Life with Pixels

Life With Pixels is a creative meetup for anyone who eats, sleeps, and breathes creative work in a digital format.

Sept. 20th
5-9 PM
Draper | Cambridge, MA


Life With Pixels began in 2015 when just a few creative people got together to chat about work. Three years later we are still going strong. The crowd has gotten bigger but the reason why we meet remains the same, discuss great work with like-minded creative people. If you work with pixels in any way, this event is for you!

This year we'll be hearing from experts in the fields of motion graphics, experience design, and visual effects, and we'll see work from our fellow community members.

Take this opportunity to share your work and submit to our 'open mic' panel review - MORE DETAILS HERE

The goal of Life with Pixels has always been to showcase work, network, and--most importantly--share approaches and techniques so we can all progress and grow.

2018 speakers

Ryan Summers

Type Lover. Pixel Peeper. Light Bender. Pencil Pusher. Curve Operator. Throw in root beer aficionado, hockey fanatic, and intercontinental man of art and science and you've got a lede that fairly accurately describes the life of Ryan Summers. He's worked with the likes of Guillermo Del Toro and JJ Abrams and is currently a Creative Director at Digital Kitchen where he designs, animates, and directs for film, television, and other assorted (and oddly proportioned) canvases. Please approach with caution, high fives, and a firm handshake. He will not bite.

Nick Ford

Nick is an Art Director at Viewpoint Creative. Cutting his teeth in magazine design and print production, he has since transitioned to motion design and digital story telling. He now lives and breathes style frames, and is in constant pursuit of perfect compositions, exceptional typography, engaging color palettes, and compelling transitions. (He has a soft spot for transitions.) At Viewpoint Creative, Nick works with entertainment brands and broadcast clients, helping them establish unique visual identities and connect with audiences in an ever-more competitive media landscape. He enjoys big picture thinking, and collaborating with editors and animators. In his spare time, you will find Nick either at a concert, on the golf course, fishing in the middle of nowhere, or snowboarding in the woods.

Adam Gesuero

Partner & Creative Director,

Adam is the founder and creative director at Image Conscious Studios. He believes great design is as much about communication and solving problems as it is about creating beautiful stuff. Every day, Adam works with both clients and the team to set strategy, provide creative direction, and ensure the work ICS produces is the best it can be. He can even push a mean pixel or two. He also drives the vision of the agency, ensuring ICS is always reaching towards the future.

Before ICS, he started out as a freelance designer and photographer, and cut his teeth at various agencies and start-ups around Boston (back when they were called "dot-coms"). His client list includes brands such as New Balance, MIT, and '47 Brand, as well as local start-ups and scrappy brands that are looking to differentiate themselves and tell meaningful stories.


5:00pm - 6:00pm Arrival & Networking
5:30pm - 6:00pm MochaPro Presentation by Boris FX. Attend and receive a 3 month free subscription to MochaPro. Attend the talk, or visit the Boris FX table to sign up for your FREE trial.
6:00pm - 6:05pm Opening Remarks / Welcome!
6:05pm - 6:30pm Speaker #1 - Adam Gesuero - A Life With Pixels: Building a successful career in digital (w/o losing your soul)
6:30pm - 7:00pm Speaker #2 - Nick Ford - Design with intention
7:00pm - 7:25pm Speaker #3 - Ryan Summers - Cinema 4D: the Perfect After Effects Plugin
7:25pm - 8:00pm Open Mic Panel for Designer Stories - SIGN UP!
8:00pm - 9:00pm Open Networking & Wrap-up

the venue


555 Technology Square
Cambridge, MA 02139

This year's event is at Draper in the heart of Boston's technology hub. Draper is a not-for-profit research and development company. Draper focuses on the design, development and deployment of advanced technological solutions for the world's most challenging and important problems.


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2017 highlights

Last year's event was held in Portsmouth NH at 3S Artspace. With over 76 tickets sold we filled this local art hub with creative minds and lots and lots of delicious tacos. Speakers included a comic book artist, stop motion animator, and a VFX genius for "Game of Thrones." Ever heard of it? Life with Pixels 2017 featured an animation contest, along with 2D artists' work in the gallery space.