24 September 2014

Circles Conference 2014

Palace Theater - Grapevine TX

Waiting for the 1st speaker

Hard 8 BBQ in Coppell 

Last week I took a few days off from school for some "me" time.  I needed to clear my head, get some inspiration, and meet some new people.  Last spring I discovered that Circles Conference was going to be going on in Grapevine, Texas, which is just about 30 minutes from my house, so I signed up way back in March. My co-worker Fred Rodriguez also signed up.  We are both really interested in the foundations of design, the business aspects of the design world, and making connections with fellow creatives.  Well, this conference did not disappoint. The conference was set up with guest speakers throughout the day, with a Q/A panel after lunch. Here is a list of the speakers:

The Heads of State - Philadelphia Design Firm
Jay Argaet - Art and Communication Director of Hillsong Church
Kathleen Shannon - Braid Collective
Lee Steffen - Creative Penguin
Doug Bowman - Stop Design
Becky Murphy - Designer/Illustrator
Matt Lehman - Designer
Josh Brewer - Designer at Twitter  
Josh Higgins - Designer at Facebook
Jessica Hische - Letterer & Illustrator

I will not go into all the details, but each one of these speakers had a great message and some really good insight on being creative and making your mark in the design world.  They had some really cool vendors set up in the overflow room - WarStics and The Giving Keys were my favorites.  Printed Threads was there doing live screen printing too. Really cool! They had a great after party at the end of day one where dinner and drinks were provided!  I met some really cool people from all over the country.

I was also able to meet a few people that I have followed for a while through blogs, Instagram, and podcasts.  It was really cool to connect with these guys over some small talk.  Really great guys and super talented artists.

Kyle Steed
Sean McCabe
Jeff Sheldon

Everyone here was really friendly and open.  It was refreshing to not have to deal with the "artists egos" floating around.

I really didn't know what to expect from a design conference going in as a rookie.  I was pleasantly surprised at how much I got inspired to keep plugging away, try new stuff, and shoot for the stars. Please take a few minutes to check out the Circles Conference website.  Maybe I'll see you there next year.


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