AIGA San Francisco, the professional association for design, is an organization with cross-disciplinary interests that deals with social, ethical and professional challenges. It is the largest professional association for the design community representing San Francisco, Silicon Valley, North and East Bay and the greater Bay Area. Our community hails from all disciplines, backgrounds, colors and cultures, sexual orientation, socioeconomic backgrounds and levels of experience and we advocate for gender parity. Whether you’re interested in attending, contributing or volunteering, take a moment to browse some of our projects below and see why we’re your resource for all things design.
Projects & Initiatives
SF Design Week
Annual Design Festival
San Francisco Design Week is a community event driven by AIGA SF and a committee of representatives from multiple design disciplines in the Bay Area. From household products you use in your home and car to tech you wear or carry in your pocket, San Francisco is a hub of innovation like no other.
Women in Leadership + Design
AIGA SF’s Women in Leadership and Design (WILD) initiative aims for gender parity in design. The purpose of WILD Programming, meetups and workshops is to empower women and genderqueer persons at every stage on their path to leadership.
Join us as we get a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of some very influential Bay Area design studios during our Studio Tours. See projects in progress, learn about different firms’ cultures and methodologies, and rub elbows with design luminaries and up-and-comings in the environment that inspires their best work.
Panel & Lecture Series
Compostmodern connects designers, scientists, and thought leaders to delve into what is known and what is predicted for our future on this planet. The potential —and urgency — of radical creativity achieved through discovery, new thinking and collaboration has never been greater.
Panel & Workshops
Join AIGA and a panel of leading Product Designers in the Bay Area to discuss how the digital design field has evolved into a holistic product discipline.
Many people hear the word product and think of a toothbrush or a toaster and when they hear product designer, they think industrial design. However, the Bay Area is full of great product companies that design and build many types of products from computers, to speakers, to thermostats, to websites and to apps.
Panel Discussion Series
A series of panel discussions for designers looking for career opportunities. Whether you’ve just graduated, emerging, changing careers or getting back into the swing of it after taking some time off, this series will help by offering insight and resources from some of the top talent and companies in the bay area.
Scholarship Fund & Awards
The Enrichment Scholarship was created by AIGA San Francisco to enhance the quality and diversity of design education, and invest in the future of our students and design education. Each year we award the scholarship at our annual Portfolio Day.
We accept donations for the scholarship throughout the year so please consider donating!
Build a stronger design community: Become an AIGA SF MENTOR or MENTEE
We’ve teamed up with our friends at Visa to create a new Mentorship Program exclusively for AIGA SF members. The program is a six-month one-on-one mentoring partnership, pairing designers with vast experience to provide encouragement, motivation, and guidance.
Diversity & Inclusion
Encouraging diversity in design education, discourse, and practice to strengthen and expand the relevance of design in all areas of society. Celebrate. Cultivate. Connect.
Despite progress made over the course of AIGA’s 100-year history, especially since its landmark 1991 symposium (“Why is graphic design 93% white?”), there are vast opportunities to support a more diverse audience of design students, practitioners, managers, thinkers, enthusiasts, clients, consumers, and policy makers. The AIGA SF Diversity Committee aims to expose diverse populations to the value
Known as the biggest and the best portfolio review on the West Coast, this is an opportunity to get valuable one-on-one feedback on your portfolio and career goals from some of the Bay Area’s best designers. Over 100 top Bay Area designers will serve as reviewers.
The History of Design in Silicon Valley
History never looks like history when you are living through it. Journalist Michael Malone of the San Jose Mercury News once said, “Silicon Valley is perpetually young. It’s always made up of the next generation of bright young entrepreneurs showing up… and they start their own companies. We’re not real big on history around here. We don’t look back very much.”
Award + Reception
The AIGA San Francisco Fellow Award recognizes seasoned designers and other major figures who have made a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within the Bay Area design community and the AIGA SF chapter. Our Fellows are honored for their design practice and other contributions in a range of areas, including education, writing, and leadership.
The Traveling Lounge is a monthly meet-up offering a great opportunity to get together and network; whether you are looking to expand your connections, find inspiration amongst your peers or bounce some ideas off of like-minded people, we are creating a space for that.
D.Talks /Design Talks
D.Talks is an ongoing series of panel discussions presenting practical information about current trends and hot topics in the world of design and business. Our goal is to foster robust dialog and critical thinking, so crowd participation is an integral part of each event.
Designer as Founder
Designer as Founder is a series of conversations with successful designers-turned-founders such as Joe Gebbia, CPO and Co-founder of AirBnB, Christina Broadbeck of YouTube, Danny Kim of Lit Motors and more. We’ll hear stories, challenges and triumphs about his leap from the role of designer on a creative team to a founding role in creating a new business like no other.