April 18, 2018

Five Fantastic Creativity Conferences to Check Out in 2018

We all know that creativity thrives on inspiration. And you’ll find plenty of it at these five conferences, which all promise to help you discover what it takes to find, feed and ignite that all-important creative spark in your work.


1. Creative Problem Solving Institute Conference (June 19-24) Buffalo, NY

The CPSI conference has been inspiring minds and elevating ideas for 64 years—making it the world’s longest-running creativity conference. Attendees can expect to stretch their creative limits in hands-on workshops, while gleaning inspiration from speakers like Jane O’Meara Sanders—who will share insight on how to stretch the boundaries of what’s possible with “applied imagination.”

As one of the sponsors of this year’s CPSI conference, we’re really excited to participate and speak at this great event. We hope to see you there!


2. The Yellow Conference (August 23-24) Los Angeles, CA

Yellow is a gathering for creative women intent on making a positive impact, with their unique gifts, skills and talents. This year’s theme focuses on the idea of “ownership,” as it relates to millennial consumers. Though they may not aspire to own cars and houses, millennials do take ownership of who they are—perhaps even more so than previous generations.


3. Circles Conference (September 19-21) Fort Worth, TX

Circles Conference brings designers, techies and creative professionals together for three days of creation, collaboration and world-class networking. Attendees will learn from the industry’s top leaders while rubbing elbows (and ideas) with a diverse range of artistically inclined individuals.


4. Portland Creative Conference (September 28th) Portland, OR

The Portland Creative Conference will take you deep inside the creative process, celebrating the ideas, approaches and unique perspectives of today’s top creative minds. Learn from industry leaders in a variety of industries, and explore the art and science of creativity from a fresh, inspiring perspective.


5. Summit LA (November 2-5) Los Angeles, CA

As the world’s preeminent “ideas conference,” Summit LA hosts a wide range of experiences designed to foster relationships and inspire new experiences. From inspiring talks, to live performances, to gourmet food, to wellness classes and art exhibitions, Summit LA offers three days of inspiration and stimulation.


So, which of these conferences has what it takes to light your creative fire? Will you be attending any of them? Are there any others you think we should add to the list? We’d love to hear from you—comment below or connect with us on LinkedIn.


Jeff Johns is SVP, Creative at Seed Strategy where he consistently delivers breakthrough creative at lightning speed across a wide range of best-in-class design practices: packaging, branding, shelf aisle optimization and advertising.

As a member of Seed’s copywriting team, Matt Donahue marries his love for creative writing with a keen interest in product innovation, technology and science. He’s a graduate of Seton Hill University’s “Popular Fiction” master’s program and writes whenever he can.

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