Overblown, conceptually thin, with nothing to say
April 18, 2008 4:38 PM   Subscribe

this is some blog that uses some typeface i think is called garamond. i just went EEEEW and clicked the back button. is that ok?
posted by uandt at 5:36 PM on April 18, 2008

I agree with much that is said here--more interactive time needed in sessions, engaging and inspiring speakers, environmental advocacy--for pretty much any conference, not exclusively limited to the design field. Nice article.
posted by misha at 5:49 PM on April 18, 2008

The essay put me on edge from the get-go, since it had nothing to do with the quality of graphic design, the quality of graphic designers, or even the quality of graphic design criticism. Instead it was about how boring and cookie-cutter graphic design conferences are.

The purpose of peer group confabs is at least as much social networking as presentations. Poyner veers dangerously close to white whine type ranting. I found it impossible to not think of the graphic designers I've worked with who would love to be able to attend more than two in a decade; they're too booked with paying work the rest of the time.
posted by ardgedee at 6:02 PM on April 18, 2008 [1 favorite]

I think it's time we demanded more from Poyner's web design. 5pt font, what the hell?
posted by casarkos at 7:03 PM on April 18, 2008

Corollary to Godwin’s law: As discussion of Rick Poynor proceeds, probability of misspelling his surname as “Poyner” reaches 1.
posted by joeclark at 12:12 PM on April 19, 2008

Mostly agree with what Poynor's saying. I think it applies to all forms of social confab, including the two that I have most experience with: mid/late 90's raves and mid/late 00's technology conferences. There's a tipping point at which the gravitational pull of already-formed social circles and a growing profit motive for event organizes out-balances novelty from without, leading to a circle-jerk atmosphere that must be given time to burn itself out before it can be meaningfully replaced.
posted by migurski at 12:06 PM on April 24, 2008

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