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 Art, Bordo 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!
August 9 – December 7, 2014
McNichols Civic Center Building, 3rd Floor
144 W. Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO
Saturday & Sunday 10am – 3pm and by appointment.
To schedule an appointment call 720 – 865-4303 or email Peter.Dearth@denvergov.org