A few years ago at Build Conference in Belfast, The Standardistas, Christopher Murphy and Nicklas Persson, did a talk about journeymen.
A journeyman is someone who has perfected his/her craft by doing a series of apprenticeships learning every aspect of the trade. Not every apprenticeship will be directly linked to the trade, but the variety of environments will shape the overall skill of the journeyman.
It was that presentation that encouraged me to attend Point Conference. It's focused on design. Not web design. Just design. And so far (one fifth of the way in) I have no regrets. Looking at design from a different angle is inspiring.