No Excuses: Just Good F***ing Design Advice
No Excuses: Just Good F***ing Design Advice
You read their tweets. You follow their tips. Now get more good f***ing design advice in your face. From side project turned international business, GFDA co-founders Brian Buirge (good cop) and Jason Bacher (bad cop) will drop knowledge bombs from their successes and failures as designers, business partners, freelancers, educators, hobbyists and best friends. Hear them rant and rave about passion projects and the importance of drive, honesty, risk-taking, mishaps and recoveries in the pursuit of design excellence. And if that’s not f***ing enough, you’ll get to connect and talk with Brian and Jason. It’s the part they love the most!

AIGA Sustaining member & above: $5
AIGA Supporter: $10
AIGA Contributor: $15
AIGA or ADAI student member: $5
ADAI Member: $10
Nonmember: $30
(RSVPs required)

Registration closes at 3pm the day of the event. We will accept walk-ins however we require exact cash or check for admission. Also, seating is not guaranteed.

**WARNING** If you couldn't already tell from the title, explicit language will be use during this presentation.

This event is in partnership with Art Directors Association of Iowa (ADAI).

The Meredith Conference Core can be found by accessing the south parking garage entrance off Locust St. (between 16th and 17th St.) and driving down to the back, ground level lot. Upon parking, look for the red rail and door and enter there.
6:30 pm - 7:00 pmRegistration + Networking
7:00 pm - 8:30 pmPresentation by GFDA co-founders Brian Buirge & Jason Bacher
Speaker bios
Brian Buirge | GFDA Co-Founder + “Good Cop”
Whenever there’s a storm in Brian Buirge’s general vicinity, he is the quiet calm at its center. Brian is the fulcrum, he is the laughing buddha, he is the friendly voice reminding you to breathe. His expertise in martial arts lends him patience, and focus, and his advanced education in design helps him never cease to be curious about the world around him. Brian’s greatest talent is keeping his balance. Anyone who loves equally making sushi, setting type, and getting punched in the face by close friends, really has to be comfortable with himself. His placid surface and flowing depth are what make Brian Buirge a successful designer. He doesn’t force, coax, or coerce; he wills a thing to happen. Oh, and if you enjoy chicken wings and bad kung fu films, you may just have a new best friend.

Jason Bacher | GFDA Co-Founder + “Bad Cop”
Jason Bacher is a vehicle for hard work. He goes 100 miles an hour and runs on his own special blend of high octane motivation. His destination: Get-shit-done Avenue. When he was ten years old he was carrying buckets of paint around his family’s business, at sixteen he rodded out a 1984 Pontiac Fiero, at twenty-five he co-founded GFDA in his basement while in grad school. Whether it’s grilled cheese sandwiches or mid-century industrial ephemera, he has a penchant for the spartan. His personal tastes and professional work lay in intelligent, highly functional design. Jason Bacher is a man possessed by a rare tenacity, and there’s nothing he enjoys more than savoring the fruits of his labor. (Whatever you do, though, never get between him and a jar of hot giardiniera.)