2016 SEGD Conference Experience Seattle—It's a wrap!

The 2016 SEGD Conference Experience Seattle was a resounding success! 

Congratulations to Russ Roberts, CREO Industrial Arts; Annelle Stotz, IA Interior Architects; and Justin Molloy, SEGD for hosting a fabulous 2016 SEGD Conference: Experience Seattle event!

The main conference room sparkled. Thanks to SENOVVADaktronics and CREO's generous contributions in setting a stage with an interview setup, podium, screen and SEGD logo panels to frame it all. The lighting, sound and production were spectacular, thanks to Senovva's professional support team.

All of the conference sessions were captured on video and are now available to watch in the SEGDTalkssection of the website. (Members log in to see the full content!) There were fantastic talks from many speakers, including Paula Rees, PJ Wilcynski, Boeing, Sam Stubblefield, and Joshua Walton and James Tichenor from Microsoft among the many great presentations.

Seattle shone with glorious weather, lots of sunshine and some great tours. We had a large contingent of millennial designers attend this year, bringing new energy and ideas to the event. We all heard and witnessed many conversations between studio leaders and young designers about potential jobs and internships. From the social events to the more formal portfolio reviews to the participatory workshops on Saturday afternoon, there were many opportunities for those seeking work to connect with those looking for designers.

For the first time there was a Design Thinking workshop on Saturday afternoon that attracted a very large group of attendees. Ben Whitehouse and Daniela Pilossof ran the much-loved Improv session, and Noah Jeppson of IA Interior Architects ran the Design Improv(e) session. 

There were some seriously fantastic items at the Auction for Excellence this year and you could see that from the level of bidding. (Lance Wyman Mexico 80 poster anyone?) 

Thank you to Wayne McCutcheon, Entro for hosting the SEGD Excellence Awards Saturday Afternoon. The new combined SEGD Excellence Awards and Global Design Awards ceremony were very well-appointed. Congratulations, to 2016 SEGD Fellow, Michael Reed ofMayer/Reed.

Stephen Minning of BrandCulture (Sydney), the 2016 SEGD Global Design Awards jury chair, hosted the awards ceremony and gave us some great insights into the award-winning projects. See the awards gallery.

All in all, it was fun, engaging, inspiring and buzzed with excitement the whole three days. We can't wait for next year, June 8-10 in Miami! 


Photos: Karen Hayes-Thumann


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