Santa Barbara
Board Members

 

Patty Devlin-Driskel
Patty Devlin-Driskel
President – AIGA Santa Barbara
president@santabarbara.aiga.org
Senior Art Director, Mark Oliver, Inc.
Adjunct Faculty, Brooks Institute

  • How long have you been a member of AIGA?
  • How did you get involved with AIGA SB?
  • What type of work do you do? I am an art director for a firm that specializes in food and beverage packaging and branding. And I teach an occasional class at Brooks Institute, sharing my knowledge of packaging and navigating the business of design.
  • What inspires you?
  • What’s your favorite thing to do?
  • What is the coolest thing about being involved with AIGA SB?
    That ability to connect with others in the business, none of our jobs or careers are identical but we appreciate each other’s challenges and successes and share information. And this connection is not limited to Santa Barbara alone. Being part of a national organization, in a leadership role, has added to my professional growth in countless ways and the gratification of investing in my profession.

 


 

Tracy Sherwood
Tracy Sherwood
Secretary/Treasurer
secretary@santabarbara.aiga.org
Designer/Owner,
tracysherwood.com

  • How long have you been a member of AIGA?
    I joined as a student in 2011, and rejoined as a professional member in 2013.
  • How did you get involved with AIGA SB? I was invited to the AIGA Student Portfolio Day, as a then SBCC Graphic Design and Media Arts student, where I met Irene Hoffman. Irene kept me up to date on AIGA events, encouraging me to attend. It was also Irene who suggested that I rejoin AIGA.
  • What type of work do you do? I freelance, designing for both print and web for local small businesses and organizations. I’ve also started doing contract work for a local company that creates marketing apps for large hotel chains.
  • What inspires you?
    I love clever thinking, whether in any field of design, comedy, writing, or conversation. I also enjoy learning about history, knowing how things or situations came into being, and how we as people came to have the beliefs we have.
  • What’s your favorite thing to do? My ‘go to’ activity is to design, particularly logos and jewelry, which both have to present an idea in a succinct format. Design as an activity is very convenient, as you can do it anywhere, no (physical) tools required! And then, later, when tools are available, I can work to see those designs unfold before my eyes.
  • What is the coolest thing about being involved with AIGA SB?
    Being part of AIGA SB has exposed me to parts of the design world I may not otherwise have seen. Networking with other creatives is inspiring because I get exposed to other ways of seeing things, which helps me expand my approach to my own projects.

 


 

Irene Hoffman
Irene Hoffman
Marketing Director
marketing@santabarbara.aiga.org
Creative Director / Owner, Irene Hoffman Design+Advertising, irenehoffman.com

  • How long have you been a member of AIGA?
  • How did you get involved with AIGA SB?
  • What type of work do you do?
  • What inspires you?
  • What’s your favorite thing to do?
    “If you find something you really love, you will never work again.” It’s true.
  • What is the coolest thing about being involved with AIGA SB?
    Connecting with others in the design tribe.

 


 

Malcolm Steward
Malcolm Steward
Membership Director
membership@santabarbara.aiga.org
Freelance Design Director
malcolmsteward.com

  • How long have you been a member of AIGA? 13 years AIGA San Francisco. 1 year AIGA Santa Barbara.
  • How did you get involved with AIGA SB? When I decided to move back to Santa Barbara, I wanted to get involved with the local AIGA chapter, to meet local creatives and business leaders.
  • What inspires you?The world around me. From art, nature and pop culture to smart interesting friends and colleagues.
  • What’s your favorite thing to do?
  • What is the coolest thing about being involved with AIGA SB?
    Meeting local creatives, learning about the Santa Barbara design scene, and of course the programing has been fantastic for the last year that I’ve been here.

 


 

David Cowan
David Cowan

Sustainability Director sustainability@santabarbara.aiga.org
Editorial Director, AIGA Living Principles Owner/Creative Director, Cowan Communication Arts, Inc.

  • How long have you been a member of AIGA? Have been an AIGA member on and off for many moons.
  • How did you get involved with AIGA SB? Attended interesting AIGA SB events.
  • What type of work do you do? Branding and integrated communications with a focus on projects and programs that benefit society and the environment.
  • What inspires you? Art. Music. Nature. Critters. People. Storytellers. Humor.
  • What’s your favorite thing to do? Playing guitar in the yard with a steamy mug of dark roast and my Black Lab Oliver by my side.
  • What is the coolest thing about being involved with AIGA SB? Talented members and inspiring programs.

 


 

Keir DuBois

Keir DuBois
Communications Director
communications@santabarbara.aiga.org

Designer & Developer, Oniracom
keir@mybandrocks.com

 

  • How long have you been a member of AIGA?
  • How did you get involved with AIGA SB?
    &D in Ventura had been AIGA members for years, but when AIGA SB conducted a studio tour of BBM&D in early 2010, I was hooked. For someone who’s not a natural networker, AIGA events are a great way to get to know my fellow creatives.
  • What type of work do you do?
  • What inspires you?
  • What’s your favorite thing to do?
  • What is the coolest thing about being involved with AIGA SB?
    I’m one of those creative people that tends to live in my own little bubble while creating. It’s healthy to come up for air every once in a while and AIGA SB certainly offers that, connecting me to just about everyone in the design community.
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