AGDA's strategy to fulfil our mission of improving excellence in graphic design is:
- Encourage and assist students, new designers and practising designers in the development of their design quality and professional practice.
- Provide educators with feedback on industry expectations of graduates.
- Assist buyers and users of design in understanding the value of good design and distinguishing between levels of design quality and professional practice.
- Improve the partnerships between experienced designers and suppliers to the communication process.
- Educate the general public on good design, its value and what is required to become a professional designer. These objectives clearly identify our key constituent groups: students, designers, design educators, buyers and users of design services and the government.
- Enable and promote environmentally sustainable design practices for, and to, its members.
Our current priority is the education of clients and the government, through our publishing, expanded promotion of our many existing events, and direct liaison. For example, we liaise and participate in Industry Training Advisory Boards to ensure that graphic design training needs are properly understood and accounted for in educational research and development programs.
We currently engage in many activities in order to achieve these strategic objectives:
- The AGDA Biennial National Awards provide a benchmark of design quality to the profession, clients, government and the general public. The Awards are Australia's largest graphic design award program. The Awards are accompanied by the AGDA Spicers Paperpoint Hall of Fame, which recognises outstanding contributors to the Australian graphic design community.
- The AGDA Awards Compendium that is produced with each Awards event serves as a showcase of the Australian work and can be ordered from our National Office.
- AGDA National Conference - the conference provides an opportunity for designers to meet and learn from the local and international presenters and each other. The event has also proved to be a great national design community-building exercise with trade-show and network opportunities with suppliers.
- Local designer presentations - these 'show and tells' are characterised by detailed and frank discussions of work, and lively Q&A sessions. They are either organised by State Councils (see your local State calendar of events).
- International Speaker Tours – these are international designers spending two to three weeks touring the capital cities, engaging and sharing their philosophy, ideas, processes, products. These are organized by National Office and co-marketed with sponsors.
- Inter-disciplinary design presentations - these 'show and tells' focus on expanding our awareness of other design disciplines such as film, animation, architecture, interior, product, fashion.
- Professional Practice Seminars - as a designer once remarked, "I'm a designer, my partner is a designer, and we are also in business." AGDA provides opportunities for its members to learn about and deal with the issues of being in business. Popular topics include: Copyright, Free Pitching, Marketing a Design Practice and Business Management for Design Studios.
- Resources - gather resources (information, articles and processes) to set criteria, to promote and to lead the profession in its own education and understanding of sustainability issues.
- Research Scholarships - provide scholarships on sustainable ideas and methodologies
- Curriculum Advisory Boards - AGDA provides advice to educational institutions on curriculum content, either by providing members to sit on the institution's external advisory group or by forming an independent advisory group.
In addition to these activities, our strategy includes some exciting projects from year to year:
- AGDA Practice Notes - these publications will be provided free to members for use in their own studios and as aids to educate clients on the value of good design.
- AGDA Educational Survey - this annual survey will provide a reference database of AGDA members perceptions of the employability of graduates from institutions across Australia. It will be valuable to employers, students, educators and government.
- Client Seminars - these presentations will be targeted at the business community with the aim of increasing client understanding of the value of good design and how to better manage their use of designers.
- Direct lobbying of government departments and business associations in order to improve the business environment for graphic designers.
- A national publicity program to increase the public profile of Australian graphic design
- Beyond working for and within the graphic design community, AGDA actively manages a number of relationships with other design bodies. AGDA is the authorised Australian representative association of ICOGRADA (the international association of graphic design associations and the official advisory group on graphic design to the United Nations).
- We maintain regular dialogue with other groups within Australia such as the Australian Interactive Media Industry Association (AIMIA), Australian Commercial and Magazine Photographers (ACMP), the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) the Australian Design Alliance and the Printing Industries Association (PIA).
AGDA – the professional platform for design excellence
AGDA is the industry authority on all matters pertaining to Graphic Design and is available for comment on industry issues. Formed in 1988 to facilitate the advancement of Australian graphic design, AGDA is recognised as the peak professional body representing graphic design in this country.
As the profession’s industry authority AGDA is available for comment on design issues of public and corporate interest and is uniquely equipped to present the concerns of the industry in a balanced and objective manner.
Media bodies and other interested parties can contact the Association via the AGDA website at our National contact page