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Tad Carpenter

Designer & Illustrator
Carpenter Collective


Tad Carpenter is a designer, illustrator, author and educator based in Kansas City, Missouri. Carpenter co-runs the design and branding studio, Carpenter Collective with his wife, Jessica Carpenter where they focus on bringing powerful messages to life through branding, packaging, illustration and design. They have worked with clients ranging from Target, Coca-Cola, Macy’s, Old Navy, Conan O’Brien, Adobe and MTV among many others. Carpenter has worked with numerous bands on posters and tour campaigns for over 10 years, including John Mayer, Bob Dylan, Radiohead, Paul McCartney and Dave Matthews Band to name a few. Carpenter has written and illustrated over twenty children’s books in our marketplace today intended for adults and children of all ages. Tad also currently teaches graphic design at the University of Kansas.

Session: “Let’s Get Lucky”

Tad Carpenter, is a designer, illustrator, author and educator. Carpenter co-runs the design and branding studio, Carpenter Collective, with his wife, Jessica Carpenter. Tad celebrates the power of play and embraces that the harder he works the luckier he gets. Tad will share his story from a solo, midwest, designer to design studio, how he builds illustrative brand experiences and plenty of good ol’ dad jokes.

In this session, you’ll learn:

  • The importance of those passion projects.
  • To take risks, discomfort is good for you.
  • The value of building brands with an illustrative backbone.
  • Or, you might not learn a damn thing. But, we’ll sure have some fun.