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Your 2014 AIGA Medalists: Chip Kidd, Louise Fili, Bill Moggridge, and 21 More Design Stars

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Frederic Goudy had one, so did Philip Johnson and Robert Rauschenberg. The Eameses had two. Pentagram is awash in them. George Lois wears his to bed. We’re talking about AIGA Medals, the graphic design world’s highest honor. This year, the AIGA is celebrating its centennial by bestowing medals on 24 design visionaries that “together exemplify the legacy of visual communications and the impact of design”: Sean Adams and Noreen Morioka, Richard Danne, Alexander Isley, Charles S. Anderson, Michael Donovan and Nancye Green, Chip Kidd, Dana Arnett, Stephen Doyle, Michael Mabry, Kenneth Carbone and Leslie Smolan, Louise Fili, Abbott Miller, David Carson, Bob Greenberg, Bill Moggridge, Kyle Cooper, Sylvia Harris, Gael Towey, Michael Cronan, Cheryl Heller, and Ann Willoughby. They will be presented with their James Earle Fraser-designed medals on April 25 at the AIGA Centennial Gala in New York City.

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Bright Lights Is Tonight: Drenttel & Helfand, Hoefler & Frere-Jones to Receive AIGA Medals


A taste of the digital typefaces designed by Hoefler & Frere-Jones.

Shield your eyes from the glare of design talent this evening in New York, as AIGA hosts “Bright Lights.” The annual awards gala will begin with cocktails and conversation, and proceed to celebration and presentation of the coveted AIGA medal, the graphic design world’s highest honor. This year’s crop of James Earle Fraser-designed medallions goes to John Bielenberg, William Drenttel and Jessica Helfand, Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones, Stefan Sagmeister, Lucille Tenazas, and Wolfgang Weingart. Not bound for Bright Lights? Play along at home by reading aloud, in your best announcer voice, AIGA’s citations (below) of the design luminaries.
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Attention Caucusing Iowa Citizens!

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As the 2008 presidential election kicks into gear today, the proprietors of the Polling Place Photo Project, a citizen journalism experiment spearheaded by AIGA, Design Observer and NewAssignment.net would really, really like to get your shots. If you’re in Iowa and headed to the polls, take along your camera to document your experience, and upload it to the site. We did it last year and it was really fun (and we didn’t even get arrested!).

A brand new Polling Place Photo Project site will be going up next week just for the 2008 elections, so for those of you in other states with premature primaries, plan to snap away. And yes, caucusing is a word, we swear, so feel free to use it all day.

AIGA Is Looking For Diversity

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While more attention is certainly being paid to the “female factor” at design conferences, there hasn’t been much discussion about the fact that most of the talking heads are pretty much always white. AIGA is addressing the issue by looking for under-recognized American designers from diverse racial or ethnic backgrounds for their Diversity Archive:

The intention is to provide an archive of the invisible legacy to light: role models, those who have pioneered and mentored for other, career paths that provide a model for young people from diverse backgrounds who want to understand the path others like them have pursued to achieve success in this rewarding profession.

Portfolios, bios and achievements from the highlighted designers will be available on the AIGA website and, organizers hope, will eventually grow into a traveling exhibition. If you know someone who should be included, even if they’re no longer living, submit their information by April 30. It would be a shame for under-recognized designers to be even more under-recognized here.

You’ve Got Questions? AIGA’s Got Answers!

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Why did they change the name? Why don’t they care about web designers? Why does it cost so much money? AIGA Executive Director Ric Grefe answers all these and more in this lecture at the Walker Art Center.

Detractor or supporter, graphic or web, member or nonmember; if you haven’t had a chance to see Grefe speak about AIGA’s vision, it’s a great opportunity to see a smart take on the state of design and what the largest national professional organization of designers is doing about it. We must say we didn’t understand a lot of what the whole name-changing, design-to-designing, artifacts vs. experiences stuff was about until we saw Grefe with his charts and graphs. It was powerful enough to get this half of UnBeige to do some work for AIGA last year.