On Friday afternoon, I was at the AIGA Minnesota’s Portfolio 1-on-1 event, judging student portfolios and representing Clockwork’s scholarship award. Clockwork has been a scholarship sponsor for a many years and I am proud and honored to have had the opportunity to represent our design team. 

We were in amazing company along side AIGA Minnesota, Larson, and Franke+Fiorella as scholarship sponsors. The judges this year were Bruce Bourne, Paul Wharton, Craig Franke, and little ol’ me. In total, 30 students submitted their portfolios and after we individually reviewed each portfolio, we collectively narrowed the field down to 8 semi-finalists before making the tough choice of awarding 4 finalists with scholarships.

Recognizing Emerging Interactive Designers




Clockwork’s award was unique in that it was the only one that came with a requirement: the portfolio that wins our scholarship must include at least 3 interactive projects. Our vision is to recognize designers who take on the specific challenges and problem solving unique to designing interactive and digital work. 

And the scholarship goes to…

This year, I proudly awarded the Clockwork scholarship to Angela Niemi, a designer from Concordia University (by way of CVA). Angela presented a very well-rounded portfolio, representing the spectrum of traditional and interactive design.

Angela demonstrated impressive branding and packaging skills, as well as strong digital branding, UX problem solving, and clever takes on mobile and tablet application design. Here are a few of her interactive projects, you can get a glimpse of some more of her work on her website

Congratulations to Angela and all the other Portfolio 1-on-1 scholarship winners!