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KCDesignCore March meeting: "Caffeine for the Creative Mind" with Stefan Mumaw

Attention designers: get ready for some caffeine!

This month's KCDesignCore meeting is WAY out of the normal box. We won't be learning where to point or click in our Adobe software to accomplish certain tasks -- but we WILL be learning how to be better creatives and visual designers as we work through some interactive exercises with Stefan Mumaw, author of the book Caffeine for the Creative Mind, creative director at Reign, and "purveyor of all things that rock."

This meeting idea was suggested at our February planning session (our continued gratitude to Suzanne Warner who swears by the book!), and we managed to track down THE MAN behind the caffeine! He's graciously agreed to spend the evening with us and work through one of the book's topics: "HABIT." As visual designers, this is the kind of departure from the normal "how-to" that could easily help us win, or dominate, a new project. Come prepared to let loose and have some fun.


Are your ideas flimsy? Do you feel like they scamper away in the dark and hide the moment you share them? Are you jealous of those rocking few who seem to come up with novel, creative solutions to even the most hard-nosed of problems, the kind of ideas that are uttered along side angelic voices while beams of light fall from the heavens? Good, because Reign Creative Director and Caffeine for the Creative Mind author Stefan Mumaw has the plan to turn your creative output from sparse to habitual. "Habit" is a hands-on creative workshop that explores where creativity hides and how we can generate ideas in greater quantity and quality, regardless of job title or project restrictions. Don’t settle for routine thoughts and stale solutions, crank up your ideation and learn how to boost the potential of your concepts.

Our local sponsor, TekSystems, is joining us with some actual caffeine (of the physical nature). Stefan will bring copies of his book to sign and give away, too.

This promises to be a fun, interactive, hands-on meeting for all of us who create ideas for a living. Invite your creative friends to join us. Everyone who brings a friend will receive an extra raffle ticket for our drawings!


If Celtics legend Kevin McHale and a giraffe hooked up, the result would most likely be Reign Creative Director Stefan Mumaw. Born and bred in Southern California, Stefan graduated from Chapman University and foresook a lucrative career in MMA to follow his passion for design. So enamored by the creative process, in fact, Stefan has authored four books on the topic of design; two on creative web design and two on the creative process. A fifth book, "Tall Designers and Thin Air: Lack of Oxygen and the Creative Advantage" was strangely never published. He also speaks at numerous industry events, followed by a constant effort to play down the embarrassing behavior he typically exhibits on stage.

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  • purplemur

    This was one of the best meetings we've ever had. Stefan was a delightful speaker and it was great working with the people around me to accomplish our various tasks. I took away some awesome information about myself and am looking forward to getting my copy of the Team version of his book so I can start building better relationships with my coworkers...and hopefully boosting all of our creativity! Thanks, Stefan!

    March 5, 2012

  • Stan A.

    I have been to many different types of Meetups. They are always good, but this one was exceptional because of the way the speaker engaged the members and related practical exercises to help us be more creative and productive.

    March 3, 2012

  • mary w.

    So, Much fun and I learned so much. What a great combo. Thanks to KCdesigncore for the meetup and thanks to Stefan for the great evening,

    March 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first meetup and I loved it!!!!
    Stefan was great!!!!
    I'm definitely getting his book : )

    March 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Stefan's presentation was so clear and dynamic it rang like a bell in my mind a long time after. The exercises we did demonstrated his points very well, about getting stuck in a box. He pointed the way out of that box, and now I'm eager to try the exercises to improve my problem-solving abilities.

    March 2, 2012

  • Jody G.

    This was truly a memorable presentation. I have already recommended him to friends in the L.A. area who attend user groups there. His charisma and polish were extraordinary. His ability to predict what our creative process was during the exercise was almost spooky. I so appreciated his acknowledgement that creativity is distinct from artistry. I would love to hear him again.

    March 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Stefan was great, the 2 hours felt like 15 and the experience was recharging.

    March 2, 2012

  • Jim H.

    A powerful speaker with great insights into the creative process.

    March 2, 2012

  • Scott R.

    I'm one of the people who always said I didn't have a creative bone in my body (which is odd, since I ended up as a web designer). But Stefan's way of looking at creativity lets you know that just because you can't paint the Mona Lisa doesn't mean you can't come up with ideas. And if you keep coming up with ideas, you'll get better at coming up with good ideas. It's a practice thing. Oh, and I apologize to everyone who partnered with me. I imagine it was like running a three legged race where the other person has fallen asleep.

    Great meeting. Gotta get the book. And some toys and junk to make things with for my desk.

    March 2, 2012

  • Layla

    Very fun and powerful presentation. Enjoyed every second of it.

    March 2, 2012

  • Val B.

    Great job!! This was an awesome meetup!

    March 2, 2012

  • Christopher D.

    The meetup was really cool. Stefan's workshop was great, definitely gonna recommend his book to several of my design buddies.

    March 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Loved the presentation! Always enjoy something different.

    March 2, 2012

  • Dharmesh

    What an awesome meetup.. I am one of those who always questioned myself.. "Am I creative?".. whereas I was looking for the answer to "Am I artistic?" Thanks to Stephan the distinction is clear.. I am not a pro designer but I work as a Business & Quality Assurance Analyst. The constant challenge of coming up with "creative" solutions for the users is there. Everyone who has read the book, do you recommend the book only for designers or will it be helpful for people like me?

    March 2, 2012

  • Melanie H.

    Stefan was awesome! A great speaker, very inspirational. I got some great ideas to use at work, and stuff I can use personally too. Thank you!

    March 2, 2012

  • Peter W.

    Fantastic Meeting!

    March 2, 2012

  • Mark H.

    Great presentation with fun excercises

    March 2, 2012

  • lori h.

    Fun, thought provoking, interesting, well-organized.

    March 2, 2012

  • John Y.

    Felt like I was at one of those seminars you pay four hundred bucks to attend. Excellent speaker! Best meeting I've attended yet.

    March 2, 2012

  • Buck S.

    A desperately-needed "shot in the arm" for creatives who struggle with the concept of coming up with great ideas in a short amount of time. Stefan gave us insight into how our minds process this stuff, so we can be more effective in our creative ideas. AMAZING presentation - it was interactive, fun, and comfortable. Great to see some new people, too!

    March 2, 2012

  • Linda R.

    This was a very full and beneficial meeting. Now I know so much more about creativity and how to practice it. Thank you, Stefan.

    March 2, 2012

  • moses r.

    What a great experience on the creative process. It was an eye opening session and am thankful that Stefan Mumaw was willing to share his insights with us.

    March 2, 2012

  • moses r.

    FYI... we'll be in Room # 270

    March 1, 2012

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