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WMC Fest 2012 – day two

19 Jul

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m going to try to sum up my experience by transcribing my notes from the speakers I was able to watch, hear, and experience in hopes that it makes sense and inspires you as much as it did for me. Day two…go!

Brian Andrew Jasinski, Cleveland-based artist, illustrator, and designer at his one-man agency, Grey Cardigan
Talk Title: Designing Beyond the Desk

You are a designer even when you are outside of the work chair
The audience goes with you as you connect with them and earn their trust
Understanding and learning your client and becoming an ambassador for them with design
Designers can tell stories without words
Find what you love doing and find out how to use it
It’s easy to be passionate about your own work, but you have to have self-discipline to control/art-direct your own work
Keep pushing yourself to a new place

Brian’s belief is to be a design ambassador; step out from behind your computer often and get out there to talk with people about design. Make a connection with people, earn their trust, and push yourself.

Julia Kuo, Cleveland, OH-based illustrator and designer
Talk Title: All I want to do is make cute things

How to make cute things:
1. Eyes
2. Cute mouth
3. Any shape and it will be cute
Is part of The Nimbus Factory as a side project
Illustrated the book New to Cleveland: A Guide to (re)Discovering the City, which started from the 100 Days in Cleveland blog

Julia’s blog, 100 Days in Cleveland, opened up an opportunity for her. Do something you enjoy, share with others, and maybe something will come out of it. Also, drawing cute things doesn’t hurt either.

Matt Stevens, Charlotte, NC-based designer, illustrator, and art director
Talk Title: *subject to change without notice

No plan, just do it
Do it for your own reasons, see opportunities and jump
Might not work out
Immerse yourself into something
Fight to do the kind of work you want to do
Figure out what’s important to you
You make your own momentum

I’m a big fan of Matt and his work. He takes his work very seriously and it shows. Figure out what you love to do and do what you need to do to do it.
You create your own driving force. Matt’s a true example of how hard work, several side projects, and talent can give you the flexibility of doing what you love to do.

Tuesday Bassen, New York City-based illustrator and designer
Talk Title: Don’t Be An Asshole

Being awesome isn’t enough sometimes
Don’t pee in the design pool
Make your own community instead of waiting around
Draw for yourself
There are no specific avenues to do your work

Tuesday’s talk pretty much sums it up; be nice to others, make a community of like-minded people, and see where your work leads you.

Friends of Type, Brooklyn, NY & San Francisco-based designers, illustrator, typographers, Aaron Carambula, Erik Marinovich, Dennis Payongayong, and Jason Wong
Talk Title: Good, Bad & Ugly

If you have an idea, do it
Find inspiration anywhere
Keep it fun and light and fresh
Have adventures
Don’t be afraid to fuck up

The Friends of Type might have been the happiest people at WMC Fest. You can tell they feed off one another, love to create, and can turn a simple idea into something magical.

Jennifer Daniel, Brooklyn, NY-based designer and illustrator
Talk Title: Untitled

Surround yourself with creative friends and competitive settings

Jennifer works for the Man, and she’s ok with that. She’s figured out how to work really hard, be herself, and get a photo of Lady GaGa’s butt in a world-renowned, weekly business magazine. Well done, Jennifer.

James White, Nova Scotia, Canada-based illustrator, designer, and owner of Signalnoise
Talk Title: Design Renegade

Draw all of the time
Being different just isn’t enough anymore
Get off the path and get out in the woods
Infuse fun into your work, be kid-focused and passionate
Do what you’re passionate about and the passion will show in your work
Play: do it just to do it
Boy Scout and Lego icons – inspiration
Playing around can earn you work
You never know where your work will end up if you don’t pull it out there
No baloney [in your work], just the stuff that needs to be there
Do stuff and see where it goes
Pick online communities that work for you and use them well and often
You don’t need clients in order to do work
Do lots of research for your personal projects

James is a 30-something year old kid who is full of energy…or is it maple syrup, I’m not sure. He loves Legos, trading cards, and 8-bit video games. But don’t be fooled by his kid-like mentality. James loves to try new things and allows his passions to shine through in his work. Sometimes, if you do the work and get the work out there, the right people will see it and it will turn into something much more than an exercise.

Kate Bingaman Burt, Portland, OR-based
Talk Title: 8 Days a Week

Collecting is important to the research, but be sure to make connections
Curations: study, ask questions, and seek to find new meanings
Use collected images to guide the process
Share with others
Work hard
Elevate the mundane
Automated projects: create framework and structure
Zines: constraint to creations
Turn thoughtfully looking into thoughtfully making

Kate is an explosion of enthusiasm. She is constantly working, moving, sharing, and making. Each one of Kate’s projects might seem crazy and unplanned, but actually there is a pretty strict structure under all of the hand drawings. Structure and constraints can sometimes be a creativity-killer, but if used wisely, they can give you even more freedom.

That’s it for the speakers. I just wanted to say again how pleased I was with this conference. I haven’t felt this re-energized in a really long time and I owe it to the WMC Fest team, all of the speakers, the featured designers, the bands, and all of the wonderful people I met over the weekend.