Spark 04.2012

President’s Letter

Dear Members and Friends of AIGA Honolulu,

I would like to publicly thank the AIGA Honolulu board for all the work they have collectively put in over the past nine months. I am honored to serve the organization alongside such hardworking and selfless people. THANK YOU to Michelle Carino, Matt Heim, Christine Koroki, Aaron Lee, Chae Lee, Ken Lincoln, Alan Low, Chris Magpoc, Joe Schuck, Leslie Tamonte, and Malia Wisch.

A huge MAHALO also goes out to the professionals who spent their weekends participating in two events last month. Those events were Design Forum and our annual Design LAB, both in which they shared their work, processes, and words of wisdom to young and aspiring designers.


Anne Bush – UHM
Clifford Cheng – VOICE
Dave Daniels – MVNP
Chris Gargiulo – KCC
Darin Isobe – PacificBasin Communications
Arne Knudson – GiddyMachine
Heather Park – Scenic Design
Bernard Uy – Wall-to-Wall Studios
Kuni Yamamoto – Clarence Lee Design & Associates


Chris Acacio – Clutch Design
Marlon Alojepan – Camber Corporation
Clifford Cheng – VOICE
Glenn Coloma – Clarence Lee Design & Associates
Mark Guillermo – Wall-to-Wall Studios
Tiff Higa – Kapiolani Community College/Design Asylum
Christine Koroki – Freelance
Nina Lee – Design Mindful Impact
Alan Low – Alan Low Design
Chris Magpoc – Dfi Design
Sheryl Nicolas – Design Asylum
Kat Sakata – Design Asylum
Leslie Tamonte – Design Asylum
Noah Tom – Anthology Marketing Group
Gwen Woltz – Wahine Media

Happening this month is the 2012 Roundtable on the topic of Membership. If you are an AIGA member in good-standing and have any comments about your membership, please share them with our Membership Director, Alan Low by emailing him at by Wednesday, April 25th.

Happy Spring!

AIGA Student Group Portfolio Shows

Honolulu Community College


As designers, we find that we are constantly challenged with finding creative solutions to seemingly impossible tasks. The Honolulu Community College’s Communication Arts Program has a group of 15 young, talented, and aspiring designers that would like to extend an invitation for you to come and experience our portfolio show. Here, you will have an opportunity to view our design and print work where we make the impossible, possible.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Honolulu Community College
Building 2 Room 201
874 Dillingham Blvd. Honolulu, HI 96817

Parking Information:
Please park in parking lot C
For map and further information, please visit the Event Site

Kapi’olani Community College

The Works of New Media Arts

Be sure to come view the demo reels and portfolios from the graduating animation and interface design students of the New Media Arts program at Kapi’olani Community College. For those of you looking to hire a 3D animator, designer, web designer, or html/css front end coder, or for those of you thinking about taking a class in design or animation at KCC—this is a great opportunity to learn more about the program, meet the faculty and see examples of student work.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
6:00pm–7:00pm INDUSTRY ONLY
The 2011 NMA Practicum short “The Spare” will be screened at 7:00pm

Kapi’olani Community College
4303 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816
ILIAHI Rooms 123ABC (near Subway)

Event Site | Program Info

University of Hawaii at Manoa

ADDITION + BFA Graphic Design Portfolio Show

The University of Hawai’i at Manoa BFA Graphic Design class would be honored by your presence at their 2012 portfolio show. They will be showcasing a wide range of work, including print, web, and conceptually driven projects. For employers, this is a wonderful opportunity to meet 13 new and creative minds eager to learn and experience more in the design field. If you are a student considering an art or design degree at UHM, this is a good venue to obtain more information about the program and see examples of student work.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Honolulu Design Center
1250 Kapi’olani Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814

Food and drink provided by Stage Restaurant
Covered valet parking available

More Info

2012 AIGA Design LAB

This year marked the 9th Annual AIGA Design Learn & Become (LAB) Workshop, which took place March 24-25 at Mililani High School.

The AIGA Design LAB’s objective is to give high school students from across the islands hands-on experience in learning the fundamentals of graphic design, the design process and the importance of the role of a graphic designer.

This year’s Design LAB consisted of 20 students from 4 different area high schools (Moanalua, Waialua, Campbell and Mililani High Schools) and 15 local design professionals in the role of facilitators. The students were given lessons on Sketching, Typography, Contrast and Layout along with a case study presented by Glenn Coloma of Clarence Lee Design & Associates. Students were challenged in the two-day workshop to create event posters for a fictitious culture and the arts center. Posters may be showcased in a public exhibit later this year—details are still being finalized, so stay tuned. Feedback from tudents and teachers was very positive and the experience was rewarding for all involved.

AIGA Honolulu would like to thank everybody who helped make this event a success and we look forward to next year’s 10th Annual Design LAB! If you are interested in helping, please contact us at

Event photos can be viewed here courtesy of Glenn Coloma from Clarence Lee Design & Associates.

EVENT RECAP: Design Forum 2012

On March 18, 2012, AIGA Honoulu held Design Forum 2012 with an astounding 80+ students and designers in attendance. In a rare across-the-educational-spectrum showing, there were students from UHM, HCC, KCC and some recent graduates and alumni from each. 22 students were able to get their portfolios reviewed by the presenters, with each student having the chance to have their work reviewed by at least 4 speakers. AIGA Honolulu would like to thank all of the volunteers and presenters that donated their time and expertise to make this event such a success! We look forward to seeing all of you at the next Design Forum event!

See the event photos here.

Clifford Cheng
Makes His Mark in ‘Fingerprint No. 2’

Congratulations go out to longtime AIGA Honolulu member and past board member Clifford Cheng, whose work on the 2007 Hawaii’s 5-O Show Call-for-Entries and Catalog was recently featured in the nationally renowned design book, Fingerprint No. 2. The beautiful compendium is a follow up to the best-selling Fingerprint, which explored how the use of handmade elements in design engages and connects. The books were designed and compiled by past Hawaii’s 5-O judge (and friend of AIGA Honolulu!) Joshua Chen of Chen Design Associates. You can pick up your copy of Fingerprint No. 2 online or at any major retailer.

Clifford would like to extend a very special mahalo to Jesse Arneson, Kris Chau, Arne Knudson, Scott Naauao, Matt Heim at Electric Pencil, Mark Ibara at Edwards Enterprises, Hagadone Printing, and Obun Hawaii—as well as Bernie Uy and all the 2007 AIGA board members—for all of their contributions to the event; he could not have done it without all of their talents and hard work.

Congratulations to all!

A spread of the feature can be viewed here here.


D.U.I. Returns this June!

Mark your calendars! DUI: Drawing Under the Influence is drawing near this summer!

Do you remember our last DUI event? Drawing a blank?! Well, it’s time to sharpen your wits and sharpen your pencils as AIGA Honolulu presents the ultimate battle of Pen and Drink in a Pictionary-type competition! So grab some sketchy friends and start gathering your teams together. Remember, it’s not how well you draw: it’s how much fun you can have!

By aigahonolulu
Published April 28, 2012
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