YEEEW!!! Man, Creative South 2015 came and went with a fury this year. So much fun and crazy stuff to cover so I’ll do my best to get everything in this post but if I leave you out don’t be offended, there was a lot of Summer Shandy’s and Ciders packed in to a very short amount of time, so here we go.
First of all, following up last years conference where we were lucky enough to be able to speak seemed like it would be tough to top but getting asked to make a special poster for all the people who bought the Love Is Blind tickets definitely was a good start. Hopefully those of you who ended up getting a copy were stoked because It was definitely a cool turning point in my design career as far as pushing myself with texture, type, and perspective. It also felt really good to give back to the conference that has given us so much in just a short amount of time. If you didn’t get one I will have a very small amount that I will release at a random time so keep an eye on the ole twitter and instagram machines for the release.
Secondly, I already miss all of you! Aside from my Duval Crew that I get to see all the time (CMYKAREN, PCARTER-YEEEW, Zwicker, Mr Mosher) I’m definitely gonna go throw some serious “Georgia Withdraws” from the Wier/Stewart Crew Jason Craig (great presentation this year), The Russ Pate and Felix Oliha. Family reunion shirts are definitely in order next year. Nick Slater (The Man Beast) who actually picked my large body up and carried me around on his shoulder, You my friend are definitely giving Kendrick Kidd a run for nicest guy on earth and have earned yourself a spot on the bro’s for life list… #CorgiConvos. Mr Target Himself Allan Peters! Glad to get a chance to chat with you and the Mrs this year, and congrats on the new little one. You will never meet a bigger design nerd in your life than this guy and I love it. Front row for every speaker and first to ask a question. Target’s design is in good hands with Allan driving the bus!
OK Pants, Mr Aaron Sechrist, great presentation this year as well and it was good to finally get some genuine hang time in with native Cleve-lander. I actually just assumed that being from Cleveland was just a myth and that all the fans at Browns games were just CGI, but you proved me wrong sir. Good Dude and good times. The Type fight masterminds Drew Roper and Bryan Butler who I can sum up with two words THE WOBBLER. Two seriously funny dudes, and hopefully they won’t hold me to getting into the ring next year dressed as Nacho Libre, but I stand by my word. The Bearded Ben Affleck himself, Mat Helme of Ink Wars. Rad project he runs and a genuinely funny guy as well. That hand made belt this year was insane, congrats to BeeTeeth on that crushing victory. Diane Gibbs, always fun and super sweet host of design recharge. Thanks for the sketch pad and Type-O’s joke, you missed your calling in comedy #Boogers. Tim Frame for making the 11 hour drive and hanging in there with our rowdy bunch for a few lunches and speakers, teach on teach! Danny Bryan who we accosted and held hostage from Clark Orr for a brief time.
Lenny Terenzi with the greatest Creative South entrance of all time and for making us laugh and cry simultaneously. Tad Carpenter, who took all my money at his merch table and got a great pic with Taylor Swift. Rad presentation and work sir, Plop & Drop is forever ingrained in my design vocab from here on out. Jen Mussari for straight crushing David Carson with no remorse, loved the passion for type in your presentation. Mama’s Sauce for having the balls to do a live screen print station, French paper for the great freebee’s and rad paper products. Bob Ewing and the InchXInch Button Crew, The Super Talented Cran Family, Will & Suzanne Gay for the behind the scenes look at some of Disney’s more edgy work. Justin Mezzel and Rogie King for doing a rad MC job and hosting one of the most epic designer dance battles of all time. Congrats to Dave Coleman for making me black out laughing when he brought out what I called the “Halloween Horror Nights” dance move (min 5:20 video below) and the epic “Dirty Dancing Lift” ender move with Mike Jones at (min 15:00). Frazier Davidson did an amazing gif of this on dribbble.
And Lastly, those who were seriously missed this year Clark Orr, Derrick Castle, Alex Wier, Daniel Stewart, Tim Styles, and my sidekick Kendrick Kidd. We had a ton of fun this year but it was not the same without y’all. Every time someone walked up to me and said “Are you Tron?” the very next words were “Is Kendrick here?” haha, so I’ll do my best to drag him up there with me next year I promise or at least figure out some sort of hologram situation. And to Mike Jones and the whole Creative South Crew, I know there is a lot of you who make this event happen and we all really do appreciate all the effort you guys put into make it a fun and family sized event. I was truly jealous of the front porch stage this year and the fireworks at the opening party were better than Jacksonville’s 4th of July and New Years Combined. Seriously Ridiculous.
This is Tron signing off and we look forward to seeing all your ugly mugs back down here in the humid, sweaty, sweet tea drinkin’, BBQ eatin’ south next year! YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEW!