What can you do for graphic design?

January 14, 2010

I just received scholarship applications in the mail for 89 students (yikes!). Three months ago SVA contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in being a part of the review committee for their MFA scholarship. YES. I always say yes. Not only because I was a recipient of this very same scholarship when I was in the MFA program, but also because I always say yes. I hate it when people say ‘I don’t have time’. We all have the same amount of time.

I was reminded of this ‘helping others’ philosophy a few weeks ago when I was debating whether or not I should join AIGA. My intention was to immediately be a part of the NY board and add that to my CV. I emailed my friend Randy (who is very active in AIGA), and asked him his opinion. ‘What will I get for my $450?’ Randy’s answer was ‘It’s not what AIGA can do for you, rather what can you do for AIGA’. Snap!

I believe that we should all help one another (not just within the design community, but in general – but that’s a different post). First, I feel good when I can help someone. It also helps  me get out of myself. And I believe what comes around  goes around. When I needed advice on a career choice, Steven Heller (the chair of the MFA program) graciously lent his time to help me make my decision (and he’s helped me tons of other times too). It meant SO much to me. If I can possibly give someone else that feeling, that’s what it’s all about. When I first started out in Graphic Design I asked so many people for help and most of them said yes. So, say YES.

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4 Responses to “What can you do for graphic design?”

  1. Lydia Mann Says:

    Sooooo….did you join?

  2. laramc Says:

    I have not! It actually fell off my radar until I wrote this post. Perhaps I was driven to write the post so that I would get called out on not joining and as a result, join.
    As an educator I think it would be important for me to be a part of that AIGA community.

    • Lydia Mann Says:

      I agree! As a design student I joined AIGA but it took me quite a few years as a working designer to join again. Now as a staff member, I am even more aware of the value the organization offers to our industry and us as individual designers.

      It is very difficult to make these values tangible, but I would be interested to learn more of your thought process. I believe it will help me in my efforts developing and enhancing AIGA’s web presence, so if you’re willing to discuss it further, please let me know.

  3. Christine Says:

    It really struck me to read ‘We all have the same amount of time.’ It’s so true and such an interesting way to think of it. I wonder if any one person’s time is more important than another’s? But regardless, it all boils down to what someone is willing to do during their time. I’m trying to use mine better this year…

    As for helping people, you’ve been such a stupendous help to me, and I know to my classmates, too. In envisioning myself in the future, I strive to be as giving as you are. Thanks for your altruism! ❤


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