AIGA is dedicated to demonstrating the value of design. Founded in 1914, the national organization, its members, and its chapters in cities across the United States, recognize those who have made a significant impact to the field of design and are giving back to the community through their work.
The call for nominations is open and nominations are accepted year round!
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Nominations accepted year round!
Recognizing Excellence in Design and Designers For More Than A Century
Nominations for the AIGA Medal, AIGA Corporate Leadership Award, and the Steven Heller Prize for Cultural Commentary are accepted year round.Nominate
Through national and regional peer nominations, AIGA honors design leaders, forward-thinking companies, and those who have inspired engaging commentary about design and culture. Each year, committees and panels assemble to review nominations and identify individuals and companies doing excellent work now.
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 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.
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.
Steven Heller Prize for Cultural Commentary
Established in 2017, the annual Steven Heller Prize for Cultural Commentary spotlights a individuals who best exemplifies 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 award celebrates critical thinking about design and the profession, and encourages development in the next generation of design voices through a variety of media (book authors, editors, critics, reporters, copywriters, bloggers, podcasters, radio/video content creators, or filmmakers).
Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis and are considered year after year for the next awards cycle.
More Scholarships & Competitions
AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships
Scholarships are awarded annually to encourage social and environmental responsibility and cultural awareness in the next generation of artists and designers.
50 Books | 50 Covers
A time-honored tradition, this competition aims to identify the 50 best-designed books and 50-best book covers of the year.
365: AIGA Year in Design
For agencies big and small as well as those going it alone, we're recognizing excellence and representing innovation across all categories of communication design, from print to web to service to spaces—both physical and virtual.