I just got back from likemind 5 held at sNice. I’ve now been to three of these events and the one question that I always leave with is this – “why can’t a design event be like this”? Personally I feel design events are pressure cookers. At likemind everyone is ready to engage in conversation and share in their cool experiences. Aside from seeing familiar faces and friends, new people are just as forthcoming to share stories. One of the many people I talked with today was Heidi from 3iYing. She has a really interesting company and gave me a lot to think about. I also got to talk with a Renegade or two to catch up on what’s going on.
When I was at the last Small Talk with the AIGA, I can tell that they’re trying really hard to get people to interact. Before the two talks I’ve been to, there’s food and a long table where people can sit down and talk. The problem is, there’s zero interaction with people talking with people they don’t know. I actually feel uncomfortable arriving early. I don’t know any members of the AIGA and I’m starting to wonder if it’s a design culture where people just want to stay in their own bubble.
So contrast likeminds with a specific design event. Likemind has designers attending, but a ton of other creative types too. Why is there such a difference between an all design event and something that is more open?