Shattered-Earth, on 19 May 2014 - 12:55 AM, said:
Cons/Suggestions: Would love if staff could utilize their great PA system more, specifically to announce when the alley was about to close (1 hr, 30 min, 15 min, 5 min and closure is good) so customers know when they have to leave and so artists aren't second guessing when they close. Also would be REALLY NICE if they could periodically announce that photos are NOT ALLOWED and that they need to ask permission of the artist/dealers before snapping photos. Anime Boston, Sakuracon, Fanime and others do this and it has dramatically cut down on the number of attendees that try to either sneak a photo or outright take photos as if they were entitled to.
And was it just me or was the AC blasted way too high on friday? My prints were basically flying away and I had to tape pipes and other objects to them as well as over load on tape on friday and saturday to keep my display okay D:! I think i was right under a vent but still quite unpleasant and i almost turned into a popsicle XD
Is there a good way to reach staff during the convention for issues btw? Like if another artist was causing a disturbance (yelling at attendees, grabbing them from other tables etc.) what should be the best course of action to get that mediated/discussed by staff?
Kikai, on 19 May 2014 - 01:33 AM, said:
Yeah you know, the only major problem I had this year was the PA system not saying "we will be closing in thirty minutes" etc. Friday there was good announcements about it, but not after. Also, was it just me or were hours not posted anywhere?
I kept referring back to the movie in packet but it seemed to imply that we opened at 9:00, not 10:00...and in years past the AA has always closed around thirty minutes to an hour after the dealers to get that traffic coming back from the dealers and get a couple more sales.
Tokoz, on 19 May 2014 - 07:30 AM, said:
Closing announcements would have been good, I agree, though I did appreciate the dimming lights to emphasize the point. That was a nice touch.
I think my main gripe this year was the blasting techno music from the exhibitors booths. There was one by the bathrooms, and one right at the end of my row, and they were both really, really loud. I have a couple sets of earplugs I wear for being in loud places like this, and the music overwhelmed even the "heavy duty" ones...
ranefea, on 19 May 2014 - 07:55 AM, said:
I completely agree about the PA system. I swear I remember there being closure notice announcements like that in the past. On the other hand, when they did actually announce that the Exhibit Hall was closed, it was very loud and clear.
I liked that the "No photos of artwork without permission" signs were there, but I agree that an occasional announcement would have been nice. I didn't have too much trouble with that this year, but I know others did. On the same lines, posting signs/making announcements to remind people to not block the tables or loiter in the middle of the aisles might be helpful, too.
Another con: I hated that the doors by the restaurant were exit-only. I understand WHY, but it made things more burdensome having to walk all the way around the convention center with our stuff and delayed artists and vendors from getting back to their booths in a timely manner. Setup/teardown on Friday/Sunday was OK since the loading doors were open, but every time in between was a problem. Maybe in the future an exception for artists and vendors can be made?
Yeah, the PA System is something we have to work on. I was one of the primary people using the PA System, and I got pulled in a lot of different directions all the time. After a while, we had someone who was able to fill in for me, but it would be better if we could have a system set-up that would announce times without needing staff intervention to announce.
The AC was actually off on Thursday and Friday.
They had the fans running, and it was pulling in cold air like a wind tunnel. Which was great, if you weren't near one of the vents. Sorry
That is something we can bring up to the venue next year.
For contacting staff, there was a number in the move-in packet that you could have txted if you weren't able to leave your table. Unfortunately, if didn't work as well as it could have. I am thinking about getting it printed on the folders instead of in the packet inside of the folders.