Speakers & Instructors

STAY SHARP

Some of the most inspiring creatives from around the world will take the stage at the 2019 Creative Works Conference to share their successes, failures, processes, and experiences. We’re beyond excited to bring these beautiful people to Memphis to help sharpen your craft and push you further.


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David Carson

Graphic Designer

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Lisa Congdon

Artist, Illustrator, Hand Letterer & Author

Ty Mattson

Principal, Creative Director at Mattson Creative

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Mina Markham

Senior Engineer at Slack

Adé Hogue

Art Director, Designer & Letterer

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Tina Essmaker

Coach, Writer & Speaker

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Adam Garcia

Artist, Designer & Creative Director

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Maggie Enterrios

Illustrator

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Ignacio Osorio &
Sarah-Grace Mankarious

CNN Digital

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Dan Janssen

Lincoln Design Co.

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Alicja Colon

Paper Illustrator & Photographer

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Rogie King

Senior Product Designer at Dribbble

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Christen Carter

Busy Beaver Button Co.

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Amélie Lamont

Designer, Writer & Speaker

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Thomas Wimberly

Graphic Designer at Studio Number One

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Indhira Rojas

Founder & Creative Director at Anxy Magazine

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Becky Simpson

Designer & Illustrator

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Scotty Russell

Illustrator & Podcaster

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Tyler Deeb

Owner/Operator at Misc. Goods Co.

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Kayla Fritz & Hannah Epelbaum

Partners at Good Snake

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Titus Smith

Senior Designer at ESPN

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Michael Carpenter

Founder, Creative Director at Loaded For Bear

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Kyle Key

Founder, Keymaster Games

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Josh Horton

Founder, Creative Works

 

Workshops

LEVEL UP

Ten hands-on sessions led by masters of their craft will give you a deep dive into creative skills like illustration, lettering, design systems, app design, and more. Workshops are open only to conference attendees and have limited seating.

 


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FRIDAY @ 9Am

— CHOOSE ONE PER DAY —

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The Fundamentals of Script Lettering

Adé Hogue, Art Director, Designer & Letterer

Learn the basics of traditional script lettering through a series of hands-on demonstrations and exercises. Once you’ve covered the basics, Adé will show you ways in which you can modify any type specimen, take inspiration and create something truly unique for any occasion. Participants will walk away with a fully custom one to two-word lettering sketch of your own!

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Systems Thinking for Designers

Mina Markham & Amélie Lamont

What do scientists, government workers, engineers, and artists have in common? Systems. But how and why do they think in systems? And how does that relate to and help your design practice? Learn how to design more efficiently and consistently using design systems and how to apply systems thinking to your design workflow.

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Illustration from Head to Toe

Becky Simpson, Designer & Illustrator

Learn why illustration matters and go over drawing techniques, (zero pressure) exercises, creative prompts, talk art supplies, pro tips and even touch on how to digitize your analog art. The goal? To equip you with the tools to start and finish your ideas through illustration, and further expand your arsenal for creative expression.

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Paper. Light. Action. Yay!

Alicja Colon, Paper Illustrator & Photographer

Learn how to extend your creativity through exploration, curiosity, play and paper craft. Alongside Alicja, participants will create a paper craft while learning paper craft skills and techniques, the 4 inherent qualities of light and how to modify them, and how best to photograph your craft. All materials provided.

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The Great Contentment Masterclass

Tina Essmaker, Coach, Writer & Speaker

Feeling burned out or discontent with work, going through a big transition, or wondering what’s next? NYC-based coach Tina Essmaker will lead you through a series of exercises to help you kickstart your creativity, realign your career, and build a meaningful foundation for your future. Leave with a plan to take action toward a more meaningful career and life. 

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SatURDAY @ 9Am

— CHOOSE ONE PER DAY —

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Sign Painting: Not Just for Old Farts

Kayla Fritz & Hannah Epelbaum, Partners at Good Snake

Step away from the pixels, and slowly drop your Apple Pencil. Take a trip with Good Snake to the world of sign painting in modern design. No design, lettering, or sign painting experience is necessary to take part in this workshop, just be ready to get a little messy and have a great time with hand-painted letters.

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App Design & Prototyping WITH FIGMA

Rogie King, Senior Product Designer at Dribbble

Learn how to design and prototype an application user interface using the collaborative interface design tool: Figma. Participants will create a library of reusable components (colors, text styles, grids, buttons, form fields, etc.) to create a cohesive mini design system and demo their application’s user experience using built in prototyping tools.

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DIGITAL ILLUSTRATION WITH PROCREATE

Maggie Enterrios, Illustrator

Learn how professional illustrators use the Procreate app and unlock techniques that make drawing on an iPad Pro feel as natural as drawing by hand. Participants will better understand the fundamental basics of illustration, interface tricks, workflow optimization, and gain comfort creating dynamic digital artwork by hand.

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Sign Language

Michael Carpenter, Founder & CD at Loaded for Bear

Learn the ins and outs of interior and exterior signage. Participants will study all aspects of the process from reading and understanding signage guidelines, the initial design process, permitting, material selections, fabrication and installation options, working with other trades, and integrating a brand into a space in engaging ways.

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Editorial Design 101

Titus Smith, Senior Designer at ESPN

No matter your experience level, this workshop will change how you approach editorial illustration forever. Go behind the scenes and take a look at real briefs, featuring work from some of the industry's most accomplished designers. Participants will receive an assignment, negotiate rates, deliver sketches, endure feedback and produce finals—all before lunch!

 

POP-UP MARKET

GET THE GOODS

The Creative Works Market showcases curated apparel, prints, pins, and handmade goods from 36 designers, makers, manufacturers, and brands from all over the country. With plenty of local vendors in the mix, you've got more swag than you can stuff in your tote bag. Open to the public Friday & Saturday (Oct. 4 & 5) from 10am–6pm.


 
 

Pop-Up Market Presented By

 
 

Big Cartel makes it simple to build a unique online store, sell your work, and run a creative business.

Location

MEMPHIS, TENN

The heart of Memphis serves as the backdrop for Creative Works Conference. Experience the rich culture and deep history of a city that prides itself on authenticity. Venue, hotels, and afterparties are all walkable, so save your rental car money.

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VENUE

Halloran Centre
225 South Main Street
Downtown Memphis, TN 38103

CONFERENCE HOTEL

SpringHill Suites (Downtown)
85 West Court Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103

Group Rate: $139/night

FAQ

What is Creative Works Conference?

On the surface, it’s 18 talks, 10 workshops, 36 vendors, and 3 afterparties that encourage inspiration, connection, and growth among creative professionals. Beyond that, it can also be a confidence booster, a skill builder, a network expander, and a career changer. Truly, the conference is what you make it.

Who’s it for?⁣⁣

This conference is for creative professionals who are serious about their craft and want to sharpen their skills, learn how others work, and build in-person relationships with creators from all over the country. All it takes is the willingness to learn, listen, and be present.

Why should I attend?⁣⁣

To learn from and be inspired by world-class talent. To connect with a national network of designers, artists, and makers. To expand your perspective. To spend three days experiencing the culture and community of Memphis, TN. Need to convince your boss? We’ve got you covered.

Where should I stay?

Our friends at SpringHill Suites have provided conference attendees with a group rate. Book your room today to lock in your special room rate. (Discount is subject to availability.)

Are there any ticket discounts?

We do not offer discounted tickets to the conference, as Creative Works is very competitively priced compared to similarly sized conferences and events. The revenue generated from ticket sales goes directly into covering the costs of the event and growing the experience year after year.

Do you have a code of conduct?

Yes. All attendees, speakers, instructors, and sponsors are required to follow our code of conduct. We take this code, and all claims against it, very seriously.

What’s the refund policy?

You can request a full refund for a conference pass up to 30 days prior to the event (September 3, 2019).


 

Convince Your Boss

In an ideal world, conferences would be free and teleportation would exist. But they’re not (and it doesn’t), so you might want to look to your employer for help making your way here. If you work at a company or an agency, use the following points to craft your pitch to come to Creative Works Conference. It’s a worthwhile investment that can truly impact your work and your career.

I’ll learn new skills from industry experts.

Creative Works brings in top talent to teach hands-on workshops for relevant skills like design systems and app prototyping. I have the opportunity to select two 3-hour workshops to make the most of my time at the conference.

I’ll have renewed energy and passion for my work.

At the core of the conference, 18 world-class creatives give talks about their processes, their work, their successes, and their failures. It’s inspiring to see that amount of talent and insight in one place, and I know it will give me a boost of confidence and energy.

I’ll come back with new trends, ideas, techniques, and best practices.

Some of the most valuable takeaways are seeing how other designers and creatives approach projects and solve problems. I’ll learn about tools, workflows, and processes that I can put to good use in my work here.

I’ll make new relationships and connect with a larger creative community.

Expanding my perspective and connecting with a national network of creatives will give me encouragement to push my skills and my work further.


Are you a Memphian? Remind your employer they don’t even have to pay for travel or accommodations, which can often be the most expensive part of going to a conference.

Conference SCHEDULE

OCTOBER 3 - 5

Join world-class creatives for three days of full-hearted talks, practical workshops, and too-fun afterparties. Our schedule is designed with no overlapping main stage talks, so you get to see everything. And it all goes down in Downtown Memphis.


THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

10:00a
REGISTRATION

9:00a - 12:00p
WORKSHOPS

9:00a - 12:00p
WORKSHOPS

12:00p - 1:00p
LUNCH BREAK

FOOD TRUCKS ON SITE

12:00p - 1:00p
LUNCH BREAK

FOOD TRUCKS ON SITE

12:00p - 1:00p
LUNCH BREAK

FOOD TRUCKS ON SITE

1:00p - 2:45p
MAIN STAGE TALKS

1:00p - 2:45p
MAIN STAGE TALKS

1:00p - 2:45p
MAIN STAGE TALKS

2:45p - 3:00p
BREAK

2:45p - 3:00p
BREAK

2:45p - 3:00p
BREAK

3:00p - 5:45p
MAIN STAGE TALKS

3:00p - 5:45p
MAIN STAGE TALKS

3:00p - 5:45p
MAIN STAGE TALKS

5:45p - 6:00p
BREAK

5:45p - 6:00p
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5:45p - 6:00p
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6:00p
KEYNOTE

6:00p
KEYNOTE

6:00p
KEYNOTE

7:30p AFTER PARTY

DINNER PROVIDED

7:30p AFTER PARTY

DINNER PROVIDED

7:30p AFTER PARTY

DINNER PROVIDED

SPONSORS & PARTNERS

THANK YOU

We'd be crazy to try to pull something like this off by ourselves. Luckily, we have the help, love, and support of some incredible companies, groups, and organizations. A huge thank you goes out to everyone below for believing in this conference. Click around, and show them some love, too. Interested in supporting Creative Works? Drop us a note.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Stay driven.

Creative Works is more than a conference. It’s more than an escape from the office. It’s more than a lineup of speakers and instructors.

It’s a place to get refueled, recharged, and reenergized in your work. Where you can learn new skills, meet fellow creatives, and remind yourself why you’re driven to do what you do.

So get your ticket, stay on your drive, and we’ll see you in October.