I'm excited to be able to join the AIGA Board
New York, NY and Newton, MA (PRWEB) April 17, 2009
Angela Shen-Hsieh, founder of Visual I|O (http://www.visual-io.com), an innovative provider of enterprise software for interactive visual analysis, has been named to the Board of Directors of AIGA (http://www.aiga.org)-- the oldest & largest professional membership organization for design. Ms. Shen-Hsieh's election to the national Board follows her long involvement as a regional leader and past President of AIGA's Boston Chapter -- the association's sixth largest chapter, with 850+ members in New England.
Founded in 1914 as the American Institute of Graphic Arts, AIGA is a professional association whose membership comprises 22,000+ design professionals, educators and students who are involved through national activities and local programs developed by 63 chapters and 240 student groups. More than 450 AIGA events are conducted annually to inspire, educate and foster productive collaboration between its members.
Comment from Richard Grefé, Executive Director, AIGA, "The design profession is critical to creating value in the global, nonpolar, knowledge-based economy we all see emerging. The strongest contributions design thinking makes are in visualizing complexity and developing strategic perspectives that challenge habit. There is no one better at demonstrating these skills than Angela Shen-Hsieh, which is why her role in guiding the future of the design profession on the AIGA board is so appropriate and important."
"I'm excited to be able to join the AIGA Board," said Angela Shen-Hsieh. "With the massive growth of digital media and a difficult economy, today's designers are encountering new challenges and opportunities on an unprecedented level. I'm looking forward to bringing my experience in screen-based design and data visualization to help members of AIGA to better understand and leverage new digital tools and delivery media."
Angela Shen-Hsieh pursues forms of communication and information delivery that fascinate, inform and prompt people to think. Having received her BA from Columbia and her Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Angela is inspired by a vision of how design can dramatically improve the quality of our lives and work. Through her company, Visual I|O, her work explodes the boundaries of how people interact with the increasingly overwhelming amounts of data now accessible. As its name suggests, Visual I|O is a venture-backed data visualization software company enabling business users and consumers to easily and interactively access, interpret and learn from information they work with everyday. Visual I|O's focus is on "the last 18 inches"--getting data from the computer screen into the human mind--bridging the divide between raw data and actionable meaning through an entirely new graphical way to navigate and interpret data.
Angela has been profiled by leading media including Fast Company -- who dubbed her as a "rising star charting the future" of business and design innovation, and by BusinessWeek as one of ten "cutting edge designers pushing the limits of design."
The 15-member AIGA board of directors is an elected body that holds the institution in trust for AIGA members past, present and future. In addition to its involvement with AIGA's provision of an exchange for ideas and information, and a champion for design research and education, the AIGA board sets a national agenda for the role of design in its economic, social, political, cultural and creative contexts.
About Visual I|O:
Visual I|O develops interactive visual analysis solutions that provide comprehensive views into the state of business operations to maximize organizational decision-making. Leading pharmaceutical, software and financial services companies use Visual I|O to interact dynamically and visually with their data for revealing business insights. The company's proven data visualization software solutions and consulting services enable organizations to present complex data in digestible, meaningful formats for executives, management and end users, while driving faster decisions and analysis Visit http://www.visual-io.com or call (617) 623-5400.