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Each year, AIGA members develop and produce more than 1,000 local events through AIGA chapters across the country, including design lectures, portfolio reviews, networking sessions, competitions, exhibitions and studio tours—see the Events section for upcoming events near you!
To augment these local activities, AIGA produces national programs to support all members. These initiatives have been made possible through the support of our generous partners and sponsors, as well as the efforts of many thousands of members. Join AIGA now to support these activities:
AIGA’s new Diversity and Inclusion Initiative aims to encourage diversity in design education, discourse and practice to expand the future strength and relevance of design in all areas of society. The initiative approaches the issue of diversity in design comprehensively, considering race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability and disability, age and other factors that may shape creative perspective and professional experience.Learn more.
This new initiative develops AIGA’s commitment to empowering women designers and advancing the vital discourse on issues facing professional women today. The objective of this initiative is not to generalize or segregate women designers, but to recognize exemplary achievements and constructively address persistent biases and inequities.Learn more.
AIGA created Design for Good to build and sustain the implementation
of design thinking for social change. As a movement to ignite, accelerate and amplify design-driven social change, Design for Good creates
opportunities for designers to build their practice, their network and
their visibility by supporting those who play a catalytic
role in communities and create positive social impact.Learn more.
AIGA launched “INitiative” with The Creative
Group in 2011 to help in-house designers and managers make a greater impact at their companies, evolve
professionally and connect with a broader network of peers. Through articles, videos, events and a quarterly newsletter, this program provides information, advice, inspiration and insights to help in-house design teams thrive. Learn more.
Since 2000, Design for Democracy’s ballot and election design project
has worked to make voting easier and more accurate for all U.S.
citizens. Recent accomplishments include the “Field Guides To Ensuring Voter Intent” to help county election officials design and test ballots
for usability, as well as the 2012 “Get Out the Vote” project to create nonpartisan posters and videos to inspire the American public to vote. Learn more.
Originally conceived by AIGA, The Living Principles for Design distill the collective wisdom
found in decades of sustainability theories and bring them to life
in the first quadruple-bottom-line framework for sustainable design. They weave
together environmental protection, social
equity, economic health and cultural
vitality to create an actionable framework for
sustainability—a common point of reference to which all designers
can refer. Learn more.
Through events, webinars, workshops, certificate programs and national conferences with strategic partners, educational institutions and program sponsors, AIGA members have personal and professional development opportunities to learn new skills, get advice on pressing career questions, hear insights from industry leaders, build leadership capacity and learn how to manage more effectively. Learn more.
Each year, AIGA hosts one of two national conferences: the biennial “Gain: AIGA Design and Business Conference,” and the biennial “AIGA Design Conference,” whose theme and location changes with each event. In addition, the AIGA Design Educators Community hosts annual design conferences for curriculum development, and chapters host many local and regional conferences and events around the country. Learn more.
AIGA awards the AIGA Medal to individuals in recognition of their exceptional achievements,
services or other contributions to the field of design and visual
communication, and AIGA chapters honor those who have contributed significantly to the practice of design,
teaching, writing or leadership of the profession with the AIGA Fellow Award. Similarly, the AIGA Design Archives are a repository of inspiring, award-winning work from AIGA’s design competitions.
AIGA provides free public design resources such as the Symbol Signs, an international system of 50 symbols produced by AIGA and the U.S.
Department of Transportation. Regular reporting on the design industry takes the form of articles and case studies on this site, as well as economic surveys including the annual AIGA|Aquent Survey of Design Salaries and the quarterly Design Leaders Confidence Index survey.
In addition to outlining practical, legal and ethical standards for the communication design profession—including the AIGA position on spec work, a standard contract for design services, the Design Business and Ethics series and the AIGA Standards of Professional Practice—AIGA is engaged in an extended design policy advocacy campaign to raise awareness of
the value of effective information design in the public sector.
As the largest professional association
of designers in the world, AIGA is committed to advancing the value and
impact of design, both locally and globally, and working together to
inspire, support and learn from each other, at every stage of our
careers. Whether you're an established designer looking to give back or a
student just starting out, there's a membership level for you.
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AIGA’s chapters allow our members to form powerful social and
professional bonds through conferences, competitions, lectures and
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AIGA’s 15-member board is elected by the entire professional membership
and plays a crucial role in determining the mission of AIGA.
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Click here to learn more and submit your nominations!
Sergio A. Garcia
Member since 2009
‘Ghostpoet’ uses skin biopsy to create album artwork
May 20, 2015
AIGA San Francisco
AIGA San Francisco
Leonard C. Brady, III
Ryan D. Lewis
AIGA West Michigan
AIGA Atlanta Nominations Extended until May 29
May 15, 2015
AMA in the AM: You Are Only As Good As Your Data – Lessons From the Big Data Guys
May 01, 2015
VSA Partners, Inc.