Over the weekend, I won the Bestica Giveaway for the free tickets to the Gravity Free Conference in Chicago! I was ecstatic because I never attended anything like this before and was excited to expand my horizons.
Held at the Venue Six10 at the Spertus Institute downtown Chicago May 1 and 2, I went there not knowing what to expect. ‘Outlaws and Icons’ creatively was the name of the event, most of these speakers did not follow the norm of their time and were called quirky, outlaws and ruler breakers. They thought/designed things that would be hot in the future not what was being used at that time. They wanted to be ahead of the curve, doing things others did not/afraid to do or never thought to do, by thinking this way they became Icons. A common saying used throughout the day was ‘Don’t be afraid to fail!’
This wide array of speakers specialize in many aspects of design; commercial designer, book cover designer, Multidisciplinary designer, Architect, Alternate Reality Game Designer, Interior Stylist, Lighting Designer, Motion Designer, Brand and Experience Designer, Fashion Designer, Data Visualization, Landscape Designer, Comic Book Artist, Typographer, Urbanist, Art Director, Computational Designer, Graphic Designer. Whatever your interest, it was here!
Attending this was a great experience for me, not only was I surrounded by people that understood me and were just as passionate about design as I was, but it also inspired me and opened my mind to a whole new way of thinking. Thanks again to Bestica for throwing such an amazing giveaway and giving me the opportunity to attend this!
More will be posted regarding this conference in the near future!
Below are just a few of the picture I snapped with my phone...
Karsten Schmidt, Alex Lieu, Danny Yount during Q&A
Brian Collins, Margie Ruddick, Javier Marical (Skype)
Jer Thorp, Vincent Leclerc, Ivan Brunetti During Q&A