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Weapons of Mass Creation Fest celebrates its 7th year as the premier art and design conference in the Midwest

August 5th, 6th and 7th, WMC takes over the Ohio, Kennedy and State Theatres at Playhouse Square in the heart of Cleveland, Ohio.

This August, the 7th Annual Weapons of Mass Creation (WMC) Fest in beautiful downtown Cleveland beckons creative professionals, business owners, students and fans from throughout the Midwest and across the country. This 3-day, action-packed conference features a diverse panel of dynamic speakers, invaluable workshops and exciting interactive programs.

WMC Fest is a must-attend event for professional and aspiring artists, designers and entrepreneurs. It’s a unique chance for attendees to “Ignite Your Potential” and derive inspiration through networking, learning and celebrating shared passions.


Founded in 2010 by Go Media, a Cleveland, Ohio graphic design studio, WMC Fest’s popularity has exploded. More than 1,200 were in attendance last year.  WMC is lauded for its dedication to education by showcasing influential speakers, relevant industry trends and smart business strategies.
Held in Playhouse Square at the esteemed Ohio and Kennedy Theatres and the State Theatre Lobby, WMC7 is hosting nationally-recognized speakers, including:

  • Grammy award-winning designer Stefan Sagmeister;
  • Mark Brickey, host of “Adventures in Design,” talks with designers and creatives discussing real, honest conversations, every day;
  • Lily Rose Lee, also known as Michelle Knight, the Cleveland kidnapping victim who praises the incredible healing power of art and art therapy.

Cleveland design legend Aaron Sechrist returns to serve as host.

Kick-off starts with our Cleveland studio tour and will continue with much-anticipated speakers, expert-led workshops and panel discussions. Also not to miss: Ink Wars and the Go Media Podcast.


Plus, check out our Vendor Village, a fully-immersive space complete with live art battles and podcasts. Attendees are encouraged to get their hands dirty and create while interacting with vendors like never before.

Tickets are on sale now, and 3-day passes will include admittance to all events (with the exception of the workshops, which are ticketed individually).

About Weapons of Mass Creation Fest

WMC is a massively popular three-day event created and hosted in Cleveland, OH. Attendees mostly include professional designers, artists, students and small business owners who flock from around the country, including popular creative hubs like New York, Los Angeles, Austin, San Francisco and Chicago. This year, attendees will have access to 10 speakers, 8 workshops, 3 panels and over 20 vendors. Alumni include Michael Bierut, Debbie Millman, Tad Carpenter, Aaron Draplin, Austin Kleon, Brandon Rike, Chuck Anderson, Dan Christofferson, James White, Johnny Cupcakes, Mark Brickey and the Adventures in Design Podcast, and Jon Contino and National Poster Retrospecticus. WMC Fest attendance has ballooned every year since its 2010 debut, with over 1,200 packing event venues in 2016.

About Playhouse Square

As the nation’s largest performing arts complex outside New York City, Playhouse Square attracts 1 million guests annually to its 10 performance spaces: The State, Ohio, Hanna and Allen Theatres (all built in 1921), the Palace Theatre (1922), Kennedy’s Cabaret (1975), Star Plaza (1996), Westfield Insurance Studio Theatre (2005), and Outcalt Theatre and Helen Rosenfeld Lewis Bialosky Lab Theatre (2012).
Saved from demolition in 1972 by a grassroots effort that became the not-for-profit Playhouse Square organization, the painstaking renovation and reopenings qualified the project as “the largest theater restoration in the world.”
From its Roaring Twenties vaudeville days to post-WWII performers such as Bob Hope, Danny Kaye and The Three Stooges, and Broadway icons like Mary Martin, Yul Brynner and Carol Channing, to the brightest entertainers of today, the most popular national and international performers come to Playhouse Square’s stages, casting it as the region’s top presenter and producer of entertainment.

About Go Media

Go Media, located in Cleveland, OH, offers design services, products, and knowledge for clients who seek unexpected and compelling visual communications. Founded in 2003 by William Beachy and Wilson Revehl, Go Media now houses a team of artists, programmers and strategists who practice the art of communication. Go Media works with brands and individuals with a passion for smart design, bold creativity and meaningful ideas. Our firm is committed to establishing and furthering thriving creative communities online through educational content hubs and via events including Weapons of Mass Creation Fest and On the Map.

WMC General Media Information

Heather Sakai, Event Director, [email protected] / 216-939-0000 x239

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Mirko Humbert is the editor-in-chief and main author of Designer Daily and Typography Daily. He is also a graphic and web designer based in Fribourg, Switzerland, as well as the co-founder of We Jobshare.


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