Down East 2013 ©
Muchness is defined by Merriam-Webster  as "the quality or state of being great in quantity, extent, or degree. — much of a muchness. : very much the same." And so it is on June 10th in Portland. Not only is AIGA Maine  hosting the first Abstract: The Future of Design in Media  conference (a much of a muchness itself), but on the same day Kemp Goldberg  and GBrittPR  are sponsoring the second of their Brand Roundtables, this one on "The New Definition of Creativity ." Both forums take on what seems to be very abstract topics and render them into examples of constructive actions taken in increasingly complex worlds.
Abstract, in its most concrete terms, is about how designers can thrive in the emerging multiscreen world. It is telling that in this new world of content production, print is just another "screen," albeit a privileged one with very high-resolution (but low interactivity). The six presenters for the Abstract Conference are all creative directors (or similar) for New York based big media brands, and all got their start (and have lived most of their careers) in print. Florian Bachleda  (Fast Company), Dirk Barnett , (Newsweek Daily Beast), Scott Dadich  (Condé Nast), Arem DuPlessis  (The New York Times Magazine), Luke Hayman  (Pentagram) and Gael Towey  (Martha Stewart) have all transitioned their charges successfully into the world of websites and apps, and seem to be having a pretty good time juggling them all.
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