Fri, May 4th, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Design Show 2012

Walk-in registration is available.

The AIGA Minnesota Design Show highlights the most exceptional design work being produced in the upper Midwest and showcases the power of design in today’s culture. This annual competition is independently judged by leading design professionals from across the country and is structured around the entry’s ability to solve the problem of communicating both design’s effectiveness and aesthetic appeal. Selected entries are presented at the Design Show’s opening reception and are showcased online for the following year.

Design Every Day.

Design is all around: Everywhere we go, every day, we’re surrounded by design. And the more of it we see, the more we appreciate the work that transcends the ordinary, elevates a company or cause, and changes the way we think. The 2012 AIGA Minnesota Design Show is a celebration of that work: Design that’s anything but everyday.

Entry deadline: extended to April 13

Entry to the Design Show will be via an online entry system. We’ll ask you to upload photos of the work, and, in many instances, mail or drop off physical samples. Online entry is now closed.

Opening reception: May 4, 2012

Show up for the Show

Lovers of design, show yourselves. Come out from behind your computers, put down your sketchbooks and join the Minnesota creative community in a celebration of extraordinary ideas and the people from whose cerebral cortexes they got wrung. A reception to premiere and display the winning entries and celebrate the Minnesota design community will be held on Friday, May 4 at Shelter Studios and will feature a panel discussion moderated by Doug Powell, national AIGA President, with judges Sarah LabieniecBobby C. MartinMichael Shea, and Bonnie Siegler. Agenda 6:00pm–6:30pm Pre-Show Social Show up early to socialize with your fellow creatives and enjoy live music by Brandon Hagstrom, fellow graphic designer and member of the band Bigtree Bonsai. 6:30pm–7:30pm Panel Discussion with the esteemed judges. 7:30pm–9:00pm Show Opening Stay late for a breathtaking display of the winning work and to enjoy celebratory, congratulatory and/or consolatory beverages by Surly, Fulton and others. Shelter Studios 2112 Broadway St NE # 150 Minneapolis, MN 55413 map » (Parking information)

Register Now »

AIGA Professional Members $40 / AIGA Professional Members Group Rate $320* AIGA Associate Members $30 / AIGA Student Members $20 / Nonmembers $55 * AIGA Professional Members may purchase a group of ten (10) tickets at the reduced rate of $320. Tickets can be distributed at the purchaser’s discretion. Purchase the group package now » For up-to-date information, please follow @aigamn on Twitter (#DesignShow).

Go Make Something.

More details will be released soon. In the meantime, give your brain and your fingers something to do while you’re coming up with your next brilliant idea. Check out the 2011 winner’s website or view photos of last year’s opening reception to get a feel for what the Design Show is all about. To download a complimentary copy of the 2011 Design Show book, please click here. (note: file size is 19MB and opens in a new window; CTRL-click to download a PDF to your desktop)


Email [email protected] for more information.

AIGA Minnesota sincerely appreciates the support of our generous sponsors and the dedicated volunteers who have contributed to this year’s Design Show.

Microsoft Expression Studio 4 Official Gold Sponsor of AIGA Minnesota

2012 AIGA Minnesota Design Show Primo Sponsors

Studio On Fire Charles Youel Neenah Paper Shapco

2012 AIGA Minnesota Design Fellow Lovers of Design

W Hotel – The Foshay Fulton Art Materials

Contact Leadership

Katrin Loss
Katrin Loss
A member of AIGA since 1999, Katrin served on many committees and in a variety of roles for the Minnesota chapter since 2002, including chairing the Luncheon Lectures series from 2003–2010 and volunteering on the Design Show committee since 2010. In 2007, she joined AIGA Minnesota’s board of directors as the Associate Director, Luncheons and, in 2011, was named “Volunteer of the Year.” Most recently, Katrin served as AIGA Minnesota’s Vice President for two years, including overseeing the Programming Council. Prior to that, she served as AIGA Minnesota’s Director of Operations for five years overseeing and improving systems and processes in support of AIGA Minnesota’s numerous and diverse programming needs and co-chaired the 2014 AIGA Minnesota Design Show.

An award-winning art director/designer with extensive experience in brand development, Katrin currently works in-house for Best Buy’s Brand Design team. Katrin is a graduate of Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a BFA in graphic design, and also holds a degree in business administration and international trade from Staatliche Handelsschule in Hamburg, Germany. A strong creative leader with analytical skills, her background in design and business coupled with experience working and living in the U.S. and Europe permits a unique global perspective.

An active member of the design community for over 10 years, Katrin currently serves on MCAD’s Alumni Association Board of Directors.