So… You Need a Little [Design] Therapy



Portfolio 1-on-1®
Educators Forum

Summary by Angela Niemi, photos by Jay Larson On Saturday, April 2, 2016, 18 design educators from around the state met at GoKart Labs for the annual Educators Forum in conjunction with AIGA Minnesota’s Portfolio 1-on-1®. Together the educators addressed common issues, insights, and solutions relating to student collaboration, grading, encouraging risk taking, and professional community involvement. […]


April 3rd, 7:00pm
until 9:00pm

Rat Race Studios

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The life of an emerging designer can be tough. You probably don’t have the job you want. Are you getting the right experience to take you where you want to go? Where do you want to go? You network all the time, but it’s not getting you very far. Is your head spinning yet?

Never fear! AIGA is here. Spring is a fresh start, so join us for an evening of comfy food (chocolate), tissues (snif), and a panel of “therapists” (designers and other career professionals) that will set your mind at ease and give you the tools you need to keep going.

Panel of Experts

Kathy Crandall, Personal Branding Consultant, Meaningful Connections
Kathy is a Meaningful Connector and Personal Brand Strategist known for helping people achieve professional and personal goals through the power of their personal brand. She is also an experienced public relations consultant.

Robert Duran, Creative Director, Ivie & Associates
Previously a creative manager at SuperValu, Robert will move to a new role at Ivie overseeing creative for marketing and advertising services clients such as Petco, Sam’s Club, and Sears. Ivie operates and supports numerous companies out of its home base in Dallas, Texas.

Jay Miller, Creative Director/Owner, Imagehaus
IMAGEHAUS is a design consultancy led by Jay and focused on building strong brands for organizations seeking to launch, grow or reinvent themselves. Jay rose through in-house and studio positions prior to starting his firm, he became a long-time volunteer and contributor to AIGA, and now he’s a well-known mentor in our design community.

David Molanphy, Creative Director, Orangeseed
In his well-over-a-decade of design experience, David has worked with a wide range of top-performing brands including AOL, Applied Materials, Best Buy, Microsoft, Minnesota Public Radio and Wells Fargo. And he’s mastered the art of applying dynamic, creative solutions to complex business challenges.

Julie Scheer, Talent Acquisition Manager, Atterro Human Capital/Digital People
Julie has been with Atterro Human Capital for the past three years, first as a Creative Recruiter for Digital People and most recently as the Talent Acquisition Manager for the specialty staffing groups. She loves meeting new talent and helping them along their career path.

Moderator: Heather Olson, Marketing Director, Franke+Fiorella
Heather has leap-frogged through her design industry career—from practicing graphic designer in agency, design firm, corporate and sole proprietor settings to marketing and recruitment director for Larsen and now Franke+Fiorella. She is an AIGA Fellow and the Director of Affinity Programming for our chapter.

This event is a component of the AIGA Minnesota Mentor Program.

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Trustee / Leader / Sustainer / Supporter / Educator / Student | Free
Contributor | $5
Nonmember | $15

Learn about AIGA’s new membership structure with a variety of affordable rates.


Rat Race Studios
1625 Hennepin Avenue, #150
Minneapolis, MN
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Parking: Meters on the streets and MCTC lot at Maple/16th Street and Hennepin Avenue

Questions? Please contact Natalie Janssen, Associate Director of Emerging Designers.

Venue and A/V equipment sponsored by our photographer friends Ken Friberg and Daniel Life at Rat Race Studios

Responses to So… You Need a Little [Design] Therapy

  1. A big thank-you to Rat Race Studios, particularly Ken and Daniel, who generously offer their fabulous, centrally located studio space for numerous AIGA Minnesota events throughout the year. Applause to you!

  2. Looking forward to it!

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