Ink & Pixels Student Design Conference 2015

Get Ready Students — It's Back!

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

The event is divided into two parts. In the morning, industry leaders will present exciting breakout sessions discussing the different skills needed to succeed in the professional world, followed by a keynote talk from the Global Environments Design Team at Under Armour.

After lunch, attendees will present their portfolios to regional design professionals and receive constructive, one-on-one evaluations. Students and recent grads, this is your chance to show professional designers your portfolio in a no-risk, non-competitive environment. The portfolio review is designed to give you advice and insight that will improve the way you present yourself and your work. You will practice your interview skills and receive honest feedback about your portfolio and resumé.

AIGA Baltimore is excited to host this annual event that brings together students and professionals who share a passion for design and its future. We can't wait to get started!


Registration: 9:15–9:45 am
Welcome: 9:45–10:00 am
Breakout Sessions: 10:00-10:50 am
Keynote: 11:00-12:00 pm
Lunch: 12:00–1:00 pm
Portfolio Reviews: 1:00–3:30 pm

Breakout Sessions — Choose One

Social Design: Creating a Professional Pathway for Good

Missan Madani, Anna Spisak, Jen Sullivan, & Maged Abdelsalam
MICA Social Design

Social Design is an emerging field dedicated to understanding social problems and supporting positive social change through design. Hear from current Masters of Art in Social Design students at the Maryland Institute College of Art's (MICA) Center for Social Design. Students will share their journey from traditional design to design for good and offer tips for graduates to craft their own professional pathway after college.

30 Tech Concepts in 30 Minutes

Angelique Weger
Girl Develop It Baltimore | Angelique Weger

Looking to design websites or mobile apps? Want to talk intelligently to the folks who build such things? This presentation will break down common lingo in an easy-to-digest format, including how web sites are built and shared, who does what in a web project and what code and tools they use to get it done.

COGS in the Machine - SOLD OUT

Dan Blake & Panayiotis Karabetis

Ever wonder what it’s like to design for an advertising agency? It’s nothing like Mad Men says it is…less day drinking, more deadlines. Come learn about working at an agency and what you need to do to get your foot in the door to become a cog in the giant machine that is the creative industry.


The Local of Global

Elyse Exposito, Theo Pinto, & Dave Colson
Under Armour
As designers, artists and explorers, inspiration is drawn from vast experiences to create. Some journeys have crossed timezones and language barriers, but can connect in a city, a community, a company that cultivates local talent and big ideas. From Baltimore to Singapore, Under Armour—the underdog of sports apparel—is a force powered by the young, humble and hungry.

Meet the Ink & Pixels 2015 Speakers

This year’s Ink & Pixels speakers come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some work fingers-deep in code, while others passionately design for good. Their experience displays the range of career possibilities in the design world: advertising agencies such as LMO; in-house design teams for major brands like Under Armour; government agencies such as the FDA; and freelancing for all sorts of clients. Meet the men and women you’ll hear from at Ink & Pixels 2015!

Join Us!

This event is open to students and recent graduates. The conference is limited to the first 100 registrants, so sign up early to secure your spot. Once registration is confirmed, no refunds will be given.

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.

Advance Registration

Advance Registration for the full day is now closed. However, it's not too late to sign up for one of our morning sessions for only $15!

At the Door

AIGA Members: $25 | Nonmembers: $35
Credit/debit cards only — no cash or checks will be accepted.

Giveaways! Giveaways! Giveaways!

All students who register for Ink & Pixels will have the opportunity to win:

  • one of four Skillshare subscriptions
  • a lunch with a speaker
  • a limited-edition poster designed by Moxie Press & Co and printed by Baltimore Print Studios

Get more giveaway details!

More on the Blog

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When & Where
Sat, Apr 11, 2015 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Stevenson University School of Design
11200 Gundry Ln
Owings Mills, MD 21117