MFA Design for Social Innovation Chair Cheryl Heller achieved a milestone in her rapidly expanding field by receiving the design profession’s highest honor: the prestigious AIGA Medal. Awards were also presented to SVA’s Ken Carbone (MFA Design and MPS Branding), Stephen Doyle (MFA Design) and Louise Fili (MFA Design, BFA Design). The award recognizes exceptional practitioners and educators for their achievements, services and contributions to the design and visual communication industries.
The presentation took place at a gala a ceremony on April 25 attended by a who’s who of luminaries from the field. According to AIGA, Heller was honored “for deftly embodying the many dimensions of communication design and for inspiring and guiding people and organizations to use design for social innovation as a strategic tool to improve the human experience.”
In addition to starting the first MFA Design for Social Innovation Department in the country, Heller also founded CommonWise, an e-learning partnership dedicated to social entrepreneurship. She teaches creativity to leaders and organizations around the world and helps grow businesses from small regional enterprises into multi-billion dollar global market leaders. In addition, she has launched category-redefining divisions and products, and has helped reinvigorate declining cultures.
With the honor, all four SVA faculty members join the firmament of past distinguished AIGA Medalists, including SVA’s late founder and Chairman, Silas H. Rhodes, as well as Milton Glaser, Steven Heller, Paula Scher, Paul Rand, Stefan Sagmeister, Tom Geismar and Ivan Chermayeff.
Image: Photo of Cheryl Heller by Angela Jimenez Photography for AIGA.