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Celebrating 35 Years of AIGA Philadelphia

 
AIGA Philadelphia is celebrating 35 years of incredible work! From building a local community to launching national initiatives, the AIGA Philadelphia Chapter has been a groundbreaking organization from its start. Our timeline recaps all of our achievements, so take a look and join us at our 35th Anniversary Party on Thursday, September 22, 2016.

In celebration of our anniversary, a special group of former board members have created 35 posters that will be on exhibition at our party! This historic collection of posters will be available at our celebration, and you’ll also be able to purchase them online after the 35th Anniversary Party. Check back for a link to the online exhibition!

 

1981 – 2016

2016 | Get Out the Vote

2016 | Get Out the Vote

AIGA Philadelphia hosts a special initiative and exhibition on the “Get Out the Vote” poster campaign to coincide with the Democratic National Convention held in Philadelphia /// AIGA Philadelphia moves to WeWork in Northern Liberties /// Louise Fili presents a lecture at the University of the Arts /// The “Through a Prism” panel for the women leadership event series covers diversity in design and tech

2015 | Mentorship Program

2015 | Mentorship Program

AIGA Philadelphia produces “in:” the conference for in-house creatives /// A professional mentorship program pairing seasoned veterans with emerging designers launches /// Lauren Dougherty becomes president

2014 | Hamilton Wood Type

2014 | Hamilton Wood Type

AIGA Philadelphia produces a weekend of events and workshops with Hamilton Wood Type /// Mark Willie receives the Fellow Award

2013 | Nightcaps

2013 | Nightcaps

“Nightcaps” live podcast event series launches /// AIGA Philadelphia launches a series of interactive workshops focusing on tech in design /// Philadelphia hosts the AIGA Leadership Retreat for the second time at the Sheraton Society Hill /// Nicholas Prestileo becomes president

2012 | SPACE Gallery

2012 | SPACE Gallery

SPACE opens at 2nd and Arch Streets in Old City /// Philadelphia Design Awards runs for the third time /// Rosemary Murphy receives the Fellow Award /// Melissa McFetters receives the Fresh Award

2011 | This is My Philly

2011 | This is My Philly

“This is My Philly” launches, one of the first design mentorship programs for K-8 students, to promote diversity in design /// Allan Espiritu becomes president

2010 | Paid Internship Pledge

2010 | Paid Internship Pledge

AIGA Philadelphia launches the national Paid Internship Pledge initiative /// AIGA Philadelphia produces the “Pencil to Pixel” panel discussion /// Philadelphia Design Awards runs for the second time /// Lanny Sommese receives the Fellow Award /// The Fresh Award for up-and-coming designers is launched and awarded to Brian Jacobsen

2009 | PHL Design Awards

2009 | PHL Design Awards

Philadelphia Design Awards launches /// Laurie Churchman receives the Fellow Award /// Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel becomes president

2008 | Frank Baseman

2008 | Frank Baseman

AIGA Philadelphia launches a lecture series featuring up-and-coming designers, including Jessica Hische and Michael Perry /// Frank Baseman receives the Fellow Award

2007 | Hurricane Poster Project

2007 | Hurricane Poster Project

AIGA Philadelphia hosts the Hurricane Poster Project to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina /// Frank Baseman’s “City of Brotherly Love” bus shelter ads shine light on victims of violent crime in Philadelphia /// “Index”, the design resource vendor fair, emerges out of the structure of “Pulp, Ink, and Hops” and “Paper Chase” /// Kelly Holohan becomes president

2006 | Wear Your Voice

2006 | Wear Your Voice

Chat+Room, an intimate debate and discussion series, launches /// AIGA Philadelphia produces the “Wear Your Voice” student t-shirt design exhibition

2005 | Revolution: Philadelphia

2005 | Revolution: Philadelphia

“Revolution:Philadelphia” design education conference is held in Philadelphia /// The “Curiously Curious” Ken Carbone lecture is held /// Michele Cooper becomes president

2004 | Ames Brothers

2004 | Ames Brothers

AIGA Philadelphia hosts “Ames Brothers Divebomb Philly”

2003 | Touchpoints

2003 | Touchpoints

AIGA Philadelphia hosts the “Touchpoints” paper show /// Bradford Kear becomes president

2002 | The Tolerance Project

2002 | The Tolerance Project

“The Tolerance Project” open-air student poster exhibition launches to promote peace and respect /// Joel Katz receives the Fellow Award /// Stephen Shackleford becomes president

2001 | The Mohawk Show

2001 | The Mohawk Show

“18 x 18” exhibition is held, with the theme “Make Design Matter” /// AIGA Philadelphia produces “The Mohawk Show” /// Ken Hiebert receives the Fellow Award /// Gilman Hanson becomes president

2000 | Milton Glaser

2000 | Milton Glaser

AIGA Philadelphia produces a lecture by Milton Glaser /// Hans U. Allemann receives the Fellow Award

1999 | First Fellow Award

1999 | First Fellow Award

AIGA Philadelphia brings the national program “Poetry in Motion” to Philadelphia /// The Breakfast Club series is launched /// A lecture by Stefan Sagmeister is held at the Painted Bride, along with lectures by House Industries and Dan Boyarski /// Rosemary Murphy becomes sole president /// Alina Wheeler is awarded the first AIGA Philadelphia Fellow Award in the same year that the program is launched nationally

1998 | Feedback Launches

1998 | Feedback Launches

“Feedback”, the annual senior portfolio review night and one of the longest-running continuous programs in AIGA’s history, launches /// “Paper Chase”, a print vendor fair, launches /// AIGA Philadelphia hosts lectures by Paula Scher and Clement Mok /// Caren Lipkin and Rosemary Murphy become co-presidents

1997 | First Co-presidents

1997 | First Co-presidents

AIGA Philadelphia produces lectures by Kyle Cooper and McRay Magleby /// Steve Williams, Caren Lipkin, and Stella Gassaway become co-presidents

1996 | Bruce Mau & Lucille Tenazas

1996 | Bruce Mau & Lucille Tenazas

AIGA Philadelphia produces lectures by Bruce Mau and Lucille Tenazas /// Matthew Bartholomew becomes president

1995 | Wired Magazine Online

1995 | Wired Magazine Online

AIGA Philadelphia produces a Kit Hinrichs lecture, along with a lecture by Plunkett + Kuhr studio about HotWired, the revolutionary online edition of Wired magazine, the world’s first website with original content and advertising /// A large juried graphic design show is exhibited in the courtyard at Liberty Place

1994 | Paul Rand

1994 | Paul Rand

Steven Heller interviews Paul Rand live on stage and the event garners attention from the press /// Mark Willie becomes president

1993 | Ellen Lupton

1993 | Ellen Lupton

AIGA Philadelphia hosts a lecture by Ellen Lupton

1992 | Exhibition Host

1992 | Exhibition Host

AIGA Philadelphia hosts an exhibition and opening for a show of contemporary Czechoslovak posters /// Steven Yarnell becomes president

1991 | Michael Bierut

1991 | Michael Bierut

AIGA Philadelphia partners on lectures by Ken Hiebert and Michael Beirut /// The “VIno Veritas” event series is held at the Philadelphia Sketch Club

1990 | University Partnership

1990 | University Partnership

AIGA Philadelphia partners on a lecture by Gene Grossman with University of the Arts /// Richard Kauffman becomes president

1989 | Leadership Retreat

1989 | Leadership Retreat

The AIGA Leadership Retreat is held in Philadelphia for the first time /// AIGA Philadelphia hosts a World Studio lecture /// “The AIGA Philadelphia Show” runs for a fourth year

1988 | Philadelphia Show 3

1988 | Philadelphia Show 3

“The AIGA Philadelphia Show” returns /// Russ Gazzara becomes president

1987 | Design Summer Camp

1987 | Design Summer Camp

First Design Summer Camp is held at the Fairmount Boathouse on Boathouse Row

1986 | Carbone+Smolan

1986 | Carbone+Smolan

AIGA Philadelphia partners on a Carbone+Smolan lecture with Philadelphia College of Art /// “Criteria, Concept, Solution” runs as a juried exhibition for the second time /// Bob Warkulwiz becomes president

1985 | Dictionary Campaign

1985 | Dictionary Campaign

AIGA Philadelphia hosts lectures with Pentagram and Deborah Sussman. /// AIGA Philadelphia launches a campaign to get “graphic design” in the dictionary. /// Alina Wheeler becomes president

1984 | Hans U. Allemann & Jerome Cloud

1984 | Hans U. Allemann & Jerome Cloud

“Criteria, Concept, Solution”, the first large-scale juried exhibition opens at the Art Alliance, co-chaired by Hans U. Allemann and Jerome Cloud. /// Print Magazine publishes “The Philadelphia Experiment” about the show. /// Kerry Polite and Alina Wheeler receive a grant to write and produce a pamphlet entitled “What is Graphic Design?” /// AIGA Philadelphia

1983 | Philadelphia Show

1983 | Philadelphia Show

AIGA Philadelphia hosts the exhibition “The AIGA/Philadelphia Show: 2”. /// AIGA Philadelphia hosts a lecture by Woody Pirtle.

1982 | Chapter Movement

1982 | Chapter Movement

AIGA Philadelphia successfully petitions AIGA that New York City must start its own chapter, starting the “chapter movement”. /// AIGA Philadelphia produces “The AIGA/Philadelphia Show”, an open-call exhibition. /// Sharon Helmer Poggenpohl becomes president.

1981 | Philadelphia Launch

1981 | Philadelphia Launch

AIGA Philadelphia launches with a membership of about 25 individuals /// The group appoints Joel Katz as president because of his standing amongst various creative and commercial communities in Philadelphia, with Bob Warkulwiz as vice president, Dale Strominger Parenti as secretary, and Dana Jones as treasurer

1980 | Petitions

The group decides to petition AIGA to become a chapter-based organization rather than launching a new organization and in order to distinguish their practice from the Art Director’s Club. /// “30 x 30” show opens at the ARCO Building at Broad and Spruce to promote graphic design to the city featuring the works of the designers who would go on to become the founding members of AIGA Philadelphia. /// AIGA agrees that the Philadelphia designers can charter their own chapter.

1979 | Ideation

Discussions begin in Philadelphia amidst a small group of self-described graphic designers including Robert O. Bach and Ken Hiebert about beginning a new organization for graphic design in the city.

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An exhibition of works by the 2017 AIGA Fellow Award recipient Allan Espiritu of GDLOFT on view now through June 30th at the Center for Architecture + Design.
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Hi-Res is coming to the 5th Annual Philadelphia Podcast Festival!
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