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NEW YORK—May 14, 2013. AIGA’s Design
Leaders Confidence Index was unchanged for the first quarter of 2013,
at 101.62 compared to the previous quarter’s 101.72. While the aggregate number
is not statistically different, there is optimism in the details: responses
to specific questions within the survey suggest confidence that both the
general economy and the design economy are improving.
Only 6.1 percent of respondents believe the economy as a
whole has worsened in the past six months, with slightly more (6.7 percent)
estimating that the design economy was worse in March than it had been in October.
More than half of respondents (56 percent) believe the general economy has
improved moderately or substantially, while 51.3 percent provided the same
positive assessment for the demand for design.
Looking ahead, 59.8 percent of respondents believe the national
economy will improve moderately or substantially over the next six months; only
2.8 percent feared it would worsen. As for design, nearly as many felt the
demand for design services would also improve by October (55.6 percent). Only
3.4 percent thought it would worsen, and then only moderately.
In terms of hiring and growth, those professing the same or
an increased likelihood of hiring additional staff today (compared with three
months ago) is nearly universal at
88.8 percent. Roughly 93 percent believe their likelihood of investing in
hardware and software is also the same or better.
The Conference Board Measure of CEO Confidence™, which asks similar questions of corporate CEOs, continued
to improve as well. The Measure now reads 54, up from 46 in the previous
quarter (a reading of more than 50 points reflects more positive than negative
responses). CEOs’ short-term outlook is also more optimistic: 32 percent of
business leaders expect economic conditions to improve over the next six
months, up from 23 percent last quarter. Expectations for their own industries
are also more upbeat, with 33 percent of CEOs anticipating an improvement in
conditions in the months ahead, up from 19 percent in the fourth quarter of
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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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