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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.
Archives Vault at the AIGA National Design Center is an
invaluable resource for AIGA members and design scholars. Including
works from 1914 to the present, the vault's artifacts serve as the
memory of the organization's extensive history and association with
the century's most influential designers.
More than 1,500 unique items are housed in this archive. The
bulk of the collection consists of printed records created by and
for AIGA, including: exhibition catalogues and design annuals
documenting the selections from AIGA competitions since 1915;
newsletters and journals published since 1922; AIGA conference
materials produced since 1985; and a flat file for the works of
AIGA medalists. The vault complements the online AIGA Design Archives, as well
as the physical archives of AIGA design competition entries dating
back to 1980, which are housed at the Denver Art Museum.
11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., by appointment
Closed on weekends, national holidays and during AIGA's biennial
Use of the vault is a benefit of AIGA membership and is also
made available to nonmembers whose focused research into the
history of AIGA, the profession or design may be assisted by this
Archives is one of the richest online resources available
to those who practice, study and appreciate great design. It
represents the quality of work being created, as well as shifting
aesthetics and sensibilities of the designers of the day. Included
in this resource are more than 20,000 selections from AIGA's annual
juried design competitions dating from 1924 through the present. In
addition, it features special collections of major American design
firms and practitioners whose design accomplishments might
otherwise not be preserved online or made available to the public.
These now include the work of Chermayeff & Geismar (1960–2006),
Vignelli Associates (1962–2008) and the Push Pin Graphic
The online experience, initially developed and recently
redesigned by Second Story Interactive Studios, features easier and
deeper searches, faster results, live filtering, improved
navigation, new presentation modes and the ability to share
inspiration on social networking sites.
View all available works at designarchives.aiga.org.
Since 1980, AIGA has produced an annual publication documenting
AIGA's activities and competitions. More than 6,000 of the physical
artifacts selected in these competitions are now a permanent part
of the AIGA Archives at the Denver Art Museum, with a dedicated
AIGA curator. This collection will be available for study and
exhibition and will grow by approximately 300 selections a year.
AIGA National Design Archives
at the Denver Art Museum from Charles R. Carpenter on Vimeo.
A collection of more than 4,000 books dating back to 1923 is
housed in the Rare
Book and Manuscript Library within Columbia University's
Butler Library, in New York. These books were selected from AIGA's
longest running competition, “Fifty Books of the Year,” now known
as “AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers.” Each year's selections are added to
the collection and are available for research. Access restrictions
If you would like to make an appointment to view the archives at
the AIGA National Design Center or would like more information
about the Denver and Butler Library collections, contact AIGA
archivist Heather Strelecki at 212 710 3145 or send her an email.
This guide is an English version of a text by the Dutch Archives for Graphic Designers (NAGO) that offers proper ways to store and describe your collections.
Section: Tools and Resources -
Located at 164 Fifth Avenue in New York, AIGA’s building serves as a base of operations and a source of inspiration for members.
Section: About AIGA -
A finding aid to collections on design and design history.
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.
NEW YORK—September 9, 2014. Today AIGA, the professional
association for design, announced the 2014 results of the “Justified:
AIGA Design Competition.” Design firms, in-house design departments,
design entrepreneurs and freelance designers submitted nearly 750 design
projects, making this the most competitive year for AIGA’s annual
design competition. After careful and considered review, the jury
recognized 19 submissions that successfully demonstrate the value of
design based on craft, methodology, execution and impact.
NEW YORK—August 5, 2014. Yathrib Ragsdale mentors minority, first generation, college bound students. Myles Thompson educates his college campus about African American art and culture. And
Kawing Ng manages a Meetup group called VolunteerNY to bring together people who share a common goal of giving back to the community. These talented and dedicated students are among 14 recipients of the 2014–2015 Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships, awarded each year to art and design college students who demonstrate a commitment to social responsibility.
NEW YORK—July 1, 2014. Today five board members and a new presidents council representative join the national board of directors
for AIGA, the professional association for design, following a national
search. Ken Carbone, John Luu, Christopher Simmons, Jill Spaeth, Paul Wharton and Elysia Syriac join the national board, and Su Mathews Hale has been elected to the president-elect position.
After much discussion throughout the entire design community, the national board
approved the sale of AIGA’s building in New York City. At this pivotal point in our history, the board
adopted a revised strategic framework which articulates four strategic focuses for the organization and outlines the process and timeline for funding decisions.
Section: About AIGA -
AIGA Insight, governance, AIGA news
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