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AIGA’s strategic framework guides decisions by the board of directors. It includes:
The board uses this framework to relate objectives and AIGA programs to each goal. Annually, the board considers metrics for programs and sets both priorities and resource allocations in the context of the framework.
AIGA has a long history of engaging stakeholders in defining the vision for the organization. In just the past decade:
The continuous research on AIGA members, external trends and the competitive environment from 2005 through 2011 was documented in “What AIGA is doing and why”, a resource shared with key stakeholders as AIGA developed plans, activities and budgets.
A 2008 board committee chaired by Stanley Hainsworth and Kenna Kay developed a concept of an AIGA that reflected the strength of chapter activities and the interests of emerging designers.
In early 2009, AIGA surveyed members, the board and chapters and developed the Mandate for 2014, which was unanimously adopted by chapters at that year’s leadership retreat. This direction has been reviewed and considered each year.
VSA Partners worked with members and chapters in 2011 and 2012 in an effort to recommend changes that would make AIGA more responsive to members moving forward. These recommendations were presented to chapter leaders at the 2012 retreat, where they were widely supported. Wolff Olins reviewed AIGA’s positioning strategy.
In 2013, AIGA engaged Ziba to help develop a strategy for attracting and retaining Millennial designers; that work was the basis for chapter roundtables (informal focus groups) in April 2013.
In February 2013, the AIGA board, past presidents, chapter leaders, experts and designers gathered to begin to define the AIGA they would foresee as a force in the year 2020, using the recently revised mission statement as a starting point. The facilitated exercise was intended to provide a sense of those activities that should guide changes in AIGA beginning with the FY 2014 budget and programs, in order to be strong and relevant in the future. A number of strategic concepts emerged from this exercise and are complemented by directions that surfaced from longer term strategic planning efforts involving members and chapter leaders who anticipated the need for change. They are organized around four broader themes: promote design excellence; build new relationships; earn recognition and influence; listen to feedback to evolve.
A fundamental concept that emerged from participants of the February group was the necessity of creating a member participation network that makes it easier for members to communicate, collaborate and network. Young designers can find mentors; seasoned professionals can find emerging designers as reverse mentors. Developing this capability will involve leveraging the member database and the AIGA and chapter websites to create ways for members to personalize their experience of AIGA and connect with other like-minded members.
AIGA is a global community of design advocates and practitioners. This strategic framework will guide AIGA’s planning for the rest of the decade.
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policies contribute to the board’s ability to maintain
accountability over the soundness and integrity of the organization.
AIGA’s 15-member board is elected by the entire professional membership
and plays a crucial role in determining the mission of AIGA.
AIGA chapters fulfill AIGA’s mission at the local level, supporting members through organizing projects and events to educate, inform and connect designers.
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Announcing the best-designed books and book covers of the 2013 “50 Books/50 Covers” competition, organized by Design Observer in association with AIGA and Designers & Books.
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.
AIGA New York, Upstate
Member since 2014
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AIGA New York
Dustin J. Taylor
Trey A. Thompson
AIGA Tampa Bay
Chris Z. Zukowski
AIGA New York
Spencer T. High
AIGA West Michigan
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