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100 Years of Design - AIGA

“The AIGA Centennial is a chance to look back at our roots as designers and to look forward to our growing impact in society,” says AIGA Executive Director Richard Grefé. “But more than that, it’s an opportunity to capture the many reasons that design matters.”

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2013 was a pretty good year for Timothy Goodman. We hate to pat ourselves on the back but we sort of told you so. Last January, GDUSA selected Goodman as a Person to Watch. This past summer, while he was busy dating Jessica Walsh and documenting every moment of their courtship, he somehow fit in the design of a 60-foot  installation at Airbnb’s San Francisco offices.

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Despite its forward-thinking reputation, advertising agencies are surprisingly unprogressive when it comes to gender diversity: only 3% of creative directors are women.

The 3% Conference, founded by advertising executive Kat Gordon, builds the business case for more female creative leadership in advertising. Launched in September of 2012, the conference has since exploded into a movement that promotes a “sense of community” through multi-city road shows, an involved online community, a student scholarship fund, creative awards and a business blog. It brings together some of the best minds in advertising, gender research and human resources for a long-overdue conversation about why advertising remains a boy’s club in a woman’s world.

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The Bloomberg Administration has transformed NYC in many ways that make it a better place to live.

As someone who lives and works in Manhattan, my life has been enriched because the city is a more bike-friendly place, allowing me to cycle to work once or twice a week — usually on weekends when the traffic is a bit lighter. And the installation of plazas at key points has allowed me to stretch out and sip coffee and take in the street scene and worship the sun. My personal favorite spot is right at the intersection of Broadway and Fifth Avenue at 23rd Street in Manhattan, near the Flatiron building with an outdoor cafe called Flatiron Green, where I can park my bike and gather my thoughts before going into the office for a long day. In short, I am calmer, fitter, tanner, more caffeinated, and generally happier living and working in the city because of these improvements. Thanks Mayor Mike, we’ll miss you!

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Interestingly, the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Museum of Design has gotten the message. The institution is honoring NYC Transportation Commission Janette Sadik-Khan (shown below) as Design Patron of the National Design Awards. Its an honorary award that has been held by some heavy hitters over the years. Comments Caroline Baumann, Director of the Museum, “Using design and urban planning as the central driver over her six year tenure, Janette has transformed how New Yorkers move around the city, from the innovative Citi Bike program to the creation of pedestrian plazas. I am delighted to recognize the Commissioner for her design stewardship and leadership, which will benefit the city for decades to come.”

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 The National Design Awards were established in 2000 to promote design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world. The awards are accompanied each year by a variety of public education programs, including special events, panel discussions and workshops during National Design Week, this year to be held October 12 – 20.

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