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    Announcing the 2014 AIGA board of directors
    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.

    A century of influence and achievement
    NEW YORK—May 19, 2014. Last month, AIGA members and supporters gathered in New York City to celebrate 100 years of AIGA history and honor a special class of 24 Medalists, recognized for their lifetime contributions to the design field. See photos from the event and learn more about the honorees.

    Design Leaders’ Confidence Index holds steady
    NEW YORK—May 19, 2014. AIGA’s Design Leaders Confidence Index remained virtually constant from the fourth quarter of 2013 (at 101.26) to the first quarter of 2014, when it registered at 101.05. This measure of the design economy, compiled through a survey of key opinion leaders in the industry, has been relatively consistent since late 2009.

    Celebrating 100 Years of Type in Design
    NEW YORK—May 7, 2014. The “Century: 100 Years of Type in Design” exhibition, designed by AIGA medalist and Pentagram partner Abbott Miller and produced and curated by Monotype, opened this month at the AIGA National Design Center in New York City.

    Meet the AIGA Centennial Medalists
    24 design visionaries will receive the prestigious AIGA Medal in 2014
    NEW YORK—February 20, 2014. AIGA is celebrating its centennial by awarding a special class of 24 design leaders with the prestigious AIGA Medal, the highest honor of the design profession.

    Designers’ confidence in the economy increases
    NEW YORK—February 11, 2014. AIGA’s Design Leaders Confidence Index ticked upward in the fourth quarter of 2013 to 101.26, up from the previous quarter’s 95.94. This confidence measure in the design economy is in the midpoint of a band of confidence that has been relatively consistent over the past decade.

    AIGA launches “100 Years of Design”
    Interactive platform engages designers and public for a celebration of graphic design history
    NEW YORK—January 22, 2014. This week AIGA, the professional association for design, launches “100 Years of Design”—a dynamic online platform documenting significant design works from the last century that have impacted our collective visual experience. 

    AIGA celebrates 100 years
    2014 marks the centennial of the professional association for design
    NEW YORK—January 15, 2014. AIGA, the professional association for design, will be celebrating its centennial in 2014—marking 100 years since the organization was founded in New York City at the National Arts Club. 

    2013 AIGA design competition results
    Jury selects 14 projects in national “Justified” design competition
    NEW YORK—November 15, 2013. This week AIGA, the professional association for design, announced the 2013 results of “Justified: AIGA Design Competition.” Nearly 300 design projects were submitted to the annual competition, to be judged on strength, concept, impact, methodology and success of formal execution and aesthetics. 

    Design leaders’ confidence slips slightly
    NEW YORK—November 12, 2013. AIGA’s Design Leaders Confidence Index dropped slightly in the third quarter of 2013 to settle at 95.94, down from the previous quarter’s 100.02. This economic confidence measure of the design industry had been steady at about 100 for a full year.

    2013 AIGA|Aquent Survey of Design Salaries results
    NEW YORK—November 5, 2013. The recently released AIGA|Aquent Survey of Design Salaries for 2013 reveals the impact of both the general economy and the design economy on the compensation of design professionals: overall, salaries have remained relatively flat for several years. Two categories were the exception, reflecting the changing nature of the profession through increased compensation: strategists, usability experts and operations managers who integrate design into business strategy; and digital roles that specialize in web, motion and interaction design.

    Announcing the 2013 (Re)design Awards results
    NEW YORK—October 30, 2013. The AIGA (Re)design Awards celebrates design that advocates for strong communities, sustainable environments and thriving economies. The 2013 international design competition recently honored 34 graphic designers and visual communicators for their commitment to design that not only looks good but strives to improve the lives of people and impacts on our planet.

    AIGA Design Conference celebrates design strategy, social impact and craft
    NEW YORK—October 1, 2013. As designers have become more involved in strategy and more engaged with social impact in recent years, the love of craft and exquisite execution remain the necessary elements of successful design. Next week nearly 2,000 designers will gather in Minneapolis to celebrate all three dimensions of design at “Head, Heart, Hand,” a biennial design conference hosted by AIGA, the professional association for design.

    Professional Fellowship awarded; finalists recognized
    NEW YORK—September 9, 2013.
    Stephen Kennedy of Urban Launchpad, a social venture dedicated to seeding and scaling urban data experiments, was selected as the 2013 Design Ignites Change | AIGA Fellow for the project “Designing Dhaka‘s Bus Infostructure,” an ambitious information- and service-design initiative to help citizens receive and interpret real-time bus information in the midst of Dhaka’s chaotic street scene.

    Design leaders remain optimistic about the design economy
    NEW YORK—August 14, 2013. AIGA’s Design Leaders Confidence Index was virtually unchanged for the second quarter of 2013, at 100.02 compared to the previous quarter’s 101.62. At the same time, it appears that there is solid confidence that conditions in both the general economy and the design economy are not worsening—they are remaining the same or improving slightly.

    Announcing the 2013 AIGA board of directors
    New members join board of directors as AIGA enters its centennial year; Adams and Davies are elected co-presidents
    NEW YORK—July 18, 2013. Five directors and a new chapter presidents representative begin their terms on the national board for AIGA, the professional association for design. Each brings a unique perspective to the board, representing a wide range of disciplines including design entrepreneurship, user experience, design firm operations, design education and social communications—as well as a wealth of experience with AIGA and its history at the national and local levels.

    2013–2014 Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships awarded
    18 deserving art and design students will receive funding this school year
    NEW YORK—July 11, 2013. Eighteen talented and socially engaged college students have been selected to receive a Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship this year. Each of these promising young design and art students has the potential to shape the profession, and they were selected for their demonstrated commitment to the arts and their communities.

    “Estrada: Sailing through design” exhibit opens July 17
    Visitors explore Spanish design and culture at the AIGA National Design Center
    NEW YORK—July 1, 2013.
    AIGA, the professional association for design, is hosting a new exhibition called “Estrada: Sailing through design” opening July 17 in New York. Featuring the work of Manuel Estrada, one of the most important designers in Spain, the exhibition focuses on his working process as documented in visual diaries.

    50 Books/50 Covers of 2012
    AIGA and Design Observer announce the year’s best-designed publications
    NEW YORK—June 26, 2013. Whether you’re browsing in a bookstore or shopping online, cover design can bring books to life, providing a glimpse of the world inside. But design’s impact only starts there—the choices a designer makes in typography, paper, binding and layout all affect the way we experience written narratives.

    How are design studios adapting for the future?
    NEW YORK—June 6, 2013. To help designers and firms leverage new possibilities and address future challenges, AIGA has teamed up with Adobe to ask design leaders to envision how their studios will evolve over the next few years.

    Designers see brighter demand for design
    NEW YORK—May 14, 2013.
    AIGA’s Design Leaders Confidence Index was unchanged for the first quarter of 2013, at 101.62 compared to the previous quarter’s 101.72. While the aggregate number is not statistically different, there is optimism in the details: responses to specific questions within the survey suggest confidence that both the general economy and the design economy are improving.

    AIGA and Design Ignites Change join forces to support social innovation
    NEW YORK—March 5, 2013. A new professional fellowship program developed by Design Ignites Change and AIGA aims to support social impact projects by providing seed funding and mentoring to creative professionals.

    Design leaders optimistic about a growing design economy
    NEW YORK—February 12, 2013. AIGA’s Design Leaders Confidence Index inched upward in the fourth quarter of 2012, climbing from 100.51 to 101.72. Given the economic anxiety surrounding the Congressional ultimatum on the “fiscal cliff” this sustained level of confidence seems to bode well for designers.

    Eight Designers Awarded the AIGA Medal for 2013
    NEW YORK—February 5, 2013. A lifetime of achievement in design can take many forms. The 2013 recipients of the AIGA Medal, the highest honor of the design profession, represent the range of contributions designers make to clients, future generations and society at large—through inspiration, thoughtful critique, social impact and the education of future design leaders. This spring, AIGA will recognize eight designers with this prestigious award: John Bielenberg, William Drenttel and Jessica Helfand, Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones, Stefan Sagmeister, Lucille Tenazas, and Wolfgang Weingart.

    Confidence in the design economy lifts slightly
    NEW YORK—November 13, 2012. 
    AIGA’s Design Leaders Confidence Index strengthened in the most recent quarter. For the third quarter of 2012, the index gained, climbing from 94.92 to 100.51. Responses to this quarterly survey of more than 350 design leaders demonstrate continuing optimism within the design profession. Since the third quarter of 2009, the index has fluctuated in a range roughly between 90 and 105, after having dropped to 50 in the third quarter of 2008.

    AIGA announces the results of its “Justified” competition
    Jury selects 18 case studies to highlight design’s process and impact
    NEW YORK—October 4, 2012. Today AIGA, the professional association for design, announced the results of “Justified”—a design competition for which entrants articulate the case for their work’s effectiveness. Eighteen case studies were selected from nearly 400 entries submitted by design firms, in-house design departments, design entrepreneurs and freelance designers.

    AIGA celebrates the best book design in America
    “50 Books/50 Covers” results announced with Design Observer and Designers & Books
    NEW YORK—October 1, 2012. Throughout its nearly 100-year existence, AIGA has recognized excellence in graphic design. Many forms, formats and trends have been brought to the public through competitions, exhibitions, case studies and publications—an endeavor befitting of “the professional association for design,” whose mission includes demonstrating design’s power. One of the best-known competitions is “50 Books/50 Covers,” which showcases book design of the highest quality and impact.

    2012 Salary Survey Indicates Areas of Growth
    Annual AIGA|Aquent Survey of Design Salaries reveals trends in the industry
    NEW YORK—September 25, 2012. The results of the 2012 AIGA|Aquent Survey of Design Salaries may come as no surprise to working communication designers: salaries have seen little movement. Yet there are areas of the design industry experiencing growth, and lessons to be learned from the data.

    AIGA conference highlights designers’ role in creating social value
    NEW YORK—September 13, 2012. Social impact, sustainability, CSR, shared value—no matter what you call it, the impact of business on society is a hot topic, and for good reason. Consumers are demanding increased accountability, and businesses are realizing that their long-term viability rests upon their ability to serve the needs of stakeholders at every level. Next month in San Francisco, “Gain: AIGA Design for Social Value Conference” is taking this conversation to center stage in the design world.

    Confidence in the design economy slips slightly
    NEW YORK—August 16, 2012. AIGA’s Design Leaders Confidence Index weakened in the most recent quarter. For the second quarter of 2012, the index slipped from 104.15 to 94.92—a 9 percent drop but still in the range of the 17 most confident quarters since the index was started in 1995.

    Worldstudio and AIGA award $46,000 in scholarships
    NEW YORK—July 16, 2012.
    Jonathan Torres mentors high school students in a YMCA Youth Institute. Ajani Takahashi Lofton strives to fight against selfishness and prejudice through graphic novels. And Kyle Lopes aims to serve as a role model for fellow art and design students by leading his school’s Latino and Asian alliances. These talented and dedicated students are among the 24 worthy recipients of 2012/2013 Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships, awarded each year to college students studying art and design in the United States who also demonstrate a commitment to social responsibility.

    Six national design leaders join the AIGA board of directors
    NEW YORK—July 2, 2012. This month, six designers join the national board of director for AIGA, the professional association for design, having been nominated following a national search and elected by a vote of AIGA's professional members.

    AIGA and Aquent provide designers with career development opportunities
    NEW YORK—June 18, 2012. AIGA, the professional association for design, and Aquent, global staffing organization dedicated to creative, marketing and digital roles for Fortune 1000 organizations, today announced a formal partnership that will provide designers with new professional development opportunities.

    Design leaders maintain confidence in the design economy's growth
    NEW YORK—May 14, 2012. AIGA’s Design Leaders Confidence Index rose again in the first quarter of 2012, rising from 100.71 to 104.15—the second highest level of confidence since AIGA began monitoring confidence in 2005.

    NEA Awards Two Grants to AIGA
    NEW YORK—April 27, 2012. This week the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced the results of its August 2011 deadline, which included support towards the development of a National Design and Social Impact Mentorship Program and 100 Years of Design in America, a series of educational videos about accomplished designers.

    AIGA and Design Observer partner on “50 Books/50 Covers
    NEW YORK—February 17, 2012. Today AIGA, the professional association for design, announced a partnership with Design Observer to sustain the legacy of its signature competition, “50 Books/50 Covers,” while reaching new audiences for participation and the celebration of book design. Design Observer will expand its support of this renowned AIGA competition through a partnership with Designers & Books, a website showcasing books that esteemed members of the design community identify as personally important, meaningful and formative.

    AIGA to honor four design visionaries this April
    NEW YORK—February 8, 2012. AIGA is awarding Ralph Caplan, Elaine Lustig Cohen, Armin Hofmann and Robert Vogele with the highest honor of the design profession, the AIGA Medal. Each will be presented with the award at Bright Lights: The AIGA Awards on April 19 in New York.

    Exhibition celebrates book and book cover design: AIGA’s “50 Books/50 Covers” selections showcase design of 2010 from around the world
    NEW YORK—December 8, 2011.
    Book lovers, take note: Beginning today, visitors to the AIGA National Design Center in New York will be treated to a show celebrating the most effective book and book cover designs from 2010. The free exhibit showcases the results of AIGA’s “50 Books/50 Covers” competition, exemplifying the best in current book design and production.

    Designers express declining optimism toward economy, though still cautiously optimistic
    NEW YORK—November 17, 2011.
    AIGA’s Design Leaders Confidence Index continued to drop in the most recent quarter. For the third quarter of 2011, the index slipped from 92.27 to 86.63—the lowest measure since the second quarter of 2009. Designers’ confidence had escaped the post-recession trough for fifteen months but appears to be headed downward again.

    AIGA’s new case study competition helps demonstrate the value of design
    NEW YORK—November 15, 2011.
    How do we measure the success of design’s impact? And more importantly, how can designers be equipped to describe the effectiveness of communication design? This year AIGA challenged designers to answer these questions by entering “Making the Case,” a competition awarding honors to case studies that demonstrate the value of design in a clear, compelling and accessible way.

    AIGA launches Design for Good to harness creative talent for social good
    NEW YORK—October 27, 2011.
    AIGA, the professional association for design, is launching the Design for Good initiative to connect and amplify the pro bono efforts of designers, firms, students and chapters across the country—and in turn, inspire more involvement.

    Designers gather in Phoenix to address shifts in the design profession
    NEW YORK—October 6, 2011. What is the role of design in a rapidly shifting world? Next week hundreds of professional designers, educators and design students will gather to address this very question at the AIGA Design Conference, taking place in Phoenix from October 13–16. The theme of this year’s conference is “Pivot,” focusing on how design and designers are shifting to address changes in society, the economy and culture.

    A showcase of effective design to premiere at the AIGA National Design Center
    NEW YORK—September 13, 2011. A special exhibition in New York will ask visitors to consider an important question: How can design be more than just a beautiful exterior? At the AIGA National Design Center and in the AIGA Design Archives online, the much anticipated “365 | Design Effectiveness” exhibition will showcase award-winning work that successfully pairs aesthetics with results.

    AIGA’s quarterly measure of confidence in the design economy continues to slip
    NEW YORK—August 15, 2011. AIGA’s Design Leaders Confidence Index continued to drop in the most recent quarter. For the second quarter of 2011, the index slipped from 101.42 to 92.27—a level not seen since July 2009 when it was climbing out of a two-year slump.

    AIGA and Aquent release an expanded survey of design salaries online
    NEW YORK—August 9, 2011. The 2011 AIGA|Aquent Survey of Design Salaries, an annual survey of compensation in the design industry, features a new interactive format and expanded design disciplines across the United States.

    AIGA launches “Design Envy” to showcase the best in design
    NEW YORK—July 6, 2011. AIGA and Adobe announce the launch of Design Envy, a daily blog featuring “wish I’d done that” discoveries from a wide range of curators—work that’s so creative, inspiring and effective, they wish they had designed it themselves.

    AIGA welcomes new members to its national board of directors
    NEW YORK—July 1, 2011. Today a group of five accomplished design professionals—Andrew Blauvelt (Walker Art Center), Drew Davies (Oxide Design), Doug Powell (Schwartz Powell), Susana Rodríguez de Tembleque (SYPartners), and Nathan Shedroff (California College of the Arts)—joins the 15-member national board of directors for AIGA.

    Design leaders remain optimistic about 2011
    NEW YORK—May 16, 2011. AIGA's Design Leaders Confidence Index slipped slightly in the most recent quarter, dropping from an all-time high of 105.09 to 101.42. Yet this quarter's measure of confidence in the design economy remains higher than it was in April 2005, when AIGA premiered its survey.

    AIGA partners with Shutterstock to provide creative inspiration to members
    NEW YORK—February 15, 2011. Today AIGA, the professional association for design, announced an exclusive national partnership with Shutterstock, the world's largest subscription-based provider of royalty-free stock photography, illustrations, and footage. Shutterstock will serve as the "Official AIGA Sponsor for Creative Inspiration."

    Design Leaders are optimistic about 2011
    NEW YORK—February 14, 2011. AIGA's Design Leaders Confidence Index reached its highest level since April 2005—when AIGA premiered its quarterly survey—jumping 6 points in the last quarter of 2010, from 98.99 to 105.09.

    AIGA honors Method and Tiffany & Co. for their embodiment of design excellence
    NEW YORK—February 10, 2011. AIGA named renowned jeweler Tiffany & Co. and home-care innovators Method as the recipients of the esteemed AIGA Corporate Leadership Award, for their contributions to design excellence and the development of the design profession. 

    In a rapidly changing industry, designers explore the boundaries of book design
    NEW YORK—January 20, 2011. Today's communication designers are exploring the craft of modern book design and the art of publishing, and AIGA's "50 Books/50 Covers Competition" seeks to celebrate this by highlighting the most effective printed books and book covers.

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