Tuesday, October 13, 2009

AIGA is the Organization for the World's Greatest Designers

AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) counts among its 20,000 members some of the most influential designers in the world, like Michael Beirut, Chip Kidd and Clement Mok.

Michael Bierut (left) leads a team of graphic designers at Pentagram who create identity design, environmental graphic design and editorial design solutions. He has won hundreds of design awards and his work is represented in several permanent collections including: the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York; the Library of Congress in Washington, DC; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA); the Denver Art Museum; the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, Germany; and the Museum für Gestaltung in Zürich, Switzerland. He was the national president of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) from 1998 to 2001 and is a senior critic in graphic design at the Yale School of Art.

Chip Kidd (right) is associate art director at Knopf, an imprint of Random House. Turning out jacket designs at an average of 75 a year, Kidd has freelanced for Doubleday, Farrar Straus & Giroux, Grove Press, HarperCollins, Penguin/Putnam, Scribner and Columbia University Press in addition to his work for Knopf. Kidd also supervises graphic novels at Pantheon, and in 2003 he collaborated with Art Spiegelman on a biography of cartoonist Jack Cole, Jack Cole and Plastic Man: Forms Stretched to Their Limits. His output includes cover concepts for books by Mark Beyer, Bret Easton Ellis, Haruki Murakami, Dean Koontz, Cormac McCarthy, Frank Miller, Michael Ondaatje, Alex Ross, Charles Schulz, Osamu Tezuka, David Sedaris, Donna Tartt, John Updike and others. His design for Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park novel was carried over into marketing for the film adaptation. Oliver Sacks and other authors have contract clauses stating that Kidd design their books.

Clement Mok (far right) is a designer, software publisher/developer, author, and design patent holder. He has founded several design-related businesses — Studio Archetype (acquired by Sapient), CMCD and NetObjects, Inc.. From 1998 until 2001, he was Chief Creative Officer of Sapient. Currently, he leads a new subscription-based royalty-free stock image business and consults on a variety of product development projects. In 1996, Mok set out his design philosophy in his book Designing Business. Most recently, he published the second edition, Designing Business 2.0 (2000), which highlighted design application and business principles within the context of today's digital media. Mok currently serves on the board of trustees of the Art Center College of Design, the board of directors of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and sits on the advisory boards of numerous technology companies and colleges.

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