WMC 7: Three Days That Will Change Your Life

 

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Go Media’s weekend long Weapons of Mass Creation Fest is back August 5th-7th to engage, inspire and educate designers, artists and creative minds. Celebrating its seventh year in Cleveland, this year’s impressive roster of speakers and hands on workshops has us counting down the days until we get to dive into the festivities again. Years past have been a blast with speakers like Jude Goergen and our bud Mark Brickley creating super-educational workshops, inspirational talks and podcasts.

There are an abundance of reasons that this year’s fest will live up to its name as the region’s leading design conference, but we’ve narrowed it down to our top five to showcase the best WMC has to offer.

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The Importance of Photographs

Kids are dressed in their Sunday best, gigantic bows have been strategically placed on heads, and awkward teens everywhere are playing the worst possible picture day scenarios in their brains. Embarrassing photos aside, getting a school yearbook made picture day worth it in the end.

With the Akron, Ohio area currently experiencing high poverty levels, some children in the community don’t get the opportunity to take home a yearbook at the end of the year. They might not have the opportunity to experience picture day either. One Akron based teacher in set out to change that.

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Business Cards: First and Lasting Impressions

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Business cards have been around for centuries. They’re a staple for every business, socialite, student, designer and everyone in between. But with networking sites like LinkedIn and other ways to connect digitally, business cards have transitioned from a requirement to a statement piece. A good looking business card is the perfect chance to show off and ensure you’re leaving the impression you want with your audience. Paper stocks, custom die cuts and painted edges are just a few ways to leave a great first and lasting impression.

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Reduce, reuse, upcycle

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We strive to be good environmental stewards — leaving the environment better than we found it is important, and we believe a strong community has a crucial role in making that possible. That’s why we love our friends at Upcycle Parts Shop.

Upcycle Parts Shop is made up of a dream team that works to reduce waste, strengthen the community and get people inspired by turning one man’s trash into another man’s really cool art piece. We sat down with Michael Hudecek, Business Relations Manager at Upcycle Parts Shop and upcycle artist, to get the details.

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Dad Hats: this trend is no joke

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However unexpected it may be, Dad Hats are one of this year’s hottest trends. Rihanna wears them. Drake wears them. They’re so hot that even President Obama, the ultimate dad, wears them. They’re effortlessly cool and easy to wear, making Dad Hats a pain-free trend to embrace.

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LT Magnotto: Color Separation Legend and Cleveland Busy Body

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We chatted with LT to find out what color separation is and how he spends his time off the clock.

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Vintage Vinyl with Spicher & Co.

We love seeing new creative uses for everyday products. So, you can imagine our excitement when Spicher and Co. came to us with the idea to use Record Jackets to package their rad, vintage-inspired vinyl floorcloths. 

Spicher and Co. started as a way to showcase the paintings of Kolene Spicher — artist and founder Mark Spicher’s wife — and are a high-end manufacturer of framed artwork and home goods. Vintage Vinyl (a division of Spicher and Co.) began producing vinyl floorcloths (or floor mats) that feature patterns and colors with a luscious vintage aesthetic. The company draws inspiration from historic, hand painted canvas floorcloths and vintage kitchen linoleum to create their groovy, fun products that have modern durability. Vintage patterns and vinyl records are both making a comeback in this blast from the past product.

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Look Fresh (and Feel Cool) with Ultra-Light Apparel

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Summer means beach vacations, driving with the windows down and a change of wardrobe. To save you from the brutal summer heat, we’re offering Ultra-Light Apparel. You can keep feeling (and looking) your coolest with some of the thinnest fabrics on the market. Let’s dive right into the deep end.

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Jennifer Young on Giclee Printing

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Jakprints employees are artists, musicians, photographers and creators that know a thing or two about the creative process. With a staff full of creative people, we understand what a piece of art means to the artist. No one wants their work to be presented on anything less than the best, and that’s where we come in. We understand that you want reproductions of your art to reflect the time and attention you put into each piece.

Giclee prints are perfect for reproducing your drawings, paintings, digital art and photographs accurately. But what exactly is a giclee print? What sets it apart from other types of printing? We know technical talk can get complicated, so we turned to Giclee Manager, Jennifer Young, to break it down for us.

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Sticker Types

So you want some rad custom stickers, (who doesn’t?) but you’re not quite sure which sticker is going to be best for you? Well, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve compiled a list of common questions that can quickly guide you to the right type of sticker sticker for your needs so you don’t find yourself in a sticky situation.

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Quantity? A lot or a little?

The first questions to answer on the path to the sticker of your dreams.

Roll Stickers which come in high quantities are the most economical option. These stickers are available on a variety of substrates such as clear, white and yellow vinyl, paper and foil stocks. Typically clocking in around 10-20 cents per sticker these will be the most inexpensive option for larger quantities of 500 or more.

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