I recently had the opportunity of attending the AIGA Design Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. As my first conference ever, it sure blew me away. Not just because I was in Vegas for the first time but because AIGA did a fantastic job putting together a program that was engaging, exciting and informational.
3 days of design filled activities had me busy from 8am to 8pm!
On Monday I went to a session called Emerging Designers Symposium which was really helpful to me personally since I am only just starting out in my design career. 3 speakers talked about how you juggle different job opportunities to lead you in a direction that works for you.
In the general session on Monday, the big main stage speaker was Paula Scher, who is a partner at Pentagram, one of the best design firms and she happens to be one of my favorite designers. I love the work she has done and it was truly amazing to be sitting in the audience listening to her advice. I had done a presentation on her in college so it was so cool to be sitting there listening to her present to me!
Through out the three days I heard from so many different speakers with talent in all sorts of design fields. It was so amazing to see how everyone depicts design so differently.
Some of my favorites that stood out were Gemma O'Brien, she is an Australian hand-lettering artist who dropped out of law school to start lettering. Now she does these amazing giant wall hand-lettering designs that are breath taking.
We heard from Michelle Stanek who decided to put her art history curating career on hold to become a pole dancer. And we even got a performance!
Chuck D, the rapper from Public Enemy gave a talk about designing album covers and then turning to performing music himself.
Quindar, which is a musical duo of two guys in business suits playing scores and sound bites from space and time.
And it was an amazing opportunity to meet people from all over the USA and even international designers.
My favorite speaker was Sebastian Padilla, co-founder of Anagrama studio in Monterey, Mexico. He does amazing design work and the best part is that he says that he isn't even passionate about design. He didn't even want to be a designer. He struggled in school and so he thought choosing design would be an easy way for him to pass school. But he has come a long way and Anagrama has a lot of top notch clients. But he struck a cord in my heart because he talked about how much he loves tacos.
I did have some time to enjoy Vegas as well! Like walking down the Vegas Strip, watching the fountain show at the Bellagio, going into the different hotels.
I even got to enjoy a west coast stable, In-N-Out Burger! I can now check that off my food bucket list.
The conference was an amazing time and I am thankful for my employer giving me the opportunity to attend.