Part 2 of the RDQLUS "East Coast Swing": Boston MA.
So up early and Metro card pimpin' it to Penn Station, I'm all set for a slow (but enjoyable) train to Boston, the site of the HOW Design Live conference. The "HOW" is a gathering of 3000+ creative types converging each year on a major city somewhere in the country for a week of plug & play for designers, illustrators and creative directors. it's actually four conferences orchestrated to run concurrently; the Creative Freelancer Conference, the HOW Design Conference, the Die-Line packaging design conference and the In-HOWse conference for in-house creative managers. I have had the good fortune of being a presenter at this conference in the past and I was honored that they asked me to participate once again. [read on!]
What makes the conference for me is the ability to plug into the national creative community-at-large, being able to talk and converse with the brightest most respected minds in the industry as friends and colleagues. Trust, the party time doesn't hurt either.
Of course, when in Rome… No trip to Boston would be complete without taking in some of the history of the city and region. I've been to Boston many times but I'd never gone to a game at legendary Fenway Park. As luck would have it the Sox were in town and we had a blast in the right field "cheap seats."
But alas, creative work was the reason for the trip so RDQLUS jumped in with both feet by handling speaking and presentation duties, interviews with industry publications & blogs, and even a little bit of client work as some of my design clients from other regions had traveled in.
The whirlwind was bound to come to an end sometime. Weary and exhausted, I dragged myself to Boston's Back Bay Station to catch that slow train back to the NYC and enjoy a quiet night in Brooklyn before boarding my flight back home in the morning. As I woke that next morning, knowing what my plans were and knowing where I had spent my sleeping moments that previous night, I still had to smile because I woke with a Brooklyn sky over my head. Omaha is my hometown, but BKLYN is where my heart feels at home. A perfect end to an amazing journey.