I did something different for my presentation at BigD this year. Rather than rant about a hot topic, I told a personal story about my first design job and my first mentor in the industry, a guy named Max Wallace who hired me to learn. Everything was done by hand; paste-up, cold type, film development, and line drawings. I talked about the lessons I learned from a remarkable man and how they still influence the way I work today.
With his permission, I opened with Cennydd Bowles' Letter to a Junior Designer which you can find here.