Ian Handshy // Front-End Developer at Ergodyne

Meet front end developer at Ergodyne, Ian Handshy, Thursday, November 30 at 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM T.4540

“As a developer and digital marketer for Ergodyne, Ian has had the opportunity to work on a multitude of diverse projects – his core responsibilities revolve around front-end development, email campaign management + automation, lead nurturing and measuring the ROI of his projects.

He works with both internal and external teams to execute the company’s online initiatives by identifying, recommending and building new solutions and features for Ergodyne.com. He also ensures the technical feasibility of UI/UX updates and cross-browser compatibility.

Ian has a BGS from the University of Kansas, and an Associate in Computer Programming from Saint Paul College. He loves to tinker with new tools and is constantly trying to automate any part of his work process that he can.”

Forrest Wozniak / Sign Painter & Artisan

Wednesday, November 29 at 9:30 AM – 11:30 PM

I am thrilled to announce nationally renowned sign painter Forrest Wozniak is back for another talk this fall semester! We will meet in T4550 at 9:30 am. He will be sharing his process for lettering, typography, and sign painting. Stay tuned for more details! Until then check out the links below for his work!


Karen Hanson/Curb Crowser/Production Manager-Digital Artist

Wednesday, November 1 at 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Karen Hanson is a Production Manager at Curb Crowser (brand and design agency). Her background includes Adventure Advertising, Lee Branding, Olson Ad Agency, and freelance design work. A true renaissance woman she has been involved with many facets of our creative scene in the twin cities. She battled in roller derby as a MN Roller Girl, you can find her on her Royal Enfield motorcylcle (with side car) cruising with the Moto-Lisas, and she has accumulated many degrees in design, print production, and photography. She is an incredible example of someone who has had the strength and bravery to truly carve her own path in this creative industry. You will be inspired by hearing her creative journey and the cool projects she has worked on in our Adobe Illustrator class. Hope to see you there!

For more information:

Jessica Huang/Fin Studio /Design-Illustration-Art Direction

Wednesday, October 25 at 9 AM – 10:30 AM

We are so excited to have art director and designer Jessica Huang as our guest speaker for Adobe Illustrator. She works at Fin Studio, “..which offers the unique combination of creative thinking with multicultural retail experience, production knowledge, and geographic/bilingual advantages.” They handle everything from branding, to packaging, illustration, and retail presentation. Originally from Tawain Jessica has traveled and worked all over the world. She comes armed with unique perspectives and talent. She will share her creative journey, work, and process with us. I hope you can join us!

For more information on Jessica Huang and Finn Studio:

MCTC Design Shirts

Available for a limited time!

Find them at http://www.christineneutgens.com/SDC-shop/ before April 18th

MCTC Design Dept Shirts are now available!
For a limited time, show your pride and get your own beautiful, soft Tshirt or Hoodie, featuring the winning design of Jared Maire. We are printing these in a single run to keep costs low, so they are only available for sale until April 18th. Orders will be printed and available for pick-up in the department at the end of April.

Find them at http://www.christineneutgens.com/SDC-shop/ before April 18th

Boundless Design Show

“We are multidimensional designers and developers creating work that embodies the breadth of our passion. Delight in the array of possibilities we have to showcase.”

Come delight in the work of 47 web and graphic designers at the 2017 web and graphic design portfolio show, Boundless! This event allows each guest the opportunity to view a wide variety of projects forged from creative passion — ­and many late nights — and meet the artists behind the work.

Minneapolis Community and Technical College in room L3000.

May 2nd show runs from 10AM-8PM
Keynote Speaker: Tim Brunelle (BBDO Minneapolis) 5:00 PM
Opening Reception: starting at 5:30 PM

May 3rd show runs from 10AM-7PM
Keynote Speaker: Michelle Schulp (Marktime Media) May 3rd at 5:00 PM

Learn more: http://boundless.show/


If you would like to try to go/be added to my waitlist – please see details on Facebook Event page.
Nick Farstad, the Creative Director for Redwing Shoe Company (for the last 20 years+), will be taking us on a “design excursion” from file to finished product in downtown Minneapolis. Space is limited, please RSVP if you can make it! This is what Nick had to say so far with the agenda:

“Ok. The agenda is still a little lose, but we will start downtown at ProLitho in the morning 8:30. They shoot digital photography, provide graphic design services and also pre-flight documents prior to sending to a printer. So, they get to see how all the parts of a printed document are made are assembled. Then at 11:30, we will need to travel to GMS in Edina to see how these documents are printed and assembled. They’ll get to see both digital and traditional offset printing. They’ll get to see how my staff does color proofing and final approval of printed materials. Then, if time allows, we could also potentially visit my video production house in Minneapolis – maybe at 2:30 – if they are interested…”

Rough time frame 8:30 am – 3 or 3:30 pm.

PIVOT // AIGA Portfolio Insider

For the past several years, the Student Design Collective has coordinated the Portfolio Insider event in conjunction with AIGA MN. Portfolio Insider brings students from design programs across the state to hear from distinguished professionals from the Minnesota design community – all on Minneapolis Community and Technical College’s campus!


Current MCTC students need not register; however non-MCTC students should register at the AIGA Event site. Registration is free!

Announcing our panelists:

Kjrsten Holt
Clockwork Active Media Systems
Kjrsten graduated from MCTC’s web design program and has been working as a front-end developer since 2004. She is currently working at Clockwork Active Media Systems, and has worked for Target Corporation and Internet Broadcasting previously. A self-proclaimed tree hugger and softie for animals, she also has a keen interest in Massively Open Online Courses (MOOC). Kjrsten is a go-to person for well-articulated explanations and a master of complex designs.

Jessica Huang
Fin Studio
For over a decade Jessica has worked as a designer and art director for product and packaging design, product branding, and retail display. She is a creative with backgrounds in production and retail merchandising. She provides exceptional design and consultancy for both domestic and overseas product development. Jessica is currently an art director and senior designer in packaging, consumer product design, and product development at Fin Studio.

Arielle Weiler
Arielle is a Minneapolis-based designer who graduated from MCTC’s graphic design program. She has a focus on marketing principles, collaboration, and strategic thinking. Currently, she is a Senior UI Designer at Healthpartners. Previously, she worked for a small web agency and also as a marketing designer for The Nerdery, where she led their rebranding efforts. She has invaluable perspective as someone that came out of a print-focused program and moved towards an interactive and branding focus.

Bonnie Krahn
Bonnie Krahn Art & Design LLC
Bonnie is a motivated, creative, and highly qualified design and marketing professional with 15 years of distinguished performance, including nine years in the higher education industry. She freelances regularly from her Eau Claire, Wisconsin-based studio, working with clients on a wide variety of design and marketing communications projects, including branding and corporate identity, print, and web. Outside her freelance career, she is a full-time graphic artist and adjunct associate lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She has previously worked in both the commercial photography and printing industries. She received both her BFA and MBA degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

This event will be moderated by:

Laura Griebenow
Azul 7
Laura is a UX/UI and service designer that comes from a visual design background and has developed her expertise to include corporate identity design, user interface design, user experience design, and service design. Currently at Azul Seven, Laura contributes and leads efforts for intricate digital products from start to finish. In deep ethnographic research, she builds empathy to improve service experiences for customers and end users.

She has over four years of experience teaching and facilitating service design and innovation methodologies to executive teams locally and nationally. Sharing her passion for design with others continues to fuel her curiosity and spirit.


Saturday, March 18th

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Helland Center, Rm. H1002

MCTC Campus


Poster by Deborah Turney