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AIGA/LA Announces Its New Board of Directors for 2010-2012

Los Angeles, CA, June 23, 2010 --( AIGA/LA, the Los Angeles chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design, elected a new Board of Directors for 2010-2012. In May 2010, a slate of nominees was presented to the Los Angeles membership for a vote. There was a two-week voting period which ended on June 4, 2010, and the new Board has been elected. Board members serve a two-year term that runs from June-May.

The new Board President is Jimmy Moss, Professor at Cal State L. A. and former Vice President of the Board. Jimmy is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and the Yale School of Art. In addition to teaching design, he is also Chair of the Graphic Design/Visual Communication Option. He maintains a strong interest in questions of information design, typographic communication, and the role of design in public spaces and in service to movements of social change.

The new Vice President is Melanie Paykos , Senior Creative Director of Brand: Two West. Melanie received her BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has taught design at Otis College of Art and Design. Prior to merging with Two West in 2008, she was principal and creative director of her own full-service graphic design and brand identity firm, Melanie Paykos Design. For 20 years she has been a contributing member of the AIGA as a panel participant, host of a studio tour, reviewer for portfolio day and a member of the Fellows nominating committee.

­­New Board Members at Large include:

Eduardo Braniff , Global Insight Director at Imagination Group
Allison Bloss, Independent Creative Director and Design Consultant
Paula Brown, Independent Creative Director
Jose Caballer, Chief Visionary, CCO at The Groop
Brian Jackson, Creative Director at The Kama Sutra Company
Alex Maloutas, Consultant and Designer at USC Auxiliary Services Design Studio
Jodie Shotwell , Creative Director at Sapient
Peter Vega, Manager, Print Production at Herbalife International
Brian Wen, Innovation Strategist at Design Continuum

About AIGA/LA­­
Founded in 1983 by design legends Deborah Sussman, Saul Bass, Jim Cross, and others, the Los Angeles chapter continues to connect LA’s varied creative industries through extensive programming, events, communication and social outreach. AIGA/LA is recognized as a civic leader for its celebration of local design, partnerships with cultural and media organizations, exceptional support of educational institutions, and a dedication to nurturing the diversity and independent spirit unique to the Los Angeles creative community.

AIGA, the professional association for design, is committed to furthering excellence in design as a broadly-defined discipline, strategic tool for business and cultural force. AIGA is the place design professionals turn to first to exchange ideas and information, participate in critical analysis and research and advance education and ethical practice.

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