AIGA Centennial

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In 2014, AIGA turns 100! Established in 1914 as an institute dedicated to the graphic arts, AIGA’s focus and reach have continually expanded. From 40 founders to 25,000 members and from a New York club to a nationwide network, what began as the old guard of a new profession has become a rich and active community embracing diverse and rapidly changing expressions of design.

As a national organization, AIGA has experienced many milestones: more than 150 AIGA medalists have been honored; scores of competitions have highlighted design excellence; dozens of conferences have gathered peers and legends. But the pulse of AIGA is in the volunteer-led activities of our 70 chapters. Whether you get involved with chapter activities or attend a national event, we hope you’ll celebrate AIGA by celebrating design!

Celebrate collectively

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AIGA Centennial Day

January 21, 2014

Honoring the first meeting of AIGA in January 1914, Centennial Day was a coordinated burst of activity and support: chapters launched Centennial events and members took to social media to celebrate. Through the year, keep the spirit of Centennial Day alive by tagging your tweets, images, and posts with #AIGA100 to help celebrate a century of design!



Explore the impact of design over AIGA’s first century—and beyond—on the interactive 100 Years of Design site. Your perspective is key to making this project a true reflection of design’s past, present and future: add your favorite examples of design excellence.


Facing Forward: AIGA at 100

February 19–April 4, 2014

This exhibition at the AIGA National Design Center in New York City celebrates AIGA's rich history and vibrant future through a timeless design icon: the chair. Inspired by the fact that AIGA’s earliest members purchased their own Windsor-style chairs for meetings and events, AIGA chapters were invited to customize chairs to represent the creative diversity of our community, which are featured in the exhibition. Learn more.

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AIGA Centennial Gala

Friday, April 25, 2014

The AIGA Centennial Gala will honor 24 distinguished practitioners, educators and role models whose creativity, intelligence, perception and skill have inspired and shaped the entire design profession. Learn more.


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Celebrating AIGA: 1914–2014

To celebrate the centennial, we asked AIGA Medalists, Fellows and national and chapter presidents to select one year from AIGA’s history and create a social, political or cultural statement. The resulting collection serves as a marker of our history, a reminder of the joys and terrors we have witnessed and a record of the remarkable times in which we have lived during AIGA’s first century. View the collection in person at the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco through June 1, 2015.

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Century: 100 Years of Type in Design

May 1–July 31, 2014

This exhibition, organized by Monotype for the AIGA National Design Center in New York City, celebrates typeface designs, their artists and the tools and resources used to create fonts over the last 100 years. The “Century” exhibition will be the hub of a series of presentations, lectures, workshops and receptions in New York City.

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Drawn to Action: Posters from the AIGA Archives

Through January 18, 2015

The Denver Art Museum presents an installation of 35 contemporary posters in the exhibition “Drawn to Action: Posters from the AIGA Design Archives.” Culled from the AIGA Design Archives at the Denver Art Museum, “Drawn to Action” invites visitors to discover how design can be an extraordinary tool for change and reconsider their own opinions on a broad range of issues.

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AIGA 100: A Century of Design

August 17–October 5, 2014

The groundbreaking work featured in this exhibition “AIGA 100: A Century of Design” at the Museum of Design Atlanta was created for AIGA by the industry’s greatest talents, including Andy Warhol, Paul Rand, Saul Bass, Ivan Chermayeff, Stefan Sagmeister and Michael Vanderbyl.


Centennial Voices

Throughout 2014

AIGA is inviting select designers and design thinkers to contribute to a series of essays—brief personal statements—to be published on throughout 2014. The “Centennial Voices” series will spark conversation about the past, present and future of design with reflections on design history, personal experience, and the growing impact of design in society.

Celebrate locally

Throughout the centennial year local activities will be scheduled in every AIGA community. Help us celebrate through your chapter!

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Attend an event


Each AIGA chapter is celebrating the centennial in its own way, combining available programs with unique events and activities. See our list of upcoming AIGA Centennial events for a snapshot of what’s happening in your area this year.


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Host a visionary


To inspire new members and emerging designers, chapters will host salons and informal roundtables with local visionaries such as AIGA Medalists and Fellows. These intimate events are a great way to bridge generations in the spirit of the centennial.


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Throw a dinner party


Throughout the centennial year, hosted dinners will be arranged to share ideas and celebrate 100 years of design. These small gatherings of established and emerging designers, students and educators provide a congenial atmosphere for sharing experiences in the design field and with AIGA.


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Design a chair


After AIGA was established in 1914 and moved out of the National Arts Club to its own private offices, members were required to buy their own Windsor chairs to participate in meetings and events. Inspired by this historical detail and the powerful resonance of the chair as an object of design, chapters will customize chairs representing the vibrancy of our nationwide network.

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Celebrate your chapter’s history


The heart of AIGA is its network of 70 chapters, many of which are reaching significant anniversaries during the centennial year. As AIGA celebrates 100 years, chapters will reflect on and document their own histories. There are countless local milestones, personalities, initiatives and memories that to be preserved and shared.


Get involved with local activities by connecting with an AIGA chapter near you, or contact AIGA to lend your support for national centennial activities!

AIGA Centennial Sponsors



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Sterling Brands


AIGA Centennial Partner

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

AIGA Centennial Media Partners

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AIGA Centennial identity design: Design Army
Centennial chairs donated by: Blu Dot
“Design a chair” photo: Walker Arts Center

Centennial Resources

Help celebrate the AIGA Centennial and 100 years of design history by showing your support on social media! Use these images to update your Facebook and Twitter profiles, post about centennial activities, or show your support for design and AIGA:

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Images to post:
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