Maker Mentors recently announced their upcoming 2016 event called “Build a Better Business Conference”. The conference will be broadcasted live on April 20th-21st. The entire conference will take place online, so all creatives can attend from the comfort of your own home. The conference will be 2 full days, and include presentations from 12 creative experts that will be hosted via live video.
Around since 2009 and causing much transformation in the finance industry, blockchain technology and its progeny bitcoin are booming. Renowned celebrities such as Richard Branson, the Winklevoss twins, Ashton Kutcher, Mike Tyson, and company Overstock.com are all Bitcoin investors, believing in its potential and its future as a transformer of global payment methods. For the ones who haven’t been keeping up with the modern times, bitcoin is decentralized virtual currency. Needing no central repository and having no single administrator, it uses a technology called the blockchain to process all transactions swiftly and publicly. In other words, it’s a new and efficient method of conducting business internationally.
So, it’s new and it’s big. But how can it actually benefit you as a creative business?
In March I was contacted by Zyed, a DJ who will soon be releasing a mixtape. He desired an illustrated album cover for his mixtape and he had a very precise idea of what he was looking for; a portrait of himself producing graffiti on a concrete wall. He sent me a visual of what wanted and we went from there.
Because his portrait had to be realistic, we began by taking a photo of him holding an imaginary spray can, a reference I would then use to illustrate him.
The project went smoothly. What you’ll find below are the several steps of the process, from the original sketch to the final creation. A few revisions to the title of the album, the choice of typography and the beard of the client were made along the way.
There are a lot of interesting design and business-related events happening this spring. Among them, the launch of the new Apple Watch and the issues it came with, Microsoft’s upcoming and potentially half-decent new browser, Edge, and, of course, the launch of the long awaited KardBlock, a Google Chrome extension that will finally rid you of any mention of the Kardashians on the internet.
But among things that really matter and which make life worth living, there’s a pretty cool online conference targeted at creatives from around the world taking place at MakerMentors.org from May 14 to 16th 2015. The price tag for the event is $200. It includes access to over 20 live sessions with creative business experts, with the option of participating to the live webinar and ask questions at the end of each talk, or watch them at a later time; and a one 20-minute consultation session with one of their mentors.