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Insight Design Conference

Is a low cost, local creative community networking event, featuring speakers that lift up our mission to educate, inspire & transform.

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  • 2015
    • Angie Drach

      Angie Drach

      10 Dos & Don'ts for Creatives on the Hunt

      With experience recruiting and interviewing over 100 people in her career, Angie will cover some down and dirty tips to land that job you have been after.

    • Chris Mahlmann

      Chris Mahlmann

      Making a Digital Impact with Design

      Chris's presentation will be based around the lessons he has learned about how small businesses and individuals can communicate their mission and talents effectively online and via social media in a way that allows their creativity to flow and be apparent to all. He wants to help designers and those in the graphic and visual arts best understand how to utilize online and social media tools to gain a very high impact return on the time put into each outlet. Chris's very straight to the point, high energy strategies work well for him and he is excited to share them with others.

    • Eric Verbich

      Eric Verbich

      File Preparation for Large Format Printing

      Eric will cover the in’s and out’s of sending your file to print on large format output.

    • Joe Dascenzo

      Joe Dascenzo

      So You Think You Can Fly?

      What do you do when you hit a creative wall? We all want to break through the wall and create things that inspire people—so what are the critical decision points in the creative process that lead to true innovation?

    • Julia Huisman

      Julia Huisman

      Don't Settle for Status Quo

      Northwest Indiana is known for its blue collar industry but it also thrives with creativity and artistry! There is so much talent here waiting to be discovered. I’ll share how to find such talent locally, how to build and nurture a creative team, and the importance of telling the stories of NWI’s creatives.

    • Liz Mares

      Liz Mares

      It's Okay To Be A Quiet Artist

      In this fast paced world of social media and the constant extroverted urgency to "Get out there and mingle! Push Push Push!" The quieter people tend to get lost in the noise. Learn how to use your quiet nature to be seen and gain recognition with a softer approach.

    • Matt Fiocca

      Matt Fiocca

      Design for Development

      There may come a time in your life when that well researched, beautifully crafted website design will be sent off to someone else for development. In this short talk, I will illustrate 5 ways that will help make that hand-off become a creative and technical success.

    • Michelle Nikitaras

      Michelle Nikitaras

      What does a wedding planner do anyway? From Vision to reality.

      How we accidentally drove ourselves into the creative industry, and why our clients love us for it.

    • Mylinda Cane

      Mylinda Cane

      Life Lessons Learned Through Photography

      How Creativity Shaped and Saved Me

    • Natalie Leaman

      Natalie Leaman

      The NavAids in designing for Engineers

      Curious about the challenges presented when working as a designer in an engineering environment?  Find out how I navigated my way around the aviation industry by  plugging into the world of Geographic Information Systems and AutoCAD.

    • Rahsaan Taylor

      Rahsaan Taylor

      The Worst Best Advice

      Life is all about learning the rules and then learning how to break those rules. In 5 short minutes I'll try to supply you with the tools to trick yourself to happiness by looking at the things that we have been told not to do.

    • Wayne Osenkarski

      Wayne Osenkarski

      Taking Your Shots

      You've got to take some risks. You have nothing to lose except the chance to win.

    • WoodenJacket


      Justin & Evvie Tillich: The Little Things

      People often ignore their small, or what they may see as insignificant talents. With the society of "more" we live in, most people miss them all together. It has been ever present in our lives to hold tight to these "little things" and to nurture them, because there in lies the magic.

  • 2014
    • Amy Schwartz

      Amy Schwartz

      Collaboration in Practice

      How working collaboratively and across disciplines leads to personal breakthroughs.

    • Charlie Roberts

      Charlie Roberts

      Who knows you

      It's not always who you know that matters, it's more about who knows you. Listen to how relationships and image can make a difference in your career.

    • Chase Talon

      Chase Talon

      Hand Drawn Typography Goodness

      Sketching type has always been a passion of mine. From pencil to paint, food and hair, I would like to share with you the who's what’s and why’s I have recently devoted my free time to mastering this beautifully inspiring scrumtrulescentness of a craft.

    • Corrie Vos

      Corrie Vos

      Sleeping with a Designer

      Design affects where we shop, the products we buy, the restaurants we eat at, how we decorate our house, from the biggest to the smallest of details. While it can easily become overwhelmingly irritating at times, we're working on how to laugh at each other in the tension and how to find places to restore both his need for creativity and my need to have a voice in the design of our life.

    • Jamie Wayne

      Jamie Wayne

      How to Design a Logo in 5 Steps

      Learn the basics of logo design ranging from research, to mind-mapping, sketching, narrowing and rendering in a 5 minute, 5 step presentation.

    • Jane Cooperman

      Jane Cooperman

      Persistence and Patience

      The talk will focus on taking a large public art project from a conception to reality.

    • Melissa Washburn

      Melissa Washburn

      I Don't Know What I'm Doing: Confidence & the Female Creative

      A number of articles and books have come out recently on the differences between men and women when it comes to confidence, taking on new challenges in the workplace, and how we cope with both successes and failures in our work. In this talk I will reflect upon my own experience with "Impostor Syndrome" and talk about some strategies that we can use to build confidence, balance confidence with competence, and start taking the kinds of risks that can result in great work and great careers.

    • Michael Roller

      Michael Roller

      Making your Bones

      Optimizing Entry-level Opportunities

    • Nichole Baiel

      Nichole Baiel

      Let's Talk Mental Illness

      Because by talking, we can erase the stigma. This is story about how friends, strangers, and the tech community helped save my life.

    • Phil Krygsheld

      Phil Krygsheld

      I'll Drink to That

      Why and how you do what you do matters just as much as what you do to me and other consumers.

    • Ron Delhaye

      Ron Delhaye

      You’'re Awesome! (But your art sucks) Take it Personally.

      Art is interpretive - some will love it, and others will hate it. Learn how the attention has shifted from the art to the artist, and why having a great personality is imperative. Creative talents aren't enough to speak for you, it's how people perceive you as a person and as a brand.

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