A Who's Who of Design Bloggers

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.

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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

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    Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.