Alt Summit Wrap Up: 5 Things I Didn't Expect to Learn

Alt Summit Wrap Up5 Unexpected Things I Learned at Alt Summit

Hello friends! I’m back! I guess I didn’t really go anywhere, Alt Summit was in my home town but it sure feels like I’ve been gone for weeks. You know how it is when it you have jam-packed days.  I learned a ton while I was there.

I had a great time with my friend Shaunna from A Style Moment, and meeting bloggers I love like Erin from Art Social plus some new friends. But really, I went to learn how to be a better blogger. Looking back I’m not sure what I was expecting but I ended up learning a lot of things that I sure didn’t expect.

First off, I am dying to get a 3D printer. I think it would actually provide me with a viable way to produce the jewelry I design at an affordable price. Right now, it takes me so long to make anything that in order for me to pay myself, I would have to charge a whole lotta, which is why I don’t really sell any of it. Anyhoo, for lunch on Thursday we were all not only given a copy of the book Makers: The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson, but we were able to see him speak. I can’t wait to dig into his book! He has me sold on 3D printers and digital design.

I also didn’t expect to like Illustrator, I signed up for the design camp because it was the only one open when I got my ticket, boy was I lucky. Melanie Burk from Fifth & Hazel has such an enthusiasm for the software that I couldn’t help but fall in love with it too. I went from wanting to cry when I opened the program to making the image you see above, woop! I can’t wait to take more classes from Melanie over at Nicole’s Classes.

At my dinner with The Honest Company, I learned that they love working with DIY bloggers. It’s given me all sorts of idea for DIY’s I can do with products from different brands.

In my tabletop photography class with Nicole of Nicole’s Classes I learned that PNG images actually show up CRISPER and CLEARER than jpg’s. Who knew? Apparently not Facebook. You should always save your images for web as PNG’s unless you are putting them on Facebook, they only allow jpg’s for some reason.

Lastly, the raddest thing that I learned at Alt Summit was that Katie of the amazing blog Color Me Katie was able to get over her self-consciousness by posing nude for art classes. That is actually on my 101 in 1001 Day Zero list. Might be time to get on that soon. I’m not sure if I will ever be that brave, but it seems like the fast track to learning to be comfortable when completely vulnerable.

Yeah, life changing stuff. And to think, I thought I was going to learn about ad networks.

Images via Smile Booth and  Alt Summit photographers Justin Hackworth and Brooke Dennis. 

13 Responses to Alt Summit Wrap Up: 5 Things I Didn't Expect to Learn

  1. Thanks for sharing! Great tips and will look into some right now. Not sure I’m brave enough to pose naked yet though. 😉

  2. Love your takeaways from Alt! I’m going through my notes and will be for the next few weeks trying to absorb all that I learned and experienced. Yay!

  3. I didn’t even know what Alt Summit was until this post but you have jammed so much info in here …. thank you! Who knew about PNGs? I’ll have to practice with that ….. as I am still a photography and Photoshop newbie. Well, more like preemie. (sigh) Tip #1 is my absolute favorite, although I would NEVER muster enough courage to pose naked. Thank you for sharing your experiences and these links, I’m going to be busy surfing the Web today when I should be doing laundry and packing for a trip overseas. Blessings to you!

    Nicole @ Three 31

  4. Wow girl! Awesome experience. I love the “info graphic”. I’ve got to get better with pictures period. Glad you enjoyed SITStah! Posing naked…can’t even wrap my head around that one!