Pandemic aside, the fact that we don’t do this more often is really the thing to question here. In any case, we took a field trip up to Lake Placid — in what turned out to be an ideal stretch of October weather — to rest, recharge, and rekindle our creative fires.
With ADK, Dan and Team Create Upstate pursued a fresh take on what was a conventional conference format. An autonomous schedule replaced the traditional gauntlet of speaker-led sessions. Pondside group chats replaced far-too-brief to an old friend during a snack break. Candy red maple trees served as wayfinding markers instead of event signage.
Supremely underrated: active recovery, time away from a screen, and making new friends.
Create Upstate ADK was a reminder of the vibrant community we’re lucky to be a part of.
Genuinely kind, talented people are continually doing the work to make Upstate NY a design-rich neck of the woods. We’re proud to be a part of the mix and can’t wait for the next opportunity to talk fonts and foliage.