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‘Connecting ’07′ Recap-Fest-A-Polooza

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If you thought we were going to stop after yesterday, you’ve got another thing coming, as we return to San Francisco this morning with a vengeance to wrap our little heads around the terrific coverage of last weekend’s Connecting ’07 conference from not just one source, but two. The first is from our friends over at All This ChittahCattah, Portigal Consulting‘s site. Two fellas, Dan and Steve, spent the weekend at the event and have written a terrifically lengthy and photo-happy entry about nearly every single event they attended (which was plenty). Here’s a little from them about Richard Seymour‘s presentation:

The animated film Richard Seymour’s company had created to present their concept for space tourism reminded me of how much about design — and especially selling design concepts — can be about seduction. And how this seduction zone is a realm where design and advertising really connect. Richard said it well: “it isn’t technology that leads development — it’s the degree of thrall.”

The second is from the always wonderful Core77, who, if you read this site with any regularity, we think quite fondly of. Per usual, their coverage is great, being short and sweet when it seems appropriate and lengthy and thought-provoking when that’s the direction that’s needed. Here’s some from their Yves Behar sighting:

Yves Behar, local hero of course, gave a great talk, focusing on pro bono work with a thoughtful, beginning-to-end story of design process and intent. Behar has long been successful in articulating the purpose and story of his design work, but he seemed to be on all (modest) cylinders this Saturday morning. He encouraged us “As designers, we need to be optimistic, and to not listen to the media too much,” and also that “design’s value is so important–and the value goes so far beyond the fee model–that we really need to drive toward something new and different.” This was a nice design for designers presentation, with one admonition ringing in our ears long after he left the stage: “If it is not ethical, it can’t be beautiful.” Doesn’t get better than that folks.

In short, by reading both, and seeing that they even coexist at one point, you’ll not only find yourself a couple of hours older, you’ll all feel far more educated…at least in terms of this particular topic.

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