American Advertising Federation of Des Moines


2021 June Luncheon: Mikey Burton

Event Details:

Event Type: Open to members and non-members
Registration: Required
Registration Fees:
Member $0.00
Guest $5.00
Non-Member $5.00
Last Day to Register: Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Location: Zoom Meeting, Link to be sent after registration
Time: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Event Description:

Topic: Practice Your Practice 

Finding your creative voice in your work, through work.

I think one of the most underrated parts of being a creative is practicing your craft. Not the day-to-day, day-in-and-day-out, clocking into your job “practice.” I’m talking about setting aside some time each day, week, or month and just focusing on work that you're authoring for yourself. It doesn’t have to be monumental; it can be as simple as daily time in your sketchbook, sorting through ideas. What really matters is that it's work that makes you feel accomplished. If you get this from your job, that’s great, but if you want more, this talk might be for you. The older we get, life seems to naturally divide our schedule so much that we have nothing left to explore our own ideas. Today I want to challenge you to find consistent time to put toward your craft. 


Not quite a designer, not completely an illustrator, Mikey Burton has spent a decently long time toeing the rope between both disciplines. In that time, Mikey has worked for the likes of Apple, The Atlantic, Converse, Esquire, Facebook, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, The New York Times, Starbucks, Target, and many more. Mikey’s works are both graphic and textural; they harken back to simpler printing methods and naive doodling in grade school. The thing that sets him apart is the thought and wit that goes into every piece he makes for himself and his clients. Basically, he thinks long and hard about stuff, then creates compelling visuals about those things.

Reminder: This will likely be a Virtual Luncheon. Free to members and students, $5 to non-members.

Virtual event, link to access Zoom meeting will be sent out the week of the event.


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