Reporting from POINT, 2013

Last week, I got the chance to attend the brand new creative conference, POINT. I spent two days listening to a total 29 speakers over 26 talks; have a read about it on Digital Arts Online.

Selected speakers:
• Alan Fletcher – Film interview
• Andy Altmann – Why Not Associates
• Beau Lotto – Beautiful Mind
• Bruce Gilden – Magnum Photos
• Clare Sutcliffe – Code Club
• David Tonge – The Division
• Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby – Barber Osgerby
• Elliot Erwitt – Film interview
• Erik Spiekermann – EdenSpiekermann
• Gary Aspden – Adidas
• Gordon Young – Artist
• Jessica Dance & Robert Muller – Get Mullered and Dance
• Jonathan Barnbrook – Barnbrook
• Lucienne Roberts – GraphicDesign&
• Matt Webb – BERG
• Martin Grothmaak – Projekt Triangle
• Milton Glaser – Film interview
• Morag Myerscough – Studio Myerscough
• Nick Couch – Open Studio Club
• Nicolas Roope – POKE
• Oliver Reichenstein – Information Architects
• Phil Lewis – London Strategy Unit
• Rhonda Drakeford – Darkroom & Multistorey
• Seymour Chwast – Push Pin Studios

Moderators
• Henrietta Thompson
• Lynda Relph-Knight
• Patrick Baglee
• Patrick Burgoyne

One interview which didn’t make the Digital Arts article was a Q&A with David Hieatt, so I have included it here.

David Hieatt / Photo: Davy Jones © POINT

David Hieatt / Photo: Davy Jones © POINT

Q&A – David Hieatt

Q – How much of ‘authenticity’ do you believe lies within the people and the environment around the authentic ideas produced?

I guess it all starts with the people. So the authenticity stems from them and their determination to stay true to the original idea/ethos. Duke Stump, who runs The Do USA, says that it is not The Do Lectures job to create the magic, but to create a space where magic can happen. I like that thought.

Q – I love the thing you said about “What matters to me, and am I doing it?” – What tip would you give people to take the step to do what matters?

We are very good at giving ourselves reasons why we can’t follow our dreams. But they are barriers put there by ourselves (mortgages, school fee’s, expensive lifestyles etc.), and so can and will only be removed by ourselves. There comes a point when the cost of not doing the thing that matters to you is greater than following the dream. That is the point where change happens.

Q – And, lastly, what did you think if Point? Is this an authentic event?

I wasn’t there long enough to fully appreciate but there were some great people talking from the heart, which is a place where authenticity hangs out.

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Find more information about Point here.

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