How Precious, the 2015 Portfolio Review

Winston Churchill once said “Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.” We couldn’t agree more, which is why AIGA Austin and The Austin Creative Department are collaborating to present “How Precious, the 2015 Portfolio Review”. Open to all creatives​—design or copy, student or professional, print or digital—the one on one sessions will offer real time, honest, and constructive feedback from local creative and technology professionals to any designer seeking to improve their craft.

About The Austin Creative Department:
Founded in 2011 as a new model of higher education, The Austin Creative Department delivers a learning process that’s as close as you can get to on-the-job training, where courses are taught by senior-level working professionals, not by tenured professors. In lieu of the traditional classroom, courses are held at actual agencies and studios. @auscreativedept

About the reviewers:

Will Chau:
Will is a creative director at GSD&M, where he has created award-winning work for clients such as BMW, Southwest Airlines, Goodyear and Kohler. His work has been featured in Cannes, One Show, Communication Arts, Graphis, Kelly Awards and The London International Automotive Awards.

Passionate about teaching and believing that there needed to be an alternative to the traditional model of higher education, Will founded The Austin Creative Department in the summer of 2011. He has taught and lectured at The Academy of Art in San Francisco, Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, St. Edward’s University, The Art Institute of Austin, AIGA Austin, Texas State in San Marcos and The School of Design at UT. In 2014, he was named the “Educator of the Year” by the Austin Advertising Federation.

Oen Hammonds:
Educator, mentor and advisory designer at IBM Design, Oen has created a wide gamut of advertising, design and packaging—all shaken and stirred with a slap of inspiration. As a creative manager, Oen has played a large role in overseeing the entire creative process, from concepting to producing the final creative product. He manages anything it takes to bring the client’s campaign to life—photography, design, copywriting, programming and illustration. Outside his 9-to-5, Oen has been teaching as an adjunct instructor and sharing his design experience at a variety of colleges and universities in Ohio, Kentucky and now Texas for the past several years.

Scott McAfee:
Scott joined SandersWingo in 2002 as Executive Creative Director and was named agency partner in 2007. He has been recognized by Lürzer's Archive, the International Andy Awards, The One Show and Communication Arts. In 2012, Scott cofounded the agency’s Behavioral Science Lab, a research partnership that gives brands highly intuitive marketplace insight and a human complement to Big Data. He is a judge and guest speaker at the American Advertising Federation, the 3% Conference, The Art Directors Club, The One Club Creative Bootcamp and the University of Texas at Austin. In 2013, the Austin Advertising Federation awarded Scott the Silver Medal for lifetime achievement.

Russell Toynes:
In-house design has its challenges and its opportunities; Russell has experienced both during his time as an art director at Dell. Helping to define and govern the strategic vision of a global brand on a daily basis is a challenge that requires thoughtful and purposeful design solutions. Though the client may remain the same, the challenge, the audience and the experience are always changing in this fast-paced environment. With a solid freelance background, Russell knows that all good designers must be smart, nimble and resourceful. Outside of the daily grind, Russell shares his passion for design and mentorship to help further the careers of the next generation by reviewing student portfolios and participating in guest critiques and discussion panels.

Jennette Lemley:
Jennette found her calling and has been advocating for creatives from all levels - junior to executive, since 2007. She has partnered with some of the nation's top design agencies and innovative companies to connect them with the best talent over the years​. Her passion for technology and thoughtful design led her to Yodle where she's recruiting design, product, and technology talent from around the globe.

Roy Milton:
Roy is an award winning Art Director at SandersWingo His work has been featured in Regional Addys, Nenah Paper and Graphis. His experience includes strategy, media and creative development for AT&T, Ocean Alexander, Las Palmas Del Sol Medical Center, El Paso Water Utility, Destination El Paso and more.

Matt Eng:
As an Interactive Designer at Idean, Matt has worked on enterprise e-commerce engines, social engagement platforms and data visualization and analytics software products for clients such as AT&T, McDonald’s, Polycom, and Symantec. While the end goals may differ, for each project the priorities are often the same: aligning the business strategy and the user’s needs. Outside of his day-to-day, Matt teaches at Austin Community College and volunteers on the board of AIGA Austin. He feels that Austin has a unique opportunity to build and nurture an amazing design community.

Saturday, April 11th 


828 W 6th Street 
Austin, TX 78703

$20 for members
$30 for Non-members

Coffee and breakfast tacos will be provided.
When & Where
Sat, Apr 11, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM EDT
828 West 6th St.
Austin, TX 78703