COVID-19: AIGA Cleveland’s Response & Resources for Designers

Updated March 19, 2020

In light of the current situation with COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our annual Student Portfolio Review scheduled for late April. We would like to thank those who signed up as volunteers and reviewers. Students who signed up for this event will receive a full refund. Please stay tuned however – as we are evaluating virtual ways in which we can provide valuable resources to our student community. The well-being of the AIGA Cleveland community is our top priority, and we thank you for your patience and understanding as we set our plans during the time. 

As many of you are aware, the best response to COVID-19 is social distancing. It is in this spirit that we have decided to cancel our March community meeting. The well-being of the AIGA Cleveland community is our top priority, and we thank you for your patience and understanding as we gather information and set our plans during this outbreak. We want to assure you that we are closely monitoring the situation, and we will be sure to keep our community updated on events in the coming months. Stay creative, stay positive and stay healthy! 

On Monday, three individuals in Cuyahoga County tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). We understood it was just a matter of time before our community was impacted by COVID-19. We encourage you take all the precautions recommended by the CDC:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

We are here as a resource for the local design community. Please reach out if you have comments or concerns about the situation. We are happy to connect, and welcome your feedback.

Lastly, we wanted to share some articles and resources regarding the impact of coronavirus on the design community. From local updates to postponing conferences and working remotely, here is a list of helpful links for further reading on this topic:

We wish you good health, and look forward to connecting soon.

By Rebecca Wrenn
Published March 11, 2020