The event pictured here is AIGA's Design 360 from last May. Three rock-star designers come to judge our design competition, answer six provocative questions (they get to choose from a long list), to make zero boring presentations. Great concept, and great execution from the committee that organized the event. Last year it was held at Liquid 9, and included Robynne Raye, John Bielenberg, and (pictured to the left of me) Kit Hinrichs. Robynne talked about her legal battle with Disney. While interesting (I can only imagine the guts she's got to take on that challenge), it was not inspiring creatively. John's talk about Project M was very inspiring, worth looking up if you haven't heard about it before. Ah. Maze. Ing.
Kit Hinrichs and I met back in 1994, at my very first HOW Design Conference—the one that lit my fire. That was the year I either heard speak or met (or both) Kit, McRay Magleby, David Carson, Charles M. Anderson, and Gordon McKenzie—all giants. Kit's designs resonated with me back in 1994, and still do. We chatted about our love of good food (whilst dining at Gram & Dun), and how 17 years just doesn't seem like that long ago. I look forward to seeing him again, hopefully this June when HOW moves to San Francisco.
That tiny man to my right is the awesome and creative Stefan Mumaw, a man whose heart may actually be bigger than he is. Stefan's written some books too.
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