Essentials Presentations

Essential Presentations, our traditional well-known meetup format that brings the region’s design pros to the front of the room to share their knowledge and experiences.

Essentials Workshops

Essential Workshops, a new roll-up-your-sleeves, workshop format that allows designers to shareals Events their knowledge face-to-face.

Essentials Conversations

Essential Conversations, a new roundtable series to openly discuss cultural, under-the-radar
 

Upcoming Essentials Events

The Over-The-Hill Gang: Where Are They?

Saturday, August 5, 2017
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Cowork Frederick
122 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD

There seems to be very few first-career, full-time graphic designers over the age of 45 (2nd and 3rd career designers are another story). So why is this? Where do all of the first-career designers go after a certain age? Does the career field max out on opportunities or earning potential after a certain age? Do full-timers eventually run out of creative gas in their careers? Whatever the reasons, what kind of message does this send to early-career designers or those considering entering the career field? This roundtable discussion will dive deep into the topic and explore the hidden storylines that could reveal some answers.


 

Creative Burnout—Why It’s Not Easy To Design-Your-Way-Out­-Of-It

Saturday, September 9, 2017
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Hagerstown Community College Student Center
Room 170 or patio, weather permitting
11400 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown, MD

Creative professionals push hard, often times when and where there isn’t already a beaten path. In a sustained manner, this can take a toll on creativity, professional and personal relationships – not to mention one’s personal health and well-being. This roundtable discussion will dive deep into the topic as it relates specifically to designers, and bring back to the surface ideas, techniques and work-style strategies to lessen the inevitable burnout when it happens.


 

Th­e Elephant in The Room: Depression and The Creative Professional

Saturday, October 7, 2017
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Hagerstown Community College Student Center
Room 170 or patio, weather permitting
11400 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown, MD

No therapy session here – instead this roundtable discussion will approach this widely-documented topic from both a statistical and psychological perspective, debunk myths where needed, and analyze the careers of famous, household-name designers who have publicly shared their struggle with their demons—all while at the same time changing the design world forever as we know it.


 

How to Handle “Unscheduled” & “Unplanned” Design Ideas

Saturday, November 4, 2017
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Hagerstown Community College Student Center
Room 170 or patio, weather permitting
11400 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown, MD

Laying in bed in the middle of the night – it hits you. That perfect design idea. Should you get out of bed and chase it down at all costs, or will you trust yourself to remember it in the morning? Or maybe it comes knocking at 4:58PM on a Friday. Do you log off and go home for the weekend as scheduled, or do you fire up the coffeepot and dig in? There is no perfect answer for how to respond when “inconvenient” and “unscheduled” ideas come knocking, so this roundtable discussion will cover the topic from every possible angle; the pros and cons of different idea capturing/chasing strategies and more. After all, it could make or break a project, a client, or a design portfolio.


 

InDesign: How to Avoid InDisaster

Thursday, November 16, 2017
7:00 PM
Cowork Frederick
122 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD

InDesign can do a lot to make your workflow better. More details on this talk to come…