AIGA, UCDA, SoTA, CDA, STA, and TTChi
As well as participating in activities and programs held by AIGA and UCDA (University and College Designers Association), Sharon and Guy are committed to fulfilling key roles within SoTA, CDA, STA and TypeThursday Chicago.
Society of Typographic Aficionados
Appointed January 2019, Sharon serves as Chair of SoTA, an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, study, and support of type, its history and development, its use in the world of print and digital imagery, its designers, and its admirers.
SoTA exists for the affordable education of its members and participants; to further the development of type and typographic information; and to appreciate on multiple levels the attributes of type, typography, design, the book arts, and calligraphy. Furthermore, SoTA is committed to sponsoring relevant topics in pursuit of these goals through TypeCon, an annual conference held in the summer, in a different host city each year. Sharon also serves as Chair of the TypeCon Education Forum, a special day of programming for design educators. This year, TypeCon Week takes place Aug 28–Sep 1 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Chicago Design Archive
Since 2018, Sharon has been serving as a Director on the Executive Board of the Chicago Design Archive, an exclusive and permanent online record featuring Chicago-related experiential, graphic, and product design created from the 1920s to the present. As an Executive Board Director, Sharon leads or participates in various activities, including CDA programming/special projects and marketing, and as a reviewer for work submitted to the Archive.
STA Design Inspiration Weekend
Since 2013, Guy has been serving as Chair, and Sharon as Co-chair, of the STA Design Inspiration Weekend, a mini conference annually held in January over MLK weekend, in the greater Chicago area by The Society of Typographic Arts.
STA is Chicago’s oldest professional design organization, promoting high standards and focusing on the art and craft of typography, design, and visual communication. As a vital hub for the Chicago design community, STA sponsors lectures and conferences, develops publications, and promotes leading edge professional design. The STA Design Inspiration Weekend is one example in which STA brings the design community together by inviting and encouraging all creative professionals and students to get involved, be heard and help build an organization with unique social, educational, and networking opportunities. The next one takes place January 17–19, 2020.
Sharon served as a Dialogue Lead for TypeThursday Chicago, a recurring meet-up (taking place in 8 cities/chapters) focused on discussion of work-in-progress typography projects, as well as a place to network with type enthusiasts. The group of practitioners of various disciplines of typography leads to a unique mix in the promotion of design excellence and democratic participation. Periodically, Sharon lead the critique session, fostered discourse with audience members, and provided a summary of the commentary. Sharon was additionally integral in helping to identify volunteers to manage and staff events, and in procuring professional designers and students to have their work critiqued in this group setting.