NEW YORK—February 8, 2012. AIGA, the professional association for design, is awarding four
design visionaries with the highest honor of the design profession, the AIGA
Medal: Ralph Caplan, Elaine Lustig Cohen, Armin Hofmann and Robert Vogele. Each will be presented with the award at Bright Lights: The AIGA Awards
on April 19 in New York.
They join a legacy of distinguished design practitioners—including Steve Frykholm, Milton Glaser, John Maeda, Jennifer Morla, Paul Rand and Paula Scher—who have been awarded the AIGA Medal for setting standards of excellence over a lifetime of work or making significant contributions to innovation within the practice of design.
Ralph Caplan, influential author and design advocate, will be honored for turning his discerning eye, deftness with words and wonderful sense of humor toward defining design over half a century through writing, editing and teaching.
Elaine Lustig Cohen, pioneering graphic designer, artist and archivist, will
be honored for her body of design work integrating European avant garde and modernist influences into a distinctly American, mid-century manner of
Armin Hofmann, legendary Swiss graphic
designer and educator, will be honored for his immeasurable influence on generations of designers, teaching the power and elegance of simplicity and clarity through a timeless aesthetic, always informed by context.
Robert Vogele, ground-breaking design entrepreneur
and mentor, will be honored for his work as a business strategist and visionary
who nurtured the creative potential of legions of Chicago designers,
challenging all to think about design for the greater good.
Each will be presented with the prestigious AIGA Medal on
April 19 at “Bright Lights: The
AIGA Awards” in New York, a celebration that benefits the AIGA Design
Archives, a public online collection of excellence in design, and Worldstudio
AIGA Scholarships for underprivileged design and art students. Co-chaired by Su
Mathews, senior partner of design at Lippincott, and DJ Stout, partner at
Pentagram, “Bright Lights” brings together hundreds of professionals to
celebrate design excellence.
“‘Bright Lights’ is going to be a memorable night of video premieres, cocktails and mingling to celebrate the legendary designers who shaped our profession,” said
“Anyone who loves design is welcome, and tickets start at just $200. We hope to see a lot of new faces this year!” added Stout.
Information about “Bright Lights,” including slideshows of
the four Medalists’ work, is available at aiga.org/the-aiga-awards.
The AIGA Medal is awarded to individuals in recognition of
their exceptional achievements, services or other contributions to the field of
design and visual communication. Medals have been awarded since 1920 for
contributions to the practice of design, teaching, writing or leadership of the
profession in the United States. To learn more about this year’s Medalists and
view a complete list of past recipients, visit aiga.org/medalists.
AIGA is the professional association for design, a nonprofit
organization dedicated to advancing design as a professional craft, strategic
tool and vital cultural force. Founded in 1914, AIGA today serves more than
22,000 members through 66 chapters and 200 student groups throughout the United
States. AIGA stimulates thinking about design, demonstrates the value of design
and empowers the success of designers at each stage of their careers. Learn
more at aiga.org/about.
AIGA’s design community will gather April 2016 to honor the AIGA Medalists and support national design initiatives. Watch this space for upcoming information.
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