AIGA New Mexico & ASMP New Mexico 2018 Hire Ed Portfolio Review

AIGA New Mexico & ASMP New Mexico Hire Ed Portfolio Review 


Saturday, April 21st, 9:00AM–1:30PM


Warehouse 508


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 2018 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.


Joe Cardillo headshot

Joe Cardillo leads digital strategy at Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), and has 10 years of experience managing design and development, marketing/brand, and operations within tech, startups, and media companies. 

Areas of deep domain knowledge + practice include online product operations, project management, content creation/writing, journalism, media relations, analytics, SEO, and social media. 

You can learn more about Joe's work at

Jennifer Spellman, photographer

Jennifer Spelman is a freelance editorial and documentary photographer based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her clients have included Village Science, Seven Squared Media, The Heart Gallery, What Moves You, Sanjhi, and Sustainable Santa Fe. Jennifer is a patient educator who has co-instructed with National Geographic Expeditions and taught workshops in Santa Fe, India, Mexico, and Cuba. She is thrilled to lead passionate photographers on ridiculously fun adventures around the world with the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.


  • 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
  • 10:15–11:15 : Speakers
  • 11:15–1:15PM : Portfolio Review
  • 1:15–1:30PM : Closing


  • 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: $15
  • Nonmembers Pre-Registration: $25
  • Price at Door (Regardless of membership): $30
  • Group Discount: $5 off when 5 or more people register from the same group


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.

More information at:

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.

More information at:

When & Where
Sat, Apr 21, 2018 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Warehouse 508
508 1st St NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
Currently Registered