2013 AIGA Connecticut Fellow: Alexander Isley

Thursday, May 2, 2013
6:30 – 9:30 PM
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main St  Ridgefield, CT 06877

AIGA Connecticut is proud to name Alexander Isley as the chapter’s 2013 Fellow. Join the design community in honoring Alex on Thursday, May 2nd at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield Connecticut. The evening’s festivities will feature remarks from special friends including Kurt Andersen, Debbie Millman, Ross MacDonald and 2012 AIGA Connecticut Fellow Pamela Williams. An exhibit of 25 years of Alex’s design work will be featured in the museum and attendees can also view all of the work on display throughout the museum during the event. 

The AIGA Fellow award recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within their local or regional design community as well as in their local AIGA chapter. Alex truly embodies the tenets of this award through his prolific work, contributions to design education, and his ongoing support of AIGA.

Alexander Isley first gained recognition in the early 1980s as the senior designer at Tibor Kalman’s influential M&Co. He also served as the first full-time art director of the funny and fearless Spy magazine, for which he was awarded gold and sliver medals from the Society of Publication Designers.

In 1988, Alex founded his highly acclaimed design firm, Alexander Isley Inc. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, and SFMOMA.

Alex has been a lecturer and critic in the graduate program of the Yale School of Art and has served as an instructor at The Cooper Union and the School of Visual Arts, teaching courses in design and typography.

In 1998, he was elected a member of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale). Alex was selected as an inaugural member of “The I.D. 40,” I.D. Magazine’s survey of the country’s leading design innovators, and was recently named as one of the most influential designers of the past 50 years by GDUSA.

Alex is past president of AIGA New York and has been on the AIGA Connecticut Advisory Board since its inception in 2008. He was a founding member of the chapter, lending his support and advocacy for the chapter’s initial formation.

Alex received a degree in environmental design from the North Carolina State University College of Design. He also holds a BFA from The Cooper Union School of Art in New York City.


AIGA Members: $40
Non-members: $50
Students: $25
*Proceeds from this event benefit the AIGA Connecticut Scholarship fund. Optional donations to the fund may be made during the online registration process.