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Ink & Pixels 2024

Ink & Pixels is one of AIGA Baltimore’s largest events focused on helping designers prepare for a job or career shift. 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. Now more than ever, we believe in the importance of finding alternative ways to come together in the community and share the knowledge and resources we have with each other. Mark your calendars and clean up those portfolios!

This year, Ink & Pixels is thrilled to offer a weekend of activities starting Thursday, April 18th, with a free Studio Tour of Fifteen4 in Hampden and a Q&A with their Design Team. Saturday, April 20th, join us at The Pava Marie LaPere Center for Entrepreneurship (formerly FastForward U) in Remington for portfolio reviews, a workshop, and a speaker series. And on Sunday, wrap things up with another free tour of Station North Tool Library!

AIGA Baltimore is excited to host this annual event series 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 #inknpixels.

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Ink & Pixels 2024 Schedule

April 18th, 5PM 

Studio Tour at Fifteen4

Fifteen4 brings together creative minds to help tell compelling stories across the technology, financial services, education, healthcare, and B2B spaces. Kicking things off on April 18th, they’ll be offering a tour of their new space in Hampden with a Q&A after from Designers Kristen Mallory, Farid Mahmoodi, and Nick Patterson.

April 20th, 10 AM 

Main Event at The Pava Marie LaPere Center for Entrepreneurship (formerly FastForward U)

Registration starts at 10:00 AM, followed by an opening address by our keynote speaker to commence the day. Afterward, there will be a networking session and lunch break scheduled before engaging in portfolio reviews, workshops, and discussions. Lunch will be provided through a voucher redeemable at R. House, conveniently located next door.

Portfolio Reviews

After lunch, attendees will present their portfolios to regional design professionals and receive constructive, one-on-one evaluations. 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 to improve how you present yourself and your work. You will practice your interview skills and receive honest feedback about your portfolio and resumé. Each attendee will have their portfolios reviewed by 3 reviewers during their review session.

Speakers & Workshops

Monique Jenkins returns to Ink & Pixels to speak about imposter syndrome as a BIPOC designer, addressing the experiences designers grapple with. The focus will be on creating supportive environments that celebrate diversity, mentorship’s role, and leveraging one’s unique identity as a strength in the design world. Caden Rites will be holding a workshop where he’ll walk you through how to set up an eye-catching LinkedIn profile that will help you get noticed, as well as resume building tips and tricks! 

April 21st, 10 AM 

Makerspace Tour at Station North Tool Library 

The Station North Tool Library is a nonprofit tool-lending library and community hub in the heart of Baltimore City. They provide over 3,000 tools, 30 classes, as well as dedicated workspaces and classrooms for the Baltimore community. Wrap Ink & Pixels up with us at 10:00 AM on April 21st for a tour of their space! 

As this is a 3 day event, one price will get you access to the full event. Studio Tours can be purchased separately for free, however space is limited. Secure your spot today! 

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