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We’re excited to hosting San Diego artist, performer, activist & educator, Perry Vasquez this month for our CreativeMornings event. 

Born in Los Angeles but transplanted to North Carolina at a young age, Perry’s early years were shaped by the musical culture of gospel, blues, rock and bluegrass. “My first formal art lessons were thanks to the intervention of concerned church ladies who took me outside to practice sketching landscapes.” 

Perry went on to receive an A.B. in Political Science and Studio Art from Stanford University during which time he became interested in publishing and put together his own publication, Nihl Magazine while interning at WET Magazine in the summer of 1981. 

Perry has since served as Assistant Curator at the Centro Cultural de la Raza, graphics specialist at the Interactive Cognition Lab at UCSD, operator of Ice Gallery, all while exploring his fine art skills and showing his work around prominent galleries and museums. 

In 2008, Perry made his first appearance in the documentary film world. He produced Fotoaktion!, a film about the life and work of artist Dois “Boris” Berman. 

He continues to teach, paint, and serve on the Board of Directors at The New Children’s Museum in San Diego. 

Join us on July 31st
Moniker Warehouse
Doors @ 8:30AM 

We’re so proud of what our local community of creatives are doing within San Diego and we couldn’t be more excited about what AIGA is doing within the design community. 

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AIGA San Diego is proud to present the second PROCESS OF PROGRESS event highlighting the highest level of interactive design. We are incredibly excited that Anton & Irene will be visiting us from New York. Their work has been awarded almost every major web design award in the industry including Cannes, Red Dot “Best of the Best” award, The Webbys, FWA, Interaction Design Association and The European Design Awards.

Anton and Irene are team of UX and Design leads (form of Fantasy Interactive). Anton & Irene are in the process of opening their new studio in Brooklyn. In addition to launching premium web and app experiences for clients like Wacom, USA Today, EA, HTC, Google, Nickelodeon, FOX, Verizon, BBC and Red Bull, they are world renowned speakers who travel internationally for OFFF and FITC, Adobe, Generate, Cannes Lions, Hyper Island, SXSW, and many others.

They are known for speaking candidly explaining their process and the biggest failures and f*ck ups in their careers and share their lessons learned.


Additional Details

Registration and mingling time starts at 6pm. Speakers take the stage at 7pm.

After-party details to come soon!

Many thanks to Metajive for their partnership on this event.

Game of Drones: An Inside Look to High Flying High Tech

Drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are all over the news these days. Overseas and domestically, through government, commercial and personal applications, UAVs are becoming more and more a part of our everyday lives. As their use is more commercialized, what impact will UAVs have in your industry or your business? If you think they may not apply, you may be wrong.

Our panel has been working with UAVs since the mid 90’s. (That’s right) Some have been instrumental in their government use and are now shaping the way small and big business alike are applying the high flying technology. Learn with 6º as we hear about the regulations, policies, concerns and liabilities surrounding these super cool devices.


About our 6º Breakfast Speaker Series
The best way to start your day is eating breakfast with us! Join 6˚ along with 200-250 San Diego professionals and listen in on our informative panel. Expect to hear personal experiences, gain advice and learn about business trends from top leaders in our San Diego community. Keep in mind this is also a great way to sit with your peers and further your business connections while making new connections. Doors open at 7:30am and it will be crowded from the start. The panel discussion begins between 8-8:15a and lasts until 9:30a including Q&A from attendees.Panelists include:
Jeff Goldfinger - Instructor/Facilitator, The Maher Group
Kevin Powers - Co-Founder, KAPture Digital Media
David Cain - Attorney, Ballard Spahr
Treggon Owens - CEO, Aerial MOB
Rich Martindell - VP of Course Content and Experience, King Schools

Thanks for spending your Friday morning with us last week! It was great having Lenny Ignelzi share with us. We loved what he said regarding practice and how you can never practice too much. Dropping some wisdom bombs for sure! We mentioned a couple awesome events coming up and want to get you plugged in within our city happening!

Join us for a piece of paradise to give those in our industry peace of mind. 

Every dollar raised will help support marketing and advertising industry colleagues facing life crisis situations. Enjoy a beautiful sunset, gourmet food, tropical tunes and our signature SAFE Lei Cocktail. And know that every dollar you spend is making a difference.

This even is SAFE’s primary means of funding and your support will contribute to our SAFE fund. Benefits include tickets, onsite visibility, co-marketing, and more. Plus, all donations are tax deductible.

We have thousands of dollars of prizes we will be auctioning off including a trip to paradise (Costa Rica, Cozumel, or Cancun), a golf package with full set of Callaway clubs, a music package with an autographed electric guitar and concert tickets, and an entertainment package including whale watching and sailing tickets, and much more! 

Ticket price at the door: $60 - Buy early and save!

Lenny Ignelzi is a professional photographer for The Associated Press and has been for the past 40+ years. For 35 of those years he’s photographed nearly every Padres and Chargers home game and witnessed some of San Diego’s most historic events through the lens. 

We sat down to lunch with Lenny to talk about his career, his favorite photographs and what it means to stay humble in an industry full of success and downfalls. 

We’re excited to welcome Lenny to CreativeMornings this Friday, April 24th at Moniker Warehouse. Register Now!

Help us design our first #CMSD t-shirt! We’ll be giving away a free 1-year Creative Cloud membership courtesy of @Adobe to the winner of this contest. This contest is Instagram based so all submissions will be accepted via the Instagram app. 

- The Rules: (1) Your design must exemplify and be San Diego focused (2) Include “CreativeMornings: San Diego” in copy (3) Design for front side only (4) Represent your style. 

- To enter: tag us (@creativemornings_sd) in the caption section of your instagram post and include the hashtags #CMSD and #CMSDSHIRT

Entries accepted until midnight, April 15th. The winner will be announced at our next event on April 24th! 

These past few months have seemed like an intense roller-coaster ride of awesomeness. Our first event in January of this year blew the roof off of our expectations and things are only getting better! This month we’re excited to bring in the minds behind Hoodzpah Design Co. to talk about their take on ink, the creative process and what they’re doing within the world of design. 

As with all of our speakers, we like to do a little background check on who they are and what they’re doing before introducing them to you, our friends.

Amy Hood is one half of the founding twin freak show that started Hoodzpah. When she is not racking in unsuspecting prey at the pool hall or spewing stats at bar patrons unlucky enough to have cast bad light on the name of Kobe Bryant, Amy is dreaming of motorcycles and classic cars, painting portraits of her misfit band of friends, wailing along to honky tonk love songs, and Instagramming the pants off the world. Don’t let her button nose or pocket-size fool you, that tattoo on her middle finger is real and it can only mean one thing. She is a co-founder of the So.Cal and Brooklyn creative meet up, #ConnectingThings.

Jennifer Hood is a mildly tortured creative based out of Newport Beach, CA. She is the co-founder of creative firm Hoodzpah Art + Graphics with her twin sister Amy Hood. When not scribbling words, doodling lines, or manipulating anchor points, she’s tinkering on a piano, going comatose via Hulu overdose, reading smelling an issue of Esquire on the beach, attempting to hustle pool to no avail, or singing a pitchy rendition of Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” at the local karaoke bar. According to The Velvet Underground, Jenny’s life was saved by rock ‘n’ roll. That’s disputable. She is a co-founder of the So.Cal and Brooklyn creative meet up, #ConnectingThings.


On Thursday, March 26th, Adobe is bringing their creative powerhouse team to San Diego as a part of their ‘Creative Jam’ meet-up series. We’re lucky enough to have been invited to be a part of this event and our very own Nate Spees will be co-presenting with Adobe’s Paul Trani, Senior Creative Cloud Evangelist. We’re super excited to join Adobe for this event and even more, to be a part of the growing group of creatives in San Diego making a difference through community involvement!

Registration for Adobe’s Creative Jam is still open and space is available. Register, mark your calendars and come hang out!

March 26th at 3rdspace

We’re excited to jumpstart our second Creative Mornings event with Chad Nelsen speaking on behalf of this month’s theme of ‘Climate.’ Chad is the President & CEO of SurfRider Foundation, a grassroots non-profit environmental organization that works to protect and preserve the world’s oceans, waves, and beaches.

Chad is a leader in the new field of “Surfonomics,” which applies economics to value surfing. Chad is currently board president for the Save the Waves, an organization establishing World Surfing Reserves around the world, and a Director of The Coastal Society.

Come check out Chad’s talk this Friday, February 27th at Moniker Warehouse at 8:30AM.

(Photos shot by our CMSD team member: Phillip Westlund)

We are still so excited about January’s event, the turn out and response from everyone who came out. Here’s a quick photo recap of January’s ‘Ugly’ event with speaker Jason Russell.

We’re already busy planning the fun-tivities for this month! We’ll definitely keep you posted on things to come! 

Huge THANK YOU to Phil from Yes, Dear Studio for taking these epic photos.