The Nashville chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design, was formed in 2002 so that all local creative professions will have the support and resources of local ties, with affiliation to a national organization.

AIGA Nashville is a state-recognized, not-for-profit organization of designers, design educators, creative directors, photographers, illustrators, copywriters, production managers, web designers, web programmers, animators, production artists and many other types of creative professionals.

AIGA Nashville strives to harness the power of design to create a self-sustaining creative community where inspiration, professional development and excellence in design come together.


Our mission is to promote cultural growth through advancing design as a strategic tool and connecting with Nashville’s civic and cultural life. We promote professional standards and ethical practices, guide design education and inspire the public while enhancing development in our industry.

Design inspires the world and we inspire each other. Only together can we ensure that everyone, not only in design, but in business, government, media and the public understand the potential of design to change everything. We are stronger together.


AIGA was established in 1914 by a group of 40 people from the National Arts Club in New York City, who met and drafted a constitution for a new organization that would serve as “a source of pleasure and intellectual profit” to its members. William W. Howland, publisher and editor of the magazine The Outlook was elected first president. By 1922, AIGA adopted bylaws stating a desire to stimulate and encourage those in design; foster concerns for standards of design; form a center for the exchange of ideas; and stimulate the public taste. Those objectives still lie at the organization’s core.

Today, AIGA serves more than 22,000 members throughout the world. In the 1980s, AIGA began establishing chapters, and today there are more than 60 celebrating excellence in design and promoting an understanding and respect for the profession.

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