Creative Geniuses, Listen Up:
From the days when your most prized possession in the whole wide world was your trusty box of crayons, you’ve treasured the feeling of pride that comes from turning nothingness into somethingness.
Here’s something: Fuse Sessions are intimate, hands-on creative workshops. They bring people together in one place (Indianapolis) for shared learning. People who, like you, delight in the details and obsess over scribbles.
Each Session features direct instruction from an acclaimed professional artist, designer, writer, or photographer who will lend explosiveness to your creative voice.
Your inspiration awaits.
06Lettering as Composition w/ Erik Marinovich
Erik Marinovich is a San Francisco-based lettering artist and designer. As the co-founder of Friends of Type, he’s spent the last several years drawing more letters, type, and logos than you could even fathom.
In 2012 he co-founded Title Case, a creative workspace that conducts workshops and lectures in order to share his learnings with others. And in 2017, he’s bringing his teaching expertise to Indianapolis.
During [fuse] SESSION 06 (April 21, 9-5), you’ll explore the process of composing well-balanced lettering layouts. Throughout the day, Erik will cover the principles of visual hierarchy, research, and the importance of style selection.
05Brand Identity w/ Tad Carpenter of Carpenter Collective
Tad Carpenter designs a lot of very different types of projects. Posters, children’s books, snowboards, exhibition design and mobil design. But despite their varied final outcomes, they all are a form of creating a strong narrative and developing a successful brand identity. Tad Carpenter’s studio, Carpenter Collective which he co-runs with his wife Jessica has developed logos and brand identity systems for Coca-Cola, Macy’s, Target, AMC, MTV and Boulevard Brewery, among others.
During [fuse] SESSION 05 (August 26, 9-5), you will explore logo concept sketching and learn to sketch and concept fast. We will begin with conceptual exploration, learn how to take one of those ideas to final and in the end, each participant will walk away with a knowledge for developing a logo, brand identity and at the least one final mark.
04Illustration with Andy J. Miller
Andy J. Miller is a commercial artist living and working in Columbus, OH. Although he does enjoy drawing people, cats and bears, Miller prefers to draw invisible things like ghosts, feelings and puffy smoky cloud vibes. He’s worked with clients like Nickelodeon, Oreo, Converse, Google and Smart Car. However, Miller is probably best known for his personal projects like his Creative Pep Talk Podcast, the collaborative exhibit ‘Color Me _____” with Andrew Neyer, NOD (his the daily character drawing project) and his Indie Rock Coloring Book.
During [fuse] SESSION 04 (April 29, 9-5), Andy will walk attendees through through the best practices of the illustration process (brainstorming, taking visual reference, ideating, iterating and creating) as they make their very own illustrations for a hypothetical magazine spot.
03Logo Design with Aaron Draplin
Aaron Draplin kept his nose to the grindstone for 12 years. When he broke out on his own in 2004, founding The Draplin Design Co. he did so with a simple philosophy: “Work hard. Do good work. For good people.” He’s worked with clients like Patagonia, Coal Headwear, the Union Binding Company, Snowboard Magazine, Field Notes, and the Obama Administration.
[fuse] SESSION 03 (November 13, 8-4) begins with Draplin’s logo branding philosophy and process. Attendees will see a live demonstration before they’re handed the reins, sketching, digitizing, and finally reviewing their very own logo branding project.
02Poster Design with DKNG
Since founding DKNG Studios in 2005, Dan Kuhlken and Nathan Goldman have found a niche in linking a personal and unique aesthetic to the world’s most talented and iconic musical artists, brands, and businesses in the entertainment industry.
During [fuse] SESSION 02 (July 25th, 9-5), attendees will learn creative concepting methods before leaping headfirst into tutorials on half-tone techniques for detailed, textured screen printing. You’ll leave with a print-ready piece of artwork, just waiting to come to life.
01Script Lettering with Ken Barber
Acclaimed letterer, type designer, and illustrator Ken Barber comes to Indy from prolific type foundry House Industries. His work is featured in the permanent collection of Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and has been recognized by the New York Type Directors Club.
In our very first [fuse] SESSION (March 7th, 9-5), attendees will brush up on their drawing skills through a day-long workshop on the art of script lettering, where they’ll work directly with the award-winning letterer to take their work from concept to completion.