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At “Next: AIGA Design Conference,” Kurt Andersen is your guide to three days of community, insight and discourse as AIGA explores what’s next in great design.

The host and co-creator of the Peabody Award–winning public radio show “Studio 360,” Andersen also writes a column about culture and politics for New York magazine. He co-founded Spy and Inside.com, and served as editor-in-chief of New York and Colors magazines. In addition to writing the critically acclaimed novels Turn of the Century, a national bestseller, and Heyday, he has been a cultural columnist for The New Yorker and Time, as well as Time’s architecture critic.

Andersen’s connections to popular culture and the creative community bring a unique perspective to his role as moderator of “Next.” Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to learn from and enjoy Andersen’s observations and insight!

Who else will you get the chance to hear from, talk to and rub shoulders with at “Next?” Here are just a few:

Marian Bantjes, illustrator and designer will share her “unexpected nextness”—that point of suspension between the past and the future where we sit wrapped in memory, poised in anticipation of the unknown. Desire and imagination cause us to leap ahead, while reality trips us with unexpected turns of fate.

David Ford and Tom Pollock of Metafore, Lewis Fix of Domtar EarthChoice and Anthony Russell of Russell Design will help you make informed environmental choices about paper. Your paper’s footprint extends far beyond the forest. How it is made, what it is used for and where it goes after it is used also determine the environmental impacts of paper. This session will explore these impacts and address key questions graphic designers ask about the papers they choose.

Allan Haley of Monotype Imaging will host the ever-popular 2007 AIGA Typography Quiz! Can you pick Garamond out of a crowd? Been around the typographic block a few times? Then you’re ready to take the 2007 AIGA Typography Quiz. Say you've taken the quiz before? It won’t help. Allan has all new questions and even more rewarding prizes! And, if you know your typographic stuff, there is also a varsity challenge with the grand prize of a complete Monotype font library—and “Typophile of the Year” bragging rights. There will also be prizes for the “Typographic Aficionado” and “Typographically Clueless.”

For the full listing of 85 speakers and descriptions of the presentations, visit designconference.aiga.org.

“Next” online gallery: Share your vision of what’s next!
Present your design work, illustrations, photos or musings on what you think is next for design and designers. Contribute to an online gallery created by “Next” participants, featuring the many frames of reference shaping our views of the future. You may even see your vision at the conference! Click here to download the template and share your vision and ideas.

Command X update: And the contestants are…
The seven lucky contestants have been selected! You’ll want to be there on opening night when they present their first design assignment to emcee Michael Bierut and judges Brian Collins, Noreen Morioka, Emily Oberman and Bonnie Siegler. Who will survive the glare of the spotlight to be named Command X winner of 2007?

Congratulations and good luck to:
Mike Burton, Cleveland, Ohio
Elaine Chernov, Long Beach, California
Kelly Dorsey, Chardon, Ohio
Scott Gunderson, Atlanta, Georgia
Matthew Muñoz, Raleigh, North Carolina
Nichelle Narcisi, Lancaster Pennsylvania
Ryan Smoker, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Come early and stay late!
Soak up the splendor and culture that Denver has to offer, and make the most of your “Next” experience. Register now for the special activities, events and workshops at “Next.” Space is limited, so sign up now!

AIGA would like to thank the following partners in presenting “Next: AIGA Design Conference”:

AIGA National Partners
Adobe, Aquent and Domtar EarthChoice

Lead Collaborating Sponsor
IIT Institute of Design

Major Sponsors
Appleton Coated, Mohawk Fine Papers, Neenah Paper, Pantone and Sappi Fine Paper North America

General Sponsors

Bank of America; Design Observer, Eye magazine; Getty Images; HP; Print magazine; Quark and Sandy Alexander

Exhibiting and Supporting Sponsors
The Artcraft Company, Inc.;College for Creative Studies; ColorGraphics; Corporate Image; Crane & Co.; Extensis; FedEx; Hemlock Printers; The Hennegan Company, a Consolidated Graphics Company; ICG/Holliston, Infowit; International Paper; Leopard| an Ogilvy company; Mediasurface, Inc.; Monotype Imaging, Inc.; NewPage; Precise/Continental; Savannah College of Art and Design; Shutterstock®; SMART Papers; Stora Enso, Veer; Xerox Corporation; xpedx; X-Rite, Incorporated and Yupo Corporation of America


Next: AIGA Design Conference
October 11–14

Register by September 5 to be included in the attendee directory!

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