Alt Summit ended 10 days ago and I’m still trying to gather all the thoughts running through my head after attending this intense 3 day conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Maybe my brain needs a little bit of defrosting since the weather in SLC was something this California girl was not prepared for. Aside from the biggest mistake of not staying at the Grand America hotel for the conference, the rest was just one great moment after another at this 3 day inspiration-fest that they call Alt Summit. But I’ll spare you the pixels on the screen and only tell you my top moments (in no particular order) from Alt Summit 2013. Ready? Lets go.
Top Alt Summit 2013 moment #1
Ok, this was the coolest thing everrr. So, I’ve been following Promise Tangeman‘s work for a little less than a year now and boy is she phenomenal. I mean her work is superb (fyi, she’s a designer!) and her clients love her. Fast forward to Alt day 1, I was looking for my friend kind of lost in my own world and I heard someone say “Love your hair” to me. I snapped out of my daydream and, as my eyes focused, I saw Promise (I mean she’s probably like everyone’s hair idol, right?) smile at me as she walked away. This was one of those moments where you think you’ll act cool and everything will be just dandy. Nope! Not true. It took me a few seconds to even realize what had happened and then as she walked away, I think I said something like, “umm no I love your hair!” *Slow clap for Himani* Regardless, it was badass that Promise Tangeman thought my hair was cool. Alt Summit was off to a good start.
Here’s a hair tutorial by her, you know you’re dying to watch it.
Top Alt Summit 2013 moment #2
I got a chance to meet Katie Sokoler of Color Me Katie. She’s a self-proclaimed and confirmed (by me and everyone else at Alt) fun maker! Her perspective on life makes me happy. She was the last keynote speaker on Friday and honestly the beginning of her talk was a bit bumpy. I barely knew her or her work before but even I could tell she was uncomfortable on stage and wasn’t really into talking about herself. But the moment she got the chance to do what she does best, she killed it! She has a way to bring the fun out in a crowd and capture a moment that otherwise wouldn’t have even existed. I hope I get to meet her again in the near future.
Top Alt Summit 2013 moment #3
I mustered up the courage to say hi to Megan Gilger. The underlying theme at Alt was about taking a leap of faith and just DOING. I finally decided that I was being silly (after 2 glasses of champagne, but hey, whatever works, right?) and I said hi. And guess what? She said hi back and we then we talked. She’s actually the sweetest person! For those who don’t know, she’s the founder of Hitch Design Studio and also blogs over at The Fresh Exchange. I’ve been admiring her work for over a year now and I’m mostly obsessed with her amazing handwriting. I mean, she’s got mad type skillz, take a look:
Top Alt Summit 2013 moment #4