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Speak Up Goes to Vancouver

We were not just going to sit here, twiddling our thumbs, while everybody is out in Vancouver discussing graphic design. No way! We (more on we in the next paragraph) will be there and we will have a nice surprise for most of the attendees.

Regarding we, that would be Speak Up authors Tan, Debbie, Eric and me. Along with Speak Up regulars like Marian (who will be sporting all five of her self-designed T-shirts, hopefully not all at once), Michael Bierut, Dan Shafer, Adam Waugh, and a few more that I am forgetting (nothing personal).

The question I’ve gotten asked in the last couple of weeks is “will there be a Speak Up party?” The answer: you bet your behind there will be one. Obviously with everybody here being a bit far from Vancouver and not knowing the city we have had trouble deciding on where and what to do. As it stands right now we will be “hosting” (don’t expect free food nor booze, maybe the first round… maybe) a little soiree Friday night, around sevenish pm at the hip Alibi Room a few blocks away from the conference. Do stay tuned for more specific details. And definitely let us know if you are interested in coming, because we have a cool, cool, cool thing we want to give you…

All we can say is that, yes, it is indeed printed; it is two colors, green and gray; it’s in a silky smooth white paper; it has to do with the sheep (in one way or another) mentioned on our header; and that it is filled with, well, the best of what Speak Up has to offer. You will have to come and get a copy to see what the hell we are talking about.

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PUBLISHED ON Oct.16.2003 BY Armin
Tan’s comment is:

The Alibi is wicked cool. Great choice.

On Oct.16.2003 at 03:51 PM
KM’s comment is:

Never been to the one in Vancouver, but the one in Seattle is what Tan would say is "wicked cool!"

On Oct.16.2003 at 04:03 PM
Lea’s comment is:

Damn you all! I'm in Edmonton and too poor to get to Vancouver despite that I could be there in a few hours of driving, or like, an hour on the airplane. CURSES.

On Oct.16.2003 at 04:05 PM
Darrel’s comment is:

The Alibi is wicked cool.

With a wickedly annoying web site. ;o)

Looks like a fun time. I hope to end up in Vancouver. Someday.

On Oct.16.2003 at 04:08 PM
Armin’s comment is:

It's 99.99% sure that it will be at the Alibi Room at 7:00 pm on Friday.

On Oct.16.2003 at 04:41 PM
jesse’s comment is:

I hope to end up in Vancouver. Someday.

Me too. Someday soon, with any luck.

On Oct.16.2003 at 05:56 PM
Paul Mayne’s comment is:

I will drop by for some silky smooth white paper. It will be cool to meet you guys..

On Oct.16.2003 at 06:04 PM
Tan’s comment is:

look for the table with people sporting tiny black glasses.


Just an important reminder for all you Yanks traveling to Vancouver.


US Customs is a bitch. Without proof of citizenship, you'll get a cavity search, then still be denied re-entry into the US. You'll have to become Canadian and add "u" to every other wourd :-)

On Oct.16.2003 at 06:25 PM
eric’s comment is:

some time late in august:

e: throw the mother of all irresponsible parties on the opening night.

a: That would be really cool. Maybe throw a TV through the window, very Pink Floydish... Better yet, throw a G5 out the window!

e: Pony keg of cheap beer. How could we not get some kind of booze sponsorship from a vodka company? Local rock band. Strippers. I imagine you with a tie around your forehead on the balcony overlooking the pool with "aiga went to bed hours ago" written on your stomach in fire-red lipstick.


i'll bring the lipstick.

On Oct.16.2003 at 06:39 PM
Armin’s comment is:

And I have my tie picked out.

On Oct.16.2003 at 06:42 PM
Tan’s comment is:

I'll bring the stripper.

On Oct.16.2003 at 06:49 PM
debbie millman’s comment is:

I'll bring the booze and the rock band.

On Oct.16.2003 at 09:02 PM
Javier’s comment is:

I'm really looking forward to meeting you all - count me in.

On Oct.16.2003 at 09:03 PM
surts’s comment is:

if you've got the time and are looking for design furniture, check out inform

They've also a got tons of books

On Oct.17.2003 at 06:53 AM
Sarah B.’s comment is:

:( - so so not fair! I am very jealous - one of these days when I can afford such a thing as a conference I hope to meet you all!!!

Have fun up there, stay warm (booze helps with that) and be safe!!

On Oct.17.2003 at 08:41 AM
Adam Lazar’s comment is:

Count me in! I'm looking forward to meeting the insightful writers behind Speak Up! And that Alibi web site is pretty cool!

On Oct.17.2003 at 08:42 AM
Patrick’s comment is:

Hey y'all, I really wish I could have a drink with you, but one of the downsides of going out on your own is a lack of funds for such things in the beginning stages. I miss the days when my company would pay for employees to attend one conference per year.

Which begs the question. How many companies are still doing such a thing these days? I assume most of you that are attending are at least getting some covered by your company, no?

On Oct.17.2003 at 09:56 AM
pedro’s comment is:

All I can say is that whatever you all do, at least you will have an ALIBI!!!!

Sorry but couldnt resist the pun let alone manifest my regret of not being able to be anywhere near the site!!!

Enjoy you all fortunates

On Oct.17.2003 at 10:20 AM
marian’s comment is:

One of the keys to remaining wicked cool at this time of year in Vancouver is to carry an umbrella (black is safe, though mine, of course, is gold). You think the umbrella's uncool? Your other options are a) a soggy, dripping raincoat b) wet, flattened hair, soaked pants-cuffs, soggy collar and water droplets all over your tiny black glasses.

On Oct.17.2003 at 01:35 PM
Ginny ’s comment is:

SSSOOOO envious! SSSSOOOO poor!

Have fun and make sure chi-town is "rightously" represented!

On Oct.17.2003 at 04:26 PM
Abby’s comment is:

I'll be there if at all possible - unfortunately, my budget digs are about 2 miles away and I won't have my own car - but I'm thinking I'll do a little research on public transport. :)

On Oct.17.2003 at 09:52 PM
Kurtis’s comment is:

This sounds like a great idea, and as a vancouverite I can vouch for the coolness of the Alibi. Excellent place to hang. See you there!

On Oct.18.2003 at 02:30 AM