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Wrap Up: AIGA Head, Heart, Hand

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AIGA’s Head, Heart, Hand Conference may have just wrapped up (thank you for following my previous posts from the conference on Against the Grain), but it left many a memory, and a lot of inspiration in it’s path. Also representing itself well was the entire community of Minneapolis and it’s twin city, St. Paul. Even their restaurants seemed to share my life philosophies as seen in the photo above from The Rusty Taco.

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And Rusty delivered on that promise.

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From all of the reactions, the highlight of the event was the final speaker – Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design Co. This did not come as any shock to me. When he was in Nebraska back in April, the person next to me said something along the lines of, “That was the best talk I’ve heard. I’ve been seeing these things for over twenty years, and I’ve seen them all.”  Pictured is Aaron, me, and Leigh Mckolay at the closing reception, held at the Walker Art Center. The entire design community’s thoughts are with Aaron as we read news of his father’s passing.

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 With Steve Hartman and Tom Wright. Shutterstock was also hosting a Pixels of Fury on the fifth floor, with yet another photobooth. But there was something different this time – animated GIF files (and me with Rachel Elnar and Tom Nemitz)!

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 One last stop for the night to my favorite place in tow

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It was fun to be at a place close enough to drive, which also allowed me to attend a game on the way out of town. Not quite the outcome the home crowd was looking for, but a great way to wrap up the trip. Thanks again to the entire Neenah Paper team for having me out to recap the event, it’s been great.