(photos below via the Alt Summit Flickr page)
Over the course of 2 days we were offered a vast variety of speakers and presenters to glean wisdom from ... I loved the format of various simultaneous sessions going on so that we could pick and choose among the content we were most interested in.
And I thought that the very interactive "round table" sessions were just brilliant. The entire format of the summit lent itself to really mixing and mingling with other attendees rather than just being an audience member, which led to lots of creative exchange.
(Here I am ... seriously focused on my ipad :)
Another great resource were the "Ask an Expert" tables. I got some sage advice from the web design expert who was on-hand to answer any questions one-on-one ...
As a designer who is obviously way into aesthetics, I've gotta say that the Alt organizers and sponsors NAILED IT with the visuals and decor!! It was so impressive the lengths they took to dazzle our senses time and again.
Let me just say that having attended other design conferences (ahem ... Design Blogger's Conference in LA last year) that did NOT try very hard in this department gives me extra appreciation for this attention to detail. Alt hit it out of the park with the aesthetics! As they well should at a conference for design professionals ... just sayin'.
The various intimate dinners thrown all around town on opening night were completely gorgeous ...
(I attended the Furbish Studio dinner at Niche .. a great way to kick things off.)
Each day different sponsoring companies set up elaborately decorated "lounges" to draw us in for mingling and chilling out a bit between events and speakers.
The weekend closed with an evening of party hopping between about a dozen ornately turned out suites ... the paper floral art in this one was stunning.