Each Event We Do is a Labor of Love and it Takes a Village

NOEL DOLAN, Graphic Designer for Noel Dolan Creative


AIGA Colorado Springs Director May 2018-June 2019 Director

TAP| What would you say most motivated you to assume this role?

ND| My creative community has given so much to me. Without it, I wouldn’t have found my dream job or some of my closest friends. I wanted to give back, and I’m so passionate about design that I wanted to share it with as many people as I could. I wanted to bring exciting events to our city and connect fellow creatives with each other.

TAP| What has been the most surprising to you about your role?

ND| The amount of work! It’s been incredibly rewarding, and I wouldn’t change it for the world, but it’s definitely like having a part-time job. I’m so lucky to have an amazing board who is dependable and always there to help, but it takes a lot of hours to put together an event—from the behind-the-scenes logistics to the advertising to coordinating with our state board. Each event we do is a labor of love and takes a village.

TAP| What is one of the toughest challenges your organization is facing?

ND| Membership. I think numbers are falling, because there aren’t a lot of tangible benefits for being a member. Yes, you get discounts and access to job boards, etc, which are all great, but to me it might not be enough to motivate people to join. I tell people to join AIGA because it supports creatives. It provides great content, speaking events and networking opportunities. Joining is a way to be a part of the creative community and to thank AIGA for what they do for us.

TAP| Why is it important for companies to support their employees in their desire to volunteer for business organizations?

ND| Giving back is so important, whether you’re a business or an individual. It builds community. It’s a no brainer that businesses should support volunteer efforts, because it shows their employees are passionate about what they do and want to share it with others. It’s a sign of a dedicated employee, and it reflects well on your business to get involved with the community that helped build you.

TAP| What goals or projects are you most passionate about?

ND| I love bringing in inspiring speakers from our industry. Hearing stories both from nationally-recognized pros as well as local heroes is one of my favorite types of events. Everyone gets so inspired by other peoples’ stories, and hearing their struggles helps you feel a camaraderie in an industry plagued by feelings of imposter syndrome. I also really love our student portfolio review. I get so excited to share our industry with newbies and get them excited. It’s also really fun to see people when they start out and knowing they have such fantastic potential. I love the excitement of students and watching them explore new ideas and techniques.


EMAIL: noel.dolan@aigacolorado.org LINKEDIN: noelcdolan WEBSITE: colorado.aiga.org/ FACEBOOK: noeldolancreative WEBSITE: www.noeldolan.net INSTAGRAM: @noelcreates PINTEREST: noel_creates


Mac or PC? Mac (also the name of my pawsome black devil cat who loves Christmas decorations) Favorite coffee spot: Dutch Brothers Favorite happy hour: Streetcar 520 in Colorado Springs Favorite social media app: Instagram Early or late?: Early Book we should all read: To Kill a Mockingbird or Wuthering Heights Podcast you don’t miss: Design Matters by Debbie Millman Most played artist on your playlist: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones Favorite Netflix/Amazon binge: Friends for when I want to laugh, Breaking Bad for when I want to study chemistry ;) One thing you’d change about yourself: I’d like to be able to eat whatever I want and not gain an ounce! Your super power: I can multi-task better than a robot


AIGA Colorado, Colorado Springs Chapter

AIGA brings together practitioners, enthusiasts, and patrons to amplify the voice of design and create the vision for a collective future. We define global standards and ethical practices, guide design education, enhance professional development, and make powerful tools and resources accessible.

At AIGA Colorado we are determined to advance design as a professional craft. Our goal is to build a more dynamic and inclusive creative community where everyone can grow, network and participate.

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