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Each year AIGA strives to enhance the design profession by
establishing programs and initiatives that reach above and beyond
the scope of simply supporting current members. Your contribution
to AIGA will benefit AIGA programs and initiatives such as the AIGA Design Archives, preserving the
legacy of great work accomplished by our gifted colleagues; Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships,
nurturing the next generation of design leaders; diversity initiatives, to make the profession more inclusive and diverse; and The Legacy Fund to
secure the future of AIGA.
There are three ways to contribute to AIGA:
Whichever method you choose, you’ll be recognized as a designer that gives back to the broader community!
The AIGA Design
Archives online, designed by Second Story Interactive, launched
in 2004 and now contain more than 19,000 selections from AIGA's
competitions, from 1924 to the present, as well as donated
collections. Anyone across the globe can access these vital
materials-from a student in China to a professional in San
Francisco. The most comprehensive collection of American design
excellence in the world, the archives are searchable by a wide
variety of criteria and they are absolutely free to use, providing
daily inspiration to thousands of students, scholars and
The physical artifacts of the AIGA Design Archives are housed at
Denver Art Museum. More than 6,000 original artifacts represent
the complete collection of communication design examples selected
in AIGA's national competitions by jurors of national prominence
each year since 1980. The Archives offer a collection that will be
used for research and exhibitions on popular and visual culture as well as
demonstrating the craft and effectiveness of extraordinary American
design talent. Watch the video.
Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships allow young people from minority and economically
disadvantaged backgrounds to realize their artistic dreams and give
back to their communities. The scholarship program benefits
individual students while helping to offer opportunities in design
to a diverse younger generation who can contribute to increasing
the demographic relevance of the profession.
AIGA has developed a new online archive and traveling exhibition
entitled “Design Journeys,” a collection of stories about the professional
lives, contributions and portfolios of leading African American,
Latino, Native American, Asian American, Southeast Asian and
Pacific Islander designers.
In 2005, the AIGA Task Force on Professional Diversity developed
a list of recommendations for increasing diversity within the
profession. Among the stated goals were to publicize design heroes
of varying backgrounds and create traveling shows of the work of
diverse designers. The “Design Journeys” project seeks to achieve
both-by not only celebrating the stories and work of these
practitioners, but also influencing the next generation of young
people from all backgrounds to consider design as a viable and
Contributions from the profession and the public enable AIGA to
celebrate the legacy of American design and to demonstrate the
value of design. Membership fees allow AIGA to continue to serve
designers today; additional funding is needed for special projects.
These funds have been used in three ways: preservation of AIGA's
archival material, documentation of American design history, and
design education in schools.
Give to the future of the profession. Simply
donate online or download this contribution form and
Send forms to:
164 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010
212 807 1799
AIGA, the professional association for design, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Here is a copy of AIGA’s 501(c)(3) determination letter from the IRS. All charitable contributions to AIGA are tax deductible to the extent the tax code allows. To ensure year-end contributions meet the IRS tax-return deadline for the current year, receipt by AIGA must be no later than December 31.
In 2014, AIGA turns 100! Get involved with chapter activities, attend an upcoming event, or contribute to an online archive of design history. Celebrate AIGA by celebrating design.
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history, AIGA news
AIGA is and always will be only as strong as the commitment, energy and
generous contribution of designers’ time, ingenuity and financial
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Individuals and organizations who have contributed to AIGA’s Legacy Campaign since July 1, 2009.
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The archives of AIGA serve to identify, preserve and make
available records of enduring value. AIGA's aim is to make
conditions suitable for access and to support research that will
add to the literature of design and to safeguard its legacy.
New 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
New York—September 23, 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.
New 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.
NEW YORK—September 18, 2014. AIGA, Design Observer and Designers & Books today published results of the 2013 “50 Books/50 Covers” competition. A panel of jurors including Michael Bierut, partner at the New York design firm Pentagram; Jessica Helfand, founding editor of Design Observer; and Peter Mendelsund, associate art director of Alfred A. Knopf Books chose 50 outstanding books and 50 exceptional covers.
This task force is charged with reviewing the role AIGA might play in recognizing, communicating and advocating remarkable design that has emerged from the graphic design tradition—experienced in many media and forms today.
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