Ink & Pixels Part 2: Roundtable Workshops

Ink & Pixels Goes Virtual!

Take The Next Step Towards Your Design Career

Thinking about the job market during these uncertain times can be challenging for any designer. Whether you want to make a good impression in interviews, need a new perspective on your portfolio, or want fresh eyes on a current project, we're here to help. Ink & Pixels is one of AIGA Baltimore’s largest events focused on helping designers prepare for a career or career shift. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and our current stay-at-home mandate, we are transitioning our in-person event, (originally scheduled to be held at Morgan State University on April 18) online!

Now more than ever, we believe in the importance of finding alternative ways to come together in community and share the knowledge and resources we have with each other.

Ink and Pixels is now a series of events hosted online:

Part 2: Roundtable Workshops

Saturday, May 2, 10am-12pm

Here's your chance to get (virtual) face-to-face answers to those questions you've been Googling. Join our Zoom* roundtable discussions with experts on a variety of topics such as Freelancer Finance, Finding Your Creative Community, Preparing for Your Next Steps , Career Pivoting/Undefined Path, Check Yo'self: Transforming Self-doubt into Solutions, and Building Your Social Media Following.

You will have a chance to participate in 3 out of the 6 available roundtables which you will be assigned to leading up to the event. Space is limited, so snag your spot now!

Please note: if claiming spots for others you will need to restart the ticket process for each person and provide their details (name & email). We use theirs and your details in helping in organizing the roundtables and sending out the zoom link to everyone.

If making a donation and planning to attend the roundtables, your donation counts as reserving your spot for the event. No need to claim a general ticket.

Roundtable Presenters

Vanessa Ulrich

Roundtable: Building Your Social Media Following

A style blogger and social media influencer, Vanessa started The Primpy Sheep in 2017 as a platform for fashion, travel, and lifestyle content. Since then, she has grown her following and readership within the D.C./Baltimore area and beyond, having worked with brands like Neutrogena, Anthropologie, Aerie, STARZ, and more. Vanessa has a full-time job leading public relations for a healthcare marketing agency and is president emeritus of the Baltimore chapter of AIGA, the national professional association for design. She enjoys international travel and reading about the intersection of culture, science, and technology.

Instagram: @theprimpysheep; Blog:

Amanda Buck

Owner, Studio of Amanda Buck

Roundtable: Freelancer Finance

Learn the 101's of freelancer financing from billing for your time to writing off your tax expenses.. We'll cover pricing strategies, how to decide on income goals, keep track of your hours, freelance tax basics, and saving basics.

Amanda Buck is a Baltimore-based designer with over a decade of experience working as a brand, print, and digital designer. She’s created identities for nonprofits and small businesses; websites for bike shares, art publications, and schools; and publications for architects and museums, among others. She collaborates closely with her clients to amplify their messages and support their good work. She strives to create beautiful and timeless designs with strong visual order, effective typographic details, and a forward-looking point of view. She earned an MFA in Graphic Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BS in Visual Communication Design from The Ohio State University.

Instagram: @mandabuck | Twitter: @mandabuck | Website:

Alex Reynolds, Sr. Recruiter

Alexander is a Sr. Recruiter with Robert Half and specializes in placing candidates that concentrate in the technology and creative fields.

Roundtable: Preparing for Your Next Steps

Learn interviewing tips, salary negotiation and other employment resources. Ask questions you have for how to prepare for transitioning to a new job or starting off with your first career job in the industry.

Instagram: @alexanderreynolds | Twitter: @goodeveningalex | Website:

Rachel McFadden

Owner/Co-Founder of Drio, LLC

Roundtable: Career Pivoting/Undefined Path

Working in the design industry is not always a linear path and no one way is correct. Rachel has the mindset of an entrepreneur and has found herself taking an unknown path and pivoting from a degree in Civil Engineering to owning her own website design and marketing company. Learn about unconventional career pivots!

Rachel McFadden will be the first to tell you that with a Masters in Engineering and a degree Civil Engineering it’s hard to not embrace critical thinking, logic and reasoning. With each creative project, Rachel applies left-brain dominance to her work. That’s great for clients – to know that “under the hood” online strategies are well conceived and applied. But don’t confuse Rachel’s tendencies for all things analytical, it’s her ability to see how online functionality needs to work in a creative world.

Instagram: @rmcfadd2 | Website:

Karole Kessler

Owner/Founder of Karole Kessler Design

Roundtable: Finding Your Creative Communities

The importance and benefits of creative communities both local and global

• Exploring Baltimore’s creative community

• Discover creative communities on a global scale

Karole is the Founder and Creative Director of Karole Kessler Design, a design studio committed to brand identity. Over the course of her career she has partnered with marketing consultants and in-house creatives to execute the brand experience through unified brand using digital and print.

She finds that she is happiest when creating; so, when she’s not creating clever things for clients, you can find her learning a new skill or searching for the latest creative food joint.

Instagram: @karolekessler | Twitter: @KaroleKessler | Website:

Nhu Nguyen

Senior Multimedia Designer & Social Strategist @ Warschawski / Owner & Photographer @ Nhu Nguyen Photography

Roundtable: Check Yo'self: Transforming Self-doubt into Solutions

It's easy to lose yourself in the high pressures of trying to create the "perfect portfolio." We'll cover how to face creative insecurities, embrace failure, and turn your own journey and values into a creative identity that stands out. Before you can impress other people, you need to impress yourself first!

Instagram: @nhuphotography | Website:

The Zoom link will be sent out via email (using the email provided when registering for your spot) the day before the event and also the morning of. Make sure to check your spam folder for the email.

*This event will be online using Please ensure you download the app for your computer or mobile device prior to the event here:


If you need any accommodations to fully access the online event, please get in touch with us by Friday, May 1, 2020 at:

Code of Conduct

AIGA Baltimore expects that all attendees treat each other with respect, openness, and in adherence to the guidelines specified in AIGA’s Code of Conduct, which can be found here: Code of Conduct.


If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at:

When & Where
Sat, May 2, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT