Attending  DesignerCon 2017 was like walking into a creative wonderland. This annual  art and design convention is specifically catered to highlight design mediums like paintings, sculptures, toys, and pop culture art. It’s literally a “creative nerd’s” fantasy come true. Held at the Pasadena Convention Center on November 11th and 12th, DesignerCon showed no limits to a variety of design concepts from mainstream artists and apparel designers to underground art enthusiasts.

           

Don’t expect to find common art commodities at DesignerCon. The featured artists are experts at challenging the status quo, veering far away from conventional ideas of art. Part of this convention’s magic is the ability to experience the oddities and learn from the artist directly through panels led by some of the World’s top designers across multiple categories. The panels served to not only showcase in-depth dialogue with the artists’ work but to also enlighten attendees on the business aspect of design and how to navigate the art world professionally.

           

For first-time attendees, here are my beginner’s tips to Designer Con:

  1. Save some money before you attend! – Art can be expensive, and at an event like DesignerCon, impulse buys are certainly going to come up. You’re going to want to splurge, so be prepared. I personally wanted to take home every piece of superhero art in the room.
  2. Get to know the artists. – More often than not, opportunities to meet one on one with these artists are rare. This convention allows attendees to really connect with them and learn from them directly. You’d be surprised to learn what their intended interpretations are from a lot of their work.
  3. Expand your mind and perception. – We all have different artistic tastes, but DesignerCon was created to shatter those preconceived notions and to expand your knowledge and view on non-traditional art pieces. Have an open mind.

I’ll definitely be attending DesignerCon next year. Be sure to check for updates on their website HERE. Below is a quick recap on the experience.

Shaquille Woods is from Marion, Arkansas and loves his Southern roots. He graduated from Arkansas State University with a degree in Creative Media, and is currently a freelance social/entertainment journalist for the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper. Creativity plays a major role in his life to include video, photography, and graphic design skills. His own ShaqThisOut brand explores all creative entertainment in the Los Angeles area.
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