Bright Lights: The AIGA Awards Gala 2012
"Bright Lights: The AIGA Awards Gala" took place in New York City on April 19, 2012. This night of cocktails, conversation and celebration supported key initiatives and honored four designers with the AIGA Medal. Thank you to our event co-chairs DJ Stout and Su Mathews, our event committees, and our Supporters—this event would not have been possible without your generosity!
Meet the medalists
Learn more about each of the design legends honored with the prestigious AIGA Medal at the 2012 “Bright Lights” celebration:
|Influential author and design advocate Ralph Caplan was recognized for turning his discerning eye, deftness with words and wonderful sense of humor toward defining design over half a century through writing, editing and teaching. |
View the video profile | Read Ralph’s biography
|Pioneering graphic designer, artist and archivist Elaine Lustig Cohen was recognized for her body of design work integrating European avant-garde and modernist influences into a distinctly American, mid-century manner of typographic communication.|
View the video profile | Read Elaine’s biography
|Legendary Swiss graphic designer and educator, Armin Hofmann was
recognized for his immeasurable influence on generations of designers,
teaching the power and elegance of simplicity and clarity through a
timeless aesthetic, always informed by context.
View the video profile | Read Armin’s biography
|Groundbreaking design entrepreneur and mentor Robert Vogele was recognized 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.|
View the video profile | Read Robert’s biography
About this event
The AIGA Awards Gala 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 Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships, and the AIGA Legacy Fund.
AIGA is deeply grateful to those who contributed to “Bright Lights: The AIGA Awards 2012”
- AdamsMorioka, Inc.
- Philip Burton
- Phil Hamlett, Academy of Art University
- Su Mathews, Lippincott
- Mohawk Fine Papers
- Susana Rodríguez de Tembleque, SYPartners
- Bart Crosby
- Michael Donovan
- Milton Glaser
- Nancye Green
- Michael Hendrix
- Drew Hodges, SpotCo
- Terry Irwin
- Deanna Kuhlmann-Leavitt
- Albert Lee
- Doug Powell
- Lisa Powell
- Darralyn Rieth
- Angela Shen-Hsieh, Visual i l o
- Robin Tooms, Savage
- Ann Willoughby
Bright Lights co-chairs
DJ Stout, Pentagram and Su Mathews, Lippincott
Bright Lights benefit committee
Deborah Adler, Deborah Adler Design
Roanne Adams, RoAndCo
Barbour Design, Inc.
Rafael Esquer, Alfalfa
Doug Jaeger, JaegerSloan, Inc.
Vijay Mathews, Winfield & Co.
OCD | The Original Champions of Design
Ellen Shapiro, Visual Language LLC
Jill Spaeth, Citizen Creative
Clifford Stoltze, Stoltze Design
Scott Stowell, Open
Andrew Twigg, Andrew Twigg Design Studio, Ltd.
Willy Wong, NYC & Company
2011 AIGA Awards Committee
Ann Willoughby, Willoughby Design Group, committee chair
Antonio Alcalá, Studio A
Cheryl Heller, Heller Communication Design
Alexander Isley, Alexander Isley
David Williams, Morningstar, Inc.
Rick Valicenti, Thirst/3ST
Bright Lights design elements
Mohawk Fine Papers
Invitation printing and mailing services
Digital enhancement on the invitation
Daniel DeMarco and Associates
Photo booth photography
iPhone app design and development
Winfield & Co.