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?
    Six years and president for three.
  • How did you get involved with AIGA SB?
    I attended a meeting and enjoyed finding a local group of creatives gathered to discuss design and design business topics. It was very appealing to be part of a community. And joining the board only added to that sense of community.
  • 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?
    Smart thinking. Simple solutions that solve the design problem with clarity. And walking the hills, being out doors and seeing things up close.
  • What’s your favorite thing to do?
    Making things and making things happen. That is why I do what I do. I get a kick out of being involved with packages you see in the marketplace. I enjoy designing special cards and graphics for my family. And I love planning events and programming for AIGA.
  • 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,
Tracy Sherwood Graphic Design
  • How long have you been a member of AIGA?
    I joined as a student 3 years ago, and recently rejoined as a professional member.
  • 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 design for both print and web for local small businesses and organizations. Several of my clients are in the arts, which I find particularly enjoyable.
  • 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?
    2 years
  • How did you get involved with AIGA SB?
    I’ve always admired AIGA from afar (until two years ago, I lived in London, UK), so one of the first things I did when I moved to Santa Barbara was to join the organization.
  • What type of work do you do?
    Creative strategy and brand communications, advertising and innovation that strives to connect with people on a meaningful level. I run my own studio and, thanks to the web, have clients on three continents.
  • What inspires you?
    Everything. I’m sponge for creativity and knowledge.
  • What’s your favorite thing to do?
    Churchill said “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?
    Professionally: I love creating smart, interesting and simple design/business solutions for brands large and small. Personally: Relaxing with family and friends, sailing, hiking and watching (real) Football.
  • 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?
    3 years. 2014 is my third year on the board.
  • How did you get involved with AIGA SB?
    My then-colleagues at BBM&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?
    Project management and design for brand development, splitting my time almost 50/50 between print work and web/online work.
  • What inspires you?
    Creative people of any stripe. For me, brilliant work in disciplines outside design—music, literature, photography, history, film—is at least as inspiring as great design or fine art.
  • What’s your favorite thing to do?
    I play bass guitar and write/record songs, so I love designing for music—album covers, websites, posters, anything!
  • 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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