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Effective July 15, 2013, Sean Adams, AdamsMorioka (Los Angeles) and Drew Davies, Oxide Design Co. (Omaha), have been elected as
co-presidents of AIGA. Adams, a former president, has rejoined the AIGA board of directors on an ex officio basis and will serve a
two-year term. Davies, already serving on the board and as national design
director of Design for Democracy, will complete the final year of his term in
the role of co-president. Given the range of activities and responsibilities the board is undertaking, this change offers the leadership a chance to focus on
more initiatives and interests.
Deborah Adler, who was previously elected by AIGA members to
start a term as president this month, decided she would be able to serve the
specific issues she cares about—entrepreneurship, emerging designers, women in design—more effectively without the president’s
mantle as it became apparent that the president will need to spend more time
dealing with institutional transformation. Adler will be very visible and active dealing with the issues
that she planned to focus on when she was first nominated and that remain a high priority for the entire AIGA board of directors.
The board’s attention is currently focused on ways in which
AIGA can adapt to the interests and needs of the next generation of designers,
holding firm in its commitment to the history of great design and the ethics
that have been created over a century, yet recognizing that social media and
new social norms have changed the role of an association within any profession.
The board is authorized to elect a president, in the bylaws,
and to appoint ex officio members. The
proposed governance solution—which is unprecedented at the national level
although it is employed by many chapters—resulted from consultation among AIGA president Doug Powell, Adler and the executive director. Adams became a natural candidate as someone with long experience
in AIGA as a chapter president, national board member and national president; a
nationally recognized designer; an experienced educator; and someone who has
long been passionate about AIGA’s history, which will be important as we
celebrate AIGA’s centennial over the next two years.
Davies is a former chapter president and has served on the
national board for two years. He brings familiarity and engagement with the
issues the board has addressed over the past two years, the planning that has
led to recommendations on further transformation of AIGA leading up to 2020,
and strong respect from chapter presidents for his experience, straightforward
approach to problems, and accessibility.
The 2013 nominees for AIGA's national board of directors were selected by a nominating committee based on nominations from AIGA members, chapter leadership and design opinion leaders.
The nominating committee is made up principally of AIGA members, not AIGA
board members, in order to reflect members’ views. The 2013 nominating
committee received an extraordinarily strong pool of qualified
candidates who were willing to serve, from which this group was
selected. Although others who were nominated may be equally qualified,
these candidates met the criteria and fit best with the immediate
priorities facing the organization.
Consistent with AIGA’s bylaws, the proposed slate was submitted to the voting membership for ratification and was approved, with 98 percent of votes in favor. The following board members will begin a three-year term beginning July 1, 2013:
Current members of the national board continuing their service are:
Current members of the national board who will complete their terms at the end of June are:
Deborah Adler is a
designer, entrepreneur and mother of two. Her work is guided by the belief that
meaningful innovation requires a deep understanding of the people at the heart
of her design and the changing world that surrounds them. As the principal of Deborah Adler LLC, Adler and her team pioneer self-initiated projects and work with
clients to design experiences, change behaviors and improve outcomes.
to forming her firm, Adler partnered with Target to develop the ClearRx
prescription packaging system. This work started as her MFA design thesis at the School of Visual Arts and resulted in a completely
reinvented pharmacy experience. Since then, Adler has taken on design
challenges that range from tackling the number one hospital-acquired infection
to reimagining baby bottles as playful objects that connect with children. At
the core of her work is the understanding that design
can make a positive difference in people’s lives.
Adler worked closely with Milton Glaser, as his senior
designer, for five years. She has been featured in New York Magazine, Glamour
and NBC Nightly News. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of
Modern Art, New York.
Jenny Lam is a
cofounder of Jackson Fish Market, a small
software startup focused on making beautiful software experiences that has shipped
more than 25 products in the past five years. Their latest product, “A
Story Before Bed,” is the first (and only) service
that lets parents, grandparents and children record videos of themselves
reading children’s books and play them back as often as they like on a Mac, PC
Jackson Fish Market, Lam was creative director of the Windows User Experience
team at Microsoft from 2001 to 2007, shipping two versions of Windows OS and two
versions of MSN Explorer. Shortly after her departure from Microsoft, she held
the first ever designer-in-residence position at Ignition Partners Venture
Capital, where she advised companies on design strategy.
isn’t running her startup, Lam speaks on design at events like An
Event Apart, CreativeMornings, Ignite, IxDA and Web 2.0, among others. Currently, she serves as experience director of the AIGA Seattle chapter board of directors. She also mentors national and local
organizations like TechStars and Startup Weekend, helping foster the next generation of creative design
talent headed for the tech industry and encouraging women in leadership.
Seattle, Lam founded and organized the inaugural HIVE conference, which addresses design’s ever-growing role in
technology. She raised funding from the most
prominent companies in the Pacific Northwest, including Amazon, Microsoft,
Google and Ignition Partners.
Lam was named one of the top 100 “Most
Influential Women in Technology” by the Puget
Sound Business Journal and was awarded Seattle 2.0 Best Startup Designer in
Perry is a designer and business professional with
more than 13 years of agency experience. He currently drives all resource
operations at Struck,
an internationally acclaimed digital-forward creative agency headquartered in
Salt Lake City, Utah whose clients include Nickelodeon, DreamWorks, Sony
Pictures, Jack in the Box and Deer Valley Resort. He provides operational
expertise to the company and orchestrates the diverse talents of more than 75
creative and strategic experts across the agency’s multiple offices.
Prior to joining Struck, Perry played a major
role in establishing and building the Salt Lake City–based firm, Fluid Studio.
As creative director, he led the creative vision for the team. He has received
awards from major design competitions, including the “AIGA 100 Show.” He
continues to design for notable clients including the Utah Arts Festival.
Perry is a past board member and president of the
AIGA Salt Lake City
chapter. He has served as the chair of the AIGA National Presidents Council and
has played an active role with the entire organization for more than 10 years. Perry
has chaired two AIGA national leadership retreats, and he is the cofounder of Salt Lake Design Week and the ReVinylize Project.
was born and raised in Chennai, India. She has a bachelor’s degree in the
history of fine art and drawing and painting from the University of Madras,
India, and an MFA in graphic design from Iowa State University. Ravikumar has
more than 10 years of experience as a design educator and more than 15 years of
experience as a graphic designer, with clients in India, the United Kingdom and
the United States. She presently serves as the chairperson and director of
graduate programs in design at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Ravikumar has a long
history of service to AlGA; she is currently the president of the AlGA Oklahoma chapter and co-chair of the AlGA Design Educators
Community steering committee. She has also held the positions of vice
president, secretary, treasurer, education chair and communications chair for AlGA
Ravikumar has won ADDY
awards in Oklahoma for her publication and book design work. She is also known
for the Design Outreach Workshops she developed in 2008; at that time, they
were the only annual workshop opportunity for Oklahoma high school students to
learn about graphic and interior design.
life and design experience has led her to research, present and publish work
that investigates the intersections between graphic design and culture and
their impact on design education.
Brian Singer manages the communication design team at Facebook. Prior to Facebook, he founded Altitude, a San Francisco–based creative agency
that helps consumer brands engage people through inspiration. At Altitude, he worked on programs with companies such as Apple, Adidas, Chronicle Books and
Stanford Lively Arts, among others.
has garnered recognition in Communication Arts, “AIGA 365,” Print, HOW Magazine, Graphis, STEP and
AR100; some of his work is also included in the permanent
collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).
Singer is the
creator of The
1000 Journals Project, a global art experiment where
journals are passed from hand to hand. To date, the journals have traveled to
40 countries and every state in the United States. The project has been covered in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal and many other publications, and is the subject of a book and a
feature-length documentary by Andrea Kreuzhage. The project was also exhibited
at SFMOMA in 2009 and the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles in 2011.
Singer is the former president of the San Francisco chapter of AIGA and has taught in the CCA Extension program and at the Academy of
Art University in San Francisco. He has also served on the advisory board for
the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery.
AIGA chapters fulfill AIGA’s mission at the local level, supporting members through organizing projects and events to educate, inform and connect designers.
Section: About AIGA
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.
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.
In 2014 AIGA turns 100. AIGA is celebrating this moment by looking forward toward inspiration, relevance, leadership and opportunity for every designer in the decades ahead.
Ms Margaret Inga Wiatrowski
AIGA New York
Member since 2010
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