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To commemorate the 35th anniversary of the AIGA Chapter system in 1982, the founding chapter, Philadelphia established a poster competition celebrating the event in 2017. 35 posters were selected from submissions, digitally printed and made available to event goers at a chapter party. A complete poster set was sent to AIGA archives.
At issue in 1982 was how to institute a national chapter system for the AIGA, which at the time utilized New York City and it's environs as the core base of the organization and all those outside of the radius be considered as satellites to that core. Philadelphia made the case that they would only join as a chapter if New York became one as well.
The approach to the poster is to parody the signing of the Declaration of Independence with replacement faces of the new Philadelphia chapter members standing in for the Founding Fathers, thus declaring their independence and autonomy from the yolk of Manhattan design.
This act of design heroics paved the way for over 70 chapters, all discrete institutions, to exist and represent a diverse design community. Plus it made folks smile.