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At “Make/Think” students can learn from industry legends, mingle with seasoned professionals, share your fresh perspective and connect with students from across the country.

Student Symposium

Thursday, October 8
1:00–4:00 p.m.

Alissa Walker will moderate this conference-within-a-conference tailored to student designers about to enter the competitive profession of graphic design. See the Student Symposium page for details on presentations by Andre Andreev, Kate Bingaman-Burt, G. Dan Covert, Bobby C. Martin Jr., Emily Pilloton and Paul Sahre. Free for all “Make/Think” registrants; no pre-registration is required.

Student Portfolio Review

Friday, October 9
6:30–8:30 p.m.

This is an invaluable opportunity to display your portfolio, receive feedback and be seen and introduce yourself to the famous designers whose work you’ve admired. Bring either a print portfolio or a laptop with your projects and the software needed to run them. This opportunity is free for “Make/Think” student attendees; pre-registration is required. See the Student Portfolio Review page for details.

Command X

On the “Make/Think” main stage, throughout the conference

“Command X: Season 2” is a graphic design reality show featuring seven up-and-coming designers—current AIGA members who are college graduates and under age 26—to step into the spotlight, complete design challenges and have the chance to break into the industry in front of 2,000 peers, heroes and potential employers! Cash, fabulous prizes and glory are all at stake. See the Command X page for details.

Advice for students

To prepare for her role as 2007 moderator of the "Next" student symposium, Alissa Walker asked design luminaries to give their best advice and inspiration for students.

Advice For Design Students from UnBeige on Vimeo.

Sponsor the conference

Get involved and sponsor this year’s AIGA design conference to connect your brand with the industry’s top decision-makers and senior-level design executives.

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