This project was created by:
Bill Klingensmith
AIGA UPSTNY - Past President | Current Member

Jeff Barlow
AIGA Seattle - Past President | Current Member

Designers are my people!

While working in Des Moines in 1980, I attended the Design Conference at Lutsen, sponsored by Minnesota Graphic Designers Association (the precursor to AIGA Minnesota). I met Tim Larsen, who had started MGDA in 1977. Four years later, I landed a job in Minneapolis. Over the next few years, I took leadership roles in MGDA—from newsletter editor to co-chair of the design conference to president. After many design job changes, a sabbatical to have three kids, and a return to the industry in a marketing capacity, Tim hired me at Larsen Design. It only took 22 years, but AIGA helped me find a dream job!

Heather Olson | Minnesota

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