AIGA Centennial | Celebrating 100 years of design

“In 2014, AIGA turns 100! Established in 1914 as an institute dedicated to the graphic arts, AIGA’s focus and reach have continually expanded. From 40 founders to 24,000 members and from a New York club to a nationwide network, what began as the old guard of a new profession has become a rich and active community embracing diverse and rapidly changing expressions of design.

As a national organization, AIGA has experienced many milestones: more than 150 AIGA medalists have been honored; scores of competitions have highlighted design excellence; dozens of conferences have gathered peers and legends. But the pulse of AIGA is in the volunteer-led activities of our 67 chapters. Whether you get involved with our chapter activities or attend a national event, we hope you’ll help celebrate AIGA by celebrating design!”

To celebrate AIGA’s centennial, we want to know, “what’s your favorite AIGA moment?”

I can’t limit it to only one favorite moment, there are so many. Top two:  1) When Alina Wheeler joined us at our weekly board meeting. She was very interested to hear about our chapter and what we were doing. She showed so much enthusiasm and support for us and AIGA. She was so gracious in thanking us for making her visit like a vacation to her.

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2) When AIGA National asked to share my A Place to Thrive post on the national website. It was so exciting and I was honored to be asked. I got a lot of positive feedback on the story from other AIGA members around the country.

Tell us your favorite moment(s) in the comment section below or share on our Facebook page or Tweet it to us. You’ll be helping us document our chapter’s history. If you have any print collateral, tshirts, our other mementos of AIGA Raleigh, we’d love to see photos. You can upload them below.

We’ll also be gathering to toast 100 years of AIGA on January 21, 2014 at 6:00pm at Natty Greene’s. We hope you’ll join us.

Thanks for supporting AIGA, AIGA Raleigh, and helping us to document our 27 year history.

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By Amy Lyons
Published January 12, 2014