2012 aiga minnesota Design Show

Welcome to the 2012 AIGA Minnesota Design Show.

Here you can check out this year's big winners, learn more about our award-winning judges and scope out our 2012 sponsors

This year's AIGA MN Design Show received more than 300 entries. The judges have reviewed the submissions and made these decisions…

Meet the judges

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 judging team helped to celebrate design that's anything but everyday.

  • bonnie

    Bonnie Siegler

    Number 17

    Bonnie Siegler is the co-founder of Number 17 and has recently relaunched her design studio as Eight and a Half.

    Recent projects include the identity and opening sequence for Saturday Night Live, identity and web design for The Daily Beast, magazine redesign forNewsweek and Parents magazines, restaurant design for Jean Georges Vongerichten restaurants in New York, hotel design for the Mercer and Maritime Hotels, book design for Sex and the City and Superfreakanomics and trailers for the Criterion Collection.

    Bonnie taught in the graduate schools of Yale University and the School of Visual Arts and learned at Carnegie Mellon University.


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  • sarah

    Sarah Labieniec

    PartnerLab Partners

    Sarah is one partner of a husband and wife creative team based out of Northern California.

    She originally hails from Connecticut where she grew up dreaming about being a Zoologist/Disney animator. Sarah has previously worked as a designer at Berkeley agency Tomorrow Partners and letterpress stationer Hello!Lucky. When not jamming on work for LP, she loves laying out in the sun with a good book and her feline companions.


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  • bobby

    Bobby C. Martin Jr.

    Founding partner:
    OCD | The Original Champions of Design

    Bobby C. Martin Jr. is a founding partner of OCD | The Original Champions of Design, a branding and design agency with clients that include ArtPlace, Friends of the High Line, Girl Scouts of the USA and the Museum for African ArtPrior to founding OCD, Martin developed the brand experience from the inside out while leading internal design teams at Nokia and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

    His work has been featured in BusinessWeek, Fast Company’s Masters of Design 2010, and GOOD and has won awards from AIGA, the Art Directors Club, D&AD, Print and the Type Directors Club.

    Martin has spoken about design at several conferences, served on the Board of Directors of AIGA/NY and taught at the School of Visual Arts.

    He holds a graduate degree from the School of Visual Arts, MFA Design Program, and a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.


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  • michael

    Michael Shea

    Creative Director:
    Innovation Kitchen, Nike Inc.

    Currently a Creative Director in Nike’s Innovation Kitchen, Michael also served as Global Creative Director of Brand Design for the Sportswear category. He has worked on product launches of Nike Plus, Nike Free, World Cup 2006 and 2010, and other premium retail experience initiatives.

    Prior to his tenure at Nike, Michael worked with a wide variety of brands and organizations including Jager DiPaola Kemp Design, Burton Snowboards, Gravis Footwear, Specialized Bicycle Components, The National Institutes of Health, The National Gallery of Art, and the Smithsonian Institution.

    He received his Bachelor degree in Visual Communication from California State University, Chico, and his Masters degree from North Carolina State University in Design.

    He currently resides in Portland, Oregon with his wife Kelly and son Porter.


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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. Our generous sponsors recognize the importance design plays in solving communication problems.

  • microsoft

    Microsoft Expression Studio 4 Ultimate

    Whether you are creating content for the Web, developing apps for the desktop or phone, encoding live or on demand video, the Expression tools provide the capabilities you need to deliver better results for your clients.


  • neenah paper

    Neenah Paper

    The paper people. Neenah Paper is recognized as a world-class manufacturer of premium writing, text, cover, specialty and private watermark papers.


  • shapco

    Shapco Printing

    Minnesota's most awarded printer. Shapco Printing is a premium quality, sheet-fed printer in downtown Minneapolis.


  • cky


    Charles K. Youel - Copywriter + Creative Director. Strategic insights, creative solutions and dynamic writing for arts, consumer + B2B clients. 18 years of experience in advertising, design, direct mail, interactive + social media.


  • studio on fire

    Studio on Fire

    Studio On Fire is a design workspace and letterpress printer in Minneapolis, MN backed by in-house modern letterpress printing capabilities.


  • fulton brewing

    Fulton Brewing

    Ordinary guys brewing extraordinary beer. Minneapolis, MN.


  • surly

    Surly Brewing Co.

    Craft brewery based in Brooklyn Center, MN. Brewing beer, living the dream.


  • art materials

    Art Materials

    Art Materials has served artists for over 56 years with a huge selection of art supplies, fine pens, airbrush equipment, portfolios, custom framing and expert customer service.


Thank You

On behalf of AIGA and AIGA MN we’d like to thank everyone who was involved in the 2012 AIGA MN Design Show. To everyone who submitted work to the show and to everyone who attended the event we’d like to thank you for helping further support the arts in the Twin Cities.

AIGA MN would also like to thank the judges for taking time out of their hectic schedules to participate in this year’s show. To the sponsors who provided food & beverages, monetary support, gifts, awards and materials, we thank you for your generosity. With the help from businesses and individuals like you, the AIGA can continue to help engage stronger relationships between local communities & their artists.

Finally to Shelter, the host of this years event, thank you for your continued support of the arts.

See you next year!

Social scene

Relive the night Minnesotans crawled out from behind their computers, put down their sketchbooks and held a celebration of extraordinary ideas. Browse the collection of tweets & pictures from the opening reception.


Video coming soon