RE:DESIGN/Inspire, Chicago, September 23+24
Stop. Look. Listen. We’re driven by deadlines, controlled by clients, and tied to our desks. How do we stay sane and, most of all, inspired when we’re so hurried? What can replenish our creative reservoirs? It’s time to get re-inspired. Join a luminescent group of inspirers for small-scale discussions in Chicago this September. http://www.redesignconference.com/conferences/inspire/
RE:DESIGN/CD, Portland, October 29+30
Back to School: The (Re)Education of the Creative Director. Digital technology, social networking, social change. The landscape of design and advertising is evolving constantly and irrevocably. What’s new? What’s the same? What must we let go of? What do we need to (re)learn? Your (re)education begins here. http://www.redesignconference.com/conferences/cd/
RE:DESIGN Conferences focus on small-scale conversations led by design industry leaders, and attendance is limited to 150. Learn more at www.redesignconference.com.
“I see software as the testing ground for the future, a place where we can put on our training wheels and get our ethics right and develop cultural and social norms for how technology should relate to humans.”
- Jonathan Harris
“Being the person that always knows and always has an answer, doesn’t leave a lot of room for learning. And for people to have the energy to teach yourself. The more I work, the closer I get to *not* knowing and to understanding that what matters is the responses not the pre-determined idea.”
- Andrew Zuckerman
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My personal highlight of this year’s ICFF was meeting the folks behind Flat Vernacular. They are a Brooklyn-based design company that specializes in original hand-drawn, hand-printed wallpapers. At ICFF they showed me their brand-new glow-in-the-dark wallpaper. It made me squeal! I couldn’t find it on their site but I think to remember they said it will be up soon!
And get this, if your budget allows, they will make you custom, one-of-a-kind wallpaper. Consider this is on my personal wishlist! Also they told me that everything’s designed in Brooklyn and printed upstate. That makes me happy!
The Wander Postcard Project folks asked some of their favorite illustrators to imagine a postcard from everywhere and nowhere at once. The designs are available to download as high-res iPad or iPhone wallpaper. Don’t be shy, take one for the road.
“Fix your communities. Stop allowing and excusing destructive and pointless conversations to be the fuel for your business. Advertisers, hold sites accountable if your advertising appears next to this hateful stuff. Take accountability for this medium so we can save it from the vilification that it still faces in our culture. Because if your website is full of a**holes, it’s your fault. And if you have the power to fix it and don’t do something about it, you’re one of them.” – Anil Dash
I linked to Anil’s article once before, last year. Worth re-reading.