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Official UnBeige AIGA NEXT Roundup

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Even though we still can’t get that Command X theme music out of our head (damn you all, Open, Agoraphone and The Plasticines!), we’ve finally had a few days to contemplate the AIGA NEXT conference in its entirety. Although we had a slight peek at the innerworkings while serving on the planning committee, in the end we were just sitting there in the audience watching, as surprised (and/or delighted) as you were. Here are the highs and lows:

Command-ing the lead: We admit, we had our doubts about a “Project Runway” for graphic design. But not only was Command X the highlight of the conference, it gave great insight into how design actually works–and how fast, funny and brilliant designers are. Winner Nichelle Narcisi‘s incredible finale also ended the conference on the perfect teary, triumphant note.

Talkin’ ’bout my generation: Maybe it was simply in line with the theme (“Next”), but we can’t applaud this conference enough for shifting attention to the youngsters. The brilliant Command X forged seven new young superstars and the 20 one-minute presentations that opened the first night were all by up-and-comers (and better than we ever remembered). It was great to see the older and wiser take a backseat to youth for once.

Someone get this guy an agent: Drew Carey should not have gotten Bob Barker‘s gig on “The Price is Right.” That job should have gone to a man who is long overdue for his big showbiz debut, Michael Bierut.

Everything in moderation: Golden-voiced Kurt Andersen was the best moderator we’ve ever seen at one of these things. Witty, efficient and blissfully deadpan, Andersen asked incredibly intelligent questions tempered with just enough cynicism to keep things real.

Three people we’re running away with: Janine Benyus, Marian Bantjes and Alex Steffen wowed us with solutions that proved great design is natural, personal and sustainable, and, in the end, always–always–beautiful.

You can’t win ‘em all: Of course, there were a few duds. Momus‘ mainstage presentation was probably brilliant but unfocused to the point of befuddlement. Wrapping a design conference with an awesome visual application that doesn’t work on Macs was a big mistake. And even though it made good diversity efforts, the lineup was incredibly New York-centric. One might even argue specifically SVA-centric.

Worst information graphics: Upon entering the Denver Art Museum for the closing party, guests were handed a map which hinted at treasure troves of food and drink stashed in various corners of the galleries. Never mind that the Denver Art Museum is a perplexing heap of angular ADD (Daniel Libeskind must design like he talks), the ambiguous map forced us to mount great expeditions in search of circulating lamb lollipops and the elusive chicken potstickers. Luckily, the martini bar was in plain view.

Best party: Duh.

Best overheard quote in design history: When another designer worried that a former employee may have been bipolar, Dana Arnett brought perspective to the situation: “Bipolar can work, though. They present one idea, then they present another totally different idea. It’s great for clients.”

Sure to see traffic spikes this week: Design Observer lead with the most overall impressions, mentioned in many affinity sessions, at least seven times on the mainstage, and in all the conference materials as a sponsor. Second place goes to Very Short List, which got two plugs on the mainstage (Andersen is a founder, ahem).

Okay, we get it, you’re Democrats: We stopped counting the anti-Bush attacks after we hit the number of years he’s been in office. We know that designers are traditionally left-leaning. But any Republicans in the audience would have been pretty darn uncomfortable, and we’re not sure that’s altogether appropriate.

On the other hand…: There was something to the fact that the same day Al Gore won the Nobel Prize, one of our own jetted up there to work closely with him on his Alliance for Climate Protection. Or maybe that because of AIGA, people across the country will be be voting on redesigned ballots next election. Or maybe it was just AIGA president Sean AdamsJFK-like good looks. Whatever it was, we swore we felt a huge shift happening in the world of design, and we can’t wait to see what happens next.

All UnBeige AIGA NEXT coverage.

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California Design Biennial: The Party

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Sure, it was tough to tear our eyes away from award-winning white walls of the Pasadena Museum of California Art, but it was a breezy Saturday night just begging for some alfresco design discourse. So after making careful note of the objects and the graphics of the California Design Biennial, we proceeded upstairs to the roof, which provides one of the best Stella Artois-drinking environments in Southern California.

Juror Michael Worthington held court with a bevy of CalArts faculty and grads, including Penny Pehl, James Moore, Caryn Aono and new Green Dragon Office hire Leslie Sun. On a more serious note, the salt-and-pepper-headed Sean Adams discussed hair styles with perpetual brunet Mr. Keedy.

A gang of our friends from the north (San Fran) were looking especially tanned and relaxed (no doubt due to an afternoon soaking up some much-needed sunshine). Eric Heiman and Adam Brodsley of Volume chatted with Jeremy Mende about dinner plans. Christopher Simmons and Stefan Bucher traded Y Conference notes at a nearby table.

Sadly, there was no sign of The Man With the Golden Curls in the house, but we did get to meet two of our local design heroes, the man behind the mighty mustache, Geoff McFetridge, and Atwater Pottery‘s Adam Silverman. Mine designer (and 2007 Project M participant) Tim Belonax had some hero-worship of his own going on, representing with a McFetridge “I’m rocking on your dime” tee. And to end the evening on a perfect Hollywood note, we met the delightful Constance Zimmer, aka Dana Gordon, Ari’s worthy foil on Entourage. What can we say? Nothing like great design to lure a crowd of the best California has to offer.

AdamsMoriokaTV

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We’ve always thought of them as the Regis and Kelly of design, and now you, too, can start your day the Sean Adams and Noreen Morioka way. The AdamsMorioka founders have finally put their Adobe-sponsored design talk show series “Designorama” online, where the dynamic duo discuss creative topics while seated on a lovely Eames dot pattern couch. The seven episodes cover everything from propaganda to proportions with a surprisingly entertaining delivery. Plus it’s punctuated with just enough of Adams’ jabs and Morioka’s reciprocal giggles to ever take itself too seriously.

UnBeige Wants to Party All the Time, Party All the Time, Party All the Time

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Continuing our one-event-per-quarter streak, we’ve got another UnBeige party lined up for Monday, June 25 at the Geisha House out here in sunny LA. We’re teaming up with our good friends at STEP inside design, who will be giving away copies of STEP and some other very special goodies.

Editor Tom Biederbeck will be in town for the festivities, and we hear the mag’s other LA-based contributors like Sean Adams, Stefan Bucher and Terry Stone will be making appearances as well. Besides, doesn’t that gal on the cover over there look like she knows how to party all the time? Maybe she’ll be there, too.

Monday, June 25 from 7-9pm, RSVP here.

Adams, Heiman and Vanderbyl Are Lovin’ It

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Three designers we love will be at the Skirball in LA tonight ordering all in attendance to “Design What You Love.” Sean Adams, Eric Heiman and Michael Vanderbyl will usher in this Valentine’s season with a presentation about what makes their hearts race. We think we heard Adams mutter something about “Cops: Too Hot For TV” but we’re not sure.

If that’s not enough to love, remember that the Skirball is where that rad Saul Bass show is currently up (featuring a never-before-seen 22-minute montage of his titles), and we also hear that Mohawk will be buying drinks. Why? Because they love you.

Sean Adams’ Designer-Perfect House Perfect for the LA Times

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We don’t usually say “We told you so,” but…we certainly told you so. Sean Adams and his Technicolor Dreamhouse are featured in the LA Times article “Colorful translation of a 1927 classic.” Adams reveals his decorating influences: Disneyland, Frida Kahlo, Mexican architect Luis Barragan and…The Parent Trap?

In the 1961 kid flick “The Parent Trap,” the dad of the separated twins lives in an adobe ranch house furnished with an armless sectional sofa and streamlined checkered chairs. The look is “pretty darn cool,” says Adams, 42, who saw the original version of the Disney film when he was young and bought a copy to study it when he moved into this house four years ago.