The AIGA Design Conference Revival hosted in New Orleans Oct. 8-10 came and went in a blink of an eye. I have been attending AIGA's biennial conferences since the 2009 conference in Memphis. The conferences never fail to deliver inspirational, delightful and thought-provoking content. This year I was left in awe by the work of David Delgado and Dan Goods from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Designers in NASA! So cool and something I never really gave thought to prior. From amazing sculptures to "Hi Juno," I can't wait to see the Museum of Awe capture their amazing work.
My travels to the AIGA conference went beyond capturing the latest of design practice. First, I was there to present at the conference on Teaching 101 : How to trade clients for curriculum with my colleague Amy Fidler and fellow design educators, Annabelle Gould and Karen Zimmermann. We had a great session.
My other purpose for attending was to support BGSUGD 2013 alum, Jacob Parr in his quest to win the Command X competition. This live design competition allowed seven up-and-coming designers to face off head-to-head for the chance to break into the industry in front of 2,000 peers, heroes, and potential employers. Plus, the winner received $1,000 in cash and a treasure chest of sweet prizes. From a pool of 1000+ brave submitters, Jacob was selected as one this year's participants. Jacob sailed through the first round and was barely edged out in the second round. It was a joy to see such a talented and brave individual take on this tough challenge.
Along with being an awesome grad, Jacob is a past winner of AIGA Toledo's Pixels of Fury competition and an entrepreneur who recently launched his game Master Thief. He just kicked off his kickstarter campaign. He is happily looking for funders…
My time to New Orleans was packed with the discovery of delicious food at Johnny Sanchez, Commander's Palace and Bittersweet Confections, followed by three mile runs to the Mississippi River and down St. James street to work off those delectable calories! My travels through the city were met with sites of Southern architecture mixed with crazy Halloween decor. On the last part of my journey I stumbled upon Candy Chang's Before I Die installation and was pleased to see what I had seen online and in textbooks was more powerful in person.