Awhile back, we were excited to write about the Weapons of Mass Creation 2013 in Cleveland. Now that we’re back after attending the fourth WMC this past weekend, I wanted to give you some highlights from this graphic design and music event. WMC 2013 had a laid-back, grassroots atmosphere that encouraged designers to discuss their practice and enjoy the weekend. From the inspiring speakers to high-energy live bands to merch booths, WMC felt like a focused, supportive community coming together. But, it wasn’t without it’s edge.
The WMC fest host Mark Brickley, co-host of the design podcast “Adventures In Design,” kept the program moving. He facilitated questions for the speakers and brought his unique blend of humor to the event. For example, at the end of Grace Dobush‘s networking talk, in which she asked attendees to write down something they needed and read a few off, Brickley took off his shirt to join in giving an attendee what he needed – a hug.
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With 20 speakers, it’s hard to pick a favorite, but These Are Things had people talking for days. Jen Adrion and Omar Noory’s honest and compelling “How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Enjoy The Ride” speech openly explained their business’ successes and set-backs. Throughout, they circled back to a graph that depicted a sine-wave type of movement through their experiences. They admitted that they aren’t sure what will happen next. But, they stressed that the ups and downs teach you “what you’re made of,” and it’s everything in between that defines you and your work. These Are Things were so genuine that they were met with a standing ovation and a lot of support.
The culminating design competition, Ink Wars, and WMC 2013 overall left me feeling invigorated and excited to do what I do for all of the talented designers (yah, you) who visit our site and read our magazines. It was great to be surrounded by talented designers and illustrators and to meet so many new folks. I’m excited to attend HOW Design Live 2014, and I hope that we’ll get to meet in Boston next year.