“TAKE ME AWAY, I DON’T MIND…”
If you don’t know the lyrics to the hook of the Huey Lewis and The News hit, “Back In Time”, from arguably the single greatest Sci-Fi adventure of all time (yes, all time) – please turn back now. You aren’t deserving of the following gems. Oh, you do know the lyrics? By all means, please, do proceed.
Recently, part of our creative team had the chance to visit the beautifully quaint downtown Grapevine, Texas for the 5th Anniversary Circles Conference. With a bevy of design/ad industry behemoths on the docket, a bodacious 80’s vibe, and one giant (functioning) boom box on display, the squad hopped in the Delorean, ready for a heavy journey, activated the flux capacitor, took it to 88, and went back in time at the Palace Arts Center. Here’s the low down.
Simon Fallavollita, Motion Designer
“I went in with little to no expectations, not knowing what to think, and wanted to come away with deeper insights into design and the design industry – as a motion designer – with usable things to improve upon my design sense. Also, I hoped to simply be inspired with everything I was about to see. This was right up my alley with the whole 80’s vibe.”
Carly Tobias, UX/UI Designer
“This was my 4th year to attend Circles, either online or in person, so I knew to some extent what Circles was about and what to expect. I knew there would be great speakers, with great work to share, and there would be a lot of knowledge to take back with me. The thing I love about Circles is that it challenges the way that I set goals for myself and think about my work on a daily basis. I don’t go to learn or copy the speaker’s design technique and style, but to learn about their lifestyle, where they came from and how they got to where they are today.
The thing that continues to make an impression on me is that behind every successful designer speaking on that stage, there are years and years of hard work, filled sketchbooks, weird ideas and lots and lots of brain dumps and chicken scratch. These people are open and honest and want you to learn from their mistakes and where they came from. Creativity is not a job, it’s a lifestyle. It’s who these speakers are at their core. They remind me that it’s okay to mess up, it’s the only way you will grow. Just show up every day and work hard. Never stop sketching, even if it’s nothing to be proud of, continue to make work for yourself. There is no secret to success, just keep working and somewhere in the hundreds of failed attempts and chicken scratch filled notebooks, there is a stellar designer in the making.”
Nate Smith, Creative Director
“Needless to say, over the years, I’ve been to my fair share design conferences and show-and-tells. Thusly, I went into my first Circles experience expecting to witness some great designers present; people I really admire from an aesthetic perspective, to potentially learn some of the growth they experienced, coupled with the paths each took along the way in their journey to “the big show”. The philosophical side of me anticipated, greatly, the insights I’d receive, and at the very least (if nothing else) getting to spend some time with the team, while rubbing elbows with various industry heads.
While I appreciate seeing other people’s work and being inspired to do more myself, I’ve never been much of a fan of the pomp and stance that comes with these things. However, I went in with an open mind. To Simon’s point above, the 80’s vibe…nailed it. #80sBaby”
Below L to R: Ish Burciaga, Carly, Simon, and Nate in front of the rad Circles signage.