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DAT: Design & Animation Tour Stops in Chicago Tomorrow!

DAT Chicago

Toolfarm is proud to be a part of the DAT: The Design & Animation Tour, presented by Maxon and The show hit the road for a multi-continent journey across the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

Tomorrow! DAT will be in Chicago on September 8 and Toolfarm will be there so check out our social media channels for some behind-the-scenes photos. We’ll also be at Half Rez 10, happening right after DAT. Stay tuned to Toolfarm to watch presentations live online.

What is DAT?

To be clear, this isn’t just any run-of-the-mill tour. They’re bringing together artists of all skill levels to inspire, educate, and connect like never before. So whether you’re a seasoned pro, just starting out, or somewhere in between, this is a must-see event that’s sure to leave you feeling inspired and ready to take your art to the next level.

The tour kicked off on April 28th at the University of Texas in Dallas and will visit a number of US and Canadian cities throughout the summer, with further dates to be announced (including Europe) later this year. Don’t miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime – join us on the 2023 Design and Animation Tour!

Update: Show Dates and Cities – Tickets Available

Updated 7 September 2023

Tickets Available Now

Tickets are available now for the following cities and dates. Choose your city for event details, artist lineup, and registration

  • Chicago, IL – September 8th, 2023

Tickets Available Soon

Tickets will be available soon for the cities and dates, below. Please follow this page for updates.

United States

  • Atlanta, GA – TBD
  • Miami, FL – December TBD
  • Charleston, SC – December TBD


  • London – November TBD
  • Paris – November TBD
  • Berlin – November TBD
  • Barcelona – November TBD

Previous Events


United States

Press Release: Maxon and Announce 2023 Multi-Continent Roadshow

“DAT” is Taking Place Across the U.S., Canada, and Europe to Encourage New, Developing, and Established Digital Artists to Create, Connect, and Celebrate.

Bad Homburg – April 12, 2023 – Maxon, developers of professional software solutions for editors, filmmakers, motion designers, and visual effects artists, is excited to announce the co-production of “The Design and Animation Tour” (DAT), in collaboration with the community leaders and event organizers, Kicking off at the end of April with the North American leg of the tour and with numerous industry-leading guest presenters, these events have been designed to inspire, educate, and motivate creative professionals and new artists around the world. From presentations and shared tips and tricks from an experienced team of professionals, to showcases of the latest product developments using shared project files, these events are a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about visual effects and how they can use them to create amazing content.


Dell in partnership with Nvidia, two of the world’s leading technology companies, and OTOY, creator of the Render Network – the world’s first decentralized GPU rendering and 3D asset marketplace – have stepped up as major sponsors of the event. Toolfarm, a leading reseller of software solutions for video editing, motion graphics, and visual effects professionals are also sponsoring.

Why Should You Attend DAT?

“With the cancellation of major industry events such as NAB and IBC at the onset of the pandemic, we brought the 3D and Motion Design Shows, as well as our regular weekly workshops to the virtual world, and we’ve seen exceptional attendance and feedback over the last few years,” says Maxon CMO Paul Babb. “But it’s time to get back to in-person events, after easing back in 2022. Our creative community is eager for more live tutorials and demonstrations, and we want to bring this directly to their cities. This roadshow will help us to reconnect with our community and partners in a more personal, in-person experience and we hope to inspire creativity and innovation amongst those who attend.” 

Maxon and Roadshow events are open to all skill levels of digital artists, motion designers, animators, graphic artists, visualizers, and students. A nominal fee will be charged for entry. Maxon will also be streaming several of the events live. In addition, recordings will be available online after each event for on-demand viewing.

Create, Connect, Celebrate

Each event will consist of three distinct segments: 

  • Create: Tips and techniques for creating VFX, motion graphics, and interactive media using the Maxon One suite of tools as well as other industry-leading products.
  • Connect: Featuring a panel discussion with local and visiting industry leaders, including audience participation. Topics will include the world of design, education, continued learning, job hunting, networking, contract work, mental health, work/life balance, and the complex social issues facing the modern digital artist. 
  • Celebrate: Closing out each event will be a social mixer with food, drinks, prize giveaways, and swag. This will be an opportunity for local students and artists to meet with industry professionals, studios, and other attendees. In select cities, this event will move to a separate venue such as breweries, art galleries, or event centers to coincide with other motion graphics events.


Each city will feature a number of industry professionals demonstrating their key workflows and best practices. Full line-ups for each show will be available online, but attendees can expect to see presentations from popular Maxon regulars such as: 

  • EJ Hassenfratz: EJ is a multi-Emmy-winning freelance motion design artist based out of Denver. EJ has conducted numerous webinars, and presented at NAB, Adobe Video World, Siggraph, and many other events worldwide. He creates tutorials for the School of Motion and
  • Chris Schmidt: Chris is the founder of Rocket Lasso. For two decades he has been providing workflow-enhancing plugins, tutorials, and live-streamed knowledge to the Maxon community. Each and every Wednesday, artists can find Chris on Twitch, diving into an endless variety of topics as he tackles questions live from the audience.
  • Jonathan Winbush: Jonathan Winbush is the owner of Winbush Immersive, and a multi-award-winning motion graphics artist with over a decade of experience working in television, virtual, and augmented reality. An official Unreal partner, he continues to create amazing content on his YouTube Channel about Unreal Engine, Motion Graphics, Virtual Production, and Interactive Development. 

DAT Tour Dates and Cities

The first leg of the Maxon 2023 Roadshow will be visiting the following locations:

United States

  • April 28th – University of Texas, Dallas, TX
  • May 11th – Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown, Denver, CO
  • May 17th – Penn Museum, Philadelphia, PA
  • June 11th – Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
  • July TBD – Seattle, WA
  • September TBD – Chicago, IL
  • November – December TBD – Atlanta, GA, Tampa and Miami, FL, Charleston, SC


  • July 28th – Vancouver Film School, Vancouver, BC
  • August 17th – DoubleTree by Hilton Toronto Downtown, Toronto, ON
  • August 22nd – DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal, Montreal, QC


  • November TBD – London, Paris Berlin, Barcelona, Milan

Full location details and entry information will be available on

About Maxon

Maxon makes powerful, yet approachable software solutions for content creators working in 2D and 3D design, motion graphics, visual effects, and visualization. Maxon’s innovative product portfolio helps artists supercharge their creative workflows. Our product lines include the award-winning Cinema 4D suite of 3D modeling, simulation, and animation technology; the creativity-on-the-go Forger mobile sculpting app; the diverse Red Giant lineup of revolutionary editing, motion design, and filmmaking tools; the leading-edge, blazingly fast Redshift renderer; and ZBrush, the industry-standard digital sculpting and painting solution.

Maxon’s team is comprised of fun, passionate people who believe in building and empowering a successful artistic community. From our popular, inclusive events to our free Cineversity educational resources, Maxon recognizes that developing strong connections with creatives and fostering their professional growth is integral to our ability to stay on top of industry trends and better serve customers. 

Maxon is part of the Nemetschek Group.

About is an online community for motion graphics and animation enthusiasts, offering a wealth of resources, classes, tutorials, and industry insights. The platform features the engaging Mograph Podcast, hosted by industry veterans Dave Koss and Matt Milstead, who interview renowned artists like Beeple, Erin Sarofsky, and Barton Damer. also hosts the innovative 24/7 streaming network, Mograph TV, providing continuous access to curated motion design content. With its vibrant community and commitment to fostering talent, empowers content creators by collaborating with software providers like Maxon to deliver cutting-edge solutions and education, enabling artists to excel in the ever-evolving world of motion graphics and animation.

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