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.
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!
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”.
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.
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!