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AIGA’s design community gathered in New York City on April 19, 2012 for the second annual “Bright Lights: The AIGA Awards” celebration, honoring the extraordinary lives and careers of four AIGA Medalists whose exemplary work has inspired and defined the profession: Ralph Caplan, influential author and design advocate; Elaine Lustig Cohen, pioneering graphic designer, artist and archivist; Armin Hofmann, legendary Swiss graphic
designer and educator; and Robert Vogele, ground-breaking design entrepreneur
and mentor. “Bright Lights” was co-chaired by DJ Stout, Pentagram and Su Mathews, Lippincott. This event would not have been possible without the generosity of our supporters!
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Learn more about each of the four design legends honored with the prestigious AIGA Medal at the 2012 “Bright Lights: The AIGA Awards” celebration:
“Bright Lights: The AIGA Awards” is an
annual celebration to honor the distinguished practitioners, educators
and role models whose creativity, intelligence, perception and skill
have inspired and shaped the entire design profession. Proceeds from the event benefit the AIGA Design Archives, Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships and the Legacy Fund, an endowment to secure the future of AIGA, the professional association for design.
The evening kicked off at 6:30 p.m. with a
cocktail reception to mingle with old friends and meet new ones. At 7:30 p.m. the evening's program began, featuring presentation of the
AIGA Medal for lifetime achievement in design and the premiere of videos
about each medalist by award-winning filmmakers dress code.
Then from 8:30–10:00 p.m., guests had the chance to congratulate the
newly minted AIGA Medalists and enjoy another round of cocktails, hors
d’oeuvres, music and conversation.
Armin Hofmann is recognized with a 2011 AIGA Medal for his immeasurable influence on generations of designers, teaching the power and elegance
of simplicity and clarity through a timeless aesthetic, always informed
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Elaine Lustig Cohen was recognized with a 2011 AIGA Medal for her body of design work integrating European avant-garde and
modernist influences into a distinctly American, mid-century manner of
Ralph Caplan is recognized with a 2011 AIGA Medal for turning a discerning eye, a deft word and a wonderful sense of humor toward defining design over half century, as teacher, writer, critic and editor.
Robert Vogele was recognized with a 2011 AIGA Medal for being a business strategist and
visionary who nurtured the creative potential of generations of Chicago
designers, challenging all to think about design for the greater good.
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.
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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