FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2ND
Gather for a full day of creative dialogue with a diverse panel of makers, designers, and illustrators. WeMake Celebrates sets the stage with local, national, and international design thinkers to talk about process and what inspires creativity.
KEYNOTE / GEMMA O'BRIEN
Gemma O’Brien is an Australian artist specializing in lettering, illustration and typography. After studying design at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, Gemma worked as an art director at Animal Logic, Fuel VFX and Toby and Pete before deciding to fly solo as a commercial illustrator in 2012. She is currently represented by the Jacky Winter Group and splits her time between advertising commissions, gallery shows, speaking engagements and hosting hand-lettering workshops around the world.
Her typography work takes on a variety of forms, from calligraphic brushwork, illustrated letterforms and digital type to large scale hand-painted murals. In 2014 she was recognized by New York The Type Directors Club with an Award of Typographic Excellence. Her clients include Adobe, Volcom, Kirin Cider, QANTAS, Heinz, Smirnoff and The New York Times.
KEYNOTE / THE OFFICIAL
The Official Manufacturing Company (more affectionately known as OMFGCO) is a Portland-based creative agency that builds brands for visionaries. Founded in 2009, partners Jeremy Pelley and Fritz Mesenbrink have created brands that set themselves apart in the graphic design world. They feel it is easy to make things pretty, but hard to make them matter. They dig deep to find meaningful insights and explore unique ways to express them. Their client work includes Ace Hotel, Portland Meadows, Woodblock Chocolate, Portland General Electric, Google, Beam & Anchor, Gap, and Stumptown Coffee Roasters, to name a few.
KEYNOTE / PAUL OCTAVIOUS
Paul Octavious is a photographer & designer originating from Connecticut and currently residing in Chicago, IL. Recently he spent time behind the scenes with The Academy documenting this year's Oscar Awards.
His work has been featured by The New York Times, The Paris Review, Phoot Camp20x200 , Pictory, The New Yorker, Beautiful Decay, Huffington Post, The Fox Is Black, and Swiss Miss to name a few. Notable clients include: Nike, McDonalds, New Balance, Drift Eyewear, The Wallstreet Journal, NYTimes Magazine, Wired, Bloomberg Buisness, Crush Lovely, PRINT, Feelday, and Threadless.
KEYNOTE / TIMOTHY GOODMAN
Timothy Goodman is a designer, illustrator, and art director based in New York City. His clients include Airbnb, Google, Ford, J.Crew, MoMA, Target, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. Previously, Timothy worked in-house at Apple Inc., where he helped integrate Apple’s visual language across third party environments. He has received awards from most major design & illustration publications including The Art Directors Young Guns and Print magazine's New Visual Artist. Timothy graduated from the School of Visual Arts in NYC, where he now teaches. In conjunction with his client work, he spends a significant amount of time on personal projects and writing, such as his Instagram writing series Memories of a Girl I Never Knew, which was recently exhibited at Colette in Paris, France.
In 2013, Timothy and Jessica Walsh created a personal project called 40 Days of Dating. It has received over 10 million unique visitors, became a book, and they optioned the film rights of their story to Warner Bros. They are currently in the middle of another crazy experiment.
Veronica Corzo-Duchardt is a Cuban-American artist, designer, and printmaker. Fascinated by traces of history embedded in the objects we use, collect and leave behind, her practice is rooted in memory, heritage, and material culture. Corzo-Duchardt encourages us to think deeper about the things we surround ourselves with and the stories they tell.
Her project, The Neche Collection is an example of this. It retells the story of her grandfather’s life across an archive of his possessions. Shaped both by his heritage as a Cuban exile of Lebanese descent and his painstaking work as an accountant, Neche instilled in his granddaughter a fascination with cultural artifacts as touchstones for personal history. Making use of abstracted color fields, re-contextualized language and representative graphic renderings, Corzo-Duchardt translates these material touchstones into a paper narrative of her familial history.
KEYNOTE / LEAH NOBLE DAVIDSON
Leah Noble Davidson has delved into what trust means to teenagers, the significance of loyalty to hardcore gamers, the context of business relationships to product quality, and discovered the real definition of fit for custom bike users. As a strategist, she’s galvanized small business owners in cafes down the street and swayed corporate teams in the boardrooms of Microsoft, XBox, Intel, Cisco, Leatherman, Toyota, Jive, Puppet Labs, and others. She toured the US last fall with her bestselling book “Poetic Scientifica,” produces Portland’s Moth StorySLAM, and leads the design research and strategy team at QVINQVE in Portland, Oregon.