AIGA Rhode Island presents the first annual KnowHER Design Talks. This series celebrates and highlights the strong female powerhouses who make up our design industry today. Every Thursday in March, one female designer will give a presentation on her work and her experiences.

Don't miss this series of presentations by influential and inspiring female designers.

 

Schedule

 

Bonnie Siegler

www.8point5.com
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Aurora
Doors open at 6:00pm

 

Bonnie Siegler is the founder of muliti-disciplinary design studio, Eight and a Half. Recent clients include Participant Media, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Brooklyn Public Library, Criterion Collection, Random House, Saturday Night Live, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Before Eight and a Half, Bonnie cofounded design studio Number 17. At Number 17, Bonnie's clients included the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Saturday Night Live, The Daily Beast, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 30 Rock, Sex and the City, Lucky, SuperFreakonomics, Colors magazine, This American Life, the Mercer Hotel, the Maritime Hotel, Chateau Marmont, and four of Jean-Georges Vongerichten's restaurants. While at Number 17, Bonnie also served as creative director of Newsweek after overseeing its complete redesign.

Bonnie was voted one of the 50 most influential designers working today by Graphic Design USA and was a featured designer in the Art Director Club's Legacy Project. She served as the chairman of the 2013 AIGA national design conference, having previously cocreated and chaired AIGA Design for Film and Television conferences in 1999 and 2001. Bonnie also created and produced Command X, a live competition featuring up-and-coming designers, for the last six of AIGA's national design conferences. She lectures extensively as well, most recently at Adobe MAX in Los Angeles. Her studio's work is in the permanent design archives of AIGA and she has also served on its national board and as treasurer of the New York chapter. Her work has been recognized by the Art Directors Club, Type Directors Club, Society of Publication Designers, Webby Awards, and Broadcast Design Association. Bonnie has taught in the graduate programs at Yale University and the School of Visual Arts, has been a visiting artist and guest lecturer at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and and was the 2014 Koopman Distinguished Chair in the Visual Arts at the University of Hartford. Before starting her company in 1993, she worked at MTV Networks, and before that, studied graphic design at Carnegie Mellon University.


Leta Sobierajski

www.letasobierajski.com
Thursday, March 9, 2017
The Design Office
Doors open at 6:00pm

 

Leta Sobierajski is an independent designer and art director based in New York City combining traditional graphic design elements with photography, art, and styling to create utterly unique visuals. Her work is incredibly diverse, ranging from conventional identities to brilliantly bizarre compositions. As of October 2016, Leta began a design studio with her husband and collaborator, Wade Jeffree. She is also an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts. She studied graphic design at Purchase College and has been working independently since 2013. She has been recognized by Print Magazine for its annual New Visual Artists Review, selecting 20 international designers under the age of 30. Her client list includes AIGA, Bloomberg Businessweek, Digg, Google, IBM, Kiehl’s, The New York Times, Refinery 29, Renault, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, Target, Tate Modern, and UNIQLO among many others. Leta Sobierajski's work has attracted coverage from the likes of Cool Hunting, DesignBoom, IdN, It's Nice That, Refinery29, and the New York Times T Style Magazine.


Naz Arandi

www.itsnaz.com
Thursday, March 16, 2017
The Granoff Center
Doors open at 6:00pm

 

Naz grew up in a far far land called Iran, where as a young girl she dreamed of being a voice actress and marrying Jason Priestley. Yes, that's right. She also painted, collected bugs, wrote plays that were performed by her and her classmates, played in her school basketball team, skied and read a lot of grown-up books she wasn't supposed to. She moved to the US two years into college, an action forced by her parents (but she really likes living here now and knows her parents wanted only the best for her). Naz went to college and later to grad school at Cranbrook Academy of Art and despite her love for theater, she graduated with a degree in graphic design and new media. She also became fascinated with American pop culture and advertising.

After school she moved to Los Angeles and started teaching college kids interactive and graphic design at Cal Poly Pomona. This career path was short lived due to her 50-mile drive every day. She left teaching and joined advertising very quickly. She found herself at Springbox, Ogilvy, Phenomenon and Schematics, consulted with American Film Institute and Los Angeles Film Festival, she also wrote for LAWeekly's culture and music section. And ended up as a creative director at one her favorite brands known as Netflix.

While she was busy working, she married a talented musician and designer and got the strangest rescue dog, called Benji. He's an old soul, just like she is.


Jennet Liaw

www.jennetliaw.com
Thursday, March 23, 2017
The Design Office
Doors open at 6:00pm

Jennet Liaw is a Nike Sportswear apparel designer, who moonlights as an independent illustrator and graphic artist. When not creating full-time for the swoosh, her experience designing brand identities, screen titles, and print direction for a client list that includes Fox, Sony Pictures, and Apple Inc., have shaped her career as a freelance designer. In particular, her personal projects in the realm of typography and punmanship have earned her recognition with AIGA and features with Cosmopolitan, CommunicationArts, and TED. 


Kelli Anderson

www.kellianderson.com
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Aurora
Doors open at 6:00pm

Kelli Anderson bio coming soon.


SeeUS Show will be up April 3–6
Closing party on Thursday, April 6, 2017
RISD Graphic Design Commons
Doors open at 6:00pm
Free and open to the public

Call for Entries

After this year’s KnowHER Design Talks, AIGA Rhode Island will be hosting a SeeUS Show featuring the work of our awe-inspiring guest speakers—alongside the talented work found here in our region. (Who wouldn't want their work next to these greats?)

Last year’s SeeHER Show was a huge success, and highlighted the talented women in our industry. This year we place emphasis on inclusivity—knowing the vital role our profession and practice have in positively effecting our cultural. We aim to curate the show based on quality and impact of work.

We are open to ALL work submitted by our design community.

How to Enter

Submit a jpg of the work, along with the following information:

1. Name / Address / Phone / E-mail
2. Client
3. What were you striving to communicate with this piece?

If it's a collaborative effort, please include names of photographers, illustrators and copywriters.

To send work samples please contact our co-president Jay Biethan (jay@ri.aiga.org).

Eligible

You can send us books, posters, printed pieces, video, animation, audio. As long as you identify as a designer, you are welcome to submit any kind of project. 

Deadlines

Deadline for jpg entries: March 13
Deadline for final work: March 27

You'll be responsible for getting the work to us, but we'll be setting up times for drop off as we approach the deadline.

 

Sponsors

 
 
 
 
 

News & Press

 

Women of Graphic Design, a blog curated by Kathleen Sleboda of Draw Down and Tori Hinn of Google Creative Lab, gave KnowHER a shoutout! Check it out here.


Sienna Giraldi from WBRU, Brown University's radio station, featured a segment on KnowHER Design Talks.


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Contact

For further questions, or if you're interested in getting involved, email events@ri.aiga.org.

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