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NEW YORK, February 12, 2008. For their sustained contributions to design excellence and the development of the profession, AIGA, the professional association for design, individually names Gail Anderson, Clement Mok and LeRoy Winbush as the 2008 recipients of the AIGA Medal. Awarded annually, the AIGA Medal recognizes those who have made exceptional contributions to the field of design and visual communication. Anderson, Mok and Winbush will be celebrated at the Design Legends Gala on September 18 in New York City.
Gail Anderson is a creative director at SpotCo, a New York City-based design studio and ad agency that specializes in creating theatrical advertising for Broadway productions. From 1987 to early 2002, she served as senior art director at Rolling Stone magazine. Anderson's work, which has received awards from the Society of Publication Designers, the Type Directors Club, AIGA, the Art Directors Club, Graphis, Communication Arts and Print, is in the permanent collections of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and the Library of Congress. She has co-authored, with Steven Heller, several books including Graphic Wit, The Savage Mirror and American Typeplay. Anderson teaches in the MFA Design program at the School of Visual Arts and has lectured at colleges and design organizations throughout the country. She also serves on the advisory board for the Adobe Design Achievement Awards, among others.
Clement Mok is a designer, digital pioneer, software publisher/developer, book author and design patent holder. Mok, a former creative director at Apple, founded multiple successful design-related businesses, including Studio Archetype, which merged with Sapient in 1998 and placed Mok as chief creative officer of the global interactive design studio. The president of AIGA from 2001 to 2003, Mok currently consults for Sapient and other Fortune 500 companies on a variety of design planning and user experience projects. He has been published internationally and has received numerous awards from professional organizations and publications including I.D., which named him among 1994's forty most influential designers, and Chief Executive, which chose him as one of 1998's "Tech 100" CEOs. Based in San Francisco, he currently serves on the advisory boards of numerous technology companies, colleges and nonprofit organizations.
LeRoy Winbush, who passed away last year at 91, was among the few African-American art directors in the 194os and '50s who were able to achieve both professional and critical success. He began his career as a self-taught sign painter, became an art director at Johnson Publishing Company, where he helped to launch Ebony magazine, and eventually owned and oversaw his own Chicago-based firm, Winbush Designs. Finally, Winbush, who went to work right out of high school and did not attend college or art school, became an assistant professor in visual communications at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Winbush exemplifies this profession's strong tradition of building on an innate sense of design excellence and inspiring the creative spirits of others through mentorship. "This year, AIGA honors three inspirational designers who demonstrate the diverse dimensions of this ever-broadening field, each of whom, in his or her own distinct way, characterizes design excellence and mentorship for the future of the profession" said Richard Grefé, AIGA executive director. "Gail Anderson has created a dynamic in editorial design, entertainment design and typography that stretches the limits of two-dimensional execution into a nearly emotional realm. Clement Mok has excelled in both broadcast and print, but has pioneered in interactive design and multi-dimensional branding, while defining and leading the evolution of experience design and design strategy. And LeRoy Winbush has kindled the passion and nurtured the achievements of young Chicago designers as a mentor, model and teacher in a way that extends the reach of his own creative accomplishments to a generation of designers who had little idea they could spend a lifetime in creativity."
The AIGA Medal is the highest honor of the graphic design profession, and has been given to its distinguished practitioners, educators and role models since 1920. Its value accrues from its association with the professionals who have inspired us all with creativity, intelligence, perception and skill. For a complete list of past recipients, visit www.aiga.org/medalists.
About AIGA AIGA, the professional association for design, is the oldest and largest membership association for design professionals engaged in the discipline, practice and culture of designing.
Founded in 1914, AIGA has become the pre-eminent professional association for communication designers, broadly defined. In the past decade, designers have increasingly been involved in creating value for clients (whether public or business) through applying design thinking to complex problems, even when the outcomes may be more strategic, multi-dimensional and conceptual than what most would consider traditional communication design. AIGA now represents more than 22,000 designers of all disciplines through national activities and local programs developed by more than 59 chapters and 200 student groups. AIGA supports the interests of professionals, educators and students who are engaged in the process of designing. The association is committed to stimulating thinking about design, demonstrating the value of design and empowering success for designers throughout the arc of their careers.
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