Archive for October, 2011
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Life Kerning: Reevaluating Your Negative Space with Justin Ahrens

It has been said that 90% of what we need to know most about life was learned at our grandmother’s knee. It just takes most another 30 years to apply her lessons. Chicagoland author, designer, speaker Justin Ahrens reminds us in this new book that it’s never too late to start applying good lessons in order to lead a more fulfilling life. “You may be closer ...

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W…WWTQ? Stefan Bucher Asks Jessica Hische to Dance

Re-released! Talented-Level-Headed-Type-Master Jessica Hische talkd with Herr Bucher about creativity, voice and keeping it real in this latest installment of "Wait... What Was The Question?" on A-the-G. Be informed. Be amused. Gain insight.

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And So On and So Forth: Brand Thinking With Debbie Millman

The Way They Were: In her latest book, Debbie Millman sets out to prove that someone can cut through the mindless brand babble and reveal something new about this shopworn subject. She does this by deploying her special gift of making interesting friends in interesting places say interesting things as though Millman were their one friend left on earth. They know ...

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Leaving Pivot via Ranches and RVs

Pivot has ended with a solid closing session that had inspiration, humor and a great wrap-up by Kurt Andersen. But the highlight of yesterday evening had to be at The Corona Ranch. The ranch was a good 20 minute drive away, but the shuttle service ran as smoothly as any I have seen at a conference. […]

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Letterpress, Voting and Sneakers at Saturday’s Pivot

AIGA Pivot has been sounding like a design conference for the past day, but now it looks like one too. Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum has a table full of gorgeous posters. This one designed by Matthew Carter. I have been enjoying a lot of the talk about doing good, and designing ideas, not […]

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Chip Kidd Becomes a Super Villain

There has been a trend here at Pivot (it’s happened two out of two time, so I’ll call that a trend) that the closing session has been running a bit over. But if you’re going to run over, AIGA knows how to make it worth hanging around for, and that’s with the questions that have […]

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Robert Brunner Pivots with Apple, Dre and Gaga

As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, I was really looking forward to Robert Brunner’s breakout (I mean affinity) session at AIGA Pivot. When I first met Brunner, it was to interview him for a podcast, and Nate Voss referred to him as the Steve McQueen of design. I learned more in that sit down […]

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Pivoting in a Chair Made of Seatbelts

Walking to the opening session today really made me love Phoenix. There is a look to the town that is fun, and the weather is fantastic. Granted, this was at eight in the morning, and by the time we broke for lunch it became plain old hot. But that 8am in October weather? Wonderful. We […]

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Pivoting for Fish Heads and Superstar Designers in Phoenix

Pivot has officially opened with a pick and roll, soda nutrition, dead fish, and the return of the greatest graphic design reality show ever made. Working on the premise of doing good, and not just doing good design, AIGA spent the opening session with host Kurt Anderson introducing some speakers in Katie Salen (talking of […]

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Getting to Pivot is Just Part of the Fun

I’ve really been looking forward to the AIGA Pivot conference ever since it became real to me two weeks ago, but sometimes you need a sign to tell you how great an event may be. This one hit me at 6:45 in the morning while waiting for my bag at the Phoenix airport. They have […]

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