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Chank Diesel is an entertaining and inspirational speaker who wants to spark your typographic creativity. His amusing anecdotes and interesting perspectives engage audiences of creative professionals and students alike. He is available to speak for clubs, associations, design firms, ad agencies, colleges, and conferences. His presentation can be tailored to a specific theme or he can do a general interest presentation. To inquire about speaking engagements, please contact us at friendlyfolks@chank.com

WHAT GOES DOWN WHEN CHANK SPEAKS UP?
Chank takes you on a visual tour through his unusual type design portfolio. You’ll follow his evolution from grunge music fanzine creative director in the '90s into a small businessman and software developer today.  Along the way, you'll get an inside look into the font industry — from licensing, distribution and technologies to marketing and design.

Chank’s one-hour presentation includes:

  • a history of Chank’s career
  • portfolio slides of products that use Chank Fonts, custom font work he has completed, and signage that has influenced his design
  • tips on designing and distributing fonts
  • advice on running a small business
  • discussion of art communities and the type industry
  • Q & A

DESIGNERS, TEACHERS, STUDENTS, HOSTS
Here's what they think of Chank's Presentations


"We do three to four seminars a year and, based on the exit surveys we always conduct, Chank was one of our most popular speakers ever." - Dave Dietz, Director of Marketing, Sexton Printing

"Chank is very personable and has a laid-back style. He took something that was mysterious and seemingly difficult and made it approachable and fun."- Louis Baker, Professor, Savannah College of Art & Design

“Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the lecture last night.” - Freelance Designer

“I was worried it might be about year-ends and debt depreciation. So glad it was good work, humor, passion
and type. After, my class was all smiles and enthusiasm. Can’t beat that, great job. Thanks.”- Design Teacher & Big Agency Art Director

“Before, I really had no interest in making a font. It seemed too tedious.Thanks for making another day of preparing for finals that much more bearable.” - Student

“Your site was listed in our typography class on one of our assignments, so I had to take a peek! You’ve done some incredible stuff!!” - Student

 

Chank Gets Around!
Chank has travelled all over spreading the word of fonts. Thanks to all of these folks who have invited him to be a guest speaker.

UPCOMING

December 10, 2008 Duluth, MN - AdFed

January 15, 2009 Myrtle Beach, NC

April 21, 2009 Fargo, ND - AdFed

April 22, 2009 Bismarck, ND - AdFed

 

PREVIOUS

2008
AIGA - Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV

Fox River Ad Club
Green Bay, WI

2007
Greenville, NC - AdFed
Roanoke, VA

HOW Design Conference
Atlanta, GA

2006
HOW Design Conference
Las Vegas, NV

2005
Roanoke Ad Fed
Roanoke, VA

OC Ad Club
Newport, CA

2004
University & College Designers Association
Annual Conference
Vail, CO

Ad Fed
Sioux Falls, SD

Sexton Printing
Minneapolis, MN

2003
Savannah College of Art & Design
Savannah, GA

AIGA-MN Design Camp
Nisswa, MN

Art Directors & Artists Club
Sacramento, CA

Quit Your Job seminar
Minneapolis, MN

2002
Springboard for the Arts
St. Paul, MN

University of Wisconsin
Stout, WI

Ad Fed
St. Cloud, MN

St. Cloud State University
St. Cloud, MN

2001
AIGA-Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN

Society of News Designers Scandinavia
Tampere, Finland

Minnesota State University

Moorhead, MN

Arvada Center for the Arts

Denver, CO

TypeCon
Rochester, NY

Ad Fed
Duluth, MN

2000
Society for News Designers
Annual Conference
Minneapolis, MN

College of Visual Arts
St. Paul, MN

University of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

TypeCon
Westborough, MA

Goldstein Museum of Design - University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN

1999
AssociationTypographique Internationale
Boston, MA

Ad Fed
Fargo, ND

1998
Iowa City Design Club
Iowa City, IA

TypeCon
Westborough, MA

1997
University of Wisconsin
Stout, WI

Ad Fed
St. Cloud, MN



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