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Connecting Our Design Community

April 4, 2013 / By Anne Maguire

This guest post is written by Anne Maguire, Creative Director at Mutual of Omaha.

On Februrary 8, I had the pleasure of attending LIVE at Metropolitan Community College. I found out about this event quite by accident; Ben Lueders tagged Scott McIntyre on Facebook and I’m Scott’s Facebook friend . . . and so the connections go. Lucky me, I didn’t have any hot plans for Friday night and it wasn’t far from my home in Ponca Hills, so I dropped in on the event.

Three outstanding designers, Ben Lueders, Adam Trabold and Scott McIntyre, spoke about their experience to a packed house of students, educators and design professionals. I was not only impressed by their work, but also by a common theme among the presenters: connections.

All three spoke of their passion for design, their dedication and determination to make it in the industry, and the people who helped and influenced them on their journeys. They all showed examples of their work and talked about what inspired them. Okay, I admit. I felt a tinge of pride when Scott talked about his internship at Mutual of Omaha. I always feel connected to our interns throughout their careers. I’m always cheering them on. Go Scott!

I first connected with Scott at the AIGA annual membership meeting. He introduced himself to two Mutual of Omaha art directors and me. He was looking for an internship. He was persistent. He kept up on the connections he made that evening. He applied for an internship position when it was posted. He had a strong portfolio. He interviewed well, and not long after, he was our summer intern. That’s how connections work.

Friday night after the main event, three recent Metro graduates shared their portfolios with the design community. They were the “after party” to Ben, Adam and Scott. Tough acts to follow, but the recent grads were game. Julie Renaud, Amanda Saner and Devin Golden were there to make connections.

Thank you to the presenters, good luck to the students and kudos to the educators and student leaders who organized the show. I’m looking forward to connecting at the next AIGA event!

Anne Maguire
Creative Director
Mutual of Omaha

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