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AIGA Design Camp
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Beautiful Views and Letterpress at Camp

AIGA Minnesota’s Design Camp is about halfway complete, and once again it has not disappointed. When the view from the cafeteria at Madden’s on Gull Lake looks like the above photo I took at dinner, it’s really hard not to be a in good mood. The first night started off with a cocktail hour just […]

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

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 […]

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Oxide Design - Museum of Danish America
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Skål! Scandinavian Spirits Exhibition in Iowa

Skål! Scandinavian Design & Spirit Traditions Inspire Print Designs Museum exhibitions can make for great print design. A designer can play with interesting content, cool artifacts , a good, ready-made story, and (usually) a client who values smart, effective art and design. The Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa, is one such client.  This delightful ...

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HOW Design LIVE 2015
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Ken Lo, Deep Dish Pizza, and Happy Birthday Hats at HOW

I may have only spent three days at HOW Design Live in Chicago (they had a full five days of programming), but my third day was just as eventful as the first two. There are always a lot of mixed emotions on returning to Omaha for me – and part of it is that it […]

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HOW Design LIVE 2015
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More Posters, DDC, and Biking for Water at HOW

You can definitely feel the energy at this year’s HOW Design Live in Chicago. I didn’t need to know that over 4,000 creatives are here to tell that it was packed – the fact that I’m writing this in a large room just outside of the speaker set up with video feed for overflow should […]

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HOW Design LIVE Chicago - 2015
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Astrobrights® Chicago Dogs, Genghis Kern Cards, and a Speakeasy at HOW

I got about three blocks from the hotel and conference center yesterday when it hit me – all of the events from the last time HOW was in Chicago four years ago – and it was at that moment when I was truly excited to be back at HOW.

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Why Does Anyone Care About Paper?
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Paper on the Walls Changed My Direction

WHY PAPER MATTERS: Designer, writer, journalist Donovan Beery reflects on how a fascination for posters during college led him to a life long love of paper and a career in design.

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Camp is Always Better with a Fire

I have to hand it to AIGA Minnesota. What this AIGA chapter does is create one impressive conference. I’m not sure how they do it – well deserved praise to those involved. Design Camp is something worth checking out. Day two started off with Cap Watkins of Etsy. There is a reason Cooper-Hewitt just presented Etsy […]

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Guess Who Makes an Appearance at Design Camp

There’s something special about a retreat or conference secluded far enough away that everyone is forced to stay in the group. And from my encounters, a lot more people travelled here alone than I expected. But there is no better place to meet new friends than at times like this. Design Camp, so far, is […]

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Design Camp and the Secret Paper Society

I’ve been hearing about AIGA Minnesota’s Design Camp for maybe twelve years or so. Twice during that span, I came very close to attending, but it didn’t work out. So, third time’s a charm? After a long drive from Omaha yesterday, I finally made it. Above, the #NeenahSecret. If you’re at the conference, find a […]

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