Thu, Mar 20th, 11:30am - 1:00pm

Lunch with a Visionary:Craig Franke

Embracing the Challenge of Change

Join design visionary Craig Franke of Franke+Fiorella for an intimate lunch discussion about “Embracing the Challenge of Change.” We learn at an early age that change is the only constant. But who could have ever been prepared for the fast pace of change we see in all aspects of our lives today? Craig Franke will share his perspectives on the challenge of change in his work as a designer and how he tries to embrace rather than resist it.

Meet Craig Franke

Clients appreciate Craig’s impeccable design sense and business acumen. Craig oversees the creative solutions developed by the design team, ensuring that the approach is visually compelling and effective in achieving the clients’ business objectives. Craig’s career path includes several years of packaging and identity design at a Minneapolis design firm prior to forming his partnership with Deb Fiorella. Some of the larger identity projects Craig has led include the redesign of the Cargill logo and identity, the design of the logo and identity for The Mosaic Company, the design and development of 3M’s Brand Identity System and the Valspar Brand Identity System. Craig is a sought-after design panelist and scholarship judge. His design work has been honored by American Corporate Identity, AIGA, Creativity, Graphic Design USA and Print. Born in North Dakota and raised in Minneapolis, Craig chose the University of Minnesota to pursue his BFA, and Minneapolis College of Art and Design for additional studies. Atrium Bistro by D’Amico International Market Square 275 Market Street Minneapolis, MN Map »

Register today | $20 Members, $30 Nonmembers 

About Lunch with a Visionary

To celebrate AIGA 100 in 2014,  we are offering a special version of the Lunch with a Legend series. This is a unique opportunity to learn firsthand from Minnesota’s design luminaries. The intimate lunches offer a range of topics for designers at various stages of their careers. This program is a mini series within the legacy Luncheons program hosted by AIGA Minnesota, and is a component of the AIGA Minnesota Mentor Program. AIGA 100 Years of Design   Next Lunch with a Visionary May 8, 2014 Jo Davison Questions? Please contact Scott Adams, Associate Director of Expert Designers.

Contact Leadership

Amanda Sagstetter
Amanda Sagstetter
Director of Career Practice
With strong design thinking and creative execution, Amanda has been a graphic designer and effective visual communicator for the past 15 years. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s degree in Design Communication in 2001. Since graduating she has worked at such companies as SUPERVALU, USP Structural Connectors, and Syncada from Visa. Currently she is an in-house designer at Thrivent Financial.

She sees the big picture and understands that her designs have to do more than look visually appealing; they have to convey the brand, communicate a message, and help achieve the desired goals. Passionate about the brands and designs that she works on, she is always looking for a new, creative, and innovative way to express an idea or message.

Amanda has become increasingly active in AIGA Minnesota over the past few years as a member of the In-House Designers Committee, for which she served as the Committee Chair for a year and a half, and now as the Director of Career Practice.