A few of the more than 20,000 works (and at least one baby carriage, thanks to Jay Doblin) that you can admire in the newly relaunched AIGA Design Archives.
Get ready to lose yourself—or at least many, many hours—in design excellence, because AIGA has relaunched its storied design archives. Thanks to a complete overhaul by Second Story Interactive Studios, the faster and more user-friendly site features roughly 20,000 records (and more than double that many images) encompassing design specimens ranging from books and logos to typography and motion graphics. “We were trying to build a perfect library—one that never ran out of room, but where nothing was out of reach,” notes Second Story’s Michael Neault, who served as production coordinator on the massive redesign project. We suggest finding your way through the archives, which date from 1924 to yesterday, by narrowing your focus to one of the 300 collections. Get into the Olympic spirit by exploring “A Decade of Sports Graphics” (1987-1986), chuckle at the 85 examples of funny design in “The Humor Show,” or marvel at a collection of extraordinary work by Vignelli Associates. No time for history? Jump right into the just released digital edition of this year’s design annual, 365: AIGA Year in Design 30, designed by Omnivore.