Now in its fifth year, Made by Few -- the conference for “Makers of the Web” – was hosted for the first time in Bentonville, Arkansas. Creatives from all over the country, Canada and even parts of Asia and Europe descended upon Northwest Arkansas to be inspired, informed–– and yeah ––– even a little bit entertained.  

This year’s Made by Few took advantage of some of downtown Bentonville’s best venues including 21c, Meteor Guitar Center and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Attendees got to see other parts of NWA as well, the event kicked off with “Fireside Chats” at Sassafras Vineyard and Winery on Wednesday night. But the headline here –pun intended – is the conference was the first event hosted in the new special events venue, RECORD, aka the former home of the Benton County Daily Record just off the Bentonville Square.

Hundreds of creatives, you know the type -- beards, glasses and the occasional blue/purple hair – convened in Sam Walton’s backyard for “Talks” held at RECORD. People passionate about design were able to hear the movers, shakers and makers of their industry discuss the trends, direction and, sometimes, even consequences of design.  

CJRW was well represented with members of the creative and digital teams from both Little Rock and Northwest Arkansas. According to the agency’s creative director, Wade McCune, experiences like these are valuable to the region’s agency culture as well as his staff.   

“Attending and participating in events like these not only help support the creative community, but keep our team abreast of the where our industry is headed, not just in terms of the web, but design as a whole,” said McCune.

Check back with the CJRW blog for a recap of this event, and maybe get inspired yourself to create something you’re passionate about.