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:

Ralph Caplan 75  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  
Elaine Lustig Cohen 75  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  
Armin Hoffman 75  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  
Robert Vogele 75  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”


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    • AdamsMorioka, Inc.
    • Philip Burton
    • Core77
    • Phil Hamlett, Academy of Art University
    • Su Mathews, Lippincott
    • Mohawk Fine Papers
    • Pentagram
    • 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

    Event committee

    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.
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    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

    Identity, environmental graphics and decor design

    Visual system, invitation and program design

    Paper partner
    Mohawk Fine Papers

    Program printing

    Invitation printing and mailing services

    Digital enhancement on the invitation
    Scodix SENSE

    Table centerpieces
    Daniel DeMarco and Associates

    Video design
    Dress Code

    Photo booth photography
    Foxtrot Foto

    iPhone app design and development
    Winfield & Co.