:00 am
12:30 pm
Keynote Speaker: Indhira Rojas
Learn about the Anxy origin story and behind-the-scenes lessons of starting a publication from scratch with our mainstage presentation by Indhira Rojas, the founder of Anxy Magazine and creative director & principal at Anagraph.
Lunch
Winner, winner, chicken dinner - choose a full-day ticket and this one’s on us.
2:00 pm
Afternoon Tracks
Choose an afternoon track that makes sense for you. Each track features career-building activities specific to experience level, including an interactive panel and immersive workshop.
Track 1
Getting Started
Seniors in school and designers with 1-2 years professional experience
This track is a curated lineup of content aimed at the design professional 2 years or less into their career, including seniors and recent graduates. In this track, expect to focus on early career launch, explore your options in the industry, and learn how to differentiate yourself in the market.
Panelists:
• Ivan Alonso
• Kelly Cromack
• Kenzie Haynes (moderator)
• John Norton
• M.C. Altman
Track 2
Navigating Your Career
Designers with 3-5 years professional experience
Are you a designer with a couple of years of work experience under your belt wondering, “OK, where do I go from here?” As the role of the designer gets subdivided into new roles and specializations, it’s hard to know which discipline or job opportunity is a good match for your skills and interests. This track leverages proven design thinking methods and a panel of industry experts to help you chart a career track filled with work that is personally and creatively rewarding.
Panelists:
• Lindsey Ducroz
• AJ Joplin
• Bryan Keplesky
• Steven Smith (moderator)
• Zac Taylor
5:00 pm
Closing
Thanks for coming out!
GROW WITH US

Learn from our nationally-recognized keynote speaker, get inspired by lightning talks from local & diverse emerging designers, and immerse yourself in focused workshops and panels led by industry professionals.  

Whether you’re a student about to graduate or a professional with a few years of experience, our programming is hand-selected to help you shape your passions & skills into a successful career.

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Speakers

Ivan Alonso

Brand Designer,
Handsome

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Esther Amaku

Visual Designer,
frog

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M.C. Altman

Lead Talent Program Advisor, USAA

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Flor Barajas

Graduate Student,
Texas State University

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Nick Bruni

Architectural Designer,
frog

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Kelly Cromack

Designer,
FÖDA Studio

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Lindsey Ducroz

Director, US Human Resources,
frog

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Kenzie Haynes

Senior Product Strategist,
Accomplice

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Ryan Hicks

Design Student,
The University of Texas

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AJ Joplin

Lead Design Thinking Facilitator & Experience Designer, USAA

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Bryan Keplesky

Creative Director,
C3 Presents

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John Norton

Co-founder / Designer,
The Graphic Standard

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Justin Reyna

Product Designer,
Handsome

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Yocelyn Riojas

Graduate Student,
Texas State University

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Indhira Rojas

Founder,
Anxy Magazine

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Daniel Seong

Senior Designer,
Preacher

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Steven Smith

Product Designer and Education Facilitator, USAA

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Kristin Taylor

User Research Coordinator, Office of Design & Delivery, City of Austin

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Zac Taylor

Film Director,
Fjord

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Jamaal Tribune

Design Student,
St. Edward's University

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Victoria Valadez

Freelance Designer / Producer,
E4 Youth

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Edith Valle

Visual Designer,
Deeds Not Words

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Eileen Wu

Junior Designer,
Texas Exes

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Our full day of programming

Full Day Tickets

Students & AIGA Members
$25
Lightning Talks
Keynote Presentation
Lunch
Afternoon Track
Swag Bag
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Professionals & Non-AIGA Members
$50
Lightning Talks
Keynote Presentation
Lunch
Afternoon Track
Swag Bag
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Can't hang out all day? We've got you covered.

Half Day Tickets

Students & AIGA Members
$10
Lightning Talks
Keynote Presentation
Lunch
Afternoon Track
Swag Bag
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Professionals & Non-AIGA Members
$25
Lightning Talks
Keynote Presentation
Lunch
Afternoon Track
Swag Bag
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GROW with AIGA

Why GROW?

Currently, AIGA’s National Diversity & Inclusion Task Force has sparked a program called EMERGE, which is dedicated to empower, engage, and inspire emerging designers of different backgrounds and experiences.

This initiative is aimed at addressing each participating chapter and community’s needs in key areas of employment, growth, leadership, entrepreneurship, and life skills—as well as additional content designed to reach underrepresented designers and further empower emerging designers.

The Austin chapter has created GROW to support this initiative and provide a space for empowering designers who are 0-5 years in their career.

If you find the conference valuable, consider continuing to grow as a member of AIGA.

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