ContraryCon is a one-day, two track convention tailored specifically for the design and creative engineering communities. We aim to spur contrarian conversation and stimulate thought that defies the hive-mindedness of contemporary creative culture. Tickets are $20 — all profits go to charity.Register
Victoria Taylor joined WeWork as their director of digital community after serving as reddit's Director of Communications and Director of Talent, assisting with AMAs and the reddit community. Prior to reddit, Victoria was on the digital team at ID PR and work on digital strategy for nonprofits, individuals, entertainment projects and more. She is originally from Milwaukee and is based out of New York City.See their work.
Founded in 1993, House Industries is a font foundry and design studio based in Yorklyn, DE. The company’s diverse body of work stretches from fonts to fashion, and ceramics to space propulsion technology (no, really). What ultimately shines in the House Industries oeuvre is what always conquers mediocrity: a genuine love for their subject matter.See their work.
Alesha Randolph is a Senior Designer with Vox Media and a proud DC native. With well over 10 years of combined freelance and creative agency experience, she's had her hands in many realms of the design industry from UX design & front-end development to magazine layouts & vehicle wraps.See their work.
Aniekan Udofia is a portrait artist known for his large-scale paintings and murals in the Washington, D.C. area. His art work familiar to the community of northwest D.C, came to prominence after a mural tribute to American icon Duke Ellington.See their work.
Tim is a sarcastic Australian, with a love for all things strange and quirky online. He spends his time building high powered procrastination tools and messing with forces that shouldn’t be meddled with. At the end of the day, you’ll find him with a cold beer in his hand, hacking away on CodePen and trying to make the world a weirder place.See their work.
As ISL’s creative director, Zach has shaped the agency's voice since the beginning. For the last 7 years, Zach has worked on campaigns, identities, commercials, websites, iOS apps, animations, and basically anything that can be made from sweat and pixels. In the last year, he wrote and directed commercials for Dramamine, Glenfiddich, NBC Universal and HelloWallet.See their work.
Mapbox is a mapping platform for developers. Our building blocks make it easy to integrate location into any mobile or online application. We want to change the way people move around cities and understand our planet.See their work.
Matt Chase is a design & illustrator living and working in Washington, DC. He is best known for his editorial work and is regularly commissioned by publications such as The New York Times, Vanity Fair, GQ, The New Yorker, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Atlantic, and the Washington Post.See their work.
Chris Svetlik is founder of Republic Kolache, a startup bakery bringing the National Pastry of Texas to sellout crowds here in DC. Before kolaches, he worked in design & branding, helping organizations communicate effectively through words & pictures. He graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in International Economics.See their work.
Workhorse is the design studio of partners Abe Garcia & TJ Cichecki. Our goal is to supply meaningful and refined design solutions. We value simplicity, good old-fashioned hard work and talent as opposed to the trendy, generic gaudiness that litters visual culture. We tend to steer-clear of flashiness, fast talking and buzzwords—we're quite certain it's better that way.See their work.
Huge Washington, D.C. opened in 2012 and offers Huge’s unique approach to user-focused design, digital business transformation and integrated marketing to companies, government agencies and advocacy groups. The office helps clients design solutions to complex problems and overcome organizational roadblocks and is overseen by Managing Director Kate Watts.See their work.
Set in Shaw’s historic Wonderbread Factory, a bustling hub of creativity, ContraryCon will feature workshops, discussions, and keynotes from industry-defying artists, designers, entrepreneurs, and engineers.
ContraryCon features two concurrent tracks. One track focused primarily on traditional design and general creativity, the other focused on the world of interactive. Experience both.
Food by Republic Kolache & Coffee by La Colombe
Food Trucks on Premise
Matt Chase & Eileen Tjan
Saman Bemel-Benrud &
Tatiana Van Campenhout
Abe Garcia &
Erica Schlaikjer & Alex Safchuk
Mingles with peoples