AIGA Saint Louis 2016 Elections

Nominations must be submitted no later than Friday, April 29, 2016.

AIGA Saint Louis invites you to participate in open nominations for the Executive Board and 2016 Chapter Awards – Fellow Award, Corporate Design Leadership Award and the Above and Beyond Awards. Requirements and descriptions are below. Nominations must be submitted on Friday, April 29, 2016.

All submissions are presented to the nominating committee, which consists of the current chapter President, Vice President, an Advisory Board Member, a past Board Member, Membership Chair and Member at Large. The nominating committee will meet to determine a recommended slate for open board positions and awards to present to the membership at large.

Both peer nominations and self-nominations are accepted. Nominees will receive a follow-up request for more information.

Position Descriptions:
Each Board member is elected to serve and represent the entire membership of AIGA Saint Louis to the best of his/her ability, by the AIGA mission and the description of the board position. The Board of Directors meets monthly to report, determine, and vote on Chapter activities. The entire membership elects AIGA board members and serves staggered two-year terms.

General requirements for all board members:

  • The following is a list of general expectations and is a baseline—by no means all-inclusive of the responsibilities of members of the board.
  • Attendance at monthly board meetings.
  • Monthly board reports are to be submitted a minimum of 24 hours before the monthly board meeting.
  • Organize a committee to assist in carrying out the responsibilities of the position.
  • Determine a succession plan for your position.
  • Attend a minimum of seven chapter events annually, in addition to planning the retreat and annual meeting.

Open Positions:

Programming Director
The Programming Chair works with all Board members to plans an annual calendar that reflects activities consistent with AIGA’s mission and meets the needs of the Saint Louis, Chapter members. This chair develops and produces quality and effective programming. They work closely with fellow board members to build successful programs. He or she oversees and assists Event Chairs with the planning of their events, notably establishing and tracking of the event budgets (work with Bookkeeper), and time management; and assists in securing speakers, sponsors and venues when needed.

Chapter Manager
The Chapter Manager works with the President, Vice President, and Treasurer to review event proposals and budgets, make decisions regarding Chapter policy and guide the Board of Directors and the Chapter as a whole. The Chapter Manager is responsible for keeping all Board members up-to-date on pertinent dates and details.

Education Chair
The AIGA Education Chair serves as the bridge between local design educators, local student AIGA chapters, local designers, and the local AIGA board. This role allows you to have a direct influence in the professional growth of educators and students.

Young Professional Development Co-Chair (2) positions
The Young Professional Development Chair is responsible for initiating and leading programming that is relevant to recent graduates and early career designers.

Design Business Roundtable Chair
The design business roundtable chair is responsible for planning and coordinating quarterly meet-ups and discussions on creative business management (from the solopreneur to firm owner).

In-House Co-Chair (2) positions
As part of AIGA’s Initiative, the In-House Chair focuses on engaging, educating and recruiting in-house designers to become members of AIGA.

Design Show Co-Chair (2) positions
The Design Show Chair is in charge of planning the annual Saint Louis Design Show.

Diversity & Inclusion Co-Chair
The diversity and inclusion chair is responsible for diversity and inclusion programming and communications highlighting the variety of designers (discipline, ethnicity, gender identity, ability status, etc.) locally and nationally. This position is supported by two national initiatives: women’s leadership and diversity and inclusion.

Programming Committee (4) positions
The programming committee are volunteers who help build our events by creating a broad range of events monthly. With the support of the Programming Director, they are in charge of reviewing the list of events and decide on what is missing in our lineup. Their goal is to add value by providing a plethora of new and inventive activities based on the broad topic of design. This committee is new, and its members will serve at the pleasure of the president. They will not have a vote on the board. We are looking for four volunteers to sit on this committee.

Social Media Co-Chair
The social media chair is responsible for providing digital support to programming and General AIGA initiatives through AIGA’s social platforms including Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. This chair is the lead strategist for online communications.

Partnership & Sponsorship Chair
This Chair fosters a relationship of mutual benefit between AIGA Saint Louis and representatives from allied fields who service the design community. This usually occurs in the form of cash or in-kind sponsorship for Chapter events. This chair will work closely with the Programming Chair in establishing a calendar and identifying potential sponsors for Chapter events and activities. The Sponsorship Chair works closely with an executive committee to accomplish development goals.


Fellow Award
The AIGA Fellow Award is presented to an individual who has contributed to the advancement of the graphic design profession throughout his or her career. It is a nationally recognized AIGA award given periodically by each of the 67 AIGA chapters. The Fellow award program is a means of identifying mature designers who have made a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within their local or regional design community as well as in their local AIGA chapter. The areas of education, writing, leadership and reputation, as well as the practice of design, are given equal consideration in measuring significant contribution.

Corporate Design Leadership Award
The AIGA Saint Louis Corporate Design Leadership Award recognizes organizations that have shown dedication and leadership in promoting excellence in design as a meaningful business policy. Recipients demonstrate outstanding, and consistent commitment to the highest standards of design as a means to advance their corporate message and brand experiences.

Above and Beyond Award
The Above and Beyond Award recognizes traditional service and commitment to AIGA Saint Louis and its membership. The efforts of those recognized ensure the chapter’s continued ability to encourage, promote and serve the graphic design profession.


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Ariel Biggerstaff

This year’s election is design by Ariel Biggerstaff
Ariel Biggerstaff is a Graphic Designer at Kuhlmann Leavitt, Inc. She graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design in May of 2015. Most of her inspiration come from architecture and furniture design. When she’s not designing, she enjoys her growing collection of plants and hanging out with her cat, Luna (even though she’s constantly eating/destroying her plants).

Twitter: @Arrielab


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By AIGA Saint Louis
Published April 1, 2016
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