“Next” presents cinematic visions from
Giving perspective to an enlightening and vibrant discussion
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,
“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,
Take advantage of special opportunities before and after the
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”
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
for an outdoor adventure now.
Pre-registration is required and space is limited, so sign
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
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
Lead Collaborating Sponsor
IIT Institute of Design
Mohawk Fine Papers;
Sappi Fine Paper
North America; and Veer
of America; Design
Images; HP; Print
and Sandy Alexander
Exhibiting and Supporting Sponsors
The Artcraft Company,
Inc.; College for
Creative Studies; ColorGraphics;
Crane & Co.; DYMO
Hennegan Company, a Consolidated Graphics Company; ICG/Holliston;
an Ogilvy company; Mediasurface,
Imaging, Inc.; NewPage;
Savannah College of Art
and Design; Shutterstock;
Enso; Taylor Box
Williamson Printing Corporation;
Incorporated; and Yupo
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