• Bright Lights: The AIGA Awards Gala 2013

    Bright Lights: The AIGA Awards Gala” took place in New York City on April 19, 2013. This night of cocktails, conversation and celebration supported key initiatives and honored eight designers with the AIGA Medal. Thank you to our event co-chairs, committees and supporters—this event would not be possible without your generosity!   

    Meet the medalists

    Learn more about each of the design legends honored with the prestigious AIGA Medal at the 2013 “Bright Lights” celebration:

    John Bielenberg Designer, entrepreneur and imaginative advocate for a better world, John Bielenberg was recognized for innovative investigations into the practice and understanding of design and leadership in the “design for good” movement.

    Watch the video profile  |  Read John’s biography
    William Drenttel

    Jessica Helfand
    Designer, theorist and publisher William Drenttel was recognized for advancing critical thinking about design; for his long-standing commitment to integrating design strategy into organizations; for expanding design’s role in social innovation; and for his work as cofounder, editor and publisher of Design Observer.

    Designer, educator and writer Jessica Helfand was recognized as an incisive critic; a pioneer in design practice and education; an innovator of new forms of visual narrative; and for her work as cofounder of Design Observer.

    Watch the video profile  |  Read their biography
    Hoefler and Frere-Jones Type designers extraordinaire Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones were recognized for their contributions to the typographic landscape through impeccable craftsmanship, skilled historical reference and insightful vernacular considerations.

    Watch the video profile  |  Read their biography
    Stefan Sagmeister Inspirational and intriguing designer Stefan Sagmeister was recognized for a career based on imaginative and often unorthodox design solutions to both commercial and social communication challenges, which often reveal design’s potential for addressing vexing social problems within popular culture.

    Watch the video profile  |  Read Stefan’s biography
    Lucille Tenazas Design educator and practitioner Lucille Tenazas was recognized for her prominent role in translating postmodern ideas into critical design practice; her exploration of the relationship between type, photography and language; and the development and leadership of highly-respected design education programs—always with exquisite execution.

    Watch the video profile  |  Read Lucille’s biography
    Wolfgang Weingart Designer and instructor Wolfgang Weingart was recognized for his typographic explorations and teaching at the Schule für Gestaltung Basel, and who, through the work of his students, created a more experimental and expressive approach to typography that has been influential around the world.

    Watch the video profile  |  Read Wolfgang’s biography


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    About this event

    “Bright Lights: 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 the AIGA Design Archives, Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships and the Legacy Fund to secure the future of AIGA, the professional association for design.

    The evening kicked off at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception, then at 7:30 p.m. the evening’s program began, featuring the 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 9:00 to 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.

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