America Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)


aiga100_bannerAIGA Minnesota is the first place to turn for inspiration, professional development, and excellence in design in Minnesota.

Members include graphic designers, as well as professionals in allied fields such as printing, prepress, photography, illustration, paper manufacturing/distribution, and writing. AIGA Minnesota was founded in 1977 as the Minnesota Graphic Designers Association. Today, they are one of the largest AIGA chapters in the nation, serving nearly 1,300 members in Minnesota and the upper Midwest.


AIGA Minnesota supports the interests of professionals, educators and students who are engaged in the process of designing, regardless of where they are in the arc of their careers. We offer education and professional development programs, competitions, shows that promote excellence in design and opportunities for students and professionals to network. We also strive to enhance the experience of members and to position Minnesota and the upper Midwest as leaders in the field of design.




You’re making a difference in your community and making a personal investment to the future of design – both nationally and locally. Watch the site ( for regular updates and invitations for you to get involved!

American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP)




Join the ASMP – they are a great resource for information, advice from peers, and fantastic Central Coast-sponsored events!

The ASMP chapter network now covers 39 cities, states or regions. These local chapters provide a wide range of seminars, workshops, and local news as well as the opportunity to exchange views with the other professionals in their area. ASMP has chapters in the following areas.


Minneapolis/St. Paul Local Chapter

Central Minnesota Photoshop User Group (CMPUG)


CMPUGJoin the Central Minnesota Photoshop User Group!

Getting involved is a great way to connect with fellow users, learn tips and tricks, and build your network.


Connect via LinkedIn


CMPUG website and blog coming soon!

Adobe InDesign User Group – Twin Cities Chapter

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Twin Cities Adobe Indesign User Group

Central Coast Solutions has been involved both as a member and contributor to the Twin Cities Chapter of the Adobe InDesign User Group since its beginning–and we are proud to be a sponsor.


If you use InDesign or currently are a Quark user interested in how the “other side” faces their workflow challenges, then you need to attend. This information-filled forum brings the best minds in the industry together with the cream of the user side to answer questions, offer insight and a chance to meet your colleagues. We will see you there!


Click here to join the chapter and sign up to attend the next meeting.