One of the best things about working on campus at Princeton University is being able to attend the Princeton Design Conference. This is the third year that the Student Design Agency is putting it on and it may be the best lineup of speakers, in my opinion, thus far. Last year’s conference included some incredible presentations (including Jessica Helfand & William Drenttel [Winterhouse] and Abbott Miller) and the topic focused on “design for social change”. This year’s topic is “DIRECTIONS: Design in the Age of Technological Change” and speakers include:

Sheila Levrant de Bretteville (Yale University)
Tom Geismar & Sagi Haviv (Chermayeff & Geismar)
Hjalti Karlsson & Jan Wilker (karlssonnwilker)
Clement Mok
Scott Stowell (Open)
Lance Wyman

I know that I am always personally interested in what designers have to say about the future of our industry and I can’t wait to hear what some of these “veterans” of the field have to offer. The topic becomes of even greater concern due to the fact that I’m a book designer and publishing is an industry currently finding itself in a state of technological upheaval. How do publishers cope with rapidly advancing technologies? What do traditional print designers need to know about designing for digital media? How does social media affect the distribution of content? The questions are endless and there’s an excellent chance I’ll just have more of them come Saturday morning when the conference rolls around.