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ALT Group’s Dean Poole Selected To Join International Club

Media Release
August 24, 2011

ALT Group’s Dean Poole Selected To Join International Club For The Design Elite

Dean Poole, co-founder and creative director of multidisciplinary design company ALT Group, has been selected to join the prestigious Zurich based Alliance Graphique Internationale (

Alliance Graphique Internationale was established in 1952 to encourage common interests and friendships across national and cultural borders in a professional club. It is elite and its members have been collectively responsible for the identity design of most of the world’s top corporations and most recognizable brands. Members include Milton Glaser, Stefan Sagmeister; Kenya Hara, who famously asked world famous architects to design pasta; and New York based Paula Scher who has done identity design for Tiffany & Co; as well as Coca Cola and the Metropolitan Opera. To become a member you have to be nominated by two existing members and commit to the mission of the Alliance to promote graphic design around the world.

Poole, who last year received the John Britten Award, one of the major awards for contribution to New Zealand design (Designers Institute of New Zealand) will be the only current New Zealand member of the elite club of 370 of the world’s leading graphic designers and artists.

Says Poole: “Design is a visual language that works across cultural differences and spoken languages. To be selected to join the AGI is a real honour for me to represent New Zealand design on a global stage. AGI includes some of the world’s best designers and I see this as recognition of the quality of New Zealand’s growing design culture. I hope to form new connections and build new alliances raising awareness of what is going on around the world.”

Once a year AGI opens its doors to the public, offering a glimpse into the minds of some of the most influential designers worldwide. This year the AGI Open event is in Barcelona, October 2011.


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