AIGA Minnesota's Portfolio 1-on-1 was this past weekend and what a blast it was. This two day event helped me out so much and I only wish I would have thrown myself into it as a younger student. Nonetheless, I can't explain how much of a learning event it was. Friday was a full day of studio tours, 3 to be exact. The first my group went to was Sussner Design Company, a tiny firm mainly involved in print design. The atmosphere and the people there were wonderful! The second place I went to was Franke+Fiorella, a brand identity design firm. This small company was really neat to see- completely different than the first in design style and overall vibe, and it really reminds me of Brandgarten where I will be interning this summer! The third and final place was Space 150, a digital design company that changes their entire personal identity every 150 days (so keep tabs on their stuff, chances are the second time you look it won't be the same). I was extremely excited to see this studio as it is the workplace of many Stout graduates, some of who came and spoke to us about their studio. Space 150 is huge company compared to the others that I saw that day. I was so happy that I got to see 3 completely differently wonderful studios all in the Minneapolis area (actually within blocks of each other).
The second day was solely based on the reviews of our individual portfolios- think speed dating for art students. We were each assigned three different numbers (representing tables) for different times throughout the day, in 20 min increments. I can't even explain how nervous I was for these short sessions, but after the first one I felt so much better. I got a lot of the same comments from the people I talked to and now will proceed to make the changes!
This was a wonderful experience and I'm so happy that I forced myself to go!
These are my final ads for the "Easy Cheese" shots I took. The teacher was really pleased with them and so am I! I learned a lot doing these shots and am excited to get started on the next three. Now to think of a product.....