Category Archives: Podcasts and Videos

Tips for Starting Your Own Business

Episode Four of our My Top Three features entrepreneur Jim Miketo. Jim is here to talk about his top three tips for starting your own business. Take it from us – Jim really knows his stuff! He has two successful businesses here in the Cleveland area, both of which we are huge fans of. These include The Erie Social Shuffleclub Club and Bar, Ohio’s first indoor shuffleboard club, as well as Forest City Shuffleboard. Read More ›

Tips for Meeting Creative People

Welcome to Episode Two of our new video series, My Top Three. This video series introduces you to creatives of all kinds who have knowledge to share about their particular industry. 

Episode Two features Heather Sakai, Arsenal Manager here at Go Media and Event Director at Weapons of Mass Creation Fest. 

In today’s My Top Three, Heather will talk about her Top Three Tips for Connecting with other Creatives. Please enjoy the video below and connect with Heather @sakaipower on Twitter.

Resources:

Facebook Group: If you’re an Arsenal Member, please email Heather, who will confirm your subscription and then send you an invite to our Private Facebook Group.

Find a Slack Channel to join: https://slofile.com

Good luck everyone!

Tips for Meeting Creative People

Tips for Designing Printed Apparel

We are proud to introduce our new video series, My Top Three. This video series will introduce you to creatives of all kinds who have knowledge to share about their particular industry. These will be bite-sized videos that will contain quick tips, so get ready to gobble them up. Read More ›

WMC Fest Drawing Challenge

Today, Weapons of Mass Creation Fest Event Director Heather Sakai is challenging Cleveland-born lettering artist, muralist, and designer Lisa Lorek to a good old fashioned drawing challenged all in celebration of this year’s Weapons of Mass Creation Fest. 

Who wins this drawing competition? You decide. (Spoiler alert: the judging process isn’t a difficult one.)

Make sure to come and root Lisa on when she takes this year’s Weapons of Mass Creation Fest stage on this coming Sunday, August 20th from 1:45 to 2:10 pm. You can purchase tickets to see Lisa and the rest of our incredible line-up over at our official site, wmcfest.com.

Now, onto the video!

An Idiot’s Guide to Not Replacing your Boss with 12 Bosses

Mark Brickey’s guide to truly working for yourself instead of quitting your job to only find that you now have 12 bosses instead of one. He covers creating additional revenue streams, passive income projects, creating long-term personal projects that scale, making time for your own brand and using personal work as leverage for better client projects and rates. This talk is available exclusively to Arsenal members, so become one today. Read More ›

WMC Fest Design Podcast with our Emcee, Lenny Terenzi

We are beyond thrilled to announce that Lenny Terenzi, designer, illustrator, screen printer and founder, owner of Hey! Monkey Design Studio, is this year’s Weapons of Mass Creation Fest emcee. Read More ›

Isabel Urbina Peña

Today’s WMC Fest 7 talk comes to us from Isabel Urbina Peña. Isabel is a letterer, graphic & type designer originally from Venezuela and based in Brooklyn, NY. She has worked at Penguin Random House, C&G Partners LLC, American Museum of Natural History, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas and for clients like The New York Times, Harper Collins, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Variety, Campari & Diner Journal. In 2015, she was named a New Visual Artist: 15 under 30 by PRINT Magazine. In her spare time, she teaches workshops, designs typefaces & zines and runs Yes Equal, a database of creative women.

Everybody Else is Already Taken:

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In today’s Weapons of Mass Creation talk, Co-Founder, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Go Media, Wilson Revehl is up to bat.

After leading Cleveland’s Go Media through its best worst year ever, Wilson Revehl packed up and took his talents to some beach in Florida. There he learned sand ruins laptops and sunburns smack of the apocalypse. This WMC, Wilson returns from South Florida to Cleveland. Unlike LeBron, he’s not rich, famous, tall or good at sports (or sports metaphors). But he has realized how to win in design and wants to share what it takes.

Wilson Revehl is the Co-Founder, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Go Media. He is a veteran Graphic Designer and Web Developer with an early career dating back to the .com bubble of the late nineties. He has been involved in hundreds of website and web application launches of all scales. Wilson’s expertise is in front-end and back-end development with a specialty in PHP, JavaScript, HTML, CSS and eCommerce. He is a WordPress enthusiast with countless plugins and customizations in the portfolio. Mr. Revehl manages our Amazon Cloud infrastructure, PCI Compliance and SaaS platforms. When not “sitting in front of the glowing box”, you can often find Wilson floating in the pool or on the water with his lovely wife and two kids. We think he was probably a manatee in a former life, or aspires to be one someday.

Enjoy Go Media’s Best Worst Year Ever:

A WMC Talk by Jillian Adel

Today, we’re proud to release another talk from our design conference, Weapons of Mass Creation Festival 7, which happened this past August 2016, in sunny Cleveland, Ohio. This talk features Jillian Adel. Jillian is an Art Director, Designer and Typographic Illustrator who specializes in brand & communication design, key art, and typography. After years in NYC agency life. she made her way to Los Angeles to pursue her career independently. Clients include The New York Times, Pepsi, Intercom, HBO and Taco Bell, and most recently, has been spending time helping to build out Uber’s new brand system. Apart from design, she spends her time training at pole & exotic dance, contortion & aerial arts. She sometimes writes and talks about vulnerability and the inseparable connection between personal & professional life, educates about experimental typography, and operates on a platform of intuitive & empathetic solutions.

Jillian’s talk is a candid look into her career – struggles, successes and everything in between.

Listen in on: The Upside Down of Frustration

For more Jillian: Official Site | Twitter | Instagram | Medium | Behance

Interviews with Graphic Designers: Bill Beachy

We take a moment to ask Go Media President Bill Beachy about a mistake he’s made in his business and what it taught him in the long-run.

Bill is the founder and President at Go Media Inc., where he wears many hats. He still designs, sells, illustrates and manages. Bill’s career as an entrepreneur started in middle school, when he would buy candy in bulk and sell it to his school friends for a profit. He’s had many learning experiences since then, which he’ll tell you about in his highly successful book, “Drawn to Business,” which outlines how he and other top firms built their businesses from the ground up. Interviews with Graphic Designers: Bill BeachyBill believes in being transparent with his staff and the community, so he is very open about the knowledge he’s gained and freely shares the mistakes he’s made in hopes that others learn from them.

Enjoy listening in on today’s video.

Time Out with Bill Beachy

In today’s Weapons of Mass Creation Fest talk, enjoy a candid conversation with headshot photographer and personal branding strategist Michael Cavotta, who shares the secret to unleashing your inner exceptionalist and getting face-to-face with your best self.

Michael Cavotta is an award-winning photographer, personal branding coach and ass-kicking agent of authenticity.

Prior to a career reboot in 2009, Michael had been a serial entrepreneur and venture catalyst with over 10 years of experience helping launch a long list of exceptional start-ups including iPod accessory pioneer, Mophie®. Along the way, he picked up a camera and taught himself how to use it, cutting his teeth shooting editorial food and interiors for Cleveland Magazine and other publications.

In 2010, Michael traded the mercenary work of branding opportunity for the missionary work of branding people. Six months later, he had secured an Associate position with renowned NY headshot photographer, Peter Hurley. By 2013, the distinction between Michael’s on-camera craft and off-camera coaching had disappeared, prompting his certification as a Reach® Personal Brand Strategist under William Arruda.

In the years that followed, Michael’s original thoughts on image and authenticity–what he likes to call the You Quotient™–have been published around the world.

You can learn more about Michael on his official site. Now, enjoy F#@% your Function / Fuel Your Fire…

About WMC Fest: Weapons of Mass Creation Fest is a massively popular three-day event created and hosted in Cleveland, OH. Attendees mostly include professional designers, artists, students and small business owners who flock from around the country, including popular creative hubs like New York, Los Angeles, Austin, San Francisco and Chicago. This year, attendees will have access to 10 speakers, 8 workshops, 3 panels and over 20 vendors. Alumni include Stefan Sagmeister, Michael Bierut, Debbie Millman, Tad Carpenter, Aaron Draplin, Austin Kleon, Brandon Rike, Chuck Anderson, Dan Christofferson, James White, Johnny Cupcakes, Mark Brickey and the Adventures in Design Podcast, and Jon Contino and National Poster Retrospecticus. WMC Fest attendance has ballooned every year since its 2010 debut, with over 1,200 packing event venues in 2016. Stay tuned to more information about next year’s event at wmcfest.com.

Cotton Bureau talks “Founding an Accidental T-Shirt Empire”

Today’s Weapons of Mass Creation Fest 6 talk comes to us from Jay Fanelli and Nathan Peretic, founders of Cotton Bureau. Read More ›

Weapons of Mass Creation Fest Podcast

In this new audio series by Go Media, we sit down and talk with the contributors, sponsors, and attendees of our design conference, Weapons of Mass Creation Fest, to find out more about them and why they are Weapons of Mass Creation. Read More ›

Weapons of Mass Creation Fest Podcast

In this new audio series by Go Media, we sit down and talk with the contributors, sponsors, and attendees of our design conference, Weapons of Mass Creation Fest, to find out more about them and why they are Weapons of Mass Creation. Read More ›

In this new audio series by Go Media, we sit down and talk with the contributors, sponsors, and attendees of our design conference, Weapons of Mass Creation Fest, to find out more about them and why they are Weapons of Mass Creation.

This week, we sit down with Workshop Leader Brad Weaver. Brad is a Managing Partner & Chief Experience Officer at Nine Labs in Atlanta, GA.

WMC is a massively popular three-day event created and hosted in Cleveland, OH. Attendees mostly include professional designers, artists, students and small business owners who flock from around the country, including popular creative hubs like New York, Los Angeles, Austin, San Francisco and Chicago. Attendees have access to speakers, workshops, panels, art events, podcasts, design tours, vendors and more. Alumni include Stefan Sagmeister, Michael Bierut, Debbie Millman, Tad Carpenter, Aaron Draplin, Austin Kleon, Brandon Rike, Chuck Anderson, Dan Christofferson, James White, Johnny Cupcakes, Mark Brickey and the Adventures in Design Podcast, and Jon Contino and National Poster Retrospecticus. WMC Fest attendance has ballooned every year since its 2010 debut, with over 1,200 packing event venues in 2016. Stay tuned to more information about next year’s event at wmcfest.com.

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In this new audio series by Go Media, we sit down and talk with the contributors, sponsors, and attendees of our design conference, Weapons of Mass Creation Fest, to find out more about them and why they are Weapons of Mass Creation.

This week, we sit down with Jordan Schiller from Real Thread.

WMC is a massively popular three-day event created and hosted in Cleveland, OH. Attendees mostly include professional designers, artists, students and small business owners who flock from around the country, including popular creative hubs like New York, Los Angeles, Austin, San Francisco and Chicago. Attendees have access to speakers, workshops, panels, art events, podcasts, design tours, vendors and more. Alumni include Stefan Sagmeister, Michael Bierut, Debbie Millman, Tad Carpenter, Aaron Draplin, Austin Kleon, Brandon Rike, Chuck Anderson, Dan Christofferson, James White, Johnny Cupcakes, Mark Brickey and the Adventures in Design Podcast, and Jon Contino and National Poster Retrospecticus. WMC Fest attendance has ballooned every year since its 2010 debut, with over 1,200 packing event venues in 2016. Stay tuned to more information about next year’s event at wmcfest.com.

We Are Weapons 003 – Jordan Schiller from Real Thread

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In this new audio series by Go Media, we sit down and talk with the contributors, sponsors, and attendees of our design conference, Weapons of Mass Creation Fest, to find out more about them and why they are Weapons of Mass Creation.

This week, we sit down with Jason Frostholm from Creative South Podcast.

WMC is a massively popular three-day event created and hosted in Cleveland, OH. Attendees mostly include professional designers, artists, students and small business owners who flock from around the country, including popular creative hubs like New York, Los Angeles, Austin, San Francisco and Chicago. Attendees have access to speakers, workshops, panels, art events, podcasts, design tours, vendors and more. Alumni include Stefan Sagmeister, Michael Bierut, Debbie Millman, Tad Carpenter, Aaron Draplin, Austin Kleon, Brandon Rike, Chuck Anderson, Dan Christofferson, James White, Johnny Cupcakes, Mark Brickey and the Adventures in Design Podcast, and Jon Contino and National Poster Retrospecticus. WMC Fest attendance has ballooned every year since its 2010 debut, with over 1,200 packing event venues in 2016. Stay tuned to more information about next year’s event at wmcfest.com.

We Are Weapons 004 – Jason Frostholm from Creative South Podcast

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In this new audio series by Go Media, we sit down and talk with the contributors, sponsors, and attendees of our design conference, Weapons of Mass Creation Fest, to find out more about them and why they are Weapons of Mass Creation.

This week, we sit down with JakPrints owner Dameon Guess.

WMC is a massively popular three-day event created and hosted in Cleveland, OH. Attendees mostly include professional designers, artists, students and small business owners who flock from around the country, including popular creative hubs like New York, Los Angeles, Austin, San Francisco and Chicago. Attendees have access to speakers, workshops, panels, art events, podcasts, design tours, vendors and more. Alumni include Stefan Sagmeister, Michael Bierut, Debbie Millman, Tad Carpenter, Aaron Draplin, Austin Kleon, Brandon Rike, Chuck Anderson, Dan Christofferson, James White, Johnny Cupcakes, Mark Brickey and the Adventures in Design Podcast, and Jon Contino and National Poster Retrospecticus. WMC Fest attendance has ballooned every year since its 2010 debut, with over 1,200 packing event venues in 2016. Stay tuned to more information about next year’s event at wmcfest.com.

We Are Weapons 002 – Dameon Guess from JakPrints

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In this new audio series by Go Media, we sit down and talk with the contributors, sponsors, and attendees of our design conference, Weapons of Mass Creation Fest, to find out more about them and why they are Weapons of Mass Creation.

This week, we sit down with Nova Scotia Illustrator and WMC Attendee Liz Mac to find out why the conference moved her to make some major changes in her life and career.

WMC is a massively popular three-day event created and hosted in Cleveland, OH. Attendees mostly include professional designers, artists, students and small business owners who flock from around the country, including popular creative hubs like New York, Los Angeles, Austin, San Francisco and Chicago. Attendees have access to speakers, workshops, panels, art events, podcasts, design tours, vendors and more. Alumni include Stefan Sagmeister, Michael Bierut, Debbie Millman, Tad Carpenter, Aaron Draplin, Austin Kleon, Brandon Rike, Chuck Anderson, Dan Christofferson, James White, Johnny Cupcakes, Mark Brickey and the Adventures in Design Podcast, and Jon Contino and National Poster Retrospecticus. WMC Fest attendance has ballooned every year since its 2010 debut, with over 1,200 packing event venues in 2016. Stay tuned to more information about next year’s event at wmcfest.com.

Now, onto our interview with Liz!

We Are Weapons 001 – Illustrator Liz Mac

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In this edition of Designer Face Off, we pit typographic illustrator and animator Joseph Alessio versus freelance illustrator Carlos Basabe. If you’re a fan of our design conference Weapons of Mass Creation Fest, you may recognize both Joseph and Carlos from last year’s art battle, Ink Wars.

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Joseph and Carlos battling it out at Ink Wars (and Katia Oloy, too!)

Listen in as these friends talk shop, learn more about their commonalities as well as what about their backgrounds, in particular, have molded them into the unique creatives they are today.

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More Carlos: Official SiteTwitter | Facebook | Instagram | Dribbble

We were absolutely honored to have design legend Debbie Millman as a speaker at our design conference, Weapons of Mass Creation Fest 6.

Debbie is a writer, educator, artist, brand consultant, and host of the radio show Design Matters.

Treat yourself to her talk, “On Rejection.” On Rejection is a funny and heartbreaking tale of making it (or not) in New York. The presentation begins in early 2003 when a good friend sent Debbie Millman an email with a subject line that read: Begin drinking heavily before opening. The email contained a link that took her to a “blog,” the first-ever online forum about graphic design and branding. Suddenly she found herself reading an article that disparaged her entire career to date. This experience—in tandem with a number of historical rejections and setbacks—sent Millman into deep despair, and she seriously considered leaving the design profession altogether. In a series of poignant, revealing and sometimes hysterical anecdotes, Debbie will share her journey out of despair and offer insight on how the worst moments in your life can actually become the most profound and life affirming.

Debbie will be returning to this year’s Weapons of Mass Creation Fest! She’ll be bringing her podcast, Design Matters, to our vendor village on Saturday, August 6 from 1 to 3 pm.

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More about Debbie:

Found on Official Site | Twitter | FacebookFlickr | Google+ | LinkedIn

For the past twenty years, Debbie has been President of Sterling Brands, where she has worked on the redesign of over 200 global brands, including projects with P&G, Colgate, Nestle, Kraft and Pepsi. In 2014, she was named President, Chief Marketing Officer of the firm. In 2013, Debbie was named one of the most influential designers working today by GDUSA. Debbie is the founder and host of Design Matters, the world’s first podcast about design, which has garnered millions of downloads and a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award. In the 10 years since its inception, Millman has interviewed more than 250 design luminaries and cultural commentators, including Massimo Vignelli, Milton Glaser, Malcolm Gladwell, Dan Pink, Barbara Kruger, Seth Godin and more.

Debbie is the author of six books, including two collections of interviews that have extended the ethos and editorial vision of Design Matters to the printed page: How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer and Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits. Both books have been published in over 10 languages. In 2009 Debbie co-founded with Steven Heller the world’s first graduate program in branding at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Now in its fifth year, the program has achieved international acclaim. The inaugural class wrote and designed the Rockport book Brand Bible: The Complete Guide to Building, Designing and Sustaining Brands and in 2013 the students created branding for the Museum of Modern Art’s retail program, Destination: New York.

Debbie’s written and visual essays have appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, Print Magazine, Design Observer, Fast Company, and more, and she is the author of two books
of illustrated essays. Her work has been exhibited at the Chicago Design Museum, Anderson University, School of Visual Arts, Long Island University and The Wolfsonion Museum. She has been artist-in-residence at Cranbrook University, Old Dominion University and Notre Dame University, and has conducted visual storytelling workshops at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, the University of Utah, Hartford University and the High School of Art and Design in New York. She has designed wrapping paper and beach towels for One Kings Lane, greeting cards for Mohawk and Card-To-Art, playing cards for DeckStarter and sketchbooks for Shutterstock.

Debbie is President Emeritus of AIGA, one of four women to hold the position in the organization’s 100-year history. She is also a past board member and treasurer of the New York Chapter. She is a frequent speaker on design and branding and has moderated Design Yatra in India, presented keynote lectures at Rotman School of Management, Princeton University, Michigan Modern, the Melbourne Writers Festival in Australia, Design Thinkers in Toronto, the Festival of Art and Design in Barcelona, and many more.