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“Next” presents cinematic visions from the past
Giving perspective to an enlightening and vibrant discussion of
what’s next, filmmaker and columnist Jeff Scher has curated a program of futuristic nostalgia to be shown throughout “Next: AIGA Design Conference” mainstage proceedings. These films were all products of their time, yet anticipated or even predicted aspects of the present and future. What links them is that each points beyond its historic moment to the future of our evolving visual language.

Enjoy excerpts from Man With a Movie Camera, Dziga Vertov, 1929; “Rainbow Dance,” a G.P.O. theatrical commercial, Len Lye, 1936;
“Muntz TV” commercial, Oskar Fischinger, 1952; “American Look,” Chevrolet, 1958; The Fabulous World of Jules Verne (montage), Karel Zeman, 1958; and “Premonitions Following an Evil Deed (aka Monday Morning),” from Lumiere et Compagnie, David Lynch, 1996.

Come see them for yourself at “Next” and find out if these predictions were on target! Register now for “Next: AIGA Design Conference” in Denver, October 11–14.

Among the sessions, some you don’t want to miss include:

Blaise Agüera y Arcas, architect, Microsoft Live Labs, reveals two innovative technologies, Seadragon and Photosynth, sure to awe and inspire. Explore how we and our computers mutually produce, consume and interact with visual information. Using photos compiled on Flickr and around the internet, Photosynth creates breathtaking multidimensional spaces with zoom and navigation features that defy all expectations. Suggestive of sweeping changes in our “visual ecosystem” these technologies will utterly transform the way we manipulate and experience digital images.

Laurie Rosenwald, principal, Rosenworld, cannot tell you what to expect. There is no syllabus. And she guarantees you will surprise her. Trying to be creative is just deadly. Think of Georges de Mestral, who went for a walk in the woods, got some burrs stuck on his pants and came up with the idea for Velcro. Here’s what he
didn’t do: he didn’t sit down at a desk and think, “What this world needs is a better way of sticking stuff together!” But how do you make mistakes on purpose? How can you plan to have accidents? Take this workshop to get yourself into situations that will naturally inspire creativity and make you ask, “What could this be?”

Alex Steffen, founder, Worldchanging.org, addresses the crucial role of designers in the transition toward a sustainable society. People need our help understanding the hidden and often complex environmental and social impacts of their lives. They can also benefit from learning to embrace better alternatives. Great design can make visible the invisible and empower the previously clueless... but it won’t be easy. Steffen will present both the problems and the possibilities of using design to build a better future.

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

Take advantage of special opportunities before and after the conference
From interactive design to the power of color, from Boulder to Ft. Collins, from hiking to a jeep tour of the foothills—we’ve arranged workshops, tours and excursions to help you make the most of your “Next” experience.

Want to learn more about the creative tools of CS3? Multi-channel designing in Quark? The effective use of color? Make sure to sign up for a pre-conference workshop ($35–$60).

Want to visit local studios in Denver or Boulder? Or combine a visit to an international poster show with a microbrewery tour? Secure your spot today ($125).

Hankering to spend time in the foothills or mountains? We’ve got hiking, biking and jeeping, on shorter or longer excursions to suit your needs. Plan for an outdoor adventure now.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited, so sign up now!

Don’t miss the Champagne Celebration of AIGA Medalists!
Mingle, celebrate, admire, toast, honor and generally bask in the glow of AIGA medalists the evening before the conference begins, October 10. Raise a glass with Michael Bierut, Jean and Patrick Coyne, Ed Fella, Kit Hinrichs, Ellen Lupton, Kathy McCoy, Deborah Sussman, Michael Vanderbyl, Lorraine Wild and other industry legends while enjoying sweeping views of the city skyline and Rocky Mountains at one of Denver’s most scenic venues. Tickets for the event are $75 and may be purchased when you register for the conference.

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

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; Sappi Fine Paper North America; and Veer

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.; DYMO DiscPainter; Extensis; FedEx; Hemlock Printers; The Hennegan Company, a Consolidated Graphics Company; ICG/Holliston; Infowit; International Paper; iStockphoto; Leopard, an Ogilvy company; Mediasurface, Inc.; Monotype Imaging, Inc.; NewPage; Precise Continental; Savannah College of Art and Design; Shutterstock; SMART Papers; Stora Enso; Taylor Box Company; Tekserve; Williamson Printing Corporation; Xerox Corporation; xpedx; X-Rite, Incorporated; and Yupo Corporation America


Next: AIGA Design Conference
October 11–14

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