2014 CONNECT was a huge success, on a major level - but this is only because of the bright and talented minds from around the nation that attended #MLCC2014. These graphic artists are the creative hands, hearts and minds that shape the visual ecospheres of our nation's major league sports brands. 

In case you missed CONNECT 2014, check out CONNECT 2015 to register and find out whats in store for next year. If its realtime updates your looking for, be sure to follow @mlcconnect for all the updates or check out our news page.

Oh, and just a FYI, more photos coming soon...

Special thanks to @sawyermaigen for the amazing camera work.



An exclusive gathering of major league creative minds & artists in the graphic design field from around the nation. The objective is to “connect” these professionals in one city for an annual two-day conference. To learn, teach, share new techniques, ideas, concepts, philosophies, software & best practices - to inspire and challenge one another. To nationally network with graphic artists within your specific field of work and gather industry leading knowledge that can be applied to your individual markets. 

The MLC mission is short, sweet & to the point: Gather, learn, return, apply and share.



THU  Welcome / Mixer // @  Little Woodrow's

FRI  Coffee & Continental Breakfast

FRI  MLCConnect / Day 1.0

FRI  Network Lunch / @ Phonecia Market  (+veggie)

FRI  MLCConnect / Day 1.1

FRI  Dinner & Design / @ Reef (veggie options)

SAT  Coffee & Continental Breakfast

SAT  MLCConnect / Day 2.0

SAT  Network Lunch / @ House of Blues  (+veggie)

SAT  MLCConnect / Day 2.1

SAT  Farewell / After-Party // @ Hughes Hanger



Welcome / Reid Ryan, President @ Astros

Speaker / Ben Jenkins @ One Fast Buffalo

Speaker / Charlie Waite @ Focus Lab

Speaker / Josh Decker @ #Tagboard

Speaker / Ismael Burciaga @ Burciaga.co

Speaker / Maigen Sawyer @ MaigenSawyer.com

More coming...


Social Media Visual Content

Design Innovation

Design Process

Logo Interpretation

Creative ROI

Brand Evolution

Design Tools



MAGNOLIA HOTEL - Downtown // 1100 Texas Ave.,  Houston, TX 77002 // Four walking blocks away from the CONNECT conference - very close

HOTEL ICON - Downtown // 220 Main St., Houston, TX 77002 // Nine walking blocks away from the CONNECT conference - a short walk

THE WESTIN - Downtown // 1520 Texas Ave., Houston, Texas 77002 // Across the street from the CONNECT conference but a good chance rooms are not available


As a helpful resource, use this budget and email assistant to give your team the CONNECT essentials 



Inspiration by // BEN JENKINS

Been founded One Fast Buffalo in 1999 and remains as the Design Director to this day. He manages the creative staff at OFB, but has no interest in giving up the mouse himself.  All he does all day, is make stuff. OneFastBuffalo is a full time endeavor for Ben, but he also gives lectures and speaks at universities and to various organizations. Beyond working with clients via OFB, Ben has also started other successful brands of his own including: Warstic Bat Co, Treadsmith Board Co, Workhaus Lodge, and INDIG.  To find out more about Ben's brilliant creative mind and where his baseball roots began, check out the OFB website or follow him on twitter.

onefastbuffalo.com // @onefastbuffalo

Inspiration by // CHARLIE WAITE

Charlie Waite is a designer from Birmingham, AL. A graduate of Ole Miss, where he played baseball and studied design.  He now specializes in creative direction, web and UI/UX design. After his professional baseball career, Charlie started his own design shop where he focused on helping small businesses with branding, graphic and web design needs, as well as the branding needs of athletes in the action sports world. In 2012, Charlie joined the Focus Lab design firm as the lead creative visionary overseeing areas that include everything from logos, typography and iconography to graphic & website design, app design and website development. Baseball is in Charlie's DNA which allows him to use his passion of sports design and creativity to be at the forefront of all Focus Lab's visual communication and user engagement. 

focuslabllc.com // @charliewaite


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  • Jeff Lee // ANGELS
  • Zack Alvarez // DIAMONDBACKS
  • Tracy Benck // RANGERS
  • Mike Zulla // METS
  • Tyler Munie // CARDINALS
  • Amy Calo // REDS
  • Kaitlin Lusty // PIRATES
  • Bree Main // PIRATES
  • Dan Bogacz // PIRATES
  • Alfred Hernandez // MARLINS
  • Christina Stamm // MARLINS
  • Ross Yoshida // DODGERS
  • Sadie Thomas // DODGERS
  • Lauren Markiewicz // WHITE SOX
  • Chris David Garcia // ASTROS
  • Alex Grigas // ASTROS
  • Lauren Rubin // ASTROS
  • Joe Gonzalez // ASTROS
  • More...

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