STUDIO TOURS

The Twin Cities are filled with design firms—some of the best in the country—doing outstanding work. Get an exciting behind-the-scenes look at Minneapolis’ thriving design community by attending a studio tour organized by the AIGA Minnesota chapter and designed especially for “Head, Heart, Hand” attendees.

CULTURAL TOURS

AIGA Minnesota is also hosting two post-conference tours offering behind-the-scenes glimpses of The Walker Art Center and the Guthrie Theater, complete with lunch. Don't miss out on this fun and delicious final networking event of the conference!

So you want to attend a studio or cultural tour

Studio tours will take place on Thursday, October 10, at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Click on the times that appear on this page to view the complete studio line up, which includes Duffy & Partners, Studio On Fire, Target and Walker Art Center. 

Pre-registration is required. To sign up for a studio tour, click here. Registration for cultural tours is now closed.

Participating studios

There are a ton of fantastic design firms in Minneapolis and AIGA Minnesota has worked hard to get you backstage passes to as many of them as possible. A full list of studios is available by visiting the schedule.

Extra conference activities

Already registered for “Head, Heart, Hand” and want to sign up for the Emerging Designers Symposium, professional development workshops and more? Click here to sign up.

To sign up for studio tours, click here. Registration for cultural tours is now closed.

Oct. 10, 2013
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Take a tour of some of the best design firms in Minneapolis. Pre-registration is required through the AIGA Minnesota website. If you are already registered for the conference, click here to sign up. Transportation provided; buses depart from the front of the Convention Center on Second Avenue South.

AIGA Members: $45
All Nonmembers: $70

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Making stops at:

Space 150, a creative digital, media and strategy design firm.

Adsoka, a small marketing, design and communications agency.

Clockwork, an award-winning digital design and development team.

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Making stops at:

Anthem/Schawk, a photography, marketing, communications and design agency.

Olive & Company, a growing marketing design agency.

Sevnthsin, an award-winning digital design shop.

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Making stops at:

Boom Island, a retail design agency.

Knock Inc., an award-winning design agency, with many retail space projects.

OLSON, a large advertising agency.

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Making stops at:

Larsen, a large agency focusing on brand, design and marketing.

Aesthetic Apparatus, a commercial art and printmaking studio.

Replace (formerly Spunk Design Machine), a small creative boutique shop which focuses on identity, package and poster design.

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Making stops at:

Zeus Jones, an award-winning small design boutique specializing in branding and digital design.

Walker Art Center, an art museum and outdoor scuplture garden.

YYES, a small design and advertising shop.

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Making stops at:

Carbon Collaborative, a branding and identity shop specializing in interiors.

OrangeSeed Design, a branding and marketing agency.

The Thorburn Group, an identity and print design agency.

12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Take a tour of some of the best design firms in Minneapolis. Pre-registration is required through the AIGA Minnesota website. If you are already registered for the conference, click here to sign up. Transportation provided; buses depart from the front of the Convention Center on Second Avenue South.

AIGA Members: $45
All Nonmembers: $70

12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Making stops at:

Duffy & Partners, a small creative design firm specializing in packaging and identity.

Lacek Group, an advertising agency, owned by Ogilvy & Mather.

Little & Co, a branding and design firm.

12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Making stops at:

Imagehaus, a small design firm focusing on branding, print and advertising.

Shinebox Creative, a growing consumer and branding agency.

Sussner, a small scale award-winning design boutique.

12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Making stops at:

Capsule, a small design and branding firm.

FRWD, a digital, strategy and consulting agency.

Ham in the Fridge, a small, interactive firm specializing in illustration and game design.

12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Making stops at:

Ideas That Kick, a small, award-winning branding and packaging boutique.

Schermer, a creative and strategic B2B advertising agency.

Target Studio, Target's award-winning in-house creative agency.

12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Making stops at: 

Carmichael Lynch, a large award-winning advertising agency.

FAME, a small award-winning creative design firm specializing in retail design.

Martin Williams, a large award-winning advertising agency.

12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Making stops at: 

Franke+Fiorella, an award-winning corporate branding and identity design firm.

Periscope, a large award-winning advertising agency.

Studio On Fire, a specialty printing and letterpress studio.

Please note: this tour will no longer stop at VSA Partners.

Oct. 13, 2013
9:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Registration for this event has closed.

AIGA Members: $45
All Nonmembers: $70

On this tour, you'll discover the architectural features of Jean Nouvel-designed Guthrie Theater—influenced by the Mississippi River's proximity and beauty—and learn about everything from ground plans to groundbreaking, site selection, neighborhood influences and other noteworthy elements that have garnered worldwide attention. After the hour and a half tour, you'll head to Sea Change Restaurant—headed up by James Beard Award-winning chef Tim McKee—for lunch and networking with other “Head, Heart, Hand” attendees.

Transportation is provided. Buses depart from the front of the Convention Center on Second Avenue South.

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Registration for this event has closed.

AIGA Members: $40
All Nonmembers: $55

This private tour takes you to the Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties exhibit, showcasing a broad range of the artist's sculptures including prized works from the Walker  Art Center’s collection such as Upside Down City (1962) and Shoestring Potatoes Spilling from a Bag (1966). After this hour-long tour, you'll enjoy a lunch at Gather, a D'Amico concept restaurant within the Walker, with your fellow "Head, Heart, Hand" attendees to network one last time or reflect on the conference. After lunch, folks are free to examine the Walker’s extensive collection of contemporary art, or to head outside and do a self-guided tour of the world famous sculpture garden.

Transportation is on your own.