Tips for Attendees
- Check in is from 9 to 9:30. Don’t be late! Studio tours leave promptly at 9:45.
- Plan extra time for parking. We recommend parking in the closest public ramp, Ramp C.
- Don’t forget to grab a bite to eat before you arrive. We’ll have morning coffee available.
- Rain is in the forecast and our studio tours will happen rain or shine. Prepare for the weather & wear comfy shoes. We recommend bringing a protective carrying case or bag for your portfolio.
Cody Petts | Creating Your Own Luck
This workshop will demonstrate the importance of luck in a successful creative career. We will go over a few helpful tips and tricks to market yourself as a creative individual, gain more community presence, and help build up your creative career.
Alyssa Riegelman | Small Towns, Big Design Impact
Opportunities await as you take the next step in your creative career. Let’s talk about leading with design and making a big difference in a small/er community setting.
Sam Soulek | You Have 10 Seconds
Competition is crazy-fierce for design hires. How are you going to persuade that hot agency you got what it takes? I’m going to show you. We’ll cover portfolio curation, optimization, craft and that all-important first impression.
Chank Diesel | Alphabetic Explorations: Spontaneous Font Creation
It may only be 26 letters (well, uppercase and lowercase, plus a fistful of symbols) but what they say is more than what they spell. You’ve got a project. A vision. The letters A-Z. Now, What do you want to say?
Arielle Weiler & Jeff Jondahl | Make cash money ya’ll! A freelancer’s guide to dough, yo.
What should you charge for freelance work? Hint: it’s more than you think. Based on their years of experience, Jeff and Arielle show you the tips and tricks you need to know when taking on freelance projects.
Joshua N. Hardisty | Lean Graphic Design—More Work, Less Effort, Faster.
How to use various methods and hacks so that you can cover more conceptual ground faster and still have time to binge watch all 12 seasons of Supernatural.
Laurie Sugiarto | Portfolio power—tell your story!
Stand out and showcase your design power by using case studies to tell the story behind your work. Learn how to reveal your thought process and the work you did to solve the problem. Discover what makes a good case study, how to write one and tips to network with intent.
About our Scholarships
AIGA Minnesota Scholarship: $1,500 (two available)
These scholarships are made possible through AIGA Minnesota and its members. AIGA Minnesota offers a wide range of programming to serve the needs of our diverse membership. We offer education and events that promote excellence in design and opportunities for students and professionals to grow and to network. We’re excited to be able to support two emerging designers as they join the design profession.
AIGA Minnesota Fellows Scholarship: $2,000
The Minnesota recipients of the Fellow Award, which is the highest honor an AIGA chapter may bestow on one of its members, have generously increased their scholarship this year because they are looking for a student with exceptional leadership and volunteer experience. To be eligible for this scholarship, you must answer an additional question in the application.
Franke+Fiorella Scholarship: $1,500
This scholarship is made possible through a donation by Franke+Fiorella—a leading brand identity design consultancy. They build iconic brands for local and multinational clients through thoughtful brand strategy and engaging identity design.
Smartpress Scholarship: $1,500
Smartpress is a premium online printing company for creative professionals and will be looking to award their scholarship to an exceptional print portfolio.
Clockwork Diversity in Digital UI/UX Design Scholarship: $1,500
Clockwork works to encourage, support, and foster diverse talent in the field of digital design. To qualify for this scholarship award, candidates should identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Color and submit a portfolio that includes work demonstrating an interest in digital UI/UX design.
Applicants will be judged on the quality of their work and ambitions to explore innovation in digital and design thinking. The recipient of Clockwork’s Diversity in Digital UI/UX Design Scholarship will receive a $1500 cash award, be featured in a Clockwork marketing newsletter, and receive an active one year on/off-site mentorship from Clockwork design leaders.
About Our Branding
Branding for this year’s Portfolio 1-on-1 is designed by Sussner Design Co.
Many brands get lost in the crowd. We create standout brand identities that help marketing leaders re-energize their brands, gain a competitive edge and achieve outstanding results. We’ve been helping customers for the past 20 years to refresh their brand, achieving outstanding results. How do we do it? We clarify, we create then we launch.
About Muse Event Center
Inspiration is all around us. It can strike at a moment’s notice, and lead us to create the new, the exciting, and the unforgettable. A great event is a work of art, and Muse Event Center in Minneapolis, MN is the canvas on which you can bring it to life.
About Our Caterer
Catering for this year provided by Crave.
Led by an accomplished team of special event and culinary experts, the CRAVE Catering team has experience working in high profile restaurants, catering companies and event management firms throughout the United States. As a division of Kaskaid Hospitality, we’re able to draw from an extensive array of menus, experience, and hospitality professionals from 12 of the Twin Cities top restaurants.