Virtual Event
Thu, Jun 1st, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Virtual Event

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Join us for our Virtual Lunch & Learn:

How Did I Get Here? The Winding Career Path in Design

Working in design is rarely a straight line to a rewarding, prosperous, successful career. Instead, many designers pivot, take career tangents, try lots of new things, change their focus, and could never have anticipated all the twists in their careers.

AIGA Minnesota is hosting a Lunch & Learn geared to new design graduates, emerging designers, people looking to switch it up, and anyone who enjoys hearing how different designers have followed their bliss.

A panel of 4 speakers in a variety of different design careers will:

  • tell a mini version of their career path
  • who or what really helped them
  • what they started out doing and what they are doing now (and any interesting pivots in between)
  • your best career advice


Did you miss this event?

You can watch the recording of the virtual Lunch & Learn, “How Did I Get Here?” and hear about the winding career paths of our panelists.


Muriel Bartelme Kreske

For over 25 years, Muriel has combined her high-energy personality and passion for creativity to make some of the world’s largest brands shine. From Crunch Chocolate Bar to Del Monte, Schwan’s, Jim Beam Brands, Gerber Baby Food, Hormel Foods, Nature Valley, Fiber One, Coca-Cola Brands and more, she delights in creating and guiding strategic, show-stopping work.

Currently, Muriel serves as Executive Creative Director and Partner at JT Mega Advertising, where she oversees all accounts. Muriel is also the Director of Membership on the Board of the Minnesota chapter of AIGA, the national design association.

Molly Hillstrom

Molly has been bouncing around the design universe for over 20 years, most recently finding her footing as a self-employed, independent consultant. These days she specializes in experience strategy, product design and user research. She works with clients across many industries including health care, education, finance, e-commerce, and connected products. She has a strong passion for helping startups, small businesses, and nonprofits leverage the human-centered design process to feed innovation and solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges.

Paul Nylander

An artist and designer by trade, Paul Nylander helps make the world a better place one well-crafted book at a time. Through his design studio, Illustrada, he works collaboratively with authors, artists, businesses, and indie publishers to create informative, expressive, and insightful design for their intriguing books. His work covers a wide range of cover and interior design projects, from hand-printed fine press books and other artist books, to commercial nonfiction, children’s, poetry, and fiction projects. Continuously curious about the world, his journey has spanned from science and engineering, to photography and design, all in his quest to open communication channels and get people thinking. Prior to Illustrada, Paul founded and managed the U.S. arm of a German measurement instrumentation manufacturer, focused on marketing and customer training. His work in publishing and editorial design started much earlier, moonlighting in design while completing his Ph.D. in physics.

Travon Sellers

Travon Sellers (he/him/his) is a self-taught designer and UXer with a deep passion for inclusion, relationship building, and solving problems through design. He currently works as a Senior Designer at KNOCK and operates his own branding agency. Outside of the hustle, Travon enjoys staying fit, taking on freelance passion projects, and mentoring under-represented creatives. He also serves on the board of The BrandLab, a nonprofit organization with a mission to change the face and voice of the industry. Currently, Travon is working remotely in Phoenix, AZ, but Minneapolis is where he calls home. In the past, Travon has worked with brands such as Adobe, American Express, Nike, Target, and UFC. Simply put, he is committed to creating culturally-relevant work and designing products that empower people.


We hope you join us for an exciting Lunch & Learn

Admission: FREE

You must register for this virtual event.

Contact Leadership

Brent Larson
Brent Larson
Brent is an award winning Motion, 3D, and Graphic designer with 20 years of experience working in the architectural, manufacturing, legal, corporate, and film industries as a solopreneur, agency, and in-house designer. He has experience in illustration, graphic design, product design, 3D modeling & animation, motion graphics, video production, live & virtual event production, presentation design, art direction, and project management. He currently works as a corporate in-house Principal Motion and Graphic Designer in the MedTech industry.

Before becoming AIGA Minnesota President, Brent served as Vice President from 2022-2023 and Chair of the In-House Designers Committee from 2019 - 2023.

Brent volunteers as a mentor for emerging designers and is a member of the AIGA Minnesota Mind to Mind Mentorship Program Committee.

His interests include history, film, design, animation, illustration, 3D printing, model making, woodworking, golf, bowling, fishing, and restoring things.