Portfolios That Pack a Punch: SPF 2018

Portfolios That Pack a Punch

Are you ready to portfoliooooooooo?! It’s time to step into the ring at the 2018 AIGA Wichita SPF. We’ve brought in industry professionals to serve as your cutmen and cornerwomen – equipping you with the advice you need to go blow-to- blow with the best in the biz. Bob and weave between breakout sessions, lunch and the keynote speech on your journey from challenger to reigning design champion.

Don’t get caught against the ropes. RSVP before April 19 for this main event.

April 20-21, 2018

Wichita State University Hughes Metroplex



With SPF 2018, you can pick your level of involvement:

$60  Heavyweight — Competition, review, panel discussion breakout, 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!

$50  Welterweight — Review, panel discussion breakout, 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.

$35  Lightweight  — Afternoon panel discussion breakout, lunch, and keynote.

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

$15  Featherweight  — 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 19, 2018.

Refund Policy: 50% refunds will be given for registrations cancelled by March 31, 2018. No refunds will be given after March 31st.



Friday, April 20, 2018

4:00–5:30 pm — Wichita Studio Tours

Tours are FREE for students participating in SPF. Choose your preferred group when you register. Space is limited, and students must provide their own transportation.

Group A: Lifeboat Creative / Gardner Design

Group B: Sullivan Higdon & Sink / Koch Creative Group

Saturday April 21, 2018

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

9:30–10:00 am — Check-in/Registration (Heavyweights, Welterweights, Featherweights)

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

Portfolio Review for Heavyweights. Breakout panel session open for Welterweights.

12:00–12:30 pm — Competition setup (Heavyweight) and Afternoon Check-in (Lightweights)

12:00–12:45 pm — Lunch (all attendees)

12:45–1:45 pm — Keynote: Sonia Greteman of Greteman Group - 29 Years, 29 Lessons (all attendees)

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

Portfolio Review for Welterweights. Breakout panel for Heavyweight and Lightweight attendees.

4:15–4:30 pm — Awards and Adjournment (all attendees)

If you’re an underclassman, make sure to stick around after the awards to get a look at the portfolio competition set-up and scope out the winners. It will help you prepare for battle for next year!


Breakout Panel Discussions

New this year!  Morning and afternoon breakout sessions will consist of a panel of local creatives, ready to share their insights and answer your questions. With your registration you will have the option to submit a question to be asked or you can ask it in person.

Panelists to be announced soon, stay tuned!


Competition Setup

  • Tables will be provided. There will be one student per table.
  • Electronic portfolios will need enough battery power to last through the judging. Electricity cannot be guaranteed and will not be provided. It is suggested to bring a back up laptop battery source.
  • Thirty minutes will be given to setup portfolios after the morning review session.
  • Competition portfolios will be reviewed during the breakout session in the afternoon (Those not in the competition, go to breakout panel session 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 will be awarded to the winners of these ten categories:

  • Best Interactive Design - Sponsored by Howerton+White
  • Best Illustration - Sponsored by Dominic Flask
  • Best Typography - Sponsored by Baseline Creative
  • Best Photography - Sponsored by Newman University
  • Best Packaging Design - Sponsored by BG Products
  • Best Logo Design - Sponsored by Gardner Design
  • Best Ad Campaign - Sponsored by Brothers & Company
  • Best Motion Graphics - Sponsored by Intake Studios
  • 2nd Place Portfolio - Sponsored by Koch Creative Group
  • 1st Place Portfolio - Sponsored by Greteman Group


Sponsors and Volunteers

Thank you to our award & general sponsors!
Greteman Group, Koch Creative Group, Intake Studios, Brothers & Company, Gardner Design, BG Products, Newman University, Baseline Creative, Dominic Flask, Howerton+White, Print ICT


If your organization is looking for a connection to future designers or values the education process, we have several sponsorship opportunities for you.

If you are interested in volunteering to be a portfolio reviewer, contact the AIGA Wichita Programming Chair at: programming@wichita.aiga.org

If you would like to help out with setup and cleanup as a general SPF volunteer, please register here. Your lunch is on us!

This event can only continue to grow with the participation by area businesses and volunteers in the form of sponsorships, partnerships and community support.


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
Tue, Nov 30, -0001