Celebrating the work of designers in government
The DC Chapter of AIGA was founded in 1984 as a craft and design club of 79 members. Since then, the chapter has grown to include more than 1,200 creatives. The AIGA DC mission is to serve and celebrate the diversity of design professionals who live and work in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Within the DMV and across the nation, design is a critical part of government and designers within government face unique challenges. The AIGA DC Chapter saw an opportunity to serve designers within government who work on services and experiences that are critical to all Americans.
The previous DotGov Design conference was chaired by a past-AIGA DC Chapter president but had not been active since 2016. I joined the Board as the Chair of DotGov Design in 2018 in order to create both sustainability and momentum around the initiative.
The 2019 DotGov Design Conference was held at the US Patent and Trademark Office on May 6th. The conference, priced at $50, is one of the only affordable, inclusive, Washington, DC-based events of its kind.
The organizing team of DotGov Design was able to:
- Bring together 350 designers from city, state, federal and international government.
- Choose programming through an open call for speakers to ensure the event reflected the needs and reality of designers in government. This emphasis on openness and inclusivity has served as a model for how the DC AIGA chapter plans to solicit ideas and topics for future events.
- Produce an event focused on accessibility with ASL translators, live closed captioning and a Livestream broadcast with closed captioning for those that could not attend on site.