Franke+Fiorella Marketing Director Heather Olson named AIGA Fellow

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As a long-time member firm of AIGA, the professional association for design, Minneapolis-based brand identity design firm Franke+Fiorella is pleased to announce the selection of its Marketing Director Heather Olson as a recipient of the distinguished AIGA Fellow award.

The AIGA Fellow award program recognizes designers who have made a significant contribution to raising the standard of excellence in practice and conduct within their local or regional design community as well as their local AIGA chapter. Contributions in education, writing, and leadership, as well as reputation and the practice of design, are given equal consideration. The Fellow Award is the highest honor an AIGA chapter may bestow upon one of its members.

Minnesota’s 2012 Fellows were chosen from member nominations by a subcommittee of the AIGA Minnesota chapter board, and approved by the board. They will be publicly honored at a celebration event in Minneapolis on June 15 and their names will be added to the national list of AIGA Fellows. Two other Twin Cities design industry representatives were chosen for the 2012 award: John DuFresne, professor and chair of the Graphic Design Department of the College of Visual Arts, and Monica Little, chairperson of Little & Company.

Heather Olson has been integral in shaping and growing AIGA Minnesota off and on for 30 years. Through her extraordinary leadership, volunteerism, mentorship, facilitation, and advocacy, Heather has helped to build and strengthen the Minnesota chapter’s design community to its Top 5 status in the nation today. Following various committee roles, Heather was elected the first female president of the Minnesota Graphic Designers Association (predecessor to AIGA Minnesota) in 1983. She has continued to serve the chapter in numerous capacities—as board director, committee chair, event coordinator, portfolio reviewer and mentor. During her tenure as a professional in the design industry, Heather has shifted from practicing graphic designer in corporate and agency settings to marketing and recruitment director for The Office of Eric Madsen, Larsen Design, and now Franke+Fiorella. She received a B.A. with Honors from Iowa State University in Advertising Design and Journalism.

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