Ken Carbone and Leslie Smolan, founding partners of Carbone Smolan Agency (New York), are recipients of the 2014 AIGA Medal, the AIGA's highest honor for design professionals. Representing a broad range of design disciplines including branding, interaction design, and design education, together the 2014 recipients collectively exemplify the legacy of visual communications and the impact of design.
"I am thrilled and humbled to be included in such an esteemed group of design heroes, mentors, and friends," says Carbone, co-founder and chief creative director for the firm. "It is a career milestone that recognizes decades of hard work. And, to share this moment with Leslie makes the medal even more memorable."
The 2014 AIGA Medals will be presented April 25 at the AIGA Centennial Gala in New York, which will benefit AIGA centennial projects including video interviews with AIGA Medalists, the interactive design history project CelebrateDesign.org, Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships, and the AIGA Legacy Fund. The gala will bring together hundreds of design professionals and enthusiasts to celebrate AIGA's centennial and recognize the contributions of these design visionaries.
"AIGA has been instrumental in highlighting the impact of design on business and the world," says Leslie Smolan, CSA co-founder and director of creative strategy. "Ken and I are proud to have contributed to this legacy of leadership and excellence."
CSA provides a comprehensive set of strategic and creative services designed to build a singular brand voice across all media. The firm has built an international reputation creating programs for clients such as Morgan Stanley, the W Hotel Group, Christie's, Musée du Louvre, Canon U.S.A., and the Museum of Modern Art. SEGD's eg magazine No. 04 profiled the team in 2012 on the publication of their book Dialog.