Video + Contest >> WMC: Off-The-Grid’s Lenny Terenzi + Heather Sakai talk this year’s festivities

Head Camp Counselor/Host and Workshop Leader Lenny Terenzi and Event Director Heather Sakai give you a sneak peek into this year’s festivities in today’s video.

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The Contest >>

Purchase your ticket to this year’s WMC: Off-The-Grid, happening this summer, by Friday, August 24, and you’ll be entered into a contest to win an hour-long illustration workshop with Lenny plus an hour long consultation with William Beachy on the topic of your choice. This prize is valued at $500. What are you waiting for?

Purchase your tickets now!

About Lenny and Bill:

Lenny is a Durham, North Carolina based designer and illustrator under the name Hey! Monkey. He has run his own studio for almost 18 years, the last four of which have been in full blown studio space to raise the bar on what he can offer forward-thinking brands and to offer creative experiences to help the masses break out of their daily rut. Lenny is also an accomplished speaker having presented all over the country for conferences such as WMC Fest, Creative South, Circles, Reimagine, High Five and more. He is also the incoming President for AIGA Raleigh whose mission is to create a place where design thrives for everyone.

Bill is an illustrator, designer, and lifelong entrepreneur from Cleveland, Ohio. He is the co-founder and president of Go Media. Working as a one-man firm from a bedroom in his father’s house, he built Go Media into a internationally recognized 15 person firm with clients including Adobe, Progressive Insurance, Pepsi, and Nike. He is author of the book Drawn to Business.

More about WMC: Off-The-Grid: Our Epic Retreat / Best Graphic Design Conference of 2018:

Happening this October 5 – 7th, WMC: Off-The-Grid is an all-inclusive, three-day weekend retreat aimed at YOU, the designers, illustrators, small business owners and other design-minded creatives looking to step away from the screens and social chatter that pull you in a million different directions daily. You will come away with tangible tools and action steps you can use to grow your skill set, your mindset and businesses to become more confident design leaders in your communities.

This intimate event is limited to only 60 attendees, speakers, workshop leaders and staff. Located at Mohican State Park in Loudonville, Ohio, the WMC: OTG community will come together in cozy cabins to bond over a campfire, delicious food, a sense of adventure and their love of creativity.

All lodging, food, talks and workshops are included in this adventure-filled weekend retreat. Book your travel and the rest is taken care of!

Purchase your tickets now!

Learn How to Build the Design Firm of Your Dreams with Drawn to Business!

Disclaimer: Boasting Ahead!

We have to be honest with you.

We are gushing!

Our President, Bill Beachy, has just made us very proud.

Bill! Bill! He's our man!
Bill! Bill! He’s our man!

So please excuse us while take a moment to tell you about what Bill’s been working on, head down, nose to the grindstone, for the past 2 years…

Introducing Drawn to Business!


Drawn to Business is a brand-new book by illustrator, designer and lifelong entrepreneur William Beachy; it’s an insiders guide into how he built and runs Go Media, our graphic design firm here in Cleveland, Ohio.  Bill details his experiences working as a one-man firm from a bedroom in his father’s house and guides the reader through each lesson learned that allowed him to build Go Media into an internationally recognized 15 person firm with clients including Adobe, Progressive Insurance, Pepsi and Nike.

What’s Inside?

Well, have you ever wondered how design firms, like ours, start, stumble, and become successful?

Want to learn how to:

  • Raise money?
  • Charge for your design services?
  • Find the perfect business partner?
  • Take the appropriate legal steps when starting your business?
  • Track your company’s performance?
  • Hire the best employees?
  • Organize your company’s files?
  • Implement effective marketing strategies?
  • Land projects and stay profitable?
  • Battle burnout?
  • Deal with ebbs and flows?
  • Negotiate?
  • Retain clients?
  • ….just get started???

You’re in the right place.

Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know about Business But Have Been Too Afraid To Ask

In Drawn to Business, Bill simply gives it all away.

Chock full of Bill’s anecdotes, real-world practical guidance, business principles, inspiring design and legal and accounting advice, you’ll learn to increase profits while doing the work you love.

Let’s Do This Thing!

A variety of Drawn to Business packages are available, so choose your own adventure.


1. The Pro Package: $397 – Buy Now

Includes EVERYTHING you need to transform your design business. You get a physical and digital copy of Drawn to Business plus bonus PDF content and videos, the Business Plan Workbook, 3 design-focused video tutorials, Thread’s Not Dead: The Designer’s Guide to the Apparel Industry, and all the goodies inside the Freelance Survival Kit.



2. The Plus Package: $197 – Buy Now

Includes a physical and digital copy of Drawn to Business, plus a collection of advice docs, videos, and a business plan workbook.



3. Just The Book: EBook and Paperback options

Buy the PDF for $37 or the paperback for $47


What Are You Waiting For?

Grab your copy of Drawn to Business now!  Once you’ve purchased the book, leave a comment below for your chance to win a free upgrade to the Drawn to Business Pro Package! Winner will be announced on Friday, October 18! * Winner must have purchased a copy of Drawn to Business by 5:00 p.m. ET on 10/18/2013 to be qualified.

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Sticker Mule Giveaway!

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Win $100 in Custom Stickers from Sticker Mule

We’ve partnered up again with our friends at StickerMule, to give away some more custom vinyl stickers. Sticker Mule makes it super easy to print your own stickers. They’ll make your artwork print ready for free, and provide a free online proof with every order.

Here are some examples of the types of stickers you can make if you win:

Here are some shots of their other products:

How to enter?

It’s seriously simple: Just comment on this post, or tweet the post for an extra chance to win! We’ll chose 1 winner at random on Monday, September 17th.

Good Luck!

Custom Sticker Giveaway by Sticker Mule

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Today is giveaway day!

Hello Zine readers! We’ve got an awesome giveaway today for $100 in free custom stickers, from Sticker Mule. If you’re a designer, the folks at Sticker Mule are good people to know. They make awesome die cut stickers, in any shape and size. And their ordering system is really simple. Just upload your artwork and they’ll take care of the rest. They’ll make your artwork print ready for free, and provide a free online proof with every order.

Here are some examples of what you could win:

Sticker Mule products

Sticker Mule products

Here are some shots of their other products:

Sticker Mule products

Sticker Mule products

Sticker Mule products

Sticker Mule products

How to enter?

It’s dead simple: Just comment on this post. We’ll chose 1 winner at random on Monday, January 30th.


Sticker Mule is giving all GoMediaZine readers 15% for the next week. Just use coupon code “gomedia” when you order. The code will be valid until February 6th.

“Words” series print giveway winner announced!

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Last week, we featured Jim LePage’s “Words” series on the Zine. We also announced that Jim was giving one of the prints away.

Today, we’re happy to announce that Andy Gattis, with comment number #7, wins the print!

We choose the winner by following a simple process: we grab the total number of comments (minus ours or any doubles), use a random number generator and taadaa!

Congratulations to Andy once again. If you didn’t win, stay tuned for more giveaways in the near future.

13 Spade print giveaway winner

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We’re pretty excited to announce the winner of the print giveaway we put together in the 13 Spade introductory post!

And the winner is…

We used with the number of comments of the post (minus our own), and the winner is…

Dusty Rhodes

So Dusty, we’ll be in touch shortly (or you can be faster than us and shoot us an email), and we’ll go from there. Thanks again to everyone who entered the giveaway by commenting, who shared the post with their friends and to the ones who submitted art to be featured on 13 Spade.

WMC Fest portfolio contest: the winners

Hello, hello!

Today, I am pleased to introduce you to the winners of the WMC Fest Portfolio Contest we had going. The prize is a spot at the WMC Fest design show!

We had a total of 114 submissions. The jury decided to award the spots to 5 lucky winners. Here they are, along with the piece that earned them the spot!

Brandon Minga


Visit his portfolio at

Maarten Kleyne

Crossing the Rubicon

Maarten’s website is to be visited!

Janée Meadows from Janée Meadows Illustration

Paloalto gig poster

Janée is an “Los Angeles based, award winning, illustrator and graphic designer”. Visit her website at

Andy Hayes from Hucklebuck Design Studio

Westcott House Event Poster

Westcott's Neighborhood event poster by Hucklebuck Design Studio

Hucklebuck Design Studio has a sweet horizontal website:

Mat MacQuarrie

George St. Pierre

George St. Pierre by Mat MacQuarrie

Finally, Mat has a portfolio full of awesome pieces. You might have seen some in the Flickr group already.

Congratulations to the winners! Thanks again to all the participants. If you didn’t win this time, remember there will be other occasions. Also, you should go check all the entries that have been submitted.

See you at WMC Fest!

Defy The Hand You’re Dealt: WMC T-Shirt Giveaway

You may have heard about this little art, film, and music festival that I’ve been planning this year. It’s called Weapons of Mass Creation Fest and it’s happening THIS weekend here in Cleveland. I wrote this letter to the fine people who live in our city to encourage them to pursue their creative passions. This was reactionary after the Cavs lost last week and all we’ve had to deal with ever since are Lebron James rumors.

Anyway, WMC Fest is a celebration of creative visionaries who defy the hand they’re dealt. It’s happening this weekend, May 22 and 23 at Parish Hall – 6205 Detroit Ave in Cleveland Ohio. The fun starts at noon and three of us from Go Media (me, Bill Beachy, and Adam Wagner) will kick off the event with a 45 min talk about how this all started and how a creative agency can benefit itself from something like this.

We’re featuring lots of talented artists, bands, and filmmakers. More info at


Win a Weapons of Mass Creation t-shirt

Read my letter below and let it sink in. How does it make you feel? Inspired? I’d like to create more awareness about the festival this week and I need your help.

To win an official Weapons of Mass Creation t-shirt, I want you to write your own blog entry about what you think it means to “defy the hand you’re dealt.” Post it on your blog and then comment here to link us to your article. It can be as long as you want and we’ll pick the 3 we think are best. The only rule is that you need to add a link to and tell people when and where the festival is happening (see above). The 3 winners will win an official Weapons of Mass Creation t-shirt, stickers, and a WMC 1.25″ button pack.

You have until Thursday at 11:59pm of this week (May 20th) to post it and comment. Make sure to give us a way to contact you in case you win. We’ll need to get your address to mail it out. You don’t need to live near Cleveland to win either. Anyone can do this and we’ll mail the winner their prizes.

Without further ado, here’s my letter.

To the city of Cleveland: defy the hand you’re dealt.

Like a lot of Clevelanders, I sat in my living room fixated to my television last night, watching the final Cavs playoff game in what was supposed to be THE dream season in which we’d finally win it all. Nope. After we lost, I turned my attention to sports talk call-in shows and Cavs message boards to empathize with the distraught and fed-up fans. I could have been just as deflated, but I’m not.

For many of us, we live generally decent and happy lives. Good job, family, friends, etc. Our sense of well being often hinges on whatever our beloved Cleveland sports teams do. It’s something that we buy into and root for but we cannot possibly control ourselves. And that leads me to my point. Why waste your energy getting worked up over something that’s completely out of your control?

Clevelanders, I suggest you take this advice. Defy the hand you’re dealt.

The Cavaliers have dealt us all a losing hand and instead of crying about how we’re cursed, we should be going out and improving our city’s reputation by means in which we actually HAVE control. We’re all sick of the national media not giving us enough credit. We all have the capability to do something remarkable and be remembered for something. What have you done lately that is worth remembering?

I write this because on next weekend, May 22 and 23 I’m hosting my first ever Weapons of Mass Creation Festival right here in Cleveland. A year ago I was tired of waiting for the perfect fest that blended my love for art, film, and music. I was jealous that the city of Austin, a thousand miles away, lights up every year during SXSW. Instead of waiting around, I told myself I was going to make it happen right here in Cleveland. Start it out small and see what happened. 10 months later, we’re here.

Weapons of Mass Creation is a celebration of creative visionaries who defy the hand they’re dealt. It’s about being remarkable and pursuing your passion. My passion is creativity and doing things on your own terms. Not letting outside forces you can’t control dictate your happiness or impact. I’m bringing in local and national artists, designers, bands, filmmakers, and other creative leaders who inspire me and are living their lives with the mentality that you are in control of your own destiny. You have a passion and have the freedom to pursue it.

So come out to Parish Hall in the Gordon Square Arts District on May 22 and 23 and get inspired. There will be 10 bands, talented artists, inspiring speakers, and a few award winning films. Just in time to lift your spirits and remind you that you can be remarkable if you really want to be.

Check out to get you and your friends a printable e-ticket.

Remember Cleveland: defy the hand you’re dealt.

So that’s it, let’s see your article!

Ten Ton Photoshop Winner Announced — And Some Killer Free Training for Everyone Else!

Well I hope everyone had fun entering the drawing for a free copy of Ten Ton Photoshop Essentials! I gotta say, it was great reading about your favorite commands, your Photoshop war stories, some memories from versions gone by.

I was going to jump in and start replying to some of the comments, but after the first day or so we had well over 100 entries! Great to see so much enthusiasm for Photoshop…with so much interest in learning Photoshop, so many saying they were in desperate need for Ten Ton Photoshop, it was very hard to pick a winner.

Alright, lets get to it. The winner of our heavyweight prize, Ten Ton Photoshop, is Keiko Daniel! Congratulations Keiko!!!

Now if you didn’t win, hang in there, because I have something super-cool for everyone else. How’s about 30-minutes of free Photoshop color correction training, yanked directly from the Ten Ton Photoshop DVD?

I’m talkin’ Levels, black point and white point, histograms, and a heckuva lot more! Who can turn down free learning?! So if you wanna snag yourself some free Photoshop learnin’ just pop me an email ([email protected]), mention that you were a part of the Go Media Photoshop give-away, and I’ll getcha hooked up lickedy split! Sound cool?

Cheers to everyone who entered, and congrats once again to Keiko. Keiko, pop me an email (again, [email protected]) and we’ll get your details and ship off your prize for ya! “Retweet to Win” Winners!

As promised, here are the lucky five winners of our “Retweet to Win” contest. Each will receive a free Shirt Template from GoMedia’s Arsenal!

And of course, a huge thanks to all the rest for participating and helping us spread the word. We really appreciate it.

If you haven’t done so, add ShirtMockup on Facebook and help us spread the word! Post the link to Facebook and Twitter and use the “suggest to friends” feature on Facebook to invite your designer friends.

Visit the site: — or take a look at the overview video to see all about how can work for you!

Giveaway: Ten Ton Photoshop DVD

Are ya up for some Photoshop? How ’bout Ten Tons of Photoshop? And how would you like it for free?

Then check this out: This week on GoMedia, we’re running a give-away for Geoff Blake’s Ten Ton Photoshop Essentials DVD!

Ten ton Photoshop includes comprehensive exercises on resizing and resolution, color correction, and image touch up. Master advanced techniques for creating eye-popping visuals, including masking objects, tilt-shift photography, sizzling text effects, and workflows with InDesign, Dreamweaver, and Flash!

Product Highlights

  • Over fourteen hours of expert training spread across more than one hundred lessons, hands-on tasks, and professional techniques!
  • Master the fundamentals like resolution, resampling, and layers…then roar into advanced topics like masking techniques, typography control, color correction, and more!
  • Simple to use, easy to navigate interface—skip ahead, rewind and review, and jump between the lessons at your own pace!
  • Loaded with free extras, including stock vector art, free fonts, Photoshop plug-ins, product discounts, bonus lessons…and more!

How do you score a copy? Easy…all ya gotta do is throw a comment into this post.

You can talk about whatever you’d like: Your favorite Photoshop command, why you want to learn Photoshop, a war story from the Photoshop trenches…whatever you’d like.

The contest runs for one week, so you have until March 10th, 2010 to enter. A random comment will be drawn, and the winner will be crowned the heavyweight champ of our killer give-away!

So whatcha waitin’ for? Throw in a comment and get ready for Ten Ton’s of Photoshop!

Ten Ton Dreamweaver Winner Announced — And A Super-Killer Offer!


We’ve received some fantastic comments and feedback on last week’s Ten Ton Dreamweaver giveaway. Seems many of you are chomping at the bit to leap into the world of web design, while others have their engines revved to go further with their CSS and web design skills.

I enjoyed reading every single comment, and it was great to chat back and forth with a few of you. Sadly though, we can only draw one random winner. However, we have a very special announcement to make, so keep reading…

But before we get to that, let’s announce our randomly drawn winner. A big congratulations to mikeylikes, you’ve won yourself a copy of Ten Ton Dreamweaver! We liked your show of initiative to go beyond the classroom and teach yourself what you want to learn. We’ll be in touch with you shortly. And thanks to all the other commenters—you guys made the decision a tough one, but we have something special for you as well…

Throughout the week we had some fantastic comments. A lot of our commenters are currently in school and possibly not learning exactly the Dreamweaver / web design skills that they’re after, while many others have a solid footing in the world of print and are ready to make the leap to web. Still others have job opportunities waiting for them, or want to make themselves more marketable in these choppy economic times.


Well, I got talking with the fellas at Go Media and I said, “Ya know, there’s so much interest for Ten Ton Dreamweaver, and so many readers need to learn this stuff, it’s too bad that just one person wins a copy. We’ve gotta do something to help everybody else out too.” We got thinking about it, and came up with something that we think you’re really gonna dig…something so extra-special it’s only being offered to Go Media readers. Check this out:

I spent the weekend in the recording studio coming up with some super-killer bonus material. As it turns out, I hammered out nearly a half-hour’s worth of training — and by the way, it was Thanksgiving weekend up here in Canada, so I was rolling myself off to record more content between turkey meals and pumpkin pie. You’re welcome!

So what the heck is Ten Ton Books and Go Media gonna do with all this extra bonus material? Why, give it to you for free of course! So here’s the deal. If you dig Ten Ton Dreamweaver and wanna launch your web design skills through the stratosphere, order the DVD before November 20th and we’ll send you an extra DVD loaded with all the bonus material absolutely free. In fact, as an added thank-you, Ten Ton Books will toss a few extra goodies on the bonus DVD as well. How’s that sound?


The bonus DVD will include nearly 30-minutes worth of training on building and managing CSS-based floats in Dreamweaver (a must-know technique for every web designer) as well as an exclusive 13-minute clip from the soon-to-be-released Ten Ton Photoshop which features material from Go Media’s Arsenal. Freakin’ awesome? You bet.


Snag all the free content and your copy of Ten Ton Dreamweaver right here, and lets get ya on the launchpad and ready for lift-off! Be sure to enter the promo code “GoMediaTTDW” on the checkout page to receive your free bonus DVD!

Giveaway: Ten Ton Dreamweaver


Heya readers! Geoff Blake here from Recently, we released our debut software training DVD Ten Ton Dreamweaver and we wanted to load the DVD with lots of freebies and extras. Well, the gang at Go Media were happy to help us out, and provided us with some killer Go Media Arsenal material for inclusion in the disc. In fact, there’s Arsenal artwork featured prominently in several chapters on the DVD.

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Ten Ton Dreamweaver boasts nearly 11 hours of training spread across over 100 lessons, techniques, and hands-on tasks, and takes users from scratch (HTML, CSS, and web fundamentals) right up to pro-level concepts and techniques, including page layouts, Spry, video, interactivity, and a whole lot more…with a huge emphasis on CSS and design standards.


With nothing but amazing feedback and reviews for Ten Ton Dreamweaver, we’re back in the studio and hard at work on a Photoshop DVD, with Flash and Illustrator to follow. But I got scratchin’ my head thinking of how I could say thanks to the great folks at Go Media for contributing such awesome material to the DVD…then it hit me: Lets give away a copy of Ten Ton Dreamweaver to the Go Media readership!


So here it is: ya wanna snag yourself a copy of Ten Ton Dreamweaver?

All ya gotta do is use the comments below to describe what it is you really want to learn about Dreamweaver, and why it’s so important to you. After a week of comments, we’ll pick a response at random and that lucky commenter lands themselves a copy of Ten Ton Dreamweaver! How’s that for sweet?

Find out more about Ten Ton Dreamweaver at, where you can download a free demo and watch sample clips!

Good luck to all those who enter!


*Contest notes: we’ll be choosing at random from any post that fits the criteria (you gotta tell us what you want to learn about Dw). You’ll need to have a registered Disqus account with contact info (email, Twitter, Facebook, website link, etc.), otherwise we’ll have no way of contacting you once the contest winner is chosen.

Win A Free License For Photoshop Brush Management App Brush Pilot!

User Showcase Contest: Results!

Mmmmmm, smell that? Not only is it Friday (awesome), but two lucky designers are giving off the sweet smell of victory. A week and almost 800 votes after opening our first User Showcase Contest, we have a couple of winners! Remember the prizes? $100 bucks and a Complete Vector Set from Go Media go the first place winner.The second place winner receives a Vector Pack from Go Media.

Ok. We are happy to announce that Lenakodci pulls out the win with her awesome piece Massal2 (206 votes)! Congratulations Lenakodci, you’re $100 bucks richer and can take your pick of a Complete Vector Set from the Go Media Arsenal. Stay on the line and we’ll get your information.


Another huge congratulations goes to SubConArt who came in second place with the great piece Balance of Honor (125 votes)! SubConArt gets to pick out a new Go Media Vector Pack for his design arsenal.

Balance of Honor

I’d just like to congratulate all ten of the hand-picked entrants into the Design Competition. I really thought they were all great! It is so nice to see a community building over there at our Flickr User Showcase.

User Showcase Contest: $100 & more in Prizes

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Sorry, this contest is closed. Winners have been chosen and babies born. Check out who won in our results post.

Many talented artists have submitted their work to the Go Media User Showcase, which as of now has 970 entries. Not too long ago dugdaman suggested that it would be cool “if we could vote on the best ones and also offer design feedback to anyone who asks”. Well thanks for inspiring this contest dugdaman! The pieces picked for this contest are all really great, but I’m excited to see how everyone votes.


We’ve narrowed the choices down to ten entries, but we’re counting on you to decide who is most deserving! So, take a careful look at each entry and cast your vote in the poll box at the bottom of this post. If you’ve got a personal favorite that isn’t featured as an entry, let us know in the comments. The entries are shown in no particular order and traverse many different areas from apparel design to editorial layout (we didn’t say it would be easy to choose!).


First Prize:
$100.00 in cash & Complete Go Media Vector Set of choice.
Second Prize:
One Go Media Vector Pack of choice.


You can only vote for one entry, so be sure to get a look at all of them and pick your favorite. Get your vote in by 12:00pm Eastern Time August 8th (Friday), and we’ll crown the winner sometime that afternoon.

Without further ado…

A.. Fugitive by Fugitive-Mind
Fugitive Vote Now!

B. Borek 2008 by davidmac527
Borek 2008
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C. Phantom Planet by sundaycritic626 Phantom Planet
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Bare Skin by Francesco Mugnai Bare Skin
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E. Untitled Girl by Utilizzo Design Untitled Girl
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F. Full of by I,Valor Full of
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G. Gravity_Failure by jasperiogravity_failure
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H. Balance of Honor by SubConArt Balance of Honor
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I. “Gunner” Skateboard Deck by j_tenkely
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J. Massal2 by lenakodci

Congratulations to all ten of our hand-picked finalists! Being in the top 1% of the User Showcase is already a reason to celebrate. Really great job everybody!