• Bright Lights: The AIGA Awards Gala 2013

    Bright Lights: The AIGA Awards Gala” took place in New York City on April 19, 2013. This night of cocktails, conversation and celebration supported key initiatives and honored eight designers with the AIGA Medal. Thank you to our event co-chairs Min Lew and DJ Stout, our event committees, and Supporters—this event would not be possible without your generosity!   

    Meet the medalists

    Learn more about each of the design legends honored with the prestigious AIGA Medal at the 2013 “Bright Lights” celebration:

    John Bielenberg Designer, entrepreneur and imaginative advocate for a better world, John Bielenberg was recognized for innovative investigations into the practice and understanding of design and leadership in the “design for good” movement.

    Watch the video profile  |  Read John’s biography
    William Drenttel

    Jessica Helfand
    Designer, theorist and publisher William Drenttel was recognized for advancing critical thinking about design; for his long-standing commitment to integrating design strategy into organizations; for expanding design’s role in social innovation; and for his work as cofounder, editor and publisher of Design Observer.

    Designer, educator and writer Jessica Helfand was recognized as an incisive critic; a pioneer in design practice and education; an innovator of new forms of visual narrative; and for her work as cofounder of Design Observer.

    Watch the video profile  |  Read their biography
    Hoefler and Frere-Jones Type designers extraordinaire Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones were recognized for their contributions to the typographic landscape through impeccable craftsmanship, skilled historical reference and insightful vernacular considerations.

    Watch the video profile  |  Read their biography
    Stefan Sagmeister Inspirational and intriguing designer Stefan Sagmeister was recognized for a career based on imaginative and often unorthodox design solutions to both commercial and social communication challenges, which often reveal design’s potential for addressing vexing social problems within popular culture.

    Watch the video profile  |  Read Stefan’s biography
    Lucille Tenazas Design educator and practitioner Lucille Tenazas was recognized for her prominent role in translating postmodern ideas into critical design practice; her exploration of the relationship between type, photography and language; and the development and leadership of highly-respected design education programs—always with exquisite execution.

    Watch the video profile  |  Read Lucille’s biography
    Wolfgang Weingart Designer and instructor Wolfgang Weingart was recognized for his typographic explorations and teaching at the Schule für Gestaltung Basel, and who, through the work of his students, created a more experimental and expressive approach to typography that has been influential around the world.

    Watch the video profile  |  Read Wolfgang’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 Legacy Fund.


    AIGA is deeply grateful to those who contributed to “Bright Lights: The AIGA Awards 2013”.


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    Sandy Alexander Logo  


    American Printing Co.
    Scott Belsky, Behance
    Debbie Millman, Sterling Brands
    Mohawk Fine Paper
    Phil Hamlett, Academy of Art University
    School of Visual Arts
    Bonnie Siegler, Eight and a Half
    Su Mathews, Lippincott
    VSA Partners


      Kim Baer
      Dan Boyarski
      Gaby Brink
      Allan Chochinov
      John Clark
      Bart Crosby
      Nathalie Destandau
      Michael Donovan
      Stephen Doyle
      Nancye Green
      Stanley Hainsworth
      Terry Irwin
      Clement Mok
      Darralyn Rieth
      Anthony Russell
      Lella and Massimo Vignelli
      Ann Willoughby

        Event committee

        Bright Lights co-chairs

        Min Lew, creative director, Base Design
        DJ Stout, partner, Pentagram

        Benefit committee

        Elizabeth Amorose and Brett Traylor, Thinkso Creative
        Chris Auyeung and Vijay Mathews, W&Co.
        Barbour Design Inc.
        Carbone Smolan Agency
        Barbara deWilde
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        Laura Forde
        Gabriele Wilson Design
        Timothy Goodman
        Hilary Greenbaum, The Whitney Museum of American Art
        Julia Hoffmann, MoMA
        Cavan Huang
        OCD | The Original Champions of Design
        Jill Spaeth, Citizen Creative
        Clif Stoltze, Stoltze Design
        Andrew Twigg
        Melanie Weisenthal, Deerfield
        Willy Wong, NYC & Company

        2013 Awards Committee

        Antonio Alcalá, Studio A, committee chair
        Joe Cecere, Little & Company
        Kelly Stevens, Whole Foods Market
        David Williams, Morningstar, Inc.
        Ann Willoughby, Willoughby Design

        Bright Lights design elements

        Identity, invitation, and decor design
        Base Design

        Program design

        Program printing
        Sandy Alexander Inc.  

        Invitation printing
        American Printing Co.

        Paper partner
        Mohawk Fine Papers

        Keynote presentation design
        Barbour Design Inc.

        Video design
        dress code  

        Photo booth photography
        Foxtrot Foto

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