Professional Associations and Resources

Here is a list of some organizations that offer events and networking opportunities. Networking is the number one way professionals land jobs. You will need to network throughout your career. Visit the site of the association that most interests you and start attending their events. Many hold lectures and exhibits that are free; some have a nominal fee. Some have job boards that are available for members only BUT you can often still see the type of listings they have BEFORE you join and this allows you to make a choice as to whether to pay the annual membership fee for students. Many of these fees are not that high, relative to the cost of other consumer goods and it represents an important investment in your career. Of course, Linkedin and the Communication Design Facebook page are also vehicles for networking but you should join at least one or two of the organizations below, based on whichever ones suit your interests and career goals.


BLAC  Building Leaders and Creators:

Interactive Advertising Bureau at

Advertising Club Young Guns at   at

Advertising Production Club at

Society of Illustrators at

AIGA at and

4 As at

Siggraph at

. Professional Photographers of America at

American Society of Media Photographers at

American Photography Association at

American Photographic Artists at

. Graphic Artists Guild at

International Council of Communication Design at

PaperSpecs at

Creativity Online at

Flipboard at

Evernote at

ASIFA- East:

.212 NYC:
This is an advertising professional networking group

MPA : The Association of Magazine Publishers of America

.This is a meetup group dedicated to the art of figure drawing and for those of you interested in illustration, definitely work checking out as it is a lively group with quite a full calendar.

This is an interesting group that offers job connections for “talented creatives”–membership is free and entirely portfolio drive. You give them your contact information and send them your portfolio and they either accept you as a member …. or not. But the site is worth looking at just for the blog and other information.

Draw New York is yet another Group Devoted to illustration around town. See their webiste at










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