Friday, October 15, 2021

Welcome to the A-team. This one-day event brings out the best in the Des Moines advertising scene to add fuel to your creative fire. Ad Day is focused on all of the creative aspects of advertising — experience keynotes full of expert advice and hear the thought process behind some of the best ad campaigns around.

This conference is a chance for you to step back from your day-to-day, re-energize your knowledge base, and gain a new perspective to take back to your team. Let your imagination run wild — or at least let it free for the day.


Von Glitschka

Creative Director

Von is creative director of Glitschka Studios a small two-person boutique design firm located in the Pacific Northwest. Their diverse range of illustrative design is sought after by some of the most respected brands in the world. They creatively collaborate with ad agencies, design firms, in-house corporate art departments, and small businesses to produce engaging visual narratives.

Diane Gibbs

Designer, Educator

Diane has been a designer for over 20 years and has over 24 national and international design awards. She’s also an entrepreneur, running her own design firm, little bird communications. She coaches professional design entrepreneurs from all over the United States to grow their business. Diane has been a guest on many podcasts, and has spoken at four national conferences, emceed AIGA events, and facilitated workshops.

Diane has been teaching graphic design at the University of South Alabama since 2003. She also hosts a video podcast called Design Recharge,  interviewing creatives and industry leaders from around the globe.


Hank Washington

Designer, Illustrator

Cornelius ‘Hank’ Washington is the owner of Hank Designs Studio based in Birmingham, Alabama. Over the last 8 years, Hank has provided creative services for brands such as Dick’s Sportings Goods, T.G.I. Friday’s, Marriott and has worked as the Art Director for Sociallyin, a social media advertising agency. Hank and his work have been featured in multiple publications such as Jet Magazine, Dribbble, Adobe Live and more.

Morgan & Mason McGrew

Stop Motion Artists & Multimedia Producers

Morgan and his brother, Mason McGrew, released a full-length, stop motion remake of Pixar’s Toy Story 3 in 2020. With over 13 million views and counting, “Toy Story 3 In Real Life” has been recognized my numerous media outlets including Good Morning America, MTV, and Buzzfeed.


Morgan is a multimedia creator specialized in stop motion animation and videography. 


In 2018, Morgan won a Student Production Crystal Pillar Award from the Upper Midwest Emmy® Awards. 


Morgan releases regular creative content through his Instagram account, The Pixarist, which has been featured across Disney’s multiple social outlets. 

Mason McGrew is a Digital Media Producer at Kaleidoscope Marketing – specializing in videography, stop-motion animation and content creation. 


In 2019, Mason won a Student Production Crystal Pillar Award from the Upper Midwest Emmy® Awards. The award recognized a stop-motion short featuring a clay character, Mr. Bluetie. In 2021, he continues to create Claymation with the character on TikTok, and recently joined the TikTok Creator Fund as @Mr.Bluetie.



Don’t Miss Out

Opening Remarks

9 AM

Opening remarks from your emcee

Keynote Speaker

9:15 AM

Hank Washington

Keynote Speaker

10:30 AM

Diane Gibbs

Lunch Break

11:30 AM

Lunch Provided

Keynote Speaker

1:00 PM

Morgan & Mason McGrew

Keynote Speaker

2:15 PM

Von Glitschka

Social Hour

3:30 PM

Designated location is 300 Rooftop across the street


See you there!

Science Center of Iowa
401 W Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy
Des Moines, Polk County 50309

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