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June 17, 2016
Washington, DC
An ISL Production

Not For Sheep

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.

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Victoria Taylor | WeWork

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Victoria Taylor

WeWork

Victoria Taylor

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.

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Ken Barber | House Industries

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Ken Barber

House Industries

Ken Barber

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.

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Alesha Randolph | Vox Media

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Alesha Randolph

Vox Media

Alesha Randolph

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.

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Aniekan Udofia | Artist

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Aniekan Udofia

Artist

Aniekan Udofia

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.

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Tim Holman | CodePen

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Tim Holman

CodePen

Tim Holman

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.

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Zach Goodwin | ISL

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Zach Goodwin

ISL

Zach Goodwin

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.

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Saman Bemel-Benrud &
Tatiana Van Campenhout | Mapbox

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Saman Bemel-Benrud &
Tatiana Van Campenhout

Mapbox

Saman Bemel-Benrud &
Tatiana Van Campenhout

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.

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Eileen Tjan | Other Studio

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Eileen Tjan

Other Studio

Eileen Tjan

Eileen is the Principal/Creative Director of OTHER Studio, a multi-disciplinary design studio based in Chicago, IL. Previously with Digital Kitchen and Design Army.

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Matt Chase | Designer + Illustrator

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Matt Chase

Designer + Illustrator

Matt Chase

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.

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Chris Svetlik | Republic Kolache

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Chris Svetlik

Republic Kolache

Chris Svetlik

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.

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Abe Garcia & TJ Cichecki | Workhorse

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Abe Garcia & TJ Cichecki

Workhorse

Abe Garcia & TJ Cichecki

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.

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Erica Lee Schlaikjer,
Alex Safchuk &
Nour Tabet | Huge

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Erica Lee Schlaikjer,
Alex Safchuk &
Nour Tabet

Huge

Erica Lee Schlaikjer,
Alex Safchuk &
Nour Tabet

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.

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The Location

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.

The Day

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.

8:30

– Food

Breakfast

Food by Republic Kolache & Coffee by La Colombe

9:00

– Keynote

Advertising Brands in a Post-Advertising World

Zach Goodwin

9:35

– Keynote

House Industries: Selfish Pursuits

Ken Barber

10:45

– Design

Slaying the Dragon

Aniekan Udofia

– Interactive

Switching Lanes: From Print to Code

Alesha Randolph

11:40

– Design

Designing Delicious: Lessons Learned From an Accidental Career in Baked Good

Chris Svetlik

– Interactive

Beating Boredom in the Internet Badlands

Tim Holman

12:25

– Food

Lunch

Food Trucks on Premise

1:30

– Design

Process, Place, Personality: How Your Habitat Informs Your Work (And Vice Versa)

Matt Chase & Eileen Tjan

– Interactive

Design Your Own Maps

Saman Bemel-Benrud &
Tatiana Van Campenhout

2:45

– Design

Beauty

Abe Garcia &
TJ Cicheci

– Interactive

Mom, God & Dove: The Origins of Branded Virtue

Erica Schlaikjer & Alex Safchuk

Have we Reached a Plateau of Digital Design?

Nour Tabet

4:10

– Keynote

Sharing your Story: A Keynote with Victoria Taylor

Victoria Taylor

5:15

– Accolades

Closing Remarks

ContraryCon team

5:30

– Libations

Happy Hour

Mingles with peoples

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