|Board President Sean Adams, Executive director: Richard Grefé|
AIGA, a professional organization for design was founded in 1914 as the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Its members practice all forms of communication design, including graphic design, typography, interaction design, branding and identity. AIGA's aim is to be the standard bearer for professional ethics and practices for the design profession.
In 1914, at the National Arts Club in New York City, a group of designers, led by Charles DeKay, met to create the American Institute of Graphic Arts. William H. Howland, publisher and editor of The Outlook, was elected president. Represented by Washington, D.C. arts advocate and attorney, James Lorin Silverberg, Esq., The Washington, D.C. Chapter of AIGA, was organized as the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Incorporated, Washington, D.C. on September 6, 1984.
Symbol sign project
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The AIGA, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Transportation, produced 50 standard symbols to be used on signs "in airports and other transportation hubs and at large international events". The first 34 symbols were published in 1974, receiving a Presidential Design Award. The remaining 16 designs were added in 1979.
In 2012, AIGA replaced all its competitions with a single competition called “Cased” (formerly called "Justified"). The stated aim of the competition is to demonstrate “the collective success and impact of the design profession by celebrating the best in contemporary design through case studies”.
50 Books/50 Covers
Between 1941 and 2011 AIGA sponsored a juried contest for the 50 best designed books published in the previous year, entitled "50 Books/50 Covers". Jurors had included booksellers, book publishers, and designers such as George Salter.
The 365 was an annual design competition for all graphic design other than book design. The last “365” competition was organized in 2011, after which it was replaced by the “Cased” competition.
AIGA organizes two conferences, the AIGA Design Conference and GAIN: AIGA Design and Business Conference. Both conferences are held biennially and the two are held in alternating years.
AIGA Design Conference
Past AIGA Design Conferences include:
- 2015 - New Orleans
- 2013 - Minneapolis
- 2011 - Phoenix
- 2009 - Memphis
- 2007 - Denver
- 2005 - Boston
- 2003 - Vancouver
- 2001 - Washington
- 1999 - Las Vegas
- 1997 - New Orleans
- 1995 - Seattle
- 1993 - Miami
- 1991 - Chicago
- 1989 - San Antonio
- 1987 - San Francisco
- 1985 - Boston
National Board Members
As of 2015, the national board consists of
- Sean Adams (current president)
- Deborah Adler
- Kim Baer
- Robert Calvano
- Ken Carbone
- Allan Chochinov
- Richard Grefé (current executive director)
- Su Mathews Hale (president-elect)
- Jenny Lam
- John Luu
- Kevin Perry
- Ruki Ravikumar
- Darralyn Rieth (current secretary/treasurer)
- Christopher Simmons
- Brian Singer
- Jill Spaeth
- Paul Wharton
In 1947 AIGA started publishing the AIGA Journal of Graphic Design (ISSN 0736-5322), which in 2000 was renamed Trace: AIGA Journal of Design (ISSN 1471-3497). The journal ceased publication in 2003.
Between 2000 and 2003 AIGA published Loop: AIGA Journal of Interaction Design Education, an “interactive, web-based” research journal on interaction and visual interface design co-sponsored by Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center for Design Studies.
Between 2004 and 2011 AIGA published Voice: AIGA Journal of Design, an “an online publication for the discussion of design matters” listing Steven Heller as its editor. Although the journal was stated in “What AIGA is doing and why” and had been cited in scholarly research, after AIGA revamped its website in May 2011 it was subsumed under AIGA’s main site and ceased to exist as a distinct entity.
As part of its strategy to “publish critical thinking about design and designing”, AIGA also “copublishes selected works by thought leaders in design” under the imprint of “AIGA Design Press”. Published titles include
- The Open Brand: When Push Comes to Pull in a Web-Made World (Kelly Mooney and Nita Rollins, 2008)
- Digital Foundations: Intro to Media Design with the Adobe Creative Suite (Xtine Burrough and Michael Mandiberg, 2008), which was released under a Creative Commons license
- Designing for Interaction: Creating Smart Applications and Clever Devices (Dan Saffer, 2006)
- Designing With Web Standards (Jeffrey Zeldman, 2006)
- Inside/Outside: From the Basics to the Practice of Design (Malcolm Grear, 2006)
- ZAG: The Number-One Strategy of High-Performance Brands (Marty Neumeier, 2006)
- Do Good: How Design Can Change the World (David B. Berman, 2008)
- Writing for Visual Thinkers: A Guide for Artists and Designers (Andrea Marks, 2011)
Other publication activities
AIGA also maintains the AIGA Design Archives, which was identified as a publishing activity.
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Consulting Editor Steven Heller
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Editor Steven Heller
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