IIID Laureates

Peter Simlinger, Clive RichardsIIID founder and former director Peter Simlinger (left) receives the IIID Laureate Award from IIID President Clive Richards

IIID Award for Leadership and Distinctive Achievement in Information Design:

Peter Simlinger
Peter obtained a degree in architecture from the University of Technology Vienna. After postgraduate studies at the Bartlett, University College, London, he founded what is now IMPACT Design, a company with a prime focus on traffic & transport specific information systems. This subject area he also looks after as an Editor of the Information Design Journal (IDJ), published by John Benjamins, AmsterdamIn. 

Peter Simlinger is Past-President of Graphik-Design Austria (GDA) and originator of its successor Design Austria (DA). He founded the International Institute for Information Design (IIID) and currently acts as managing director of IIID’s daugther IIIDre (re = research & education).

Decision of the IIID General Assembly of 5 September 2015, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK

Prof. Dr h.c. Erik Spiekermann, Berlin, Germany

World renowned typographer and designer. Co-founder of MetaDesign and FontShop. Chairman of the Managing Board of Edenspiekermann AG, Berlin, Germany. Professor at the University of the Arts Bremen, Germany. Speaker at IIID Vision Plus 1, 4 and 5. IIID President 1995 - 2003.

Decision of the IIID General Assembly of 9 July 2004, Columbia College, Chicago

Prof. Rune Pettersson, Ph.D., Stockholm, Sweden

Until 2008 Professor of Information Design at Maelardalen University, Eskilstuna. Founded the “Institute for Infology” as a private research and consulting company, 1990. Adjunct Professor of the Faculty in the New Media and Global Education Graduate Program at the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, Appalachian State University, North Carolina, USA, 2012 -

(Until 2012) author of 254 papers and 84 books. Several of those, on issues relating to information design, are freely available (see: IIID Publications). Speaker at IIID Vision Plus 4, 5, 6, 8 and 11. IIID Vice-President 2000 - 2006.

Decision of the IIID General Assembly of 20 June 2009, Hotel de la Sorbonne, Paris

IIID Award for Distinguished Contribution to the International Institute for Information Design:

Dr. Harald Gardos, Wien/Vienna, Austria, 1945 - 2006

General Secretary of the Austrian Commission for UNESCO 1977 - 2000. Made the 28th General Conference of UNESCO, 1995, pass a resolution recommending IIID as a partner organization for worldwide co-operation on matters of information design. Made the UNESCO Director-General Frederico Mayor, in 1997, authorizing the IIID to operate its planned Information Design University under "the auspices" of UNESCO. Vice-President of IIID from its inaugural meeting up to 2003.

Decision of the IIID General Assembly of 9 July 2004, Columbia College, Chicago

Prof. Robert O. Swinehart

Professor emeritus of Design and past Head of the Communication Design program at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Lifetime honorary member of the American Center for Design, Chicago. Past President of the Graphic Design Education Association. Member of the Editorial Board of the Information Design Journal.

Prof. Swinehart's design work is included in the permanent collection of the US Library of Congress and has been exhibited by the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the American Center for Design, the Type Directors Club in New York, the Biennale of Graphic Design in Brno, Czech Republic, and (invitational) the 3rd International Design Exhibition sponsored by the Japan Design Foundation in Osaka, Japan.

Speaker at IIID Vision Plus 1, 2, 5 and 12. Organized IIID Vision Plus 4 "The Republic of Information / Design for Global Communication" at Carnegie Mellon University, 1998; IIID President 2003 - 2009.

Decision of the IIID General Assembly of 20 June 2009, Hotel de la Sorbonne, Paris