Last month, I got to attend the UCDA Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. To sum it up, it was an awesome conference for university designers. I had a great time! I learned a lot, gained inspiration, met awesome people, ate lots of great food, gained new social media followers, and had some tasty drinks.
Pathetically, this was my first time traveling by myself, so I am pretty proud of myself for getting through it without an issue. Yup, I am a dork.
Here are a few things I learned while in Louisville:
- Bourbon is everywhere and there is a lot of it
- There are more barrels of bourbon in Kentucky then there are people (so I was told)
- They have Hot Browns at every restaurant (but no, I didn’t try one)
- People are really nice, including the cab drivers
- I do not pronounce “Louisville” correctly
- There are neon signs all over the downtown area (as there are with many big cities … but still …)
- University designers from all areas of the U.S. suffer from the same frustrations and excitements
- I’m obsessed with neon signs
Lets chat more about these signs …
Neon signs are good design in themselves. They have composition, form, hierarchy, a color scheme, and are so bright and fun! I can’t help but enjoy them. I would LOVE to have a big “B” neon sign letter in my house someday.
Below are some of my favorites from the trip (the photo quality isn’t great because I only had my phone with me):
We stayed right by the Fourth Street Live area. It was so neat!
I just love their signage … I can’t help it.
In closing, I need to travel more. It’s fun.