Two-day 5D Confab Eyes Immersive Design

The first edition of 5D: The Future of Immersive Design Conference will offer panels, workshops and presentations on the brave new world of emerging design and technology at the University Art Museum of Cal State Long Beach Oct. 4-5. Director Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy), Joseph Kosinski of TR2N and John Tarnoff of DreamWorks Animation are some of the speakers slated for the event. The conference is produced by Art Directors Guild and UAM Cal State Long Beach, and sponsored by Autodesk.

‘The culture of design is being redefined,’ says Alex McDowell, co-founder of 5D and head of the Art Directors Guild Technology Committee. ‘This groundbreaking international conference explores the profound impact of rapidly changing technologies in design for narrative media for artists, designers, scholars, educators, and students. Our definition of narrative media is shifting dramatically as traditional storytelling disciplines expand and converge.’

Among the show’s highlights are the keynote speech about transmedia entertainment by M.I.T. media scholar Henry Jnkins on Saturday at 8:30 a.m and the ‘Design in Flux: Immersive Design and the New Visual Narrative’ panel on Sunday at 12:45 p.m. with production designer Rick Carter (James Cameron’s Avatar), Tino Schaedler (the Harry Potter series), Sebastian Sylwan (Autodesk’s senior industry manager for film) and Habib Zargarpour (senior arts director, Electronic Arts).

Attendees at the 5D Conference can also take part in sponsored workshops designed by leading companies in the content and technology fields including Autodesk, DreamWorks Animation, ILM, OTC Prods., and Walt Disney Imagineering.

Tickets are available online only at through September 26. Attendees may also register onsite at no additional cost. For more information on special rates, contact Rachel Ramirez at 714-374-1140 ([email protected]).