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aiga/ny 30th anniversary poster - michael bierut

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Michael Bierut

How do some of New York City's biggest graphic designers say "happy birthday?" Why, with an oversized card, of course!

2012 marks the 30th anniversary of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), the nation's premier professional design organization. To celebrate, this long-standing force behind the Big Apple's design scene asked 30 design luminaries to capture their experience with AIGA/NY in the form of a limited edition poster.

In 1983, Michael Bierut was a young graduate working for legendary designer Massimo Vignelli in Manhattan. When he joined a cadre of designers who wanted to start a New York chapter of the AIGA, the young designer was assigned a crucial task: to create the playlist for the debut party. The cassette, labeled "New York City, by Michael Bierut, on 9/26/1983," was a wistful collection of New York-themed hits, starting with an Ella Fitzgerald ballad and ending with a Ronnie Montrose jam.

To honor the organization three decades after its inception, Bierut dug through his basement then scanned his mixtape's original, hand-penned cover.

Today, Beirut is a partner at Pentagram whose clients have included the Alliance for Downtown New York, Benetton, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Alfred A. Knopf, the Walt Disney Company, Mohawk Paper Mills, Motorola, MillerCoors, the Toy Industry Association, Princeton University, Yale School of Architecture, New York University, the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Library of Congress, the Museum of Sex, and the New York Jets. Made in New York City.

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wood, utopia green matte 100 lb. paper
Framed and Unframed: 36" H x 24" W
100 limited edition prints.
Available framed and ready to hang in a black 1.25" thick wood frame, or unframed.

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