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