Alt Design Summit 2011 Recap

January 24th, 2011


From left: Melanie, Danni, Me and Vivien

Hello friends! I had such an amazing time at the Altitude Design Summit in Salt Lake City last week! The lovely Lisa of With Style & Grace and I roomed together and had a blast catching up, meeting so many amazing people and partying! I got to reconnect with some lovely acquaintances from last year like Danni of Oh Hello Friend, Nole of Oh So Beautiful Paper, Kirsten of Simply Grove, Chelsea of {frolic}, Vané of Brooklyn Bride, Stephanie of Steph Modo, Melissa of IS•LY, Kathryn of Snippet & Ink and Rachel of Black*Eiffel.

I also had the pleasure of finally meeting more of my personal favorites like Ez of Creature Comforts, Joy of Oh Joy!, Jordan of Oh Happy Day, Melanie of You Are My Fave and Megan of Not Martha – to name just a few! To top it all off, I met so many other amazing people that I can’t wait to follow on Twitter and online. My RSS reader may explode from all the brilliant new sites I have to read!

The two day conference was divided into 3 different sessions every hour and a half. Choosing between the panels was beyond difficult since each one showcased bloggers from all over the country that I was dying to see. I enjoyed all the panels I attended but my two favorites were the Faster, Smarter, Better Blogging and Taking it Offline – Events and Social Media. The Better Blogging session featured Megan Reardon, Erica Reitman, and Susan Brinson. The panel on events was hosted by Ashley Meaders, Brittany Egbert, Jordan Ferney, Victoria Hudgins. Both provided insight into each bloggers process and business goals. I think the tip I loved the most was “collaboration cultivates creativity”.

Some of the other highlights were chatting with Mondo of Project Runway for nearly a half hour and getting a hug from him afterwards. Plus, I got to hear the lovely Tina Roth Eisenberg of Swiss Miss. She gave the best keynote speech I’ve ever heard and meeting her afterwards was definitely a moment I will never forget!

Lastly, I took two classes (think summer camp), where I learned some great table top photography tips from Nicole of A Little Sussy and a silkscreening class by Andy Kane of Sparka. Both classes were fantastic and a new feature to the ALT summit that I hope they continue.

To complete the festivities, a series of mini parties were hosted at the hotel by the sponsors. I got to sample my first ever chocolate fountain in the HGTV room and received a party bag from Kate Spade with some thick black glasses thanks to the Girls with Glasses hosting the event. Oh yeah, did I mention that Brooke White of GWG was one of my all time favorites from American Idol??!!

All in all, it was a great time! I’m so glad I got to participate and share the experience with so many lovely and talented people. Saving up for next year already!

All images curtesy of ALT Design Summit 2011 and photo booth images by angela and ithyle

20 Responses to “Alt Design Summit 2011 Recap”

  1. ashley maureen Says:

    thanks for the recap– just more reasons to attend next year. adorable photos!

  2. designchic Says:

    It sounds so fun…thrilled to find your blog this morning – it’s wonderful!!

  3. Krista @ Blue Eyed Yonder Says:

    Looks like you guys had a blast. Still kicking myself for not going. One more thing to add to the ‘Must Do’ list for next year. Thanks for sharing all the lovely details. 🙂

  4. Sarah W J Says:

    SO jealous!
    looks like it was an amazing time…
    i hope to get there next year and meet all you like-minded girls!

  5. Truly Smitten Says:

    Aww! sounds (and looks) like it was a blast!! I’m kicking myself for not attending too…but next year for sure!

  6. Jessica Says:

    Thanks for the recap! It’s the first one I’ve read so far. I’ve been waiting for the recaps to come out 🙂 Looks like a blast!

  7. Julie-Inspired Says:

    It was really great meeting you…what a great week it was. I have loads of streaming ideas playing through my head now! See you around;)

  8. angie Says:

    aw, sounds amazing and so much fun! i hope i’ll be able to attend alt some day soon!

  9. Aimee Says:

    Cute photos!! I am loving all these Alt posts. Makes it being over just a little bit easier to take. 🙂

  10. rachel Says:

    aw! maybe I’ll finally go one of these years. looks like so much fun.

  11. gwendolyn g. Says:

    omg this looks like SO much fun! 🙂 lucky girls all around!

  12. the ravenna girls Says:

    Looks like you did a great job representing seattle bloggers-and had a great time!

  13. Lisa nelson Says:

    Alt was superb! Thanks for being open to meeting some of your admirers.. I was at the last keynote near u, next to viv. By the way, yesterday I explained to my husband that I met the person who designed the bag of chips he was eating out of, he was pretty impressed 🙂

  14. Brandon Says:

    So, so bummed to have missed this! A table top photography “class”?? Please stop, I’m going to die from jealousy. I will not miss it next year!

  15. Danni Says:

    SO fun seeing you again friend and hanging out a bit. Already can’t wait for next year … but seriously: can you please move down to Orange County? We could come up with the best collaborations ever! 😉 xo, danni

  16. Paiges of Style Says:

    So glad I got to meet you. You’re so sweet. I want to go back to Alt “summer camp” asap. xo!

  17. caroline armelle Says:

    great recap!

    it was so much fun to met you at alt, even if it was just for a minute. i’m a huge fan of your blog! keep in touch!

  18. nole Says:

    So nice to see you again Kathleen!!

  19. Navy Bean Says:

    Looks amazing! I hope to go next year and meet all of you super talented gals!

  20. Brittany @ The Aubergine Notebook Says:

    i’m so sad i didn’t get to meet you! next year for sure!