The New Face of the AIGA Archives

Posted on Feb 28th, 2010 by Command Save

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Back in December, a handful of PSU GD students participated in user testing at Second Story, a Portland-based interactive design firm working on a redesign of AIGA's Design Archives

AIGA's Design Archives are an online resource for students, educators and practicing professionals. It provides access to more than 50,000 images stored in 300+ collections, and contains decades of examples of graphic projects including packaging, posters, logotypes, typography and more. A valuable resource for the international design community, the online archives had grown so much in recent years that it required a structural update.

Michael Neault, Production Coordinator at Second Story and part of the AIGA Design Archives project team, recently let me know that the new design is up! Launched this month, the spruced-up design for the Archives boasts features to facilitate easier navigation. Over on the AIGA website, Michael wrote a Case Study to reveal some of the process and thinking that went into the redesign.

One of my favorite collections contains 50 books and book covers designed in 2008. Lots of beautiful stuff in there.

Take a look! AIGA's series of design Case Studies offers a unique opportunity to glimpse into the process of design projects and better understand the ingredients of a creative solution. Critical thinking is not only practiced in these Case Studies, it's documented.

Thank you to Michael Neault and Second Story for involving PSU Graphic Design with this process! Interested in learning more about interactive design, its practice and its applications? Stay tuned for a possible FoGD tour of Second Story in the spring.

-Nicole Lavelle