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PGH365 2024


AIGA Pittsburgh’s Annual Design Competition and Exhibition is a celebration of the designer’s struggle and success in finding solutions that are effective, meaningful, and beautiful. Selected entries demonstrate the designer’s role and process, and the value of design to the community. We invite you to participate in this important showcase.


The Robert Richard Smith Gallery at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) will host an opening reception featuring artwork by winners of the AdFlux student graphic design competition on Friday, Oct. 20, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at CCAC Allegheny campus, West Hall (803 Ridge Avenue).  

 The AdFlux competition, sponsored by Joe Zeff Design and 898 Marketing, was planned as part of Pittsburgh Advertising Week, an event sponsored by a coalition of professional associations, including AIGA Pittsburgh (graphic design), AMA Pittsburgh (marketing), and American Advertising Federation – Pittsburgh (advertising.) Additional sponsors include the National Institute for Social Medi and COHatch.   

 The competition is open to college and high school students

 “The Robert Richard Smith Gallery is pleased to host this important collection of design work from talented students from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. AdFlux serves as a platform for students to gather, share and inquire, a vision of Robert Richard Smith,” said Asa Sloss, CCAC’s art curator of The Robert Richard Smith Gallery.   

Joe Zeff Design and 898 Marketing is providing a monetary gift for the best-submitted design work. The exhibit, consisting of an expected 24 designs, will be displayed at The Smith Gallery through Oct. 27 and then travel to COhatch, a coworking space in Pittsburgh’s East End.

“At a time when employers are seeking the mythical and unattainable ‘unicorn,’ a type of creative employee that can create amazing marketing and design solutions equally well, AdFlux will position students to channel their talents and progress them through meaningful competition—ultimately empowering them to be recognized as emerging creative powerhouses—the type of talent that employers want to hire,” said RJ Thompson, CCAC Graphic Design adjunct professor.

Portfolio Review

Student Portfolio Review is an annual event put on by AIGA Pittsburgh to prepare design students entering the workforce. Students will have the opportunity to bring their portfolios to be critiqued/reviewed by design professionals across a variety of disciplines and industries. We typically see recruiters and hiring managers attend this portion as they look for interns and junior designers. Students will have the opportunity to meet with 4 creative professionals for 15 minute sessions.

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Creative Briefs

Creative Briefs is a podcast for designers and others in creative professions focused on what inspires and motivates others in their field. Hosts John DeGore and Anastasia Lanz create a dialogue between creative professionals through this podcast, encouraging the entire design community to help pick the brains of their guests using social media. Subscribe on iTunes.

Fellow Award

The Fellow Award is the highest distinction an AIGA chapter can confer upon one of its members. It honors mature designers who have made significant contributions — through education, writing, leadership, reputation, and design practice — to raising standards of excellence in practice and conduct in their chapters and their design communities.

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Member Testimonial

RJ Thompson | Manager of Digital Strategy | University of Pittsburgh

Career Transformation

RJ Thompson

Joining AIGA early in my career proved critical to where my career is now. I developed great friendships, career opportunities, and more. Now, as a board member, I get to offer those opportunities I received to others.