Because you love design. Because you’ve chosen to be a designer despite the fact that your mom doesn’t believe that it’s a real career. Because being a designer in Hawaii comes with different challenges and different opportunities than anywhere else. Because we are entering The Design Age, when design will play a critical role in every aspect of our future. Because as long as you continue to learn and grow as a designer, you have a valuable, marketable skill set. Because if Hawaii has a thriving design community, everyone in it—designer or not—will be better off.

What we do

Keep you employed
Sure, we will promote your portfolio on our web site and provide access to job listings, but we also aim to educate the larger community about how valuable you are. At a time when every Tom, Dick and Keoni has a desktop computer, design software and stock photography, and with the alarming rise in crowd-sourcing and spec work, it’s more important than ever to have a reputable organization explaining the process and benefits of working with a professional designer. We stay on top of issues that affect our industry and take action when necessary.

Keep you inspired
We actively work to bring national design stars to Hawaii, provide workshops, secure discounts for design-related events— anything to keep you sharp and inspired. Signature events like Hawaii’s 5-O competition, Designer Dialogues, and Drawing Under the Influence and No Go Logo socials, are just a few of the ways we bring local designers together to recognize, inspire and connect with each other.

Keep in touch
Is there a creative professional you would like to bring to Hawaii? Is there an issue affecting designers or the design industry that you want to learn more about or feel should be officially addressed? We’d love to hear from you. We are always looking for relevant and valuable experiences to provide for our members.


Membership in AIGA has its benefits—including discounts on services and products, health insurance, exclusive access to new job opportunities and more. Join today to contribute to the influence of design, further your professional development and connect with a welcoming community of peers.


All AIGA members receive these benefits:
Periodic Survey of Design Salaries
Members receive exclusive access to detailed results in this compensation survey produced by AIGA.
Professional development
All AIGA members can access webinars produced with AIGA partners, as well as discounted rates for certificate courses and leadership workshops.
AIGA members receive one month free at Skillshare plus special discounted rates on the annual Premium Subscription.
Design Jobs
All AIGA members can view complete job listings at AIGA Design Jobs, and Sustaining members and above receive discounted rates for posting job opportunities.
Member Portfolios
All AIGA members can showcase their work, connect with like-minded creatives and be found by employers and recruiters on this exclusive network.
Designer Directory
Only AIGA members are listed in the AIGA Designer Directory, which links to each member’s exclusive member profile on AIGA.org.
Event discounts
Members get discounted rates for local chapter events, lectures and networking events, as well as regional workshops and national conferences.
Competition discounts
Members save 25 percent on entry fees to national AIGA competitions.
AIGA members receive free access to customized legal documents available on your phone and online for a year, plus a 50% discounted rate for year two.
All members receive Communiqué monthly, and can opt in at My AIGA for The Buzz, a monthly newsletter for emerging designers, or INform, a quarterly newsletter for in-house creatives.
Members at the Supporter level and above can access these exclusive benefits:
Apple discounts
AIGA members are eligible for discounts on Apple products and accessories, as well as complimentary shipping and engraving.
LG discounts
AIGA members have access to a 20 percent discount on a selection of high-performing, Mac-compatible LG UltraWide desktop monitors.
Discounts on Wacom drawing tablets
As an AIGA member, you are entitled to discounts on Intuos Pros small and medium-sized digital drawing tablets, and on Cintiq Companion/Hybrid products.
Designers & Books discounts
As an AIGA member, you can receive deep discounts on new as well as rare and out-of-print books about design, art, architecture and photography from major publishers.
A special MOO discount
AIGA Members receive 10% off all products at moo.com, and new customers get 20% off their first order.
Health insurance
AIGA now has a Private Health Insurance Exchange for members at the Supporter level and above, available in all states except Vermont and Hawaii.
FedEx® services
AIGA members are eligible for special rates on select FedEx® shipments and FedEx Office print and copy services.
lynda.com discounts
AIGA members have access to discounted training subscriptions that help develop and maintain software skills.
Design Business and Ethics
Sustaining Members, Design Leaders and Trustees receive a printed copy of this guide.
Discounts on books and magazines
Log in for discounted subscriptions to Communication ArtsDesign Bureau, Dwell, HOW and Print, as well as discounts on design books.
F+W Media discounts
Through a partnership with F+W Media’s Design Community, AIGA members are eligible for discounts on select events and services.
Members at the Sustaining level and above can access these exclusive benefits:
Business owner insurance
Business owners policy, also known as business owners insurance, protects your business from third party claims of bodily injury, associated medical costs and damage to your or someone else’s property.
Discounts on dental, healthy choice, lifestyle assistance
This series of benefits represents an opportunity for discounts on lifestyle services: Dental Plus Discount Plan, Healthy Choice Discount Plan and Lifestyle Assistance Discount Plan. This is not Insurance.
General liability insurance
General liability insurance protects your business from third party claims for bodily injury, associated medical costs and damage to someone else’s property.
Health insurance
AIGA offers members choices in healthcare. Find a plan from among those offered by top insurance companies like BlueCross BlueShield, United Healthcare and Aetna.
Long Term Care insurance
Most financial advisors encourage the consideration of long term care insurance as part of a complete financial plan. Find out information on three common types of long term care: home healthcare, adult day care, and assisted living options.
Mortgage assistance
Quicken Loans Mortgage Insiders Program provides members with an efficient and helpful mortgage process and $300 cash back on a closed loan.
Pet insurance
AIGA members are eligible for a 5 percent discount on Hartville Pet Insurance (10 percent on multiple pets!). Hartville reimburses up to 90 percent of covered vet costs after a $100 annual deductible per pet.
Professional liability insurance
Professional liability insurance, also called errors and omissions insurance (E & O insurance), protects your business if you are sued for negligently performing your services, even if you haven’t made a mistake.