March 28, 2015

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Event Rate: $25 Members, $45 Non-Members

Porfolio Reviews: Free for Members, $15 for Non-Members
9:00-10:00am & 10:00-11:00am available


Matt Lehman

Matt Lehman Studio

Matt Lehman has worked in graphic design specializing in advertising and branding for 10+ years. He began his career at Anderson Design Group in Nashville. After that he spent three years as senior designer for CMT/MTV Networks focusing on show identities and the network rebrand in 2009. In 2010, he formed Matt Lehman Studio working for brands such as ESPN, Harper Collins, The Atlantic, Esquire, NASA, Nickelodeon and Warner Brothers Records to name a few.

A. Micah Smith is a Creative Director living in Nashville, TN with his wife, newborn daughter and their basset hound, Lucy. He’s had the privilege of working with great clients over the years ranging from GQ & TED to bands like Wilco & Spoon. He’s been published in books such as Gigposters, Vol.1, The Little Book of Screenprinting, Illusive, and Neil Diamond is Forever.

April Maglothin


Lover of gluten free baked goods, her family, San Francisco & coffee, Nashville, Tennessee based April Maglothin wears many hats. As consultant and creative director for MagloCreative she works to find solutions to shape and elevate brands for her clients such as The Frist & Belmont University. As owner & creative director of pop-in-greetings, she works to spread a little old school happiness and convenience through snail mail. Pop-in-greetings has been featured by tastemakers such as Real Simple & Martha Stewart Living and can be found online at Food52, Brit + Co and the Martha Stewart American Made shop as well as boutique retailers across the country.


Emma Bistro

9 Lea Avenue
Nashville, TN 37210

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Visiting Nashville

There’s more to Nashville than country music and southern cuisine, so check out this nifty city guide created by Design Sponge to plan your free time during the conference!

Where to Stay:

  • Hampton Inn & Suites

    Nashville-Green Hills
    2324 Crestmoor Road
    Nashville, TN 37215
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  • Holiday Inn Hotel

    Nashville-Vanderbilt (Downtown)
    2613 West End Ave
    Nashville, TN 37203
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  • La Quinta Inn

    4311 Sidco Drive
    Nashville, TN 37204
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  • Red Roof Inn South

    4271 Sidco Drive
    Nashville, TN 37204
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Saturday, March 28

Emma Bistro
9:00 a.m. 1st Portfolio Review
10:00 a.m. 2nd Portfolio Review
9:00 a.m. Breakfast Available Until 10:30
11:00 a.m. Speaker 1
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Speaker 2
2:00 p.m. Speaker 3
3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. Q&A Panel

Portfolio Reviews

The Review

The DISH portfolio review is designed to give you – a student about to embark on a career in the design industry — advice, insight, and useful information about how to present yourself and your work. Here is your chance to have a professional look at your portfolio in a no-risk, non-competitive environment. You can practice your interviewing skills and get honest feedback about your portfolio and resume.

Why you should attend?

You will receive thoughtful, constructive, one-on-one evaluations of your work by an array of design professionals — art directors, media producers, educators, and hiring managers – from the Nashville area. Their goal is to help answer your questions and offer completely honest advice about your portfolio based on their creative perspective and experience. While this event is not a job fair, some reviewers may be looking for potential employees or interns. It is a great way to network and become aware of who’s who in the Nashville design community.

Who should attend?

The DISH portfolio review is open to design students at the junior and senior undergraduate level.

What you should expect?

You will have table space to set up your work. Reviewers will rotate around the room, and every effort will be made to maximize the number of reviewers who will sit with you and discuss your work. Keep in mind that reviewers will be asked to limit their critique time to 10 minutes, so be prepared to present your portfolio and get feedback within this time constraint. Dress appropriately—it is a creative field but make sure that you look professional. Although this is a non-competitive event, this Portfolio Review is designed to prepare you for the actual interview process. Be mindful of how you present yourself and your work.

What you should bring?

Come with 8 to 12 of your best portfolio pieces. These can be in a book, binder, individual sheets, on a laptop or pretty much anyway you think will best display your work. It’s not a fashion show, so there aren’t any awards for the fanciest case or computer, the focus is on your work. However, we encourage students to use their display space to express their full design personality, so don’t feel limited. If you have three dimensional pieces, promos, or creative “flair” (37 pieces, to be exact) to add to your space to reflect who you are as a designer (without impeding on your neighbor’s space), go for it.


When you are a member of AIGA, you are part of a growing network of designers that work together to increase design’s influence and to expand opportunities for designers worldwide. Your AIGA membership is critical to ensuring that your profession is strong, relevant and influential.

AIGA’s 20,000+ members share and promote a professional ethos. Opportunities for networking are plentiful through your local chapter, which offers a wide variety of programs and events locally and nationally. Your membership makes possible the activities of a national organization promoting design’s value on your behalf, and gives you access to professional development and exclusive benefits that can only be provided by an organization with the scale and reach of AIGA.

AIGA’s membership structure is flexible: Whether you’re an established designer wanting to give back to the profession or a design student just beginning your professional journey, you can choose the membership level that fits you best. Belong to AIGA at a level as high as your aspirations!

Annual Membership Levels:
  • Contributor - $50/yr
  • Supporter - $150/yr, 13/mo
  • Sustaining Member - $250/yr, 21/mo
  • Design Leader - $500/yr, 42/mo
  • Trustee - $2500/yr, 209/mo
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