Graphic design majors on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University now have a way to formally network and share ideas in the club Pixel.
Pixel is an affiliate student chapter of the American Institute for Graphic Arts (AIGA). Students with an interest in graphic design or those majoring in it can join Pixel, where the group meets bi-weekly in East Stadium room 132 (Graphic Design Lab) at 5:30 on Mondays.
Acting president, Savannah Perrin is excited about the direction of the club, as more new members have joined this spring than in recent semesters. The mission of the club, she says, is to build an environment of creativity and teamwork, where members can come together twice a month to share ideas and work on projects, testing their skills and knowledge in their field.
Pixel is also one of the Louisiana chapters for AIGA. AIGA is the largest and oldest professional membership for design in the United States, with more than 70 chapters and 25,000 members nationally, helping those in design network and work on ideas together across a national scale. The SELU chapter of the AIGA will occasionally meet with other local chapters as well, including chapters in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, to discuss projects and the state of the job market for graphic design majors here in Louisiana, as well as things on the national agenda for the AIGA.
The club is hoping to expand its ranks even further. Perrin believes a greater number of members will help improve an already collaborative, creative culture in Pixel. Fresh perspectives and ideas are always welcome, and she believes the club is a great way to network with fellow graphic design majors. The acting board along with Perrin are as follows: Vice President Kelonda Dixon, Secretary Chelsea Penton. Treasurer Stephanie Carroll and Social Media Manager Julia Torres.
Graphic design majors at SELU are part of the Art+Design degree plan. Perrin knows the challenge of the program and the ups and downs that come with it and Pixel can be a good place for new Graphic Design students or even those that have been in the program to come together and tackle those challenges head-on.
Perrin says her and her board are more than willing to help any new graphic design majors out with any issues they may be having adjusting to school or to the program., because they too also know the struggles from their early days here at SELU.