By the minneapolis egotist / /
Celebrating the founding of the school in 1900 and the history of downtown Minneapolis, themural was painted with assistance from some very talented DeLaSalle visual arts students.
Founder and Chairman of Duffy design group, Joe has been designing many of the world’s most iconic brands for 35+ years. Examples of past work, to name a few, include Fisher-Price, Jim Beam, Aveda, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Minute Maid, Wolfgang Puck, Baby Einstein, The Islands of the Bahamas, Bacardi, Meals on Wheels America, Water for People, Conagra Brands, Hallmark, Qatar National Library and Mall of America.
The mural depicts the history of DeLaSalle founded in 1900, coinciding with the history of downtown Minneapolis. The portraits in the mural (pictured below) are Brother Michael Collins, one of the first black graduates and past president of DeLaSalle High School, and Saint John-Baptiste de La Salle, who the school is named after, and a Native American Ojibway chief.
Brother Michael Collins was Joe’s creative inspiration in high school. According to Joe, he was the only person back then who didn’t try to talk him out of a career in art. He literally became part of his family. In August 2018, DeLaSalle inducted Duffy into its Hall of Fame as the first recipient of the newly-established Brother Michael Collins Award. The award recognizes those members of the community who have made significant contributions to DeLaSalle and to the greater Minneapolis community through their talents and contributions to the fine arts.
Joe is determined to give back to the school that got his creative career started.