Design group welcomes Tad Carpenter at Thursday event



The Oklahoma chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design, will be hosting Kansas City design and illustrating mogul Tad Carpenter as he speaks on what it takes to make a creative stake in the Midwest and how to succeed in doing so, loving what you do.

The event is 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Bricktown Brewery, 1 North Oklahoma Ave. Carpenter will speak around 7 p.m. followed by a question-and-answer session. The event is $25 for the public and free for AIGA members.

Comparing Thursday night’s upcoming event to a Ted Talk promised to be digestible by creative and non creative types alike, Owner of Robot House Creative Brian Winkeler expressed that the upcoming occasion was a time for anyone to come and mingle, network, build relationships and share in each other’s work as well as hear inspiring stories from Carpenter. Not to mention that the event is an opportunity at showcasing Oklahoma City’s own creative atmosphere Winkeler added.

Carpenter’s speech titled Love it or Leave it, will focus on loving what you do and doing what you love. Which is something Winkeler and AIGA Oklahoma President Kelly Curtis feel is important to the growing creative culture in Oklahoma.

Winkeler and Curtis said that bringing in artists like Carpenter to Oklahoma City is important in illustrating to local artists the ability to succeed in any market.

The creative duo expressed that much like Kansas City, Oklahoma City has that Midwestern feel and culture, a culture that isn’t typically viewed as a haven for creative sorts. But, rather than leave out for the creative comforts of States like California, New York or Oregon, Winkeler and Curtis stand firmly behind the idea that hard work and collective effort can create a thriving creative culture in any community.

“The great thing about creative types is that we have the ability to make a change,” Curtis said. “Why not stay here and see what we can do when we put our energy together and try to create something better?”

Curtis also stated that it is inspiring to see artists like Carpenter working in design with brands that are outside of his City, putting places like Kansas City or Oklahoma City on the map for creative work.

Winkeler went on to cover the expansion of Oklahoma’s creative culture in the last ten years, expressing the growth of opportunities for artists that simply weren’t there in the past.

“When I got out of school in ’92 there was almost nothing here,” Winkeler said. “With the growth in the last five to ten years, there has been an opposite brain drain going on. For years people would get their diploma and head out of town. Well, now there is allot more opportunity to do cool stuff here.”

Curtis said that AIGA Oklahoma has set its sights on diversifying their programing over the last season and aims to continue that effort. Carpenter is just one on a growing list of out of state artists AIGA has lined up to speak in Oklahoma city throughout 2015.

“I think that having a diverse and national talent base coming into Oklahoma City helps our creative community by showing that people like Tad are out there and they are working with big brands,” Curtis said.

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