Associations, Guilds, Organizations & Groups

Below are groups which you can join for networking and locating work. Also, try seeking out local organizations within your hometown—t’s good way to meet like-minded professionals in your region.


Art Directors Club (ADC) – The ADC is the premier organization for integrated media and the first international creative collective of its kind. Founded in New York in 1920, the ADC is a self-funding, not-for-profit membership organization that celebrates and inspires creative excellence, connecting creative visual communications professionals from around the world.

Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD) – In 1996, RGD Ontario became the self-regulatory, professional body for graphic designers in the province of Ontario.

Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI ) – The premier worldwide organisation dedicated to type and typography. Founded in 1957, ATypI provides the structure for communication, information and action amongst the international type community.

Color Association – The Color Association is the oldest color forecasting service in the US. Since 1915, the Association has been issuing color reports in elegant, fabric-swatched booklet form. The Color Association is the only forecasting service that selects its colors through a committee panel of eight to twelve industry professionals. The combined expertise of our committee members assures a thoughtful and innovative forecast, season after season.

Color Marketing Group (CMG) – Color Marketing Group is a not-for-profit, international Association of 1,300 Color Designers involved in the use of color as it applies to the profitable marketing of goods and services. CMG provides a forum for the exchange of non-competitive information on all phases of color marketing: color trends and combinations; design influences; merchandising and sales; and education and industry contacts.

Core77 – Since 1995, has been an indispensible design magazine and resource serving the greater online community. Founded by designers living and working in New York City, today the network includes daily design news, thought leadership, professional development, industry advocacy and community outreach.

Creative Business – The business resource for creative firm principals and freelancers. Contains some free content and downloads.

Design Council – The Design Council enhances prosperity and well-being in the UK by demonstrating and promoting the vital role of design in a modern economy

Design Management Institute (DMI) – The Design Management Institute (DMI) is an international nonprofit organization that seeks to heighten awareness of design as an essential part of business strategy. Founded in 1975, DMI has become the leading resource and international authority on design management. DMI has earned a reputation worldwide as a multifaceted resource, providing invaluable know-how, tools and training through its conferences, seminars, membership program, and publications.

EPICOMM – Association for Leaders in Print, Mail, Fulfillment and marketing Services.

Graphic Artists Guild – The Graphic Artists Guild is a national union of illustrators, designers, web creators, production artists, surface designers and other creatives who have come together to pursue common goals, share their experience, raise industry standards, and improve the ability of visual creators to achieve satisfying and rewarding careers.

Grolier Club of New York – Founded in 1884, the Grolier Club of New York is America’s oldest and largest society for bibliophiles and enthusiasts in the graphic arts. Named for Jean Grolier, the Renaissance collector renowned for sharing his library with friends, the Club’s objective is to foster “the literary study and promotion of the arts pertaining to the production of books.”

Institute of Designers in Ireland – The Institute of Designers in Ireland is the professional body representing the interests of Irish designers.

International Council of Design (ico-D) – ico-D is the world body for professional graphic design and visual communication.

International Color Consortium (ICA) – The International Color Consortium was established in 1993 by eight industry vendors for the purpose of creating, promoting and encouraging the standardization and evolution of an open, vendor-neutral, cross-platform color management system architecture and components. The outcome of this co-operation was the development of the ICC profile specification.

Letter Exchange – The Letter Exchange, founded in 1988, is a society for professionals involved in the whole spectrum of the lettering arts and crafts, from calligraphy and letter-cutting, through design for print, publishing and typography, to signage and architectural lettering.

Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD) – SEGD is an international non-profit educational organization providing resources for design specialists in the field of environmental graphic design, architecture, and landscape, interior, and industrial design. SEGD members are leading designers of directional and attraction sign systems, destination graphics, identity programs, exhibits, and themed environments.

Society of Graphic Designers of America (GDC) – The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) is Canada’s national graphic design association. It is a member-based organization of design professionals, educators, administrators, students, and associates in communications, marketing, media and design-related fields.

Society for New Design (SND) – The Society for News Design (formerly the Society of Newspaper Design) is an international professional organization with more than 2,600 members in the United States, Canada and more than 50 other countries, divided into the 19 regions shown below.

Society of Publication Designers (SPD) – SPD encourages artistic excellence by judging annually the work of thousands of design professionals in the United States and abroad. The activities of SPD promote the art director’s role as visual journalist and partner in the editorial process — the partner responsible for telescoping and shaping information, the one who gives tone to an editorial voice.