First, organizing and selling out a $200+ full day-long design seminar on a busy workday Friday in Los Angeles should be recognized as no easy task. Having it at Richard Meier‘s posh Getty digs and featuring a world-class lineup is coup number two. That the QBN boys pulled off their their first “Session” event without a glitch (accomplishment #3) should impress–and be a sign of good things to come from the upstart design org on the block.
Clearly differentiated in tone and content from anything you’d be likely see from the self-anointed Professional Organization for Design*, perhaps the sharpest take-away from Friday’s event was confirmation that there is a strong pulse to contemporary design worldwide–and it’s distinctly cross-media, with output ranging from motion to print to interactive to photo to film. Unexpected highlight: Intro graphics from Logan, which were over-the-top super. Unexpected lowlight: Emcee Miss Shiny Pants–wherever they got her, don’t go back next time.