Happy 30th Anniversary, AIGA/NY!
Like Pentagram, the AIGA New York Chapter is celebrating a milestone birthday this year. Founded in 1982, the chapter has been supporting New York’s design community for the past 30 years, and in honor of the anniversary, 30 designers were asked to create commemorative posters for the organization. Pentagram’s Michael Bierut, Emily Oberman and Paula Scher joined 27 other designers in creating limited edition posters to benefit the chapter. The posters are available for purchase on Etsy, including copies signed by the designers.
Bierut, Scher and Oberman all served as chapter Presidents at various points throughout AIGA/NY’s 30 year history, and Bierut and Scher were both instrumental in establishing the chapter in 1982. Each poster reflects on the designers’ individual views and memories of AIGA/NY. In 1983 Michael Bierut was asked to create a mixtape for the chapter’s launch party, and his poster uses the same tape to represent the birth of the AIGA/NY community. (Fast Company has recreated the compilation on Spotify.) Emily Oberman’s poster, designed with Naz Sahin, celebrates the organization by recounting collective milestones from the past 30 years. Paula Scher keeps her sentiments simple: I Love (AIGA)NY.
The designers recently reminisced about the early days of AIGA/NY at a presentation of the chapter’s “Greatest Hits”, and the chapter will officially celebrate its anniversary with a Gala Benefit this Friday at the Woolworth Building.