Nearly 40 creatives packed the conference room at Hayden-Heights Library in St. Paul on the evening of May 22, eager to learn the secrets of a successful freelance career. Speaker Carolyn Porter, who operates a one-woman design shop called Porterfolio, shared work, observations and wisdom gleaned over her 12-year solo career collaborating with companies like Boston Scientific, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Prime Mortgage.

Following the presentation, many of us made our way to Payne Avenue for refreshments and further discussion of passion projects and other design topics at the lively Ward 6.

This event was the first in an ongoing Happy Hour Speaker Series sponsored by AIGA Minnesota Solopreneurs. To learn more, visit our Initiatives page here.

Summary by Lisa Troutman, photos by Sandra Theis and Heather Olson


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Rich Higgins
Rich Higgins
Chair of Solopreneurs
I am a Freelance Art Director and Graphic Designer living in Golden Valley, MN. I have over 15 years experience designing brand identities, corporate brochures, promotional signage, weekly advertising, website refreshes, logo evolutions and art directing photo shoots.

I occasionally attend concerts, fill as soccer coach for my two kids, XC ski the local parks, frequent local breweries and enjoy traveling when possible.

I have a B.S. in Graphic Design from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.