Established in 1994, we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, managed by an all-volunteer board of directors, and comprised of design professionals working
as sole proprietors, principals, educators, and as designers in firms or associations.
We are a professional organization that sustains a diverse community that shares a passion for design. We seek to inspire, support, educate, and empower anyone engaged in design.
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 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. AIGA now represents more than 25,000 designers through national activities and local programs developed by 69 chapters and 240 student groups.