20 January 2011

alt design summit

Can we talk for a moment about the Alt Design Summit and how crazy awesome it's going to be? I promise I won't turn this into a pity party about how I tragically won't be in attendance, but let me share with you the conference highlights.  That is, if you aren't already going, because it appears that everyone I love & hold dear in the blogging world will be in Salt Lake City this week.

Altitude Design Summit
January 19-22, 2011
Salt Lake City

From the Alt Summit website:
If you're obsessed with lifestyle and shopping blogs, fantastic images, smart ideas and great design — all wrapped up with a social media bow — Altitude Design Summit is the place to be. Because we feed those obsessions.  

We've created a place where design and lifestyle bloggers in all their forms— foodies, photographers, travelers, product placers, adventurers — come together, share ideas and connect with marketers. There will be discussions on how to grow your site, how to fund your site, how to keep your site above the fray. You'll find panels on blogging etiquette and blogging ethics. People will share good advice for creative entrepreneurs. Friends will be made. Contact books will be filled.

Sigh. Check out the full workshop lineup here-- there are some seriously killer sessions.  And there are also Design Camps you can sign up for that are like mini summer camp sessions on topics like crocheting a granny square, learning calligraphy and demystifying screenprinting. I'm not sure how it's possible, but all of my blog crushes & idols are speaking at Alt.  For example...
Oh and Mondo Guerra from Project Runway Season 8 and Seth Aaron from Season 7 are giving a keynote.  WHAT? Check out the rest of the awesome speakers out here.

The official conference schedule references a Fabulous Party and suggests that attendees "put on something swanky... for good eats, drinks, and music." And you get a free lift ticket to nearby Solitude Ski Resort (because I'm such a ski bunny now) or you can go on a photography or thrift store tour around the city. It's  enough to make me just vomit with envy. Is that normal?

So this weekend, I'll be following all of the excitement on Twitter and pretending that I'm in SLC with these superstars.  I'll also be crossing my fingers that they all post their materials online soon. Because afterall, it is a conference about blogging and social media, right? Wink wink. So, what are you doing this weekend? If you tell me you are going to Alt, I'll just... well... I don't know what I'll do but I guarantee it will be dramatic.

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