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 and has served as President since 2011. She is currently an Art Director for the HONOLULU Magazine group at PacificBasin Communications.
Angelica’s focus as president of AIGA Honolulu is to further strengthen relationships within the local design and design-related industries. She is a firm believer that design is for everyone, not just for designers, and aspires to increase the value of designing as a professional craft, strategic advantage, 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.
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. She is currently a Senior Designer at Wall-to-Wall Studios. 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.
COMMUNICATIONS & WEB CHAIR
Chris Ota is a user interface and user experience designer born and raised on O‘ahu. His design experience has been utilized by a multitude of industry leaders including PIMCO Global, American Savings Bank, MobiPCS, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Kapiolani Community College, JTB Hawaii, Hawaii Business Magazine, Aston Waikiki and many others.
Besides working full time as a Senior Interface Designer at Ikayzo, he is a part-time lecturer in the New Media Arts Program at Kapiolani Community College and is an active blogger on design.
Ryan is an artist, designer, illustrator, photographer, and hobby crafter. Creating is his passion and he always feels the next big idea is right around the corner. Ryan was raised in Kailua, Hawaii, earned his BFA in Design from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and now resides in beautiful Makiki. He is excited to be a part of the AIGA board and continue to build relationships throughout the design community.