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AIGA is the professional association for design, a nonprofit organization dedicated to demonstrating the value of design. Since its founding in 1914, AIGA has been raising awareness and standards “toward perfection of the graphic arts.” Today the organization, its members and its chapters honor design practitioners and their work in a number of ways.
Through national and regional peer nominations AIGA honors design leaders for their contributions to the profession:
At a national level, AIGA recognizes individuals whose achievements in design and design education inspire and advance the profession. Honorees are nominated by members and selected by a national committee, then presented with the prestigious AIGA Medal at “The AIGA Awards” celebration held in New York City. Meet the Medalists.
The Fellow award is a peer honor, bestowed upon designers who have made a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within their local or regional design community as well as in their local AIGA chapter. Each year, many of AIGA’s chapters honor local design legends with this esteemed award. See the Fellows.
In addition to honoring practitioners, AIGA and its chapters host a wide range of design competitions and programs to honor outstanding design work:
AIGA’s annual design competitions have taken many forms since the organization was founded in 1914, with select competitions honoring posters, book design, album covers and product design. Throughout, AIGA has remained committed to serving the design profession and continues to push the boundaries of design criticism. See current national competitions.
The AIGA Design Archives is a vast, free resource for educators, students and designers. This collection of award-winning designs from the 1920s through the present—including work from AIGA’s national Medalists and competitions—houses more than 20,000 records, 50,000 images, 200 collections. Explore the archives.
For 30 years, the AIGA Corporate Leadership Award recognized organizations that have been instrumental in the advancement of design by applying the highest standards, as a matter of policy. Recipients demonstrated a model for the successful interaction between aesthetics and pragmatics. Learn more about past awardees.
From 2006 to 2011, AIGA and Winterhouse Institute recognized the best in design writing and criticism by authors under 40 through the Winterhouse Awards for Design Writing and Criticism, which sought to encourage the development of young voices in design writing, commentary and criticism. Read the winning essays.
“Design Journeys” is a collection of stories about the professional
lives, contributions and portfolios of historically under-represented
designers that serves as an accessible body of research honoring their
Section: Inspiration -
NEW YORK—July 1, 2014. Today five board members and a new presidents council representative join the national board of directors
for AIGA, the professional association for design, following a national
search. Ken Carbone, John Luu, Christopher Simmons, Jill Spaeth, Paul Wharton and Elysia Syriac join the national board, and Su Mathews Hale has been elected to the president-elect position.
After much discussion throughout the entire design community, the national board
approved the sale of AIGA’s building in New York City. At this pivotal point in our history, the board
adopted a revised strategic framework which articulates four strategic focuses for the organization and outlines the process and timeline for funding decisions.
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