College Art Association (CAA)
“CAA opportunities offers continuously updated information for artists, scholars, museum professionals, educators, and other members of the visual-arts community.” (calls for papers, calls for entry for exhibits, calls to host theme-based sessions, etc.)

Cumulus is the only global association to serve art and design education and research. It is a forum for partnership and transfer of knowledge and best practices. Cumulus consists currently of 226 members from 49 countries.” (conferences, events)

DART+ : foundations for early career researchers in design
Design Advanced Research Training website (DART), a open portal for resources aimed at postgraduate research education.

Design Incubation
“Design Incubation is a venue for educators and practitioners of Communication Design to discuss their design research and practice. Our aim is to create a community in which graphic designers can assess creative work through a lens of scholarly activity and academic review.” (colloquia, published abstracts)

Design Principles & Practices Community
This community is brought together by a shared interest in the process of design and their conceptual foundations. The community interacts digitally through social media, as well as through an annual face-to-face conference, a peer-reviewed journal collection, and book series. Members include academics, designers, administrators, educators, consultants and research students.

Design Research Society (DRS)
A multi-disciplinary learned society for the design research community worldwide.The DRS was founded in 1966 and facilitates an international design research network in around 40 countries.

Design Studies Forum
College Art Association Affiliated Society that seeks to nurture and encourage the study of design history, criticism, and theory and to foster better communication among the academic and design communities.

International Association for Societies of Design Research (IASDR)
The purpose of this international Association is to promote research or study into or about the activity of design in all its many fields of application, through encouraging collaboration on an international level between independent societies of design research. The Association will promote, amongst other activities, the organisation of biennial International Congresses of Design Research, at appropriate venues around the world.

International Conferences on Design History and Studies (ICDHS) 
“Advance the discipline of History and Theory of Design around the world.” (biennial conferences)

Minnesota Center for Book Art
“We celebrate the book as a vibrant contemporary art form that takes many shapes. Our mission is clear: to lead the advancement of the book as an evolving art form.” (exhibits, competitions, programs, etc.)

Service Design Network (Germany)
The Service Design Network is the leading institution for expertise in service design. SDN is a partnership of professionals and an open-minded, knowledge-sharing network. Through national and international events, online and print publications and coordination with academic institutions, the network connects multiple roles within agencies, business, and government to strengthen the impact of service design, both in the public and private sector.

The Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD)
“SEGD’s Education programs include conferences, workshops, and webinars spanning a wide swath of design practice areas, including branded environments, exhibition and experience design, technology and interactive experiences, user experience, healthcare, practice and technical topics, wayfinding, accessibility, and the business of design.”

University and College Design Association (UCDA)
“…national summit for design educators, chairs, and students, continues an ongoing community created specifically for graphic design educators with many opportunities for professional participation and development.” (annual education summit, competition)


ATypI, Association Typographique Internationale
A global forum and focal point for the type community and business.

The Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA)
The Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA) is an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, study, and support of type, its history and development, its use in the world of print and digital imagery, its designers, and its admirers.


Communication + Place
Communication + Place is the official research journal of the Experiential Graphic Design community. Published online, the journal features articles from both academics and professionals advancing the XGD profession through creative research, curriculum development, project reviews, and user-centric testing.

Design and Culture
The official journal of the Design Studies Forum. An interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal published three times annually.

Design Inquiry
DesignInquiry’s topics and team-based gatherings generate work for DesignInquiry publications, exhibitions, and presentations. Conceived as a collaborative laboratory, our publications and events give gathering participants and our other contributors, an opportunity to test their research, articulate their conclusions, confront new questions, and commence a dialogue with the broader design community. DesignInquiry’s publications and events program is a vehicle for sharing design knowledge and shaping design discourse.

Design Issues
The first American-based academic journal to examine design history, theory, and criticism, Design Issues provokes inquiry into the cultural and intellectual issues surrounding design.

The Design Management Journal
The dmi:Journal is a refereed journal devoted to articles and academic research exploring how design—in products, communication, and environments—is an essential strategic resource, a component of every organization that can be effectively managed to make important contributions to the bottom line and to long-term success. Founded in 2000, it is published once a year and offered (along with the DMI Review) as part of DMI Membership. Contributors include many of today’s leading educators and practitioners.

The Design Journal
Established in 1998, The Design Journal is an international, refereed journal covering all aspects of design. The journal welcomes articles on design in both cultural and commercial contexts. The journal is published four times a year and provides a forum for design scholars, professionals, educators, and managers worldwide. It publishes thought-provoking work that will have a direct impact on design knowledge and that challenges assumptions and methods, while being open-minded about the evolving role of design.

Design Philosophy Papers
The Design Philosophy Papers [DPP] project is about getting more people to think deeply about design as a world-shaping force, be stopped in their tracks by this recognition and then participate in developing more informed design thinking and action. The main project elements are the online journal appearing six times a year and an annual collection of selected and commissioned essays in print plus a CD of the all the journal issues of the year.
The journal has distinct sections: The Papers are its core – one or two substantial papers along with an introduction in each issue. The Sustainment is a regular column by Tony Fry that aims to take a leap beyond the exhausted rhetoric of ‘sustainability’. Hot Design presents polemical discussion on ideas and practices of design contributed by readers. A Reviews section for books and journals will be developed. Notice Board will be a reader-developed space to announce forthcoming events, publications, conferences, calls for papers and research projects.

Design Research Quarterly
Published by the Design Research Society, this is the quarterly newsletter of that organization.

Design Studies
Design Studies is a leading international academic journal focused on developing understanding of design processes. It studies design activity across all domains of application, including engineering and product design, architectural and urban design, computer artefacts and systems design. It therefore provides an interdisciplinary forum for the analysis, development and discussion of fundamental aspects of design activity, from cognition and methodology to values and philosophy.

Information Design Journal
Information Design Journal (IDJ) is a peer-reviewed international journal that bridges the gap between research and practice in information design.

The International Journal of Art and Design Education
The International Journal of Art & Design Education (iJADE) provides an international forum for research in the field of the art and creative education. It is the primary source for the dissemination of independently refereed articles about the visual arts, creativity, crafts, design, and art history, in all aspects, phases and types of education contexts and learning situations.
      The journal welcomes articles from a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches to research, and encourages submissions from the broader fields of education and the arts that are concerned with learning through art and creative education.

International Journal of Design
The International Journal of Design is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal devoted to publishing research papers in all fields of design, including industrial design, visual communication design, interface design, animation and game design, architectural design, urban design, and other design related fields.

Journal of Communication Design (formerly Iridescent)
Interdisciplinary and Graphic Design Research, published by Bloomsbury since 2015.

The Journal of Design Research
An interdisciplinary journal, emphasising human aspects as a central issue of design through integrative studies of social sciences and design disciplines.

The Journal of Design History
The official journal of the Design History Society, the leading UK organisation that promotes the study of design history, and brings together and supports all those engaged in the subject – students, researchers, educators, designers, designer-makers, critics and curators.

The aim of the Mes­sage journal is to explore and challenge the bound­ar­ies of visual com­mu­nic­a­tion within Art &Design through an exper­i­mental and devel­op­mental ethos, chal­len­ging the prac­ti­tioner, the devel­op­ment and use of tech­no­logy, as well as ques­tion­ing visual com­mu­nic­a­tion val­ues and social, eth­ical and sus­tain­able practices. The Ply­mouth Uni­ver­sity Mes­sage cluster and journal is com­mit­ted to enhan­cing the devel­op­ment of the visual communication sub­ject areas, both in edu­ca­tion and com­mer­cial design, through research and enterprise.
(University of Plymouth, UK)

Openings: Studies in Book Art
Openings is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes critical, historical, and theoretical articles, reviews, and interviews about book art and its pedagogy. Contributions from diverse perspectives are welcome as are interdisciplinary and international explorations of the relationship of book art to the broader art world and to related fields such as poetry, graphic design, printmaking, digital media, and other textual and/or visual disciplines.
(College Book Art Association)

The Parsons Journal for Information Mapping (PJIM)
A quarterly publication of the Parsons Institute for Information Mapping. PJIM focuses on both the theoretical and practical aspects of information visualization and its disciplines.

The Poster
The poster-maker, the pamphleteer and the tagger aim to sway the popular heart and mind through visual public interventions. As new technologies rise, turning the public sphere into a transparent, ubiquitous communications medium and a global marketplace, is the privileged status of the poster doomed or are we seeing it transformed as part of a new wave of visual rhetoric? When the environment starts to become responsive to our very presence and aware of our individual nature what is the role of the ‘traditional poster’ delivering a classical rhetorical message? This peer-reviewed journal aims to lead the debate.
(Intellect Publishing)

Public Journal
PUBLIC Journal provides an unprecedented platform for the expanding Public Interest Design movement; where the world of architecture intersects the voices of activism, exposing a determination to provide good design for those that need it most, but most often do not get it.

She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation
She Ji is a peer-reviewed, trans-disciplinary design journal with a focus on economics and innovation, design process and design thinking. The journal invites papers that enrich the understanding and practice that enable design innovation in industry, business, non-profit services, and government through economic and social value creation. These papers may explore how design thinking can inform wider social, managerial, and intellectual discourses with an added focus on strategy and management. She Ji also publishes articles in research methods and methodology, philosophy, and philosophy of science to support the core journal area.

Touchpoint, the Journal of Service Design
The first journal on service design launched in 2009 and published by the Service Design Network.

Visual Communication
Visual Communication is a quarterly, peer-reviewed academic journal publishing top research in visual studies. It welcomes contributions from scholars in anthropology, sociology, history and scientific research. Articles cover still and moving images; graphic design and typography; visual phenomena such as fashion, professional vision, posture and interaction; the built and landscaped environment; and the role of the visual in relation to language, music, sound and action. This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
(Sage Publishing)

Visible Language
An independent scholarly journal published continuously since 1967. The mission of Visible Language is to enhance human experience through the advancement of research and practice of visual communication. Working toward a balance between artfulness and science, between innovation and respect for human patterns of use, between research backed by evidence and intuitive exploration, between technology and its cultural implications for communication.


“Public” by Imagine America


Complete Streets

CPLS Summit

Design for Humanity


Design Incubation

Design Principles Practices

UCDA Design Ed Summit

Collaborations in Design

OLC Accelerate


IEEE Procomm

DOYO Live!


AIGA DEC Conference

2016 AICAD Symposium: Beyond the BFA


Confab Higher Ed

Midwest UX

Internet Summit




Adobe ADIM


F5 Fest



Motyf Festival

EduUI Conference

Design Thinkers

Design Educators Conference

Web Conference at Penn State


Designs on eLearning

UX Alive

International Visual Literacy Association


Nat. Assn. Arts Admins (NCAA)

SCAEA Conference 

IA Summit (user experience)

Chicago Ethnography Conference

The Association for the study of the arts

Design Management Academy

The Service Experience Conference

Creative Problem Solving Institute Conference





Design Facts 


Paper Specs 
Instant access to more than 3,500 papers—fast, comprehensive and always up-to-date 

Pulp and Paper Net 
Lots of information on Pulp and Paper Industry Resources

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Members get discounted rates for local chapter events, lectures and networking events, as well as regional workshops and national conferences.
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 Creative Action Lab

Invest in Neighborhoods

Center for Great Neighborhoods


Design Incubation

Design Research Society



Springboard for the Arts

Springboard Exchange

Marion Design Co.

Americans for the Arts


Artwork Archive




Imagine America


The purpose of the American Institute of Graphic Arts is to advance excellence in graphic design as a discipline, profession, and cultural force. The AIGA provides leadership in the exchange of ideas and information, the encouragement of critical analysis and research, and the advancement of education and ethical practice.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is the professional organization for advancement professionals at all levels who work in alumni relations, communications, and development.
College Art Association (CAA)
CAA promotes excellence in scholarship and teaching in the history and criticism of the visual arts and in creativity and technical skill in the teaching and practices of art.
Graphic Artists Guild
Promotes and protects the economic interests of member artists and is committed to improving conditions for all creators of graphic arts and raising standards for the entire industry. The Guild is an egalitarian union that embraces all creators of graphic arts intended for presentation as originals or reproductions at all levels of skill and expertise.
International Council of Graphic Design Associations (ICOGRADA)
International Council of Graphic Design Associations is the professional world body for graphic design and visual communication associations.
National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR)
NCMPR is the only organization of its kind that exclusively represents marketing and public realtions professionals at community, technical and junior colleges.
Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC)
The GDC is Canada’s national graphic design association. A member-based organization of design professionals, educators, administrators, students, and associates in related fields, it acts as an advocate, voice and resource for Canada’s graphic design profession.
University Photographers’ Association of America (UPAA)
The UPAA is an international organization of college and university photographers concerned with the application and practice of photography as it relates to the higher education setting. They are committed to photographic excellence through continuing education and networking with our professional colleagues.





Action Envelope
Appleton Coated Papers
Burrows Paper Corp.
Cascades Fine Papers Group Inc.
Crane & Co.
Crescent Cardboard Co.
CTI Paper USA, Inc.
Finch Paper
French Paper Co.
Georgia Pacific
Green Field Paper Company
Hammermill Paper
International Paper, Inc.
Mohawk Paper Mills
Neenah Paper
New Leaf Paper
Parsons Paper Company
Reich Paper
Sappi Fine Paper North America


Atlas Talking Maps and GPS (Global Positioning System) | 

Blind Audio Tactile Mapping System | 

INTACT Commission on Maps and Graphics for Blind and Visually Impaired Persons | 

Flash Earth | 

Guidelines and Standards for Tactile Graphics | 

Help for Students with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and Dyscalculia |

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic | 

InTouch Graphics: Custom-designed tactile/low vision maps for the blind and deafblind | 

Smith Kettlewell Eye Research Institute | 

Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities | 

SVG (scalable vector graphics) | 

Tactile Graphics Project (University of Washington) | 

Tactile Graphics Resources (Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired) | 

The Tactile Route Maps | 

Target-route map-article in JVIB | 

Touch Graphics |


The Type Studio is a unique and innovative studio specializing in all aspects of typography and visual communications. Services range from the technical to the aesthetic, and include type direction and consulting, type-oriented graphic design, font development, copy writing, articles, and workshops and seminars.

A + M Neuber GbR
Agfa Monotype | 
Font and Imaging Professionals
Altemus | 
Dingbat Collections
Altered Ego Fonts | 
Fonts for Print and Interactive Media
Apply Design Group | 
Fonts and CDs
Astigmatic One Eye Foundry | 
Special collection CDs
ATypI | 
Association Typographique International
Berthold Types
Bitmap Software | 
Bitmap type
Bitstream, Inc. | 
Award-Winning Fonts
Canva | 
100 Free Fonts You Should Be Using In 2015
Castle Systems | 
Eclectic Collection
ComicCraft | 
Comic Book Fonts
Cool Fonts | 
Cool Fonts
Deniart Systems | 
Fonts for the Ages
DynaLab, Inc.
Elfring Soft Fonts, Inc. | 
Bar codes, MICR, Fonts and Clip Art
Emigre |
 Fonts, Cyrillic Fonts, Magazine
Foam Train Fonts | 
Typefaces, specimens
Font Bureau on Type Network | 
Font library
Font Empire | Custom Fonts
Font Guide for All Occasions | Choosing the Right Font
Font.a.licious Fonts | Fonts and other fun stuff
fontBoy | Digital Type Foundry
FontHaus | Many Featured Products
Fonthead Design | Fonts, Images, Freeware
FontLab Developers Group | Type Design Toolkit
FontMart | Font Packages, Retro Clip Art, Free Samples
FontShop | Independent Source for Fonts
FuelFonts | Type foundry
Garagefonts | Fresh Fonts
Hoefler Type Foundry, Inc. | Decorative Typefaces
House Industries
Identifont | Fonts by Appearance, Name, Similarity, Picture & Designer/Publisher
International Type Founders (ITF) | Fonts for Every Occasion
Jill Bell Design and Lettering | Lettering
Letraset Inc. | Fonts and Nore
LettError | Type, fonts and typography
Linotype | Fonts from Classic to Cool
Margo Chase Design | Variety of Fonts
The MicroFoundry | Global type design
Mindcandy | Candy for the Mind
MunchFonts | Find fonts, try fonts
No Bodoni Typography | Indie Fonts
Olsson’s Fonts
ONGdesign | Digital Art and Type
P22 Type Foundry | Fonts inspired by art, history and science
ParaGraph International (ParaType) | Internet Font Fair
Phil’s Fonts, Inc. | Over 30,000 Fonts
Psy/Ops Type Foundry | A Dedicated Type Studio
Riversedge | Barcode fonts
Scooter Graphics | Font Packs
The Scriptorium | Fonts for every occasion
Shift | Fresh Fonts, Demos
Stu’s Font Diner | Retro fonts
Studio Daedalus | Music and fonts
T-26 | Digital type foundry
Tiro Typeworks
TypeArt Foundry Inc. | Font-O-Rama
Typographica | Type Reviews, Books, Commentary
Typotheque | Contemporary, original fonts
Underware | Font, Publications and Merchandise
Unifonts | Great Original Typefaces
VanDer Font | Illustration and Type Design
Veer | 
Photographs, Illustrations and Typefaces
Village | 
Typefaces, Merchandise
Vintage Type |
 Vintage Type
vletter, inc | 
Personal Handwriting Fonts
Zang-O Fonts

PHOTO & ILLUSTRATION | Royalty-free and licensed stock photography | Anthropology, archeology and art
ArtBtiz | Stock illustration and design
Artzooks | Royalty-free images from 50 publishers
Best Online Photo Printing Companies | As published by ConsumerAffairs
Breezeway Studio | Aviation photography
Bridgeman Images | Art images, museums, galleries
Burst from Shopify | Shopify’s new free stock photography resource offering all images completely royalty free, under the Creative Commons Zero license. 
Can Stock Photo | Over 20 million professional royalty free stock photos at prices you can afford
CD Islands | Tropical island art, photography
Corbis | Photography, illustration, fine art, motion
Desert Dolphin | Flat-rate pricing for stock images
Dreamstime | Buy high resolution photos (royalty free images for commercial use) or download images free. Cheap stock photography and free image collections. | Stock imagery
Epictura Image Bank | Photography and illustration image bank
FogStock | Royalty-free downloads
Fotosearch | Stock Photography and Stock Footage | Free photographs for non-commercial use
Getty Images, Inc. | Imagery, film and digital services
Illustration Works | The premier source for stock illustration
ImageBank by Getty Images | Life, sport, nature, travel, work, ideas | Illustartion, spots, photography
ImageSource | Stock photography
Ink Farm | Printer Ink & Toner Cartridges
ispot | Premier illustration Internet site.
Jerry Mucklow Photography | Atlanta-based photographer specializing in higher education lifestyle photography
Map Resources | Maps, globes, CDs
Masterfile | Rights-managed photography
Mindcandy | Candy for your mind
Mira | stock agency of creative eye
Nature Portfolio | Nature and the environment
nonstock stock photography | Royalty-free and rights proteced
NordicPhotos | Adventure photography
Phil Wong Art | Drawings, illustrations, and comics
PhotoAlto | Royalty-inclusive digital photography
The Picture Desk | Special Arts and Entertainment Image Stock
Queerstock | The gay and lesbian collection
RedStag Fulfillment | 85 Free Stock Photo Resources: Compilation of stock photo resources with their corresponding attribution. 
RubberBall | Royalty-free stock photography | Boutique stock
SuperStock | Super source for visual content
Ted Horowitz Photography | Corporate and people location photographer with 40+ years of Fortune 500 experience
Thinkstock | Uncommon imagery
Veer | Photographs, illustrations and typefaces
Wonderful Machine | commercial photography assignment, stock, and production services
Workbook Online | Photography, illustration 

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.