Join us for the 2016 Student Conference

It's that time of year again, the AIGA Saint Louis Annual Student Conference is here! Get ready for a great opportunity to connect with like-minded design students and professionals in the Saint Louis area. If you’re a junior or senior level student, then this is the event for you!


FRIDAY - Feb. 26th

Friday 7pm – 9pm
Central Print
2624 N 14th St, Saint Louis, MO 63106

Come and mingle with your fellow students at Central Print, a non-profit arts organization with a mission to promote and preserve the art of printmaking. Join us for an evening of printmaking demos, student work, drinks, new ideas, and networking.

SATURDAY - Feb. 27th

9am - 5pm
Maryville University
650 Maryville University Dr, Saint Louis, MO 63141

Attendees spend a full day of listening to speakers, participating in workshops led by local and national design professionals, and portfolio reviews with designers from around Saint Louis that will both inspire and inform.

Claudia de Almeida

Lover of all things related to design, Claudia left her home in the south of Brazil at age 18 to study design at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. 

After graduation, she worked for nearly 10 years as an award-winning designer and art director at titles including: the New York Times style magazine, The New York Times magazine, Blender, More, New York, Domino special editions, Gourmet special editions, and Men's Health. In 2013, she headed west to serve as design director at Wired.

Inspired by her instructors at SVA, Claudia went on to teach there; and she continues to educate designers-in-training through type classes at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She is also the education co-chair for the San Francisco chapter of AIGA.

In 2014, Claudia launched o Banquinho with the redesign of Real Simple magazine. Now she spends her time working on projects she loves; jetting between San Francisco, New York City, Seattle and anywhere great projects take her.

Ross Bradley

Ross’s passion for design started at a young age, when he used to enjoy drawing airplanes and dinosaurs that were, admittedly, hard to tell apart. Fortunately, since then, Ross has gotten better at visual communication.

Since graduating from Webster University with a B.A. in Advertising and Marketing, Ross has accumulated over 9 years of experience in his industry. His creative skills have been used in a variety of different ways, including advertising, art direction, creative direction, copywriting, and photography.

His ability to work with a variety of different clients from a range of industries has given him an impressive list of companies he's had the opportunity to work with. Major clients of Ross's include local giants like Anheuser-Busch and the Saint Louis Cardinals, along with national companies such as Germ-X, Bass Pro Shops, Subway Restaurants, and AT&T.

Yo-E Ryou

Workshop: Design X Friendship

Design x Friendship opens up a conversation on how friendship can influence and inspire our relationship to design and design practices. By starting the conversation on a broader meaning of friendship, Design x Friendship explores relationships with the ones we may not necessarily call "friends," from our family, neighbors, teachers, classmates, and peers, to people who inspire us and who we respect, even if we don't know them personally.

James Walker and Kelcey Towell

Workshop: Album Abstract

Album Artwork requires a response to sounds through color and form. This hands-on workshop will take you through the design process of designer James Louis Walker, working directly with a restricted set of materials.

Mary Kunnath

Workshop: The Compelling Invitation

In an increasingly digital world, learn ways to continue to make snail mail noteworthy. Mary Kunnath, senior designer at Cheree Berry Paper, will lead a workshop that will explore ways to enhance the recipients’ experience and interaction with a printed invitation. Topics will include design elements, formats, copywriting, postage, printing, and paper choices for corporate, non-profit and personal events. The workshop will include time for a hands on experience creating a post-office ready piece. P.S. It will be a blast!

Sarah Ellis

Workshop: “Kill the Interview: The Designer’s Guide to Presentation and Interview Tactics During the Job Search."

As a creative staffing agency, we have the inside track on what hiring managers are looking for in new hires. In this presentation we will discuss how to put your best foot forward with a killer portfolio and close the deal with with a professional interview.


The portfolio review is open to any senior level participant. During your review period, you will have 3 20 minute mini-reviews with three different reviewers. You will choose a reviewer to present your portfolio to and receive feedback. The Conference is an opportunity to use your own initiative to make connections and receive information. Our goal is to give feedback that will help to improve your portfolio through identifying and highlighting the strongest projects and skills while strengthening and polishing the weaker aspects of the portfolio.


  1. Research firms and agencies online.
  2. Come well-rested and five minutes early.
  3. Be polite.
  4. Before the review, make sure your portfolio is finished and you have practiced presenting your projects.
  5. Remember to smile and present yourself as well as your work.
  6. Take charge of your review.
  7. These people are resources and are here to help you.
  8. Present ideas succinctly...Remember this is only a 20-minute conversation.
  9. Come with a list of some specific questions for reviewers about your work and about professional life. Don’t be afraid to ask your questions.
  10. What do you want to know from the professionals? How can they help you?

  1. Remember that a reviewer’s opinions are strongly influenced by his or her work experience, so consider the source of each review.
  2. If there is someone specific you want to talk to, talk to them!
  3. A motion designer will have very different advice than a book designer. Each is valid and addresses a list of concerns.
  4. Emphasize work you have done for clients or work that showcases special interests of yours.
  5. Don’t make excuses. It is your work; defend it constructively. Be proud of what you’ve achieved.
  6. Consider setting up an interview after the review.
  7. Take away valuable criticism and don’t be discouraged by any one comment.
  8. Leave the reviewers your contact information, and send them a thank you note.


Join today to access networking through your local chapter and a wide variety of local and national programs and events. Your membership makes possible the activities of a national organization promoting design’s value on your behalf, and gives you access to professional development and exclusive benefits that can only be provided by an organization with the scale and reach of AIGA.