Think to Ink 2016

Event on: 2016-September 15th 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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Workshops, Tours, & Vendor Fair

The American Advertising Federation of Cedar Rapids and Iowa City (AAF-CR/IC) invites you to Cedar Graphics (311 Parsons Dr, Hiawatha, IA) for an idea packed day including: workshops, networking, free food, vendor samples, tours, and more.

Morning Sessions

  • Doors open at 9:45AM
  • Workshops start at 10AM
  • Workshops are limited to 15-20 attendees
  • Workshops full? Don’t worry. Numerous vendors, manufacturers, and suppliers will be available for samples. Plus the entire plant is open for hands on learning, guided tours, live displays, discussions, and networking

Afternoon Session

    • Free Lunch
    • Open House
    • Paper Vendor Fair
    • 1-2PM: Keynote Speaker


Workshop Camera graphicSay No to Stock Photography

Dr. Sinno, professor emeritus of communication at Clarke University, and Rafic Sinno of the University of Dubuque discuss building brand identity through photography and steps to creating your own images. Don’t reach for a stock photo… reach for your camera instead!

Workshop Wide Format graphicStep into Wide Format

Learn more about wide format capabilities and ideas including signage, wallpaper, even custom printed furniture. (Yes, that’s possible.) Attendees for this workshop may submit their designs for samples / souvenirs.

Workshop Makers Guide graphicThe Maker’s Field Guide

Presented by Mohawk to inspire and educate designers and end users on how using high quality materials, such as textured and colored papers, can transform printed communications from ‘Good to Great.’ Attendees will receive this comprehensive resource created by Hybrid Design of San Francisco, CA.

Workshop with Becky graphicBecky Simpson – Ask me (almost) anything

Keynote speaker Becky Simpson provides behinds the scene insight into getting your side creative business noticed and launching. This intimate discussion / Q & A session is perfect for entrepreneurs and hopefuls. Attendance is limited to current AAF-CR/IC members (JOIN TODAY) and CG VIP’s.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Becky Simpson (1PM)

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Becky is an illustrator, author, graphic designer and founder of Chipper Things, a paper and lifestyle brand that celebrates friendship and play.

As a 2015-2016 Adobe Creative Resident, Becky spent the year learning how to build and manage this online store that features over 70 products with her illustrations.

Becky is also the author and illustrator of The Roommate Book and I’d Rather Be Short. Her work has been featured on The Great Discontent, How Design, Refinery29, Adobe Create and more. Her speaking engagements include SXSW, Create Upstate, Adobe MAX, Web Afternoon, Made By Few, and many more.

Becky’s dancing has been described as “Elaine-like” and “Are you serious?”

You can find her eating tacos and illustrating flowcharts in Austin, Texas.

Finishing Strong graphicFinishing Strong

We live in a world of information overload. We’re constantly forced to curate our lives, because we know that if we don’t, someone else will. Those of us who have found our home in creative industries are also learning how to hone our skills, manage our time and coddle the vision that got us here in the first place.

Becky will share what she’s learned from turning her side projects into full-time gigs. After publishing two books and launching her product line, Chipper Things, she’s discovered five strategies that separate the “This’ll make mom proud” projects from those found in the graveyard. Best of all, these five tools are accessible to everyone!


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