Tracie Ching Visits AIGA Central PA

A Day with Tracie Ching

Saturday, February 21, 2015 was officially A Day with Tracie Ching, presented by AIGA Central PA and The Midtown Scholar Bookstore.

We started bright and early at 8:30 AM with our monthly AIGA Coffee & Critique, held at The Midtown Scholar Bookstore. We had a great turnout and even better work from professional and student designers in the Central PA area. Tracie sat in on the Critique and offered her insights and professional opinion on the work that was being shown.

Some of the crowd gathered for AIGA Central PA Coffee & Critique with Tracie Ching!

Some of the crowd gathered for AIGA Central PA Coffee & Critique with Tracie Ching!

Tracie at AIGA Central PA Coffee & Critique.

Tracie at AIGA Central PA Coffee & Critique.

After the Critique ended around 10:00 AM it was time for Tracie to experience the POWER of Central PA soft pretzels! Fortunately, The Broad Street Market is pretty much directly across from The Midtown Scholar, so we were able to run over and grab some soft pretzels stuffed with everything from Crab to Steak n’ Cheese! I think Tracie became an instant fan!

We then spent some of the day preparing for Tracie’s presentation to the Central PA design community. The snow started falling, and kept falling, and kept falling but we were determined that this would not deter us, nor postpone Tracie’s lecture. THE LECTURE WOULD GO ON! We got mics hooked up, laptops running smoothly, projectors projecting and so forth. After some brief photo ops, it was time. Time for something AIGA President Tim McKenna and myself had been planning for almost two years…It was time for Tracie to take the stage!

(from left to right) AIGA Communications Chair Bri Piccari, Tracie Ching, igotbirds.com Webmaster Dave Brener and AIGA President Tim McKenna.

(from left to right) AIGA Communications Chair Bri Piccari, Tracie Ching, igotbirds.com Webmaster Dave Brener and AIGA President Tim McKenna.

Tracie and I before her presentation for AIGA Central PA.

Tracie and I before her presentation for AIGA Central PA.

Tracie and I posing for photos.

Tracie and I posing for photos.

Tracie presented in chronological order, from her student days, through her first job in design and her introduction to the Alternative Movie Poster Scene, and ending with Tracie’s process as an artist. The audience was very engaged and asked insightful questions of our guest speaker. At the conclusion of the lecture, Tracie had brought along a portfolio of her work and encouraged those in attendance to browse. And how about this for some ultimate coolness…The Mayor of Harrisburg, who also happens to own The Midtown Scholar Bookstore, heard that Tracie would be speaking, and asked that a poster be bought for him! The poster chosen was Tracie’s illustration for Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick”.

Tracie Ching, just before taking the stage to present for AIGA.

Tracie Ching, just before taking the stage to present for AIGA.

Tracie Ching presenting for AIGA Central PA.

Tracie Ching presenting for AIGA Central PA.

Tracie presenting for AIGA Central PA.

Tracie presenting for AIGA Central PA.

A birds-eye-view of The Midtown Scholar Bookstore, who generously provided space for AIGA Central PA's Day with Tracie Ching.

A birds-eye-view of The Midtown Scholar Bookstore, who generously provided space for AIGA Central PA’s Day with Tracie Ching.

Graphic Designer Julie Purcell leafing through Tracie's portfolio.

Graphic Designer Julie Purcell leafing through Tracie’s portfolio.

A Midtown Scholar Bookstore employee with Tracie and her print for The Mayor of Harrisburg.

A Midtown Scholar Bookstore employee with Tracie and her print obtained by The Mayor of Harrisburg.

It was a wonderful day spent with Tracie, and I personally couldn’t have asked for a better gift on the day before my Birthday than to have Tracie as a guest in our little corner of Central PA.

AIGA Communications Chair Bri Piccari, Tracie Ching and AIGA President Tim McKenna.

AIGA Communications Chair Bri Piccari, Tracie Ching and AIGA President Tim McKenna.

I’d like to thank AIGA President Tim McKenna, AIGA Communication Chair Bri Piccari, AIGA Membership Chair Desiree Tomich, our wonderful event photographer and Graphic Designer Julie Purcell, along with other members of the AIGA Central PA Board for their hard work in putting together A Day with Tracie Ching. Huge thanks also goes out to The Midtown Scholar Bookstore for hosting us every month for Coffee & Critique and for going all-out for Tracie’s presentation! The biggest thanks of all goes to Tracie for taking time away from her extremely busy schedule to make the drive to Central PA and speak with us! We also can’t forget Tracie’s husband Jim and Tracie’s Mom who were both in attendance for Tracie’s presentation and joined us for a small afterparty. Thanks to all! You all made this poster nerd’s year!

War of The Worlds by Tracie Ching

War of The Worlds by Tracie Ching

The Walking Dead by Tracie Ching

The Walking Dead by Tracie Ching

Moby Dick by Tracie Ching

Moby Dick by Tracie Ching

Tarantino Tintypes Set

Tarantino Tintypes Set

Jules by Tracie Ching

Jules by Tracie Ching

Kill Bill - The Yellow Haired Warrior by Tracie Ching

Kill Bill – The Yellow Haired Warrior by Tracie Ching

2001 by Tracie Ching

2001 by Tracie Ching