Ink & Pixels 2016 : Student Design Conference

Ink & Pixels, AIGA Baltimore’s Student Design Conference, is one of the area’s largest events focused on helping students prepare for a career in design.

In the morning, industry leaders from independent design studio Curly Red and the US Food and Drug Administration will give talks discussing the different skills needed to succeed in the professional world. These talks will be followed by a keynote talk from the Exhibit Design Team from the National Aquarium. After lunch, students will present their portfolios to regional design professionals and receive constructive, one-on-one evaluations.

AIGA Baltimore is excited to host this annual event that brings together students and professionals who share a passion for design and its future. Join us and share your excitement on social media using the hashtag #inknpix16.

Registration: 9:00–9:30 am
Speaker Sessions and Keynote: 9:30–12:15 pm
Lunch: 12:15–1:15 pm
Portfolio Review: 1:15–3:30 pm

Speaker Sessions & Keynote

Are Virtual Teams the Future?
M. Kendall Ludwig, President and Principal Designer, CurlyRed

In a world full of crowdsourcing and templated work, how can creatives make their work more affordable while still being profitable? More and more creatives are considering the idea of forming virtual or digital teams, but can this model truly complete with the traditional firms and agencies? M. Kendall Ludwig will explore the beauty and the dangers of collaboration, delegation, and the freedom of working remotely, as a team, for a single purpose.

M. Kendall Ludwig, president and principal designer of CurlyRed, believes in good design for everyone. She began her company, CurlyRed, in Baltimore in 2007 with the desire to create art. Usable art. Over the past 9 years, Kendall has provided creative and timeless branding, print and web solutions for companies and nonprofits across the country. Before that, Kendall worked as a graphic designer for the high-end loudspeaker company, Polk Audio, where her duties included everything from package design to designing wakeboards and ads for Rolling Stone and Spin. A Baltimore native, Kendall currently resides in Reisterstown with her husband and talented fellow creative Mark. They have two daughters, Margot and Juliette. In addition to being an active leader at New Hope Community Church in Catonsville, she also serves on the board of B'More Creatives, a free and open networking group for female creatives living and working in the Baltimore area.

It's Not Me, It's You
Nick Setthachayanon, @setthachayanon


As you begin your design career with innocent optimism, you’re likely to be disappointed. A 2014 survey found that 66% of workers under 25 weren’t satisfied with their jobs. Most entry-level jobs don't offer a lot of opportunities for creativity, impact, or control. Chin up, young designer! There’s still hope, and oddly enough, it’s in the Federal Government.

After entering college at the age of 16 and an unexpected stint selling cars, Nick learned how to design, but never learned how to stop. Today, he’s working at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to improve how the agency communicates and interacts with the public.

Keynote: Rainforests, Coral Reefs, and Atlantic Beaches: Graphic Design for Environments
Danielle Schlesinger, Designer, National Aquarium

Jessica Young, Managers of Exhibit Graphic Design, National Aquarium



Extreme humidity? Check. Little to no light? Check. Salt water? Check. Designing visitor-friendly (and animal-friendly!), visually-compelling and information-rich environmental graphics at the National Aquarium challenges us to examine design from multiple angles and to work within unique conditions. In the end, we hope to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures through good design.

Danielle Schlesinger graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design from Columbia College Chicago, where she pursued a specialty in Environmental Design. This led her to Baltimore, where she is an Exhibit Graphic Designer for the National Aquarium. Her love for museums, science and the environment continue to guide her career.

Jessica Young is the Manager of Exhibit Graphic Design at the National Aquarium where her work focuses on the design of exhibit interpretation, wayfinding, and other environmental graphics. Prior to the Aquarium she was a partner and co-owner of Thumb, a Brooklyn-based graphic design office that operated in the areas of architecture, art, urbanism, design, and culture. She earned a Master of Architecture degree from Rice University and enjoys working at the intersection of 2-D and 3-D design.


Location and Parking
Stevenson School of Design is located at 11200-A Gundry Lane, Owings Mills, Maryland 21117, and is separate from the main Stevenson campus. There is ample parking in a lot just past the school to the left of the main driveway.

Accessibility & Special Needs
All areas of the conference are handicap accessible and priority seating may be reserved for individuals who need it. Please contact us if you would like to reserve one of these seats for yourself or someone in your party.

Members: $25
Non-members: $35

You must register in advance in order to take advantage of our tasty boxed lunch options. Advance registration will close Friday, April 8 at 11:59pm. Credit/debit cards only — no cash or checks will be accepted.

Please note that in order to continue to provide quality programming, our policy is not to issue refunds unless an event has been cancelled.

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When & Where
Sat, Apr 16, 2016 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM EDT
Stevenson University - School of Design
11202 Gundry Lane
Owings Mills, MD 21117