• Bright Lights: The AIGA Awards Gala 2012

    "Bright Lights: The AIGA Awards Gala" took place in New York City on April 19, 2012. This night of cocktails, conversation and celebration supported key initiatives and honored four designers with the AIGA Medal. Thank you to our event co-chairs DJ Stout and Su Mathews, our event committees, and our Supporters—this event would not have been possible without your generosity!

    Meet the medalists

    Learn more about each of the design legends honored with the prestigious AIGA Medal at the 2012 “Bright Lights” celebration:

    Ralph Caplan 75   Influential author and design advocate Ralph Caplan was recognized for turning his discerning eye, deftness with words and wonderful sense of humor toward defining design over half a century through writing, editing and teaching.
    View the video profile | Read Ralph’s biography  
    Elaine Lustig Cohen 75   Pioneering graphic designer, artist and archivist Elaine Lustig Cohen was recognized for her body of design work integrating European avant-garde and modernist influences into a distinctly American, mid-century manner of typographic communication.
    View the video profile | Read Elaine’s biography  
    Armin Hoffman 75   Legendary Swiss graphic designer and educator, Armin Hofmann was recognized for his immeasurable influence on generations of designers, teaching the power and elegance of simplicity and clarity through a timeless aesthetic, always informed by context.
    View the video profile | Read Armin’s biography  
    Robert Vogele 75   Groundbreaking design entrepreneur and mentor Robert Vogele was recognized for being a business strategist and visionary who nurtured the creative potential of generations of Chicago designers, challenging all to think about design for the greater good.
    View the video profile | Read Robert’s biography  

    About this event

    The AIGA Awards Gala is an annual celebration to honor the distinguished practitioners, educators and role models whose creativity, intelligence, perception and skill have inspired and shaped the entire design profession. Proceeds from the event benefit Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships, and the AIGA Legacy Fund.


      AIGA is deeply grateful to those who contributed to “Bright Lights: The AIGA Awards 2012”


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      • AdamsMorioka, Inc.
      • Philip Burton
      • Core77
      • Phil Hamlett, Academy of Art University
      • Su Mathews, Lippincott
      • Mohawk Fine Papers
      • Pentagram
      • Susana Rodríguez de Tembleque, SYPartners


      • Bart Crosby
      • Michael Donovan
      • Milton Glaser
      • Nancye Green
      • Michael Hendrix
      • Drew Hodges, SpotCo
      • Terry Irwin
      • Deanna Kuhlmann-Leavitt
      • Albert Lee
      • Doug Powell
      • Lisa Powell
      • Darralyn Rieth
      • Angela Shen-Hsieh, Visual i l o
      • Robin Tooms, Savage
      • Ann Willoughby

      Event committee

      Bright Lights co-chairs

      DJ Stout, Pentagram and Su Mathews, Lippincott

      Bright Lights benefit committee

      Deborah Adler, Deborah Adler Design
      Roanne Adams, RoAndCo
      Barbour Design, Inc.
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      Rafael Esquer, Alfalfa
      Doug Jaeger, JaegerSloan, Inc.
      Vijay Mathews, Winfield & Co.
      OCD | The Original Champions of Design
      Ellen Shapiro, Visual Language LLC
      Jill Spaeth, Citizen Creative
      Clifford Stoltze, Stoltze Design
      Scott Stowell, Open
      Andrew Twigg, Andrew Twigg Design Studio, Ltd.
      Willy Wong, NYC & Company

      2011 AIGA Awards Committee

      Ann Willoughby, Willoughby Design Group, committee chair
      Antonio Alcalá, Studio A
      Cheryl Heller, Heller Communication Design
      Alexander Isley, Alexander Isley
      David Williams, Morningstar, Inc.
      Rick Valicenti, Thirst/3ST

      Bright Lights design elements

      Identity, environmental graphics and decor design

      Visual system, invitation and program design

      Paper partner
      Mohawk Fine Papers

      Program printing

      Invitation printing and mailing services

      Digital enhancement on the invitation
      Scodix SENSE

      Table centerpieces
      Daniel DeMarco and Associates

      Video design
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      Photo booth photography
      Foxtrot Foto

      iPhone app design and development
      Winfield & Co.

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