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This year was an important year in the transformation of AIGA into an association that best serves a rapidly changing profession as it enters its second century. After extensive consultation with members, chapter leaders and national board members, AIGA has sought to provide greater engagement among members in documenting, commenting on and validating great design; it has also focused on promoting the process of design over the artifacts created. A new membership fee structure was introduced to make participation more accessible and inclusive; professional development activities have been increased through a range of webcasts and smaller conferences; and systems have been introduced to assist chapters in playing the most important institutional role in supporting members.This report covers national activities; AIGA chapters collectively offer an additional 1,000 programs per year in local communities, including competitions and regional events such as Design Camp, held by AIGA Minnesota; Design Ranch, held by AIGA Austin; the In Control Conference, held by AIGA Orlando; the Inside Job Conference, held by AIGA Houston; Into the Woods, held by AIGA Seattle; and the Y Conference, held by AIGA San Diego.
Founded in 1914 as the American Institute of Graphic Arts,
AIGA remains the oldest and largest professional membership organization for
design and is now known simply as “AIGA, the professional association for
AIGA brings design to the world, and the world to designers. As the
profession’s largest community, we advance design as a respected craft,
strategic advantage and vital cultural force. From content that defines
the global practice to events that connect and catalyze, we work to
enhance the value and deepen the impact of design on business, society
and our collective future.
AIGA advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and
vital cultural force. As the largest community of design advocates, we
bring together practitioners, enthusiasts and patrons to amplify the
voice of design and create the vision for a collective future. We define
global standards and ethical practices, guide design education, inspire
designers and the public, enhance professional development, and make
powerful tools and resources accessible to all.
AIGA is a global community of design advocates and practitioners.
AIGA advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and
vital cultural force by connecting practitioners, enthusiasts and
patrons through regional, national and global events and by creating and
curating content that:
AIGA had 67 chapters as of December 31, 2012; one chapter was added during the course of the year: AIGA Triad North Carolina. Chapters serve as AIGA’s most direct connection with members and are led by passionate, dedicated volunteers.
As of December 31, 2012, AIGA had 22,323 members:
AIGA’s FY 2012 audited financial statement is available online. AIGA’s fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30.
The uses of funds reflect the allocation of staff and overhead to each function, as well as direct expenses.
In FY 2012, revenue from membership dues totaled nearly $3.2 million. In order to provide services to members, AIGA raised the balance of the $6.4 million budget from program fees, sponsorships, grants or working capital. In other words, for every dollar in membership dues received, AIGA was able to raise an additional dollar from other sources.
Membership revenues cover:
Fundraising, development, communications, advocacy, competitions and exhibitions, and education are funded from revenues raised by AIGA from program fees and development activities.
AIGA’s board of directors is elected by the entire professional membership
and plays a crucial role in determining the mission of AIGA, ensuring
that the organization continues to operate in the best interest of past,
present and future members.
AIGA is grateful to the following sponsors who actively support AIGA and its activities. In addition, we are thankful for the enabling support provided by our alliance partners.
AIGA’s official sponsors—Adobe, Aquent and Shutterstock—make
significant investments in AIGA, and in turn support activities we would not be
able to pursue alone. Their support is critical to AIGA's full range of programs each
year and represent a substantial and sustained investment in the future of
design and the design profession.
As AIGA’s Official AIGA Sponsor for Design Solutions, Adobe
creates innovative programs that give members a voice and engage the creative
community in dialogues about design and technology.
Aquent is the Official AIGA Sponsor for Professional
Development, serving as a source for creative and design talent as well as
providing access to great career opportunities for AIGA members nationwide.
AIGA’s Official Sponsor for Creative Inspiration,
Shutterstock, offers members a comprehensive library of more than 15 million
stock photographs and vector illustrations.
Presenting sponsors play a critical role by investing in a
single national AIGA event or initiative that AIGA develops for its members. Frequently, these activities
would not be possible without the support of the presenting sponsor.
Blurb, the easy-to-use, on-demand publishing platform, is the Presenting Sponsor of 50 Books/50 Covers—and offers AIGA members a discount to make their own books.
PepsiCo Nutrition Ventures develops new solutions that target the special nutritional needs of individuals with diverse health and nutrition challenges. In summer and fall of 2012, PepsiCo Nutrition Ventures hosted three Design for Good Summits with AIGA and brought together design professionals and civic leaders to develop innovative solutions to community-specific problems related to dietary guidance and lifestyle management.
The Creative Group (TCG)—a leader in matching creative talent with the best companies—is the Presenting Sponsor of INitiative, a new AIGA national program that provides knowledge and tools to help in-house designers make a greater impact at their companies, evolve professionally and connect with a broader network of peers.
Program and event sponsors contribute to the resources
necessary for AIGA to provide specific individual programs and events to its
members, to the broader design community or to the public.
Academy of Art UniversityAdamsMorioka, Inc.AdobeAquentAppleBigstockBlurb Core 77DomtarEizoExtensisHerman Miller
Hoefler Frere-JonesJohnson & JohnsonLippincottlynda.comMag+Mohawk Fine PapersMonotype ImagingMOONeenah PaperNewPagePantonePentagram
PepsiCo Nutrition VenturesRockportSappi Fine PaperShutterstockSYPartnersTargetThe Creative GroupTiffany & Co.UniventureVSA Partners
Herman MillerSierra SignsVGS, Visual Graphic Systems
DomtarMohawk Fine PapersNeenah PaperNewPageReich Paper Sappi Fine Paper
AccuLinkAmerican Printing Co.MET Fine PrintersO’Neil PrintingSandy Alexander
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
AIGA's audited financial statement is published here for its
members, as a commitment to transparency and accountability. The board and management of AIGA consider their roles as
stewards of the institution, which belongs to members past, present
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AIGA Insights is a collection of articles and webcasts that together reveal the thought processes behind key organizational decisions. We welcome discussion from members and the broader design community.
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governance, AIGA news
Each year, AIGA provides a report of activities and accomplishments to members and stakeholders. Learn more about the organization’s accomplishments and finances in 2011.
AIGA chapters fulfill AIGA’s mission at the local level, supporting members through organizing projects and events to educate, inform and connect designers.
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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.
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.
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.
Member since 2013
Elaine Lustig Cohen
25 Films by Akira Kurosawa
Rodrigo Corral Design
chieunahn (Chieun chi Ahn)
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