The Alliance Graphique Internationale brings together the prominent graphic designers of the world. Founded in 1951 by two Swiss and three French graphic designers, and the following year, they incorporized the group with 65 European members. AGI’s mission is to promote graphic design by means of talks, publications and educational activities.
Currently AGI has a membership of 507 professionals from 46 countries. The most influential personalities in the history of graphic design were or are on the list: A.M. Cassandre, F.H.K. Henrion, Josef Müller-Brockmann, Armin Hofmann, Paul Rand, Saul Bass, Massimo Vignelli, Wim Crouwel, to name a few – but also outstanding contemporary practitioners. Currently, the group is continuing to expand in diversity both in terms of medium, ethnicity, practice and education.
Nominated new members to AGI undergo a strict selection process in which they must show evidence of being «an influential and outstanding person both within and outside of his or her country,» – besides the excellence of their design work.
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Each year members convene in a different city at the AGI Congress. Here, members meet in a spirit of friendship, curious to hear of each other’s activities, keen to debate the profession and learn more of their host city. Since 2010, under the presidency of Paula Scher, AGI Open has run concurrently with the Congress. These student-focused conference have taken place in Porto, Paris, Seoul, Biel/Bienne, São Paulo, London, Hong Kong, Barcelona, Mexico City and Rotterdam. Central to the success of AGI Open is that members freely participate in talks and events that extend knowledge and encourage generations of students and designers in attendance, some of whom will go on to become members in the future.
AGI Open is a not-for-profit event. All AGI members pay for their expenses and receive no fee for their participation. The funds raised are used exclusively to ensure that the annual member’s Congress takes place.
Who is organising AGI Open?
AGI Open 2022 is organised by Thomas Kronbichler and Martin Kerschbaumer (Studio Mut), together with the AGI Italy team: Silvana Amato, Piero Di Biase and Alberto Moreu, headed by AGI Italy president Paolo Tassinari. If you have feedback or just want to say hello, you can contact us via