Announcing Michele Cooper as our 2019 Fellow Award Recipient

Congratulations to our AIGA Philadelphia Fellow for 2019, Michele Cooper!


The AIGA Fellow award is the highest honor an AIGA chapter can bestow upon one of its members. It is a means of recognizing designers who have made a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within our local and regional design community as well as in our Philadelphia AIGA chapter. The areas of education, writing, leadership and reputation, as well as the practice of design are given equal consideration in measuring significant contribution.

A long-time advocate for the graphic design community, Michele has been involved with the Philadelphia chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design, since 1999. She has served as President of the Executive Board, and Chair of the AIGA Philadelphia Design Awards. Michele also sat on AIGA’s national task force for diversity.

Michele Cooper’s career has been defined by her belief that good graphic design can change the world, and by her commitment to the community of professionals who share her passion. Having worked her way up from print shop assistant to Senior Art Director at a Philadelphia advertising agency, she has managed every aspect of print production from strategy to design to photography. In 2006 she founded Cooper Graphic Design with her husband Gavin. Their work together has been widely recognized for its distinctive style and strategic insight.

Michele’s portrait by Sam Fritch.

AIGA Philadelphia Fellows

Allan Espiritu – 2017
Mark Willie – 2014
Rosemary Murphy – 2012
Lanny Somesse – 2010
Laurie Churchman – 2009
Frank Baseman – 2008
Joel Katz – 2002
Ken Hiebert – 2001
Hans-U Allemann – 2000
Alina Wheeler – 1999


By aigaphiladelphia
Published December 7, 2018