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A Jolly Good Fellow

Paul Rustand Named as AIGA Fellow

New York, NY (28 April 2011) – Paul Rustand of Chattanooga design studio Widgets & Stone has been named as a Fellow of AIGA, America’s leading professional association for design.

The AIGA Fellows program recognizes designers who have made significant personal and professional contributions to raising standards of excellence, both in the design industry and in their local communities. Rustand is the only AIGA Fellow living and working in the state of Tennessee.

He founded Widgets & Stone in 1995, and in the years since has earned a Master of Fine Arts in Bookmaking, founded and led the local chapter of the American Institute for Graphic Arts (later called AIGA), served on the boards of Crabtree Farms and Chattanooga Football Club, and served as adjunct design professor at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.

Along with a team of collaborators, Rustand has changed the landscape of graphic design in Chattanooga – creating visual identities for landmark brands including 2 North Shore, 35.85, AVA, ArtsMove, Better Built Chattanooga, the Blue Plate, Chattanooga Football Club, Clumpies Ice Cream, Co.Lab, Collier Construction, CreateHere, Easy Bistro, Gaining Ground, Graham Vannoy Construction, green|spaces, Greyfriar's Coffee House, Hutchinson & Walls, Lookout Mountain Conservancy, Mainx24, Market Street Tire, Medium, Niedlovs, River City Company, Rock/Creek Outfitters, SpringBoard, Stand, and zümfoot. Paul has also served regional and national companies with existing visual brands, including Covenant College, Food Network, HGTV, Moon Pie, and the Travel Channel, among others.

His excellence in design has been recognized and awarded by AIGA, the American Ad Federation, Communication Arts, Graphis, HOW, the One Show, Print Magazine, STEP Inside Design Magazine and the Type Directors Club.

A ceremony to present him with the award was held at Easy Bistro on Tuesday, May 10, from 4:30–6:30 p.m. Friends, family, clients, colleagues and students turned out to congratulate Paul and celebrate the award with him. See some photos from the event on our Flickr account. 

The AIGA Fellow program recognizes designers who have made a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within their field of influence. AIGA, founded in 1914 as the American Institute for Graphic Arts, exists to advance the role of design and designers. AIGA.org

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