Facing the Blank Canvas: How to Start Designing

Get your school year started off right with AIGA Cincinnati Student Engagement. We decided to get started early in school year to bring you even more events and insight from professionals in the design community.

Join us for our first student event, September Design Forum: “Facing the Blank Canvas: How to Start Designing” featuring Dennis Cheatham.

Learn how to get inspired and gain the proper resources as a student to prepare you for the upcoming year. Design problems don’t come with instruction manuals, so where do you start when all you have is a brief and your wits? In this session we’ll explore how to break problems apart to reveal the innovative solutions that hide within. We’ll practice a process built on research insights that can lead to design that’s endearing to audiences. We’ll also review ways to look at problems with fresh eyes when you get stuck in a creative rut. This event is specifically for students in graphic design or related fields.

About our speaker: Dennis Cheatham is a design researcher, designer and educator with over fourteen years of professional design experience as a graphic designer, interaction designer, copywriter and creative director. Currently he is an assistant professor of graphic design at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He has worked at agencies, in-house, corporate, nonprofit and freelance environments with and for organizations including Dennard, Lacey and Associates, Southwest Airlines, HKS Architects, Water is Basic and public broadcasting television station, KERA. His work has earned regional and national awards, has been published nationally and he has presented his research internationally. Dennis has a BA in English with a focus in Creative Writing, a BFA in Design Communication and will earn his MFA in Applied Design Research from the University of North Texas in May 2013.


When: Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 6pm - 8pm 

Where: The Art Academy of Cincinnati, Lecture Hall N204 

Price: Free to AIGA Student Members!  

$5 for other students and professionals.

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Other Upcoming Events:


Student Mentoring… get paired with the professionals for networking and advice!


October: Mentoring Meet and Greet  


November: Mentoring Pre-Portfolio Review


January: Mentoring Pre-Portfolio Review 2



When & Where
Thu, Sep 24, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Art Academy of Cincinnati
1212 Jackson Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202