About the speaker

Minneapolis-based husband-and-wife design team Katie Kirk and Nathan Strandberg of Eight Hour Day. Most often found at the studio, the dog park or an antique shop, Katie and Nathan aspire to live a designed life(style)—where work, play and inspiration are all equal and integrated organically. In 2009, Communication Arts Magazine certified them as “Fresh.” In 2010, HOW Magazine featured them in a cover story. “Every project that passes through the door of this two-person shop,” the magazine wrote, “seems to have an extra spark of energy or imagination that draws you in for closer inspection.” Eight Hour Day’s client list includes Target, the New York Times, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera, Wired, and the Walker Art Center. The children’s book Eli, no! (inspired by the studio’s resident chocolate Lab, Eli) is currently in progress under Abrams publishing and due to hit shelves in the fall of 2011. The studio’s newest endeavor began in October 2010, when Katie and Nathan hit the road for a year of travel around the United States in search of design, inspiration and adventure. They are currently one third of the way through their journey.

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    Jonsetzen

    We were fortunate enough to get the talented duo of Eight Hour Day to speak at LA/CM as they passed through LA on their one year road trip. They're fabulous people and great designers.

    Jon Setzen • September 6, 2013