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NEW YORK—May 6, 2010. The AIGA Design Leaders Confidence
Index for the first quarter of 2010 reflects the strongest
confidence yet in an economic recovery. The index rose to 103.73—up
from 51 in October 2008—and is the highest since AIGA began
measuring confidence in the design economy in early 2005.
While most respondents rated conditions moderately better—rather
than substantially better over both the past six months and in
anticipation of the next six months—the impressions that pushed up
the index are widely held. AIGA had expected results from the
beginning of 2010 to reveal whether American businesses had reduced
their budgets for design based on 2009's weak start, thus imposing
a continuing negative impact on design business. The data and
anecdotal evidence suggest investment in design is reviving.
More than a third of respondents (36.5 percent) believe they
will be more likely to hire new designers in this quarter than
last; only 15 percent felt they were less likely to hire new
designers. And 48 percent felt their plans of purchasing new
hardware and software had increased compared with three months
Design leaders seem to be more confident than other business
leaders, according to the Conference Board's measure of business
leaders' confidence, which declined slightly in the first quarter
of 2010. CEOs' hiring plans and assessments of their own industries
have improved, yet their assessment of overall economic conditions
is less optimistic than the previous quarter.
Parallel to the confidence shown by design leaders, the
Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index® also continues to
improve; it is now at its highest level since September 2008.
Consumer confidence improved significantly in March of this year
and continued its upward trend in April, along with an indication
that concerns about business and the job market have eased.
The next Design Leaders Confidence Index survey will be
conducted in mid-July 2010. For more information on the methodology
of the survey, visit www.aiga.org/confidence-index.
AIGA, the professional association for design, stimulates
thinking about design, demonstrates the value of design and
empowers the success of designers at each stage of their careers.
AIGA's mission is to advance designing as a professional craft,
strategic tool and vital cultural force. Founded in 1914, AIGA
remains the oldest and largest professional membership organization
for design, and is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) educational institution.
Today AIGA serves more than 20,000 members through 65 chapters and
200 student groups.
For further information, please contact:Jennifer
AIGA | the professional association for design
Tel 212 710 3136 Fax 212 807 1799
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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The Brand New Conference is a two-day event on the development of corporate and brand identity projects by some of today’s most active and influential practitioners from around the world.
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