Circles Co. Presents

SEPTEMBER 7-9, 2016 • GRAPEVINE, TX

Circles Co.

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What is Circles?

The heart and soul behind Circles Co. is simple: to craft experiences for creatives, makers, and adventurers. Our hope is that through these unique experiences, there will be a spark within you to make better art, live more authentically, and use your creativity to inspire the world around you.

As creators ourselves, we never want to cap out — but, we want to constantly push the limits of our creativity. We strive to create an environment where we can experience the thrill of pushing through creative boundaries, not only for ourselves, but for all creatives. Our mission is to empower creatives to be their best creative selfs though building experiences that will enhance their lives + creativity. Here at Circles we are celebrating five amazingly rad years. To celebrate, we are throwin' it back to the '80s. We wouldn't be where we are without you, the Circle Makers! We thank you for five great years and hope for many more!

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Speakers

Here at Circles Co. we strive to bring you the best of the best to share their knowledge and process. Whether they are the up-and-comers whose work you need to be watching, or the design leaders whose portfolios you’ve long admired; you will leave inspired and ready to create.

Mikey Burton

Mikey Burton

Designy Illustrator

Ashleigh Axios

Ashleigh Axios

Former Creative Director at The White House

Allan Peters

Allan Peters

Former Creative Director at Target

Jessica Walsh

Jessica Walsh

Partner/Art Director at Sagmeister & Walsh

Sean McCabe

Sean McCabe

seanwes

Brooke & Tyler Eide

Brooke & Tyler Eide

Flint Co.

Joshua Blankenship

Joshua Blankenship

Creative Director at NewSpring Church

Mary Kate McDevitt

Mary Kate McDevitt

Hand Letterer & Illustrator

Luke Stockdale

Luke Stockdale

Sideshow Sign Co.

Luke Stockdale

Micah Davis

Circles Official Emcee

Speaker

Coming Soon

The Talks

Play by your own rules

Jessica Walsh

Jessica will speak about the value of play, and it's importance biologically and historically. She will discuss how play is at the heart of any creative process which requires innovation, and how one can enter this state mind. Play was crucial to her own development, and she shares how it influenced her career path. Every great game has a strict set of rules, and she thinks the same goes for design. I think limitations helps creativity thrive. It’s difficult to do something great when the possibilities are endless. Through her recent work at Sagmeister & Walsh she shows how she creates her own rules which helps guide her to the concepts, and when it’s a good time to break them.

#badgehunting

Allan Peters

Before the advent of computers, social media and the internet design took time. The best way to move our visual culture forward is to learn from the great craftsmen of the past. Learn why digging through old broken down shacks, collapsed barns and obscure museums can lead to revolutionary visual inspiration and unearth decades of lost trends. This is what we lovingly refer to as #badgehunting. In this session you will learn how digging through relics of the past has inspired a fresh way to brand companies and design logos. You’ll hear stories about #badgehunging. You’ll see how work inspired by the past doesn’t feel old, but is instead refined and thought provoking. Learn how you can get involved in the future of #badgehunting.

Supercharge Your Writing

Sean McCabe

If you want to build an audience, if you want to sell products, if you want to attract great clients, you need to learn to write. Whether it's a blog post, video, podcast, speech, or course, it all starts with writing! Honing your writing skills is one the best investments you will make in your professional career. Learn to build a writing habit, increase your writing speed, and eliminate writer's block forever.

#ThanksObama

Ashleigh Axios

Get a behind-the-scenes look at how innovative design and digital strategy happen in-house at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Ashleigh will show-and-tell how her small design team transformed daunting challenges into successful digital campaigns as part of the Obama administration. Hear her team’s tactics for tackling limited resources, overcoming impossibly quick timelines, experimenting while in the public spotlight, and not just taking criticism, but intentionally seeking it out. Have fun counting the animated GIFs while you collect all sorts of tips from the former White House creative director.

How I Built Up, Blew Up, and Rediscovered Who I Want to Be

Joshua Blankenship

15 Things I’ve Learned in 15 Years as a Professional Designer

Prices
Main Pass

  • $310 student
  • $357 professional
  • $340 groups (5+)
Order Main Pass

Hangout Pass

  • $167 student
  • $197 professional
  • $180 groups (5+)
Order Hangout Pass

LIVE Streaming Pass

  • $67 single
  • $127 small group (4)
  • $167 large group (4+)
Order Live Pass

The Hangout Pass

only $197

What's a Hangout Pass?

The Scoop

On a budget? Looking to bring your entire team? We've got a great deal for you! Hangout Passes are now available! What is a Hangout Pass you ask? Well, it is a Circles Pass that gives you the same Circles experience for less expensive rate. The hangout room is adjacent to the main auditorium where you will watch the talks on a live video feed. It still includes all the same swag, parties and fun! The only difference is you will be in an overflow room. It's a great option for students, teams and our budget friendly folks!

Pass Includes:

  • Live Stream of sessions in the lounge area (seating will be available)*
  • Access to sessions online once videos are uploaded to the site
  • Interact with the speakers
  • FREE tote bag filled with swag
  • A coffee mug
  • Circles 2016 T-Shirt
  • Activities such as ping pong and foosball
  • Screen printing with Printed Threads
  • Relaxing at the Red Bull Station
  • Admittance to the parties (dinner & drinks included at After Party only)
  • AND LOTS OF FUN WITH OTHER CREATIVES
Snag a Hangout Pass

Panel I

Mikey Burton

Mikey
Burton

Designy Illustrator

Matt Smith

Matt D.
Smith

Full Stack Designer

Ashleigh Axios

Ashleigh
Axios

Former Creative Director at The White House

Brad Woodward

Brad
Woodard

Founder & Designer at Brave the Woods

Brian Gardner

Brian
Gardner

Founder of StudioPress

Andrew Trew

Andrea
Trew

Graphic Designer at Flywheel

Panel II

Allan Peters

Allan
Peters

Former Creative Director at Target

Tara Victoria

Tara
Victoria

Founder at Hatch & Harbour

Brad Weaver

Brad
Weaver

Partner at Nine Labs

Mary Kate McDevitt

Mary Kate
McDevitt

Hand Letterer & Illustrator

Gus Granger

Gus
Granger

Principal at 70kft

Nick Jones

Nick
Jones

Designer at The Grid

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Our Workshops

Knowing the basics is not enough for you — you’re serious about making your ideas move like lightning and you want to soak in all the knowledge you can get. Perfect! The workshops were created just for you. At the Circles Workshops you’ll be able to get your hands dirty, go a little deeper, and get answers to your questions floating around in your head. You’ll walk away with practical knowledge and action steps in order to use your words to make some big waves in our world.

$97/wkshp


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Classes

Workshop Workshop
Workshop

Becky Simpson

Illustrator, author & designer. Adobe Creative Resident

Topic: Illustration/Book-Making
Written and Illustrated by You: a Book-Making Workshop

Becky Simpson is the author and illustrator of I'd Rather Be Short (100 reasons why it's great to be small) and The Roommate Book. In this workshop, Becky will talk about how she's used everyday life to inspire her books and how she's gone about getting published. In the second half of the workshop, she'll guide you as you create a mini book of your own (complete with your writing and illustrations). You'll not only leave with your new picture book in hand, but a handful of nifty prompts and resources to take this kind of project to the next level. This is great for anyone interested in illustration, creative prompts or traditional publishing.

Workshop Workshop
Workshop

Brad Bishop

Torch Creative

Topic: Branding
The “Torch” Logo Design Process

Brad Bishop and Michael Thurman will break down the Torch logo design process from initial thumbnail concepts all the way to final production, covering all aspects of the creative process within our collaborative environment. Located in the DFW Metroplex, Torch Creative specializes in logo design, with an emphasis on sports identity. Torch Creative has created a number of packages for the NHL, the NBA, MLS, Minor League Baseball, the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, as well as numerous colleges and universities that include: LSU, the University of South Carolina, the University of Utah, BYU and the Texas A&M University System.

Workshop Workshop
Workshop

Victor Melendez

Senior Designer at Starbucks

Topic: Creative Process
Handcrafted illustration

Learn how to create illustrations based on simple sketches and bring them to life in photoshop. In this workshop you will learn how to create and manipulate custom brushes and textures from scratch. Using your own brushes can provide a simple illustration with your own personal touch and character.

Workshop David Roark
Workshop

David Roark

Creative Director at The Village Church

Topic: Creative Process
Art & Copy & Liturgy

Translated "the work of the people," liturgy is the worship practices of the historical Church that serve to reorient the hearts and minds of believers toward the gospel story week in and week out. Rather than creating work that is merely attractive or that generates a whole lot of hoopla around a sermon series or other church initiative, we should be creating work that is intentionally formative. This workshop will take a look at liturgy and how creative work in the Church can be liturgical and then move into examples of how The Village Church is seeking to accomplish this.

 

Workshop Will Straughn
Workshop

Will Straughn

New Business Development at Focus Lab

Topic: Business
How to Value and Communicate your Pricing

When was the last time you rethought how you approach sales and pricing? Having a better understanding of this process can impact every part of your business or freelance career. This process is rarely showcased or discussed among peers, which is why Will from Focus Lab will walk you through the nuances of talking to potential clients, determining if they’re a good fit, understanding differences between pricing models, and pricing your creative work based on the value you're generating.

Workshop Fred
Workshop

Fred Rodriguez

Founder of Aesthetic Supply Co.

Topic: Lettering
Hand-Lettering: Practice Makes Progress

Hand-Lettering takes a lot of practice; Fred Rodriguez from Aesthetic Supply Co. will be going over some basic principles and techniques to allow you to make progress in this skill. While showing you his process from concept to final sketch, he will discuss topics such as tools, styles, and layout. But most importantly help you get started on your very own hand-lettered design. This class is great for any designer/ illustrator or anyone wanting to learn more about hand-lettering. Be sure to come ready to sketch, and bring a short quote, phrase or word so you can start practicing.

Workshop Workshop
Workshop

Cody Bridenbaugh

Graphic Designer at NewSpring Church

Topic: Branding
In-House Rebranding: The Tools You Need

Cody Bridenbaugh is a Creative Director at NewSpring Church. He was an integral part of rebranding NewSpring, a multi-site church. During the first half of this workshop, Cody will talk through the process NewSpring used, share practical tools, and guide you through ways to grow your brand. In the second half of this workshop you’ll work hands-on to help expand NewSpring’s brand. You’ll leave with ideas, a brand style guide and other resources that will help you execute your own in-house rebrand.

Workshop Paul Sirmon
Workshop

Paul Sirmon

Founder & Designer at Buzzbomb Creative

Topic: Type
Totally Tubular Type Skills, Dude

In this workshop we’re going to learn to set type quickly and like a pro with a handful of rad tips. Part discussion and part hands-on you’ll need a copy of InDesign to get the most out of it. We’ll cover several topics like the theory of grids/layout structure, pairing type, personality, readability, really, as much as we can cram in.

Register for a Workshop
Workshop

The Venue

Palace Arts
Center

300 Main Street, Grapevine TX 76051 • City Guide

The Schedule

8:00 am

Registration, Coffee & Connect


8:30 am

Track 1 & 2: Workshop 1

Becky Simpson & Will Straughn


10:30 am

Track 1 & 2: Workshop 2

Torch Creative & Fred Rodriguez


12:00 pm

Lunch


1:30 pm

Track 1 & 2: Workshop 3

Victor Melendez & Cody Bridenbaugh


3:30 pm

Track 1 & 2: Workshop 4

David Roark & Paul Sirmon


7:00 pm

The Pre Party


Parties

PRE
PARTY

Wednesday Sep 7

7 pm – 10 pm
Back Porch Grill & Tavern
210 N. Main Street
Grapevine, TX 76501
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* Drinks not included

After
PARTY

Thursday Sep 8

7:30 pm – 11 pm
Delaney Vineyards
2000 Champagne Blvd
Grapevine, TX 76051
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* Drinks and dinner provided

Goodbye
PARTY

Friday Sep 9

7 pm – 11 pm
The Ginger Man
1512 E. Southlake Blvd
Grapevine, TX 76092
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* Drinks not included

The After Party

Thursday, Sep 8th 7:30 PM

Delaney Vineyards

Come hangout with us at the raddest party in town.

Be sure to wear your '80s get-up and bring your sweetest dance moves.

After Party
After Party
After Party
After Party
After Party
After Party
After Party
After Party

The ‘80s was a decade about people, decisions, and inventions that changed our future. It was ten great years of nonstop glamour, unchecked excess, ruthless ambition, and explosive technological innovation that combined together in order to produce the historic changes and global events that made us who and what we are today.

The fingerprints of the decade best known for Pac-Man and the personal computer are everywhere in our daily lives. The first launch of NASA’s Space Shuttle triggered a tech-explosion in global communications that now makes our world-wide love affair with smartphones and the Internet possible. Here’s to the ’80s!

The Sponsors

  • Packlane

    Sponsor

  • My Fonts

    Sponsor

  • Carbon Ads

    Sponsor

  • Foxy Propganda

    Sponsor

  • Smilebooth

    Sponsor

  • Scoutbooks

    Sponsor

  • Walk the Light

    Partner

  • OK Paper

    Partner

  • Lemieux Company

    Partner

  • Printed Threads

    Partner

  • AIGA DFW

    Partner

  • DSVC

    Partner

  • Kind

    Partner

  • This Could Be You

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About

The
Experience We
Bring

Circles Conference is a three-day experience for you, the creative. The conference brings designers and makers from across the globe together for the dual purpose of learning from world-changing thinkers and connecting with one another. The conference creates a space where you will be challenged to push yourself in the creative process, inspired by others who are thriving in the creative industry, and empowered with resources and practical tips to help you pursue excellence.

At the end of the three-day experience you will leave with a fresh spark of passion, filled to the brim with innovative ideas, and with a community of Circle Makers who are ready to create and do life with you.

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The Team

Ismael Burciaga

Ismael
Burciaga

The Creative Visionary

Jill Bragdon

Jill
Bragdon

The Experience Architect

Kyle Russelburg

Kyle
Russelburg

The Swiss Army Knife

Kendall Hanna

Kendall
Hanna

The Decor Specialist

Lindsey Erin Clark

Lindsey
Eryn Clark

The Socialite

David Hemphill

David
Hemphill

Web Developer

Derek Nelson

Derek
Nelson

Circles Friend

Anne Dapore

Anne
Dapore

Volunteer Coordinator

Frances Yllana

Frances
Yllana

Party Coordinator

Brett Bowden

Brett
Bowden

The Swag Specialist

Wilson Lemieux

Wilson
Lemieux

The DP


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