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Quinn, Steve (Professor of art)

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B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts)

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School of Art


There was a lack of programming directed toward students in the Chicago graphic design community. A conference organized specifically for students would allow them to benefit from the resources that the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts offers. It would also help to create a community of student graphic designers which could gain knowledge and insight from each other. I decided to organize a student conference at Northern Illinois University. My past experiences at graphic design conferences along with my position of student representative on the AIGA Chicago board and the research I conducted on methods of conference planning gave me the knowledge and resources to organize and event such as this. The following was the goal statement of the conference: “The goal of the Design Carnival is to offer students a conference that will give them a diverse knowledge of the future within a loose, fun atmosphere.” The conference succeeded in creating a community, advancing knowledge, and provoking critical discussions.


Includes bibliographical references.


14, 5 pages




Northern Illinois University

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