Championing the future of design for all.

Championing the future of design for all.

 

The full value of design can only be realized when all people can participate. And to create that future, we must build it together. AIGA NY will work towards this necessary change by facilitating conversations, creating spaces and building platforms for the New York City design community.

In all of our work, the board of AIGA NY commits to:

Elevate the work and insights of all voices in design.
Examine designers’ impact on the world.
Support inclusive opportunities for design education at all stages of life.
Fight for fairer models of design work and compensation.
Celebrate the joy and craft of design.

This mission was developed and ratified by the 2020–2021 AIGA NY Board of Directors.

Representing the diversity of our NYC design community is our ongoing commitment. Read more about it in our Fall Community Update and contact us with your comments at questions@aigany.org.

Leadership

AIGA NY is powered by a volunteer Board of Directors who are nominated and approved by our community every year. We are here to serve the community and we work to fulfill our mission across everything we do. Our work builds on the work, commitment, and energy of past boards.

Chelsea Goldwell
President
Chelsea Goldwell
President

Chelsea Goldwell is a Partner & Creative Director at Zero Studios, a digitally led design and branding studio in NYC and Milwaukee, WI. Prior to helping launch Zero, she served as a lead designer on the digital team at Hillary for America in Brooklyn, New York.

Chelsea grew up in the midwest and graduated from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design with a BFA in Communication Design. She is currently a part-time faculty member at Parsons School of Design, teaching branding to undergraduate students.

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Khoi Uong
VP
Khoi Uong
VP

Khoi Uong is a Staff Product Designer at Stripe. Prior to joining Stripe, he was the Co-founder and Creative Director of Studio Rodrigo, a digital product design and strategy consultancy based in NYC. He lives in Brooklyn between a nondescript federal prison and a large victorian cemetery with his wife and two small but growing children.

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Lyanne Dubon-Aguilar
VP of Programming
Lyanne Dubon-Aguilar
VP of Programming

Lyanne Dubon-Aguilar is a designer and creative director specializing in brand identity at Etsy in Brooklyn, NY. At Etsy, she leads a team of designers in creating brand experiences that foster creativity, community, and Etsy’s mission to Keep Commerce Human. Her projects include the launch of Etsy Studio, the Etsy IPO, and Etsy Wholesale. Originally from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Lyanne has worked across a range of disciplines for The Museum of Modern Art, Pentagram, and Local Projects. Lyanne holds a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from The School of Visual Arts where she teaches as an adjunct faculty member.

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Caspar Lam
VP of Operations
Caspar Lam
VP of Operations

Caspar Lam is the co-founder of Synoptic Office, a multidisciplinary studio operating in the space between design, technology, and education. The studio’s work has been exhibited internationally and recognized by Fast Company Design, iDn, Neshan, Etapes, and It’s Nice That. Caspar holds an MFA from Yale and degrees in biology and design from the University of Texas at Austin. His work with cultural and fashion clients includes the Guggenheim Museum, Ohne Titel, and Vogue China. Adobe, AIGA, and ID Design Review have recognized his work. Previously, Caspar led design and digital strategy for Artstor, an Andre Mellon Foundation-funded non-profit to develop digital products related to metadata and publishing for institutions such asHarvard, Cornell, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He has been a visiting critic at the Hong Kong Design Institute and served as an Adjunct Associate Research Scholar at Columbia University’s GSAPP. Caspar regularly writes and speaks about design, most recently at Typographics and the TDC. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Communication Design at Parsons School of Design.

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Ashley Brimsted
Treasurer
Ashley Brimsted
Treasurer

Ashley Brimsted is the Brand Initiatives Lead at IBM. She oversees the quality and consistency of branded artifacts produced internally for IBM, supporting project teams in creating and expanding their branding and visual identity. Ashley grew up in England and graduated from the University of Reading with a BA in Typography and Graphic Communication. In 2018, she moved to New York City, where she now lives, works, and creates.

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Jennifer Kinon
Emeritus
Jennifer Kinon
Emeritus

Jennifer Kinon co-founded Champions Design with Bobby C. Martin Jr. She has developed brand identity systems for clients that range from AdAge to the Girl Scouts of the USA and the Women’s National Basketball Association. In 2016, Kinon served as Design Director of Hillary for America. She has spoken about the role of identity systems around the world and served as President of AIGA NY from 2010–2012. Kinon graduated from the University of Michigan and earned an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, where she was the first graduate of the program to join its faculty.

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John Rudikoff
Legal Counsel
John Rudikoff
Legal Counsel

John Rudikoff is the CEO and Managing Director of the CUBE (the Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship) at Brooklyn Law School, a law center that trains lawyers to serve startup businesses and entrepreneurs through clinical practice. John also serves as Special Counsel and Representative-At-Large to MASS Design Group, an internationally recognized design firm with headquarters in Boston and Kigali, Rwanda. John previously served as a member of the MASS’s board of directors from 2011-2013, and as General Counsel and Director of Business Development from 2013-2015. John also serves as board chair of Terreform ONE [Open Network Ecology] a non-profit architecture group that promotes innovation and smart design in cities; and Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX), a non-profit group working to develop a new light rail transit system connecting the two boroughs. After completing law school, John served for five years as an Assistant District Attorney at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office where he founded the Environmental Crimes Unit within the Rackets Division. He directed numerous multi-agency investigations and lead complex prosecutions of corporate and individual wrong-doers. John was instrumental in negotiating seven-figure settlements and the remediation of environmental degradation and was the lead attorney on numerous trials and grand jury investigations. John received his Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College and his Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School, where he was awarded the Samuel Witte Prize for his scholarship in literature and the law, the Jack Weprin Real Estate Prize for his scholarship across the real estate law curriculum.

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Katie Henderson
Board member
Katie Henderson
Board member

Katie Henderson is the founder of Hondo Creative, a dynamic creative studio that partners with clients and agencies to develop strategy-led design for environments, advertising, and branding. Her work has spanned rebrands for international companies; immersive experiences for award winning entertainment properties; and political campaigns for progressive candidates.

Previous to going out on her own, she cut her teeth at agencies like Pentagram and Huge. She holds a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from Rochester Institute of Technology and a M.F.A. in Design Criticism from The School of Visual Arts. She is also the co-author of Typography Referenced from Rockport Publishers and has taught design at RIT.

When not designing, you can usually find her photographing, illustrating, or down an internet rabbit hole of useless knowledge.

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Kat McCord
Board member
Kat McCord
Board member

Vancouver born, ECUAD educated and 12 years practicing in London before calling New York home, Kat McCord co-founded Thackway McCord in 2008 as creative director, focusing on corporate branding plus work in the cultural and tech space. She believes in the art of the big idea, in the craft of perfecting it, and in technology to communicate it. When not obsessing about letterspacing, she enjoys drawing, galleries, bands, sailing and snowboarding. In 2017, she co-founded fallhazard.org to explore the convergence of art, design and architecture.

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Hanah Ho
Board member
Hanah Ho
Board member

Hanah Ho is a senior art director at The New York Times with experience in brand identity, digital, environmental, and editorial design. Previously she was a designer at Champions Design and Hillary for America where she worked to nominate the first female president. Hanah is passionate about creating honest, and meaningful graphic systems. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a BFA in Communication Design.

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Jane Kim
Board member
Jane Kim
Board member

Jane Kim is a Product Manager and a community builder, who has a particular passion in curating meaningful connections by building platforms that bring people together. Currently, Jane is the lead Product Manager for Startup & Cloud Partnerships at IBM, where she leads the overall product strategy and end-to-end partnership experience to bring the power of emerging technology to thousands of startups and SMBs around the world and help them achieve business growth. Prior to transitioning to her current strategic business role, Jane started her career in UX Design and led various B2B payment platforms design at IBM. In addition, Jane is a co-creator and Director of AIGA NY Mentorship Program (launched in 2019), a program designed to help professionals in the NY creative industry achieve personal, career and leadership growth through pairings with quality mentors. Jane also volunteers as a Digital Strategy mentor at various Healthcare innovation initiatives such as MIT Hacking Medicine and Yale Center for Biomedical Innovation and Technology (CBIT).

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Archie Bell, II
Board member
Archie Bell, II
Board member

Archie Bell, II spent much of his childhood memorizing commercial jingles and replicating the wit
of cartoonist Gary Larson. Since then, he has been inspired by visual artists like Romare
Bearden, Faith Ringgold, Ed Ruscha, and Kara Walker as well as graphic storytellers Aaron
Douglas, George Lois, Saul Bass, Barbara Kruger, and Emory Douglas – all brilliant minds who
mastered the art of weaving meaning into a single, magnificent visual. Still a fan of stories told
simply, Archie leads Spotify Advertising’s Creative Studio as its Global Director.

The first ten years of Archie’s career began as a silent madman at advertising agencies such as
Publicis, Y&R, BBDO, and Arnold NYC — crafting ads and driving business results for iconic brands. Prior to Spotify, Archie spent 12 years in media – building two of the most inventive branded content studios in the industry, One X Studios at Urban One, LLC and the Content Innovation Agency at NBCUniversal.

As an award-winning, multidisciplinary creative with degrees in graphic design, advertising and
brand strategy from Howard University, The Portfolio Center and School of Visual Arts
(respectively), Archie continues to look for fresh, unexpected ways to illuminate truth and
beauty. Outside of directing art + sound, absorbing pop culture and perfecting his sports
analogies, he enjoys spending time with his family at their Brooklyn home.

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Ashlyn Stewart Cavitt
Board member
Ashlyn Stewart Cavitt
Board member

Ashlyn Stewart Cavitt is a multidisciplinary designer currently working at The New York Times. She recently graduated with an MFA from SVA’s Designer as Author and Entrepreneur program. Her thesis project focused on how design and data visualization could provide financial literacy to students taking out loans for college. Ashlyn is passionate about collaborating with companies using design to bring new products to market and do good in the world. She has worked with emerging brands like Dig Inn, July Air Conditioners, and Zuul Kitchens to create design systems that communicate brand goals and connect meaningfully with customers.

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Brendan Griffiths
Board member
Brendan Griffiths
Board member

Brendan Griffiths is a graphic designer, programmer, and educator living and working in New York City. He is a partner in the design practice ZUT ALORS! where he works with a range of clients including Bloomberg View, Creative Time, Deitch Projects, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Condé Nast, Performa, The City of New York, Print Magazine, Socrates Sculpture Park, and Johnson & Johnson. He has been teaching design in New York since 2012 and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Interaction Design at Parsons School of Design where he was also the founding director of the MPS Communication Design program. He has also led workshops and served as a visiting critic at Yale University, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach, Pratt Institute, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He holds a BFA in Multimedia Design from the University of Oregon and an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University.

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Brianne McGuire
Board member
Brianne McGuire
Board member

Brianne McGuire is a brand developer and design strategist with over 20 years of industry experience. She is currently the Director of Brand & Marketing at Nephros, Inc. Additionally she is the founder of GRAPHICPAINT, LLC, an umbrella brand for the advancement of sex-positive projects. The initiative is launching with a custom online media platform that leverages the power of design to change thinking around sex and sexuality, now in beta testing. Brianne has been a featured presenter for both SXSW and IxDa on the topic of using design to alter behavior.

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Carlo Diego
Board member
Carlo Diego
Board member

Carlo Diego is a Digital Artist, Assistant Professor, and the Program Coordinator of Animation and Motion Graphics at CUNY BMCC in TriBeCa. He has worked as a designer and animator in the NYC area for over 12 years, focusing on transmedia projects that embrace a multidisciplinary approach. His focus in academia fosters an equitable education that hopes to open the door to media-related jobs for non-traditional students, and to that end, serves on the advisory boards for MediaMKRS, the MEA Department at BMCC, and is an active member of SMPTE representing the BMCC chapter.

Although born in Texas, Carlo is a lifelong New Yorker; he grew up downtown, has lived in all five boroughs (though mainly Manhattan, the Bronx, and Brooklyn), and is now back in Manhattan in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen.

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Dave Rodriguez
Board member
Dave Rodriguez
Board member

Dave Rodriguez is a designer and creative director with over 20 years of experience working across several industries, including publishing, music, and media. He currently serves as Global Design Lead for Bloomberg Media Studios. In this role, he oversees the design and development of all creative executions including animation, digital experiences, documentary video, branded spaces, digital product design, and visual branding systems produced by Bloomberg’s multidisciplinary design teams across the U.S., APAC and EMEA.

A native New Yorker, he holds a BFA in Computer Art from School of Visual Arts in NYC and a Masters Degree in Communication Design from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London, UK. Prior to joining Bloomberg he served as Creative Director for Agenda NYC, a boutique design agency located in Hell’s Kitchen and as Art Director for the Knitting Factory in NYC and LA.

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Janine Toro
Board member
Janine Toro
Board member

Janine Toro is user experience leader and advocate of digital product experiences as well as the users that interact with them. People are at the heart and center of her process of building meaningful, enjoyable end to end experiences. She uses empathy and design thinking methodologies to understand human behavior and to strategize design decisions. Janine believes accessibility and inclusivity in design are critical for better experiences. Currently, she is working as a UX Strategy Lead at Instrument and an adjunct professor at Pratt Institute. Her career spans across agencies, start-ups, and in-house companies, educating stakeholders on the value of UX and its influence on business strategy.

When she’s not researching or creating user experiences you can find her running workshops, building communities through events & speaking engagements, facilitating the Hexagon mentorship program and using her voice in the LGBTQ+ community through the podcast and video series, Naked & Inside Out.

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Laura Scofield
Board member
Laura Scofield
Board member

Laura Scofield is a Brazilian-born, New York-based multidisciplinary designer. She’s currently a strategist at DesignStudio NYC. Previously, she worked at Pentagram, McCann NY and at Quadpay where she built and oversaw the brand design team. Laura holds an MA from the School of Visual Arts in Design Research, Writing and Criticism, a MA in Design, and a BA in Graphic Design.

She has written academic papers on everyday experiences as seen through the lens of design, from the branding of assault rifles to her current field of study: vexillology or the design of flags. This led her to start Vexilogues, a project devoted to flags and visual culture.

Laura has earned awards from Cannes Lions, D&AD, Red Dot, iF Design Awards, Bienal Iberoamericana de Design, Brazilian Graphic Design Biennial and Brazil Design Awards. She’s a devoted educator and stays an active part of the design community in the USA and Brazil. Laura is currently mentoring recent design grads, lecturing at design universities and sitting on the jury of design awards.

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Sarah Williams
Board member
Sarah Williams
Board member

Sarah Williams is Partner and Chief Creative Officer of Beardwood&Co, a branding agency based in New York City. She believes courageous creativity leads to big ideas that have the power to make the world more equitable, healthier, and more sustainable. By setting the vision for a multi-disciplinary design team at Beardwood&Co., she delivers award-winning work that brings strategy and innovation to life. Sarah has led branding and creative for clients such as Hyatt Hotels, Danone, Sperry, Hill’s, S’well Bottle, Honest Tea, Sabra, Eos, and Enterprise Community Partners. Sarah began her career at Landor Associates and graduated from Western Michigan University with BFA in Graphic Design.

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Troy Vasilakis
Board member
Troy Vasilakis
Board member

Troy Vasilakis is a recent ’20 graduate from the Fashion Institute of Technology and currently a designer at Tibi, a women’s high-fashion brand in NYC. A lover of typography and conversations—despite stuttering—and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Previously, he’s helped develop and design a webspace for FIT’s Graphic Design program, worked with the incredibly talented and mindful team at ThoughtMatter, spoken to younger students as part of a panel at FIT, and designed TEDx events for his previous universities. Troy’s work has been awarded by the Type Directors Club and Graphis, recognized by Cargo and AIGA NY, and received FIT’s Graphic Design Departmental Medal in honor of his achievements, leadership, and overall contributions to the community/major at FIT.

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Zoa Martinez
Board member
Zoa Martinez
Board member

Zoa Martinez is an artist, designer, and creative director. You’ve seen her work, she sparks emotion through motion. Zoa has branded major networks and designed some of the most iconic brands in the world. Her passion for creative expression is direct and constant. She’s received over 150 international design and marketing awards, including Emmys. Spoken at conferences and universities on design, branding, the creative economy as well as her motto “Design Made to Move” TM. Many of her designs are in the permanent collection of media at the United States Library of Congress, serving as a “snapshot of our culture in time.

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Jessica Moon
Board member
Jessica Moon
Board member

Jessica Moon is an Associate Program Director focused on shaping curriculum and learning paths in continuing education for UI/UX design. Previously, Jessica was a practicing designer with nearly 15 years of experience, spanning across industries from print through digital, working in multi-disciplinary studios, agencies and product companies. Early on in her career, Jessica also took on managing and mentorship roles and helped build teams. She is a life-long student who aims to share her collective experiences and learnings as well as build and be a part of various communities that thrive on the practice of people first.

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Michaela Mucha
Board member
Michaela Mucha
Board member

Michaela Mucha is a Mexican-Filipina American graphic designer and art director currently making fun things at The Walt Disney Studios. She is a creative-at-heart with over a decade of experience in graphic design, and currently works on award-winning marketing campaign creative for Walt Disney Studios theatrical and Disney+ streaming movies and series. When she’s not photosynthesizing from the light of her Macbook screen, you can catch her scrolling through TikTok at 12am, mapping the nearest McDonald’s, or snapping shots of an egg-sellent afternoon-brunch benny.

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Shar Biggers
Board member
Shar Biggers
Board member

Shar Biggers is the creative director and founder of Provoke Design, a branding studio. In her extensive experience, she has worked with Fortune 500 companies, led design for Amazon rebrands like Amazon Fashion and Amazon Diversity, and helped more than 10 million Americans say “I’m with her” for Hillary Clinton.

Shar has a proclivity for communications design, from ideation and strategy to branding and digital design. While working in advertising, she was tasked with overseeing several design projects, fell in love, then left the advertising world for design. Dedicated to her craft from the start, she went from pulling all-nighters on a cot in design school to launching multiple businesses and designing for top brands.

Today, Shar is a visionary who has made problem-solving her business. Her passion is to help bring equality and increased opportunities for ambitious bootstrapped startups, women-led companies, and businesses owned by people of color. To that end, her ultimate goal is to design for good and those most undervalued. A native of Atlanta, by way of St. Louis, Shar holds an MBA in business management and is a graduate of Miami Ad School’s Portfolio Center of Design. She is thrilled to share her story and inspire others, especially the next generation of female and minority creatives.

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Staff

Stacey Panousopoulos
Executive Director
Stacey Panousopoulos
Executive Director

Stacey Panousopoulos has extensive management and customer service experience in the creative sector. Prior to working with AIGA NY she was the office manager, student advisor and seminar coordinator for Gotham Writers’ Workshop, the leading private creative writing school in New York City and online. She earned a BA in creative writing and classical studies at Hunter College in NYC. At AIGA NY, she builds relationships with the existing 3,000 members, the board of directors, sponsoring corporations and a range of external partners.

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Collaborators

Extended Play
Design & Development
Extended Play
Design & Development

Extended Play (EP) is a multidisciplinary design & technology studio, led by designer and developer Joseph Bergdoll. EP works at the intersection of branding, interaction, product, and print design.

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History

Founded in 1914, AIGA, the professional association for design, is a nonprofit professional membership organization headquartered in New York City. Its formation began in 1911, when Fred Goudy sat at a table with Alfred Stieglitz, W. A. Dwiggins and others who shared a commitment and a passion in the nobility of a profession that had not yet been named: “the purposeful arrangement of text and images to communicate more effectively, with dignity, elegance and impact; and accomplished with high expectations for the craft of production.” Three years after their first meeting, they decided to create the American Institute of Graphic Arts. They required each member to bring a chair, as the early organization had no permanent home. “We should each ask what we are willing to bring to the table to advance this remarkable profession.” AIGA NY is the New York Chapter of AIGA. Established in 1982, as the association began to decentralize leadership, AIGA NY is the largest of 70 chapters with 3,000 members to date. The New York Chapter is a separately incorporated, nonprofit organization with its own Board of Directors, bylaws and tax-exempt status. While it is self-governing in every way, it operates in a manner consistent with the mission of the parent organization. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, all charitable contributions to AIGA NY are tax deductible to the extent the tax code allows.

Sponsors

AIGA NY acknowledges the generous support of our sponsors and encourage you to turn to them first.

Made in NY

We’re proud of the New York design community, and we reflect that in everything we do—from the design & development of this very website (thanks extendedplay!) to the fonts we use (thanks Commercial Type!).