Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Made by Few on its way up (and to the left)

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 3:56 PM

click to enlarge The crowd at the 2015 Made By Few at the Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock.
  • The crowd at the 2015 Made By Few at the Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock.

Holy #everlastinghighfivecontest, folks. My name is Terry Cloff and I’ve been asked to tell you something important: Made by Few is undergoing a pant-load of changes this year. Now, I’m not a wild-eyed, in-the-dirt journalist like these people at the Times but I do have valuable information you will not want to miss. So read this whole thing and deal with the realness.

Take a knee, Arkansas Times.

This Justin! Few has set dates for the 2016 convergence of designers (like me), developers (not me, at all), creatives (yes, perhaps this is me, too, but not bragging), and entrepreneurs (one day, this will be me) called Made by Few. It is all happening Wednesday, Oct. 26 - Saturday, Oct. 29 this year, which is 2016 so mark it down.

But DO NOT FLY TO LITTLE ROCK FOR MADE BY FEW THIS YEAR! If you do make that mistake, you will need to rent a car and drive yourself up to Bentonville up in the top left corner of Arkansas. (I recommend Hertz because they never give you the car you asked for, it is typically a better one, but sometimes a scooter.) Before you get there, safely at rest at a rest-stop, familiarize yourself with the conference schedule via your laptop, phone or tablet because Made by Few’s official websites are always super responsible, conscionable, and high-minded, and also because there’s quite a bit going on this year.

The conference is taking place at multiple venues and will include new features (see below) and ways to attend, presumably for time-sensitive people like me, who can only attend events in time signatures that correspond with the morse code spelling of the event (Long = hour, short = half hour, gap = five minute break).

New features
MxF Fireside Talks: Presumably FDR won’t be there. HA!
MxF Marketplace: Where makers from the community and beyond will be on hand to sell their creations to browsers from the community and beyond.

Pass Options
Standard/Early Bird/Student Conference Ticket
Wednesday + Thursday Pass
Friday Day Pass
Saturday Day Pass

Speakers have not been announced yet, but previous speaks have included Randy J. Hunt (VP of Design at Etsy), Tuesday Bassen (Illustrator), Mark Hemeon (Senior UX Designer at Google), Jake Nickell (Threadless Founder), Tobias van Schneider (former lead-designer at Spotify), Elana Schlenker (Publisher at Gratuitous Type), Jason Scott (Archivist at The Internet Archives), Crystal Beasley (UX Designer at Mozilla), and Aaron Draplin (Draplin Design Co.). That is sooooome list, and is merely a fraction.

Okay, this is the reason I asked you to read this far. We’ve got a sweet promo code for you to apply to the already discounted early-bird tickets. Go NOW and enter the Promotional Code: ARTIMES to get 15% off! This code is good through the end of April and I can’t believe I am the one who gets to tell you all this.

This is me right now while I type:

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