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AIGA relies on member volunteers to accomplish many activities
throughout the year. There are two ways to volunteer with the
Each AIGA chapter, as an independently chartered organization,
sets its own policies regarding volunteering for local events. AIGA
provides guidelines to help shape these chapter policies.
For larger events run by the national staff of AIGA, such as the
biennial design conference, the following guidelines apply:
AIGA's policy is to always provide an honorarium for design
projects as compensation. While we realize it is not set at market
rates, it recognizes that no design should be expected without
compensation. Volunteer designers are usually not required to do
work up front for free before a contract or project begins. Each
designer knows explicitly beforehand the terms we are able to
offer, which is meant as our demonstration that every designer's
work has significant value, knowing that there are both monetary
and non-monetary considerations in any project.
AIGA works with designers and firms to create promotional
materials including posters, event programs, event web sites, etc.
Designers typically send us a portfolio of their past work, then
have the opportunity to review a design brief and accept or decline
the project. At that time, a contract is executed with a commitment
to an honorarium, after which work on the project begins.
Implementation, such as printing costs, postage and paper, are
covered by AIGA and/or an interested sponsor.
The guidelines are as follows:
If you're interested in volunteering your design services for an
AIGA welcomes an expression of interest from established and emerging professionals who would like to design exhibitions that AIGA is planning for the AIGA National Design Center in New York, as well as related collateral and promotional materials, for a modest honorarium. Installation costs, including painting and light fabrication, are covered by AIGA and/or an interested sponsor.
The assignment would be based on an AIGA design brief for a planned exhibition, which would also specify the honorarium that is available. The guidelines are as follows:.
If you’re interested in volunteering your design services for an
upcoming exhibition, contact AIGA to express your
interest and qualifications.
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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