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My WMC Fest talk, Aug 16-18 June 19th, 2013

I’m so happy to be going back to my second year for WMC Fest, and this time I’m thrilled that I’m one of the speakers! It’ll be taking place Aug 16-18 in Cleveland, Ohio and has a brilliant line-up of designers, illustrators and bands:

Now in its fourth year, 1,200+ attendees will descend upon Cleveland for three days in August to see 20 speakers, 20 designers, and over 30 bands. Creative professionals, entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, students, and fans will gather to learn, get inspired, collaborate, network, and celebrate together.

WMC Fest Poster - Jacqui Oakley Illustration

WMC Fest was founded by Go Media designer and partner Jeff Finley in 2010 as a passionate side project. In 2011 he brought in Jesse Sloan to handle the music portion and Joseph Hughes to help organize the speakers. In 2012, Todd Gauman of NeoVentures signed on as event director. This year the line-up is amazing and I’m so excited to be part of this talented group. It’s going to be great to meet everyone:

20 Speakers: Jon Contino, Jacqui Oakley, Brandon Rike, Lisa Congdon, Alonzo Felix, Kristy Tillman, Nick Disabato, Adam Garcia, Ann Friedman, Dylan Lathrop, John Jennings, These are Things, Christen Carter, Stewart Scott-Curran, Rena Tom, Kern and Burn, Caroline Moore, Stephanie Landes, Troy Deshano, and Timothy Goodman.

30+ Bands: Braid, Astronautalis, F Stokes, Whirr, Signals Midwest, Annabel and more to be announced.

20 Designers: Strawberry Luna, Mark Brickey, Derrick Castle, Lauren Marx, Andrio Abero, Katie Parland, Nicole Melville, Andrea Pippins, Dan Dickson, Jessica Paoli, and more.

WMC Fest Poster - Jacqui Oakley Illustration

Last year the talks were packed and so it’s moving to an even larger stage. I’m not sure how I feel about being on a huge stage all by my lonesome, but I’m sure it’ll all work out… right?


WMC Fest - Jacqui Oakley Illustration

Here’s a great video of last years event:

The festival last year was great but Jamie and I also had a good time venturing out to see Cleveland itself.

Of course Cleveland is also home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame which I wasn’t too excited about seeing, thinking it would be cheesy; but I was proven wrong. Seeing the original handwritten scrawls of lyrics for Joy Division’s Love will Tear Us Apart and Brian Wilson’s God Only Knows did bring a little tear to my eye.

Here are some pics from our 2012 WMC Fest / Cleveland road trip starting with an old lift bridge we found poking out of cover of ivy.

Cleveland - Jacqui Oakley IllustrationCleveland Art Gallery was really impressive. Not only was it free, but even with a wing closed down for renovations the collection was incredible and housed great modern and classic art pieces, not to mention a nice antiquities section. I’m looking forward to going back there this year. Also, near by is a huge greenhouse and the botanical gardens. Maybe we’ll check that out this time.

Cleveland Art - Jacqui Oakley Illustration

WMC fest - Jacqui Oakley Illustration

Cleveland - Jacqui Oakley Illustration

Record Shopping at Blue Arrow was a dangerous enterprise. They have such a good collection of of vinyl and we couldn’t resist stocking up on a huge pile of records. Luckily they didn’t melt on the road trip home. Yes & Roxy Music records are hardy. Waterloo Rd where the store is located, has a bunch of other vintage clothing stores and other record shops too. Definitely worth a drive.

Cleveland - Jacqui Oakley Illustration

Back at the Festival it was fun times with Vaughn Fender (poster by Vaughn below), Tim Lampe, Erin Fuller & Tracy Harris. We also got treated to a performance by Nate Utesch & Ty from Metavari at the last day of the event.

WMC Fest - Jacqui Oakley Illustration

We also scored this awesome print by Dan Christofferson. Did I mention how much good art there was to pick up?

Cleveland_BeesTeethEven if you didn’t make it last year you can still catch the talks on the WMC Fest YouTube channel. I especially enjoyed the talks by Austin Kleon and Pitch Design’s Margot Harrington. You can find the breakdown of her sincere and informative talk, How to Say No Like a Boss on her blog.

I’m interested to see what everyone will have up their sleeves for 2013. See you there!

Cleveland - Jacqui Oakley Illustration



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