Think to Ink 2017

Event on: 2017-September 21st 9:45 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 9:30AM
  • First Workshop starts at 9:45AM
  • Second Workshop starts at 10:45AM
  • 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


Digital Photography WorkshopDigital Photography – Tips from the Pros

Dr. Sinno, professor emeritus of communications at Clarke University, and Rafic Sinno of the University of Dubuque discuss the crossroads of technology and artistic expression. Attendees will learn and how to make the most of these technologies during shooting and in post-production. Learn tips on taking better photos and making photos better in post-production. Dr. Sinno is chair of the communication department at Clarke University and established the PR/Advertising major there.

Letterpress WorkshopLetterpress – Danielle Chargo, Iron Leaf Press

Danielle Chargo, founder of Iron Leaf Press has turned her love for design and printing into a full-time passion. Starting with a reminder to do what you love, Iron Leaf has grown into a beautiful studio and a collection of gifts and paper goods. Danielle will share some tips and tricks for designing and executing letterpress projects. She’ll be bringing along a press for a rare hands-on chance to learn more about her beautiful craft.

Workshop Makers Guide graphicScreen Printing – Tony Burnett, Red Ball Printing

Tony started screen printing as a hobby to generate a little extra income on the side, learning by watching a How-To DVD and a lot of trial and error. Through years of growth and learning, Tony has built Red Ball Printing into a local success. For this exclusive workshop Tony will be bringing his inks and press for an in depth look into “how to” and “how to design” for screen printing!

Power to the PrepressPower to the Prepress

In a Think to Ink first, don’t miss this discussion panel and presentation lead by a team of experts ranging from ink manufacturers, die makers, finishing houses, and of course, Cedar Graphics designers as they explore tips and tricks for successful file prep and provide live how-to’s / Q&A covering unique varnishes, stocks, folds, and maybe a few horror-stories.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Michael Braley
Creative Director of Braley Design (1PM)

Michael Braley

Michael Braley has over 20 years of experience in identity, brand, print, visual systems, book and packaging design. His work has been recognized internationally and is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, The Denver Art Museum and the Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, Germany.
Clients have included Aéropostale, Alliance for American Manufacturing, AIGA, Civic Engagement Fund, Cornell University, Effen Vodka, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Future Partners, Genentech, Pando Populus, The People’s Music School, and Skadden.

His work has appeared in publications and exhibitions including: British Design and Art Direction, Cannes Design Lions, The Clio Awards, Moscow Global Biennale of Graphic Design, I.D., Graphis, Type Directors Club, Communication Arts, London International Awards, The Art Directors Club of New York, The One Show, The AR100 Show, AIGA, HOW and Print.


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