The Aiap Women in Design Award (AWDA), at its second edition, is a project by Cinzia Ferrara, Laura Moretti and Daniela Piscitelli, curated and organized by Aiap. It is a biennial Award open to visual communication women designers.
The Award originates within the research activities of Aiap, the Italian Association of Visual Communication Design, and aims at reconstructing and acknowledging the contribution that numerous visual communication women designers have given and continue to give to the universe of graphic design.
In the first edition of AWDA, open only to Italian designers, 112 designers participated for a total of 237 projects presented. The jury shortlisted 25 designers for 30 projects deemed worthy of publication.
AWDA 2012 CEREMONY AND BOOK
The official Award-giving ceremony took place during the edition of Aiap DX, International Graphic Design Week, held in Treviso, Italy, from 26th to 29th September 2012. Later the AWDA book has been edited by Cinzia Ferrara, Laura Moretti and Daniela Piscitelli and printed by Aiap. In the AWDA book all the winner and mentioned projects are illustrated.
Participation in the second edition of the Award is opened to women designers who live or work in European area and in MENA regions (Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Cyprus, Djibouti, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Israel, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia). The projects submitted will be selected by an international jury of 5 prestigious design and visual communication experts, and will be included later in a dedicated publication.
AWDA 2015 CEREMONY AND BOOK
AWDA 2015 will be the second volume of the Aiap editions’ series of the same name and will be presented in 2016. Among the works deemed to be suitable for publication, the jury will choose the visual communication women designers to receive the Aiap Women in Design Award 2015, and will award Honorary Mentions.
The official Award-giving ceremony will take place during the next edition of Aiap DX, International Graphic Design Week, to be held in Milan, Italy, from 4th to 8th November 2015.
This line of research was opened by the Stanze contest and related exhibitions at the Archaeological Museum of Gela (Sicily) and at the Festival of Creativity of Florence, and was followed by the retrospective The unbroken sign. Graphics between art, calligraphy and design dedicated to Simonetta Ferrante – held at the Aiap Gallery in Milan – and by the book Il segno continuo – The unbroken sign, published by Aiap.
The process first started with the Manifestinno exhibition and the cycle of seminars Singolare Femminile – organized in collaboration with Aiap in Rome.
The Aiap Women in Design Award wishes to explore and promote the little-known universe of women working in visual communication design. The aim is not rhetorical or self-referential, in an attempt to celebrate “women’s graphics”, but rather to investigate the idioms, poetics and different approaches to graphic design which otherwise would never be brought to light.
25 settembre 2017