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AIGA Executive Director Richard Grefé to step down at end of 2015New York, NY—April 29, 2015. Richard Grefé, executive director of AIGA, the professional association for design, announced today that he will step down from his post at the end of 2015, following two decades in the role, culminating in 2014’s celebration of AIGA’s centennial.
Design conference to examine the changing face, place and character of businessNew York, NY—September 29, 2014. As the definition of “design” continues to broaden, so too will the scope of AIGA’s biennial design and business conference. Next month, leading thinkers-practitioners-writers-educators will converge in New York City at “Gain” to consider many facets of the design of business for the future.
AIGA opens exhibition “Dan Friedman: Radical Modernist”New York—September 26, 2014. Next week, AIGA, the professional association for design, opens “Dan Friedman: Radical Modernist”—a vibrant and inspiring retrospective of a designer who pioneered New Wave design while carving his own path from academia to corporate design, experimental European commissions and AIDS activism in the East Village art scene. This exhibition is organized and designed by AIGA Medalist Chris Pullman and Laura Varrachi of LVCK Environmental Graphics with support from Dan Friedman's brother Ken Friedman.
AIGA launches “Rise & Shine” video seriesNew York, NY—September 25, 2014. AIGA and Wacom announce the launch of “Rise & Shine,” a new video series that goes behind the scenes of the diverse practices of six up-and-coming communication designers. Viewers are invited to travel across the United States with AIGA, the professional association for design, and Wacom, the leading producer of intuitive design tools, to visit a range of talented, emerging designers working today and find out what fuels their creativity. The series offers a closer look at everything from creative processes and big career breaks to the techniques and technology they use to realize their visions.
50 Books/50 Covers of 2013NEW YORK—September 18, 2014. AIGA,
Design Observer and Designers & Books announce the best-designed books and book covers of 2013. The results: Books refuse to go away quietly. In fact, they refuse to go away at all. The submissions to 2013's “50 Books/50 Covers” show demonstrate once again the hold that the printed word—printed in ink, on paper, and bound between covers—continues to hold on our imagination.
2014 AIGA design competition resultsJury selects 19 projects in national “Justified” design competitionNEW YORK—September 9, 2014. This
week AIGA, the professional association for design, announced the 2014
results of “Justified: AIGA Design Competition.” Nearly 750 design
projects were submitted to the annual competition, to be judged on
strength, concept, impact, methodology and success of formal execution
2014–2015 Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships awardedNEW YORK—August 5, 2014. Yathrib Ragsdale mentors minority, first generation, college bound students. Myles Thompson educates his college campus about African American art and culture. And Kawing Ng manages a Meetup group called VolunteerNY to bring together people who share a common goal of giving back to the community. These talented and dedicated students are among 14 recipients of the 2014–2015 Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships, awarded each year to art and design college students who demonstrate a commitment to social responsibility.
Announcing the 2014 AIGA board of directorsNEW 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 achievementNEW 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 steadyNEW 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 DesignNEW 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 Medalists24 design visionaries will receive the prestigious AIGA Medal in 2014NEW 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 increasesNEW 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 years2014 marks the centennial of the professional association for designNEW 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 resultsJury selects 14 projects in national “Justified” design competitionNEW 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 slightlyNEW 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 resultsNEW 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 resultsNEW 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 craftNEW 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 recognizedNEW 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 economyNEW 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-presidentsNEW 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 awarded18 deserving art and design students will receive funding this school yearNEW 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 17Visitors explore Spanish design and culture at the AIGA National Design CenterNEW 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 2012AIGA 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
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 designNEW 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 innovationNEW 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 economyNEW 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 2013NEW 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 slightlyNEW 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” competitionJury selects 18 case studies to highlight design’s process and impactNEW 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 & BooksNEW 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 GrowthAnnual 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 valueNEW 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 scholarshipsNEW 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
Six national design leaders join the AIGA board of directorsNEW 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 opportunitiesNEW 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 growthNEW 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 AIGANEW 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 CoversNEW 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 worldNEW
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 optimisticNEW 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 goodNEW 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 professionNEW 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 CenterNEW 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
pairs aesthetics with results.
AIGA’s quarterly measure of confidence in the design economy continues to slipNEW 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 onlineNEW 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 designNEW
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 directorsNEW 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 2011NEW 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 membersNEW 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 2011NEW 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 excellenceNEW 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 designNEW 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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