Workshops

Wednesday, September 18

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.

Please note: Workshops are not included in the conference price. Additional cost will apply, but completely worth it!
TRACK I
Track I

First Contact

Time
8:30 AM
Duration
1.5 hrs
Cost
$97

This workshop is broken into 2 sections. Section one is a live taping of Sarah’s new podcast First Contact . Section two is a group chat + Q&A using custom journals for all attendees that prompt evaluation of how we view ourselves how others perceive us in our professional creative lives.

Section One:
Features episode 3 of First Contact where Sarah will be asking design/business questions and chatting with massively accomplished creative, Marc Hemon. Sarah will be focusing on his experience in high level design business and how his life experiences have lead him there.

First Contact is a video/audio podcast filmed in a cinematic style which focuses on designers and creatives from different locations, backgrounds, cultures, races, gender identity and more through incredibly relaxed conversation — think Hot Ones minus the chicken and plus cocktails.

Specifically, the podcast shows that simple communication and listening can lead to us to understanding more about the lens through which each person views and experiences life differently. As such, a white, male guest may seem an odd choice. Instead, this guest choice is specifically intended to show that division of conversation and ignoring some groups works again the main goal of understanding and respecting difference in general.

Ultimately, First Contact aims to find ways that, through self-growth and experience, we can help each other in the creative and business world.

Section Two:
Uses the content from the first section and dives into the specific experiences of the creatives in the room. Through the take home journals that Sarah will hand out at the workshop, guests will take a brief period to answer a few of the design and self evaluation prompts in the journal.

After the guests write their own thoughts and answers to the journal prompts, they will be invited to share answers and ask questions for Sarah and Marc will be opened up. Guest and designer interaction will be filmed (only those who wish) and we’ll talk together about how we can do better for ourselves by being authentic and questioning any cultural norms and contemporary assumptions about people that slow us on our path to our ultimate goals and life purpose.

Guest Info:
Custom designed journals, writing tools, stickers, and design handouts will be provided, so guests don’t need to bring anything.

Sarah is heavily interested in the areas of gender, race, class, etc, but navigates these topics with care. Disrespect will not be tolerated, and though the content may challenge some views, it is not aimed to alienate anyone. Everyone should leave feeling heard, respected and uplifted.

Track I

Pro Tips for
Mastering Type

Time
10:30 AM
Duration
1.5 hrs
Cost
$97

What are we going to cover? (As time permits)

  • A quick primer on the basics of type.
  • How to pair fonts using a few methods so you don’t have to use some random Google Font pairing algorithm online.
  • How to pair for branding, publications, online, etc.
  • How to choose type for tone and purpose.
  • Customizing type for advertising or logos.

This will not be hands-on so you won’t need a computer, but you may end up taking a lot of notes. We’ll try to keep it pretty open for Q&A throughout so you can get the most out of the workshop.

Track I

TBD

TBD

Time
1:30 PM
Duration
1.5 hrs
Cost
$97

TBD

Track I

You Can’t Fake Passion for Your Team and You Can’t Fake Passion for Your Work

Time
1:30 PM
Duration
1.5 hrs
Cost
$97

What we'll cover?

  • What does real work/life balance look like?
  • How do you get collective buy-in across a team?
  • How does this manifest itself in the body of work?
  • What do clients get out of it?
Track I

Improving Your Product’s Design with Content Strategy

Time
3:30 PM
Duration
1.5 hrs
Cost
$97

Content is a critical — though often overlooked — part of the user experience. Whether you have a website, application, or other digital platform, your user relies on its content to guide them. As designers, we spend a lot of time slaying pixels and debating drop shadows, but rarely do we think about spending the same amount of time and effort on our content.

The reality is that users can’t separate your design from its content, and neither should you. Design and content should be created in tandem, influencing and informing one another throughout the process. But what, exactly should that process look like? In this workshop, we’ll walk through several hands-on activities designed to help you understand how to include content in your design process.

What we’ll cover:

  • Why holistic brand expression is important, and how to determine your brand’s voice alongside its visual identity.
  • How content and design specialists can work together.
  • A framework for including content at every stage of design, from sketching to dev hand off.
TRACK II
Track II

Building a Brand: The Creative Process

Time
8:30 AM
Duration
1.5 hrs
Cost
$97

Learn to build a brand through storytelling. In this one hour and thirty minute class, walk through the creative process of visual design, brand positioning, and client presentation. It’s the perfect workshop for writers, designers, and other brand storytellers.

Track II

Grace Hazelgrove

Idea to Execution: Creating a compelling campaign for your church

Time
10:30 AM
Duration
1.5 hrs
Cost
$97

Reimagine creative storytelling for your church or faith-based organization. Learn how to build a creative campaign from idea to completion and discover new ways for cultivating  and telling stories from your community. This workshop is perfect for marketing directors, social media strategists, art directors and other church storytellers.

Track II

BOOM! BAM! BRUSH! Unleash Your Illustration Superpowers!

Time
1:30 PM
Duration
3 hrs
Cost
$197

Our class is an interactive workshop for Illustrators, Letterers, and Designers who want to add truly unique style to their work in Adobe Illustrator.

Learn how to add verve to your vectors, love to your lettering, passion to your pen tool, boldness to your beziers & gusto to your graphics!

Our Illustrator Brush Workshop is an in-person, hand’s-on class where you learn how to make unique, one-of-a-kind, hand-created textures and turn them into custom brushes.  

We’ll even explore the many ways to use them.

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