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Sam Yates Meier, Hallmark + The University of Kansas

Sam Yates Meier is a Midwest born designer, based in Kansas City, Missouri. Meier’s experience ranges from in-house media for Kansas City PBS, experiential design and wayfinding with Dimensional Innovation, to brand experience and identity with D.C. firm, Beveridge Seay. She has been an American In-house Design Awards winner and an American Graphic Design Awards winner through Graphic Design USA (GDUSA).

Meier currently designs with the Trends and Innovation Studio at Hallmark while teaching at the University of Kansas in the Visual Communications Department. She is President Emeritus for the Kansas City Chapter of AIGA (a professional association for design) and spends her free time working with her partner in their shared studio, Yup Yup Design, teaching yoga, or volunteering with various community groups.

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
Saturday, September 24 @ 9:50AM | Whiteman Hall

Get In The Way

Sam Yates Meier will share her adventures of planting creative seeds, watering them and watching them grow. Follow through a creative’s path of experimentation, mentorship and embracing the unexpected curveballs of life.

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Lisa Peña, ASU

Dr. Lisa Peña is an educator, visual communication designer, and design researcher. For the past fifteen years, she has taught for the Visual Communication Design program at The Design School. She recently obtained her Ph.D in Design, Environment and the Arts for her research regarding 18th and 19th century historic information design. Since 2015, Lisa has served as the AIGA student group advisor, where she has assisted her students in traveling nationally and internationally to learn about different design cultures. In addition to her love for information design, Lisa has strong interests in inclusive design and professional development.

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
Saturday, September 24 @ 2:50PM | Whiteman Hall

Spot The Ableism

Covid-19 changed how we operate and forced society to quickly solve problems that we didn’t know existed (or didn’t acknowledge because they didn’t impact us directly). As we emerge from our homes and return to our “normal” lives, you may notice there is a new norm. We’ve evolved to be more accepting of working from home, communicating via video calls, and offering different modalities for interacting with one another. Despite these changes, there is still something that hasn’t stopped or been addressed: ableism. Designers are problem solvers and we have the ability to enlighten others, invent new systems, and alter perspectives. Yet, when I look around, it is easy to spot the ableism many (un)knowingly carry with them. We need to take a real hard look at ourselves. It’s time we break the cycle of design ableism and replace barriers with solutions. 

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Jamie Roberts, Rock That Creative Job™

Often described by others as “the most enthusiastic person in the room” Jamie Roberts is the CEO/founder of Rock That Creative Job™, which provides career support specifically for creatives. Combining inspiration with practical guidance, she coaches designers from all parts of the globe to help them find the clarity and confidence they need to articulate their value and take control of their careers. Jamie is also an award-winning Sr. Creative Director & Designer who spent 20 years in a range of design and creative leadership roles in both agency and in-house environments prior to launching her current business. When she’s not energetically connecting with other humans, you can find her running, writing, reading, laughing loudly, or color-sorting her closets.

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
Sunday, September 25 @ 9:20AM | Whiteman Hall

Get Your Mind Out of the Gutter: Destroying the Creative Imposter Mindset

In this inspiring and energetic talk, you'll discover the real reasons you sometimes feel like a creative imposter, and learn the formula for how to shift out of this self-limiting mindset to get unstuck, create momentum, and take control of your creative career once and for all! Let's rock! 

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Justin Ahrens, Rule29 Creative

Justin Ahrens’s passion for life is rooted in his creative firm’s dedication to “making creative matter®.” For over 22 years now, Justin has led Rule29 in a commitment to smart business, great design, and helping others think differently about the world around them. He is an international speaker, author, teacher, podcaster, creative director and self-proclaimed “do-gooder”. Through a collaborative approach in both strategy and design, Rule29’s culture is just as important as the work. This is particularly evident by Rule29’s involvement in numerous social causes, including substantial work in Africa. Rule29 has been recognized by major competitions and publications, including Fast Company, AIGA, Communication Arts, The Webby Awards, and many more.

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
Sunday, September 25 @ 11:20AM | Whiteman Hall

For All Brandkind: How to Authentically Show Up Personally, as a Leader, and in Your Brand

If the recent days have taught us anything, it’s that there’s value in being truly authentic — as a human, as a brand, and in our work. Whether you work for an agency, in-house, or freelance, join Justin as he guides you through the steps to reflect on yourself, refine the way you lead, and learn how a brand can live out its truest self through both its actions and passivity.

 In this session, you'll take away:

  • Explore how to overcome what’s holding you back.
  • Learn how to authentically show up personally, as a leader, and in your brand.
  • View examples of how you can apply new thinking to your career and development.

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HEADSHOTS & VIRGINIA

Rebekah Baggs

Breakout Sessions & Speakers

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BREAKOUT SESSION 1
Saturday, September 24 @ 11:00AM | Whiteman Hall

Love & War

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BREAKOUT SESSION 1
Saturday, September 24 @ 11:00AM | Great Hall

Build a Brand to Rule Them All: What Can Small Business Learn from the Marketing Experts

Garren Lofgreen
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BREAKOUT SESSION 1
Saturday, September 24 @ 11:00AM | Singer Hall

Print is NOT Dead: Print Design and Publishing in the Digital Age

Dax Montilla
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BREAKOUT SESSION 2
Saturday, September 24 @ 1:45PM | Whiteman Hall

Cultivating Profound Connection with Stories That Matter

Elaine Kessler
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BREAKOUT SESSION 2
Saturday, September 24 @ 1:45PM | Great Hall

On the Tip of a Pencil: Nature Illustration of NearsightGraphite

Robert J. Long
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BREAKOUT SESSION 2
Saturday, September 24 @ 1:45PM | Singer Hall

Intellectual Property Basics for Designers

Anthony Marino
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BREAKOUT SESSION 3
Sunday, September 25 @ 10:30AM | Whiteman Hall

Designing for Space

Julie Bonner
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BREAKOUT SESSION 3
Sunday, September 25 @ 10:30AM | Great Hall

Type Notes: Typography on Vintage Vinyl Album Covers

Anne Brownfield Brown
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BREAKOUT SESSION 3
Sunday, September 25 @ 10:30AM | Singer Hall

The Importance of Why… in the Business of Design

GG LeMere
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BREAKOUT SESSION 1, 2, 3
Saturday, September 24 @ 11:00AM | Education Studio
Saturday, September 24 @ 1:45PM | Education Studio
Sunday, September 25 @ 10:30AM | Education Studio

T-Shirt Screenprinting

Quinn Murphy

Speakers and schedule subject to change.