January saw designers, copywriters, illustrators, and animators converge on XPLANE’s Portland studio for our first-Annual Creative Summit. The idea was simple: invite our extended creative family (aka our friends) into the workshop and unleash their expertise, experience, and ideas.

The results were fantastic. Tapping into decades of session and project experience, we examined what’s working, what’s not, and where our work is going. We identified opportunities to improve the XPLANE experience for our clients, and ourselves. We even found time for local Weiden + Kennedy art director and illustrator, Lloyd Winter to share his work and offer up a few inspirational, and comical, anecdotes.

Of course, we missed many familiar faces from around the neighborhood and around the globe, (you know who you are). But in XPLANE fashion, for those who couldn’t make it, we’ll soon be sharing the outcomes and seeking input so that we can begin rolling out Summit-inspired initiatives over the course of 2014. So keep your eyes open and your pens at-hand. The first-Annual Creative Summit kicked 2014 into high gear and we can’t wait for 2015.