AIGA To Honor Five Medalists and Google

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Since 1920, the AIGA Medal has been awarded to designers whose influence, careers, and bodies of work tell unique stories of dedication to craft, career growth, social and cultural impact, and the bridge between design and the broader society. Coming April 2o in a gala at Cipriani in Manhattan, the organization will present the coveted medal to five individuals as well as recognize Google for its leadership “in advancement of design by applying the highest standards, as a matter of policy.” Sales, says the organization, will benefit the AIGA’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives including the Worldstudio Scholarship program.

A limited edition printed takeaway, created for the launch of Material Design at Google I/O 2014. Image courtesy of Manual
A limited edition printed takeaway, created for the launch of Material Design at Google I/O 2014. Image courtesy of Manual
“Celebrating Dolores del Rio” Google Doodle by Sophie Diao, August 3, 2017
“Celebrating Dolores del Rio” Google Doodle by Sophie Diao, August 3, 2017

 

THE 2018 RECEPIENTS ARE:

AARON DOUGLAS_PORTRAIT

Aaron Douglas, honored posthumously for pioneering a visual language as a graphic designer, artist, and educator that authentically celebrated black experience during the Harlem Renaissance.

Cover of Opportunity, June 1926
Cover of Opportunity, June 1926

 

KARIN FONG_PORTRAIT
Karin Fong, recognized for groundbreaking work and mastery in the field of visual storytelling as a motion graphics designer and director for more than twenty years at Imaginary Forces.

Still from Boardwalk empire main title, courtesy of Imaginary Forces
Still from Boardwalk empire main title, courtesy of Imaginary Forces

 

AREM DUPLESSIS_PORTRAIT

Arem Duplessis for creative direction across media including The New York Times Magazine and Apple.

“The College Issue” cover, The New York Times Magazine, September 30, 2007
“The College Issue” cover, The New York Times Magazine, September 30, 2007

 

Photo by Ann Rhoney. Pictured top: Happy Mac, designed in the 1980s, courtesy of Susan Kare
Photo by Ann Rhoney. Pictured top: Happy Mac, designed in the 1980s, courtesy of Susan Kare

Susan Kare for her design of icons for the early Macintosh computers that defined the Apple user experience (GDUSA readers have named her one the era’s most influential designers).

VICTOR MOSCOSO_PORTRAIT
Photo by Dress Code, 2018

Victor Moscono for originating an enduring graphic style instrumental in defining both Underground Comix and the psychedelic rock posters of the 60s, and their indelible impact on American culture.

VICTOR MOSCOSO_WORK
Chamber Bros, 1967, offset lithography, copyright Victor Moscoso

Julie Anixter, AIGA’s executive director said, “The 2018 Medalists show how much impact designers make on culture. Each of these designers exemplifies what is possible when you don’t stop being curious, being relentless in pursuit of a vision, being socially conscious, being agile and interdisciplinary in their work. Each one represents the continuous pursuit of mastery. We are thrilled to help bring even greater public attention and recognition to their work, which the amazing films by Dress Code help us do.”

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