AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) Members are featured on today’s episode of High Velocity Radio.
Debbie Smith is the owner ofÂ Design Seven Inc., a design company based in Atlanta. For over 20 years, Design Seven has provided services for over 200 clients from start-ups to educational institutions to Fortune 500 companies.
Design Sevenâ€™s work has been featured in Print, Art Direction Magazine and The Best in Business Card Design and The Best in Brochure Design books. The firm has been recognized with design awards from Art Directorâ€™s Club, International Association of Business Communicators, Public Relations Society of America, Women in Communications and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
Debbie is the creator of the idbids â€“ iddy biddy steps for a greener world â€“ eco-friendly characters and brand. The first idbids toy product was launched at The American International Toy Fair and was named a â€œTop Toyâ€ by Time Magazine and a â€œToy Fair Breakout Hitâ€ by CNN/Money.
idbids products have been the recipient of many industry and parenting awards including Creative Child Magazineâ€™s Preferred Choice Award, Dr. Toyâ€™s 10 Best Socially-Responsible Childrenâ€™s Products, NAPPA Honors Award Winner, Winner of The National Parenting Centerâ€™s Seal of Approval and the Toy Industry Associationâ€™s Nominee for Education Toy of the Year.
For her development and design of the idbids characters, Debbie was the recipient of a Wonder Woman of Toys Award in the Inventor/Designer category. The idbids Eco-friendly Starter Kit won the 2009 Grand Prize in the Georgia State Universityâ€™s MAX Awards program which honors the best in new products, services and marketing innovations developed by Georgia based companies.
Debbie is a founding trustee and a past president of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA).
Specialties include graphic design, front end web design, brand strategy and management, product design and development from concept to market.
Lynn Browder is the Creative Services Manager at InComm: Innovative Commerce. A leading provider of prepaid wireless and gift cards, InComm also develops transaction technologies for retailers. Her team designs the retail presence for the companyâ€™s products, along with advertising, tradeshow graphics, etc. She is also the current president of the Atlanta chapter of AIGA, the professional association for graphic design.
Lynn is an experienced design and brand manager with a passion for leading creative teams. After being a part of in-house design groups at Accenture, The Coca-Cola Company and UPS, she is currently managing the creative services team at InComm.
Throughout her career, in addition to meeting the challenge of solving communications and marketing issues through successful design, she thrives on keeping the team inspired while helping them build a positive reputation within the company.
As an active member of AIGA, the professional association for design, Lynn brings their resources to her role in developing designers along the arc of their careers. She is in her second year as president of the Atlanta chapter.
Lynn is also an avid student of the social media sciences. A few of Lynnâ€™s favorite things are open-minded clients, white space and doing dangerous things with type.
Albert Whitley is an award-winning creative director with over 13 years creating memorable digital experiences. He joined Sapient Nitro as a Senior Art Director in 2011 where he is shaping brand moments by combining multi-channel marketing, multi-channel commerce, and the technology that binds them. His client list spans from Fortune 500 brands Adobe, Amway Global, AT&T, BMW, Carter’s, Herman Miller, Maybelline New York, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and Tele Atlas. Albert is a former adjunct professor at Georgia Data University and The Creative Circus. As a recognized thought leader, his work has been recognized in many publications, such as Communication Arts, Contract, Graphis, How, Interior Design, STEP Inside Design and Metropolis magazines. His honors include IIDA Creative Excellence Awards and AIGA Atlantaâ€™s SEED Awards.
As a creative director it is Albertâ€™s goal and passion to drive original thinking and cultivate ideas into smart visual solutions that impact client market distinction and increase business profitability. As a persuasive, strategic creative thinker and designer. Charismatic, vision-driven team leader and mentor.
In his free-time, actively volunteer on the board of directors AIGA Atlanta chapter, the professional organization for design.