I’m delighted to announce that I have been awarded a 2019 Steven Heller Prize for Cultural Commentary by AIGA, the professional association for designers, along with Ellen McGirt, a senior editor and columnist for Fortune. I’ll be officially receiving the prize on April 6 at the organization’s annual conference in Pasadena.
There are three reasons this prize is especially sweet.
One, my mother and grandfather are and were graphic designers, so AIGA is their professional organization.
Two, previous winners include friends, fellow critics, and fellow A-names Allison Arieff and Anne Quito.
Three, one of this year’s AIGA Medals will be awarded posthumously to Alexander Girard, a designer about whom I have written often, and whose work provides an rich source of cultural commentary.