San Francisco will host thousands of designers from around the world when CONNECTING'07, the Icsid/IDSA World Design Congress, comes to town October 17-20. As the largest and most influential gathering of industrial designers to date, CONNECTING'07 will fill three major Nob Hill sites with prominent speakers, exhibits, and events. Related activities will also spill into the surrounding city, with many of San Francisco's design studios, companies, museums, design schools and stores holding receptions, open houses and tours. Representatives from nearly 500 internationally renowned corporations, design firms, government entities, and higher education institutions, spanning more than 35 countries across the world have made arrangements to attend.
"Connecting" will serve as the Congress' overarching theme as well as its name. Participants will explore the implications of an ever more connected world, and the ways in which designers can positively influence connections between business, brands, services, technology, and populations. More than 220 speakers -- including designers, educators, business leaders, innovators, and scientists -- will take the stage over the course of three days. Among them will be Hartmut Esslinger (the founder of frog design), Paul Saffo, Naoto Fukasawa, Bruce Sterling, Yves Behar, and many other design luminaries. Two Design Galleries will show off some of the hottest new products, technologies, and techniques on the market, as well as winners of the 2007 International Design Excellence Awards co-sponsored by BusinessWeek and IDSA.
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