Building Community Through Chapter Engagement

Building Community Through Chapter Engagement

SEGD Chapter Chairs throughout our organization work hard each year to produce experiential graphic design-related events and activities for their local members.

In 2014, I volunteered to become a Chapter Co-Chair in Los Angeles in the hopes of growing our local Chapter and creating events that would appeal to those in our industry. As time went on and our LA membership grew, it was exciting to see the addition of new members from various design backgrounds (signage, digital, exhibit design, fabrication and manufacturers).

Each event that we hosted really highlighted the fact that SEGD is a great community where multiple disciplines fit together. It made me realize how unique SEGD is and how it’s truly an intersection of design.

Since becoming the Chapter Chair Liaison in January 2017, it’s been exciting to see how each Chapter develops unique events for their local members. From tours of recently opened athletic stadiums and local design studios to panel discussions on responsible design, the Chapters have done a great job of making SEGD events appeal to everyone practicing or interested in experiential graphic design.

Over the years, I’ve seen the number of domestic and international Chapters more than double, including our two newest Chapters I’m proud to introduce: SEGD Omahaand SEGD Seoul.With that growth, we’ve seen the number of events rise to more than 100 per year.

If your city has a local Chapter, be sure to reach out to the Co-chairsand ask to be added to their email list so you can receive newsletters and invitations to these events. A major perk of SEGD is that the majority of Chapter events are free to attend!

I cannot stress enough how important it is to be involved in your local Chapter. By attending Chapter events, you will be able to grow your network and meet fellow designers, fabricators and vendors, all of whom are actively working within the industry. Through this network, you will be able to share and/or learn about new technology, materials, and innovations—all of which can assist in making your own work successful. Check out all of our upcoming Chapter events.

I can’t wait to see how SEGD Chapters continue to grow, and I hope you’ll be a part of it.

Kris Helmick, SEGD Board Chapter Chair Liaison

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