3 Days That Will Change Your Life
14 Speakers · 3 Panels · Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 8:30pm · Hosted by OkPants
Changing Our Stars: What do you do when the stability of full time agency life unexpectedly comes to an end? For Michael and Christina, it meant trusting in themselves and establishing their own design studio. You'll hear firsthand about their vulnerabilities, doubts, fears, dreams, aspirations, and how this newfound position of uncertainty is allowing them to become the design team they've always wanted to be.
Sharing Deodorant: Designers and Developers Working Better Together: Collaboration is intimidating and hard, but it's also the key to stuffing your portfolio with the most fulfilling and strategic work you'll ever produce. We'll show you how designers and developers can tame their egos, ask each other the right questions, build a shared vocabulary, and push each other to create the best work of their lives—together.
Why I'm an Asshole: While examining a journey of risk, questionable decisions and ambiguous accomplishments, this presentation will scrutinize my ongoing quest to do everything - while being "qualified" for nothing. Individuals considering a professional, mental or regional transition may find it of particular interest.
How To: How to use graphic design to get from the corner of Granger Road and West 132nd Street in Garfield Heights to the corner of Fifth Avenue and 25th Street in New York City in only 50 years.
Reclaim Your Creative Confidence like a 5 Year Old: Even the most introverted child has a strong creative confidence. Overtime our creative confidence is constrained and we push it away, or we are forced to store it away. Collaboration with youth, children and teens, can enable you to reclaim the creative confidence you need in any career and life in general. With creative confidence we learn to embrace failure and get unstuck when we needed most. On stage with Ludvik will be five 5-year-olds, five 9-year-olds, and five 13-year-olds.
F#@% Your Function—Fuel Your Fire: A candid conversation with headshot photographer and personal branding strategist Michael Cavotta who shares the secret to unleashing your inner exceptionalist and getting face-to-face with your best self.
On Rejection, or how the worst moments of your life can turn out to be the best: On Rejection is a funny and heartbreaking tale of making it (or not) in New York. The presentation begins in early 2003 when a good friend sent Debbie Millman an email with a subject line that read: Begin drinking heavily before opening. The email contained a link that took her to a "blog," the first-ever online forum about graphic design and branding. Suddenly she found herself reading an article that disparaged her entire career to date. This experience—in tandem with a number of historical rejections and setbacks—sent Millman into deep despair, and she seriously considered leaving the design profession altogether. In a series of poignant, revealing and sometimes hysterical anecdotes, Debbie will share her journey out of despair and offer insight on how the worst moments in your life can actually become the most profound and life affirming.
Here's to the Crazy Ones: People in the creative world tend to be more vulnerable to conditions like anxiety and depression, but what if these sensitivities are not the bugs in our programming we've been led to believe, but a feature of our operating system. A feature, which, when given the right conditions, ignite that spark we call creativity.
Building an Accidental T-Shirt Empire: Jay Fanelli and Nathan Peretic started a web design shop in 2009. Six years later, they don't make websites anymore. Instead, they run a business curating, selling, printing, and shipping 4,000 t-shirts per month. How'd that happen?
Dirty Work: These conferences often deliver the message of 'work hard' and 'pursue your passion.' But what happens when you're working hard, pursuing your passion, and you're broke? What occupies that space between 'taking the risk' and 'doing what you love' for a living? Work does, but it's not always glamorous and pretty. At least it wasn't for me. My journey's been a mistake-laden mess that is just now starting to get headed in a direction that makes me happy. That's the real goal right? Being happy?
Disabled by Design + Designed by Choice: We imagine a world fueled by technology and exceptional design. Let's focus on some of the ways we can change the world for all of us. Disability and accessibility is often overlooked in design, because it's overlooked in our culture. Rethink the word design and disabled, because all design solves a problem.
Constructive Defiance: There's an art to defying the hand you're dealt. Whether it's a creative pursuit, a career change or coming up from humble beginnings it takes guts to go your own way. Join JP on a trip that addresses the challenges of starting from nothing and focusing wild energy into something constructive. You'll find out how a dude went from total troublemaker to booking 100 DIY shows in a backyard shed and producing an internationally touring poster show in his spare time. This one's for the underdogs!
Life in βeta: From a new design dogma to pro tips you can put to work August 10th, I'll distill 15 years of figuring these things out into 30 minutes of anecdotes, provocations and film clips.
1-hour education sessions that encourage, inspire, and give you an opportunity to create a new habit as your continue your career.
Danielle Evans is excited help others wrangle beziers and expand their own conceptual processes during her intimate food and dimensional type workshop. She'll share the beginnings of the craft, tips and tricks, and guide a two hour project from first touch to Instagram photo finish. Tackle letting go, leveraging your strengths to hone weaknesses, and accepting limitations in your respective craft by getting your hands dirty.
Are you a talented and creative designer who happens to be a woman? Do you want to make the transition from Designer to Design Leader as you develop in your career but not exactly sure how to do it?
Get ready to be a Girlboss!
This workshop is specifically geared towards women in creative fields looking to develop into leadership roles in their future. Topics covered in an interactive format will include:
• Leadership development techniques
• Ways to be recognized now as a future leader
• Communication do’s and don'ts
This hands-on workshop will be led by Kat Hanratty, Vice President of Apparel Design for Osh Kosh B’Gosh Kids & Baby, where she leads a team of fifty plus designers. Kat has spent the last twenty years as a fashion designer and creative leader in the apparel industry at companies including Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch, Sears Holdings, and Gymboree.
You are a badass creative with a gift for what you do; but, when you ONLY let your portfolio of work speak for you online you are keeping your business stagnant. In this workshop I will show you how to let your brand speak for you so that you can engage and connect with your audience to grow your business.
Are you a designer looking to generate extra income each month? Want to build a passive income stream but not sure where to start?
If you answered “Yes” you’re going to love this! In this 60 minute workshop you’ll get easy step-by-step instructions to start building a passive income stream for your design business today.
Here’s a few things you’ll learn:
How to release your first product fast (so you can start making sales now)
How to discover profitable product ideas in 5 minutes or less (even if you don’t know where to start)
The one sneaky trick that helped me build a list of 10,117 customers (with almost zero effort)
Why your hard drive probably contains thousands of dollars in potential products (and how to find them)
Whether you’re a freelancer designer or own a studio this workshop is for you. Space is limited so be sure to sign up and reserve your spot today!
Dustin Lee is the founder of the best-selling design goods shop RetroSupply. He started his shop in September of 2013 to make a little extra money to pay for diapers for his newborn daughter. In 12 months RetroSupply sold over $200,000 in design goods and 25,000 products. He now has plenty of diapers to go around.
Imagination is your superpower, you dream in ideas and wake to make them real. But unfortunately, most people you work for and with don’t possess this ability. How do you convey radical new ideas to these people? Verbal explanations, drawn sketches and 3d models can fail to convey feeling and don’t create excitement. In this workshop you’ll learn how to find the most prototypable nugget within your concepts and discover why a prototype is the best tool to sell an idea.
Unleash your inner Exceptionalist through the transformative power of Authenticity. What happens when you harness your strengths, pin-point your passions and get grounded in the things that matter most to YOU? Join Michael Cavotta with special guest Jen Margolis of Thrive Cleveland and find out.
Learn more about a new perspective on networking (IRL and via social media), and some tips on how to get out into the world and meet new people. Learn about the art of conversation, investing in relationships, and expanding your network.
How much information is really needed to convey a concept? Is less more? What is the least amount of information required to convey a concept?
The human mind excels at associating similarities.
In this workshop you will be creating a minimalist movie poster, getting feedback on your design, incorporating that feedback and testing again.
This workshop is comprised of 4 parts:
• Create a minimalist movie poster
• Test: Get feedback on your design
• Refine your minimalist movie poster
Using the elements and principles of design, you will be tasked with creating a minimalist movie poster. After you get feedback on your design, you will do a second iteration and others will get to try and guess your movie.
This workshop is designed to make you think about everything you put on your poster. What elements and principles did you use? What is your poster visually conveying to most people? You will also learn to design in an iterative manner while getting to create something by hand.
Supplies provided. Come and get your hands dirty with us!
Want to witness the creation of some kick ass sketches and typography? Or, want to make cool stuff while checking out what everyone else has been working on? Or, want to just tour the city and the amazing studios we have in Cleveland? Or, want to put your portfolio in the hands of top firms from around the country? We got you covered.
Friday afternoon, we tour around Cleveland seeing the best creative studios, as well as everything else cool happening in town.
Help us cover costs for this year's Cleveland Studio Tour as we take 30-lucky guests around Cleveland to visit the city's coolest studios. Get Involved!
Bryan and Heather sit down with speakers, attendees, and vendors throughout the event.
30 tables including printers, shirt makers, merch distributors, designers and artists, & agencies. Plus, interactive exhibits including 3D printers, button makers, t-shirt presses, and a sketch space. Check out the Vendor Roster!
Get honest feedback on your design, illustration, and motion graphics portfolios by top firms. Including: William Beachy from Go Media, Stacey Cooper from Barkley, Stephanie Burris and Eric Holman from Marcus Thomas, Jon Stahl from LeanDog, Jacinda Walker from AIGA Diversity & Inclusion Task Force
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