Okay, so we finally got to town, via the new Virgin America. Would have to say that the aesthetic on the plane interior can only be described as Whorehouse Modern--though in all honesty, we kinda loved it. ('Guess that shows our true colors.) After a good sleep, it was a stiff walk up the hill to the Masonic Temple to await the start of the mainstage sessions.
Now, we don't want to be too critical here, but THERE WERE LITERALLY MIMES OUTSIDE THE TEMPLE, greeting people--albeit silently--to the conference. I don't know what to say here exactly, though Jon Kolko remarked, "well, that kinda blogs itself, doesn't it?" and we'd have to agree. There is every chance that it's, again, uphill from here folks, so stay tuned for some extra hot design sessions coming up. (That Virgin America experience did kinda get us all hot and bothered.)
Allan Chochinov is a partner of Core77, a New York-based design network serving a global community of designers and design enthusiasts, and Chair of the new MFA in Products of Design graduate program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Allan lectures around the world and at professional conferences including IDSA, AIGA and IxDA, has been a guest critic at various design schools in including Yale University, IIT, Carnegie Mellon, Ravensbourne, RMIT, University of Minnesota, Emily Carr, and RISD. He has moderated and led workshops and symposia at the Aspen Design Conference, the Rockefeller Center at Bellagio, Compost Modern, and Winterhouse, and is a frequent design competition juror. Prior to Core77, his work in product design focused on the medical, surgical, and diagnostic fields, as well as on consumer products and workplace systems. He has been named on numerous design and utility patents and has received awards from The Art Directors Club, I.D. Magazine, Communication Arts, and The One Club.