Getting Involved with the D.C. Advertising & Design Scene
NDG Art Director
There are several active and vibrant advertising & design organizations in the D.C. metro area, all offering a wide range of activities, including networking happy hours, awards shows, portfolio reviews, and educational seminars. Everyone has something to learn, and to teach, and these organizations are important not only for nurturing young talent, but also to ensure that our industry has access to a skilled, driven, and innovative workforce.
Recently, NDG Creative Director Quintin Parrish and I were honored to be a part of the Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington Portfolio Review Day, where we had the opportunity to review portfolios of recent graduates from the D.C. area, and even a few who traveled a greater distance from central Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. It was a great chance to meet some fresh talent and provide critical feedback that would hopefully help these graduates land their first professional design and advertising jobs.
And even more recently, NDG Graphic Designer Erika Bilbo and I attended FUTAD: The Future of Advertising, sponsored by AD2DC. This was an incredibly informative seminar focusing on emerging technologies and the pivotal role that social media will continue to play in advertising. FUTAD featured a panel of speakers from advertising and digital firms from across the nation, and each of their perspectives were unique and revealing.
If you’d like to attend events like these and rub shoulders with other D.C. area advertising types, designers, copywriters, programmers, and more, we’ve created a short list of some of the best resources in our area so you too can become more involved, learn more, connect with others, be a mentor, and give back.
Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington (ADCMW)
Key events: Career Day, The Real Show student competition, DC Paper Show, Annual Show competition, online design publication Full Bleed http://fullbleed.adcmw.org/
American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
Key events: National Design Week, Career Day, film screenings, Show Off: Annual Student Competition, Urban Forest Project, AIGA50 competition
DC Ad Club
Key events: The ADDYs Advertising Awards, Advertising Week DC, Best of DC Series
Ad2DC is a subgroup of the DC Ad Club, specifically for young professionals in the DC area under the age of 32. Key events: FUTAD: The Future of Advertising, Tips & Tricks, Water Cooler Wednesdays