AIGACO 25 Exhibit

Written by
AIGA Colorado
August 19, 2014

Design is a process, not an end result. It’s a way of approach­ing prob­lems that lead to pur­pose­ful action.

To see how it’s grown in the past 25 years is incred­i­ble,” explains Mark Hanger, founder of AIGA Colorado, speak­ing about AIGA Colorado’s 25th Anniversary exhibit at the open­ing recep­tion which was held on Thursday, August 14th at the McNichols building.

AIGA Colorado: Impacting Colorado Through 25 Years of Design exhibit explores the story of the chapter’s found­ing, the work that has had an impact on the design com­mu­nity through­out the years, and all of the places and ways you can find design at work through AIGA.

The exhibit touches on the active begin­nings of the AIGA Colorado chap­ter in 1990 – known then as AIGA Denver – as the ideal envi­ron­ment to con­nect and expose Colorado’s design com­mu­nity to design­ers across the coun­try. The group hosted speak­ers, national trav­el­ing exhi­bi­tions and con­fer­ences, launched a stu­dent chap­ter and began the first Design for Good pro­gram.

The beauty for a lot of us is it’s still about the ideas. - Bob Morehouse

Chapter involve­ment and pro­mo­tion of the impact of the design com­mu­nity inspired national cam­paigns. Originating in Colorado, works such as 43 Literacy Posters and Get Out the Vote invited mem­bers to cre­ate their own piece of art that would inform, engage and inspire audi­ences nation­ally. Current AIGA Colorado’s President Helen Young cre­ated the 2000 Colorado poster sub­mis­sion for Get Out the Vote which is still shared today.

We use design to drive busi­nesses for­ward, and we can also use it to pos­i­tively impact other areas of life.

Working to bet­ter the com­mu­nity through design, pro­grams like Heart ArtBordo Bello, and Giving Voice inspired graphic artists with a cre­ative out­let while giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity. Programs helped fund com­mu­nity involve­ment projects such as Project Angel Heart, men­tor­ships, and col­lab­o­ra­tions between youth with dis­abil­i­ties and local designers.

It’s get­ting more gran­u­lar, more and more per­sonal. - Bob Morehouse on the future of design

AIGA not only inspires the gen­eral pub­lic but the local and national design com­mu­nity as well. Conferences like NEXT, held in Colorado in 2007 and attended by more than 2,000 design­ers, sought to lead design into a future where the only cer­tainty was change. The (Re)design Awards chal­lenge design­ers to focus on sus­tain­able design solu­tions as well as cre­ate a pos­i­tive impact on soci­ety and the envi­ron­ment. The awards were so suc­cess­ful, the pro­gram now trav­els and is held annu­ally at dif­fer­ent chap­ters. The Robert Taylor Scholarship and Professional Grant was ini­ti­ated to inspire and award stu­dents and design­ers who demon­strate lead­er­ship and fund fur­ther development.

The exhi­bi­tion was capped off by the intro­duc­tion of AIGA Colorado’s new app, Curated. Designed by and for creative-minded trav­el­ers, the app serves as a guide to Denver’s hot spots from art gal­leries and muse­ums to cof­fee shops and happy hours.

Click here to see pho­tos from the open­ing reception


Don’t miss this excit­ing ret­ro­spec­tive exhi­bi­tion com­mem­o­rat­ing the impact design has had on Colorado com­mu­ni­ties over the past 25 years!

Exhibit Dates:
August 9 – December 7, 2014
McNichols Civic Center Building, 3rd Floor
144 W. Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO

Public Hours:
Saturday & Sunday 10am – 3pm and by appoint­ment.
To sched­ule an appoint­ment call 720 – 865-4303 or email




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