I've been thinking a bit about last week's AAM conference--I heard some very interesting sessions and had some good conversations with friends and colleagues, and, admittedly, was a bit jet-lagged. But what else do I wish for in a conference?
- Name tags that aren't worn down by participants' waists
- A map of the conference center
- More than a token three minutes to "discuss" in sessions--and some way to follow up that conversation
- Not having to wear a sweater indoors when it's 80 degrees outside (hey, what about that global warming?)
- The chance to fill out session evaluations online rather than being handed paper every time
- Moderators who don't read the participant' bios
- Technology that works (thanks, AAM, it worked everywhere I was) and I loved the print handouts on demand feature
- Fewer people talking about their own projects and more people, as in the Eye on Design session, talking about what really matters to them--outside of their own work place
- Better powerpoints--fewer words, more images, less reading of words on screen
- More times and ways to talk, in conversation with colleagues--I see this happening at many conferences, including AAM--Idea Lounges, Dine and Whatever...how can we create more of them?
- Some other ways to meet new people rather standing in line for food, or one of those three minute "discuss" sessions
- Hotels that don't charge for Internet access
- As in Philadelphia, great food nearby the conference center--Reading Market is the best!
Above: No AAM shots--but a workshop at the National Art Gallery, Kyiv