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Studio Visit: Sonoma County Letterpress

Studio Visit: Sonoma County Letterpress

Want behind the scenes access to what happens at a letterpress studio? Come experience a demo at the Sonoma County Letterpress Studio by Katie Nealon.

Katie has been binding and making books for over a decade and laying type and letterpress printing since 2008. This will be a slightly more active meetup, with a demo followed by some Q&A about the letterpress printing process.

Aspiring and experienced designers are all welcome.

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Studio Visit: ZDCA

Studio Visit: ZDCA

ZDCA is opening their doors for us to get a behind the scenes peek at this dynamic, continually evolving local creative agency. ZDCA’s team has strong roots in branding and graphic design yet also pushes the boundaries in web development and software engineering. Focused on sustainable enterprises, their clients are well known brands, global companies, familiar products, visionary events and value-driven entrepreneurs.

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Spark your creativity for 2016 with Roy Gattinella!

Spark your creativity for 2016 with Roy Gattinella!

We’re so excited to have Roy Gattinella launch us into 2016! Roy always gives amazing and entertaining presentations. He is a top marketing talent in the area, fosters the entrepreneurial spirit, and is an accomplished professor in the Marketing department at the SRJC.

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Collaboration. WTF does that mean?

In order for us to work together we need to define what it means to collaborate. Only then can we build a structure and culture around collaboration that works. Join us October 28th, 2015 to better understand how designers can work together with, yes that’s right, other designers.

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Current Design Trends

Current Design Trends

Ever feel like you can’t keep up with the news in our design field? Current trends too overwhelming? Love or hate the new Google logo? We know how you feel. Let’s get together, learn from each other, and have some stimulating design conversation. We’ll curate a list of topics for the group so we can have some focused conversation.

If there is something you really want to discuss, post in the meetup group, or in our Facebook group here: North Bay Designers on Facebook

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Photo Scavenger Hunt

Photo Scavenger Hunt

We’re super excited about this meetup and can’t wait to see what we all create together. We’re going to break into teams and invade downtown Santa Rosa to capture just the right shot. You and your team will get your assignment and with limited time go get that shot.

All skill levels welcome. We’re hoping to have advanced photographers and novices paired together. Either way, expect to learn something. Bring your smartphone camera, or dedicated camera and laptop if you have one (don’t forget your card readers if you bring a camera).

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Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks

I’m really excited about this meetup – we get to see some of our own members shine. We have three lightning talks, about 15min each. Each talk will follow a discussion period, before we launch into the next talk. Please come ready to ask questions and share your own experience. The focus here is collaboration and discussion.

Gary Palmatier is an experience book designer and will talk about his craft. Michael Slater from Webvanta is going to discuss designing for database-driven sites. Shana Bull will be talking about how photography and graphics impact the effectiveness of social media.

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Creative connection at La Rosa Tequileria & Grille

Creative connection at La Rosa Tequileria & Grille

Time for a social break with your creative brethren. Nobody understand’s a creative… well, like a creative. We’re gathering at La Rosa for a night or refreshments and connection.

All are welcome. If this is your first event, it’s a great opportunity to meet some local creatives. If you’ve been to an event before, then it will be a great night to reaffirm your connections with other members.

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ChromaGraphics: VIP Tour

ChromaGraphics: VIP Tour

ChromaGraphics is opening their doors to show us what happens behind the scenes! From high-run, full-color printing to foil stamping, digital printing and even CNC machines, ChromaGraphics has seen it all.

We’ll get the VIP treatment and tour their facility. They’ll even unveil a shiny new machine that should be up and running by our visit.

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Contracts: Writing the Right Rights

Contracts: Writing the Right Rights

Do you know what needs to be included in your contracts? A solid contract is the basis of a good relationship with your clients.

Wouldn’t it be great if your contracts were clear, easy to understand, and actually reflected the work and relationships involved? Attorney Heather Bussing will explain what questions you need to ask and how to draft great contracts. She will provide you a sample contract and show you what works, what doesn’t work, and why.

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A tale of two rebrands from TIV

A tale of two rebrands from TIV

Brandt Hoekenga, Creative Guy, and Blythe Carrillo, Marketing Curator, at TIV will walk through two rebrand projects from beginning to end with similar goals but very different approaches.

This is a great opportunity to get an inside peak at the creative genius at TIV. With a great client list, and successful campaigns under their belt, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to learn from some of the best in Sonoma County.

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Studio Visit: The Engine is Red

We get a rare look behind the scenes at one of the top, new, creative advertising agencies in Sonoma County. The Engine is opening its doors to us.

If you’re not familiar with the Engine, they are a talented, creative group of marketing masters in Sonoma County. Their work encompasses everything from branding, marketing strategy, and advertising to graphic design, web development and public relations.

Chris Denny and some of the crew will talk shop, show off their wonderful space and provide refreshments.

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Art of the Start

We’re starting a new year and it’s our first full official meetup, let’s talk about how to get started with a creative, enthusiastic meetup on…. Getting Started!

Sharpen those pencils, empty your waste basket, we’re exploring how to generate ideas. While research and idea generation are at the core of what we do, we each have our own individual, often veiled process. Come prepared to share were some of your best insights come from and learn how others do it.

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