• Cleveland, OH chapter of AIGA

    AIGA, the professional association for design, believes designers serve a critical role as communicators, educators and innovators.
    AIGA sets the national agenda for the role of design in economic, social, political, cultural and creative contexts.

    Founded in 1914 as the American Institute of Graphic Arts,
    AIGA remains the oldest and largest professional membership organization for design
    and is now known simply as ”AIGA, the professional association for design.“

    AIGA’s mission is to advance designing as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force.

    What we do
    AIGA works to:
    - Inform about best practices, standards for ethical conduct and professional expertise
    - Communicate design’s importance to the public and business leaders about the power of design
    - Inspire through articles, online galleries, profiles, videos and exhibitions
    - Represent the profession through a network of chapters and student groups
    - Stimulate discussion of the industry through events, social media and websites

    We’re committed to design—and to more than 22,000 members in 66 chapters who create, inspire and appreciate good design.
    AIGA’s members are the lifeblood of the organization.

    Who we represent
    AIGA represents a variety of professions under the umbrella of communication design, ranging from book and type design to interactive design and experience design.
    We support design professionals, educators and students throughout their careers.

    About the Cleveland Chapter
    On Monday, September 30, 1968, AIGA Cleveland inaugurated the Fall Lecture Series with our first speaker: Dr. James Eckman.
    Educator, author, and historian, Eckman presented his speech “the Heritage of the Printer.”
    That presentation brought to fruition what eleven founders had established as a major priority-to bring interesting communication arts practitioners to Cleveland,
    and find innovative ways to fund new educational programs.

    Today, our chapter is thriving with over 300 members. The diversity of topics covered at our meetings attest to the vitality of our organization.