Pam Williams: For she’s a jolly good Fellow


Pam Williams wears many hats, only one of which you see here. Tonight, Pam will receive a feather in her cap — the 2012 AIGA Connecticut Fellow Award — in recognition of her design advocacy (perpetual), her design initiatives (inspired), her design writing (articulate and passionate). The evening’s festivities will include a video tribute to Pam’s myriad of contributions in the greater design community (tomorrow we’ll share the link). As the managing editor of Felt & Wire, Pam widens our horizons, elevates our discourse, and brightens our outlook. If you would like to add your congratulations to ours, please toast Pam here, so all of her friends can enjoy your comments.

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  1. Posted by Alexander Isley on 04.26.12 at 8:59 am

    Congratulations, Pam. So well deserved! You’re awesome.

  2. Posted by Ric Grefé on 04.26.12 at 9:06 am

    Pam, you have indeed widened our horizons and brightened our outlook. On behalf of tens of thousands of AIGA members, thank you and congratulations! Elevated our discourse? Well, always enlivened it!

  3. Posted by Tim Hale on 04.26.12 at 9:07 am

    From one Fellow to another, Congrats Pam. I was honored to receive this award as well from the Dallas Chapter a week back and I was so happy to have been included on the mail list when this was being announced. You are extremely deserving of the award and I just wanted to throw my hat in to say congrats. If you are ever in the Dallas area we must connect. Best regards and again, congratulations on a stellar career.

    Tim Hale/Fossil

  4. Posted by Debbie Millman on 04.26.12 at 9:10 am

    You rock, lady. Your passion for AIGA is palpable, contagious and inspiring. You have been so generous with your time and influential with your efforts. Thank you for everything!

  5. Posted by Joe Schember on 04.26.12 at 9:11 am


    Congratulations and enjoy the festivities tonight! I’m sure we’ll talk again soon.


  6. Posted by Megan Patrick on 04.26.12 at 9:12 am

    Love you Pam! It’s been wonderful working with you over so many years. You totally deserve this honor!

    Megan Lane Patrick
    HOW magazine

  7. Posted by Patrick Coyne on 04.26.12 at 9:14 am

    Thanks Pam for all you’ve done for the design community. I, for one, am grateful that you chose to use your superpowers for good!

  8. Posted by Robin Schonberger on 04.26.12 at 9:15 am

    cudos to you, Pam, the one with boundless energy and impeccable taste – YOU ROCK!!!

  9. Posted by Hilary Davis on 04.26.12 at 9:17 am

    Congratulations, Pam! Well-deserved. — Hilary

  10. Posted by Constanza Gowen-Segovia on 04.26.12 at 9:19 am

    Pam, you rock. Really looking forward to celebrating tonight!

    We are so lucky to have you in Connecticut. Thanks for all you do!


  11. Posted by Tracy on 04.26.12 at 9:20 am

    Congratulations! It’s an honor and a joy to work with such an ardent advocate of design. Your passion is inspiring and contagious! I’m so sorry I will miss the festivities, but you can be certain I will have a martini in your honor!

  12. Posted by Lee Moody on 04.26.12 at 9:21 am

    Tonight will be so much fun celebrating with all of Pam’s friends !
    I remember the first time I met Pam ~ she was receiving about 20 awards at a CADC Awards Show for Williams & House ~ and I quickly noted that she laughed (loudly) the whole night. I thought YES ! that is a person I want to know better. Of course we love her CLOTHES ! and we love her Valentine CHOCOLATES in gorgeous poka dot boxes and pink tissue paper ( they match some of her outfits ) !
    EVERYONE loves PAM ~ her whole agency is absolutely wonderful and cool !
    COOL is the word here ~ PAM IS COOL !
    And she gives back more than she receives ~ to the whole community of designers, and to all of us ! COOL !

  13. Posted by Chris Hyde on 04.26.12 at 9:22 am

    Pam, the chances of you reading this are pretty slim. You’re probably working on grinding out the next amazing campaign, promotion or helping someone think bigger and better. Congratulations, now back to (great) work!

  14. Posted by Chandra Greer on 04.26.12 at 9:23 am

    Pam, it will be hard to keep this brief but I have never worked with anyone with more grace, talent, integrity, patience, appreciation and kindness. Every time we work together I say a small prayer of thanks for the blessing that is you. You are truly a beautiful person inside, and as I can see from the above, out. :) Congratulations on a well-deserved honor.

  15. Posted by Angela Shen-Hsieh on 04.26.12 at 9:23 am

    Congratualtions Pam– you are just so terrific and this honor is well-deserved!

  16. Posted by Richard Morgan on 04.26.12 at 9:23 am

    Congrats Pam…have a wonderful time tonight. Richard

  17. Posted by Ally Van Houten on 04.26.12 at 9:26 am

    Congratulations Pam! You are one in a million :) It is a pleasure to work with you.

  18. Posted by hunter on 04.26.12 at 9:28 am

    congrats… (woohoo!)

  19. Posted by Doug Powell on 04.26.12 at 9:29 am

    I could not be more thrilled for you Pam! You are such gift to the design community in CT and nationally. Thank you for your tireless efforts, infectious energy, and glowing spirit.

    Enjoy your night!

    All My Best,

  20. Posted by Sarah DeFilippis on 04.26.12 at 9:31 am

    Wishing you all the very best Pam – so well deserved! Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy!

  21. Posted by Ethan Bodnar on 04.26.12 at 9:33 am

    Congrats Pam! Thanks for everything you do. Looking forward to tonight!

  22. Posted by Bonne Powers on 04.26.12 at 9:34 am

    The work you do and with the passion you do it elevates the practice of design. Thank you for advocating for the best of what design contributes to society. Congrats on a well-deserved award! ~Bonnie and all your fans at Hybrid

  23. Posted by Allan Haley on 04.26.12 at 9:35 am

    Congratulations Pam! You are truly deserving of the honor. Your passion, dedication, good works and tireless drive have made the design community a so much better place.

  24. Posted by Colleen Fasciano on 04.26.12 at 9:43 am

    CONGRATS Pam – well deserved. Can’t wait to see you tonight to help celebrate this great honor!

  25. Posted by A Kuhntributor on 04.26.12 at 9:44 am

    Alphagram barely catalogs: detail excellence, far-reaching gracious helpfulness, inspirational joie de kollaboration, lively mentorship & networking optimization. Pam quite rightly sports tiara (unvisible)! Very well-deserved, ′xceptional you! Ze Kuhntributor

  26. Posted by Bruce Cameron on 04.26.12 at 9:51 am

    Pam, congratulations! and well deserved.

  27. Posted by Pam McGuire on 04.26.12 at 9:52 am

    Congratulations Pam! Celebrate wildly tonight. Such a deserving honor for years of true passion for the business. You Rock! The elder pam..

  28. Posted by Laura Shore on 04.26.12 at 9:55 am

    Congratulations Pam! This is such an amazing, well-deserved honor. So much of what you do is behind the scenes — so great to see you get to step out on stage in your own right!

  29. Posted by Sabine Lenz on 04.26.12 at 10:01 am

    What an amazing and well deserved honor Pam. Enjoy the celebration tonight… wish we could all be there with you. ;-)

    Sabine & the PaperSpecs Team

  30. Posted by Tom Kadien on 04.26.12 at 10:02 am

    To all of Pam’s friends and colleagues – I am not a “design friendly” nor artsy person. In fact I had little interest nor appreciation for the profession until I met Pam in 1996. I was learning a new business, Fine Papers, when i was introduced to Pam. She became a good friend and trusted advisor, and I learned about vision, creativity, enthusiasm, spirit, communications and all of the other great qualities and skills that Pam embodies.
    Congratulations Pam – you’re the best! TK

  31. Posted by Suzi Craig on 04.26.12 at 10:04 am

    Pam — you are an inspiration to anyone who ever had the guts to carve out their own path, and do it with style.

    Thank you for being a mentor, friend and a lot of fun. Can’t wait to help you celebrate!

  32. Posted by Pam Miller on 04.26.12 at 10:07 am

    Creative. Hilarious. Smart. You are always an inspiration. Making the trek to Hartford to celebrate,looking forward to the evening.

    The other Pam.

  33. Posted by Karl Heine on 04.26.12 at 10:08 am

    Hey Pam,

    Well deserved. Thanks for all your passion, contribution and inspiration.

    Looking forward to tonight celebration!

  34. Posted by Jane Monast on 04.26.12 at 10:08 am

    Congratulations, Pam! Looking forward to celebrating this well-deserved award with you tonight.

  35. Posted by Laurel Peters on 04.26.12 at 10:10 am

    Congratulations my dear and best friend! You are so deserving of this major honor. See you tonight! Much love, Laurel

  36. Posted by Christopher Wu on 04.26.12 at 10:22 am

    We’ve been honored to have worked as partners through the last few years. Congrats and thanks for carrying that great torch of design advocacy.

    Christopher Wu

  37. Posted by Mom and Dad on 04.26.12 at 10:24 am

    Pam, Your Mom and Dad are very proud of all of your accomplishments and this recognition by AIGA is just one more step up the ladder of your continued achievements! You are the best and we love you very much. Have a great night you’ve earned it!
    Love, Mom and Dad

  38. Posted by alex on 04.26.12 at 10:26 am

    kudos, my friend!! a grand reward for all your hard work! xo

  39. Posted by Amanda Bedard on 04.26.12 at 10:26 am

    Pam, thank you for being an inspiration to us all – your energy, your ideas, your talent is to be honored!

  40. Posted by Molly Rosenthal on 04.26.12 at 10:26 am

    Congratulations, well deserved!

  41. Posted by Christopher Simmons on 04.26.12 at 10:28 am

    I’d say congratulations but the Fellow award already says that, and more. Instead I’ll say ‘thank you.’ Thank you for your intelligence, grace, humor, perspective, energy, dedication, generosity, thoughtfulness, listening, advocacy, time, optimism and effort. Thank you for dedicating yourself to the success of others and your commitment to the belief that a rising tide lifts all boats. Thank you, also, for rising the tide.

    AIGA is a better institution for your participation. Design is a better profession for your efforts. We could all be a little better at what we do for your example.

  42. Posted by Emily Wegener on 04.26.12 at 10:29 am

    Congratulations, Pam! Thank you so much for all you do! Very well-deserved. :)

  43. Posted by Bill Grant on 04.26.12 at 10:41 am


    Congratulations, and welcome to the Fellowship! You are an inspiration to all of us. Keep up the great work!

  44. Posted by Kevin Kalagher, Finlay on 04.26.12 at 10:42 am

    Kudos Pam. A ‘well done’ from your peers is the most sought after, and meaningful, form of praise. Well done. Enjoy your special evening.

  45. Posted by Alissa Walker on 04.26.12 at 10:43 am

    No one deserves this award more than Pam Williams, the hardest-working, quickest-laughing, sharpest-dressing lady in the design industry. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  46. Posted by Wendy Northcross on 04.26.12 at 10:57 am

    Congratulations, Pam. We can’t wait to celebrate with you tonight! Your Cape Cod fan club is on its way to CT…….

  47. Posted by Emily Potts on 04.26.12 at 11:00 am

    Well what can I say that hasn’t already been said? You’re a classy lady who’s always been there to support me, and I value you and our friendship tremendously. So glad you’re being recognized by the community that you’ve always supported whole-heartedly. Much deserved!

  48. Posted by Jim Coon on 04.26.12 at 11:21 am

    I’ve always been excited about working with Pam because she is a creative force. But even more important is our friendship. Pam is very special to me because we could talk about things that mattered.

  49. Posted by phil hamlett on 04.26.12 at 11:21 am

    one of the highlights of my professional life has been the privilege of working alongside pam williams. her willingness to jump feet first into pretty much anything (whilst cackling) is refreshing. her ability to transform whatever that might have been into something very special is amazing.

    one of the highlights of my personal life has been the privilege of numbering her amongst my friends.

    congratulations on an honor well-deserved. i regret that i could not be there in person to see it bestowed firsthand (the life-size cardboard cutout you currently have on file will have to suffice).


  50. Posted by Mary Scott on 04.26.12 at 11:22 am

    To my dearest Pam,

    During my flight to CT yesterday all I did was think about what you do. There’s the Pam Williams Touch alright and there’s being touched by Pam Williams. You never forget it, once it befalls you. Your spirit of generosity, your infectious laugh, your enriching energy, your obsessive love of detail are immediately felt.

    It is such a thrill to be here in your beautiful home, looking at your spectacular garden, our morning walk was a horticulturist’sl fantasy. Your love of small details like the tiny Lilies of the Valley that are popping up is so typical of your style. Tonight will celebrate all that you are, have done and will do for a community of designers, writers, thinkers and creative geniuses, like the wall piece in your den says, “All you need is love.” Your colleagues, friends and admirers have said it so clearly.

    I love you and will always be connected to you.

    With my deepest appreciation and affection, I congratulate you for this wonderful honor.

    Mary Scott

  51. Posted by Tom Biederbeck on 04.26.12 at 11:31 am

    This honor is richly deserved, Pam. Working with you through the years has been a privilege … and you are a constant source of inspiration. You’re also seriously fun.

    Mary Scott’s comment above cites your “colleagues, friends and admirers.” Count me in as all three.

    Tom Biederbeck

  52. Posted by Arianna Orland on 04.26.12 at 11:49 am

    Congratulations Pam! I am so thrilled for you. I would get on a plane right now if I could. Today was indeed a very good day.

  53. Posted by Andrea Pellegrino on 04.26.12 at 12:08 pm

    Love you lady! Can’t tell you how much I wish I was going to be there tonight to tip my hat to you. So well deserved. Thank you for everything.

  54. Posted by Chris Harrold on 04.26.12 at 12:35 pm

    Cheers to you Pam! A well deserved honor for one of my favorite people in graphic communications…your passion, voice and presence are a force to be reckoned with and a source of inspiration for all of us here at Mohawk!

  55. Posted by Fred Schaub on 04.26.12 at 12:58 pm

    Congratulations Pam! You bring out the best in people and your commitment to excellence is unwavering. A true design advocate!

  56. Posted by marc english on 04.26.12 at 1:10 pm

    pam, your accomplishments as primo gelatto scooper have all but made me forget your many other admirable qualities, both professional and personal. you are a wonderful fella. congrats!

  57. Posted by Deanna Kuhlmann-Leavitt on 04.26.12 at 1:17 pm

    Wear something cute…oh, and some good jewelry, too. Congratulations XO!

  58. Posted by Deanna Kuhlmann-Leavitt on 04.26.12 at 1:17 pm

    Wear some good jewelry girl! Congrats and big hugs!!

  59. Posted by Robert Sedlack on 04.26.12 at 1:22 pm

    Until recently, I’ve only had the opportunity to admire you and your work from afar. I have been fortunate, over the past couple of years, to have been able to work with you on an AIGA initiative, and certainly found all the wonderful things that I have heard through the years about you to be absolutely true! You are amazing! Congratulations, Pam!

  60. Posted by Jennifer & Tom on 04.26.12 at 1:23 pm

    Congratulations Pam!

  61. Posted by Shasta Garcia on 04.26.12 at 1:58 pm

    Super congratulations! I’m happy to hear you’re being celebrated and I’m happy that you’re part of my design community. CT and SF are connected by you! Thanks for the support you’ve shown me. It is always appreciated. Let’s have some more partying next time you’re in SF :)

  62. Posted by ken carbone on 04.26.12 at 1:58 pm

    Dear Pam,

    What’s the feminine version of “fellow”? Fella? Fellise? Fellelle? Whatever it is Ms. Williams you more than deserve it! Congratulations!

  63. Posted by Amy Graver on 04.26.12 at 1:59 pm

    Pam – We are certainly lucky to have you in Connecticut. It was great working together with you when we started the AIGA CT Chapter. You’re leadership, enthusiasm and passion kept us moving ahead – always moving ahead. This recognition is very well earned. I’ll miss raising a toast to you at the event this evening, but I’ll be thinking of you and adding my hearty congratulations from afar. Enjoy the evening surrounded by your friends and admirers of which there are many! Cheers, Pam!

  64. Posted by Jessica Karle Heltzel on 04.26.12 at 2:01 pm

    You’ve been such a pleasure to work with! A much deserved congrats from us :)

  65. Posted by Gaby Brink on 04.26.12 at 2:09 pm

    pam —

    you are one hellofa fella! it has been a real privilege to collaborate with you on our various AIGA adventures. you’re a force of nature and an inspiration to so many.

    BIG congratulations on this much deserved recognition. wish i / we could be there to raise a glass to you.

    a heart felt CHEERS from california!

  66. Posted by Dave Van de Water on 04.26.12 at 2:19 pm


    If we are lucky, as we go through life we may encounter people that are truly magical with an ability to move the needle in a new direction. You are one of those people. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege to see you develop a body of work that is exemplary. But as the comments above attest, your true impact comes from the effect you have had on those who have worked with you. Your passion and energy and focus on the highest standards have been an inspiration to us all. Amazingly well-deserved congratulations with tons of love and hugs. I’m very sorry I can’t be there to celebrate with you. I hope you understand.

  67. Posted by Marylou on 04.26.12 at 2:32 pm

    Congratulations Pam! A well-deserved honor. Looking forward to celebrating with you tonight!

  68. Posted by Peter Good on 04.26.12 at 2:32 pm

    Pam, you have always been the special ingredient that makes projects soar…kind of like Escoffier mastering umami. I congratulate the AIGA in its wisdom in recognizing your extraordinary accomplishments. Cheers to you!

  69. Posted by Diane Dawson-Brown on 04.26.12 at 2:43 pm

    Pam: Cheers-It seems like yesterday that you and Lisa started Williams & House. So excited about the possibilities that were limitless due to your engaged, inspired and community spirit. It has always been fun working with you professionally and now you even dress me! All best wishes for continued success, Diane

  70. Posted by Sean Adams on 04.26.12 at 2:45 pm

    Pam, congratulations! You deserve this so much. You know how much I love you. We gave it a good shot, and even though the marriage only lasted 24 months, at least we left it friends and with two beautiful children. I tell Edgar and Drusilla about you every night before they go to sleep. They want to meet you someday, but as we agreed, you must kick the crack habit first. Love from all three of us. Sean

  71. Posted by Noreen Morioka on 04.26.12 at 3:23 pm


    Congratulations.You deserve a Medal, too! You were one of the first people to recognize Sean and I, and because of you, we got on the map. Thank you so much for changing our lives.

    As for Sean’s comments, I’m sorry that I gave him unsupervised internet time. Thank you for paying for his care. xoxo, N

  72. Posted by Matteo Bologna on 04.26.12 at 3:30 pm

    Pam congratulations!
    After all these years I have to come out and tell you that I was the reason Sean left you, not Noreen.
    And Sean, I am Pam’s pusher and I hope she will not kick the habit otherwise I’ll lose my only source of income.

  73. Posted by Eric Heiman on 04.26.12 at 3:35 pm

    Congrats, Pam! Well-deserved and a long time coming. You been a great supporter of Volume over the years, and I will always hold dear our almost-evacuated Sedona forest fire Mohawk Show judging experience.

    I’m not going to even try to write something funny after Adams Morioka’s one-two punch, though if you need some additional donations for Sean’s care, please let us know.


  74. Posted by Robin Tooms on 04.26.12 at 3:49 pm

    Caring, passionate, super-smart. I could literally gush on for a full paragraph, but I’d just be repeating the comments here.

    Pam is so deserving of this recognition. We’re lucky to have her. :)

  75. Posted by Chris Knopf on 04.26.12 at 4:09 pm

    Pam – it’s a little hard for me to see you as a fellow, but congratulations anyway. Good for you.


  76. Posted by Laura Tarrish on 04.26.12 at 4:24 pm

    I knew you were fun to email with. I knew you were easy to work with. I knew that, at least by your Facebook pics, you were beautiful…but who knew you were such a big deal?! Congratulations Pam! If only I was NOT on the other side of the country, I’d be there with a glass of champagne in my hands toasting you with your other adoring colleagues! Have a great night-

  77. Posted by michael carabetta on 04.26.12 at 4:54 pm

    pam, i wish there was a connecticut aiga when i lived there – and worked not too far from where you do. and if there were i wish you were its
    guiding light. but even from afar, your influence is felt, your spirit shines through. heart felt thanks for all that you do – including now felt & wire which keeps the sense of design community intact. kudos! xo

  78. Posted by Mark Randall on 04.26.12 at 5:13 pm

    There is not much more that I can say. It’s ALL been said in these posts. I AGREE with all of them except that part about being a CRACK addict. xoxoxoxoxo Mark!

  79. Posted by Nathan Garland on 04.26.12 at 5:23 pm

    Dear Pam,
    Yes I agree. You are most deserving. Wish I could be there to help celebrate. I salute you as a champion for all of us in the design community. Congratulations! Congratulations! Congratulations! Congratulations! Congratulations! Congratulations!
    With a big hug and love,

  80. Posted by Zia Khan on 04.26.12 at 5:45 pm

    Pam, you are the best! So well-deserved. Thank you for being you.

  81. Posted by Michael Osborne on 04.26.12 at 6:31 pm

    My fellow Fellow,
    Congratulations/kudos/it’s about time/wish I were there/thank you for all you do/much deserved recognition/flowers all over you! xoxoMO

  82. Posted by Mick Hodgson on 04.26.12 at 6:43 pm

    There is only one Pamela Williams, there could only be one. To be a friend is a special honor and for that I am eternally grateful.
    Fondest love and THANKS for EVERYTHING you do and have done for me and all the other people whose lives you touch on a daily basis. XX Mick

  83. Posted by Rich hollant on 04.27.12 at 1:04 am

    To paraphrase from earlier tonight:


    It was a pleasure and an honor to present this recognition to my dear friend. You do right by us all, and you do our wee state proud.

    Beeline to the heart, Love.


  84. Posted by Lisa House on 04.27.12 at 7:53 am

    Congrats Pammie! Nice to see your work recognized!

  85. Posted by Sab Sab World on 04.28.12 at 11:34 am

    Congratulations Pam ! All the best for future :)

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