Anchorage, AK – AIGA Alaska held its annual Portfolio Review last week at Anchorage Community Works. The event introduced graphic design students from the University of Alaska Anchorage and emerging graphic designers to leaders and luminaries from Alaska’s design community for a fun night of constructive critique and counsel.
Multiple reviewers met one-on-one with attendees and provided professional feedback on their physical and digital portfolios, insight into career opportunities and the local job market, and practical advice on navigating hiring practices and job interviews.
Mad Dog’s Aurora Hablett [L] and Northwest Strategies’ Daniel Meese, Jr. [Top L] review work from UAA students Austin Magalong and Jacqui Lockman
Reviewers for the night included Aurora Hablett, graphic designer at Mad Dog Graphx; Latonia Gaston, art director at Northwest Strategies, and education director for AIGA Alaska; Daniel Meese, Jr., art director at Northwest Strategies; Stephanie Johnson, senior art director at Northwest Strategies; Carlos Pereira, Jr., operations manager for the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, and K–12 outreach chair for AIGA Alaska; Edmar Carrillo, graphic designer at Yuit Communications, and chapter manager for AIGA Alaska; and Shauna Crawford, graphic designer at Walsh|Sheppard.
Reviewers Carlos Pereira, Jr. from the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce [L] and Stephanie Johnson from Northwest Strategies [Top L] critique UAA student Saharra McKee and project manager Alex Kurylo.
Every year, the Portfolio Review gives local design professionals and agencies their first glimpse of the outstanding work being created by Alaska’s next generation of newcomers to the field. Last night was no exception, with some truly impressive new talent on display.
Anchorage Community Works hosted AIGA Alaska’s Portfolio Review for the third year in a row.
“Now in it’s eighth year, AIGA Alaska is excited to put together (and grow) the annual Portfolio Review as an event to support and encourage design students and new professionals,” said AIGA Alaska Communications Director Courtny Brooks.
[L] UAA student Rachael Maher gets feedback from Northwest Strategies’ Stephanie Johnson. [R] UAA student Austin Magalong shows his portfolio to Northwest Strategies’ Latonia Gaston.
Will Dowd, executive director of Anchorage Community Works, demonstrates screen printing at ACW while he prepares for an art show.