June 2006 Archives
I recently attended a leadership retreat for members of the board of directors of the AIGA - the professional association for design. I am on the board of the San Francisco chapter and have been for about four years now and have attended three of these retreats. Let me tell you, there's a lot to be proud of not only in being a member of the AIGA, but also in being a part of the design world, in general.
I was proud to hear recently that San Francisco Mayor, Gavin Newsom, had signed a proclamation naming June 19-25 as Design Week in the City. It's the first-of-a-kind type of statement from the Mayor's office to take a moment and honor the value and importance of design. This is important not only to San Francisco, but to every city and town, all around the world.
I attended a lecture last week sponsored by the San Francisco chapter of the AIGA as part of a design lecture series. The featured speaker that night was Rick Valicenti. I've never met him or heard him speak before, but knew that his reputation for forward-thinking design and typography was great. What I didn't realize was how philosophical and socially conscious he is - not to mention just a nice guy too.
I read a lot of design publications and books - mainly because I am interested in the world of design and I like to stay as current as possible with trends, issues, etc. Every once in awhile a book comes along which addresses the nuts-and-bolts side of design - the business side of being in the design profession. Well, the new book by Shel Perkins, Talent is Not Enough: Business Secrets for Designers, is one such book.