CAMP Festival: A Mecca for digital design

The world of digital design is one of the fastest changing industries in the world. With innovations being made every day in technology and methodology, half the battle is to stay up to date. That’ s why CAMP Festival, a two-day event of digital design workshops and speakers, is a great resource to bridge the gap and bring digital media creatives to the forefront of idea incubation and innovation.

The festival was started last year by FITC, an international event company for the design and technology community. “FITC stands for ‘Future. Innovation. Technology. Creativity.’ Its the four words that capture the essence of what our company and events are all about,” explains Shawn Pucknell, FITC’s founding director and an award winning new media entrepreneur. “When we put on an event like the CAMP festival, we really want to showcase digital creators of all kinds. It’s for designers, developers, motion graphics artists, digital artists and everyone and anyone who creates things in the digital space. From technical to inspirational sessions, there’s always something to choose from, regardless of what stage of your career you’re in.”

The first CAMP Festival took place at Theatre Junction GRAND in September 2014, and was an exciting couple of days with 20 expert-lead presentations, 335 attendees from around the world, and endless networking opportunities. This year’s festival, kicking off on September 21st, is geared up to be even bigger. The two-day lineup is packed with presentations from 23 digital innovators, and a series of expert led workshops on everything of illustration to digital marketing.

“The idea here is that it’s a new world. And there is so much space to grow and make changes. And the best way to celebrate and innovate creative technology, art and design is by bringing together like-minded professionals, artists, and students to share and shape experiences that educate, challenge and inspire,” explains Pucknell.

Amongst this year’s lineup of speakers, is illustrator Yuko Shimizu.

Yuko Shimizu is an award-winning Japanese illustrator based in New York City and an instructor at the School of Visual Arts. You may have seen her style on Pepsi cans, Gap and Nike T-shirts, VISA billboards, Microsoft and Target ads, as well as covers of DC Comics and inside the pages of New York Times, TIME, New Yorker, GQ, Esquire and in many other publications over the last ten years. Her presentation, You’re Never Too Old to Achieve Your Dream, will aim to explain to the audience what it means to be an illustrator, and how to take that creative leap, no matter what your age.

Yuko is just one in a series of speakers giving TedX style talks intended to educate and inspire digital media creatives.

To learn more about the festival and to purchase tickets, please visit their website. 

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