Category Archives: Associations

ISPIM Grand Prize 2017 – we have a winner!

Wow, so close! We are delighted to announce that, by a single vote, the winner of the ISPIM Grand Prize 2017 for Excellence in Innovation Management is Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), with the Fraunhofer Institute a close second.

Lessons from the 1977 EPA Standards Manual Kickstarter Campaign

If you're not in the design world you might have missed two events that took the industry's collective breath away, the reprinting, through two incredibly successful Kickstarter campaigns, of the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and the NASA "worm" identity system. A graphic standards or systems manual is the rule book for any brand's expression and consistent delivery in the world. That means the precise guidelines for the logo, the colors, the type fonts, the signage, the conventions for marketing materials, and basically everything else that makes up the visual identity of an organization. When I took over as Executive Director for AIGA, the professional association for design, I knew about those two standards manuals. When Sagi Haviv, a principal in the New York design firm, Chermayeff Geismar & offered to gift us with 1977 EPA Graphic Standards Manual, designed by the renowned Steff Geissbuhler it started us on an adventure that concluded this week when we met our goal. That means that this beautiful manual will now be available to our backers, and eventually to the public through the work of designers Jesse Reed and Hamish Smythe at Standards Manual. The experience has been eye opening and exhilarating. Here's what I've learned:

AIGA to Live Stream Design Innovator Awards

On Friday, April 21, don't miss the design social event of 2017 as design innovators in the creative industry celebrate this year's Medalists at the 2017 AIGA Awards Gala - together at Pier Sixty in Manhattan. Or, you and friends can join the evening via Live Streaming here.

AIGA to Live Stream Design Innovator Awards

On Friday, April 21, don't miss the design social event of 2017 as design innovators in the creative industry celebrate this year's Medalists at the 2017 AIGA Awards Gala - together at Pier Sixty in Manhattan. Or, you and friends can join the evening via Live Streaming here.

Innovate by Adopting a Role Model Organization

Can you innovate and improve business performance by copying another company from an entirely different industry?  This is what the Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital in Michigan did when it wanted to transform its customer service and operational efficiency.  The hospital borrowed some of the practices of a five star hotel and hired a new ...