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LIVE FROM CUSP 2012

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Another year, another successful Cusp Conference! We only got to speak with a fraction of the presenters, but it was a potent fraction. The show includes chats with John Sable – EVP of Motion Picture Creative Print for Walt Disney Studios, magician Jeannette Andrews, founder of Cube Ventures – Rachel Shechtman, and Veronika Scott – founder of The Empowerment Plan.

What is Cusp? — It’s a conference about the design of everything.

What exactly happens at Cusp? — It’s a question we get asked all the time. Attendees even have difficulty articulating what they experience or learn — the takeaways — from two days of intensely focused broadness. But they’re hooked on whatever it is. Why?

Because what happens at Cusp doesn’t really happen at Cusp. — It happens later, in a brainstorming or ideation session, during an innovation exercise, or in a quiet moment when an idea forms where nothing existed before. What happens at Cusp happens in the minds of the people who take it all in and take it home with them.

Special thanks to Dave Mason, Kevin Krueger, Greg Samata and Joan Julian of smbolic for letting DesignChat be a part of Cusp!

CUSP 2012 TICKET GIVEAWAY

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We’re excited to send TWO of our fans to Cusp!

You have a chance (a few, actually) to win a ticket to this year’s Cusp Conference,
September 19th & 20th in Chicago.

This year’s conference features 22+ speakers ranging from authors to surgical roboticists, humanitarians to marine engineers. Cusp Conference is about the design of everything. It’s about broad thinking. It’s about getting people out of the world they know and immersing them in a flood of ideas that ultimately help break down barriers and connect unknown dots. And it’s about finding ideas and relevance in unexpected places.

This year we’re trying out a new way to raffle off these tickets. Today through Sept. 7th, you can enter the drawing through a few different avenues. Tweet about it, post it on facebook, design a banner. The more you do, the greater your chance of hanging out with some of todays top design thinkers. Below are ways to enter, get creative and have fun.

Follow the instructions below and good luck!
UPDATE 1: We’ll be adding new ways to gain points every day, so check back often!
UPDATE 2: You all are very smart. No one wants to tweet about it so they have an advantage for themselves. So, we’re upping the point value – tweeting about it, which you can do once a day is now worth 5 points. This change is retroactive, so if you’ve already tweeted – you get 5 points per day-tweeted instead of 1. Thats a total of 40 more points if you start today! Please use the hashtags #Cusp2012 and #DesignChat.

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Please Note:
1) This is only a ticket to Cusp. You will be responsible for getting there from wherever you live.
2) The tweet about it option below can be done once per day.
3) If you win, we’ll contact you to confirm your information and get you registered. If for any reason you can not attend, the ticket will be given to a runner up.

2010 SEEK DESIGN CONFERENCE

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SEEK is a one-day design conference that has been organized by the students of Northern Illinois University for ten years. The event is run by the Visual Communication program at NIU. In the past, SEEK has played host to widely recognized designers including Paula Scher, Kyle Cooper, Chip Kidd, Joshua Davis and in the past year, Jakob Trollbäck and Massimo Vignelli.

This conference provides an excellent opportunity for students to learn and interact with professionals from the field in which they plan to enter. This year, to make SEEK even more engaging, interview-style presentations will be added to keynote and breakout presentations. There will also be workshop presentations as an added opportunity for the students who attend SEEK.

This year, SEEK invites Pentagram’s new partner, Eddie Opara as the featured keynote speaker. Also presenting are designers: Sara Aye of IA Collaborative; Nils Bunde and Dian Sourelis of Brainforest; Kevin McConkey of Grip Design; Justin Ahrens of Rule 29; Matt Toler of Lynch2; Mitch Rice of Three Communication Design; Lance Rutter of Legendre+Rutter; John Harris of a5; Camm Rowland of Digital Kitchen.

DC OFFICIAL MEDIA SPONSOR OF CUSP

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We’re super proud to announce that DesignChat has become an official media sponsor of Cusp Conference. Yes, we agree – this is amazing. Cause to celebrate, even. How are we going to celebrate this momentous occasion, you ask?

We’re sending one of our fans to CUSP!

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?! It means that you have a chance (if you live near Chicago, and are free on September 22nd and 23rd) to attend this two-day fantastmagorical design-gasm. After attending last year I was raving about this experience for months using every over-the-top expression I could think of. Here’s how they describe it:

Cusp is a conference about ‘the design of everything’, bringing together thinkers, innovators, performers, skeptics, believers, visionaries and explorers from the arts, sciences, technology, business and design. Cusp Conference is for anyone who believes that the best way to predict the future is to design it.

WHO WILL I SEE?
19 presenters who are all amazing people who have accomplished spectacular feats. Creator of TED, Richard Saul Wurman tops off a list of inspirational speakers who will fill you with enough energy to take on the entire universe.

Sean Adams

• Graphic designer / AdamsMorioka Designer

Natalia Allen

• Design Futurist / member Fast Company 100 Most Creative People in Business

Sakchin Bessette

• Multimedia designer / founder of Moment Factory

Maggie Breslin

• Designer / SPARC Lab at Mayo Clinic Rap troubadour

Baba Brinkman

• Rap troubadour

Josh Elder

• Cartoonist / comics in the classroom advocate

Randy Fielding

• Architect / FieldingNair / school design leader

Whitney Hopkins

• Product designer / Smart Design, member of the Biomimicry Guild

Michelle Kaufmann

• Architect / sustainable design leader

Noreen Morioka

• Graphic designer / AdamsMorioka

Dr Jay Parkinson

• Doctor / designer

Diana Rhoten

• Education innovator / co-founder / STARTL

Amy Krouse Rosenthal

• Author / filmmaker

Diego Stocco

• Sound designer

Tim Will

• Social entrepreneur / founder of Foothills Direct / winner of The Purpose Prize

Richard Saul Wurman

• Author / designer / founder of TED Conferences
And more to come!

WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO WIN THIS GOLDEN TICKET?!
Between September 8th and 15th, tweet @designchat using the hashtags #WIN and #Cusp10. One winner will be chosen at random, and the winner will be announced live on the show, Wednesday, September 15th. We will then contact the winner, confirm their location and availability, and their ticket will be waiting at the check-in desk at the MCA on September 22nd. HOW COOL IS THAT?

Here’s an example of a winning tweet: @designchat I want to #WIN a ticket to #Cusp10!

We know you’re as excited as we are to go to Cusp, so wet your appetite with one of my favorite speakers from last year, cartoonist Linda Barry.

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DC GUEST – SAMATAMASON -UPDATED

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UPDATE: SamataMason just changed their name today, August 17th, the day before the show to smbolic. I can’t wait to talk about this!

This week on DesignChat we’re speaking to 2 of the partners from SamataMason, a heavily decorated design firm in West Dundee Illinois. If that name sounds familiar, its because I say it every week on the show. SamataMason is where I broadcast from, and they have been great supporters of DesignChat and what we are trying to accomplish. Dave Mason and Kevin Krueger are going to take us through the history of their shop, and also what motivated them to start one of the most intriguing design conferences today, Cusp. I was lucky enough to attend and do a live show from Cusp last year, and I’m excited to say that I’ve been asked back! Follow me on Twitter to hear more announcements about who I’ll be interviewing.

Dave Mason was born in England and raised in Canada, where he formed his own design firm in 1984. He and co-founders Greg and Pat Samata formed Chicago/Vancouver-based SamataMason Inc. in 1995. His strategy and design work for clients such as Sesame Workshop, Swiss Army Brands, TRW, Broderbund Software and QLT has been honored in hundreds of national and international competitions and publications. He has served as a guest speaker at design industry functions and schools and has served as a juror for design competitions across North America and in Asia. Dave has also co-founded a number of successful business ventures including OpinionLab, Inc., the leader in web-based VoC (voice of customer) intelligence systems, Cusp Conference LLC, which produces an annual conference about “the design of everything,” and documentary producer NoisemakerFilms.

Dave Mason was recently awarded FGDC status as a Fellow of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada—GDC’s highest honour.

An Ohio University graduate, Kevin was a designer at Herman Miller before joining SamataMason in 1996. Kevin’s worked for a diverse range of clients such as the PGA Tour, Whirlpool, Devon Energy, International Truck, and Motorola. His print and interactive work has been honored internationally in numerous competitions and publications including AIGA Communication Graphics, The Art Directors Club, The Type Directors Club, Communication Arts, Applied Arts, International ARC Awards, Graphis and How Magazine. A former Chicago Chapter board member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), he is a frequent lecturer at design schools and organizations, and has served as a juror for numerous design competitions. Kevin is also a co-founder of Cusp Conference LLC, which produces an annual conference about “the design of everything”.

SAMATAMASON OFFICE


The BARREL ROOF of the SamataMason office has eight large skylights; glass walls divide working spaces. Gutters were removed and replaced by lanes in the center gallery of this renovated bowling alley.


SAMATAMASON WORK

Cambridge Solutions Ltd., client

Golin Harris, client

Evan’s Life Foundation, client

Stephen Wilkes Photography, client

Motorola, Inc., client

Sesame Workshop, client

An EVAN’S LIFE FOUNDATION ANNUAL REPORT combined translucent paper with photos of grant recipients to portray the variety of children aided by the organization.

EVAN’S LIFE FOUNDATION’S “One Boy” campaign depicts a day-in-the-life account of a typical child the foundation supports.

CUSP CONFERENCE

Cusp is a conference about ‘the design of everything,’ bringing together thinkers, innovators, performers, skeptics, believers, visionaries and explorers from the arts, sciences, technology, business and design. Cusp Conference is for anyone who believes that the best way to predict the future is to design it.

Cusp Conference is a magnet for the design-centric, but a significant percentage of attendees do not describe themselves as ‘designers.’ They describe themselves as business people, entrepreneurs, educators, policy-makers, physicians, consultants, students and managers.

Cusp attendees have included people from the worlds of: advertising, architecture / planning, broadcasting, construction / tech- nical services, consumer electronics, consumer finance, corporate communications, education, equity management, filmmak- ing, furniture, graphic design, industrial design, international tax law, journalism / writing, learning technology, manufacturing, medicine, not-for-profit, technology, philanthropy, public relations, public transportation, publishing, printing, research, web devel- opment, web analytics, and a whole bunch of high school students.

Cusp Conference 2010 presenters and special guests to date include:
Sean Adams • Graphic designer / AdamsMorioka Designer
Natalia Allen • Design Futurist / member Fast Company 100 Most Creative People in Business
Sakchin Bessette • Multimedia designer / founder of Moment Factory
Maggie Breslin • Designer / SPARC Lab at Mayo Clinic Rap troubadour
Baba Brinkman • Rap troubadour
Josh Elder • Cartoonist / comics in the classroom advocate
Randy Fielding • Architect / FieldingNair / school design leader
Whitney Hopkins • Product designer / Smart Design, member of the Biomimicry Guild
Michelle Kaufmann • Architect / sustainable design leader
Noreen Morioka • Graphic designer / AdamsMorioka
Dr Jay Parkinson • Doctor / designer
Diana Rhoten • Education innovator / co-founder / STARTL
Amy Krouse Rosenthal • Author / filmmaker
Diego Stocco • Sound designer
Tim Will • Social entrepreneur / founder of Foothills Direct / winner of The Purpose Prize
Richard Saul Wurman • Author / designer / founder of TED Conferences
And more to come!

STA ARCHIVE MEET & GREET

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If you’re in Chicago, come meet the judges of the 2010 STA Archive. It’s happening August 26 at the Landmark Grill + Lounge in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. For more information and to register, click here.

PRINTERS’ BALL 2010

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6th Annual Chicago Printers Ball 2010. Large Headline Image.
When poets and designers collide, it tends to get a bit messy… But it’s a beautiful mess for sure.

The 6th Annual, Chicago Printers’ Ball was held on Friday July 30th. A venue-crushing mob of artists, poets, designers and students were treated to a “celebration of literary culture” as organized by Poetry magazine and the Columbia College Center for Book & Paper Arts.

This year’s theme “Print <3 Digital” seemed to be a comment on how print artists are not really at odds with digital mediums but instead are embracing the tools given to them by the technology. We only spotted one instance of print vs. digital in the space, and noted that students and organizers carried the theme through the gallery, hallways and gathering areas.

Although not busted-up by the police as it was in 2007, according to this post on ChicagoPoetry.com, it still had a vague feeling of subversiveness and an edge most hope to get when dealing with us creative types. Some said “The people watching at the Ball was awesome…” and we could not agree more. A selection of performance artists roamed the floor as literature-seeking hipsters picked through the stacks of free paperback books and magazines placed throughout the Center for Book & Paper Arts.

We arrived about an hour into the event, missing many of the free hand-outs and readings listed on the schedule, but still found enough to keep us occupied until the After-Party bus started to bring the Ballers (we can call them that that right?) to Reggies, another Chicago-area-hot-spot, for more music and fun. Unfortunately for us, the drive back to the burbs of Chicago prevented us from attending that part of the event. If you went, we’d love to hear how that part of the night/morning went as well.

Highlights for us included the “Copy Jam!” installation by Printeresting.org and our first-time watching The Show ’n Tell Show — a growing, and well produced, talk show featuring the Chicago design community, normally held at Schubas. In full disclosure I’d also like to point out that The Show ‘n Tell show is actually sponsored by our good friends at the STA.

We commissioned some instant poetry, drank free beverages, and picked-up some serious swag. We also regretfully skipped the second floor where printmaking and papermaking demonstrations were set-up. We hear there were some really great broadsides by the Chicago Printers Guild. Also missed by our group was the official poster by Sonnenzimmer that I hoped to pick up and add to my collection.

Overall, it was a great experience for us and I’ll be trying to get a larger group of DesignChat participants to go with us when it happens again in 2011. Check out the images below for a bit of the experience.

If you have any other press, articles, opinions or thoughts about the Chicago 2010 Printers Ball, please share them in our comments section. We want to hear about your experiences too!

Amazing papercraft. Greeter at the 2010 Printers Ball.

Agenda For 6th Annual Printers Ball. (2010 Printers Ball)

Main floor at Printers Ball 2010.

"Print Hearts Digital" The theme for 2010 Printers Ball.

Printeresting.org makes a strong showing at Printers Ball 2010.

Printeresting.org’s Installation "Copy Jam" was a hit.

Copy Jam! Print. From the Printeresting.org Installation at Printers Ball 2010.

Upper floor of 2010 Printers Ball.

The Score! Print seems ahead here at the 2010 Printers Ball. We say it’s rigged.

2010 Printers Ball After Party Poster.

Show ‘n Tell poster. Printers Ball 2010.

Show ‘n Tell show title. Projected on screen. 2010 Printers Ball.

From the Show ‘n Tell Show, Ballless instead of Threadless.

Typeing Guy letter to us.

Typeing Guy. Performance art installation at Printers Ball 2010.

1979 book “Snow Falcon” found in pile of free books.

Poetry on-the-spot. We had the poet, Barbara Perry, write one about “Snow Falcon”

The Snow Falcon Poem. By Barbara Perry.

The poem we had commissioned, by Barbara Perry (please correct us if we got your name wrong): Snow Falcon. Wings spread disappears bright slap of cloud, shatters of French window lording its form over trees, titmice, lightening struck oaks... wait it’s a card in a deck of exotic animals and its flipside says sharp sense of appetite. And it's true a Snow Falcon can see a baby rat 500 yards away. Like you who sees the title of a book that you’ve been looking for. For years.

Printers Ink Art at the 2010 Printers Ball.

Entertainment at the 2010 Printers Ball.

ShopColumbia Sign. Announcing a great idea. Support local design.

Art available for purchase from Columbia College students. Printers Ball 2010.

A Series of "chapbooks" by snowcitycarts.com. Poets of the Children's Memorial Hospital.

Rocktober 29. Magazine.

BOMB Magazine.

Table full of swag. Some of the things we picked up at Printers Ball 2010.

A few more links about Printers’ Ball
(Please leave yours in the comments below).

Link Round-Up:
Printers’ Ball
isgreaterthan.net
Chicagoist
underground-library.org
Printersting Vimeo about Copy Jam
flavorwire.com

(2008)
TimeOut Chicago’s 2008 article.

SNAP CHICAGO 2010

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The STA is hosting their annual Snap Chicago event Saturday, August 7 in Chicago’s colorful Pilsen neighborhood. It’s a tour of the area which reveals itself through photography shot by the participants. See a set of photos from last year’s Snap which the theme was The Devil in the White City.

To find out more and to register for this event, visit STA-chicago.org.

CUSP SEEKS STUDENT VOLUNTEERS

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This year will bring the 3rd iteration of Cusp Conference, the mind-melting, thought gorging, two-day event on ‘The Design Of Everything’. As with years previous, Cusp is looking for students to assist in all areas of the production. This is a cherry way to get into the conference for free so if you are currently a student and want to volunteer your time and energy, get in touch. Here are a few ways:

cuspconference.com
twitter.com/cuspconference
info@cuspconference.com