The Designer’s Road Map

An honest panel discussion on the pathways for a creative professional

The Indianapolis creative community offers a variety of pathways to a career as a design professional. Some are straight, most are windy and none of them are for the faint of heart. There is no singular experience because our community is made up of a tapestry of traditional ad agencies, boutique design shops, freelancers and in-house creative teams. And while we benefit from the array of options, it can also isolate us to our own experience, leaving us to make assumptions about what it must be like on the other side. Are all agency gigs 60+ hour workweeks? Do freelancers hang out at coffee shops all day and sip lattes? What is it like to work in-house? When does a side hustle become a business? And what the hell is a boutique design shop anyway?

What if we had the opportunity to have a candid conversation with Indy’s most talented and gracious design leaders to get answers to some of these questions? What if we could dig into the similarities and differences between these pathways and how to know what to expect? More mentorship, more honesty, less romanticization, fewer assumptions.

Please join AIGA at The Tube Factory on Oct. 24 for a guided panel discussion that will leave you better educated about your opportunities and more equipped to build the type of creative community that cares for one another.



Ryan Hunley // Owner and Art Directory, 2nd Street Creative

Amy McAdams-Gonzales //Co-Founder and Designer, Matinee Creative

Aaron Scamihorn // Principal, RONLEWHORN Industries

Anna Saraceno // Product Designer, Trello

Katie Clements // Associate Creative Director, CVR


Kolby McElvain // Senior Designer, High Alpha

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When & Where
Wed, Oct 24, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Tube Factory Artspace
1125 Cruft Street
Indianapolis, IN 46203