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Mayor John Hickenlooper Wants Denver to be the Creative Capital of the West


You know we’re suckers for cutie mayors bragging about the design and sustainability of their cities, and John Hickenlooper, Denver’s head guy, is no exception. He’s been a fixture in town for awhile, as a founder of the Wynkoop Brewery (a microbrewery that might be served in the other room right this moment) and was on the board of Denver Art Museum.

In case you didn’t know Denver is pushing the largest public transit initiative in the country and has more miles of bike path than any other city. There’s an incredible commitment to public art, and the city conducted a large branding survey to find out how creativity helps the city that resulted in the logo you see above.

Now he’s bragging about the new museums from fast-talker Danny Libeskind and David Adjaye and a new building by Allied Works. Other initiatives make us jealous, like Doors Open Denver (like Open House NY) and the Mayor’s Design Awards, Paper Free Friday and not one but two “prints”: Greenprint Denver and Blueprint Denver.

And what a crowd pleaser…he declared this Design Week in Denver.

All AIGA NEXT coverage here.

Daniel Libeskind’s Speed Reading All Makes Sense


After burning through a stream of consciousness about graphic art, architectural models, Cranbrook, Kathy McCoy, sketches, mountains and the Denver Art Museum so fast our agile fingers can’t even process them, Daniel Libeskind‘s reason for rushing is revealed: He throws up a photo of a place in Berlin (didn’t catch it) and said his son is actually getting married there. Like tomorrow, and he’s got to catch a plane.

Nice of him to stop by, even if we can’t understand a word he’s saying.

Kurt Andersen says he talks that fast all the time.

All AIGA NEXT coverage here.

Mile High Design With Kurt Andersen


We’re here, we’re here! And if first signs are correct, this is one super sexed-up AIGA design conference. The paper-thin blue box identity flips in and out of conference materials, playful and elegant. This convention center is way slick (it looks a lot like the swooping white curves of Denver International Airport, actually). And hot music and photos of celebs are flashing before us as we stream into the first mainstage session. There’s our buddy Kurt Andersen, conference moderator, taking the stage.

All AIGA NEXT coverage here.

Pantone’s Dubious Marketing Tactics Have Us Even More Excited About the Future of Design


If you’re one of the four thousand designers expected in Denver this week for AIGA’s NEXT conference, perhaps you, like us, were intrigued by this very special offer from Pantone that came in the mail. What was conceived as an innocent promotional piece to draw attention to one of Pantone’s new offerings (truer flesh tones?) has now added the exciting possibility of partial nudity to this biennial gathering of designers. If this concept is to be believed, throughout the conference Pantone will be filming an episode of “Designers Gone Wild,” where the proper response to the request “Goe shirtless” will reward the designer with as many color chips as they can carry.

With that amazing visual as a extremely inappropriate visual accompaniment, this post will serve as another friendly reminder that you can still nurse your opening night hangover by munching on free pastries with us at a breakfast roundtable Friday morning at 7:45am. We’ll make the roundtable shirtless if and only if we receive written documentation from each of your mothers stating they approve.