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lynda.com presents: AIGA

Published by | Monday, May 24th, 2010

Last fall, we pulled out our tuxedos and followed Lynda to New York City for AIGA’s Design Legends Gala at the Waldorf-Astoria. Before the big event, we donned our running shoes and cameras to tag along with Lynda as she explored the organization, its mission, and some of its most influential members.

Our trek took us from AIGA’s National Design Center on Fifth Avenue, over to the School of Visual Arts and on to Sterling Brands, located in the Empire State Building, home to AIGA President Debbie Millman.

Lynda also had the opportunity to meet with all three of this year’s recipients of the AIGA Medal: Pablo Ferro, Carin Goldberg and Doyald Young. I found it pretty amazing being in the room with these legends—and our cameras were there. The result is our latest documentary, lynda.com presents: AIGA. Let us know what you think.

Celebrate design & designers at the 6th Annual AIGA Design Legends Gala in NYC

Published by | Monday, August 3rd, 2009

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6th Annual AIGA Design Legends Gala
Thursday, September 17
At The Waldorf-Astoria in New York City
Reception 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Dinner 7:30–10:30 p.m.
After-party 10:00 p.m.

What it is:

The AIGA Design Legends Gala is an annual fundraising event honoring those whose work inspires designers of all ages, sets the bar for creativity and innovation, and defines the design profession, as we know it. The 2009 honorees are:

The AIGA Medal: Pablo Ferro, Carin Goldberg and Doyald Young
The AIGA Corporate Leadership Award: Patagonia and Jet Blue
The AIGA Fellow Award
The 2009/2010 Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships

Why attend?

  • The Gala is an exclusive occasion to honor those who have attained the highest level of achievement in our profession
  • It’s an incredibly entertaining way to celebrate our profession
  • A chance to catch up with old friends, meet new ones, make some lasting connections
  • A vital opportunity to contribute to the continued success of the organization and profession
  • Last year nearly 500 people attended, 26 designers were honored, and $140,000 was raised.

What will happen when you get there?

The evening begins with a cocktail reception: open bar and hors-d’oeuvres. Items for the Silent Auction will be on view and bidding occurs throughout the evening.

At 7:30 p.m., guests are invited into dinner Grand Ballroom.

The main event is a sit-down dinner during which the honors will be awarded. There will be breaks for milling around and visiting.

After the event there will be an after party across the hall. Designer DJs will spin designer favorites. There will be an opportunity to show off your dance moves until 2:00 a.m., cash bar.

Where the proceeds go

Funds raised at the Gala benefit the AIGA Design Archives at the Denver Art Museum, Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships, initiatives to make the profession more inclusive and diverse, and the Legacy Campaign, an endowment to secure the future of AIGA.

All proceeds from the AIGA Silent Auction benefit AIGA’s initiatives to both preserve the profession’s past—through the AIGA Design Archives—and promote its future—with Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships.

The Silent Auction

Last year’s first-ever silent auction of 31 artworks donated by AIGA Medalists and design luminaries raised a total of $16,800. Last year more than 20 AIGA Medalists and other noted designers contributed signed works.

Contributing designers included:

Gail Anderson, Marian Bantjes, Michael Bierut, Ken Carbone, Seymour Chwast, Bart Crosby, Meredith Davis, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, William Drenttel & Jessica Helfand, Joe Duffy, Shepard Fairey, Ed Fella, Steff Geissbuhler, Milton Glaser, Carin Goldberg, April Greiman, Steven Heller & Lita Talarico, Kit Hinrichs, Maira Kalman, Chip Kidd, Ellen Lupton, Bruce Mau, Abbott Miller, Clement Mok, Woody Pirtle, Paula Scher, Michael Strassburger, Deborah Sussman, Michael Vanderbyl, Massimo & Lella Vignelli and Fred Woodward.

Pricing:

Table and ticket options

AFTER-PARTY ONLY: $50

  • Dancing and mingling at the after-party; cash bar

INDIVIDUAL TICKET, FRIEND: $400

  • Cocktails, dinner and after-party

INDIVIDUAL TICKET, DONOR: $1,000

  • Recognition in the Gala program
  • One ticket to VIP reception with Medalists and AIGA Board of Directors
  • Cocktails, dinner and after-party

BENEFACTOR TABLE: $6,000

  • Recognition in the Gala program
  • Two tickets to VIP reception with Medalists and AIGA Board of Directors
  • Ten tickets for cocktails, dinner and after-party

PATRON TABLE: $10,000

  • Full-page, black and white advertisement in the Gala program
  • Recognition in the Gala program
  • Four tickets to VIP reception with Medalists and AIGA Board of Directors
  • Ten tickets for cocktails, dinner and after-party

LEADERSHIP TABLE: $15,000

  • Guests at the 2008 Gala
  • One named 2009–2010 Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship
  • Full-page, 2-color advertisement in the Gala program
  • Recognition in the Gala program
  • Six tickets to VIP reception with Medalists and AIGA Board of Directors
  • Ten tickets for cocktails, dinner and after-party

Some additional answers to questions you might have:

Where can I sign up?

Go to http://www.aiga.org/content.cfm/events-gala and click the link Purchase tickets by September 10 and proceed to myaiga.org to start the process.

What if all I want to buy is an after party ticket?

In the payment process there is an option to select and purchase only the after party.

Do I have to be an AIGA member?

Not at all. For this event, there is no distinction between member and nonmember pricing.

If I buy an individual ticket will I be seated with people I know?

AIGA staff will try to accommodate all requests but there are no guarantees. Add a comment to the form when you purchase the ticket, along the lines of please seat me at the Louise Sandhaus table”. If you purchase a table or multiple tickets, you will manage your guest list through myaiga.org.

Here’s what past attendees had to say:

Brad Weed

“Whether you’re there to gaze at the design stars, revel in the generosity or experience the amazing presentations and decor, you’d be hard-pressed to leave the AIGA Design Legends Gala without a new friend, a new thought or a new appreciation for America’s most esteemed design institution.

Vernon Lockhart
“The Design Legends Gala has been an amazing experience for me; it’s a wonderful thing to honor and meet our design industry’s current and future legends. Last year meeting Clement Mok and Gail Anderson gave me goose bumps, and seeing the youthful winners of the AIGA WorldStudio scholarships was equally inspiring for me.”

Stanley Hainsworth
“The Design Legends Gala was everything the critics had raved about! Experiencing these design legends stand up and talk about their amazing careers really made me feel like I was part of the proud history of AIGA that stretches over time and across careers, into a very bright future.”

Elva Rubio
“The AIGA Design Legends Gala does the best job of introducing and honoring the award winners—the presentations are thoughtful, moving, inspiring and beautifully produced. The room is as equally dazzling and in tandem promising an exciting and entertaining evening. I look forward to this event every year!”

Your support of AIGA and the Gala is integral to the continued success of the organization and profession. I encourage you to participate in this wonderful event. May we count on your support?

lynda.com author news: Final Cut training, top-secret series, and more

Published by | Friday, July 31st, 2009
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Top: Abba Shapiro and producer Max Smith in a recording booth. Bottom left: How we get our trainers activated. Bottom right: Derrick Story hard at work on his new series.

This week at lynda.com, Apple-Certified trainer and author Abba Shapiro is in town recording some brand spankin’ new Final Cut training – his first course for lynda.com. The Digital Story’s very own Derrick Story is recording a new top-secret lynda.com training series! Stay tuned for more!

Another luminary in our Creative Inspirations series, Margo Chase, will be featured in the AIGA Los Angeles Fellows Speaker Series to talk about the business of design. Visit the AIGA Los Angeles web site for registration information for this event on August 27.

Lynda and AIGA: discover, understand, appreciate, and be inspired by design.

Published by | Monday, July 27th, 2009

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Last year, I was invited by one of my most-valued mentors, Clement Mok, to apply for a seat on the national board of AIGA, the professional association for design, and I was selected to serve for one year. Ive never been on a non-profit board before, and its been a wonderful experience so far. I am inspired by the passion and dedication of the organization- from those who work tirelessly at the national headquarters in NYC to those who donate their time to the regional chapters. Im doing my part to spread the word of this 95 year-old(!) organization by writing this post, and inviting you to join me and 22,000 other design professionals to support AIGA.

AIGA is above all an advocate for designto discover it, discuss it, understand it, appreciate it, be inspired by it. AIGA has 65 chapters across the US that offer networking events, inspirational talks, events, portfolio reviews, design competitions, conferences, and community outreach to evangelize the value of design. The AIGA website is full of great information and resources, from job boards, to member portfolio sites, to design archives, to design blogs, to best practices.

In the age of everything virtual, AIGA offers many opportunities to meet and mix with other design professionals. Everyone needs to get away from the computer now and again and get together in the physical world to stand and bask in the light of design.

How you can get involved:

Find your local chapter, and attend an event. Non-members are welcome to all events! See if you like it! I am pretty certain you will.

Join the chapter as a member and get discounts on AIGA events, Adobe products, lynda.com products, health insurance and more! Your membership fee is also tax-deductable.

Become active in AIGA governance; every chapter has its own local board of directors and offers a great chance to flex and build your business skills. Its a way to give back to others, and that always feels good. Youll see me evangelizing AIGA events in the lynda.com blog now and again. I hope to see you at an AIGA event soon please let me know if you are a lynda.com member; its always a great treat to meet you in person.

AIGA members invited to “be fabulous with lynda.com”

Published by | Monday, June 29th, 2009
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Highlights from the "Be Fabulous with lynda.com" AIGA event at
the Brooks Institute of Photography in Ventura, CA, June 25.

Last Thursday, June 25, at the Brooks Institute of Photography campus in Ventura, Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin gave the talk “be fabulous with lynda.com” at the request of the local chapter of AIGA. There were many AIGA members from Ventura and Santa Barbara County in attendance, as well as a great showing of lynda.com staff. During the evening we heard the story of how Lynda and Bruce met, how lynda.com was formed, Lynda’s beef with the See’s Candy lady, and how passion, hard work and persistence really do pay off.

It was an inspiring and heart-warming event! Wish you all could have been there!