Designer and Educator Chris Thompson tackles the complexities of finding your authentic creative voice and the vulnerability required to make work that truly resonates with aka shocks your audience.

Visual artist and educator better known as Chrisolux unpacks his own design career and how putting it all on the line brought him to his authentic voice. Tackling the theme of SHOCK, Thompson shares his experience working in New York City at James Victore Inc. His talk reveals his own belief about the vulnerability required to reach your “ true and authentic voice, and when you put it in your work it’s gonna be real easy to shock people. Not because you’re being offensive, but because you’re offering something of yourself.”

About the speaker

Chris Thompson, aka C H R I S O L U X, is a visual artist, designer, educator, and consultant. After spending the last six years working in New York City at James Victore Inc., Chris opened his multi-disciplinary design studio in Nashville in early 2015. He’s worked for clients such as: The New York Times, TIME, Esquire, Ebony, The Centers for Disease Control, Greenpeace, and The New York Department of Probate. Chris’s work has been featured in Fast Company, Metropolis, Cool Hunting and LUST, A Traveling Journal Of Graphic Design.

Teaching, consulting and challenging perspectives is at at the heart of Chris’s work. He has taught at The School of Visual Arts and Watkins College of Art, and workshops such as The Dinner Series, and Take This Job and Love It. Chris strives to make strong, sexy, and memorable work for worthy clients and works with students and companies to unlock their creative potential.

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    My favorite quote from this talk was "I want to make work that people want to steal." Very good presentation... way more than I was expecting. Great job Chris!

    Ken Maynard • January 13, 2016