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NEW YORK—February 14, 2012. AIGA’s Design Leaders Confidence Index began to rise again in the most recent quarter. For the fourth quarter of 2011, the index rose from 86.63 to 100.71—higher than all but four quarters since AIGA began monitoring confidence in April 2005.
Responses to this quarterly survey of more than 400 design leaders show a strong bounce of optimism in the design industry. For instance, less than 9 percent believe the overall economy is worse now than six months ago and even less (6.9 percent) feel the design economy is worse than in July 2011; 86 percent think it will be the same or moderately better in six months.
Looking ahead, a majority are confident that the broader economy will improve over the next six months (61.8 percent) and nearly as many (60.1 percent) believe that will drive improvements in the design economy in the first half of the year. Only 6 percent believe the economy will be weaker over the next six months.
In terms of hiring, a majority (51.3 percent) feel their likelihood of hiring additional staff has not changed over the past quarter; 37.9 percent believe the chances of adding staff have improved. The optimism of the respondents also affects their willingness to acquire hardware and software: 45.8 percent believe they are more likely to invest in technology tools today than in October 2011; less than 10 percent expect to be less likely to invest.
In other measures of confidence, The Conference Board Measure of CEO Confidence™, which had also declined in the third quarter of 2011, improved in the fourth quarter. The measure now stands at 49, up from 42 in the previous quarter; a reading of more than 50 points reflects more positive than negative responses. Among CEOs, confidence appeared to be based on short-term factors; overall optimism was relatively subdued, as more CEOs remained pessimistic than optimistic.
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.
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Each quarter AIGA conducts the Design Leaders Confidence Index, a survey of design leaders to assemble an authoritative statement on current conditions in the design economy.
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New York—September 9, 2014. Today AIGA, the professional
association for design, announced the 2014 results of the “Justified:
AIGA Design Competition.” Design firms, in-house design departments,
design entrepreneurs and freelance designers submitted nearly 750 design
projects, making this the most competitive year for AIGA’s annual
design competition. After careful and considered review, the jury
recognized 19 submissions that successfully demonstrate the value of
design based on craft, methodology, execution and impact.
NEW YORK—August 5, 2014. Yathrib Ragsdale mentors minority, first generation, college bound students. Myles Thompson educates his college campus about African American art and culture. And
Kawing Ng manages a Meetup group called VolunteerNY to bring together people who share a common goal of giving back to the community. These talented and dedicated students are among 14 recipients of the 2014–2015 Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships, awarded each year to art and design college students who demonstrate a commitment to social responsibility.
NEW YORK—July 1, 2014. Today five board members and a new presidents council representative join the national board of directors
for AIGA, the professional association for design, following a national
search. Ken Carbone, John Luu, Christopher Simmons, Jill Spaeth, Paul Wharton and Elysia Syriac join the national board, and Su Mathews Hale has been elected to the president-elect position.
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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