The AIGA National Conference kicked off last night with the theme, NEXT. It took us a while to get here (nevermind the fact that the plane was struck by lightning--no joke), but managed to catch the trails of the program on the mainstage. Michael Bierut hosted "Command X"--a reality-show-like live design-off that will continue through the weekend. 20/20 is an AIGA tradition with a twist this year, where 20 under-thirty folks, each nominated by design luminaries, presented 1-minute films on "what's next". (Lots were great, but the standout was Andrew Sloat. Make sure you watch the movie.) The conference is taking place at the cavernous Colorado Convention Center, but in a manageable room with lots of breakout sessions. Janine Benyus is on the stage now, and she's sweeping the audience off their feet. Next up is Paul Budnitz. (Wait--is this the IDSA conference?) More soon.
(Bottom: Alissa Walker treating her breakfast breakout session.) There's our boldface name, in italics! All Unbeige conference posts here. She's a machine!