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I’ve always wanted to go to a Design Conference, but I have always felt like they are meant for ‘the big deal’ types. I mean, I am a Graphic Designer, but I’ve only been out of school for a short time. I don’t feel experienced enough to network with anyone there.. What are your thoughts on design conferences? Are they for anyone interested in the field? What can you gain from attending. I’m interested in hearing your thoughts. Thanks!
Jul 13th, 2010
I really, really, really want to go to this. Just for Paula Scher and Erik Spiekermann. I’ll actually be in New York a month before, it’s not feasible (or affordable) to shoot out there again 4 weeks later. Darn it.
I’m bored of all the webby conferences that just seem to go over the same stuff. I want a real design conference – one that takes a good look at type, composition, colour, photography etc. There don’t seem to be many around the UK.
Any conferences you’ve been to/know of/going to that you’d recommend Dave?
Jul 14th, 2010
Hi Justine, one of the best parts of design conferences is meeting new people (or people you’d only previously met online). Take the Brand New Conference, for example — if you want to listen to the talks, you can do so online. If you want to get to know some folk in the profession, other attendees, well, it’s hard to beat a face-to-face chat.
Nathan, there’s nothing I’d vouch for, but then, I’ve not been to many conferences over the past couple of years. That’s a shame your trip didn’t fall at the same time. Would’ve been an excellent coincidence.
Thanks for the mention David.
> but I have always felt like they are meant for ‘the big deal’ types. I mean, I am a Graphic Designer, but I’ve only been out of school for a short time. I don’t feel experienced enough to network with anyone there.
Justine. Forget who they are meant for… If you enjoy the work of the speakers and strive to one day do work at their level, go and absorb. You WILL learn something that will apply today when you feel you are not a “big deal type” for one day when you have the experience and skills need to make you feel like one.
Jul 15th, 2010
Justine, I understand exactly how you feel. I’ve only been out of school for a few years, and I’m currently working at my first graphic design job. Still pretty entry level, I think.
David, I also understand what you said in your reply… I guess the smart thing to do is just try! Stay motivated, put yourself out there. If I’m confident enough to try, no one will think I don’t belong.
Thanks for helping me realize how simple it can be, if only I just try my hardest. ;)
Jul 16th, 2010
Well this comment may be a little late, but it’ll always be good for future references, in Dublin there’s always offset, a 3 day conference.
This years speakers include: David Carson, Adrain Shaughnessy, Steven Heller among many others. Worth a look.
There’s also Pecha Kucha which uses the 20×20 concept and is a global event, so you’ll find one near you and if you happen to be in Belfast on 4th Oct, there’s one in the Black Box.
Sep 22nd, 2010
Thanks for that, Winnie. Never too late to join in the chat.
Oct 14th, 2010
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