STUDENT PORTFOLIO EXPEDITION: where the creatives roam

Saturday, March 23, 2013 / East Lansing

Your adventure into the professional world begins here. The design job hunt is no easy task; being prepared with an amazing portfolio, expert advice, and moral support can help your journey into the wild kingdom of design go smoothly.

Saturday, March 23, 2013
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Michigan State University, Erickson Hall
620 Farm Ln
East Lansing, Michigan 48824

AIGA Student Members: $35 online in advance, $45 at the door

Student Non-Members: $80 online in advance, $90 at the door

The AIGA Contributor membership price is $50.00 per year, become a member now then register for the event for a total cost of $85.00. Join AIGA now!

If you register online you'll be entered for a chance to have your portfolio reviewed by our guest speaker and to win other great prizes!

At this year’s annual portfolio day expedition you will…

Designer and Illustrator Maria Janosko of Sockeye will share her work and words of encouragement. She will be reviewing portfolios as well! Check out her portfolio here:

Share your portfolio (any state of progress is acceptable) with local design professionals to get priceless feedback and advice.

Gain valuable tips about developing an impressive resume, building a portfolio, and graduate school applications and programs in several breakout sessions.

An important survival technique in the wild kingdom of design is to know your fellow designers! Meet your peers from various area programs at the fun after-party!

The expedition will be sure to make you hungry. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, as well as light snacks throughout the day!

Sponsored by Michigan State University’s, Department of Art, Art History, and Design, Michigan State University’s AIGA Student Group

Please watch here for updates and join the Facebook Event Page!

Some of the Participating Reviewers:


Ruben Ramen, Team Detroit – The Park

Basia Rochon, Team Detroit – The Park

Julie Lang, Julie Lang D+AD

Jane DeLancey, DeLancey Design

Karl Gude, MSU, College of Communication Arts and Sciences

Matt Rossana, Quicken Loans

Rachael Beresh, Guilford Performance Textiles by Lear

Ben Graham, Ben Graham Group, Inc.

Kevin Woodland, Kevin Woodland LLC

Kelly Salchow MacArthur, Michigan State University

Emily Cowdrey, Peopledesign

Kelly O'Hara, Peopledesign

Elise Androkites, Redhead Design Studio

Dave Buffington, group [eX]: Buffington Design LLC

Kellie Bambach, sparklefurry

Lindsay Jones, Square One Design

Alan Dennis, TechSmith Corporation

Joseph Dearman, TechSmith Corporation

Ken Cendrowski, HOUR Custom Publishing

Chris Larson, TechSmith Corporation

Jonathon Russell, Central Michigan University

Laura Hall, Cool Eye Design

Sarah Nussbaumer , State Bar of Michigan

Lisa Wallace, Driven

Marcus Anthony Nathan, Goodby, Silverstein and Partners

Nicole Rzeppa, Seeds Marketing+Design

Blake Johnson, Saginaw Valley State University

Karen King, Real Green Systems

Karen Larson, LMstudio: Larson Mirek Design

Chris VanWyck, Ciesa Design

Schedule for the day:

9:00–10:00 Reviewer Sign-up & Breakfast
10:00–11:00 Keynote Address: Maria Janosko
11:00–11:30 AIGA Detroit President Address
11:30–12:30 Catered Lunch
12:30–4:00 Portfolio Reviews & Break Out Sessions

Breakout Sessions:

12:30–2:30 Wilderness Survival Panel 

Hear from recent design graduates about their exhilarating journey into the job world. Learn how they navigated the hunt and manage their new lives in the untamed plains of employment. Panelists will also bring their portfolios to share!

Austin Ashley, Astera Credit Union
Daniel Greco, Wayne State University
Jessica Halfyard, Altair Engineering
Stephanie Luscombe, Art Van Furniture
Danielle McHale,  ePrize
Kristen Miller, Plum Market
Cassie Nealis, Schawk!

1:30–2:30 Mercenary Meet-up

Ever wonder what students are doing in a different design program? Do you know what you should put on a resume? Gather with your fellow design peers to share your portfolio and resume for feedback and insights.

2:30–3:30 The Next Frontier 

Thinking about becoming a Master Adventurer? Join MSU MFA Candidate, Peter Lusch, in a discussion about making the journey to graduate school. He will share his personal experience as well as talk about the different programs offered around the country and how to apply to them.

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