Altitude Design Summit
Altitude Design Summit is a bloggers’ conference on design, lifestyle, photography, fashion, events, styling, and art direction. Founded by Sarah Urquhart, Gabrielle Blair (of Kirtsy and Design Mom), and Kate Shoening, the conference was last month in Salt Late City, Utah, with more than 400 design bloggers in attendance (plus their Twitter followers—3 million total, according to Salt Lake Magazine). This certainly was the place to be for a design and style obsessed creative professional like myself, and I learned so much about this young but quickly growing online community.
The four-day conference was packed with educational and inspiring panel discussions lead by renowned design bloggers. The lineup of speakers was stellar—name your favorite blog author and you’ll probably find him/her on an Alt Summit panel. Pretty much all the style mavens that I’ve dreamed of meeting were there!
Clockwise from top left: Our beloved author Joy Cho of Oh Joy! Stationery line and Oh Joy!, Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge, Erin Loechner of Design for Mankind, Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day, Crystal Gentiello of online magazine Rue, Heather Armstrong of Dooce, Ashley Meaders of I Make Stuff, another beloved author of ours, Meg Mateo Illasco of Creative, Inc. and Anthology Magazine, and Tina Eisenberg of SwissMiss.
Through daily reading of their blogs, I’ve imagined these authors to be super creative, smart, stylish, and fun inspirational beings… and they truly were. Heather was as beautiful, funny, and captivating as I imagined her to be, or even more. Her session was so popular that seating ran out before it started. Tina was a closing keynote speaker. Her presentation was perfectly and thoroughly organized, and her slides were of course impeccably “Swiss.” And my favorite people… Meg, Joy, Grace. They were always together looking like the prettiest little birds in their colorful and stylishly put together outfits. In their spare time, they actually discuss lifestylish things like how to print a design on a curtain for Joy’s bedroom renovation. They also discussed forthcoming Anthology Magazine articles, where to eat in LA, Golden Globes dresses, Mad Men, and Grace’s beautiful tweed-covered and leather-belted carry-on bag that is just a little too long to be counted as a carry-on, etc.
Meg and Grace in their “twin” jackets.
Joy, Jordan, and a promising future design blogger (love her stripy dress!).
What’s not to love about meeting these amazingly creative stars of the blogosphere? Now I am curious more than ever about what YOU think. Where do you get your inspiration? Blogs? Conferences? Stores? Books? Post a comment below letting us know and I’ll randomly pick one commenter next week to win a 25% off coupon for Cricut Circle along with this tote bag from the Alt Summit silkscreen workshop.
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