Maxwell and I are just back from a spectacularly bloggy couple of days spent at the first-ever Alt Summit, a design bloggers conference held in Salt Lake City. It was an opportunity for bloggers from all across the country to get together, talk shop, share inspiration and, best of all, have a really good time finally meeting face to face.
The keynote panel (shown above the jump) was moderated by Heather Armstrong of Dooce (who honestly had the entire conference hall howling with her bathroom reno slideshow). Maxwell, Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge and Jean Aw of Not Cot discussed the current focus on and growing interest in design.
The "How to Find Great Design Sites" Panel. Left to right: Allison Czarnecki, Nicole Balch, Jamie Derringer and Karey Mackin
The rest of the panels were organized into three tracks of subject matter - design theory, form & function and hands on. Opinions and tips on dealing with everything from privacy to ads to comments and email etiquette were presented by some of the most inspired design bloggers working today.
Easily, one of the greatest takeaways from the weekend was discovering (usually rediscovering!) the speaker's own blogs. I pulled together this list featuring the blogger panelists along with their links - enjoy and be sure to bookmark your (new) favorites!
Nicole Balch of Making It Lovely
Allison Czarnecki of Petit Elefant
Jaime Derringer of Design Milk
Karey Mackin of Mackin Ink
Kelly Beall of Design Crush
Joy Deangdeelert Cho of Oh Joy!
Rachel Jones of Black Eiffel
Emily Goligoski of The SanFranista
Victoria Smith of SFGirlbyBay
Gayla Trail of You Grow Girl
Sarah Jane Wright of Sarah Jane Designs
Erin Loechner of Design for Mankind
Megan Reardon of Not Martha
Kathryn Storke of Snippet & Ink
Joslyn Taylor of Simple Lovely
Stephanie Brubaker of Stephmodo
Sheila Bernus Dowd of Lookiloos
Chelsea Fuss of Frolic
Maggie Mason of Mighty Girl
More info on Alt: Altitude Design Summit