AIGA DEC Nuts + Bolts Conference

This early June, my colleague Lauren Meranda and I, were invited to speak at the AIGA Design Educator's Conference: Nuts + Bolts in Bowling Green, Ohio. The conference focused on tightening up classroom fundamentals, reinforcing careers, and constructing the future of the discipline. We saw some really motivating and interesting presentations focusing on the place for empathy in the classroom. Lauren and I gave a presentation about the Creative Retreat we lead with our students at Judson University. Our retreat takes place annually at Camp Wandawega in Elkhorn Wisconsin. The students spent the weekend connecting with nature and building installations out of found objects. The experience takes them out of the traditional classroom and opens up their minds to new ideas of creation. 

Lauren and I giving a presentation at the AIGA DEC Nuts + Bolts Conference at Bowling Green State University about the Creative Retreat we lead at Judson University. 

Lauren and I giving a presentation at the AIGA DEC Nuts + Bolts Conference at Bowling Green State University about the Creative Retreat we lead at Judson University. 

Students brainstorming group installation project ideas on the dock at Camp Wandawega. 

Students brainstorming group installation project ideas on the dock at Camp Wandawega. 

Sunset at Camp Wandawega.

Sunset at Camp Wandawega.

Critique in the woods on one of the student groups final installation projects. 

Critique in the woods on one of the student groups final installation projects. 

The conference hosted a screen-printing event where we got to print on our conference bags with the help of the student workers. 

The conference hosted a screen-printing event where we got to print on our conference bags with the help of the student workers. 

This is the conference bag I printed myself!

This is the conference bag I printed myself!