2018 AIGA Medal identity, designed by Triboro

Each year, AIGA is responsible for doling out the five most prestigious awards in the graphic design community: the AIGA Medal. We’ve been at it since 1920, and have recognized hundreds of luminaries since, including Josef Albers, Herb Lubalin, Milton Glaser, Paula Scher, and Maira Kalman. This year is no exception.

Or maybe it kind of is. This year went down in history as our most diverse group of Medalists yet, with awards to Aaron Douglas, Arem Duplessis, Karin Fong, Susan Kare, and Victor Moscoso. The AIGA Corporate Leadership Award was accepted by Robert Wong and Matías Duarte of Google; and the Steven Heller Prize for Cultural Commentary went to Allison Arieff and Maurice Cherry.

In addition to receiving an actual medal, each of the five AIGA Medalists is recognized with a beautiful video (produced and directed by Dress Code) and a thoughtful essay, both of which have become as much of an annual tradition as the Gala ceremony, held this year at Cipriani in downtown New York City, with a glittering identity designed by Triboro.

If you couldn’t join us in person to celebrate, you’ve got quite a bit of catching up to do. Pop open a bottle of bubbly and toast to this year’s winners as you watch their videos and read their essays. Then, get a head start on 2019 by nominating a designer worthy of the prize.

Aaron Douglas, recognized for pioneering a visual language as a graphic designer, artist, and educator that authentically celebrated black experience during the Harlem Renaissance.

Arem Duplessis, recognized for his extraordinary work as a creative director whose integrated visual communications consistently and eloquently shape stories across multiple platforms, from The New York Times Magazine to Apple.

Karin Fong, recognized for her groundbreaking work and mastery in the field of visual storytelling as a director and motion designer for more than 20 years at Imaginary Forces.

Susan Kare, recognized for her bold and intelligent design of icons for the early Macintosh computers that defined the Apple user experience and set the industry standard with memorable wit and humanity.

Victor Moscoso, recognized for originating an enduring graphic style instrumental in defining both Underground Comix and the psychedelic rock posters of the ’60s, and their indelible impact on American culture.