Create Your Fate: SPF 2016

It’s time to channel your energy and create your fate at the 2016 AIGA Student Portfolio Forum. This year’s mystical theme is Fortune Telling, so get ready to take a glimpse into the future as we increase the transparency in our crystal ball and explore all things design.

Mark your calendars now!

Create Your Fate: SPF 2016
April 15-16, 2016
Wichita State University Hughes Metroplex

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With SPF 2016, you can pick your level of involvement:

$35, The Skeptic — Afternoon breakouts, lunch, and keynote.

Not sure about showing your work? No problem! Join us for lunch and the keynote presentation, then attend the afternoon breakout session and view the portfolios in the competition. It will help you size up your competition for next year’s event.

$50, Ouija Boarder — Review, breakouts, lunch, and keynote.

You know you need to get feedback on your work no matter where you are in your education. Good for you! This level will provide valuable information for you about how your work stacks up and what you need to work on before launching into the real world.

$60, Psychic Speed Dial — Competition, review, breakouts, lunch, and keynote.

This is the package for the committed attendee. Not only do you understand the need for feedback, you are willing to step in the ring and put your work up against other students. Good for you and good luck!

$10, The Observer — Faculty ticket for lunch and keynote presentation.

We always appreciate the involvement of university faculty. Come along and encourage your students and hear our keynote speaker.



Final Registration deadline is April 11, 2016.

Refund Policy: 50% refunds will be given for registrations cancelled by March 15, 2016. No refunds will be given after March 15th.



This Year’s Speakers

AIGA Wichita welcomes Minneapolis-based designer and educator, Dan Ibarra as this year's keynote speaker.

With Michael Byzewski, Ibarra established Aesthetic Apparatus as a commercial art and printmaking studio in 1999. Considered a pioneer in the contemporary American poster art community, the studio is defined by its multidisciplinary approach spanning graphic design, illustration, entrepreneurship, and printmaking. Dan also created Schoolhouse / A4’ program), as an interdisciplinary experiment in non-institutional art and design education. Now, Dan is creating his fate , by founding a new design venture, Thriving Concern.

Join us at Create Your Fate for his keynote lecture, and learn about Dan's inspiring journey in design and entrepreneurship!

Breakout Speakers

Five fantastic Kansas-based design entrepreneurs will be speaking during our breakout sessions:




Friday, April 15, 2016

4:00–5:30 pm — Wichita Studio Tours

Once again, we will be organizing tours of local design studios. Tours are FREE for students participating in SPF. E-mail your group preference to to reserve your spot! There are limited slots available, so register today!

Group A: RSA Marketing / Greteman Group / Pioneer Balloon
Group B: (Full) Associated Integrated Marketing / Jajo / Pioneer Balloon
Group C: (Full) Visual Fusion / Baseline Creative / Pioneer Balloon

6:00–7:30 pm — SPF Kick Off Party

Join us for a mixer at the Monarch to kick off SPF 2016. Meet new people, play games, and calm your nerves. This event is free to students participating in SPF.

Saturday April 16, 2016

All activities on Saturday will take place at WSU’s Hughes Metropolitan Complex.

9:30–10:00 am — Check-in/Registration

10:00–12:00 pm — Session 1: Portfolio Review and Breakout Sessions

Morning Review Session will include all who are also entering the competition. Those not in the competition will attend breakout sessions in the morning and portfolio review in the afternoon.

12:00–12:30 pm — Competition setup

12:00–12:45 pm — Lunch

12:45–1:45 pm — Keynote Presentation: Dan Ibarra

2:00–4:00 pm — Session 2: Portfolio Review and Breakout Sessions

Afternoon Review Session will include all who are NOT in the competition. Those who showed their portfolio in the morning will attend breakout sessions in the in the afternoon.

4:15–4:30 pm — Awards and Adjournment



Competition Setup

  • Tables will be provided. There will be two students per table.
  • Electronic portfolios will need enough battery power to last through the judging. Electricity cannot be guaranteed and will not be provided.
  • Thirty minutes will be given to setup portfolios after the morning review session.
  • Competition portfolios will be reviewed during the breakout sessions in the afternoon (Those not in the competition, go to breakout sessions in the morning and portfolio review in the afternoon).
  • Competition judging begins at 1:45 pm and goes until completed.
  • A monitor will be present in the room throughout the process.



Competition Categories

Cash prizes and prizes totaling over $3,500 will be awarded to the winners of these ten categories:

  • Best Interactive Design—Sponsored by Koch Creative Group
  • Best Illustration—Sponsored by Chris Parks
  • Best Typography—Sponsored by Baseline Creative
  • Best Photography—Sponsored by Gavin Peters Photography
  • Best Packaging Design—Sponsored by WSU Design Faculty
  • Best Logo Design—Sponsored by Greteman Group
  • Best Ad Campaign—Sponsored by Jajo
  • Best Motion Graphics—Co-sponsored by Justin McClure and Burly
  • 2nd Place Portfolio—Sponsored by Koch Creative Group
  • 1st Place Portfolio—Sponsored by Gardner Design



Sponsors and Volunteers

AIGA Wichita would like to thank our generous sponsors for contributing to the Scholarship Fund and prizes:

We would also like to extend our deepest thanks to the many Wichita area Portfolio Review Professionals who have volunteered their time and expertise make this event possible.



About SPF

SPF is an annual event intended to elevate design students in their pursuit of a design career. SPF has been an integral part in encouraging graduating design students to pursue excellence in their work and achieve success on their search for employment in design-related fields.


When & Where
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