Last week I had the thrill of attending my second ALT summit. My first was in June in NYC, the city I haunted for many years. The second was in San Francisco, the city I love today. Both conferences offered an insurmountable amount of resources and information. (Truly. I’m still organizing all of the amazing business cards.) But what I loved most about each of these events was the optimism and enthusiasm of the attendees.
I have been in the design world for over 2 decades; and I can tell you that for artists and makers, the need for validation NEVER disappears. Its just part of our make-up. We want to do better, be better, improve, and innovate, every day. So being surrounded by hundreds who are like me (mostly a bit younger, but still like me) was fantastic.
So when I saw that Pinterest was hosting the after party as an “Alice in Pinterland Party” my mind raced. I put together a proposal for an interactive event, “Paint it & Pin It on Pinterest.” They said yes. I had 7 days to pull it off. My goal was very clear. Offer a way for all of these creative people to harness the motivation of the day, and put it out there for everyone to see.
Some of us painted wishes. Some offered words of inspiration. What did I get? Well other than a really cool picture of me with CEO Ben Silbermann, I was able to stand back and watch each dreamer take a quiet, private moment, in the middle of a loud packed room, and transform these powerful thoughts into one collaborative piece of art.
I’ve spent many hours looking at the finished piece, and the dozens and dozens of photos. To explain it simply, there is some good stuff happening in our creative community. I feel motivated and inspired. So, pat yourselves on the back. By what I’ve read, there is some exciting work ahead of us.