VSA Partners’ CEO, Dana Arnett, is one of a select group of design leaders from across the country awarded the prestigious AIGA Medal in 2014. The highest honor in the design profession, the Medal is awarded to individuals in recognition of their exceptional achievements, services or other contributions to the field of design and visual communication. Arnett joins a distinguished lineage of Chicago designers to receive the Medal, notably including VSA’s founder, Robert Vogele.
Arnett first met Vogele at a campus lecture during his junior year at Northern Illinois University. The meeting was the beginning of a “four-year conversation about joining VSA that Bob was open to having whenever I was in Chicago,” Arnett recounted to journalist Emily Potts. Since Arnett joined Vogele and Ted Stoik in 1985, he has been instrumental in creating and leading VSA’s historic growth trajectory.
Today, VSA’s reputation ranks among the most admired and successful of all multi-disciplinary design firms in the world. Arnett states, “I’m most proud of the fact that we’ve built an organization of quality people who embrace the highest ideals of creative excellence and collaboration. Together, we’ve made it our mission to advance the effectiveness of how our clients’ brands and businesses uniquely perform in the marketplace.”
Among the many accomplishments and awards in his career, Arnett is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale, was named to the I.D. 40 in 1999, is a board member of the Architecture and Design Society of the Art Institute of Chicago and has served on the AIGA board of directors. “AIGA is an organization that I’ve served throughout my career and I’m genuinely honored to be included among such a distinguished group of Medalists and peers,” said Arnett. “It’s with humility that I share this medal with my fellow VSAers and the broader community of design. I’m indebted to those who’ve greatly influenced my success and made VSA the international success it is today.”
VSA congratulates all of this year’s Medalists, whose bios are available to read at AIGA.org. Tickets are now on sale for the AIGA Centennial Gala, where Arnett and all the Medalists will be honored on Friday, April 25 in New York City.