Carolyn Porter | Thank you to AIA-Minnesota for inviting me to speak at the 28th annual Lake Superior Design Retreat
Learn more about the book "Marcel's Letters" and the font P22 Marcel Script, which is based on the handwriting of conscripted WWII laborer Marcel Heuzé
Fitger's Inn, Duluth, AIA-MN, Lake Superior Design Retreat, Design inspiration, embrace curiosity, Carolyn Porter, podium, Marcel Heuzé, Marcel Heuze, P22 Marcel Script, service du travail obligatoire
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Thank you AIA-MN!

LSDRLast weekend, I had the honor of being one of six presenters at the 28th annual Lake Superior Design Retreat sponsored by AIA-Minnesota. It was an incredible weekend of visual inspiration and cross-pollination of design thinking. Other presenters included a lexicographer, an architect trained in classic Japanese construction, an interactive interface designer, choreographers, and a social media leader.

The conference was held at the historic Fitger’s Inn in Duluth, which is housed in a renovated 1885 brewery. It was the first time I had been to Fitger’s, and I loved the hotel’s combination of charm and modern amenities.

During the 75 minutes I had the stage, I told the audience about the development of the font P22 Marcel Script, followed by a high-level summary of the search for Marcel. Since this was an audience largely comprised of creative individuals, I also talked about the value and benefit of embracing curiosity.

I was touched by all of the people who came up to me afterward to tell me how moved they had been by my presentation. I was even more touched by the number of people who confessed they had been moved to tears. One person noted the presentation, was a “great reminder about what it means to be human.” And another remarked, “each year there are presentations that people will talk about for years to come. Yours will be one of them.”

Since I have only talked about the search for Marcel a handful of times in such a public way, it brings me great joy to see how fully people embrace this story. It was truly my honor to share this story at the 2015 Lake Superior Design Retreat!

 

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