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Lunch & Learn: Visual Communication

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Start Garden

50 Louis Ave · Grand Rapids, MI

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Corner of Louis & Ionia

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Bring your lunch and hear regional experts share experience, advice, and lessons from their profession. FREE for Start Garden members | $5 for non-members

Topic | Visual Communication

They say "A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words". What does that really mean? What is the value of communicating visually and why should we take notice? For starters, visual communication is a universal language that seldom needs any translation. Also, much of our brain power is dedicated toward processing and interpreting visual information in order to understand the world around us. Think about it. Why are Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, Tumbler so appealing? With these questions in mind, Jay and Stephanie will share their perspective and also guide you through a few exercises to become more visually astute.

Your Instructor | Jay Frankhouse & Stephanie Elhart

Jay Frankhouse
Over the past 20+ years, Jay Frankhouse has established himself as an influential member within the global design community. Jay has held several design management positions in the corporate sector and at the consultancy level. Currently, Jay is a partner in fuel D undefined a unique creative services consultancy, located in Holland, Michigan. Jay specializes in Design, Innovation and Strategy. Jay is affiliated with several leading design-centric organizations and is credited with numerous patents.

Stephanie Elhart
With With over 15 years invested in the corporate environment, Stephanie's work ranged from graphic designer and design studio management to marketing strategy, strategic planning, communications, and to new business development for a Fortune 50 company. Recently, Stephanie was involved in developing and launching a new, non-profit, hybrid business & educational institute focused on economic development for West Michigan. Demands of a start-up required a wide range of capabilities and the ability to toggle between them in responding to the expectations of investors, faculty, and clients. Stephanie enjoys working with interdisciplinary teams on new challenges and is now a partner in fuel D where she can put her skills to use with a variety of clients.