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After Hours: Drink & Draw With Carolyn Sewell

After Hours: Drink & Draw With Carolyn Sewell | AAF-Montgomery

Thursday, January 17th

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. // Common Bond Brewers

424 Bibb St. // FREE Event

Bring your friends and unwind at Common Bond with an evening of drawing (and drinking) with our Lunch and Learn speaker, Carolyn Sewell, a letterer and illustrator from Raleigh, NC.Art supplies will be on hand but feel free to bring your own sketchbook and supplies.

It’s happy hour with crayons!

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January 17 Lunch & Learn: Carolyn Sewell

January 17 Lunch & Learn: Carolyn Sewell | AAF-Montgomery

Thursday, January 17 // 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Capital City Club, 201 Monroe St

$18 members // $30 guests // $15 students // $20 active military

Illustration & Handlettering with Carolyn Sewell

A potty-mouthed lover of all things typographic and unicorny, Carolyn Sewell is a letterer and illustrator living in Raleigh, NC.
She creates work that is lovely, irreverent, and shiny. Her year-long project of daily-drawn “Postcards To My Parents” pivoted her career from graphic design to hand-lettering. Since then, her work has been published in 5 consecutive Type Annuals for Communication Arts as well as PRINT, Grafik, HOW, CMYK, and The Washington Post. Some of her clients include Starbucks, Dairy Queen, Rite Aid, Southern Poverty Law Center and the Hillary Clinton Campaign.

At this lunch and learn, hear about Carolyn’s creative journey and her biggest lesson learned: draw something every day and be nice to your folks.

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New Year, New Headshot 2019

New Year, New Headshot 2019 | AAF-Montgomery

Tuesday, January 8th at 5:30 PM

Capital City Club // 201 Monroe Street
AAF Members $10, Non-members $20
Cash Bar available

What better way to start 2019 than with a new and current headshot?

Join us and photographer Cierra Brinson for individual headshot sessions.

Each session includes:
• one headshot; color and black & white renderings
• usage and printing rights
• digital download delivered within two weeks
• professional direction & posing tips

Please RSVP so we can make sure we have enough time for everyone.

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Care Basket Drive 2018

Care Basket Drive 2018 | AAF-Montgomery

This November, AAF Montgomery will be participating in the Care Basket Drive run by Christmas Clearinghouse. We will be filling laundry baskets with household items that will help parents care for their children.

We will be collecting:
Sponges/Cleaning Supplies
Paper Towels/Toilet Paper
Diapers (all sizes)
Laundry Detergent
Dish Soap
Feminine Products

We’ll be taking donations at the at the Lunch and Learn on November 15th and at STAMP. If you would like to order some of these products online and have them delivered, you may ship them to STAMP.

STAMP Idea Group

111 Washington Avenue

Montgomery, AL 36104

Thanks for helping us give back!

November 15 Lunch & Learn: Alex Center

November 15 Lunch & Learn: Alex Center | AAF-Montgomery

Thursday, November 15 // 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Capital City Club, 201 Monroe St

$18 members // $30 guests // $15 students // $20 active military

Center of Attention

Brooklyn based designer and former Coca-Cola Design Director Alex Center is known for one thing, building brands that people love. He is most well known for his work building the beverage brands vitaminwater and smartwater, which he lead the design for both before and after their acquisition by The Coca-Cola Company. (4.1 Billion dollars, nbd) Having built brands with cult followings and relevance throughout his career, Alex knows the power of design to drive culture and business. Today he runs his own branding studio CENTER, which partners with entrepreneurs to build startups with design at their center. (pun intended) Alex will share his story and the lessons he’s learned along the way.

About Alex Center

Alex Center is a Brooklyn-based designer and founder of the design and branding company CENTER. Prior to opening his own studio he worked for over a decade for The Coca-Cola Company where he led the strategy and design vision for the billion dollar beverage brands vitaminwater, smartwater and POWERADE. Over the years, Alex has designed packaging that has been in hands across the globe, created breakthrough marketing campaigns and launched innovative new products. In 2011, Alex was named one of the 200 Best Packaging Designers by Luerzers Archive. In 2013, he began telling his story around the world with speaking engagements with The Dieline, AIGA, HOW Design Live, and as a guest on Debbie Millman’s famous Design Matters podcast. In 2014, Alex was named a Person To Watch by GDUSA Magazine. In 2015, he became a columnist for HOW Magazine, writing about the expanding landscape of In-House design. In 2018 he left Coca-Cola to open his own company CENTER, which partners with entrepreneurs to build startups with design at their center. In his personal time he enjoys rooting for New York sports teams that wear orange & blue, eating and instagramming delicious food and spending time with his wife Jacquelyn De Jesu and their zero kids and zero pets.

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November 9: Student Conference 2018

November 9: Student Conference 2018 | AAF-Montgomery

Friday, November 9 // 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. MAX Credit Union, 400 Eastdale Cir


Formerly known as Portfolio Day, AAF Montgomery’s Student Conference is better than ever! The Student Conference is a one-day conference where students can learn about the field of advertising, discover what trends are developing in the industry and get a jumpstart on their career by networking with knowledgeable advertising professionals and recruiters.

What Do You Get Out of It?

Students will fuel their creativity and jumpstart their career by:• Learning from inspiring keynote speakers and leaders

• Engaging with students who are just as passionate about advertising from across our local River Region colleges

• Meeting with professionals from top local agencies for a portfolio review

Schedule of Events

10-10:15 am - Check-In/Breakfast

10:15-11am - Speaker

11am-12pm - Speaker/Roundtables

12-1:00pm - Lunch/Break

1-3:00pm - Portfolio Reviews

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October 30: Wicked Easy Zero K

October 30: Wicked Easy Zero K | AAF-Montgomery

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to our Zero K! We enjoyed seeing all the finish line photos and networking afterwards. Even though the event is over, if you missed it you can still donate and participate at a discounted rate! Get your Zero K gear hereto wear while finishing off all that leftover Halloween candy:

With your purchase you will receive a:
• Race medal
• T-shirt
• Zero K Sticker

Proceeds will fund AAF Montgomery scholarships for advertising students, continuing education for area advertising professionals through our meetings and conferences, and advocacy for the advertising industry.

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October 11 - November 10: 30 in 30 Membership Challenge

October 11 - November 10: 30 in 30 Membership Challenge | AAF-Montgomery

We are excited for this year’s 30 in 30 Membership Challenge! For the next 30 days, our goal is to grow and continue to diversify our membership.

During this challenge, all new paid members who sign up within the 30 days will receive $5 off your next Lunch and Learn in addition to the benefits you already receive as a member.

And for our existing members, no one knows the benefits of an AAF Montgomery membership better than a you. If you refer someone who becomes a member, you will receive $5 off your next Lunch and Learn too PLUS a bonus 100 MOTY points! Remember, the member with the highest participation points throughout the club year (July 2018 - June 2019) will receive a FREE Premium membership for next year. So make sure they let us know it was you to get the credit you deserve.

So why should you join?
The American Advertising Federation Montgomery is a 501(c)(6) organization comprised of the River Region’s leading advertisers, advertising agencies, media companies, marketers and creatives. By joining this community you can:

1. Learn from the best. Sit back and soak up the knowledge from expert national speakers with our monthly Lunch & Learns, after hour socials, and workshops.

2. Network like crazy. Get your name out there, meet some new people in the industry, and start racking up those LinkedIn connections.

3. Work that discount. As an AAF Montgomery member, you get discounts on our events, workshops, ADDY entries, FedEx, Hertz, and many, many more.

Click here to download and fill out an application and email to us.

This offer is good until November 10, 2018.

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