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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. Each of the newly elected directors brings a unique perspective to the organization and will help shape the future of AIGA:
Elysia Syriac, Relish Creative, AIGA Colorado, takes on the role of chapter presidents representative to the board.
AdamsMorioka partner Sean Adams will continue to serve as president through June 2015. The board of directors elected Lippincott senior partner Su Mathews Hale to a newly created president-elect position. Su Mathews Hale’s one-year term as president-elect begins this month; she will serve as AIGA president for two years when Sean Adams’ term concludes on July 1, 2015.
As these directors assume their roles, AIGA also recognizes those completing their terms of board service on behalf of the design profession:
Drew Davies, founder and design director at Oxide Design Co. in Omaha, Nebraska, was instrumental in shaping the future of AIGA as a board member, design director of Design for Democracy, and national co-president from 2013 to 2014. He offered clarity in leading AIGA through strategic change and thoughtful advocacy for a truly national community of designers.
Andrew Blauvelt, chief of communications and curator of architecture and design at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was instrumental in celebrating AIGA’s centennial and leading the articulation of the board’s strategic plans for the future of AIGA. His strategic vision provided clarity of purpose and assures that AIGA will play an important role in advocating great design well into the future.
Doug Powell, studio lead at IBM Design in Austin, Texas, championed AIGA’s Design for Good program during his presidency on the board, an initiative which aims to ignite, accelerate and amplify design-driven social change, and led planning and research that influenced AIGA’s transformation for its second century.
Susana Rodríguez de Tembleque, executive creative director at SYPartners in New York City, played an important role in examining the positioning of AIGA as the organization faced change and celebrated its centennial; she was a powerful advocate for the role of craft in even the most strategic engagements of the design mind.
Nathan Shedroff, chair of the MBA in Design Strategy at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, is chairing the 2014 “Gain: AIGA Design and Business Conference” in New York City this fall. He was always engaged in bringing a lively and thoughtful challenge to national deliberations on the future of AIGA, design and designers.
AIGA’s 25,000 members are grateful for the leadership, commitment, energy and time these board members invested in the future of the profession and welcome the insights of incoming leaders. To learn more about the current directors, please visit www.aiga.org/about-board-bios.
AIGA, 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
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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
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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
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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.
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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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