Target’s Creative Council
FOUNDED: 2010, with first events in 2011
ORGANIZATION: Greg Van Bellinger, director
of design for hardlines product design and
development for Target, currently heads the
Creative Council. A core group of 40 to 50
meets every other month to share committee
reports, recent activities, upcoming events,
and guest presentations from different parts
of the company. A steering committee meets
twice a year to discuss Creative Council
activities and budget.
ACTIVITIES: A speaker series, off-premise
informal social events, charrettes, and
Target’s Creative Council hosts myriad activities for employees including charrettes, workshops,
informal social events, and a speaker series that includes local and national presenters.
“We like people to move within Target, to
mix talent around the company,” he says,
rather than going to a different company.
The Creative Council has helped build
a new appreciation for the design staff.
Varda says several of the teams from the
customer-service-area charrette presented
their ideas to the senior executives, who
were impressed at the creative but practi-
cal solutions developed in-house.
A.R.E.’s Shoptalk is coming to Minneapolis!
A.R.E.’s popular regional networking event brings
important trends information and peer-to-peer contact to
major retail headquarters cities.
Mark your calendars for May 10 at Target headquarters
and visit www.retailenvironments.org or contact Yajayra
Wojtas at firstname.lastname@example.org to
Don’t miss A.R.E.’s 2012 Design Trends Report!