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The empathy that provides designers with their intuitive and
creative advantage can also ignite a compelling need to help
others, such as when we witness the kind of devastation and
suffering that nature has unleashed on the people of Haiti. Members
have been asking how they can contribute toward saving lives and
providing hope for the future, and whether there is a means for
AIGA to organize help.
A tent city in Haiti after the January 12 quake. (Flickr:
In cases where AIGA has a local network of designers, as we did
following Hurricane Katrina in the New Orleans area, we can mount
a direct effort
to help. In a case like the earthquake in Haiti, the best
course right now is to invest in the organizations that can provide
professional help locally.
AIGA encourages designers to support the following three
organizations because they are productive, effective and minimize
their administrative expenses. They are listed here with links to
their donation pages.
Many designers are driven by the contribution their special
gifts can make to improving the human condition. AIGA has taken the
lead in recent years in creating opportunities for members to give
time, creativity and resources to aid those suffering from natural
disasters. As members have expressed their increasing concern over
finding ways to contribute to society, AIGA has sought to find
channels that are focused, productive and accountable.
Some members may want to work with others in their chapters to develop local
campaigns to raise funds to send to these or other organizations
directly. These three organizations are not the only appropriate
channels, and we encourage all members to demonstrate the
engagement of designers in addressing challenges to the human
condition. We believe the most important need now is not to have a
separate charitable or action-related activity for designers, but
to help those with experience seeking to work miracles on the
The week before he passed away, Tibor Kalman asked me to
make sure that AIGA would remind every designer not to forget the
good that he or she can do for humanity through his or her unique
talents. Sometimes we can contribute through our creative
gifts—though at times such as now, it may be through our common
sense of humanity and generosity that we can do the most good.
Richard Grefé is the executive director of AIGA, the professional association for design. While guiding all of AIGA’s activities, his most significant contributions are in strategy, formulating new initiatives to enhance the competitive success of designers
and advocating the value of design to business, government and the public.
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.
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.
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