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NEW YORK—January 15, 2014. AIGA, the professional association for design, will be celebrating its centennial in 2014—marking 100 years since the organization was founded in New York City at the National Arts Club. AIGA’s focus and reach have expanded considerably since 1914: from 40 founders to 25,000 members, from a New York club to a nationwide network, and from an institute dedicated to graphic arts to an active community embracing all communication design disciplines.
“The AIGA Centennial is a chance to look back at our roots as designers and to look forward to our growing impact in society,” said AIGA Executive Director Richard Grefé. “But more than that, it’s an opportunity to capture the many reasons that design matters.”
Celebrations will kick off on January 21 with the launch of “100 Years of Design,” an interactive exploration of design’s rich legacy and growing impact. Visitors to the site are encouraged to learn more about American communication design through significant works, interviews and profiles, and to contribute their own favorite examples. For “Centennial Voices,” an essay series that will be published on AIGA.org throughout 2014, AIGA is inviting industry leaders to contribute personal reflections on the past, present and future of design.
AIGA’s 67 chapters across the United States will celebrate the centennial with dozens of events and activities throughout the year; highlights include exhibitions, networking receptions, parties and celebrations honoring AIGA Fellows. One of the largest celebrations will be “The AIGA Centennial Gala” in New York City, honoring a special class of 24 individuals with the prestigious AIGA Medal for lifetime achievement in design. A full list of centennial activities is available at 100.aiga.org.
Several public exhibitions are planned to highlight design’s impact and the history of AIGA. “Facing Forward” at the AIGA National Design Center will celebrate AIGA’s history when it opens on February 19, and “Century: One Hundred Years of Typeface Design” will follow in April. Meanwhile, “Drawn to Action: Posters from the AIGA Design Archives” at the Denver Art Museum invites visitors to discover how design can be an extraordinary tool for change, and “A Visual History of AIGA” at the Museum of Design Atlanta will showcase work that was created for AIGA by the design industry’s greatest talents.
Whether you get involved with local activities, explore an exhibition or attend a national event, celebrate AIGA by celebrating design this year!
About AIGAAIGA, the professional association for design, advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force. As the largest community of design advocates, we bring together practitioners, enthusiasts and patrons to amplify the voice of design and create the vision for a collective future. We define global standards and ethical practices, guide design education, inspire designers and the public, enhance professional development, and make powerful tools and resources accessible to all. Learn more at aiga.org/about.
For further information, please contact:Jennifer Bender, director of communications and marketingAIGA | the professional association for design
In 2014, AIGA turns 100! Get involved with chapter activities, attend an upcoming event, or contribute to an online archive of design history. Celebrate AIGA by celebrating design.
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of six up-and-coming communication designers. Viewers are invited to
travel across the United States with AIGA, the professional association
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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.
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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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