Design Battle

Learn More Think you're a good designer? Put your skills to the test at Design Battle! Compete with other Mason designers at the live action design competition and have your work judged by a panel of DC designers right then and there. To enter, please email with your name and grade and a link to your portfolio.

About Design Battle

The ultimate showcase of design skills

In AIGA Design Battle contestants will put their skills to the test and compete with other designers at the live action design competition and have your work judged by a panel of DC designers right then and there. Winners will receive sponsored prizes for being successful in the battle. AIGA GMU is working with Erik Hansen to organize and facilitate the event. Check out the video below!

Event Details

Everything you need to know


AIGA GMU is creating this event for college students and anyone 18+. Feel free to invite friends and co-workers to this epic event.


Design Battle! 5 selected contestants will be paired up and face off in an Iron Chef style design battle where a secret 'theme' is given. 5 Judges will evaluate the designs and pick a winner from every round. From there winners will move on to the semi/finals for a chance to win the title of Design Battle Champion and win some awesome prizes!. It will be a party club like atmospehere for the competition. We will have projector screens setup so everyone can watch the designers at work while you grab some food or sip your drink. Food and drinks are available at 25% off normal prices.


Thursday April 19, 2012
7:30pm - 10pm*

*The event will officially end at 10:00pm, those who are under 21 must leave the building at this time.


The event will be held at Fairfax Grille & Icons Event Hall, Located at 10418 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22030. This is about a 15 minute walk from the George Mason campus. Click here for a map of the location.

Jefferson Liu


Jefferson Liu began his career as a designer specializing in print and retail design. Through the years, his focus shifted from traditional to digital. And his passion for crafting imaginative, interactive experiences lead him to AKQA in Washington DC.

As native of Washington DC, Jefferson stays actively involved in the art and design community. He mentors and speaks to students on a regular basis, while participating at local art shows in DC.

What we've done:

  • Print & Retail Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Advertising
  • Product Packaging

Jesse Thomas


"Web's Hottest Designers" by Mashable, Thomas has been working toward owning his own agency since he was in his late teens. Obsessed while growing up with comic books, all things Disney and Pixar, MTV and video games, Thomas has built a company that produces the wonderment and magic he remains inspired by for vanguard clients that include Nike, NASA, Facebook, Google, Intel, Red Bull and Twitter.

What I've done:

  • UI / UX
  • Data Visualizations
  • Infographics

Neal Ashby

Ashby Design

ashby design is a graphic design firm providing consultancy across a broad spectrum of design disciplines. our portfolio includes music packaging, annual reports, corporate identities, book design, magazine and editorial design, print collateral, web sites and advertising. our clients are large and small, and emcompass a wide range of industries.

What I've done:

  • Music Packaging
  • Branding
  • Publications
  • Print

Owen Shifflett


Owen joined Viget after 3.5 years at CDG Interactive, where he honed his skills as a Designer and Illustrator focused on brand development, online storytelling, and interactive design. Outside of work he enjoys being a new dad, furniture rejuvenator, noise-creator, and maker-upper of words.

What I've done:

  • Design
  • Illustration
  • Art Direction

Tomás Snoreck


As the founder and creative director at ripe, Tomas spent years crafting brands and working with clients near and far. He is a firm believer that more minds are better then one. As a result ripe has become a visual branding think tank that collaborates with their clients to create stunning design. He is passionate about giving back to the emerging design community and can hardly wait to see these young designs "rumble"!

What I've done:

  • Brand
  • Interactive
  • Print
  • Environmental

Sponsors and Prizes

The cool stuff!




1st Place Winner receives:
$250 from Think Monumental, 500 Business Cards from Herron Printing and an Apple TV from AKQA
2nd Place receives:
$200 gift certificate to Taylor Gourmet, 500 business cards from Herron Printing
3rd Place receives:
$100 gift certificate to Matchbox, 500 business cards from Herron Printing
4th + 5th Places Receive:
Mason hoodie
Best Paper Doodle receives:
$50 to Matchbox


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