Ann Willoughby to receive design industry’s highest award

Kansas City designer Ann Willoughby will receive an AIGA Medal, the industry’s highest honor, in recognition of her many career-long contributions to promote the value of design to business and society.

Willoughby, the founder and chief creative officer of Willoughby Design, is among 24 design professionals who will be honored by the AIGA at its centennial celebration on April 25 in New York City.

She is the first member of the professional association’s Kansas City chapter, which she helped start in 1989, to receive the medal.

Willoughby founded her design and brand strategy firm in 1978. The company, which also has an office in San Francisco, has worked with clients such as the Kauffman Foundation, the United Nations, Hallmark Cards, Lee Jeans and Panera Bread.

The AIGA, which has 25,000 members, has been awarding medals since 1920. This year’s recipients represent a broad range of design disciplines, including publication design, typography, branding, motion design, product design and design education.

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