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As AIGA approaches its centennial in 2014, the membership,
leadership and staff have taken a thoughtful and searching look at
the organization's activities, positioning and the design
profession's needs, and have adopted a bold new course for meeting
its mission: to advance designing as a professional craft,
strategic tool and vital cultural force.
At this year's leadership retreat, held earlier this month in
Portland, Oregon, volunteer board members from more than 60 AIGA
chapters nationwide met to exchange ideas and success stories, and
to review and discuss the results of six months' worth of research
to determine AIGA's future. The three-day event culminated with a
unanimous and enthusiastic endorsement of a new “mandate” for
AIGA—in effect, a roadmap for the organization's progression over
the next five years (and beyond) that will support the profession's
aspirations for relevance, leadership and opportunity.
Between now and 2014, AIGA will plan and budget based on the
following elements of the mandate, both at the local and the
national level. Many of the actions to achieve these goals are
already underway and will become evident to members over the next
This is an exciting point in AIGA's history. These changes will
create a vigorous presence for AIGA in supporting the profession,
with new vitality, currency and impact. Although it signals a
change in some traditional activities, many of which are valued by
long-time members, it will also encourage greater engagement by
emerging designers, generate new opportunities for community and
reinforce the profession's ability to enhance its own future as a
Richard Grefé is the executive director of AIGA, the professional association for design. While guiding all of AIGA’s activities, his most significant contributions are in strategy, formulating new initiatives to enhance the competitive success of designers
and advocating the value of design to business, government and the public.
In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, a local design studio sought to make sense of the chaotic sequence of events. Using iconography to tell the story, here is the book they created: 102 Hours.
Section: Inspiration -
book design, communication design, Design for Good, social issues
Five nominees for AIGA’s national board of directors were selected by a nominating committee, based on recommendations from AIGA members, chapter leadership and design opinion leaders. Members at the Trustee, Design Leader and Sustaining Member levels approved the slate in April 2014.
The AIGA national board of directors will meet on April 24 in New York to receive recommendations from the strategic planning, finance, governance and communication committees; to review a new membership campaign in progress; and to review the charge for the Nominating and Awards committees.
Each year, AIGA provides a report of
activities and accomplishments to members and stakeholders; the current
report is shown here in full.
Since AIGA was founded in 1914, AIGA presidents have served as leaders of the organization and the national board of directors.
Section: About AIGA -
NEW YORK—November 17, 2011. AIGA’s Design Leaders Confidence Index continued to drop in the most recent quarter. For the third quarter of
2011, the index slipped from 92.27 to 86.63—the lowest measure since the second quarter of 2009. Designers’ confidence had escaped the
post-recession trough for fifteen months but appears to be headed downward again, undoubtedly influenced by the substantial
media focus on the economy and its weakness for the past year—particularly during
these early stages of the presidential campaign.
Section: About AIGA -
business, AIGA news
John Warfel, Design Manager at Scentsy, gives us a closer look at working as an In-House designer followed by a few tips on how to get there.
Member since 2013
ToBe: Nick Dangerfield and Parte
April 22, 2014
AIGA New York
Ms. Rachel Cao
AIGA Los Angeles
Amanda J. Murrin
Brandy M. Reed
Ms. Katy O'Neill
AIGA Kansas City
Wilton McNair, II
Mrs Joanna Smith
Nicole R. Roberts
AIGA New York
The @AIGAphilly #nightcaps live podcast series begins tonight - and episodes will be available online soon! Tickets: http://t.co/IUgsAW9ikK
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What’s Next: AIGA Chicago 2014 Individual Student Grant
April 24, 2014
Nationwide poster competition project bringing awareness to human trafficking in the US
Looking for talent? Visit these upcoming senior design shows.
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AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers of 2009 catalogue