Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Alphabet Soup of Design

For every area of design there is a national organization, often with state and regional chapters, a website, conference, publication and a variety of activities and events.

Keeping track of all these organizations isn't easy. That's one of the services this magazine provides for you.
Here are just some of the acronyms that represent different areas of design:

AIGA is the American Institute of Graphic Arts. www.aiga.org
IDSA is the Industrial Design Society of America. www.idsa.org
AIA is the American Institute of Architects. www.aia.org
AAF is the American Architectural Foundation. www.archfoundation.org
IxDA is the Interaction Design Association. www.ixda.org
ASID is the American Society of Interior Designers. www.asid.org
ASLA is the American Society of Landscape Architects. www.asla.org

See how many of these national design organizations your students can recognize and see how many more they can find. Check out their websites, see who their top designers are, check out their award winners, see what books, magazines and resources they provide.

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