AIGA New Mexico & ASMP New Mexico 2017 Hire Ed Portfolio Review

AIGA New Mexico & ASMP New Mexico Hire Ed Portfolio Review 


Saturday, May 6, 9:00AM–2:00PM


Las Puertas Event Center
1512 1st St NW
Albuquerque, NM 87101


If you are a college student or emerging professional studying graphic design or photography, and looking forward jump-starting your career, this event is for you! The AIGA New Mexico and American Society of Media Photographers 2017 Hire Ed Portfolio Review begins by mixing and mingling with fellow creatives over a continental breakfast, followed by talks from top locals in the industry and a Q&A. The main event: spend the afternoon getting your portfolio reviewed one-on-one by designers and photographers who work in our state’s studios, agencies, and nonprofits, own their own businesses, and more!

The Hire Ed Portfolio Review is New Mexico’s premiere event for students and young creative professionals to interact directly with local creative educators, professionals, and potential employers as well as other students in the field. Year after year, students and reviewers are united in their passion for the creative profession and a common goal to further the community and future of design and photography as a whole.


AIGA NM & ASMP NM are giving you the chance to get some real-world, constructive criticism on your work in a no-risk, non-competitive environment!

How would your projects hold up in an interview? How would YOU hold up? Time to find out! Attendees have the opportunity to receive professional, objective advice on their work and resumé from local creative industry professionals. While this event is not a job fair, some reviewers may be looking for potential employees or interns.

Attending Hire Ed is a great way to discuss your work, fine-tune your presentation skills, network and become aware of who’s who in your local design community. Meet and network with local creative professionals, and create the foundations for a multitude of connections. Who knows what opportunities can come out of further interactions?

AIGA NM & ASMP NM have lined up a pair of wonderful speakers to offer lessons on what students should expect after graduation. Their talks (with a Q&A following) will give you guidance and advice as you take those steps out into the world of professional design and photography.


We are lining up a great roster of design and photography professionals across the state to review portfolios and talk with all our up-and-coming creative professionals. Check back here and on our social media as we add more reviewers to the list.


Ashley Fate, UX Researcher and Service Designer at Sandia National Labs

Ashley Fate is a User Experience Researcher and Service Designer at Sandia National Laboratories. She loves collaborating with customers and design/development teams to create user-friendly and user-centered websites and web applications for Sandia’s workforce.


She previously was a Marketing Manager for Student Life at the University of New Mexico where she hired, led, and mentored a team of professional and student graphic designers, photographers, filmmakers, and marketing assistants to create and plan marketing campaigns, collateral, as well as events for UNM’s student communities. Her passion for mentorship, affinity for professionalism, and eye for engaging design helped to develop and expand her staff's skill set and prepare them for the next phase of their careers. 


She has also worked as a Marketing Coordinator for MaKee Wallwork & Co., and was twice elected as the student body president of the University of New Mexico where she first gained experience hiring and managing a team of 40 employees.  In her free time she loves playing with her boxers Maya and Reggie.  

David Bram, Publisher. Editor. Curator. Photographer. 

David Bram is the editor, founder and curator of Fraction Magazine, an online venue dedicated to fine art, contemporary photography. Fraction Magazine was founded in 2008 and has shown portfolios from more than 350 photographers. David is also the co-creator of Flash Powder Projects, which hosts invite-only retreats for photographers and works collaboratively with artists to publish truly beautiful photobooks in small, exclusive editions.  In 2017 David founded Fraction Editions, a new book publishing company.

David Bram has reviewed portfolios at over 30 national events including Review Santa Fe, Fotofest, PhotoLucida, PhotoNOLA, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Medium, Filter and Colorado Photographic Arts Center. He was a juror for Review Santa Fe in 2010 as well as a frequent juror for Critical Mass.  He was a reviewer at Fotofest Moscow in August 2011 and a curator at the Lishui Photography Festival in China in November 2011. In September 2010, David was the recipient of the Griffin Museum of Photography’s Rising Star Award. In 2015, David curated Fraction of a Second, a group exhibition of 45 Fraction photographers for the University of New Mexico Art Museum and 516 Arts.


  • Laura Pressley - Executive Director, CENTER
  • Ashley Fate - UX Researcher and Service Designer at Sandia National Labs
  • M. Paige Taylor - Education Coordinator, 516 Arts
  • Joseph Chavez - Core Faculty at Southwest University of Visual Arts
  • David Bram - Founder, Fraction Magazine
  • Paul Ziomek - Core Faculty at Southwest University of Visual Arts
  • Irene Owsley - Photographer, National ASMP Board
  • Sara Mota - Design Director, University of Mew Mexico
  • Robert Rosales - Staff Photographer, Albuquerque Journal
  • Marie Shriver - Graphic Designer & Brand Manager at Kabana
  • Robert Browman - Digital Editor, Albuquerque Journal
  • Brian Byers - Web Designer & Developer at Sandia National Laboratories
  • Kevin Black - Photographer, Albuquerque
  • Gordon Jee - Principal at arjuna16 design
  • Kathleen Messmer - Managing Partner, CEO Anvil Springs Entertainment
  • Ian McAbee - UI Designer and Developer, Sandia National Laboratories 
  • Matthew Chase-Daniel - co-founder, co-owner, and co-curator of Axle Contemporary
  • Dominic Sedillo - Senior Illustrator/Branding Assistant at Boba Tea Company
  • Kirk Gittings - Photographer, Educator, SFUAD


  • Student designers and photographers.
  • Young professional designers and photographers starting out.
  • Experienced professional design, photography, art, and communication professionals and educators interested in looking to review and advise the next generation of creatives. Why not take a few hours and give back to our local creative community?


  • Yourself at your best, dressed for success. 
  • Your polished portfolio, ready to impress.
  • Several copies of your resume.
  • Business cards, so we can keep in touch. 
  • A notepad to take down all that awesome advice. 


  • 9:00–10:00AM : Meet and Greet, Continental Breakfast 
  • 10:00-10:15AM : Opening (& a giveaway) 
  • 10:15–11:15 : Speakers
  • 11:15–12:15PM : Portfolio Review
  • 12:15–12:30PM : Break (& more giveaways) 
  • 12:30–1:30PM : Portfolio Review 
  • 1:30–2:00PM : Closing (& even more giveaways)


  • Portfolios should include no more than 12 examples of design work, digital or print. Time will be limited. 
  • Prepare and dress for the review as if this was a job interview.
  • Avoid typos and poor craft skills in your portfolio of work. 
  • Practice talking about your projects. 
  • If you plan on showing interactive or rich-media work, please bring a fully-charged laptop or tablet. Just as in the real world, WiFi may be available but should not be relied upon. Have backup files saved locally. 
  • Don't be late. 


As always, it pays to be a member! Registered members of AIGA New Mexico & ASMP New Mexico get 50% off their registration to Hire Ed Portfolio Review.

  • Members Pre-Registration: $10
  • Nonmembers Pre-Registration: $20
  • Price at Door (Regardless of membership): $25


Las Puertas Event Center


If you have questions about Hire Ed Portfolio Review, please contact:

Brandi Sea Heft-Kniffen, Education Director, AIGA New Mexico at

About ASMP New Mexico

The American Society of Media Photographers is the premier trade association for the world's most respected photographers. ASMP-NM advocates the highest standards of professional photography, offering programs, seminars and timely news, providing business support to its members, encouraging education and promoting camaraderie in the larger photographic community in New Mexico.

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About AIGA New Mexico

AIGA, the professional association for design, is committed to advancing design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force. AIGA New Mexico contributes to this cause with initiatives and events that are geared towards: design education, networking, professional development, giving back to the world with design for good, engaging the community of creatives, and having fun.

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When & Where
Sat, May 6, 2017 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Las Puertas Event Center
1512 1st St NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87101
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