alt design summit – the wrap up.
oh gosh, i don’t mean to gush, but i don’t even know where to begin to tell you how great alt summit in salt lake city was! not only did we all get out of our pajames, and out from behind our computer screens, but there was so much bonding, generosity and such a blast to be had! from the panels, to the parties, and happy hours — everyone, and i mean everyone (!!) was so nice and so supportive of each other. i met so many new and inspiring friends at alt, and discovered countless blogs i’d never had the pleasure of knowing previously in my secluded little blogger world.
the summit kicked off with a great early bird presentation on ‘How to Find the Best Design Sites‘ with fabulous speakers Jaime Derringer of Design Milk, Nicole Balch of Making It Lovely, Allison Czarnecki of Petit Elefant, and Karey Mackin of Mackin Ink. and today, i’m going to share some of the great sites the panel shared, and some very new favorites of mine here in this post. be sure and check out all this blog fabulousness!
the following alt summit opening day was kicked off with amazing keynote speakers Jean Aw of NotCot, Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge & Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan of Apartment Therapy, and introduced and moderated by none other than heather armstrong of dooce. let’s just say, hilarity ensued — that woman is brilliant. then, quickly followed by some invaluable, honest insights, information and eye candy.
even when i knocked over a glass of water on the speakers’ podium (yes, mortified, and so very me!), everyone just laughed it off, but in the good way, if there is one. i was terrified up there speaking for the first time, but the alt audience and my panel members galya, and sarahjane , and moderator emily, all helped me keep it together.
even having blogged since 2006, i learned more at alt summit than i could have hoped for. and, as i said, discovered some amazing new friends and blogs in the process. all of the panel discussions were filled with diverse, and invaluable information. and, not only was the grand america hotel freaking magnificent, the alt organizers did the most amazing job organizing, and running things as smooth as butter. i’m not exaggerating, i was so impressed, and frankly, quite blown away. if you couldn’t make it this year, i for one, will definitely see you back at alt summit next year. one word: go!