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“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!
Learn more about each of the design legends honored with the prestigious AIGA Medal at the 2013 “Bright Lights” celebration:
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“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.
AIGA’s design community will gather in New York City for “The AIGA Centennial Gala,” a celebration honoring the 2014 AIGA Medalists and supporting national design initiatives.
“Bright Lights: The AIGA Awards” 2012 celebrated the AIGA Medalists Ralph Caplan, Elaine Lustig Cohen, Armin Hofmann and Robert Vogele.
Designer, entrepreneur and imaginative advocate for a better world, John Bielenberg is recognized with a 2013 AIGA Medal for innovative investigations into the practice and understanding of design and leadership in the “design for good” movement.
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Designer, theorist and publisher William Drenttel is recognized with the 2013 AIGA Medal 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 is recognized with the 2013 AIGA Medal 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.
Type designers extraordinaire Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones are recognized with the 2013 AIGA Medal for their contributions to the typographic landscape through impeccable craftsmanship, skilled historical reference and insightful vernacular considerations.
Inspirational and intriguing designer Stefan Sagmeister is recognized with a 2013 AIGA Medal for his unorthodox, provocative designs that tweak the status quo and question the designer’s role in society.
Design educator and practitioner Lucille Tenazas is recognized with a 2013 AIGA Medal 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.
Designer and instructor Wolfgang Weingart is recognized with a 2013 AIGA Medal 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 was influential around the world.
AIGA chapters fulfill AIGA’s mission at the local level, supporting members through organizing projects and events to educate, inform and connect designers.
Section: About AIGA
Learn more about AIGA’s national conferences and events, and access videos from select conferences and awards events.
Section: Events and Competitions -
Conference , Event
AIGA’s national design competitions celebrate exemplary design and
demonstrate the power of design.
Section: Events and Competitions -
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