March 20, 2013 – Minnesota based leading wholesale personalized printer partners with the premiere association of design professionals to support the Upper Midwest design community.

Navitor, Inc. and AIGA Minnesota announced a sponsorship agreement beginning in 2013 that marks the printer’s continued commitment to promoting the importance of design and expert training in the visual communications industries. The Bronze Sponsorship agreement secures Navitor’s support of AIGA Minnesota’s premiere programs such as Design Camp®.

“The Print Industry has undergone significant disruption and commoditization over the last decade,” says George McGowan, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Technology for Navitor, “and the Design Industry is experiencing similar challenges due to crowdsourcing and speculative work. As a trade-only wholesale printer, Navitor is committed to the craftsmanship and quality that only experts in design, print, marketing and communication can provide. That’s why we are supporting the important work AIGA does in our home state of Minnesota to ensure a vibrant and growing creative economy.”

The AIGA Minnesota sponsorship comes as Navitor is launching a unique membership program for freelance and independent graphic designers called Design Works in partnership with CoCo, the Twin Cities premiere co-working space. Together, these efforts lay the foundation for Navitor to build on-going education, development and co-creation efforts with the freelance design community in the Twin Cities and Upper Midwest.

“We are partnering with Navitor to provide access to a wide variety of resources to our members. Their vision for supporting and promoting the design community is innovative and ongoing,” says Jenny Schmitz-Hinshaw, President of AIGA Minnesota.

About AIGA Minnesota

AIGA is the professional association for design, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing design as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force. AIGA stimulates thinking about design, demonstrates the value of design and empowers the success of designers at each stage of their careers.

AIGA Minnesota is one of the largest and most active local chapters in the country, with over 1,300 members. AIGA Minnesota supports the interests of professionals, educators and students who are engaged in the process of designing, regardless of where they are in the arc of their careers. Through educational and professional development programs, competitions and shows that promote excellence in design and opportunities for students and professionals to network, AIGA Minnesota strives to enhance the experience of members and to position Minnesota and the upper Midwest as leaders in the field of design.

About Navitor

Navitor, Inc., a subsidiary of the Taylor Corporation, is one of North America’s largest trade-only wholesale printers and is headquartered in North Mankato, Minnesota. Offering the industry’s most extensive assortment of personalized printing and custom business identity products at wholesale prices, Navitor services a broad network of print resellers who are experts in design, marketing, communication and print. With a national manufacturing footprint, online print ordering and expert customer support staff, Navitor is designed to serve graphic communications professionals who need a strategic business partner rather than another vendor. For more information, visit Navitor.com.

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Contact Leadership

Heather Michael
Heather Michael
President
For as long as she can remember Heather has been a lover of color and pattern and a skilled problem solver. Design brought these two passions together and there has been no looking back.



Heather holds a BFA in graphic design from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire where she was encouraged to join AIGA as a student. 

In her free time, Heather is out enjoying all the wonderful places in the Twin Cities with her partner, family, friends and dogs, Paisley and Guthrie.