Paul Rand, Lou Dorfsman, and jurors at work judging AIGA design show.

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Celebrating a Century

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Images courtesy of AIGA.

In 1914, the board of the National Arts Club in New York City formed a professional association for design, made up of a small group of typographers, publishers, masters of commercial printing, designers, and more. Fast-forward 100 years to today—with over 25,000 members, what came to be known as the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) is one of the oldest and largest organizations for design in the country.

To celebrate a century of good design, the organization is hosting dozens of activities across its 67 chapters throughout the year. In addition to exhibitions, receptions, and parties, the most recent event—the Centennial Gala, which took place in late April in New York City—honored 24 design visionaries in the fields of typography, motion design, branding, product design, and more with prestigious AIGA medals.

AIGA also launched an interactive online platform, called “100 Years of Design,” documenting significant design works that have impacted the collective visual experience. Pieces drawn from 100 years of AIGA design archives are woven together with additions from students, designers, and design enthusiasts to create an ongoing dialogue about design’s growing impact— something that the organization hopes to continue for another century to come.

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