So, where do you network?

Well, you begin with the COMD Facebook Page and LinkedIn but then there are many professional organizations and networking groups in our field.

The list below is designed to get you started. The networking will likely be virtual still this Fall but learning to network virtually will help you develop needed skills for zoom interviews, etc.

Here is a list of some  organizations that offer event 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 suits your interests and career goals.

1. Freelancers Hub

2. Advertising Club Young Guns at   at

3. Advertising Production Club at

4. Society of Illustrators at

5. AIGA at and

6. 4 As at

7. Siggraph at

8. Professional Photographers of America at

9. American Society of Media Photographers at

10. American Photography Association at

11. American Photographic Artists at

12. Graphic Artists Guild at

13.  International Council of Communication Design at

14. PaperSpecs at

15. Creativity Online at

16. Flipboard at

17. Evernote at

18. ASIFA- East:

19.212 NYC:
This is an advertising professional networking group

20. MPA : The Association of Magazine Publishers of America

21.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.

22. 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.

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

24. Interactive Advertising Bureau at