Design Conversations:
Kit Hinrichs +
Delphine Hirasuna



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Kit Hinrichs + Delphine Hirasuna Design Conversations

August 19th

W Minneapolis - The Foshay
821 Marquette Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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Join us for part one of Design Conversations, an informal three-event series hosted by W Minneapolis – The Foshay, benefiting BrandLab, and featuring internationally recognized design experts. Grab a cocktail, pull up a chair, and join the conversation with some of the nation’s leading creative geniuses as they discuss the state of visual arts, brand identity, and design. Produced by Rocket Design Resources.

The series kicks off on Thursday, August 19 with Kit Hinrichs and Delphine Hirasuna:

  • Cocktail Reception: 5:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Conversation: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Book signings and cocktails to fuel ongoing conversation immediately following and until the bar staff insists on going home.

Tickets are $25 for AIGA members, $35 for nonmembers and $20 for students. All proceeds go to further the efforts of BrandLab. Space is limited and advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. Register today »

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The series continues in September and November:

Design Conversations is a series benefiiting Twin Cities’ The BrandLab, a nonprofit established to create opportunities in the marketing industry for students with diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.


Hinrichs and Hirasuna have collaborated over the years on a wide range of award-winning projects and important publications, one of which is @Issue: Journal of Business and Design. Founded in 1995, @Issue is dedicated to communicating how quality design contributes to business success. With print circulation at 100,000, @Issue is part of the marketing curriculum in some of the most prestigious MBA programs and design schools across the U.S. In April 2009, it was launched as an online blog under the url

In addition to @Issue, Hinrichs and Hirasuna also have collaborated on several books, including Long May She Wave: A Graphic History of the American Flag, and The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps 1942-1946. The work featured in The Art of Gaman was, for decades, largely forgotten. Hirasuna worked with the San Francisco chapter of the Japanese American Citizens to contact dozens of individuals in the Japanese American community on the West Coast to gather items while developing the book The Art of Gaman, which eventually became a traveling exhibition. In 2006, the exhibition was shown at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco, the Oregon Historical Society in Portland and The William Benton Museum of Art at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn.

This spring, the exhibit traveled to the Smithsonian Museum of American Art with Hirasuna serving as a guest curator and lecturer. The exhibit, running March 5, 2010 through January 30, 2011, includes historical context through archival photographs, artifacts, and documentary films.

Hosted by W Minneapolis – The Foshay – produced by Rocket Design Resources