PIN BIG! 10th Annual Student Pin-Up Show

This year is BIG! #10.

Join students from all over the Southeast for this annual design industry night where students "pin-up" and show off their latest designs. We are excited to be back at Matchstic for this year’s show.

Get the opportunity to immerse yourself in Atlanta’s creative community hanging out in the BIG room with other design students, faculty and professionals. In the pinup hallway take a peek at emerging trends created by our area’s rising stars. Show school pride in the photo booth and during the annual school roll call.

Employers hiring interns and recent grads are invited to scope new talent.

All attendees are eligible for fun door prizes throughout the event. Enjoy light snacks while making a new connection.

Pinners vie for a chance to win Excellence Awards and Judge’s Choice Awards (one per judge). Excellence Awards include the top overall six pieces in the show based on creativity, craftsmanship, concept, and use of design elements as determined by the judges.

The judged winners and selected pieces will later be displayed at the Buckhead Binder’s Gallery in February 2020 and then be eligible for the coveted People’s Choice award voting.

All proceeds benefit the AIGA Atlanta Education Scholarship Fund with the goal of supporting our area’s diversity of design students. Bring cash to snag a poster or one of the limited-edition “PIN BIG Guy” pins.

Pinning Categories:

2D Design—Any 2D print piece including posters, invitations, calendars, branding systems, logos, print ads, typeface designs, print publications, etc.

3D Design—Any 3D piece of graphic design including models, packaging, renderings, signage/sign systems, etc. 3D work must be presented as a photo or print. No physical 3D pieces will be accepted.

Web/Interactive—Any web, apps or interactive design pieces. Work must be printed out for display. No live on-screen work will be accepted.

Photography—Any photograph done traditionally or digitally.

Illustration—Any illustration done traditionally or digitally.

Foundation Level (Must be in your first 6 months of school and showcasing work done during this time)—This category includes all of the above categories for students in their first six-months of graphic design education.

NOTE: We understand that all design schools are different and have different curriculum in the 1st 6-months. Thus any work created in your major in the 1st 6-months may be displayed.

Group Work—Any piece falling under any above category created by two to five people. All group members must be noted and present.


Barbara Griffin—Creative Director, Photo Editor & Producer, Barbara Griffin Productions, LLC

Mike Jones—Founder, Creative South Conference and Design Head, AFLAC

Brian Rice—Sr. Director of Design & Package Innovation, Georgia Pacific

David Tann—Founder & Creative Director, Tantrum Agency

Dorothea Taylor—Sr. Designer and Illustrator, T.P. Design

Paul Wolski—VP and Design Director, Miller Zell

Registration & Pricing:

Register in advance online or register at the door. Save a few bucks with early bird pricing (through 10.4.19 midnight) and regular online pricing (through 10.31.19 midnight). Take advantage of “BRING A FRIEND” discount by registering two attendees together online. At-door registrants should bring cash or have Eventbrite app downloaded.

Early Bird (ends Oct 4, 11:59 pm) – Members: $9, Non-Members: $12

Regular Online (ends Oct 31, 11:59 pm) – Members: $12, Non-Members: $16

At-Door – Members: $15, Non-members: $20

Pinning is FREE with event fee. Not sure whether to pin? Bring it with you and decide at the show.

All ticket sales are final. No refunds. To transfer a ticket, contact the Student Board at: with “2019 Pin-Up Show ticket” on the subject line.


5:00–6:30pm: Pinning work to the walls runs from 5 until 6:30pm OR until wall space is filled. Arrive early! NO pinning after 6:30pm.

6:30–7:30pm: Judge deliberations; Grab some food, mingle and take pictures with friends in the photo booth. Pin area may be partially closed off for judging.

7:30–8:00pm: Announcements and awards. You must be present to win.

Photo booth and door prizes throughout the night.

Parking & Transportation Options:

Parking is limited at The Jane at Grant Park and on surrounding streets. Obey parking signs and avoid blocking driveways.

Uber and Lyft are highly recommended. Drop off on Cherokee Street.

King Memorial MARTA Station is a short .5 mile walk. Be safe and ride with a group of friends.


Competition participants must be a current student or graduated between May–October 2019 presenting school work only. No internship, professional or personal work allowed.

To enter the competition, bring your work to Matchstic on the evening of Saturday, November 2, 2019 between 5–6:30pm (pending available space) to be pinned on the competition wall, organized by category.

All required information must be written on the back of pieces: piece name, your name, email, phone number, school, faculty/instructor’s name. Group projects must list all group project members who must all be present.

No personal information should be visible on the front of your work. A short, brief statement about the work (100 words max) may be pinned next to your piece or incorporated in your presentation layout and is highly recommended.

Prior to pinning, category pinning location verified by wall monitor. Work may be re-positioned by wall monitor if in the wrong area. Attendees may not move the work of others.

Maximum 3 entries per AIGA student member and 1 per non-AIGA student member. (Any identity system or branding campaign is considered 1 entry.) Maybe now is the time to join!

All work must be “pin-able” (with our supplied removable poster tape) and no larger than 13” x 19”. No physical 3D projects accepted. Pieces recommended to NOT be mounted to heavy board, just paper.


Questions? Contact the Student Board at: with “2019 Pin-Up Show ticket” on the subject line.

Would you like to volunteer?

AIGA Atlanta is a volunteer-run organization, and we're always looking for energetic and passionate volunteers to help at our events. The plus side is that you don't have to be a member AND you get in for FREE! If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please email

A very special thank you to Matchstic, our event partner for the 10th Annual Student Pin Up Show.

When & Where
Sat, Nov 2, 2019 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
437 Memorial Drive Southeast
#Unit A7
Atlanta, GA 30312