For the last few years, Cleveland has hosted a low key design festival called Weapons of Mass Creation that mixes creatives from across the country with talks, workshops and exhibitions. The event which started at a local bar (Happy Dog) has grown, to include artists, designers, web creatives, musicians and almost anybody involved in the arts.
WMC fest also includes a pretty huge helping of live music acts by emerging artists.
A few examples of the diverse breadth.
Martine Syms (Los Angeles)
"Lessons of the Tradition" is close read of a Most Days, a Mundane Afrofuturist sound work."
Veronica Corzo-Duchardt (Chicago)
Cuban-American Designer/ artist behind Chicago based design studio, Winterbureau
Raymond Bobgan (Cleveland)
Executive Artistic Director, Cleveland Public Theater
Digital Strategist- NPR, in Washington DC. Former associate producer of "Fresh Air"
Rusty Cook (Chicago)
Chicago, based designer & illustrator
Donald Wooten (Pikesville, Maryland)
Screenprinter, designer for Stolen Outfitters brand
Luis Cabrera (Cleveland)
Multi-Media designer for Forest City Communications Group
Kumar Arora (Cleveland)
Serial entrepreneuar, angel investor
Keenan Cummings (NYC)
Product Designer, Founder- Wander (acquired by Yahoo)
Two Arms Inc. (Brooklyn)
Husband & Wife design team specializing in custom illustration & typography
Little Friends of Printmaking
Acclaimed designers & printers of screenprint posters and other stuff.
Founder & Creative Director of Random Objects- Screenprint design
Small graphic design & illustration studio- screenprint workshop
The Bubble Process (Cleveland & Brooklyn, NY)
Two person, design & illustration firm
Valerie Jar (Salt Lake City)
Freelance designer & illustrator
April Bleakney (Cleveland)
Screen printer, founder Ape Made, printed art & apparel company.
Scott Williams (Chicago)
Ariel Cotton (Brooklyn)
Artist, inventor, interaction designer
Mr. Gnome (Cleveland)
Black Puddle Noise (Lakewood, Ohio)
Ashley Brooke Toussant
Additional events include a comedy showcase, a live black marker drawing faceoff ; breakdance battle & an exhibition of 300 hand printed posters.
A lot of the tickets are gone but I would love for someone to post a report from this event.
Weapons of Mass Creation Festival
Cleveland Public Theater
See complete schedule