Wednesday, May 6, 2009
I’m doing three days of pretending to be a design student this week. Although if I wear enough black and look sort of creatively distracted, I might be mistaken for one of the FAMOUS guest speakers at AGIdeas 2009. A design conference set up and led by Ken Cato, (the sort of unofficial King Of Aussie Design primarily because he has done so much), it is organised by students for students.
As a long, long, time ago committee member of this designery soiree, I am only too aware how valuable three days of exposure to all sorts of creative thinking can be. There is also a whole lot of energy around, with all these students plotting to conquer their chosen world. Today, one of the speakers with an exceptional groovy French accent, Étienne Minuer introduced us to his book prototypes. One example interacts with the reader via sound and is printed with thermosensitive inks that disappear in temperatures above 20 degrees, (he keeps his books on the middle shelf of his refrigerator). I overheard a “Why would you do that?” sort of comment from a forty-ish person. “Because he CAN” I replied in my head. Pie in the sky thinking and going to buzzy conferences is good for the soul.