Celebrating 100 Years of Design by Bringing One to Life

The Design Channel takes part in AIGA’s centennial celebration

Washington, DC, May 27, 2014—AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts), is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2014 with a series of events and programs highlighting the organization’s history, achievements, and distinguished individuals. David Franek, president of The Design Channel (TDC) participated in an AIGA anniversary project that asked 100 designers across the country to take one year from the 10 decades of AIGA’s history and make a social, political, or cultural statement about that year.

Franek said, “This project is a great way to honor AIGA’s centennial while providing a stage for designers to showcase their capabilities and perspectives. I was given the year 1975, which offered a fantastic range of landmark events, notable personalities, and memorable news items to work with.”

Franek created a kaleidoscopic portrait that showed Patty Hearst, Bruce Springsteen, Gerald Ford, a “Jaws” poster, and other icons of 1975 within a paint splatter framework. It can be seen at http://www.aiga.org/celebrating-aiga-1914-2014/ along with submissions from other designers.

Since its founding in 1914, New York City-based AIGA has been committed to advancing design as a professional craft, strategic advantage, and important cultural force. Through 68 chapters and over 25,000 members nationwide, AIGA works to enhance the value and deepen the impact of design on business and society by defining global standards and ethical practices, guiding design education, expanding access to design tools and resources, and more.

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David Franek