The Art & Design Advisory Board meets in the spring of every year in conjunction with our Portfolio Review event. The faculty look to the board to provide insight and guidance regarding the scope and relevance of the curriculum, provide internships, guest speak to program students and assist in organizing student field trips.
The Art & Design Advisory Board is made up of professionals from the following companies:
3D Exhibits is an award-winning trade show exhibit provider located in the Chicago area. Our capabilities include exhibit design and fabrication, program management, technology, rental, international, events, and measurement and marketing solutions.
Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media.
Brede Exposition Services
Brede Exposition Services is a Nationwide Tradeshow Contractor. Masters in the convention and event industry. “Exposition Architects” with innovation, inspiration and dedication in creative, personalized solutions for Tradeshows and Corporate Events. Our “Total Support System” provides Cad System for designing floor layouts, signage/graphics and event themes; carpet, furniture equipment rentals; custom system exhibits, modular displays, installation and dismantling services; material handling and full-service warehousing.
Colle & McVoy
It’s in our genetic code. As people. As teams. As a company. We’re a 70+ year old agency with the soul of a startup. We believe that you can’t innovate if you don’t collaborate. But most of all, we have passionate people who take great pride in solving problems and creating superb results for our clients.
Creative Banner Displays
Creative Banner Displays has been offering a broad range of exhibit, display and graphic products nationally through Tradeshow display distributors for over ten years. We offer our distributor partners the widest selection of portable display products at the best value anywhere. From table throws and retractable banner displays, to pop-ups, we can provide everything you may need to satisfy your customer’s display requirements. Our mission at Creative Banner Displays is to be the-go to choice of every Tradeshow product distributor in North America. We intend to maintain that status by providing quality products, fair prices, and impeccable service.
Davidson Creative is a full-service graphic design studio located in Duluth, MN, owned by me, Phil Davidson. I have extensive experience and knowledge in many areas of graphic design, marketing and advertising. I also align myself with other companies and individuals that are experts in their specialty. These partnerships allow me to give you amazing results. My clients range from local and regional to national and international businesses. I believe in building long-term relationships, because I take the time and effort to understand your company. Because I understand your company I am able to tell your story through the most effective means possible.
Creative Advertising. We are the only ad agency here in Northern MN. Our mission is to increase the visibility of our clients and the effectiveness of their marketing spend. Our Vision is to be the agency of choice for local, national, and international businesses by providing competitive, world-class marketing services.
Designcraft provides product development services, rapid prototypes, and visual design models to a wide variety of customers in today’s markets including consumer electronics, automotive, industrial control, aerospace, telecommunications, and others. Designcraft excels in high quality visual models, rapid prototyping, high-speed CNC Machining, engineering, and industrial design. They focus on select groups of clients who value precise models, knowledgeable customer service, and fast market response in their product development needs.
As one of the world’s leading, totally integrated distributors of electronic components, Digi-Key Corporation has earned its reputation as an industry leader through its total commitment to service and performance. Digi-Key is a full-service provider of both prototype/design and production quantities of electronic components, offering more than two million products from over 470 quality name-brand manufacturers.
We are EEI Global, an award-winning experiential marketing force known for bringing brands and their markets together on the same dynamic stage. Our ability to blend insightful strategy, edgy creativity and standout production has kept us on the call-first list of a wide range of clients for over 30 years and counting.
Elevation Exhibits & Events
Full service exhibit house. Customs, rentals, systems, portables. We have 3d design and 2d design in-house. Full carpentry shop and in-house graphic production. USA and International.
Evolve Creative’s main focus is web design and development. We buiold clean, appealing, functional, and user-friendly sites. However, we now offer SO MUCH more. Whether you need a new logo, copywriting assistance, marketing advice or even video production, we are here to help!
We offer a full range of services including custom exhibit design, expert fabrication, top-notch account management, and much more. Whether you are a first time exhibitor or a seasoned trade show professional, we guarantee you unparalleled service – in every aspect of our collaborative partnership.
Exhibitor Media Group
The leader in trade show and corporate event marketing education since 1982, EXHIBITOR Media Group publishes EXHIBITOR magazine – Best Practices in Trade Shows and Events. EXHIBITOR Media Group is the producer of EXHBITOR Show – The World Education and Learning Conference for Trade Show and Corporate Event Marketers, sponsor of CTSM (Certified Trade Show Marketer) professional certification, EXHIBITORFastTrak – The Accelerated Learning Conference for Exhibit and Event Marketing Professionals, EXHIBITOReTrak – University Affiliated On-Line Learning for Trade Show and Corporate Event Marketers, and Gravity Fee – The World’s Only Multidisciplinary Design Conference.
Technik Creative – Architects of the Ultimate Community Engagement in the face-to-face world of trade shows & events. In addition to 3-D design capabilities, Technik Creative delivers exhibit program strategy, design conceptualization, communication planning, event message & theme development, and graphic design – the overall deployment of your message wisely.
Faster Solutions was established in 1997 to develop and implement multidimensional strategies that allow businesses to utilize the full capabilities of the Internet. The Faster Solutions team analyzes the client’s goals and initiatives in order to recommend sound business solutions, and supply continuing support. The IT professionals at Faster Solutions have the depth of experience in multimedia technology necessary to offer ongoing comprehensive web services.
Founded in 1964, Featherlite Exhibits is an industry leader in high quality trade show displays. Boasting the finest design team in the industry, Featherlite has perfected portable tradeshow exhibits for all kinds of display needs. Featherlite Exhibits is a one-stop source for exhibit design, booth manufacturing and trade show display graphics; all of which are manufactured on site. Featherlite services include computer-aided exhibit design, trade show booth set-up and dismantling, display storage and refurbishment services, large format graphic design and production, and immediate shipment on select rental displays.
Flint Communications has been in the business of helping people communicate for more than half a century. With a remarkable, talented staff of nearly 90 people in five locations, they bring to their clients a world of expertise and experience. Their clients represent a variety of public and private enterprise and come to Flint for a variety of reasons — to increase sales, build a brand, launch a product, attract new customers, or influence opinion leaders.
Small, flexible, and solely operating as a sub-contractor, Fork offers its clients the ability to expand in-house design and graphics departments at short notice, while meeting requirements for quick turn around. Deliverables range from conceptual renderings through build-ready construction and material specifications.
Freeman produces expositions, conventions, corporate events and exhibits. In other words, they help bring people together – to inform, to inspire, to promote business – and to build face-to-face relationships. For more than 75 years, the Freeman family and the company’s employees have worked hard to earn a reputation for quality, integrity, innovation and a commitment to the industry.
Founded in 1998, Gartner Studios is an innovative product development company, headquartered in the historic river town of Stillwater, Minnesota. We have grown due to a focus on great design, high quality manufacturing, attractive pricing and an entrepreneurial spirit. Best known for it’s expansive line of party goods and stationery products, the company designs, manufactures and distributes celebration assortments that inspire customers to connect with loved ones . Gartner Studios, Inc. divisions include: Gartner Greetings, Mara-Mi, and russell+hazel. Premier brand licenses include BRIDES and Duff Goldman by Gartner Studios.
GES Experience Specialists
With 21 offices in the United States and 7 in Canada, GES provides exhibition and event services in every major convention market across North America. We are proud to produce many of the world’s most recognized trade shows including IMTS, CONEXPO/CON-AGG, Consumer Electronics Show, National Association of Broadcasters, MAGIC, World Shoe Associates, National Restaurant Association and E3. The strength of our company is our team of dedicated employees – 1,400 industry professionals who are ready and willing to deliver the highest level of customer service known to the industry. We pride ourselves in maintaining the highest standard of business practices and valuing integrity as the key component of our company values. GES is a wholly owned subsidiary of Phoenix-based Viad Corp.
Go Ask Rob
Go Ask Rob was established in February 2002. It is a single-person business run by Rob Yuretich and is located in Bemidji, MN. With the major focus being web design, Go Ask Rob also offers print design, commercial photography, web hosting and domain registration. Go Ask Rob’s client list includes a wide variety of businesses, both local and nationwide.
HP is a company that serves everyone from consumers to small and midsized businesses to enterprises to public sector customers with an extensive portfolio of market-leading solutions specifically designed to meet the needs of each customer segment. Their annual R&D investment of nearly $4 billion (USD) fuels the invention of products, solutions and new technologies. They produce an average of 11 patents a day worldwide. HP Labs provides a central research function for the company that is focused on inventing new technologies to improve their customers’ lives, change markets and create business opportunities.
HTK Marketing Communications
T. Klatzky & Associates provides fully integrated marketing services to clients from all walks of commerce. Combining large-market resources with small-market savvy, HTK offers services in every level of the promotion process, from media planning and placement to strategic branding. They also have extensive experience in tourism, finance, utility and nonprofit work.
Inspired details creative engine is a “small package with a big punch”…With a large breadth of capabilities from tradeshows, package design, full brand identity and web design…we’ve got you covered.
WOW! Events by Kraus-Anderson offers over three decades of experience in event marketing, including corporate events, nonprofit fundraisers, public celebrations and private milestones. Established in 1972 to manage marketing dollars for Kraus-Anderson1s shopping center properties, WOW! Events by Kraus-Anderson provides creative and goal-driven special events management services from coast to coast. They are comfortable creating events for 5 or 5,000 guests. WOW! Events is the winner of two 2009 Minnesota Star Awards presented by the International Special Events Society (ISES). The awards were presented for Best Non- Profit Event for production of the Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA) “Passage to India” gala and Best Use of Marketing/ Graphic Design for production of “KA Road Trip,” a corporate event for Kraus-Anderson. Both events were produced in Minneapolis during the fall of 2008.
Lime Valley Advertising
Lime Valley Advertising is a full service agency. In-house services include creative and technical writing, illustration, graphic design, media buying, digital and linear video, trade show and point of purchase displays, photography, web site design and multimedia design. Lime Valley works with manufacturers, businesses, educational institutions, and civic organizations to provide creative advertising.
The Marvin brand is built around you. Built on a heritage of quality and innovation, we are continuously leading the industry in product design and function. Each product is made to order, one at a time, to meet your exact specifications. What began as a family company built on an old-fashioned code of honesty, hard work, and service to their neighbors is now one the world’s premier window and door companies.
MC2 is a nationally recognized leader in the exhibit and event marketing industry. The company specializes in trade show booth design and production as well as the management of integrated marketing programs for events, exhibits, permanent and mobile environments and executive briefing centers. Headquartered at 3 Alpine Court, Chestnut Ridge, NY, we have 12 locations in the United States and Germany to serve our clients. Our clients represent some of the world’s best brands.
Modern Climate, formed in 2009, is an independent agency located in Minneapolis. Known for blending advertising with technology, Modern Climate has emerged as an agency that breaks boundaries between consumers and brands. Their client roster includes Intel, Jamba Juice, Geek Squad, Sony and United Health Care
Nuhill Technologies Inc.
Nuhill Technologies, Inc. provides product design and prototyping services. Services include rapid prototyping through stereolithography or urethane casting in RTV molds. Computer aided design for products that make extensive use of injection molded plastic parts is another key service provided by Nuhill. Keith Nybakke founded Nuhill in 1992 after several years as a designer for communications equipment and medical device manufacturers. He manages the product design efforts at Nuhill. In 2002 he won a gold medal from the International Flight Catering Association for the design of the Aeroserv inflight coffee server.
Pinnacle, headquartered in Bemidji, MN, provides independent and cooperative communication companies with customized digital products. They offer website and mobile site packages, online photo, video and coupon packages as well as competitive special pricing programs for print directory advertising. Pinnacle currently publishes over 250 directories in 35 states for over 130 telephone companies.
Prototype Solutions Group
Prototype Solutions Group, Inc. is a high-end prototype company formed by a group of individuals with over 40 years of prototype experience. They offer a blend of CNC machining, rapid stereo-lithography parts, urethane casting and excellent finishing and decorating skills to produce visual models, engineering models, architectural models and everything in between.
Established in 1980, Skyline is THE source for remarkable face-to-face marketing experiences. Skyline offers trade show and event exhibits to match any size and budget, ranging from tabletop displays and portable displays to modular inline exhibits and large-scale island exhibits. Skyline makes over 20 different exhibit systems, including pop ups, banner stands, panel systems, fabric structures, truss and other structural, custom modular exhibit systems.
Spiira Design combines strategic insight and inspiring results to produce communication solutions resulting in memorable brands. Their mission is to assist their clients in communicating to their customers through thoughtful and creative initiatives, executed with integrity and value in mind. They provide unique ideas, implementation and follow through that contribute to the fulfillment of each their marketing needs. Their work takes many forms: brand strategy, identity systems, marketing collateral, corporate communications, events and packaging.
Star Exhibits & Environments is a company with two main business thrusts: Trade Show Strategies and Retail Selling Environments. Within both of these businesses they provide clients with a full range of services from strategic planning through conceptual and technical design, fabrication, logistics and installation. The mission of Star Exhibits & Environments is to provide an environment that will nurture the growth of the company.
Good design goes beyond the surface. When design really works, it satisfies a need, simplifies your life and makes you feel great. We design every Target shopping experience to be the best you’ll ever have. We also volunteer our time and talent, partner with like-minded organizations to build stronger, safer, healthier communities, and invest in the development and well-being of our team members.
Ten80 North is a full service web development company dedicated to bringing creative design solutions to your business combined with effective e-marketing solutions. We have the experience and creative ideas you need to help your business grow.
When tena.cious works with you, we become part of your team. No exceptions. Whether it’s a small biz with a super strict budget (been there), or a company looking to invest where it matters (done that), we’ll find a way to make it work for both of us. We want your social to rock just as hard as you do.
The Bernard Group
The Bernard Group is a visual merchandising company serving the needs of some of the most prestigious retailers in the industry. We’re tireless in the pursuit of a challenge. We think off the wall, off the shelf, outside the box and way outside the comfort level of most other companies to produce one-of-a-kind merchandising solutions that go beyond the obvious to the extraordinary.
The Trade Group
The Trade Group® is an award-winning provider of trade show exhibits, digital graphics, creative design services, retail displays and environmental structures. We’re more than just an exhibit provider however; we offer services that ensure the success of any trade show event. Our reputation is built on our dedication to customer service, our passion for creativity and our innovation in the event services industry.
TradeTec is a full-service Exhibit Studio that specializes in exhibits and event marketing. From strategic exhibit design through all the event phases of pre, during and post-show communications and asset management, TradeTec is your complete encounter marketing partner. TradeTec creates an environment of certainty through a combination of industry knowledge, long-standing relationships and dedication to achieving your business objectives. TradeTec is first to promise fixed-rate labor and freight, building a platform of stability for brands to remain on budget. We provide peace of mind for marketing professionals and executives by eliminating post-show billing. Guaranteed. Our dedicated teams of industry professionals have the talent and vision to help our client’s brands stand out and make a statement that gets them remembered. TradeTec, Big Brand Experiences.
WhiteBoard Product Solutions
WhiteBoard is a product development and design firm, known for partnering with its clients to create innovative design solutions across a wide range of industries and product categories.