AIGA’s mission is to advance designing as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force. AIGA, the professional association for design, is the place design professionals turn to first to exchange ideas and information, participate in critical analysis and research and advance education and ethical practice. AIGA sets the national agenda for the role of design in its economic, social, political, cultural and creative contexts.



In 1981, a group of Philadelphia designers formed AIGA Philadelphia, the first local chapter. Presently the chapter is comprised of over 700 members. AIGA Philadelphia’s purpose is both integral and complementary to the national organization: to provide the highest standards within the profession and the business community and to stimulate interest and understanding of graphic design and visual communication through lectures, exhibitions, periodicals and other activities.




THE PHILADELPHIA DESIGN AWARDS (PDA), is the industry leader in showcasing premier, cutting-edge design in Philadelphia and anyone who is anyone will be entering their best work in the 2013 Philadelphia Design Awards.