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At Circles Conference, we understand the vital role that creative processes, storytelling, teamwork, and client relationships play in the world of design. Our carefully curated sessions dive deep into these essential aspects of the creative journey. Explore innovative approaches to creative processes that will enhance your workflow and boost your productivity. Uncover the secrets of compelling storytelling techniques that captivate audiences and create lasting impact. Learn effective strategies for collaborating with teams, fostering innovation, and leveraging diverse perspectives. Discover valuable insights into building successful brands and mastering the art of illustration. Lastly, gain practical knowledge on working with clients, refining communication skills, and delivering exceptional results. By engaging with these topics, you’ll acquire the tools and inspiration needed to thrive in your creative endeavors.

Branding as a tool to mobilize teams and build community

Ash Phillips

Ash Phillips

Co-Owner at Six Cinquième

Companies, both big and small, young and old, often struggle with mobilizing and aligning their teams around a strong vision. This struggle is likely due to a lack of clarity and action around what your brand and company stand for, and what that vision even is.

Six Cinquième founders Ash and Miro share their branding experience to help companies define and communicate a strong brand both internally and externally. They will offer a fresh perspective on how branding can not only help companies achieve their mission, but also build and retain teams that fully believe in and fulfill that mission.

The main takeaways:

  • How to use branding to bring internal teams and external communities together
  • How branding is a tool to create impact/fulfill your company’s mission and objectives
  • Where my brand is now and how I can improve

Business Acumen for Creatives : Thriving During Turbulent Times

Larissa Meek

Larissa Meek

Co-Chief Creative Officer at PwC Experience Center

In a world where Generative AI is transforming the design landscape, designers must master the balance between their craft, and business acumen. This session uncovers ten key lessons for thriving in a corporate environment, focusing on communicating your value, advocating for your contributions, and crafting a compelling career blueprint. Discover how to blend business thinking with creative expertise and navigate the ever-changing tech landscape, ensuring your unique impact is recognized and celebrated.

Chasing Dreams, Not Dollars: The Power of Letting Conviction Lead Your Career

Allan Peters

Allan Peters

Partner at Peters Design Co

People make fear driven decisions based off money all the time. They stay stuck in a dead end job. They hold back a great idea because they’re worried what their boss will think. They don’t chase dreams because they don’t think they’re good enough. A near death experience in Allan’s life taught him to not let fear be his master. Let Allan inspire you with his story and real world examples of letting conviction lead your career.

Creating The Life You Love

Mark Warnick

Mark Warnick

Founder & Artist at 3vies

The life you want is found in discovering your own path, not in following someone else’s.

When you are able to wake up and become aware of the life you want, you can begin to shape a future you love. You don’t have to quite your job or move to Europe. It’s simple daily actions and habits over decades that turns dreams into reality.

Effort, Trust, Automation: Building Your Future Self

Gerren Lamson

Gerren Lamson

Senior UX Director at Indeed

What parts of work should we keep human and why? Together, we’ll explore the concepts of effort, trust, and the automation spectrum. Whether you’re looking to improve yourself, team collaboration, or client relationships, I’ll share practical tips and lessons learns from leveraging these concepts to achieve greater outcomes in your future self and work.

Harnessing The Power of Uncertainty When Creating for a Changing World.

Stephanie Alcaino

Stephanie Alcaino

Head of Creative at OX

As creatives, it’s natural to feel apprehensive about the unknown, but what if we could turn that uncertainty into a source of inspiration?

Join me as we explore the art of embracing uncertainty as a powerful tool when creating in an ever-changing world. Together, we’ll explore the relationship between curiosity and uncertainty, uncovering how it can guide us in transforming ambiguous challenges into exciting pathways of opportunity.

Key Lessons from 15 Years in Design

Matt Dawson

Matt Dawson

Designer, Illustrator, and Typographer at StayGray Ponyboy

Join me as I share the most valuable insights and experiences gained over a 15-year career in design. This talk will cover important milestones, challenges, and the critical lessons learned along the way, offering practical advice and inspiration for designers at any stage of their careers.

Managing Projects and Clients for High Impact

Emily Cohen

Emily Cohen

Founder & Partner at Casa Davka

Are you in reactive mode when you manage clients and projects? Are you overwhelmed and constantly fighting fires? In this talk, you will learn how to move from a reactive management process to a more proactive, planned process. We’ll explore key communication tools and strategies that result in better-managed, long-term, and mutually rewarding client relationships. You will be guided through the entire relationship cycle, from project initiation to project close-out, focusing on high-level best practices that facilitate more seamless client and project management. The talk will highlight common client and project management challenges and address effective best practice strategies and solutions.

The Magical World of Murals

Lisa Quine

Lisa Quine

Muralist & Illustrator

Painting murals is truly a dream job (once you get past a fear of heights). From inception to execution, discover the journey of inspiration, technical skill, and community engagement that fuels the creation of captivating murals. We’ll explore the transformative power of public art and how to expand upon existing brands through commercial murals.

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