Yearly Programs and Events

Events are the lifeblood of our chapter. Our ongoing series educate, inspire, and embrace both members and non-members alike. Below is a general overview of  some of the events during our programming year (September-May).

Special Events – Once or twice a year

design week

Design Week

Every year, AIGA DC develops a week of fantastic programming, from workshops, panels, studio tours, lectures, and more to celebrate design in our community. (Fall)



This is a four-month mentoring program designed to fertilize the career and professional growth of emerging designers. (Spring)

Membership Drive

Membership Drives

AIGA holds two national membership drives every year: one in the spring, and one in the fall. With tons of giveaways and events, it’s the perfect time to join.

Design Jam

Summer Design Jam

A 30-40 person brainstorm for AIGA members to come up with creative events for the coming year.

Creative Review

Creative Review

Design students get to meet with creative directors, art directors and designers in the DC area to receive one-on-one feedback on your portfolio and resume. (Spring)



The biennial AIGA 50 design competition celebrates the best design created in the DC area over the past two years, and raising money for design programming. (Spring)

Event Series – Three or more times a year



These discussions will happen in small groups (8-10 people) to give participants a chance to dig a little deeper, have meaningful conversations, and make memorable connections.

Speaker Events

Speaker Events

Iconic speakers sharing their personal design stories and career advice. Past speakers include: John Maeda, Eddie Opera, and Michael Bierut.


Hand Made

Put your hands and creativity to work in hands-on workshops that include bookmaking, screenprinting, and letterpress.

DotGov Design

DotGov Design

An initiative of government designers for government designers. Meetings are quarterly across the DC area to improve standards across agencies, and help each other be better designers.

Drink & Draw

Drink & Draw

Monthly happy hours, AIGA DC’s Drink & Draw is a series celebrating designers and their sketchbooks, where you can jump-start your creativity for the week by joining people who love drawing just as much as you do.



Free, intimate round-table discussions open to AIGA members only. These typically take place in the morning at Teaism at Penn Quarter.