Alt Design Summit 2012 Highlights

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Founded by Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom (a SAY Media partner), this year's sold-out Alt Design Summit in Salt Lake City brought together 500+ lifestyle, food, design and fashion bloggers to share ideas and connect with marketers. It was standing room only in the working sessions from Jan 18-21, and a feast for creative entrepreneurs. The speaker list reads like a who's who of lifestyle, design and fashion blogging.

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Among the attendees were Remodelista editor-at-large Sarah Lonsdale and Sarah Stringfellow of SAY Media. Sarah Stringfellow (pictured left) was also a speaker on the panel called Building Relationships with Ad Networks and Sponsors, along with Danielle Wiley from Sway Group, Erin Loechner from Design for Mankind, and Meg Keene from A Practical Wedding.

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Another highlight of the event: Ben Silbermann's keynote in which he talked about how he started Pinterest. Ben flashed this Venn diagram in his presentation to show how we felt when he was building the site. He was "humble, passionate and utterly inspiring," says Remodelista's Sarah Lonsdale. Can't beat that.

[Image credits: Alt Design, Justin Hackworth, Sarah Lonsdale]