FITC Toronto 2013

I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have met all the amazing folks who put on this year's FITC Toronto conference, as well as the incredible panel of speakers and attendees. Once again, I'm leaving a design conference totally floored and inspired. The world is a beautiful place. A very special thank you to Shawn Pucknell, Lisa Walters, and Andrew Fraser to name only a few of the FITC superheroes. I was surrounded by ultra-smart and creative folks for 3 days straight—I can only hope that I was able to absorb some of their radiant energies. A truly interdisciplinary conference with something for everyone, I had a few favorites, mostly geared around visual creative delights. They were: James White, Hydro74, Nando Costa, Memo Akten, Dan Mall, and Anton Repponen and Irene Pereyra of F-I

I gave my talk about figuring out your process as you go... because that's how I figured it out, and still figure it out. I try to create a "fail-friendly" environment where I can experiment and learn from my own mistakes. You can read a summary of my talk on the FITC newsroom blog.

I pirated this photo from the FITC Flickr! Look-it, mom! It's me, on a stage!

I pirated this photo from the FITC Flickr! Look-it, mom! It's me, on a stage!

Photo credit—from the FITC Flickr! Overlooking the event filling up.

Photo credit—from the FITC Flickr! Overlooking the event filling up.

Photo credit—from the FITC Flickr! 

Photo credit—from the FITC Flickr

I arrived and immediately set up my remote ZSO workstation in the Toronto Hilton, fully equipped with awesome Toronto views from all the way up on the 26th floor.

I arrived and immediately set up my remote ZSO workstation in the Toronto Hilton, fully equipped with awesome Toronto views from all the way up on the 26th floor.

Another beautiful view of CN Tower at the FITC Awards show held at Atlantis Pavilions on Lake Ontario with amazing panoramic skyline views from the water.

Another beautiful view of CN Tower at the FITC Awards show held at Atlantis Pavilions on Lake Ontario with amazing panoramic skyline views from the water.

Caught Hydro74's opening at Hashtag Gallery over on Dundas Street.

Caught Hydro74's opening at Hashtag Gallery over on Dundas Street.

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Absurdly bundled up for April taking creepy photos of myself lurking in the hotel halls...

Absurdly bundled up for April taking creepy photos of myself lurking in the hotel halls...

New friend James White (aka SignalNoise) delivering one of the most awesome, high energy, high-fun talks I've ever seen, titled "Process Destroy." 

New friend James White (aka SignalNoise) delivering one of the most awesome, high energy, high-fun talks I've ever seen, titled "Process Destroy." 

Ahh yes, and nothing better than grainy bar photos—I had to post this regardless. FITC wrap party.  A very happy me accompanied by my lazy eye, flanked by my two favs Shawn Pucknell, FITC Founder and James White, artist and illustrator extraordinaire.

Ahh yes, and nothing better than grainy bar photos—I had to post this regardless. FITC wrap party.  A very happy me accompanied by my lazy eye, flanked by my two favs Shawn Pucknell, FITC Founder and James White, artist and illustrator extraordinaire.

Last night in Toronto, wandered around briefly and sang sonnets to the full moon, perched on top of downtown like a Christmas tree star.

Last night in Toronto, wandered around briefly and sang sonnets to the full moon, perched on top of downtown like a Christmas tree star.

And due to all the air traffic control issues as of late, hung out at the airport way too long awaiting the rescheduling of my cancelled flight back to NYC, watching raindrops bead on the tarmac. The down-time was welcome. More hours with my book and headphones before jumping right back into the grind in the ol' Man of of Hattan.

And due to all the air traffic control issues as of late, hung out at the airport way too long awaiting the rescheduling of my cancelled flight back to NYC, watching raindrops bead on the tarmac. The down-time was welcome. More hours with my book and headphones before jumping right back into the grind in the ol' Man of of Hattan.

Was a pleasure Toronto... hope to be back again soon.