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and James Victore present:

Take This Job
Love It ’13

A one day live event about work, life and bucking the status quo. Come reclaim your creative freedom and access a higher level of badass-dom.

The Times Center Stage
October 5th, 2013


Photo by Leigh Anna Thompson
“I wanted to make a symposium but all I could come up with was a revolution.”

Take This Job & Love It ’13 is a one day symposium where James breaks down the philosophies he’s followed throughout his career and teaches you how to use these methods to maximize your own life and work.

   TTJALI ’13 is the convergence of design and creative arts, personal development and social impact. It’s a place to reignite the passion in both your business and your life—to dig deep into to the fire that made you want to be a creator and fan those flames. Building on last year’s event, TTJALI ’13 goes deeper into identifying the methods you need to promote creative courage and work through the hard questions on your path to personal greatness.

   This is a revolution. Designers, writers, artists, small-business owners, educators, anyone who wants to learn how to light up your career, harness your power and make a positive difference in the world—this is for you!

What we’ll be covering:

  • Understanding the value of your opinion and it’s place in your work
  • How to have confidence while living with fear and self-doubt
  • Feck Perfuction: How perfection kills creativity
  • How to cultivate your unique voice and vision
  • How to develop relentless authenticity and creative courage
  • How to live with purpose
  • The importance of play in your work and life
  • How to access radical freedom or, when a paycheck just isn’t enough
  • The value of being unreasonable
  • Accepting responsibility for your awesomeness
  • Coffee! Dance breaks! Swag!
  • And much more

James Victore is an author, designer, activist, artist and firestarter who teaches creatives how to illuminate their individual gifts in order to achieve personal greatness. Described as “part Darth Vader, part Yoda,” James is widely known for his timely wisdom and impassioned views about design and it’s place in the world. He reaches thousands online with his weekly Burning Questions video series and leads game-changing workshops and seminars that help creative types of all spheres live and work successfully. At the helm of his independently run design studio, James continually strives to make work that is sexy, strong and memorable; work that tows the line between the sacred and the profane.

   James’ work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and is represented in the permanent collections of museums worldwide. His clients include Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Moet & Chandon, Yohji Yamamoto and The City of New York. His work was published in a monograph titled, Victore or, Who Died and Made You Boss? Victore teaches at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. He lives, loves and works in Brooklyn.

See James in action here: Burning Questions, AIGA San Francisco


Saturday, October 5th

9:00AM—9:45AM: Coffee and registration at The Times Center

10:00AM—1PM: Morning Session

1PM—2:30PM: Lunch Break (on your own)

2:30PM—5PM: Afternoon Session

7PM—10PM: After Party at The Art Directors Club with live band karaoke

Sunday, October 6th

11AM—1PM: Badass Brunch* at James’ Studio, Williamsburg …the party never ends.

*Purchase the Badass Ticket option to attend the Badass Brunch


Regular Ticket: $250
Badass* Ticket: $500

*Badass ticket includes: priority seating on event day; an invitation to our exclusive Badass brunch on Sun, Oct. 6th at James’ Studio; and other perks.


Tickets to TTJALI are non-refundable, but fully transferable. In other words: if you can’t attend, send a friend in your place. If you do so, please let us know by Sept. 20, 2013 so we can change the name on our list. Thanks y’all!


The Times Center Stage, 242 W 41st St,
New York, NY 10036

The Times Center Stage is located
on 41st Street, between Seventh
and Eighth Avenues, in the heart
of Times Square.

The Art Directors Club, 106 W 29th St,
New York, NY

The Art Directors Club is located
on 29th Street, between Sixth
and Seventh Avenues.


“James Victore is a man of action. He believes that knowing about jazz and wine and auto-racing can make you a better designer. That graphic design is about experiences and stories and using your hands. That the best designs punch you in the gut – or, at the very least, stop you in your tracks.” – Jocelyn Glei, 99U

“His provocative style extends from his own work to how he encourages others.” – Karen Day, CoolHunting

“Guns blazing, James Victore speaks with audacity, candor, and unmatched intensity. His lectures abruptly inspire, offering not a passive call-to-action but a demand for change, promising to light a fire - not only in your heart, but also under your ass.” – Jenny Venn, Asst. Prof. of Art, Graphic Design, Univ. of Wyoming

“James sees, shares, and understands peoples’ potential - and helps you build upon it; there’s nothing quite like it.” – Scott Belsky, Behance and 99U

“James Victore tells it like he sees it, bringing his highly acclaimed art to life with compelling comments, lively stories and insightful experiences. His wit and wisdom are amazing.” – Gemma Gatti, CEO Portfolio Center

“When all was settled down yesterday evening, my wife looked at me and said, ‘You’re different. You’re happy.’ I swear I teared up there and then… And I thank you for changing my future.” – J.N., Washington, from the Dinner Series 2011

“I feel intoxicated from all the creative energy, passion and courage that was summoned everyday in Victore’s studio. It was a privilege to fail successfully and repeatedly with all of you and I definitely left hungry for more!” – J.Z., Bogota, Colombia, from the Dinner Series 2011


Caveat Preemptor!
Please note that at Take This Job & Love It we will not be teaching you how to further your Photoshop skills or sharing the secrets of the great type-kerning masters. That stuff is important, but seriously, if you are looking for a conference to hone your technical craft, there are plenty of other fine events out there for you. Also!– If you happen to be a whiner and a generally negative hater-type who likes to make other people feel bad, we would also like to discourage you to attend. There's going to be so much kickass-ness flying around that you just wouldn't feel comfortable. Thanks!

I went to TTJALI last year. Will there be anything new for me this year?
Absolutely. We are going to go deeper into the 11 Commandments and give you better tools on how to actively incorporate them into your everyday life and work. It's all going to be bigger, better, and badass-er.

Can I bring a big group of friends with me?
Yes! In fact, if you bring 5 or more, we'll give you a 10% discount on your tickets. So round up your pals!

How do I convince my boss to pay for it?
Great question! There are a bunch of excellent resources online that can help you with asking your boss to pony up for furthering your education. Here's just one.
  Basically, you want to clearly and thoughtfully communicate how this experience will make you stronger, sharper, and fully charged- bringing all of that fresh excited focused energy back into the workplace. Your boss wants to hear what's in it for the company. Let them know- the more knowledge you gain, the more value you are for the company. Win Win!

Will there be coffee?
Yes! We will have coffee for you in the Times Center gallery from 9-10am. Sadly, we aren't allowed to let you bring your coffee into the Stage auditorium, so please be sure to drink up before you come into grab your seat for the show.

Is lunch included?
Nope. BUT, you'll have a nice long lunch break and the whole panoply of Manhattan to suit your epicurean desires! You'll be free to roam the area and eat a delicious meal with your new found buddies. To get a head start on what's in the area, go here:

Who is speaking?
It's all James, all the time. Trust us, he's got great stuff to share, and you'll love having the focused attention all coming from one speaker. We'll mix it up with plenty of breaks and surprises.

Will there be dancing?
Hell's yes.

Are there any deals with hotels for out of town guests? We're working on it. Check back soon for updates.


A Big Thank You To…

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Special thanks to Mario Klingemann for the sexiest rainbow in the internet.