We would like to congratulate our good friend and colleague David Smith on the recent announcement of his election as a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI). This is big… David and his partner in design Oran Day have consistently raised the bar in Irish graphic design, and their work has regularly been awarded nationally and internationally.
David is the first Irish person to receive this prestigious accolade. Membership of AGI is global, currently comprising 390 members from 32 countries, and requires reputation and achievement of the highest order and commitment. The list of past and present members is truly a ‘Who’s Who’ of graphic design, including: Saul Bass, Michael Bierut, Irma Boom, Angus Hyland, Vince Frost, Bruno Monguzzi, Josef Muller-Brockmann, Paul Rand, and Paula Scher to name but a few.
Project: House Projects Books, 2007. Client: Gavin Murphy / House Projects
David was nominated by members of the UK chapter, in recognition of his critically acclaimed studio practice, influence within design education and his commitment to advocacy and the promotion of Irish graphic design here and abroad. He will be expected to grow the Irish chapter of the AGI and identify and develop opportunities with international members in the realms of professional practice, design education and design criticism.
The AGI was established in 1952 as a representative organisation for the world’s leading graphic designers and artists. Its members have been collectively responsible for the identity design of most of the world’s top corporations and institutions as well as for countless examples of globally known communications design. The AGI promotes graphic design in lectures, education and publishing. It encourages knowledge and understanding among young practitioners and fosters contacts with other institutions, organisations and companies involved in graphic design.