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We're back with a blend of unique perspectives, conversations with leading creatives and a boatload of inspiration.
TopCon is is an annual, one-day conference celebrating all things creative. Every year hundreds of incredible minds come together to share stories and ideas, failures and successes, and a whole lotta love. Hear and learn from some of today's emerging, influential, and down right nicest people in the creative industry.
The Founders of
More than a decade ago, co-founders Dameon Guess and Jacob Edwards had to market their bands. They discovered that a printer willing to produce high-quality t-shirts, stickers, postcards and flyers on short deadlines didn’t exist. The two paired their backgrounds in screen printing and graphic design with unique insights into the printing needs of musicians, designers and artists.
Fast-forward 10 years and sprinkle in some Nick Detomaso, and Jakprints has more than filled that niche from their Cleveland, Ohio, headquarters. They've taken their dedication to customization, quick turn-around, quality, environmental responsibility and customer-service that drove their success in the underground community and applied it to other industries that face the same needs.
Creative Director, Bright Bright Great
Amy Schwartz is a designer specializing in branding and digital experiences. She is the Creative Director at Bright Bright Great.
Previously, Amy was the Design Director at Cards Against Humanity and Blackbox. Amy was the winner of Command X at the 2015 AIGA National Design Conference; other recognition includes PRINT Magazine's 15 Under 30, the 2016 Emerging Designer Award by AIGA Chicago, 2016 Finalist for Young Designer of the Year by the Net Awards, and the recipient of the AIGA What’s Next Grant in 2014.
Amy founded Liminal Space in 2015, a design initiative that promotes experimentation, community, and dialogue within Chicago’s thriving design, art, and technology scenes. Amy holds an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BA from DePaul University.
Managing Director, Bright Bright Great
Jason Schwartz is an enabler with a passion for crafting engaging experiences that intersect human interaction with technology. Over the past 15 years, Jason has worked for start-ups agencies & INC500s as Interactive Designer, Strategist, Advisor, Director of Marketing, Investor and Creative Director.
In 2007, Jason founded the Chicago-based design, strategy and technology house Bright Bright Great where he currently acts as Managing Director.
In 2008, he started hosting 2 Night Stand events, a curated weekend hackathon, with subjects ranging from Zombie Research Society and the future of automotive design to NASA. In 2009 he established the student advice series TSH hosting sold out educational events in San Francisco, Chicago and New York City.
In 2013, he founded the type foundry Avondale Type Co. and Mlmtr, a photography community.
Jason has 2 degrees in Industrial Design, including an MFA from University of Kansas with a focus on design education for elementary education, as well as a BFA from University of Illinois. Jason also holds a certificate in course completion for "R. Kelly, A Critical Appreciation" from the Rapid Pulse Performing Arts Festival.
Senior Graphic Designer for AMB Sports + Entertainment
Britt Davis' passion for sports, sports heritage and history, and brand activation has shaped a rewarding career in sports design. As Senior Graphic Designer for AMB Sports + Entertainment (comprised of the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United FC and Mercedes-Benz Stadium), she has taken lead roles in a number of projects, from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium logo and surface graphics to the Super Bowl LI event creative.
Before joining the AMBS+E team, Britt worked as a graphic designer for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and freelanced as Creative Director for Creative, a collaborative design studio. She has provided creative solutions in product design, print design, user interface design, identity design and illustration for a wide range of clients, including: Always Believe (a non-profit by Muggsy Bogues), Boston College, PintLabs, North Carolina State University and Spike TV.
Britt holds a Bachelor of Industrial Design from North Carolina State University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art and Design, where she presented her thesis entitled Nostalgia in Sports Design.
In addition to design education and practice, Britt actively seeks ways to give back to her community. She has presented creative talks at Creative South and Black Wall Street Homecoming. As an Atlanta United Foundation board member, she explores ways to make soccer accessible to children in Georgia.
Born and raised in the artsy city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Britt has always been a creative junkie. She indulges in rocking cool sneakers, collecting action figures, binge watching movies, promoting arts education, rooting for Team Marvel, and live tweeting memes.
Lenny Terenzi &
Designers • Entrepreneurs • Friends
Lenny runs a one person print design shop called Hey Monkey! Design in Durham, NC. Mike runs a 10 person, multi-disiplinary shop called Serve Studios in Columbus, GA. Despite the distance some of the differences between them, they've found a way to form an unbreakable creative bond. Whether running projects or conferences, promoting themselves or each other, Lenny and Mike have something all designers need. A friend in the business. Hear how these two big personalities have managed and leveraged their relationship over the course of their careers.
Poet • Artist
Genesis the Greykid, is a poet, creative, fine art poet, and underground hip-hop artist co-signed by the media label Creative Control TV (which used to be under the DD172 umbrella) by filming duo/CEO's Coodie & Chike. Genesis has recently become one of the few emerging Fine Art Poets in the world, selling over $12,000 in his first two-hour exhibition in Chattanooga, Tennessee titled "Through the Grey."
WE HAVE A NEW HOME!
We want to give a big THANK YOU from the top of our hearts to the Chattanooga Theatre Centre for hosting this year's event. In addition to a top-notch venue, there's lots to see and do on the North Shore. Take in the view of the Tennessee River and Chattanooga's bridges, enjoy some of the city's best eats, or take a stroll around beautiful Coolidge Park!