Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Events worth skipping work for...

Yesterday, a friend of mine who is a VP for a New York PR firm called to tell me how much she's anticipating Advertising Week in New York. The festivities for this third-annual marketing lollapalooza, which Adrants.com publisher Steve Hall describes as "the advertising industry's ego-fest that shames all others," kick-off next Monday, Sept. 24. Visit AdvertisingWeek.com for full event details. If your New York minutes are more pressed, I highly recommend attending the The Creativity No-Spot Film Festival this Thursday evening, Sept. 20, where you can rub elbows and sip cocktails with many of the ad industry's finest.

Meanwhile, in London, Digital Arts Magazine points us to several upcoming lectures being offered as facets of the D&AD President's Lectures and Forums. Tonight's fare (beginning in a matter of hours -- hurry, time to go!) offers an evening of imaginative insights from extraordinary Dutch designer Irma Boom, whose artistry designing books helped her become the youngest laureate to ever receive the prestigious Gutenberg Prize for her body of work. While D&AD will also be participating in New York's Advertising Week, more London lectures are scheduled over the weeks ahead from illustrator Paul Davis (10 Oct.), designer and illustrator Ivan Chermayeff (31 Oct.) and Taxi's chairman and chief creative officer Paul Lavoie (14 Nov.).

Between these affairs, consider attending what is sure to be a fascinating three-day confab breaking down what’s next in interactive media, entertainment and advertising, reuniting even more Ad Week participants in California's spectacular Laguna Beach from Oct. 3 through 5: the WebbyConnect Summit on Disruptive Innovation. Convening winners of the prestigious Webby Awards with prominent Internet luminaries and industry leaders including pundits Arianna Huffington and Vinton Cerf, MySpace co-founder and COO Josh Berman, BoingBoing Co-Editor David Pescovitz, Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone and others at the St. Regis Resort, it's hard to imagine a more tantalizing work-related soiree outside of Cannes.

Finally, if you still have more availability, or if you're just intrigued with my ability to find creative ways to keep you from having to do actual work, do check out this list of Ten Great Event Design Resources from the San Francisco-based publishers of DesignCrack.com.
. The Cooper Hewitt Calendar
. Core77 Design Calendar
. Design Addict Calender
. Design.nl
. Design Museum, London
. DesignTaxi.com Event Forum
. Digital Thread Design Events
. Fashion Trendsetter
. Metropolis Magazine
. Upcoming.org

Finally, if something wonderful or otherwise significant happens for you at an event you discovered by virtue of this posting, please do let me know. No matter when you write, as always, I'll probably be here at my desk, and happy for any interesting little diversions....