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By Lynda Weinman | Sunday, August 02, 2009

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

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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 yearnearly 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?

By Lynda Weinman | Sunday, July 26, 2009

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

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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.

By Lynda Weinman | Thursday, June 25, 2009

Update on Entrepreneur of the Year award: The best is yet to come!

Lynda and Bruce, Entrepreneur of the Year finalists

Lynda and Bruce all decked out for the Entrepreneur of the Year award ceremony.

Hi Everyone!

I know many of you were following our nomination for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Greater Los Angeles area. We made it to finalists, but did not win the award and will not be going on to the national competition.

We were in awe of many of the other finalists and winners, and the experience of being part of this competition was pretty fantastic. The evening event on June 23 (red carpet et all – see pics of Bruce in a tux!) was fantastic. They made a pretty cool video of us describing lynda.com that I hope to get a copy of to share with you all.

Even though we did not win, we don’t measure our success by awards. It’s nice to be acknowledged, but the truth is no award can come close to how proud we are to be building this great business. The best is yet to come!

Thanks for everything!

-Lynda and Bruce

By Lynda Weinman | Friday, May 22, 2009

Jay Nelson recording QuarkXpress 8

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Jay Nelson spotted in the lynda.com recording booth, recording a new QuarkXpress 8 Essentials course!

Had a few chances to visit with Jay while he was out here recording, having traveled from Boulder, CO to overcast Ventura, CA. Jay is celebrating the 17th year and 201st edition of Design Tools Monthly, his newsletter about all things graphics.

Jay continues to use and recommend QuarkXPress as his favorite page layout tool. He’s especially excited to share some of the newest features, such as new intuitive ways to lay out pictures boxes by dragging, twisting and rotating, the sleek and fun new interface, the new fluidity of the pen tool, and item styles, where an item can be saved as a style and replicated easily throughout a design. He’ll also be showing how to create Flash (!) and web sites using Quark. The project is super ambitious, taking two full weeks to record, and covering more in one video course than what’s available elsewhere in any format!

Catch Jay at his How Design Conference session, or speaking at the Institute of Newspaper Technology conference. We’re proud to have Jay in the library – thanks, Jay!

By Lynda Weinman | Thursday, May 21, 2009

Wild about Harry

wildharryA noteworthy new Creative Inspirations video installment has been released today on the Online Training Library. Harry Marks is considered by many to be the godfather of broadcast design.

More than any other individual, he changed television by doing things with graphics that had never been attempted before. Not only did he pioneer the use of emerging imaging technologies, but he did so with style and reason. His pioneering work in the field of CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery) brought him into collaboration with many other industry pioneers, including Douglas Trumbull, Robert Abel, Carl Rosendahl (whose company evolved into DreamWorks Animation), and Dale Herigstad (who is also the subject of a different Creative Inspirations).

In the early ’80s, Harry had the idea of bringing together people who work in the disparate fields of technology, entertainment, and design, so he partnered with Richard Saul Wurman and the TED Conference was born. This installment of Creative Inspirations takes viewers on a historic journey through the extraordinary career of Harry Marks.

By Lynda Weinman | Monday, May 18, 2009

Guess who’s coming to dinner?

Author dinner on Thursday, May 14th From left to right: Taz Tally, Lesa Snyder-King, Jay Nelson, Max Smith, Jan Kabili, Megan Anderson, Bruce Heavin

Author dinner on Thursday, May 14th From left to right: Taz Tally, Lesa Snider, Jay Nelson, Max Smith, Jan Kabili, Megan Andersen, Bruce Heavin

Taz is here recording Photoshop CS4: Color Correction, Lesa is recording internal movies for our staff related to iStockPhoto usage, Jay is  recording QuarkXpress 8 Essential Training, Max is our lead training producer and he’s making sure our authors are eating a well-produced meal, Jan is here for a staff meeting, but her next project is Photoshop CS4: Selections in Depth, Megan is relating in her Author Relations role at lynda.com, and Bruce is here for the good meal and conversation with me, who is not in the shot as I am behind the lens taking the photo. We have meals with authors all the time, and now that I am blogging I hope to document these occasions and let you know which authors are in town and what new courses they are cooking up.

By Lynda Weinman | Friday, May 15, 2009

Dr. Taz Tally at lynda.com

Taz Tally in the lynda.com recording space

Taz Tally in the lynda.com recording space as he waits for his movies to render!

My first memory of Taz is from the late 1990′s when I observed his blurry figure running up and down a giant escalator as fast as he could in the lobby of a hotel where a photography trade show was taking place.Years later, when he first came to record video classes at lynda.com in 2004, we invited him to our house for dinner. Bruce and I will never forget Taz showing up, covered in mud from a local hike he took after work, with a live caterpillar poking out of his curly hair! These two examples describe some of the many sides of Taz Tally. He’s a digital photography master, a fitness fanatic,sports a Ph.D. in geology, and  is a true mountain man who loves to hike and explore the wild.

Taz is currently recording a photography color correction course using Photoshop CS4. He pitched the idea to me of creating a fitness video sharing all the techniques he uses when traveling, working at his desk, or how to take advantage of every day situations and objects instead of gyms and cumbersome equipment. What do you think? Are we ready for fitness videos at lynda.com?

By Lynda Weinman | Friday, May 08, 2009

Flash 10 Player Course coming this summer…

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Lee Brimelow, a lynda.com author who has created courses in After Effects, Flash, and Expression Web, wrote to me out of the blue the other day and proposed a course on Flash Player 10.

When creating Flash movies, websites, or applications, it is important to know all the new features of the authoring tool. But it is just as important to know the capabilities of the latest version of the Flash player. Each new version of the player introduces support for the latest and greatest features, many which are not exposed in the authoring environment.

Flash Player 10 introduced a ton of new creative capabilities, from 3D, advanced Text effects, Pixel Bender (like filter effects you’d find in Photoshop, only over time), to new sound and drawing APIs. This course will explain how to tap into these new features to take your Flash work to the next level.

It’s been a few years since Lee contributed to the lynda.com Online Training Library; he’s been busy with his blogs, The Flash Blog, gotoandlearnFlashermag, and working as Platform Evangelist for Adobe Systems focusing on the Flash, Flex and AIR communities.

Needless to say, the course idea is approved in the queue to record soon. We’re honored to work again with Lee; he fits the profile perfectly as an author with true passion, deep knowledge, and he’s addicted to sharing!

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