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AIGA Communiqueé: March 2008, Vol 8 Issue 3
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AIGA achieves carbon neutrality. Get Out the Vote. 365: AIGA Design Competitions.
Vote: AIGA Board

Last chance to vote for new directors on AIGA’s board

A member-based nominating committee has recommended a slate of nominees to serve on the national board for the term beginning July 2008 and ending June 2011. Consistent with the bylaws, the proposed slate of Stanley Hainsworth, Elva Rubio, Khoi Vinh, Brad Weed and Pamela Williams is submitted to the full professional membership for adoption. All professional-level members should vote online by Friday, March 14.



AIGA and Adobe partner to develop font collection for design education

Exemplary of AIGA and
Adobe’s enduring partnership, Adobe will launch a comprehensive, affordable font collection for teaching and learning typography for those affiliated with educational institutions. Adobe® Font Folio® Education Essentials software was developed at the request of AIGA design educators to serve the needs of college-level students and teachers providing nearly 500 fonts in OpenType® format for $149.



New business resource is available for design firm leaders

AIGA and the Association of Professional Design Firms (APDF) have entered an alliance to provide AIGA members with access to APDF’s information and activities on how to improve business practices. Benefits will include a quarterly survey of firm operating and financial data and discounted registration rates at APDF events, beginning with the APDF Annual Meeting and Exchange in New Orleans, May 15–18.


Kyoto Design Declaration

AIGA endorses Kyoto Design Declaration

AIGA has endorsed the set of principles that represent designers’ global responsibility for building sustainable, human-centered, creative societies documented in the Kyoto Design Declaration. This manifesto—developed by Cumulus, the international association of universities and colleges of art, design and media—reinforces the commitment AIGA designers, educators and students have assumed for ethical, social and environmental integrity. It also reflects AIGA’s global leadership on these issues.


365: AIGA

There’s still time to enter “365: AIGA Design Competitions”

You can register entries for
“AIGA Annual Design Competitions” and “50 Books/50 Covers” at competitions.aiga.org until Friday, March 28. You’ll have to pay late fees, but your entries will still be eligible for inclusion in this year’s selections. If chosen, your work will be included in the AIGA Design Archives at the Denver Art Museum and online at designarchives.aiga.org. Don’t miss this deadline or you’ll have to wait until next year’s competitions.


Get out the Vote

Participate in Get Out the Vote: motivate voters through poster design

Get Out the Vote, an AIGA initiative since the 2000 election campaign, invites U.S. designers to create nonpartisan posters that inspire the American public to participate in the electoral process and vote for a presidential candidate in the 2008 general election. Create and contribute a poster to help get out the vote and fulfill an ongoing AIGA objective of demonstrating the value of design to the public by providing a clear call to action for an activity that is important to everyone.



Submit your writing to Winterhouse Awards for Design Writing & Criticism

AIGA and Winterhouse Institute have partnered for the third year to recognize emerging voices in design writing and criticism. This year’s jury, chaired by Winterhouse’s Jessica Helfand with Michael Bierut (Design Observer), Kenneth Lippert (Princeton Architectural Press) and Judith Thurman (The New Yorker), will award a $10,000 prize for professional writing. In addition, the education award is now open to high school submissions, as well as undergraduate and graduate student work.


AIGA Oregon

Now recruiting for AIGA Election Design Fellow

AIGA and the State of Oregon are seeking an Election Design Fellow for annual placement in the Secretary of State’s office. The fellow assists in implementing AIGA Design for Democracy recommendations for election design and advances the deep commitment of the office for clear, accessible and effective information design in all of its activities. Submit résumés and recommendations by April 15.



Invest in young designers: 2008 Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships

Worldstudio Foundation and AIGA provide scholarships to minority and economically disadvantaged students of design and art in colleges and universities across the United States. Know someone who should apply? Perhaps you or your company would like to offer a scholarship? Learn more about the application process and about nurturing and inspiring the next generation of design talent. The deadline is April 11.


Carbon Neutrality

AIGA goes carbon-neutral and farm-friendly with NativeEnergy

AIGA is reducing the consequences of its annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by purchasing NativeEnergy offsets, which support projects that are socially and environmentally beneficial. Matching the related global warming emissions with NativeEnergy’s share of the carbon reductions from these projects reduces AIGA’s impact of electricity, gas and travel-related greenhouse gas emissions for its offices, publications and conferences.


Design Journeys

AIGA to develop “Design Journeys” archive

In late spring, an initial selection of inspirational designers” work will be published online in the “Design Journeys” archive. “Design Journeys,” a collection of information on the professional lives, contributions and portfolios of selected designers, serves as a publicly accessible, comprehensive body of research honoring the accomplishments and contributions of historically underrepresented design professionals.


The Open Brand

AIGA Design Press co-publishes The Open Brand

AIGA Design Press, in partnership with Peachpit’s New Riders imprint, has just published The Open Brand: When Push Comes to Pull in a Web-Made World, by Kelly Mooney and Nita Rollins, PhD. The authors assert that traditional mass-marketing “push” tactics are giving way to the “pull” of an online population no longer content to merely consume. This innovative book illuminates both the risks and rewards of opening up to consumer involvement in brand messages and offerings.


Financial Statement

AIGA financial practices meet auditor’s approval

O’Connor Davies Munn and Dobbins, independent auditors who report directly to the board, have concluded their audit of AIGA for its 2007 fiscal year and have rendered an unqualified opinion on the financial statements for the year. The auditors review the financial records and AIGA’s accounting practices; their report is part of AIGA’s commitment to providing transparent accountability to its members.


Board Meeting

AIGA board reviews program plans at spring meeting

The next AIGA board meeting will be held on April 8 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time in Palm Springs, California. The board will review issues on the horizon for both the profession and AIGA, including diversity, engaging volunteers at all levels and recognizing design excellence, with the objective of setting the direction for program and budget development for the next year and beyond.


Save $1,000 when you apply for “Business Perspectives for Creative Leaders” by March 31

AIGA’s highly regarded business school executive education program has been scheduled for the week of July 27-August 1, at Yale School of Management. After five years at Harvard Business School, AIGA has developed an even more effective program, driven by the intimate setting of the Yale School of Management and its commitment to innovation and creativity. Participants will learn from and work with world-class thinkers, scholars and accomplished faculty. Apply by March 31 to get the best rate.


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Massaging Media 2Massaging Media 2: Graphic Design Education in the Age of Dynamic Media

April 4–6, 2008

Don’t miss out on the chance to engage with a diverse group of global presenters and attendees at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center in Boston. Take part in  provocative conversation on the effect of dynamic media on graphic design education. Reserve by March 12 to take advantage of the discounted hotel rate!

For more information and to share your ideas for the conference, visit

APDFAPDF 2008 Annual Meeting & Exchange: Think Bigger

New Orleans
May 15–18

With a focus on dialogue, peer-to-peer networking, leadership learning and collaboration, “Exchange” features not only inspirational and motivational speakers, but numerous opportunities for small group and one-on-one engagements with the leaders of other creative services firms.

For more information, visit www.apdf.org.

AIGA ChinaAIGA Cross-cultural Design Expedition to China

May 2008

Let AIGA Center for Cross-cultural Design and Package and Design Magazine of China be your guide to traveling deep into the heart of China’s flourishing design scene. Experience two weeks of design-focused activities; tour the top design firms and schools; and visit Beijing, Tianjing, Xi’an, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.

For more information, visit xcd.aiga.org.

Strategy ConferenceIIT Institute of Design Strategy Conference

May 22–23

This Strategy Conference continues to build a strong bridge between design and business strategy. Registration discounts available to AIGA members as a part of IIT’s strategic partnership with AIGA.

For more information and to register, visit www.id.iit.edu.

Brand AcademyBrand Academy: The Business of Design

May 15–16

AIGA Atlanta and Emory University’s Goizueta Business School invite you to work with the leading scholars at the Emory Marketing Institute and build your knowledge of brands and brand management. This two-day intensive course will combine lectures, workshops and discussion to help participants gain greater insight in business strategy and how design affects the broader context of marketing and business performance.

For more information and to register, visit aiga-atl.org.

Image, Space, Object 5Image, Space, Object 5: People Centered Design: Tools & Inspiration

August 7–10

Immerse yourself in the ultimate collaborative design workshop, working closely with the world’s top design innovators at the foot of the Rockies. As you convert theory into practice, learn how to create multi-dimensional environments, human interactions and brand strategies in which images, spaces and objects work together.

For more information and to register, visit www.aiga.org.

Gain Conference“Gain: AIGA Business and Design Conference”

New York
October 23–25

“Gain” will bring together the most innovative and inspiring voices from the business and design worlds. Hear Michael Jager (Jager DiPaola Kemp), Young Lee (Pinkberry), Heidi Dangelmaier (3iying), David Kuehler (Procter & Gamble), Chris Hacker (Johnson & Johnson), Shashi Seth (Google) and more share their approaches to business strategy and how they connect with the consumer, process and product. Tom Kelley, general manager of IDEO, will moderate.

For more information, to see the list of confirmed speakers and to register, visit gainconference.aiga.org.

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Design and Democracy

“How Can Design Influence the Tools of Democracy?”

By Richard Grefé

In this crucial election year, what is AIGA doing to promote the value of design? Richard Grefé highlights AIGA’s efforts, from voter awareness to setting guidelines for ballot and election design.

Interview with Richard McGuire

“Who’s Afraid of Noir?: An Interview with Richard McGuire”

By Steven Heller

What is black and white and brilliant all over? Heller casts a light on designer and illustrator Richard McGuire’s latest animation.

Vending Machine

“Speak, Machine, Speak!”

By Grant McCracken

What is it about the accidental rumble and thud from a vending machine that so delights? McCracken celebrates this favorite
“found sound.”

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