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Fueled by a growing community of entrepreneurial and innovative creators, the Maker Movement is gathering worldwide momentum.
In this expert panel, Chicago’s top makers in art, design and tech will come together to share their experiences, advice, and insights. Through discussions and 1x1s with innovators in these communities, you'll learn the ins and outs of breaking into this incredible industry, and the future of Chicago's own maker landscape.
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Join us for drinks and networking with fellow makers, creatives and entrepreneurs afterwards, the drinks are on us!
This event is part of General Assembly Chicago's second annual Made in Chicago Week, November 3 - November 11, 2016, a week of events and workshops to celebrate great things being made in our city, bringing together people from all backgrounds and industries to foster collaboration through education. Check out what we did last year for Made in Chicago Week 2015!
Director of Mobile Products,
Jillian Fisher is a designer and illustrator with a penchant for all things weird and dumb. As a nine-to-fiver designing for mobile apps, she spends the rest of her time drawing bats and collecting bruises.
You can find and follow her work on instagram [@garbage_party].
Ryan Troy Ford Illustrator, Designer, Animator, and Printmaker
Ryan Troy Ford is an illustrator, designer, animator, and printmaker. he enjoys traveling, reading, making music, and being a human. He is working hard to get better at all of these things.
Designer, National Art Department,
Field Notes Brand
Matthew is a designer in the the National Art Department at Field Notes Brand. He is also a printmaker, illustrator, sign-painter, and wannabe filmmaker. He lives in Chicago with his beautiful wife and their two cats, Stanley & Otis.
Anthony Lewellen Chicago art maker, urban imagist, amateur risk taker
Born in Chicago in 1971 Anthony Lewellen is a multidisciplinary art maker working in various mediums, including drawing, painting, printmaking, installation and more recently animation, video and projection mapping. In his formative years he was an innovative figure within Chicago's graffiti culture and made a name for himself in the Midwest and beyond hallmarked by street work that featured a simple, bold palette and emotionally complex characters born out of direct observation and digestion of life in the city.
Lewellen’s work is always building upon a highly personalized visual vocabulary that continues to evolve and grow. The elements of this enigmatic pictorial language are quintessentially Midwestern and even more precisely quintessentially Chicago. These elements consistently appear in his work regardless of the medium and seem to evoke unspoken narratives written in the urban landscape like images torn from a book. Lewellen has also worked commercially as an illustrator, designer and art director for more than a decade and appropriates traditional commercial art techniques into his work. He is now is solely focused on a personal studio practice and continues to live and work on the city’s north side.
SVP Design Director,
Hello, I'm Alex Fuller.
Brother at The Post Family.
Nerd at 5×7 art books.
SVP Design Director at the Leo Burnett Dept. of Design.
President & Owner,
Busy Beaver Button Co
ITA offers innovative business services that enable Illinois technology companies to scale through collaboration, education, talent development and industry visibility. Learn more at illinoistech.org .
Inspired by the vanishing sub-genre of agricultural memo books, ornate pocket ledgers and the simple, unassuming beauty of a well-crafted grocery list, the Draplin Design Company of Portland and Coudal Partners, a Chicago creative firm, have created Field Notes Brand, a collection of smartly-designed, vintage-styled pocket notebooks, calendars, and various office accoutrements.
AIGA Chicago's Mission: To unite, educate and advance the Chicago design community.
1: Unite Fostering dialogue and cultivating relationships Creating shared experiences and opportunities for collaborative engagement Bridging the gaps between levels of experience and expertise
2: Educate Providing creative, strategic and professional guidance Producing and distributing original content Offering instruction, critique and mentorship in distinctively supportive environments
3: Advance Delivering opportunities for professional growth Taking a leadership position on design both nationally and internationally Expanding the reach and role of design in business and society
4: Chicago Design Community Practitioners and students of design and related creative fields Friends, fans and patrons of design and the visual arts Clients, partners, sponsors and representatives of the broader Chicago business ecosystem AIGA’s mission is to advance designing as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force.
Threadless is an online community of artists and an e-commerce website.
Everything we do gives you more opportunities to make great art. We started printing on tees and then we realized tons of products make great canvases. We seek out these canvases, so you can continue to make and pick the best art. The weird art. The geeky art. The beautiful art. And when you buy from us, you support great art.
Artist Shops Are For Everyone! Whether your focus is art, photography, music, philanthropy, sports, entrepreneurship, or anything else... Artist Shops is for you! Set up a free online merch store in minutes without worrying about manufacturing, order fulfillment, customer service, or any other logistics. You focus on what you do best, we'll do the rest!
Levo arms you with the tools to develop your talent, build connections and stay inspired day in and day out as you grow and develop. We believe you can create a life you’re passionate about.
It’s no coincidence that our name is the Latin root of the word “elevate.” With technology, we can move forward together. You are no longer alone in this marathon we call career. Through professional development, offline experiences, and access to an incredible community of like-minded Millennials, we're making the professional journey an enjoyable one.
Chicago Inno is a digital media and events company covering local innovation.
The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce combines the power of people, with our legacy of leadership and business advocacy, to drive a dynamic economy. We focus on delivering value for our members, making Chicagoland a world-class place to live and work.
The Chamber represents more than 1,000 companies from all major industries, half of which do business internationally. With more than 150 events each year, the Chamber is Chicagoland’s most influential business organization.
Plans change. We get it. But if you can't make it to a class/workshop, please email us at least 7 days before the scheduled event date. No refunds will be given after this timeframe.
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