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Heather Willems of Imagethink to Co-emcee the Connect! 2012 IFVP Conference

February 5th, 2012 · Uncategorized

Heather Willems of Imagethink, one of the most talented visual scribes I know, has signed on to co-emcee the Connect! 2012 IFVP Conference.

Heather is not only an accomplished graphic recorder, she also has great energy. Can’t wait to work with Heather to weave what is going to be a powerful conference.

What is the conference about? We are calling it Connect! IFVP 2012, because it’s about the power of visual thinking to help groups connect to understanding and action. It’s about the power of visual thinking to create better meetings, better understanding within groups, and better problem solving between people.

Visual thinking has been getting a lot of buzz lately due to bestselling books like Back of the Napkin, viral videos like RSA Animate, and the emergence of design thinking in business.

IFVP (The International Forum of Visual Practitioners) is a global organization of people who use visual processes to facilitate team learning. The conference will be composed of hands-on mini-workshops, thought provoking keynotes, and an “unconference” section where participants can create self organizing discussions around topics of interest.

The three organizing themes will be business (the business of visual practice, and applying visual practice to help businesses), technology (the effect of and possibilities of technology on visual practice), and art (the craft and soul of visual practice).

If you are interested in learning, sharing, and networking with other visual thinkers register here. Earlybird rates apply until February 25. Spaces are limited, so register now.

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Three visual perspectives on the debut of the Creative Technology Network

February 1st, 2012 · Uncategorized

I always enjoy creating illustrated notes alongside other visual synthesizers. Three of us joined forces last week at the Carnegie Museum of Art at the debut of the Creative Technology Network, an initiative of the Pittsburgh Technology Council.

The event showcased 6 innovative Pittsburgh based companies ranging from medical device makers, Body Media, to experience design firm, MAYA, to roboticists (who make stuff for parents and babies) 4moms.

There is something brewing in Pittsburgh. With it’s myriad universities, and its burgeoning medical, robotics, design, media, and technology sectors, new companies are coalescing and creating better products and services. The recipe for creativity in Pittsburgh combines “Hyper-intelligence with a blue collar work ethic,” according to Tim Fletcher of Daedalus.

Below are notes by Leah Silverman, Emily Marko, and myself, capturing different facets of the event.

Leah Silverman--Creative Clash Visual Synthesis
Visual notes by Leah Silverman

Creative Clash Charts-jonny1
Illustrated notes by Jonny Goldstein

Creative Clash-Emily Marko Visual Notes
Illustrated notes by Emily Marko

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Envizualize at Pecha Kucha Pittsburgh, Student/Faculty Edition

January 31st, 2012 · envizualize, information design, Information Visualization, presentation design, public speaking, storytelling

Where: AVA Lounge, 5972 Baum Blvd. Map
Tickets: $5 at the door

I am looking forward to giving a picture talk at Pecha Kucha Pittsburgh 10, Student/Faculty edition. This episode of Pecha Kucha is for students and faculty of any university. Undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty from multiple universities pulse their intellectual energies throughout the Pittsburgh metro region: Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne, Point Park, Robert Morris, Washington and Jefferson, Chatham, Carlow University, are just a few of the Pittsburgh area colleges. Even though I teach at a university in Philadelphia, they graciously slid me into the lineup.

If you haven’t been to a Pecha Kucha event, the format is simple: speakers give brief talks accompanied by 20 slides, timed at 20 seconds per slide. It’s a kind of speed reading of the world of ideas and experience, interwoven with imbibing tasty beverages and informal chitchat. I will be speaking about the unique perception of power one develops as a global nomad. I gave this talk at TEDxPittsburgh a couple of months ago. If you can’t make it to Pecha Kucha, you can see my talk the video above.

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Envizualizing The Future of Creativity, Technology and a New Innovation Community in Pittsburgh at Creative Clash

January 25th, 2012 · graphic recording, Information Visualization, large scale visual notes

I’m looking forward to creating real-time Envizualization at Creative Clash! along with fellow Pittsburgh based visualizers Leah Silverman and Emily Marko.

The event will focus on the intersection of art, entertainment, and technology in Pittsburgh. Here’s the official blurb:

Creative Clash! The Future of Creativity, Technology and a New Innovation Community in Pittsburgh
Thursday, January 26, 2012

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: The Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh 15213-4080
Pittsburgh is a city rich with creativity and innovation. Now, how do we take our success to the next level? Heralding the Council’s new Creative Technology Network, and presented in partnership with the Carnegie Museum of Art, Creative Clash! will explore Pittsburgh’s history and future as a key innovator at the intersection of art and technology. Today, industries including design, gaming, filmmaking, advertising, education, fine-art, production, robotics, digital media – and much more – are coalescing to make Pittsburgh home to a thriving creative technology community. Join us, and join the conversation, as we examine what it takes to sustain and grow this exciting community!

Creative Clash! will show you some of the great things that are happening around our city right now, and will open discussions as to what more we can do to elevate this community to the next level of success. Event moderator Lynn Zelevansky, Director of the Carnegie Museum of Art, will ask the big questions to a diverse panel of industry leaders, including:

MK Haley, Associate Executive Producer at Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center, and Manager of Internal Communications, Disney Research Labs

Gregg Behr, Executive Director of the Grable Foundation, and founder of Pittsburgh Kids &Creativity

Carl Kurlander, Executive Producer of Steeltown Entertainment, and film/television screenwriter and producer

Tim Fletcher, Business Development Manager, Daedalus, and US Government Liaison Officer, Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA)

Rob Deaner,Partner at Market Street Sound,and Vice President of the Pittsburgh Advertising Federation.

Plus, special presentations by Schell Games, Animal Studios, MAYA Design, 4 Moms, Firehouse Creative and BodyMedia!

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Envizualize at TEDxPittsburgh

January 4th, 2012 · envizualize, information design, Information Visualization, storytelling, visual sensemaking

It was a pleasure and honor to be invited to speak at TEDx LeadershipPittsburgh a few weeks ago. The conference theme was “Power” in all it’s permutations. This video shows my talk “A Nomads View of Power.”

You can see videos of all the excellent talks here, assembled by the good folks at Leadership Pittsburgh.

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Art and Code: DIY 3D Visualization and Sensing

October 23rd, 2011 · edtech, envizualize, graphic recording, Information Visualization

See the complete set of graphic recordings I did at Art and Code: DIY Sensing and Visualization here.

The conference, orchestrated by Golan Levin, explored the fascinating world of do it yourself 3D sensing and visualization with artists, hackers, and designers from all over the world. The Microsoft Kinect recently changed this field drastically by providing powerful, low cost 3D sensing to a mass market.

Chase No Face / BELL from zach lieberman on Vimeo.

Here is an example of what a group of artists did with a Kinect to make a music video. From the description: “Visuals by Zach Lieberman, Francisco Zamorano, Andy Wallace, and Michelle Calabro. (note: no post-production effects were used in this video. everything on the face is happening in real-time, via hacked Kinect, laptop and LED projector. It’s built using FaceTracker code from Jason Saragih)”

Thanks to Golan Levin, and Drue Miller for having me at the event, and Microsoft for making the conference possible.

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IFVP Conference 2012: Connecting Art, Technology, and Business in the City of Bridges

October 19th, 2011 · business, edtech, entrepreneurship, envizualize, graphic facilitation, graphic recording, information design, Information Visualization, large scale visual notes, npTech, partnerships, storytelling, technology, visual sensemaking, vizsales vizmarketing vizpersuasion, workshops

I am thrilled that the International Forum of Visual Practitioners 2012 conference will be happening in my current hometown, Pittsburgh, the City of Bridges. Pittsburgh holds the world record for number of bridges, edging out Venice by four bridges. I think this is very appropriate to the IFVP conference, as we help our clients connect to their best vision and to visual plans to execute their goals to achieve their vision. The conference themes are art, techology, and business. We want to help visual practitioners build bridges to new skills, ideas, and relationships to help them increase their impact and success. And we want to help people from the business, government, and nonprofit sectors learn more about how visual practice can help them.

I created the video above to help spread the word about IFVP 2012. Pittsburgh is an amazing city to hold this conference. It is within a days drive or a short flight from 50% of the population of North America. It is gorgeous—surrounded by wooded hills and renewed by three major rivers. Pittsburgh successfully bridged an industrial past to a knowledge industry present. Pittsburgh pivoted from steel to education, technology, healthcare, banking, and robotics, capitalizing on its 7 universities, including Carnegie Mellon University which has the top ranked computer science program in the USA, and the University of Pittsburgh, with its spin-off UPMC medical system, which has grown to an international health care provider (need an organ transplant in Sicily? UPMC manages that.)

Graphic Recorders in Pittsburgh
Plus Pittsburgh has a core of dedicated visual practitioners who are excited about hosting what is going to be an amazing event. Look forward to seeing you in late July 2012 in Pittsburgh. Stay tuned for final dates in the next couple of weeks. And when you come, be sure to have a few of these Pierogies, a Pittsburgh specialty.

Neuvo Pierogis

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