project passion

a celebration of self-initiated design works


When everything mixes just right, there’s something quite remarkable about collaboration. The intermingling of skills and experiences, though at times messy, gives shape to novel forms and ideas. This year Project Passion, an annual exhibition showcasing designers’ self-initiated work, is seeking such collaborations. With this show we aim to highlight how creatives are working together to pursue mutual obsessions/fascinations—outside of client support and feedback. Designers from around the world are invited to submit their work and our jurors, made up of three exceptional collaborative teams, will select the projects to be included in the show.


Jessica Carpenter
Tad Carpenter

Carpenter Collective is a design and branding studio run by husband and wife team, Jessica and Tad Carpenter. Their focus is to bring powerful messages to life through branding, packaging, illustration and design. They have worked with clients ranging from Target, Coca-Cola, Macy’s, Old Navy, Conan O'Brien, Adobe, Boulevard Brewing Co. and MTV among many others. Carpenter Collective has worked with numerous bands on poster campaigns and tours for over 10 years, as well as writing and illustrating over twenty children's books in our marketplace today. Tad also teaches graphic design at the University of Kansas.

Katie Kirk
Nathan Strandberg

Eight Hour Day is the studio of Katie Kirk and Nathan Strandberg, a husband-and-wife design team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Most often found at the studio, the dog park or an antique shop, EHD is always in the mood to scheme, collaborate and create. With a love of illustration, branding, and iconography they have worked with such clients as Target, Google, Facebook, Real Simple Magazine, Chronicle Books, Williams Sonoma, Old Navy, and the Walker Art Center, among others.

Jonathan Black
Richard Roche

Cast Iron Design is an environmentally responsible design studio located in Boulder, Colorado, operated by co-founders Richard Roche and Jonathan Black. The studio’s mission is to pair good design with positive impact by creating memorable brands, implementing environmentally responsible practices, and helping the design community do the same.


  1. April 10, 2017
    Submission Open
  2. June 1 June 15
    Deadline @ 11:59pm (CT)
  3. July 20
    Jury Completes Review
  4. August 1
    Notification of Accepted Works
  5. September 1
    Accepted Works Arrive at Gallery
  6. September 25
    Exhibition Reception
  7. October 10
    Exhibition Closing
  8. October 18
    Return of Prepaid Shipped Work


All works—2D, 3D, motion, and interactive—will be considered for inclusion in the exhibition. Below are the submission guidelines.

  • Designers may submit one or two projects.
  • Projects should be collaborative. This could mean a designer working with other designers or with others in the creative field (production artists, sound engineers, front-end/back-end developers, etc.).
  • Up to three images (JPG format, RGB color mode, 5MB max per file) may be submitted per project.
  • Images should be at least 1000 px in width and height can vary.
  • Each image title should begin with your last name (e.g. lastname-project1-img1.jpg).
  • For motion and interactive projects, please submit screen stills using the above image specifications and include a link to where the project can be viewed online.
  • All project collaborators should be accurately noted.
  • Please provide a short description for each project of 100 words or less.

The deadline for submitting work is June 1 June 15, 2017 at 11:59pm (CT). Designers of accepted work will be email notified by August 1. For exhibition promotional materials and archive site, submitted content maybe be edited for clarity and consistency. While there are no submission fees, the cost of shipping work to and from the exhibition will be the responsibility of the designer(s). To submit work, click on the link below.


Attn: Project Passion
Conkling Gallery
136 Nelson Hall
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mankato, MN 56001

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