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The 2016 AIGA Design Census was made to gauge designers in the industry and to take a census of these professionals around the world. After receiving over 9,000 responses, AIGA released the data to the public, which enabled designers to have the opportunity to explore the census. In the spring of 2017, the junior Communications Design students at Carnegie Mellon University teamed up to visually represent the data gathered from the AIGA Design Census and to create a CMU Design Census to survey their alumni. The CMU Design Census aims to connect current students and alumni through shared experiences.

After receiving responses from CMU alumni, we created a collection of zines that represent the alumni who responded to our questionnaire; each zine describes their design style and a bit about their lives. Using these qualifiers, we imagined personas of the alumni - highlighting their design philosophies, aesthetics and insights. We encourage you to meet the designers from across the world through this website.

The designers who have created this system consist of Sara Remi Fields, Treat Swarstad, Lily Fulop, Emily Mongilio and Bettina Chou. The website and introduction video have been created by Sara Remi and Treat. The visual system and print pieces were a collaboration of the entire team.