Monday, May 26, 2008

HOW in Boston

Creative minds from around the world have been uniting at the HOW Design Conference every year since 1991. This year, the three-day conference attracted nearly 4000 attendees, over 45 speakers, a resource centre packed with industry suppliers, and me! Most of the sessions I attended were useful in content and sometimes even inspirational but for the most part, I attribute the success of the event to its inherent social nature. Attending the HOW Design Conference: $1075. Being in a room with 4000 creative minds: priceless.

Attendees fill the auditorium in the Hynes Convention Center for “10 Secrets of Typographic Success.” Speaker: Allan Haley

Goofing around with new friends after day 2 at the conference. Location: The Clink restaurant at The Liberty Hotel.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Glass Flowers

If you ever find yourself in Boston you must make a point to cross the bridge to Cambridge and stop by the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Their collection of hand blown glass flower specimens is well worth every penny of the $9 entrance fee but they also have an amazing collection of taxidermy animals (I know - eew - but also very cool!), sea creatures, dinosaur fossils, bugs, minerals, gems and meteorites.

Above: One of over 3000 glass models created by artisans Leopold Blaschka and his son, Rudolph. Models were commissioned from 1887 - 1936.