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Creativity can solve problems that money and politics can’t.

That makes you dangerous. Join us in Memphis for three days of creative inspiration, growth, and connections. It’s a conference like you've never experienced, and one you'll never forget.

 

LINEUP

Speakers
& WORKSHOP LeaderS

This year’s Creative Works Conference lineup features dozens of influential design, branding, digital, and storytelling experts. Register today to spend three days immersed in inspiration, learning from this diverse group of renowned creatives. 


 

Ashley C. Ford

Senior Features Writer at Refinery29

Ken Barber

Chief Lettering Officer at House Industries

Gail Anderson

Creative Director at Visual Arts Press—School of Visual Arts

Erik Marinovich

Lettering Artist at Friends of Type

Naz Hamid

Product Design at VSCO

Jessi Arrington

Experiential Designer at Workshop

Greyson MacAlpine

Product Designer (formerly) at Ueno

Emily Westerhold

VP, Finance & Operations at VSCO

Nikkolas Smith

Theme Park Designer & Concept Artist at Walt Disney Imagineering

Jesse Bryan

Founding Partner, ECD at Belief Agency

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Alyasha Owerka-Moore

Thee Teen-Aged

Jenna Blazevich

Founder & Designer at Vichcraft Design Studio

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Dan Cassaro

Partner at Young Jerks

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Dan Christofferson

Partner at Young Jerks

Nate Utesch

Commercial Artist/Musician at Secretly Group/Metavari

Antionette D. Carroll

Founder & CEO at Creative Reaction Lab

Justin Mezzell

Designer & Illustrator

Rogie King

Designer, Illustrator & Developer

Amy Pastre

Partner at SDCO

Courtney Rowson

Partner at SDCO

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Meg Lewis

Partner at Ghostly Ferns

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Jen Mussari

Hand-Lettering Artist at Ghostly Ferns

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Laura Bee

Illustrator at Ghostly Ferns

Odin E. Clack

Owner at Odin Leather Goods

 

Nick Sambrato

CEO at Mama's Sauce

Jordan Schiller

Director of Growth at Real Thread

 
 
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Workshops

Hands-on sessions

Go deep in these 3-hour, hands-on sessions led by top creatives from around the country. Workshops are open only to conference attendees and are limited to 40 people. Sign up for one workshop per day to max out your time at Creative Works. Register now, before your favorites fill up. Workshop details and descriptions coming soon.


 
 

Friday

9:00 - 12:00


Fundamentals of iOS App Design

Greyson MacAlpine, Product Designer (formerly) at Uneo

Intro to Hand-Lettering

Ken Barber, Letterer & Typeface Designer at House Industries

How to Write the Truth

Ashley C. Ford, Senior Features Writer at Refinery29

The Brand Laboratory: HOW TO dissect, study & assemble a brand

Amy Pastre + Courtney Rowson, Partners at SDCO

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Dialogue & Action

Antionette Carroll, Founder & CEO at Creative Reaction Lab

Saturday

9:00 - 12:00


The Full-Stack Designer

Naz Hamid, Product Designer at VSCO

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Lettering as Composition

Erik Marinovich, Lettering Artist at Friends of Type

how to build a brand wITH conviction

Jesse Bryan, EDC at Belief Agency

Processes & Prompts with the Good Times Gang

Dan CassaroDan ChristoffersonNate Utesch

The Business of Creative

Em Westerhold, VP, Finance & Operations at VSCO
 


Workshops Presented by

The School of Advertising Art is a nationally recognized, award-winning graphic design college located in Kettering, Ohio.

Early Bird ends JUNE 30

Register TODAY


 

Creative Works is a 501(c)3 organization. All proceeds help us continue year-round programming in Memphis, where we leverage design to accelerate change.

 
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MARKET

Brands
& Vendors

The Creative Works Market brings designers, makers, manufacturers, and brands from all over the country to downtown Memphis. Add plenty of local vendors to the mix, and you've got more apparel, prints, pins, and goodies than you can handle. Open to the public Friday & Saturday, October 6-7, 10am-6pm. Hold on to your wallet.


 

SCHEDULE

OCTOBER 5 - 7

Join world-class creatives for three days of full-hearted talks, practical workshops, and too-fun afterparties. Our schedule is designed with no overlapping main stage talks, so you get to see everything. And it all goes down in Downtown Memphis. Register today.


 
 

THURSDAY


10:00

REGISTRATION

1:00 - 7:00

MAIN STAGE
SESSIONS

7:30

AFTER PARTY

FRIDAY


9:00 - 12:00

WORKSHOPS

1:00 - 7:00

MAIN STAGE
SESSIONS

7:30

AFTER PARTY

SATURDAY


9:00 - 12:00

WORKSHOPS

1:00 - 7:00

MAIN STAGE
SESSIONS

7:30

AFTER PARTY

 

 
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Location

DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS

The heart of Memphis serves as the backdrop for Creative Works Conference. Experience the rich culture and deep history of a city that prides itself on authenticity. Venue, hotels, and afterparties are all walkable, so save your rental car money.


 

VENUE

Halloran Centre
225 South Main Street
Downtown Memphis, TN 38103

Get Directions

CONFERENCE HOTEL

Courtyard Memphis
75 Jefferson Avenue
Downtown Memphis, TN 38103

Book Your Room

 
There was a heart and soul behind Creative Works that is hard to replicate. I personally left encouraged and excited about the beginning of new friendships and the strengthening of old ones.
— Dana Tanamachi-Williams, Creative Works Speaker
 
 
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SPONSORS & PARTNERS

THANK YOU

We'd be crazy to try to pull something like this off by ourselves. Luckily, we have the help, love, and support of some incredible companies, groups, and organizations. A huge thank you goes out to everyone below for believing in this conference. Click around, and show them some love, too. Interested in supporting Creative Works? Drop us a note.