Breakout Sessions

Join us for breakout sessions focusing on key topics lead by industry experts. Each session is geared towards acclimating you for real world skills and job preparation.


This is a presentation about change—volatile, thrilling, unavoidable change. For a designer, it can provide the push you need to explore your place and find your voice in the world beyond. It's an opportunity to learn a few good lessons from one man who figured out being a designer wasn't enough. He'll show you how to stay hungry, become indispensable, and remain enthralled, in and out of design. Let's call it a 90% practical, 10% touchy-feely presentation. Okay, maybe 7…
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This is a presentation about change—volatile, thrilling, unavoidable change. For a designer, it can provide the push you need to explore your place and find your voice in the world beyond. It's an opportunity to learn a few good lessons from one man who figured out being a designer wasn't enough. He'll show you how to stay hungry, become indispensable, and remain enthralled, in and out of design. Let's call it a 90% practical, 10% touchy-feely presentation. Okay, maybe 70/30. Since 2001, Mike Joosse has devoted his career to nurturing and leading design communities. Currently, he serves as Partner and Community Director at DESIGNATION, where he helps prepare students to become conscientious, skilled design leaders of tomorrow. Mike has lectured across the country on community and careers in design at Frontier: AIGA Design Educators Conference, the Hike Conference, Design Exchange Boston, Phoenix Design Week, Brooks Institute, and to a host of organizations. He does occasional projects under the name Listening and Speaking. He lives in Chicago and no longer fears snow.


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Interested in museum design? Three designers living their dream jobs in museum design share their journey to where they are now and a little bit of everything in between. Panelists Mandy Engleman of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Becca Winti from the Dallas Museum of Art, and Lindsey Croley from the Nasher Sculpture Center will share their work and the stories of their career paths.

MANDY ENGLEMAN, Manager of Creative Design, Perot Museum of Nature and Science<…
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Interested in museum design? Three designers living their dream jobs in museum design share their journey to where they are now and a little bit of everything in between. Panelists Mandy Engleman of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Becca Winti from the Dallas Museum of Art, and Lindsey Croley from the Nasher Sculpture Center will share their work and the stories of their career paths.

MANDY ENGLEMAN, Manager of Creative Design, Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Mandy Engleman has worked in-house in museum design departments for the past fifteen years. She’s currently the Manager of Creative Design at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in downtown Dallas and was previously Director of Creative Services at the Dallas Museum of Art for eleven years. Her team at the Perot Museum serves as the museum’s in-house design agency, managing projects from conception to print or to screen and wearing all hats in between. In addition to her role at the museum, she also teaches advanced publication design at Eastfield College in their Digital Media department, where she’s been an adjunct faculty member for the past fourteen years. She has won many awards for her work, including a gold medal in invitation design from the American Association of Museums. She has a BFA in Communication Design from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Mandy is a lover of all things typographic, colorful, and mid-century. She’s a sucker for puppies and nephews.

BECCA WINTI, Director of Creative Services, Dallas Museum of Art
Becca is a native Texan and graduated from Texas Tech University. She started her career in 2005 at RSW Creative in Dallas. In 2006, she left RSW to work as Junior Designer at the Dallas Museum of Art. Over her 10+ year tenure at the DMA, she has worked her way up to Director of Creative Services. In her role at the Museum she is the “brand police.” Becca and her team work on anything from a program flyers to store product to marketing campaigns for special exhibitions. She has won many awards for her work over the years at the museum, including two Letterhead awards from Neenah Paper. Her all-time favorite exhibition that she has worked on the DMA was Take your time: Olafur Eliasson.

In her free time, Becca enjoys spending time with her family and poodle. Her jam is any song with a tambourine in it, chips and salsa, and Lemon La Croix.

LINDSEY CROLEY, Senior Designer, Nasher Sculpture Center
Lindsey Croley is the senior graphic designer for the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas. Her work currently focuses on exhibition design, Nasher branding, and The Nasher magazine. Previously Lindsey served as creative director for the AT&T Performing Arts Center where she developed their brand identity and opening campaign. Lindsey’s work has been published in PRINT magazine and HOW magazine. As a mother of two young kids, Lindsey aims to be a mentor and supporter for other new moms navigating the world of graphic design.


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Now this is a story all about how our lives got flipped-turned upside down, and we’d like to take a minute, just sit right there and we’ll tell you how we got our first tv commercial on the air. Creative Director Whitney Hill and Associate Creative Director Rebecca Reid lead a creative team of art directors and copywriters who work across two pieces of business at The Marketing Arm. The first is the Special Projects team that tackles unique projects that require a group of diverse…
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Now this is a story all about how our lives got flipped-turned upside down, and we’d like to take a minute, just sit right there and we’ll tell you how we got our first tv commercial on the air. Creative Director Whitney Hill and Associate Creative Director Rebecca Reid lead a creative team of art directors and copywriters who work across two pieces of business at The Marketing Arm. The first is the Special Projects team that tackles unique projects that require a group of diverse talent. The second is the Quaker team that masters all things oat — including the challenge of creating broadcast work for Quaker’s newest products. Whitney and Rebecca have both been in the industry for 12 years and share experience in direct mail, print, digital, social, event and experiential, promotions, in-store, corporate communications, video content and broadcast. Whitney has also worked in packaging and product innovation as well as illustration. She’s ridden a motorcycle over the highest motorable pass in the world. Rebecca has additionally written for radio, a political agency and a non-profit. She was conceived after a Stevie Wonder concert.


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Design education tends to focus on bringing value to businesses by solving their brand and communication problems. While such highly developed skills will positively impact your earning potential and the bottom line of your clients, they can also be leveraged to influence the world around you. As designers, we have the responsibility to use our skills to impact the challenges in society that are not driven by profit, for if we do not, the likelihood of those issues being ignored or misunderst…
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Design education tends to focus on bringing value to businesses by solving their brand and communication problems. While such highly developed skills will positively impact your earning potential and the bottom line of your clients, they can also be leveraged to influence the world around you. As designers, we have the responsibility to use our skills to impact the challenges in society that are not driven by profit, for if we do not, the likelihood of those issues being ignored or misunderstood soars. I plan to share the journey of my firm, 70kft, in walking that line of designing for both commerce and for good. Gus Granger is the founder of 70kft, a brand strategy and marketing agency that specializes in enterprise technology. The agency portfolio of clients includes Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Virtustream, Verizon and GE. His work has been recognized by a number of publications and organizations, including: Adobe, American Advertising Federation, AIGA, Brand New, Communication Arts, Dallas Society of Visual Communications, Graphis and PRINT magazine. Gus is the president emeritus of the AIGA Dallas-Fort Worth, and currently sits on the national AIGA Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce. A sought after presenter, Gus regularly speaks at conferences, colleges and universities. 70kft has been recognized among the 2015 and 2016 Inc. 5000 lists of fastest-growing private companies in the U.S., as well as a Dallas Business Journal Best Place to Work in Dallas.


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If you are wondering what to do before and/or after you acquire that glorious sacred document called a degree, join me, a person you have never met before, as I walk you through my experience as a creative in the wild world of advertising. I’ll tell you my story and hopefully give you some practical pro tips to successfully adult in advertising. Bring your portfolio, and with time permitting, we will have a mini portfolio review with the entire WALO team at the end of the session! More …
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If you are wondering what to do before and/or after you acquire that glorious sacred document called a degree, join me, a person you have never met before, as I walk you through my experience as a creative in the wild world of advertising. I’ll tell you my story and hopefully give you some practical pro tips to successfully adult in advertising. Bring your portfolio, and with time permitting, we will have a mini portfolio review with the entire WALO team at the end of the session! More about WALO at WALOinc.com. Nicholas Marshall is a senior creative at the good ship, WALO, an independent advertising and idea shop located in the West End of Dallas, TX. A graduate of the illustrious communication design program at the University of North Texas, he has been working in advertising and design for a handful of years. Laughter, positivity, and inspired wrong thinking are his ride or die partners in crime. The belief in himself and staying true to who he is has helped propel his career forward and energize those around him. In a somewhat short space of time he has had the honor to work with, and build brands you may have heard of. He’s worked with McDonald’s, Samsung, Doritos, Cheetos, Dodge, and Jarritos to name a few. Stop him and say howdy if you see him strolling the show floor halls!


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Will deal with how to design creative websites, software interface, and content management systems for non-creative clients. Talking points will include knowing your audience, keeping the client involved and interested, when to compromise and when to hold your ground, and the importance of clear communication, with both your clients and your teammates. Curtis Hale is a partner and Creative Director at The Old State House of Design and Development. He received his education at Texas Tech Unive…
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Will deal with how to design creative websites, software interface, and content management systems for non-creative clients. Talking points will include knowing your audience, keeping the client involved and interested, when to compromise and when to hold your ground, and the importance of clear communication, with both your clients and your teammates. Curtis Hale is a partner and Creative Director at The Old State House of Design and Development. He received his education at Texas Tech University and graduated first in his class in 2003. After college, Curtis co-founded LiveSide Studio, a creative and interactive company, with Travis McElroy. After two years in business, Curtis took over the role of Art Director at another firm before he and Travis branched out to create The Old State. Curtis is passionate about creating functional beauty, whether it be a new brand, an interactive business tool, or a piece of furniture.


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A story is a common thread that connects brands to consumers. Utilizing contemporary methods and drawing from our broad experience in media channels, Rising Fall will provide insight on best practices, tailoring key messaging and more. We will help you cultivate shareable, visual and audible content that works. Rising Fall is a Dallas video production agency specializing in turnkey video services or specialty needs like color correction. We support video production.

A story is a common thread that connects brands to consumers. Utilizing contemporary methods and drawing from our broad experience in media channels, Rising Fall will provide insight on best practices, tailoring key messaging and more. We will help you cultivate shareable, visual and audible content that works. Rising Fall is a Dallas video production agency specializing in turnkey video services or specialty needs like color correction. We support video production.


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You will here people say to find your niche, that little corner of the industry where everything falls into place. You love the work, you are good at it, and people want to pay you to do it. That's great if you can find it, and if nothing ever changes. What happens when you don't love it anymore, it isn't challenging, or the demand for what you do falls out of favor? Being agile and willing to change directions is a valuable skill to cultivate in your career.

Stacey Jemison …
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You will here people say to find your niche, that little corner of the industry where everything falls into place. You love the work, you are good at it, and people want to pay you to do it. That's great if you can find it, and if nothing ever changes. What happens when you don't love it anymore, it isn't challenging, or the demand for what you do falls out of favor? Being agile and willing to change directions is a valuable skill to cultivate in your career.

Stacey Jemison has been a commercial photographer since 2007. She spent a good portion of that time as Senior Photographer at Fossil Group, working on brand and advertising campaigns for Fossil, Michele, Watchstation, Michael Kors, Adidas,  Zodiac and more. She recently set up her own studio and shoots editorial and commercial photography for D CEO, Richardson Living, JC Penney, Ylang23, Urban Land Institute, Cinco Vodka and others.


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Vitamin T presents a panel of experienced hiring managers within the creative, marketing, and advertising industry that addresses common challenges for graduating creatives and discusses how to overcome them. Panel Attendees: (Bruce Wynn-Jones, Brand Agent and Brown + Partners; Peter Wood, Resident Alien; Meredith Mathews, Half Price Books; Julio Garcia, SUCCESS Partners; Thomas McShane, Eighty Three Creative)

Vitamin T presents a panel of experienced hiring managers within the creative, marketing, and advertising industry that addresses common challenges for graduating creatives and discusses how to overcome them. Panel Attendees: (Bruce Wynn-Jones, Brand Agent and Brown + Partners; Peter Wood, Resident Alien; Meredith Mathews, Half Price Books; Julio Garcia, SUCCESS Partners; Thomas McShane, Eighty Three Creative)


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Join Lily Smith-Kirkley as she discusses how, as a creative entrepreneur, she built an illustration-based business. Highlights will include illustration designs and actionable intelligence on developing multiple revenue streams and crafting business ventures with skills and expertise you already possess. Lilco (lil-co) is owned and operated by Lily Smith+Kirkley. Lily is a native Texan and graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Maryland. With ten years of design ex…
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Join Lily Smith-Kirkley as she discusses how, as a creative entrepreneur, she built an illustration-based business. Highlights will include illustration designs and actionable intelligence on developing multiple revenue streams and crafting business ventures with skills and expertise you already possess. Lilco (lil-co) is owned and operated by Lily Smith+Kirkley. Lily is a native Texan and graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Maryland. With ten years of design experience, Lily has worked for companies both large and small, including Tsang Seymour (NY), Bergdorf Goodman (NY), Neiman Marcus (TX), The Matchbox Studio (TX), Fossil (TX) and Banowetz + Co (TX). In 2003, Lily and her partner, artist Kim Cadmus Owens, moved to Brooklyn where they lived and worked for three years. In 2006 they returned to Texas, and Lily bought her first press, a Vandercook SP-15. Initially Lilco was launched as a side project, but after winning the Scion/Motivate contest in February 2013, Lily has put all her eggs in one basket and now runs Lilco full-time. Besides working, Lily enjoys swimming, dumpster diving and running.


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Often students spend 4-5 years working towards a degree and a portfolio without planning on what to do on the Monday after graduation.  A great portfolio is only the beginning when it comes to figuring out how to start your career in Visual Communication. In this session, you will learn some business practices that can help you shape the direction you take. Topics covered include pricing models and contracts as well as the ups and downs of freelancing vs employment at a studio or agency.…
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Often students spend 4-5 years working towards a degree and a portfolio without planning on what to do on the Monday after graduation.  A great portfolio is only the beginning when it comes to figuring out how to start your career in Visual Communication. In this session, you will learn some business practices that can help you shape the direction you take. Topics covered include pricing models and contracts as well as the ups and downs of freelancing vs employment at a studio or agency. Over his 15 year career, Josh Ege has had the opportunity to work at advertising agencies, design boutiques, in-house design departments and as a freelance designer/art director. Currently, Mr. Ege is an Assistant Professor of Visual Communications at Texas A&M University-Commerce where he teaches Design, Art Direction and Design Business Practices. His work has been recognized by Print Magazine, Communication Arts, Graphis, How International Design Awards, AIGA, American Graphic Design Awards, Art Directors Club of Houston and the DSVC Professional Show.


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These days, it's easier than ever to get started with animation and motion graphics. However, quality work is still just as difficult to produce. This talk will cover some of the ways that learning to do animation by hand (and hand-drawing it, even!) can help you avoid some of the pitfalls that plague many aspiring animators. Jarrod Simpson is a Dallas-based freelance motion designer. He graduated from Texas A&M in 2011 with a B.S. in Visualization, which he fondly describes as &ldquo…
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These days, it's easier than ever to get started with animation and motion graphics. However, quality work is still just as difficult to produce. This talk will cover some of the ways that learning to do animation by hand (and hand-drawing it, even!) can help you avoid some of the pitfalls that plague many aspiring animators. Jarrod Simpson is a Dallas-based freelance motion designer. He graduated from Texas A&M in 2011 with a B.S. in Visualization, which he fondly describes as “a Frankenstein-esque mix between graphic design, fine art, and computer science that somehow worked out.” Since then, he has helped do some really fun work with the great people at The Richards Group, The Marketing Arm, Brazen Animation, O&H Brand Design, and The Launch Agency. He’s also been fortunate enough to work with the following clients: The Home Depot, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, RAM Trucks, FIAT, Chick-fil-A, Nissan, and Frito-Lay among others.


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With ever changing technology how do you keep up and avoid being replaced by a machine? Today we're using technologies that didn't exist a few years ago and these same technologies will likely be replaced in the near future. In addition, new platforms are launching every day that are commoditizing designers and developers. We'll talk about strategies to utilize technology to make your marketing communications more human and build in job security. Ryan Short is the founder and crea…
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With ever changing technology how do you keep up and avoid being replaced by a machine? Today we're using technologies that didn't exist a few years ago and these same technologies will likely be replaced in the near future. In addition, new platforms are launching every day that are commoditizing designers and developers. We'll talk about strategies to utilize technology to make your marketing communications more human and build in job security. Ryan Short is the founder and creative director at MODassic, a branding, design and marketing agency based in Dallas, TX. Originally a musician turned designer turned agency principal, Ryan has made a career out of utilizing technology to leverage marketing communications and help brands achieve their goals.


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Human-centered design, when successfully integrated into all aspects of the built environment, can transform culture and places and create immeasurable value for the people who interact and experience it. The focus of The Environments Studio at global design consultancy CallisonRTKL is to move beyond architectural form and function to interpret an intangible brand, vision or core experience into a tangible, built environment. The placemaking process is rooted in cultural immersion and strateg…
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Human-centered design, when successfully integrated into all aspects of the built environment, can transform culture and places and create immeasurable value for the people who interact and experience it. The focus of The Environments Studio at global design consultancy CallisonRTKL is to move beyond architectural form and function to interpret an intangible brand, vision or core experience into a tangible, built environment. The placemaking process is rooted in cultural immersion and strategy, continuing through to the critical translation of brand concepts into design, and finishing with implementation and installation of thought-provoking, brand-rich environments. Simply put, we study people, we build brands, and we create informed spaces through environmental graphics, art and signage. Join Sarah Kimes, Associate Vice President of Brand Strategy, and Leighton Pustejovsky, Environmental Graphic Designer, to understand how they collaborate with urban planners, architects and interior designers to create places that connect with people. Sarah Kimes has over 14 years of experience working with retailers, developers and entrepreneurs all over the world to create enduring brands rooted in culture and community. Sarah’s portfolio crosses borders and cultures and ranges from working on large, global brands including Tylenol, Revlon, ExxonMobil, Weight Watchers and Volvo to vibrant destinations such as Desert Ridge Marketplace in Phoenix and Mockingbird Station in Dallas. Leighton Pustejovsky has over 5 years of experience developing branding, packaging, marketing materials, and web design for companies like Holy Kombucha, Alcon, NAPA, and Eatzi’s, and signage and wayfinding for Mockingbird Station, Victory Block D Parking Garage, and Lone Star Brewery District. With a degree in art education and various backgrounds that range from small startups to international agencies, Leighton has a passion to share his experience and knowledge of design.


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To improve your writing, just change your thinking. We all communicate. Some of us even write copy. But the way brands engage with consumers is changing. So now, there's a workshop for creative professionals, marketers, salespeople, account planners and social media types that can help you:

  • Learn where good copy comes from (not just how to write it)
  • Build a rationale for your creative ideas
  • Distill any communication challenge to five words (or f…
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To improve your writing, just change your thinking. We all communicate. Some of us even write copy. But the way brands engage with consumers is changing. So now, there's a workshop for creative professionals, marketers, salespeople, account planners and social media types that can help you:

  • Learn where good copy comes from (not just how to write it)
  • Build a rationale for your creative ideas
  • Distill any communication challenge to five words (or fewer)
  • Convey your ideas to peers and clients quickly and clearly
  • Practice defining clear messages that fuel stronger writing

Good copy is good communication. And good communication starts with a clear message. So, while this workshop will give you tools and techniques for writing effective copy, it's really about developing, defining and delivering your message in a way that truly connects. Along the way, it might even change the way you think about the creative process.

7% LEARNING TO WRITE. 93% LEARNING WHAT TO WRITE ABOUT.

This workshop is all about strategic thinking, problem-solving and process. Sure, you’ll practice writing clever headlines and interesting copy. More important, you’ll learn to identify your audience and discover what matters to them. Because the task of writing is easier when the communication objective is clear.

The content is presented in a simple, step-by-step format. For each step, there’s a brief lecture with examples. Then, you get to write. After that, you get to share your work with the group and learn from their feedback.

Wayne Geyer is quite possibly the perfect combination of communications strategist and creative copywriter. His skills include brand development, conceptual thinking and copywriting for internal and external communications. His approach is designed to help business leaders clarify purpose, define a brand story, and inform the conversations every organization has with its audiences. The output from Wayne's process can directly influence sales, marketing, recruiting, on-boarding, and culture. 

Since 1993, Wayne has produced work for clients in every conceivable industry, including such companies as Dr Pepper, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, American Airlines, Motorola, American Heart Association and the Dallas Cowboys.

Wayne earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Advertising Art from the University of North Texas. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at UNT and at Southern Methodist University. He is an active participant in the National Student Show and Conference, and has held the position of vice president on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Society of Visual Communications.


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Imaginuity CEO, Corbett Guest, and CDO, Tony Osterhaus, give an overview of Imaginuity today and a look back at the company's roots and growth over the years. They will also take you for a trip through the digital age from birth to present day and what it all means to you as you move into the 21st-century digital workplace and look to advance your careers. Corbett Guest, CEO: With nearly 20 years of experience leading digital strategies and creative services for Fortune 500 clients, Corbe…
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Imaginuity CEO, Corbett Guest, and CDO, Tony Osterhaus, give an overview of Imaginuity today and a look back at the company's roots and growth over the years. They will also take you for a trip through the digital age from birth to present day and what it all means to you as you move into the 21st-century digital workplace and look to advance your careers. Corbett Guest, CEO: With nearly 20 years of experience leading digital strategies and creative services for Fortune 500 clients, Corbett is responsible for Imaginuity’s vision. He also ensures that Imaginuity’s solutions deliver the best return on investment for Imaginuity’s clients, both creatively and functionally. He defines Imaginuity’s strategic direction and oversees the development and implementation of all services. Tony Osterhaus, CDO: Tony has nearly 15 years of experience in delivering innovative solutions to complex business and technical problems across a variety of industries which include: healthcare, retail energy, architecture, construction, banking and commercial real estate — among others. Leveraging a diverse technology and consulting background, Tony oversees client delivery and operations ensuring that all projects are completed to high standards of quality.


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Naturally creative in her business endeavors as well as her personal illustration projects, Evalyn ("Evie") German is a Senior Art Director for the Fossil Brand print team, where she crafts thoughtfully-designed pieces, from direct catalogs to national print ads. Off the clock she uses her imagination to create magical experiences for the young-at-heart, using her ardent enthusiasm for illustration. Evie is well-versed in all areas of graphic design, with hands-on ability in art dir…
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Naturally creative in her business endeavors as well as her personal illustration projects, Evalyn ("Evie") German is a Senior Art Director for the Fossil Brand print team, where she crafts thoughtfully-designed pieces, from direct catalogs to national print ads. Off the clock she uses her imagination to create magical experiences for the young-at-heart, using her ardent enthusiasm for illustration. Evie is well-versed in all areas of graphic design, with hands-on ability in art direction, typography, branding, and corporate identity. Passionate about design, she loves working in a team with other talented designers, directors, copywriters, illustrators and photographers to create strong visual solutions. Before Fossil, Evie worked at several top creative agencies in Dallas. She has worked on high-profile brands including Domtar Paper, Hasbro, Shiner Beer, TXU, Trammel Crow, Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, PepsiCo, Bank of America, and Fossil Inc. She has been recognized by the Art Directors Club of Houston, Print and Communication Arts.


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Finding your place at an agency can be tough. There are a lot of factors to consider — the vibe, the office space, perks and benefits, clients and work, etc., etc. All of these things wrap up into culture. Finding and cultivating a strong culture is what’s going to really turn on the tap of your creative juices. greenlight COO Olivia Cole and Creative Director Todd Lancaster will take you through how important culture is for fostering creativity and how greenlight and neighboring …
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Finding your place at an agency can be tough. There are a lot of factors to consider — the vibe, the office space, perks and benefits, clients and work, etc., etc. All of these things wrap up into culture. Finding and cultivating a strong culture is what’s going to really turn on the tap of your creative juices. greenlight COO Olivia Cole and Creative Director Todd Lancaster will take you through how important culture is for fostering creativity and how greenlight and neighboring space HOWDO were designed to do just that, from how the space is laid out to the people making the agency go round. Olivia, passionate about love and respect, is co-founder of greenlight and inspired meeting venue, HOWDO. Always quick with a hug and a smile, Olivia nurtures clients including La Quinta Inns & Suites, Gold’s Gym, and La Cantera Resort & Spa like family. Since day one, she has been a crucial part of the agency’s continued growth, as well as a champion for cultivating a strong culture. Before opening greenlight in 2006, she spent five and a half years with MD&A Advertising, rising to vice president, client services. A Texas native, Olivia graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and now resides in Dallas with her husband and three sweet boys. Born 40 and bullet proof, Todd is a native Texan living just outside Dallas with his wife, three kids and dog Soda Pop. A veteran of the Texas commercial art scene for over 20 years and current creative director at greenlight, he’s worked with clients ranging from the Fortune 500 to local boutique brands. Todd draws inspiration from live music, old skateboards and everything DIY. And he just may know who shot JFK.


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Creativity. It’s an attribute that is as much desired as it is admired. Creativity. One of the hardest abilities to teach. You can’t feel it. Or can you? You can’t control it. Or can you? You’re born with it, but channeling it is a completely different obstacle. And when you finally obtain creativity, what happens when you lose it? How do you get it back when you “Lose your Muse”? Jerry Miranda is the Production Manager and Emmy Winning Editor for the Dalla…
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Creativity. It’s an attribute that is as much desired as it is admired. Creativity. One of the hardest abilities to teach. You can’t feel it. Or can you? You can’t control it. Or can you? You’re born with it, but channeling it is a completely different obstacle. And when you finally obtain creativity, what happens when you lose it? How do you get it back when you “Lose your Muse”? Jerry Miranda is the Production Manager and Emmy Winning Editor for the Dallas Stars. From concept to completion, Jerry is in charge of all pre-produced productions from the in-arena show to elements for broadcast, such as player spotlights and television commercials. Jerry will take you through what it takes to implement the various influences he has been given throughout the years to create powerful and entertaining visual images. Jerry taught Advanced Editing for Media Composer at the Art Institute of Dallas all the while editing national commercials and even writing and directing a movie in which he also scored the soundtrack


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As a food photographer a question often asked is if the ice cream in the picture is really mashed potatoes. For the answer to that and anything else you’d like to know about food photography, come to this live demonstration. During this session, an actual ice cream shoot will be set up and photographed from start to finish. As an attendee you may be asked to help with the setup or just watch and ask questions while photographer, Dick Patrick, and food stylist, Paige Fletcher, produce th…
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As a food photographer a question often asked is if the ice cream in the picture is really mashed potatoes. For the answer to that and anything else you’d like to know about food photography, come to this live demonstration. During this session, an actual ice cream shoot will be set up and photographed from start to finish. As an attendee you may be asked to help with the setup or just watch and ask questions while photographer, Dick Patrick, and food stylist, Paige Fletcher, produce the photograph while answering questions about the art of styling and photographing food. Dick Patrick is a third generation photographer who has enjoyed owning and operating his business, Dick Patrick Studios, Inc., for more than 30 years. Over the past three decades he has been producing striking imagery for a variety of international companies. Helping his clients achieve their marketing communication goals has been his highest priority. From the most appetizing food photographs to sublime still-life images, Dick's style has enhanced the marketing efforts of companies worldwide. “Providing my customers with a relaxed working atmosphere while producing images that meet or exceed their expectations is the goal we set for ourselves everyday,” Dick said. Judging by his schedule and the list of regular clients, the studio is achieving those goals. Dick Patrick has been located in Dallas, Texas since the late 80s and he has been profiled in magazines such as Studio Photography & Design and Photo Insider. Dick’s work has been recognized by the likes of Communication Arts; PRINT Magazine, How Magazine, Photo District News, The Dallas Society of Visual Communications and The American Advertising Federation.


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How do you stoke the fires of your own creative dream while making a living? This breakout session is about building a creative body of work and keeping your own dreams alive as you navigate career and adult life. Jan Bozarth is a pioneer in entertainment writing and design, specializing in the creation of highly honored and nationally acclaimed entertainment products for girls. As an independent creator of family and children’s programming, she has developed, guided, designed, or produ…
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How do you stoke the fires of your own creative dream while making a living? This breakout session is about building a creative body of work and keeping your own dreams alive as you navigate career and adult life. Jan Bozarth is a pioneer in entertainment writing and design, specializing in the creation of highly honored and nationally acclaimed entertainment products for girls. As an independent creator of family and children’s programming, she has developed, guided, designed, or produced videos, original stage musicals, games, books and music. Jan was VP of Creative for Girl Games, one of the interactive industry’s first girls-focused gaming companies. Jan has designed for Mattel, Disney Imagineers, Viacom, Simon and Schuster, and Random House, among others. Jan’s vision of creating product that appeals to, and shifts with, the consumers’ lifestyle interest and technologies during each facet of her career has been recognized through many Industry Awards. Most recently, Jan wrote the six book pre-teen girl series, The Fairy Godmother Academy™, published by Random House Yearling Books. Jan lives in Austin and continues to write, design and create music and media.


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Tramaine Townsend explores his process and path as being a multi-media creative. One where having the skills to work with multiple mediums has been a lucrative one, but also creates blurred lines. From artist to filmmaker, he talks about how being this way can be a gift and a curse. Tramaine is a photographer, designer, and visual artist. His works explores a minimal approach with calculated production and intensive design. He utilizes these subjects in various mediums for viewers to align it…
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Tramaine Townsend explores his process and path as being a multi-media creative. One where having the skills to work with multiple mediums has been a lucrative one, but also creates blurred lines. From artist to filmmaker, he talks about how being this way can be a gift and a curse. Tramaine is a photographer, designer, and visual artist. His works explores a minimal approach with calculated production and intensive design. He utilizes these subjects in various mediums for viewers to align it as an experience. One through simple and direct imagery.


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