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Today, a group of more than 50 dedicated creative professionals is gathering in Birmingham at the AIGA Alabama Design Summit to learn, solve and model how creativity can be harnessed to defeat the limitations facing social and economic development in rural Alabama.
The Summit is an invitational event where attendees use design thinking to develop innovative contributions toward solving social and environmental issues that affect people’s everyday lives. Over three days, teams of participants will share ideas and experiences as they focus on four specific initiatives, then document best practices about how the design profession can influence and lead a social change agenda through active community involvement.
AIGA, as the professional association for design, is deeply committed to the Birmingham gathering, its experiences and its outcomes. The aim is to facilitate the kind of creative interaction among many types of professionals, all with a shared interest in solving a problem, that can be so successful in finding new solutions to stubborn problems that bear directly on the human experience. We want to help by convening the right people from many disciplines; channeling their interaction through a thoughtful process toward purposeful ends; and serving as a catalyst for real action.Our interest is to serve the needs of real people, while empowering all involved. And in this case, to document a process that we can encourage to be used in communities around the country. We expect this to be an extraordinary several days—enriching for those who have offered to help; enabling for those who have shared problems seeking solutions; and enlightening in how we can learn from these days to inform others in communities where AIGA has chapters that could lead additional local change.
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The July 21–24 event in Alabama includes design leaders from more than 20 local AIGA chapter boards, businesses, and social institutions:
Renna Al YassiniInteraction designer, CooperMatt AllisonPrincipal, Matthew Allison Graphic DesignMarshall Anderson, AIADesign InitiativeJessi ArringtonFounder and owner, WORKSHOPDoug BarrettAssistant Professor, Graphic Design, University of Alabama at BirminghamDavid BlumbergDesigner and Associate Creative Director, Slaughter GroupRoy BurnsDesign Director, Lewis CommunicationsCharlie CannonAssociate Professor, Industrial Design, Rhode Island School of DesignDirector, Research and Design, LOCAL Architecture Research DesignAmy ChapmanProject manager, AIGARobert ClouseDirector of the Office of Archaeological Research, University of AlabamaDwight CooleyProject Leader, Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge ComplexSteve CoxCo-founder and executive director, International ExpeditionsRichard DendyFaculty member, Samford UniversityAnthony DihleSenior Designer and Associate, MV+A ArchitectsRobert DoddRecent BFA Graduate, Industrial Design, Rhode Island School of DesignMark DudlikDirector, Lost CreatureSusie FaggIntern, Auburn University Urban StudioJared FultonArchitectural Designer, Slaughter GroupBrian GhiloniSenior designer and partner, Locust Grove StudiosJillfrances GrayManaging Principal, JFGTim HamiltonDirector of Sales and Marketing, American Printing Co.Philip HawthorneCOO, Executive Consulting ServicesSally HermantoAssociate director, reDesignJames HersickPresident and creative director, RocketFuel Design CompanyWendy JacksonExecutive director, Freshwater Land TrustPaul JohnsonProgram supervisor, Alabama Aquatic Biodiversity CenterRyan JonesPrincipal, Seedbomb CreativeJeremy KayeCo-Founder, Co*LabCarol KerrDesigner and faculty member, UWM and MIADBruce LanierPrincipal Architect, Standard Creative, LLCMatt LeavellProject manager, AL Innovation EngineMin LeeAssistant professor and director of Graphic Design, University of MontevalloLea Ann MacknallyPresident, Macknally Land DesignRachel MartinPrincipal, Rachel Martin DesignWeston McWhorterDesigner and interactive strategistNisa MirandaDirector, University Center for Economic DevelopmentDan MonroePart owner and chief wordsmith, Cayenne Creative GroupCheryl MorganDirector, Urban Studio; Professor of Architecture, Auburn UniversityGwen O’BrienCo-principal and creative director, PlentyDoug PowellCo-founder, Schwartz Powell Design and HealthSimpleZev PowellSophomore, College of Arts & Sciences, Washington University St. LouisStacy ReinhardtSenior Interaction Designer, frogKaren RolenCommunity Foundation of Greater BirminghamVincent ScatliffeFounder and Creative Director, Contnuous Lne and SXCSheri SchumacherAssociate Professor, Architecture, Auburn UniversitySam SheltonPrincipal, KINETIKSarah Tripp StephanSenior Vice President, Pyramid CommunicationsBeth StewartExecutive Director, Cahaba River SocietyBill TaylorPresident, Economic Development Partnership of AlabamaTracy WestCreative Director, 50,000feetRoy WilhelmWeb designer, National GeographicKen ZinserBFA Student, Graphic Design, Corcoran College of Art + Design
After much deliberation and lively discourse, the AIGA board voted yesterday to proceed with negotiations to sell the AIGA national headquarters building at 164 Fifth Avenue in New York. The national board, advisory board, chapter leadership, medalists, past presidents, past board members and general membership were all part of this conversation, and the debate on the issue has been essential to our decision making process.
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.
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. At the same time, design leaders are optimistic about a solid (if not growing) future.
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