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NEW YORK—February 5, 2013. A lifetime of achievement in design can take many forms. The 2013
recipients of the AIGA Medal, the highest honor of the design profession,
represent the range of contributions designers make to clients, future
generations and society at large—through inspiration, thoughtful critique,
social impact and the education of future design leaders. This spring, AIGA will
recognize eight designers with this prestigious award: John
Bielenberg, William Drenttel and
Jessica Helfand, Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones, Stefan Sagmeister, Lucille Tenazas, and Wolfgang
Designer, entrepreneur and imaginative advocate for a better world, John Bielenberg will be recognized for innovative investigations into
the practice and understanding of design and leadership in the “design for good”
William DrenttelDesigner, theorist and publisher William Drenttel will be recognized for advancing critical thinking about design; for his long-standing commitment to integrating design strategy into organizations; for expanding design’s role in social innovation; and for his work as cofounder, editor and publisher of Design Observer.
Jessica HelfandDesigner, educator and writer Jessica Helfand will be recognized as an incisive critic; a pioneer in design practice and education; an innovator of new forms of visual narrative; and for her work as cofounder of Design Observer.
Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-JonesType designers extraordinaire Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias
Frere-Jones will be recognized for their contributions to the typographic
landscape through impeccable craftsmanship, skilled historical reference and
insightful vernacular considerations.
Stefan SagmeisterInspirational and intriguing designer Stefan Sagmeister will be recognized for a career based on imaginative and often unorthodox design solutions to both commercial and social communication challenges, which often reveal design’s potential for addressing vexing social problems within popular culture.
Lucille TenazasDesign educator and practitioner Lucille Tenazas will be recognized for her prominent role in translating postmodern ideas into critical design practice; her exploration of the relationship between type,
photography and language; and the development and leadership of highly-respected design education programs—always with exquisite execution.
Wolfgang WeingartDesigner and instructor Wolfgang Weingart will be recognized for his typographic explorations and teaching at the Schule für Gestaltung Basel, and who, through the work of his students, created a more experimental and expressive approach to typography that has been influential around the world.
Each Medalist will be presented with the award on April 19 in
New York at “Bright Lights: The AIGA Awards,” 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. Chaired by DJ
Stout, partner at Pentagram, “Bright Lights” brings together hundreds of design enthusiasts and professionals to celebrate design excellence.
Information about “Bright Lights,” including slideshows of
all the 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 design practice, 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 67 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.
For further information, please contact:Jennifer Bender, director of communications and marketingAIGA | the professional association for design
AIGA’s design community gathered in New York City for “The AIGA Centennial Gala,” a celebration honoring the 2014 AIGA Medalists and supporting national design initiatives.
The distinguished AIGA Medal is awarded to individuals in recognition of their exceptional achievements in the field of design.
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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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