Angelica was born and raised on O‘ahu and is a graduate of the BFA Graphic Design program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She has served on the AIGA Honolulu Chapter Board of Directors since 2009 in the positions of Sustainability Chair and Secretary. She is currently the Associate Art Director for HONOLULU Magazine and is a part of the Interisland Terminal and R/D team. She believes in designing for good (for people, planet, and prosperity) and that forward-thinking design is key for creating great change.
Angelica’s focus as president of AIGA Honolulu is to involve and empower the millennial generation and beyond and to further strengthen relationships within the local design and design-related industries. She also aspires to increase the value of designing as a professional craft, strategic tool, and vital cultural force in Hawai‘i.
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Chris Magpoc was born and raised on the island of O‘ahu. He obtained a bachelor of fine arts degree from California College of the Arts in San Francisco in 1988. Began his career working for various design studios in California. He had the opportunity to gain a lot of experience by working on projects for the National Football League’s Super Bowl events and designing exhibit space for Walt Disney World, Florida. He moved back to Hawai‘i in 1995, and after working for other design firms in Honolulu, he opened Dfi Design in 2000.
Dfi Design offers an extensive range of design services such as logo identity, package design development, print work, web design and signage. Working with various types of industries such as; Hospitality, professional services, developers, retail, finance, start-ups, and nonprofit organizations.
Leslie was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. After a couple years of soul searching, her passion for pretty things is what led her to study design at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Leslie eventually came back to Hawai‘i to receive her Communication Arts degree from Honolulu Community College and has been working as a designer for the past seven years. Leslie is currently the Art Director at Design Asylum, Inc. and likes to spend her free time checking out new restaurants for her food blog. She looks forward to broadening her horizons, meeting new people and contributing to the AIGA Honolulu board and design community.
Michelle hails from the Valley Isle of Maui. She moved to Honolulu six years ago to pursue a degree in architecture but after enduring three years of cut fingers, sleepless nights, and cup noodle dinners for days on end, she decided it was not for her. Art proved to be more rewarding and in 2010, she graduated from the BFA Graphic Design Program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, where she also received a Minor in Business Administration. She is currently the Web & Graphic Designer for HonBlue, and is part of the Interisland Terminal team. She is new to the AIGA Honolulu board and is excited to be part of this growing organization.
Malia was raised in Kailua on O‘ahu. Despite an early interest in bugs, she decided to pursue a career that combined art with a variety of other academic pursuits. She earned her BFA in Communication Design from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. After three years working as a designer in Washington, D.C., she moved back home to Hawai‘i and has spent the last 8 years designing in her much more comfortable home climate. Having worked as a freelance, in-house and studio designer, Malia brings a variety of perspectives to the local AIGA chapter. She would like to remind everyone that the word “addicting” does not exist; “addictive” is the word you’re looking for, and that pet peeves like this make her a good fit for the role of Secretary with the Honolulu AIGA. The early interest in bugs has not really been of much use.
Born in Mexico and raised in both Texas and Hawai‘i, Aaron received his BFA in Graphic Design at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 1999. Aaron is currenlty a lecturer in the graphic design program at UHM and is also the AIGA UHM Student Group Faculty Advisor. Some of his other jobs include being a full-time web graphic designer for UHM College of Education, Curriculum Research & Development Group and a freelance designer for his own studio Formlessness. Although being of asian decent and having been born in Mexico, he sometimes think of himself as asian-mexican.
While fulfilling his duties to the U.S. Army at Schofield Barracks Hawai‘i, Joe met his wife Gladys and was eventually transplanted back to Hawai‘i from Michigan’s frigid Upper Peninsula. He received his BFA with honors in Graphic Communications from the Northern Michigan University School of Art and Design—where he also served stints as the External Events Coordinator and the President of the school’s AIGA student chapter. Joe draws much of his passion for design from experiences he had during a year-long deployment to the front lines of Iraq in 2004, where his eyes were opened to the realization that there is no weapon in the world quite as powerful as a well communicated message. Joe is part of the Foodland Super Market, Ltd. creative team.
Chris Ota has designed and implemented high impact websites and web applications for customers ranging from Disney to HVCB. His design experience has been utilized by a multitude of industry leaders including Disney Aulani, American Savings Bank, Atlas Insurance Agency, The Wedding Ring Shop, ProService Hawaii, Diagnostic Laboratory Services (DLS), Hawaii Convention Center and many others. Besides being in charge of development and outreach for Ignite Honolulu, Chris addresses the local web design and development community by frequently having meetups with his network of over 60 local designers.
Tiffany’s career path started with marketing at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Upon graduating, she began working at Clear Channel Radio, where she had her first taste of design making banner ads. Curious and eager to learn about design fundamentals, she started taking classes part-time at Kapiolani Community College. After one semester, she made the difficult decision to quit her job and go to school full-time to pursue an Associate’s degree in New Media Arts Interface Design. Tiffany is currently working at the University of Hawai‘i Foundation as a marketing coordinator and designer. When she’s not working, Tiffany likes to spend her time reading design blogs, doodling, hiking, and looking at penguins.
Kat, the youngest of seven children, was born and raised on Oahu. She received her graphic design degree from the New Media Arts Interface Design Program at Kapi‘olani Community College. She is currently a Graphic Designer and Web Developer at Design Asylum, Inc. and the Lead UI Designer at Undefeated Games, Inc. Kat enjoys engaging with new people and sharing her enthusiasm for design. She is an active member of HI-Capacity and Alaka‘i Young Professionals, and participates in various community events including Startup Weekend, HNL New Tech Meetup, and WetWare Wednesdays. If there’s a tech or design meetup, Kat is sure to be there!
She encourages students to pursue their passion and never set limits.