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An introduction to DesignAlabama

Design IntegrityDesign DisciplinesWho cares about architecture? Or graphic design? And what exactly is industrial design? Design arts such as these actually affect people’s lives in large and small ways every day, but remain almost invisible to the public. DesignAlabama works to heighten awareness of the design arts across the state. Founded in 1987 under the wing of the Alabama State Council on the Arts, DesignAlabama has spent over 20 years developing initiatives to spotlight how the design professions help shape our environment. The organization’s purpose is not to serve designers but good design. Organizations such as the American Institute of Architects and the American Planning Association provide support for these professions, but the public knows next to nothing about the importance of the design arts disciplines in driving our economy and shaping the places we live.

ArchitectureUnder the umbrella The umbrella term “design arts” includes numerous fields—architecture, engineering, graphic design, fashion design, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, and urban design. Of course, some of these have direct applications that we hear about all the time: school boards utilize architects for the building of schools; park boards are likely to call on landscape architects; planning commissions use professional planners and urban designers, and graphic design drives publishing and advertising. -Philip Morris, Director Emeritus

DesignAlabama is a nonprofit, citizen-led organization providing educational resources and assistance related to urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture, industrial design, graphic design, and engineering.

Our purpose is to educate the public about the design professions and raise awareness of design in general.

Our philosophy is that the public demand for design excellence and aesthetic integrity within communities is essential for economic development and an enhanced quality of life. We further believe that the design disciplines affect our environment in a variety of ways and therefore must be practiced in the most responsible way

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How to Sponsor

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Why you should support
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Company/Organization Support
There are two opportunities to give to DesignAlabama. You can give specifically to our Mayors Design Summit where there are opportunities to support at a variety of levels or you can give a general donation to the organization which will help to fund our DesignAlabama Annual Journal, DesignAlabama Online and general operational expenses.

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General Support Levels

Level 1 Designer– $500 annual sponsorship for three years. As a Level 1 sponsor your name and logo will be included on our website, logo included on the inside cover of our annual printed journal and your name with a link to your company will be included on each of our 4 DesignAlabama Online issues.

Level 2 Creator – $1,000 annual sponsorship for three years.
As a Level 2 sponsor your name and logo will be included on our website along with a link to your company website, your logo will be included on the inside cover of our annual printed journal and your company name, along with a link to your website will be included on each of our four DesignAlabama Online issues. You will additionally be listed as a sponsor for each of our additional programs such as the Mayors Design Summit.

Level 3 –-Place Maker $2,000 annual sponsorship for three years.
As a Level 3 sponsor, your name and logo will be included on our website, along with a link to your company website, your logo will be included on the inside cover of our annual printed journal, your company logo will be included on our website, along with a link to your company website and a link along with your company name will be included on each of our 4 DesignAlabama Online Issues. You will additionally be listed as a sponsor for each of our additional programs such as the Mayors Design Summit and will have an opportunity at each event to speak about your company and your services.


Mayors Design Summit Support Levels

For our Mayors Design Summit, there are specific areas where you can sponsor. Each sponsor is listed on all printed materials for the summit as a sponsor, is invited to attend the Summit Reception, is invited to come and observe during the day and half event and will have an opportunity to talk to the group of mayors and design professionals about your company and your services. Specific sponsorship opportunities include:

General Summit Sponsor- $500 Breakfast Sponsorship (One Available) – $750
Additionally listed as the sponsor for the breakfast on Thursday Morning of the Event.

Lunch Sponsorship (Two Available) – $1,000 each
Additionally listed as the sponsor for the lunch on either Wednesday or Thursday of the Event.

Reception Sponsor- (One Available) – $5,000
Additionally listed as the primary sponsor for the opening reception of the mayors design summit, you would be listed as the only sponsor on the reception invitation.

  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Stewart Perry
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    AL State Council on the arts
  • Dakinstreet Architects
  • Alabama Art-4-Us
  • Cohen Carnaggio Reynolds
  • Copperwing
  • Sherlock, Smith & Adams
  • Goodwyn | Mills | Cawood
  • Barfield
  • Brookmont
  • The Daniel Foundation of Alabama

Our Sponsors

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Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution is the only museum in the nation completely devoted to the preservation and awareness of historic and contemporary design. The Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum presents compelling perspectives on the impact of design on daily life through various educational programs, exhibitions, and publications.

The Alabama Urban Forestry Association

Established in 1989, the Alabama Urban Forestry Association (AUFA) is a leader issues affecting urban forestry. AUFA promotes proper tree care, tree protection and other tree issues in the urban setting. In addition to their advocacy role, AUFA creates partnership with other groups to promote tree health and management, produces seminars and conferences and publishes a number of educational materials.

Your Town Alabama

The annual Your Town Alabama workshop is coming up for the 2014 year. Scheduled for September 2014, the workshop consists of highly informative presentation and problem solving activities for leaders and participants. It is also one of the best opportunities to network with other community leaders and make contacts with professionals who work throughout Alabama in the planning, economic development, preservation, and design fields. Your Town will be held at Camp McDowell in Nauvoo, Alabama at a popular and beautiful retreat location. The workshop fee is $125 per participant that covers lodging, materials and meals, however there are scholarships available. For more information or an application, you can contact Your Town Alabama by visiting their website at www.yourtownalabama.org or calling 205-348-7058

Economic Development Institute

The Economic Development Institute provides leadership training in the field of community economic development. They offer intensive economic development courses twice a year, once in early summer and then again in early fall. For more information you can call 334-844-4704 or visit their website at www.auburn.edu/outreach/edi

Alabama State Council on the Arts

The Mission of the State Council on the Arts is to promote Alabama’s diverse artistic and cultural resources. For community design initiatives you can contact: Mr. Randy Shoults at 334-242-4076, extension 224 or learn more about the art community in Alabama at: http://www.arts.state.al.us

Alabama Association of Regional Councils

The Alabama Association of Regional Councils is composed of the state’s 12 regional councils which were established through state legislation. The councils are public organizations encompassing multi-jurisdictional regional communities. They assist local governments in numerous areas such as community development, economic development, planning, transportation, aging issues, employment, law enforcement, and business development.

American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Alabama Chapter 1-800-239-5545 Since 1857, the AIA has served as the leading national association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners, while providing services to local communities. www.aia.org

American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)

Alabama Chapter 1-334-821-6070 Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association for landscape architects, whose members are committed to the highest ethical standards. www.asla.org

American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)

Alabama Chapter 1-334-990-4422 Comprised of designers, industry representatives, educators and students, ASID strives to advance the interior design profession through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach. www.asid.org

American Planning Association (APA) (AICP)

Alabama Chapter 1-800-825-5862, ext. 5987 Leading in the development of vital communities, APA is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that measures its success by the successes of members and the communities they serve. www.planning.org

Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA)

National Contact 1-703-759-0100 The not-for-profit IDSA was founded in 1965 for industrial design professionals, and sponsors the world’s most prestigious industrial design honor, the annual International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA). www.idsa.org

AIGA, the professional association for design

National Contact 1-212-807-1990 AIGA, the professional association for design, advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force by bringing together practitioners, enthusiasts and patrons to amplify the voice of design and create the vision for a collective future. www.aiga.org

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Alabama State Council on the Arts
The Mission of the State Council on the Arts is to promote Alabama’s diverse artistic and cultural resources. For community design initiatives you can contact: Mr. Randy Shoults at 334-242-4076, extension 224 or learn more about the art community in Alabama at: http://www.arts.state.al.us

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