Sunday, October 23, 2011

Design Matters.

Thursday night I photographed AIGA Reno's inaugural DesignMatters competition, slideslam and keynote presentation at the Nevada Museum of Art in downtown Reno. The competition called for local designers, from all disciplines, to build chairs. The chairs were made from a variety of materials including plexiglass, antique picture frames, peg board, rubber bands even one fantastic chair with a seat made of small glass orbs filled with gold fish. The winning chairs were auctioned off following the event and the designers were awarded cash prizes.

In addition to the contest, 2010 AIGA medalist Steve Frykholm engaged the crowd with his interactive, choose-your-own-adventure-style keynote. Frykholm is the creative director at Herman Miller. His presentation featured a number of potential subjects, videos and powerpoint slides but instead of trudging through them, he allowed the audience to control what he talked about and when by shouting out its choice. It was a really cool idea.

Here are a few of the pictures I shot. Also, congrats to the AIGA Reno board for a spectacular inaugural event and thank you to Kelly Wallis for getting me involved. AIGA is one of my favorite organizations in town: it's a cool group of people and their events always have such amazing speakers.

The "Asteroid" chair.

Kelly, center, talking with two of the judges.




Winning chair design.


Herman Miller's SAYL Chair.