The AIGA, the American Institute of Graphic Art, is an organization whose goal is to advance design as a professional career. This goal encompasses its five goals: Information, Communication, Inspiration, Validation, and Representation. It is the oldest and largest organization for design professionals.
“Reflections of a Design MFA Student” by: Mitch Goldstein
In his letter to his future self, Goldstein contemplates his role as not only a designer, but also a critic and an educator. He argues that as a critic it is most important to not merely critique because one can, but to help the designer. Goldstein then goes on to say that it is vital for designers to be critics to themselves as well. Lastly, he tells himself that as an educator he must critique his students, but also remember that a critique his simply an opinion and to not limit them by pushing his ideas too heavily onto them.