The latest edition of Pixels of Fury not only celebrates creative design, but also the talented members of AIGA! Tonight, September 18, contestants will harness the fury as they battle for ultimate stardom in a live design competition. It’s sure to be a wild event, filled with free food and drinks, friends, and brilliant talent. The celebration will take place at 6 p.m. at The Sanctuary (at Penn) in Indianapolis, Indiana. It’s free for AIGA members, and attendees can enter a raffle to win AIGA’s 100 Years Chair, custom-designed by Jon and Jim Sholly of Commercial Artisan.

In honor of AIGA’s centennial celebration, we’ve curated a lightbox to celebrate design over the past 100 years. The images, selected from the Shutterstock collection, represent influential design movements of the past two centuries. We’ve highlighted rule-making and rule-breaking elements ranging from utilitarian and structural (Bauhaus, Swiss Style) to ornate and decorative (Art Deco) to the deconstructive style of Postmodernism. The timeline then continues with recent movements towards data visualization, flat design, and hand-drawn images.

See a sampling of the images below, and read on to get a sense of what the competitors have in store for tonight’s Pixels of Fury. (And if you want to attend the event, make sure to register! We’ll see you there.)

Concrete cubes by michaket
Concrete cubes by michaket 
Play of colors by mareandmare
Play of colors by mareandmare 
Vintage art decor by AtthameeNi
Vintage art decor by AtthameeNi 
Letter R by David S. Rose
Letter R by David S. Rose

Pixels of Fury Indianapolis: The Contestants

Eric Gray

Eric is an artist, designer, and thinker with a BFA in Visual Communications from Herron School of Art and Design. He wants to create experiences and content to help brands grow and connect with their customers in meaningful ways. Eric is currently an Art Director at Caldwell VanRiper.


Laura Merriman

Laura is a recent graduate of Ball State University with a BFA in Visual Communication and a minor in Landscape Architecture. She is currently working as a graphic designer at Alpha Books in Indianapolis. When she’s not designing, Laura loves traveling, learning the names of plants and goofing around with her friends.


Joey Ponce

Since moving to Indianapolis in the summer of 2011, Joey has been focusing his energy on building up the vibrant and energetic culture of his community. He currently works for Achieve, LLC—a creative agency for causes—located in downtown Indianapolis. Originally from El Paso, Texas, he moved to Indianapolis for a spur-of-the-moment job offer, and quickly found his niche in a community of designers and young professionals from all over the country who also have a passion for this city. His personal illustrations and hand-drawn typography display his more whimsical and young-at-heart aesthetic.


Guatam Rao

Gautam is an artist and designer based in Indianapolis. Born in Washington D.C. in 1977, he lived in Bangalore, India for five years. He earned a BFA at Boston University in 1999 and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002. Gautam is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Butler University. His design work will be featured in Typeforce 5 in Chicago this year.


Aaron Scamihorn

Aaron, also known as RONLEWHORN, is an artist who is well-known for (among other things) the screen-printed concert posters he has created for the likes of Cake, Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys and Me Without You. After a few years in a cubicle behind a keyboard, he had an itch for that physical act of creating something by hand and decided to learn to screen print. This step has really pushed his work in illustration and poster design. In addition to screen printing and illustration, Aaron specializes in design, typography, branding, digital photo editing, portraiture and painting. Aaron is also the Director of Graphic Design at Tourdesign Creative Services.


Julia Spangler

Julia is all business all the time. Whether she’s managing ten corporate websites, dropping rad blog posts about fair trade, or raking in the tips as a member of a one-man (and three-woman) band, Julia is out to dominate. She’s repping the Corporate Communications department at Baldwin & Lyons, Inc. and in-house designers everywhere.


Be sure to check out our history of design lightbox below »