Nominations for the AIGA Awards are Now Being Accepted
New York, NY—Celebrating design excellence through awards and competitions since its founding, AIGA, the professional association for design, is accepting nominations for the esteemed AIGA Awards. The AIGA Awards program honors design leaders, forward-thinking corporations, and prolific writers for their unique and outstanding contributions to the profession.
With the intention of soliciting nominations from the community that are inclusive of the profession today, we invite AIGA members to submit nominations to honor leaders in the communication design profession who are doing excellent work now. Each year, the committee relies on public nominations to review and recommend a slate that represents the vibrant spectrum of the profession. Awardees will be recognized at the AIGA Design Conference in New York City, October 12–14, 2023. To be considered for the 2023 AIGA Awards, nominations must be received by Monday, December 5, 2022 (nominations are accepted year-round for future consideration).
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In 2022, AIGA Medal recipients included Andrew Satake Blauvelt for “expansion”, Emily Oberman for “achievement”, and Louise Sandhouse for “enrichment”. Additionally, the Steven Heller Prize for Cultural Commentary was awarded to Audrey Grace Bennett. The AIGA Corporate Leadership Award was presented to Heath Ceramics in 2022.
Through the decades, past recipients of the prestigious AIGA Medal include legendary designers: Frederic W. Goudy (1927), Alfred A. Knopf (1950), Ben Shahn (1958), May Massee (1959), Paul Rand (1966), Milton Glaser (1972), Saul Bass (1981), Bea Feitler (1989), Tomoko Miho (1993), April Greiman (1998), Michael Bierut (2006), Georg Olden (2007), Gail Anderson (2008), John Maeda (2010), Lucille Tenazas (2013), Sylvia Harris (2014), Emory Douglas (2015), Corita Kent (2016), Susan Kare (2018), Cheryl D. Miller (2021), Archie Boston, Jr. (2021), Terry Irwin (2021), Thomas Miller (2021), and many more.
Among others, companies recognized include: Heath Ceramics, (2022), Warby Parker (2021), Google (2018), Method (2010), Patagonia (2009), Harley Davidson (2008), Target (2006), Hallmark Cards Inc. (2005), Champion International Corporation (1998), Sesame Street, Children’s Television Workshop (1992), The National Park Service (1990), Walker Arts Center (1987), Container Corporation of America (1982), IBM Corporation (1980).
AIGA Steven Heller Prize for Cultural Commentary recipients include: Audrey Grace Bennett (2022), Johanna Drucker (2021), Alissa Walker (2021), Alexandria Lange (2019), Ellen McGirt (2019), Allison Arieff (2018), Maurice Cherry (2018), and Anne Quito (2017).
The medal of AIGA—the most distinguished honor in the profession of communication design—has been awarded since 1920 to individuals in recognition of their exceptional achievements to the advancement of the field of design as a respected craft, strategic advantage, and vital cultural force. Medals have been awarded to individuals who have set standards of excellence over a lifetime of work or have made individual contributions to innovation within the practice of design. Learn more about the AIGA Medal criteria and view past recipients.
AIGA Corporate Leadership Award
Established in 1980, the AIGA Corporate Leadership Award recognizes the role of perceptive and forward-thinking organizations that have been instrumental in the advancement of design by applying the highest standards as a matter of practice and policy. Learn more about the AIGA Corporate Leadership Award criteria and view past recipients.
Steven Heller Prize for Cultural Commentary
Established in 2017, the annual Steven Heller Prize for Cultural Commentary spotlights individuals who best exemplify the tradition of prolific writing and boundless curiosity established by Steven Heller—who has contributed and inspired engaging commentary about design and culture for the past three decades. This Prize celebrates critical thinking about design and the profession, and encourages development in the next generation of design voices through a variety of media (e.g., curators, podcasters, filmmakers). Learn more about the Steven Heller Prize for Cultural Commentary criteria and view past recipients.