Design Camp 2015
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Design Camp, Thrift Store Stories, and Karaoke

Written by in Color & Texture, Events

AIGA Minnesota’s Design Camp is one of the best design conferences of the year – location, people, speakers and breakout sessions to rival any others, but the swag bags at registration this year – the best I have ever received. A deck of cards, drink ticket, chapstick, and a sweatshirt instead of the typical t-shirt (very practical as it’s located pretty far north at Madden’s on Gull Lake).

AIGA Design Camp 2015

This may be my second year at Camp, but the weather this year feels like fall, and it’s amazing. Last year was rough – so cold and windy, but what else should I expect from Northern Minnesota in October?


AIGA Minnesota may be one of the four largest AIGA chapters, but I’m still impressed by how much the board and volunteers are able to accomplish, and how seamless this event feels for us attendees. Also, really nice collateral and conference design by little.


An important announcement to start Camp.


“Rules are good – because constraint actually yields creation.” – Illustrator and educator Kate Bingaman-Burt kicking off the conference.

I haven’t seen Kate since she left Nebraska over a decade ago, and had never seen her present, but it was worth the wait. Kate brings an honesty and humor that makes a presentation go by way to quickly. Starting with stories of thrift stores in Lincoln, Nebraska to starting Obsessive Compulsive projects. Photo at top is of her handout zine and flyer on how to create your own zine.

“Doing the things you love leads to finding the people you love?” – Kate Bingaman-Burt


I could get use to the views here.


A Design Camp first – having a speaker on karaoke the first night. It took Armin Vit to night two before breaking out ‘Enter Sandman’ last year. James T. Edmondson hit the stage at least four times last night (above singing Miley Cyrus’ ‘Party in the U.S.A.’). I can only assume this is a sign of the weekend to come?