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2013 AIGA "Head, Heart, Hand" National Design Conference affinity session "Designers Mentoring Designers"
Posted by: Redmond Design, Patrick ("Patrick Redmond Design")
Patrick Redmond (M.A., University of Minnesota) and Pamela Mead (B.A., University of Minnesota; M.S., Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology) were presenting panelists together, as mentor and protégé, respectively, on the topic of “Designers Mentoring Designers” at the 2013 AIGA “Head, Heart, Hand” National Conference in Minneapolis, October 10-12, 2013 (see http://designconference.aiga.org). After completing her B.A., Mead, a former student of Redmond’s in the University of Minnesota’s continuing education and extension evening program, was one of a handful of students who attended various courses in a one-time developmental sequence of courses taught by Redmond. She had, for example, attended the course Patrick Redmond was instrumental in developing, “Design Process: Creativity,” which he also taught. While Mead was a graduate student at IIT’s Institute of Design, Chicago, a project they collaborated on independently was design for the award-winning book Andean Folk Knitting: Traditions and Techniques from Peru and Bolivia (Saint Paul, Minnesota: Dos Tejedoras Fiber Arts Publications, 1990) by Cynthia Gravelle LeCount. Mead has since worked at Doblin, Chicago; MetaDesign, San Francisco; Fitch, Boston; Palm, California; Yahoo Mobile, California; and is currently Director of User Experience at Teléfonica Digital, Madrid, Spain (Telefonica has over 300 million customers). In addition to operating his own ongoing SaintPaul, Minnesota-based brand identity and design firm, Patrick Redmond Design (www.PatrickRedmondDesign.com), Patrick has at various times during his career, served as Creative Art Director, Wells Fargo (Norwest), as a Senior Art Director at Carlson Companies (http://carlson.com/our-company/history.do); a graphic designer for the University of Minnesota's Goldstein Museum of Design; and as a graphic designer at Minneapolis' premiere interdisciplinary design firm InterDesign (where he worked for AIGA Minnesota's first Fellow, Peter Seitz) and industrial design firm De brey Design (where he worked for Institute of Design "New Bauhaus," Illinois Institute of Technology graduate, Robert "Bob" J. De brey). Patrick Redmond is a past president of AIGA Minnesota (see http://www.aigaminnesota.org/about/aiga-minnesota-past-presidents/ ), which has become the fourth largest AIGA Chapter in the country. Redmond and Mead’s co-presenting panelists were AIGA Medalist, AIGA past president, and AIGA New York’s past president, Michael Bierut also of Vignelli, Pentagram, and Design Observer fame, and Jennifer Kinon, also formerly of Pentagram and a past president of AIGA New York. Their session was facilitated by AIGA National Board Member, Su Mathews of Lippincott (see www.Lippincott.com). As a board member of the University of Minnesota’s College of Human Ecology Alumni Society, in 1993 Patrick Redmond was involved with the initiative that established the inaugural alumni mentor program, forerunner of what is now known as the University of Minnesota’s College of Design Mentor Program. He also participated in AIGA Minnesota's "60-Minute Mentor" luncheon (http://www.aigaminnesota.org/events/luncheons-60-minute-mentor/ ) and MCAD's inaugural, all-school "Mix & Match" mentor event (http://mcad.edu/alumni-network/mix-and-match-event). He served as a mentor in the University of Minnesota's Multicultural Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, now known as the Multicultural Summer Research Opportunities Program, during summer 2000. Even while still in high school at Pope Pius XI High School, Milwaukee (www.piusxi.org), as vice president of the school's Future Teachers of America (FTA) chapter, Patrick was the coordinator of the school's tutoring program. Patrick is author of "The Design Mentor," which was published in AIGA/MN Issues, The Official Newspaper of AIGA/MN, The American Institute of Graphic Arts, Minnesota Chapter, Minneapolis, August 1999, p. 2, 6. The topic “Designers Mentoring Designers” inclusion as an “Affinity Session” in the national conference was a result of Patrick’s presentation proposal for the event. See speaker bios at http://designconference.aiga.org/speakers/ Patrick attended MCAD (Minneapolis College of Art & Design) for his first two years of college, 1968-1970.