2014 AIGA MEDALISTS
An unmistakable highlight of AIGA’s centennial year celebration is the awarding of the prestigious AIGA Medal to a special class of 24 design leaders. To be honored on April 25 at a gala in New York City, the recipients represent a broad range of design disciplines including publication design, typograpy, motion design, branding, interaction design, service design product design and design education. David Gibson of Two Twelve and Mark Randall of Worldstudio are chairs for the gala. Comments AIGA Executive Director Richard Grefé: “The AIGA Centennial is a time to reflect upon our accomplishments as a profession and to honor this special group of design educators, practitioners and leaders.”
Photo Credits: Sean Adams (Photo: Blake Little); Charles S. Anderson (Photo: Laurie DeMartino); Dana Arnett (Photo: Mark Smalling/VSA Partners); Kenneth Carbone (Photo: Seth Smoot); David Carson (Photo courtesy of the designer); Kyle Cooper (Photo: Lisa Bolan); Michael Cronan (Photo: Terry Lorant); Richard Danne (Photo: Barbara Danne); Michael Donovan (Photo: Hannah Watson); Stephen Doyle (Photo: Christopher Wahl); Louise Fili (Photo: Henry Leutwyler); Nancye Green (Photo: Bill Bernstein); Bob Greenberg (Photo: Alen MacWeeney); Sylvia Harris (Photo: George Larkins); Cheryl Heller (Photo: Tanya Bhandhari); Alexander Isley (Photo: Aaron Kotowski); Chip Kidd (Photo: John Madere); Michael Mabry (Photo: Peter Soe, Jr.); Abbott Miller (Photo: Christian Witkin); Bill Moggridge (Photo courtesy IDEO); Noreen Morioka (Photo: Blake Little); Leslie Smolan (Photo: Seth Smoot); Gael Towey (Photo: Johnny Miller); Ann Willoughby (Photo: Tim Pott)
VP AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR, LITTLE, MINNEAPOLIS MN
Minneapolis MN-based strategic design firm, Little, has promoted Mike Schacherer to VP and Creative Director. “Schacherer’s leadership, vision, energy and spirit contribute greatly to Little’s ongoing success,” says Joe Cecere, President and COO for the company. With clients like Target, Microsoft, Wells Fargo, DC Comics, Lowes, Sealy, and American Public Media, Little provides an array of creative services and employee branding initiatives. Before joining Little, Schacherer was Creative Director at IMAGEHAUS and he holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Iowa State University. His work has been recognized by several industry groups and publications.
president and CEO, Hornall Anderson, Seattle WA
Jack Anderson, co-founder and CEO of three decade old Hornall Anderson is stepping into the role of Chairman. His first act: promoting John Anicker to President and CEO. The firm that Anderson started with John Hornall back in 1982 has grown to a global firm that is now part of Diversified Agency Services, a division of Omnicom. He will focus now on longterm planning and strategy. Anicker leads the firm’s day-to-day operations. He joined the firm some 20 years ago, beginning as a designer and steadily progressing up the ranks.
Ronnie and Leili Younts
CO-FOUNDERS, YOUNtS DESIGN, BALTIMORE MD
After 20 years directing the design of large-scale graphics for another design company – including Fenway Park, Dodgers Stadium and Baltimore’s Harbor East – environmental graphic designer Ronnie Younts opens his own firm. Younts Design is located in the historic Meadow Mill building in Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood. He has made a mark on the local architectural landscape, designing landmarks including the blinking Mr. Boh atop Brewer’s Hill and the neon sign at Port Discovery. His co-founder: wife, business partner and former sign company owner Leili Younts. She brings 17 years of experience to her role as business director.
After a decade in the field, Darcy Briks has developed corporate identity programs and national creative campaigns for high-profile lifestyle, business and consumer brands. Now, she heads Second Language Design, a Brooklyn-based branding, print and web design creative firm, with supporting services including copywriting, online marketing and communications, illustration and photography. Prior to opening the studio, Briks helped to form, and served as Creative Director for, the In-house Creative Division at Rubenstein Public Relations. Before that, she was Art Director at IN Marketing Services. Briks is recipient of an Inhouse Design Award, a Graphic Design Award and a Package Design Award from GDUSA.
Founder and Chairman of The Bridgeman Art Library, Harriet Bridgeman is now a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to the arts. In 1972, she founded The Bridgeman Art Library, which provides both a central source of fine art images for reproduction, and generates additional income for museums and galleries, in 1972. In 2006, Bridgeman also founded The Artists’ Collecting Society, of which she is managing director, to collect royalties for artists under the European Union’s Resale Right Directive. She represents ACS on the board of the British Copyright Council and the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers. No stranger to honors, Bridgeman received the European Women of Achievement Award in the Arts in 1997 and International Business Woman of the Year in 2005.
Tony Neary, founder of Traction, has transferred ownership of the business to partner Richard Groot. The switch from partner to owner is an easy one; Groot's been on the board with the Cincinnati OH-based design firm since 2011. Plus, he has 30 years of strategic branding experience, working with everything from package design to corporate communications. “I am so glad that I can entrust something that was built with a ton of hard work to such a good man,” says Neary.
Paul Kiesche Design, a high-end custom graphic design and illustration studio, is excited about the addition of Marty Crawn as its new Studio Manager. In this newly expanded role, Crawn is responsible for overseeing all client projects and internal operations, as well as fueling PKD’s continued growth through new business development initiatives and strategic partnership alliances. He is also playing a role in brand awareness creation, positioning and strategic marketing initiatives. Previously, Crawn operated his own successful marketing consultancy. He graduated from William Paterson University.
This past fall, Elements welcomed a new designer to their team. Kathryn Chase-Levin comes to Elements with experience in branding and package design, but she is new to Connecticut. And earlier in the year, Chelsea May rejoined the team. Her previous tenure at the firm was 2008 to 2011; she is now involved in Business Development & Client Services with the goal of growing Elements’ current client relationships and cultivating new opportunities.