Keep Your Eye on the Time ... and 'Eight Hour Day' in 2012

eight_hour_day.jpgGraphic Design USA magazine put Katie Kirk (BS Design Communication '01) and Nathan Strandberg (BS Design Communication '99) on its People to Watch list in 2012.

The Minneapolis-based couple runs Eight Hour Day, a design boutique with a wide range of clients including Target, The New York Times, Wired, Mo√ęt Hennessy, and the Walker Art Center.

The vision of Eight Hour Day is to create work that is honest; solutions that are exploratory, educational and inspirational; and creative that is conceptually interesting and visually stunning. Their typical day working together - when they aren't traveling the country - starts with coffee, blogs, and emails. The heavy design lifting happens after lunch and a short walk.

During their time at the College of Design, "We were surrounded by very talented individuals and teachers from the beginning of the program to the end," says Kirk. "It really pushed us to do better and become better designers. Some of our best friends are those we graduated with. They pushed us in school and they still inspire us today."

Their advice for current students is to put in the time, but enjoy it. "Get out there and start networking like crazy," says Kirk. "Informational interviews galore - it's the time to do it. Go meet your heroes."

You can read a Q & A with Kirk and Strandberg in Graphic Design USA and view examples of their work at

For more information about the graphic design program visit their website.