We are the music makers.
Meena Khalili is a professor of design and interaction who makes daily drawings of things. She is a recipient of consecutive International Design Awards and the National Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement in Graphic Design by the Southeastern College Art Conference. She holds a BFA in Illustration and an MFA in Graphic Design from VCUarts. Meena maintains an international speaking and exhibition schedule with work shown at the Type Directors Club, Chicago Design Museum, and galleries throughout Italy, North America, Asia, and Europe. Meena’s work is in permanent collections around the world and the Library of Congress. She is featured in Issue 05 of The Great Discontent. Her research is driven by her experience as an Iranian-American and daughter of a small business owner. Her work explores cultural identity and generational storytelling.
Designer, educator talk. I walk through the rules I use in my creative practice showing innovative and inspiring work from my studio and classroom with the next generation of designers.
Cymone Wilder is a senior art director and lettering artist based in Nashville. Since 2013 she has collaborated with amazing clients (see Netflix, Nickelodeon, HBO Max, Cosmopolitan, Planned Parenthood and New Belgium) –creating custom lettering artwork for established brands, books, apparel, and much more. She is fiercely passionate about producing meaningful and long-lasting work, drawing inspiration from the black experience. In her spare time she enjoys ~pretending~ she’s super outdoorsy, and laughing with friends around bonfires. She doesn’t enjoy running, but does it a lot anyways.
Steven Wakabayashi (he/him) is a creative director, changemaker, and founder of mission-driven organizations empowering historically marginalized communities within design, tech, and mindfulness industries. After leading creative teams at many notable brands and agencies, he is now creating pathways for queer BIPOC creatives into the design industry through QTBIPOC Design, creating safe spaces for BIPOC communities within mindfulness through Mindful Sights, and designing equitable products and experiences for clients with his creative agency Stranger Creative.
From a near-fatal burnout to a year of living at Buddhist monasteries around the world, I’ll share lessons from this transformative journey. In this talk, you will learn about navigating complex intersections in life, addressing perfectionism and burnout culture, and cultivating mindfulness within our design practice. I’ll also share insights on how we’ve incorporated these learnings into our design methodologies in working with our communities, colleagues, and clients.
Ever wonder what it's like drawing rocket ships when you're 7 years old, and then turning that into a career in your mid 30s!? I hope not, lol. It can happen in a much shorter time span, and I'm here to tell you everything I know to make that happen for you. If you want it.I've worked with some of the largest space/aerospace clients out there: NASA, Blue Origin, Ariane Group (James Webb Telescope), Boeing, and more. My talk will show you how to get there straight from design school, how exactly to target these clients, and also how to make the most optimal illustrative content for this industry.I will also talk about my highest highs, lowest lows, the things I believe you should look out for, and ultimately how to put your stamp in this industry and make it your own. Check out @fugstrator on Instagram for reference on all this work!
Steffi Lynn Tsai was born in Austin, Texas and is now currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. Steffi’s work is filled with quirkiness, color and character. She is driven to take normal scenes and moments and make them playful, exciting and enticing. Her work is inspired by everyday things, reactions and feelings, and simple imagery from her imagination or nature.
Nakita M. Pope is the Chief Chick and Principal Brand Strategist of Branding Chicks, a boutique branding agency in Atlanta, GA with clients all over the United States. Branding Chicks specializes in brand strategy, development, consulting, and management for femme-owned businesses and femme-focused brands. She helps clients narrow their focus, gives their brands a voice, slingshot their confidence, and clarifies their message to resonate directly with their audiences. She also helps businesses large and small to brand or re-brand to attract and grow customer bases for new products and professional services through custom, creative, relevant brand-promoting strategies. Over the past 25 years, she has worked as a brand strategist, graphic designer, creative director, and brand manager, giving her experiences that inform how she works with her clients. Her passion for brand strategy also extends to her advertising strategy, branding, and design professorship at The Creative Circus for 13 years. In 2019 she also took on an additional role as their Diversity & Inclusion Advisor and, a year later, the Design Department Senior Advisor role. In 2020 she was also named one of Graphic Design USA Magazine’s People to Watch and then 2021 she was honored as an AIGA Atlanta Fellow, which recognizes her contributions to the design community locally and nationally.
You have a brand whether you are being strategic about it or not. Often we are so focused on branding our clients and their businesses that we don’t take the time to be strategic about our own. In this session, you will learn some key elements to building a personal or business brand as a creative. How you set goals, create a lane for yourself, tell your story, and build community makes you who you are. Whether you are an employee, freelancer, or business owner, having a brand that represents you authentically IS the magic, and it will give you the creative career of your dreams!
Learn how to build a brand from Jimmy's years of experience creating and growing his outdoor brand Atomicchild. Jimmy started Atomicchild in one bedroom of an apartment and now is sold nationwide and has sold millions of dollars of products with his designs on them.
You don't have to be successful in your 20's to have a great career. Jimmy Bryant will talk to us about his journey and the importance of constantly working on his craft and building an audience to achieve real-world success.
George F. Baker III, also known as GFB3, is a Nebraska-born, Detroit Grown, and Atlanta-Raised Creator. Using his instruments of design, illustration, and production, he employs a playful childlike spirit to engage the inner-child we all have. Currently, he is the Creative Director of Foster, a brand striving to make people unafraid to play.
How to use curiosity to build a life, career, and co worth living. We will discuss how to remain curious and actively use it in tragedy and triumph!
Layne is an Indiana born and raised illustrator & painter. She takes the songs and lyrics of musicians and turns them into visual media. Being heavily inspired by the rock/folk/western genres gives her work a rough-and-tumble edge.
There is an isolation that comes with being an artist or creative of any kind, but we’re not designed to figure it all out on our own. In this talk, I will share the ways in which the simplest advice and knowledge from creative mentors and friends saved my career from drowning in the face of opportunity. Simply because they were willing to share. There’s a pride in wanting to be “self-made”, but at the end of the day the smallest bit of help can be the missing piece you needed. Don’t be shy to ask. Don’t be stingy to share.
As a kid, he drew everything and anything he could think of, hung out with the designers at the advertising agency where his mom worked, and constantly took things apart to better understand them.Always looking for new ways to solve problems, Jeremy was the kid, and later the adult, whom people turned to when they needed help expressing themselves and their ideas graphically.Today, as the principal of his own firm, Jeremy puts his insatiable curiosity to work every day as he gets into the heads of his clients to really understand what it is they want and—perhaps more importantly—need in order to develop a memorable brand presence. With a firm belief that he is the master of his computer (and not the other way around), he works everything out on paper first to ensure that the logos he designs and the brands he creates are as thoughtful, effective and original as the clients they represent.
5 years after starting my studio, I took a month-long international trip. Upon return, I saw my business with a clarity I hadn’t seen before. The pivot I made at that point changed the way we do business as a design studio as well as our approach to finding clients who best fit our culture and values. It helped us to define the real meaning of fulfilling creative work and how, when we do what is best for our clients, we can help them achieve their goals and find the same level of joy and fulfillment.
My name is Anderson Bluu and I'm a illustrator / artist based out of New York. I created limited edition artwork inspired by my love of pop culture, sneakers and basketball.
As a seasoned artist with over a decade of experience leveraging social media to grow my art career, I am excited to share my tips to help grow your art business at Creative South. Join me for my lecture " The Bluuprint for Building Your Art Business With Social Media," where I will discuss practical tips and strategies for effectively utilizing social media platforms to reach a wider audience and increase your sales. Whether you're a beginner or looking to take your art business to the next level, this lecture is for you. Take this opportunity to gain valuable insights from my own personal experience and success.
Alex has over 15 years in the design industry and has played a pivotal role in some of the largest brands and campaigns. He has worked with the likes of: Adobe, Balenciaga, Epic Games, Fortnite, Unreal Engine, Twitch, Hilton, Pfizer, Louisville Slugger, and Linktree as well as many more. He heads up the brand design studio Lazaris. The studio’s focus is on building unapologetically bold brands that drive results for their clients.
Landing your dream job, project or client can seem like a daunting task. In this talk that’s purposely built for all industries, skill sets and seniority levels, Alex will break down how you can turn your dreams into reality.
We are the dreamers of dreams.
Make your Designs Pop, Literally: 3 Visual Techniques that Add Depth to Your Work
In this workshop I'll run through 3 visual styles/techniques that helped shape my career: Paper-Pop Style, Vector Skeuomorpism, and Augmented RealityThe paper-pop visual style is probably what I'm most known for, and I know I have a Skillshare course available for this... I promise you all that there are some helpful tricks/tips that are not in that course, that I will be demonstrating to all of you exclusively in the Creative South Workshop.
The Art of Growing On Social In 2023 As A Creative
As an experienced artist in today’s digital landscape, I understand the importance of having a strong online presence and connecting with your audience through social media. But with so many platforms and options available, it can be overwhelming to know where to start and how to grow your platform effectively. That's why I'm hosting a workshop for artists looking to find their audience, grow their platform, and succeed on social media in 2023. In this workshop, I'll be sharing my own experiences and strategies for success, including: 1. Identifying the best platforms for artists to showcase their work and reach their target audience 2. Utilizing social media analytics to track and grow your platform 3. Building a consistent and authentic online brand 4. Tips for managing time and avoiding burnout on social media 5. Strategies for growing your audience, increasing engagement, and reaching new audiences By the end of this workshop, you'll have a clear understanding of the best platforms for artists and a personalized action plan for success on social media. With my expertise and guidance, you'll have the tools you need to approach social media in a practical and sustainable way, and connect with your audience like never before.
Designing with Community: Equitable Co-Design Methodologies that Transform the Way We Create and Engage with Our Communities
As our world becomes more connected and digital, it is imperative for us to create products that are equitable, inclusive, and sustainable for our communities. In this workshop, you’ll learn: Fundamentals of community-led design and how it builds beyond existing frameworks of design thinking, agile methodology, and design sprints, inclusive and sustainable co-design research methods that radically transform our products and design artifacts, frameworks to deconstruct conscious and unconscious bias within our design process, and methodologies to inspire action & change within our design teams
Pricing Mindset & Boundary Setting
How to charge based on value and raise your prices as a designer while setting boundaries with clients so that you don't get taken advantage of.
Content Lab: Stop experimenting with social media
The Brief Collective's revolutionary, scientific formula to master attraction marketing and make clients come to you.
Beginner’s Guide to Badge Building
Join Matt Dawson as he guides us through an in-depth workshop detailing his badge building process, badge history, anatomy, Illustrator tips, and more. From ideation to design, Matt and workshop attendees will walk through a live badge build from start to finish.
Boom! Bam! Brush! Adobe Illustrator Workshop
An interactive workshop for Illustrators, Letterers, and Designers who want to add truly unique style to their work in Adobe Illustrator. Our Custom Illustrator Brush Workshop is an in-person, hand’s-on class where you learn how to make unique, one-of-a-kind, hand-created textures and turn them into custom brushes. We also explore the many ways to use them in your work. • Getting our hands dirty! We supply paint, brushes and some unexpected drawing tools. • Ways to import your hand-made brushes. No laptop is required but you’re welcome to bring one and work alongside us. • How to take those digital assets and create various types of brushes in Adobe Illustrator. • How to use and integrate brushes in your work to create linework, texture and transparency. • Downloadable step-by-step reference guide that walks you through the process – so you can spend more time making, and less time taking notes • Downloadable demonstration files to pick apart and practice on
Practical steps to selling your artwork in the real world
Get that job! How to build a killer portfolio and ace your portfolio review.
Join us for a weekend of collaboration, exploration, and lots of spectacular nonsense.
Your ticket includes: All speaker sessions, the Kickoff Mixer on the Bridge, Friday event, conference t-shirt & swag bag.
Workshops are a la carte.