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My Steve Jobs Memory

October 6th, 2011 · Uncategorized

(Photo of Apple Store Soho sign, by Matt Day (CC BY-ND 2.0)

I had an indirect experience with Steve Jobs’ micromanager side when I was part of a recurring event at the Apple store in 2005 in SOHO. At this event people gave presentations about the (then) emerging phenomenon of video podcasting. The first time we did the event, one of the presenters showed a video that included some political commentary. The next time we came in, the manager nervously approached the presenters to make sure we weren’t showing anything overtly political. Apparently, some customer had complained to Apple and Steve personally called up the manager and reamed him out about it. I think it would have driven me nuts to work for a guy like that, but do respect his deep involvement in his company. He definitely sweated the details.


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Envizualize at the Technia PLM Forum in Sweden

September 16th, 2011 · business, envizualize, graphic facilitation, graphic recording, information design, large scale visual notes, storytelling, visual sensemaking, vizsales vizmarketing vizpersuasion

Jonny Envizualizes at Collaborative Innovation Forum 2010

Envizualize is going intercontinental next week. I will give the wrap up presentation at the Technia PLM forum in Stockholm after capturing the conversations with large scale visual notes.

Here is the welcome statement from Technia CEO, Jonas Gejer:

Technia Innovation Forum is about how PLM software solutions can help your company, regardless of industry, to become much more efficient in your product development. Topics of discussion will include but aren’t limited to the following:

How can PLM solutions help your company better manage product structures and components? How can “better management” help you cut costs and shorten time to market? Can PLM ensure and enforce that you are in compliance with regulatory demands? Could it possibly help you manage your certifications? How can PLM help you shorten the process for component reuse, make a few design updates, locate a supplier, and meet your target product launch date with the desired margin? All these questions and many more will be addressed on September 21st, 2011 in Stockholm. Industry experts and PLM gurus will share with you their hands-on experience how PLM can revolutionize the way you bring products to market.

I’m looking forward to meeting the participants and learning from the great folks at the Technia PLM Forum!

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Envizualize Will Be Graphic Recording at PodCamp Pittsburgh

September 16th, 2011 · business, edtech, entrepreneurship, envizualize, graphic facilitation, graphic recording, storytelling, visual sensemaking

browsing large scale visual notes at the collaborative innovation forum
(Envizualizations from another excellent event)

I will be capturing the first couple of sessions in the Hub at PodCamp Pittsburgh, Saturday, September 17. Stop by and say hi!

9:00 – 9:45 (HUB) Keynote Address – Norm Huelsman and Jeremy Fuksa

10:00 – 10:45 (HUB) Blogging 101: Intro to Blogging (Andrea Laurion)

(Maybe-they have not confirmed with me yet) 11:00 – 11:45 (HUB) Blogging 201: Keeping Your Blog Going (Michelle Hammons)

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Meet our daughter Josie!

July 29th, 2011 · Uncategorized

We’d love to introduce you to our baby girl, Josie! She was born yesterday in Pittsburgh. We have loved hanging out with her so far and are looking to wheelbarrows of fun with her. And since this is the Envizualize blog, I have included a little sketch.

Josie Sketch

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Pecha Kucha Night Pittsburgh, Vol. 8

July 1st, 2011 · information design, Information Visualization, storytelling, Uncategorized, visual sensemaking, vizsales vizmarketing vizpersuasion

Had a blast being part of Pecha Kucha Night Pittsburgh, Vol 8. I enjoyed everybody’s talks, and was honored to test out a new slideshow talk of my own on the packed-in audience.

Unfortunately I did not hand my camera off to someone to get a pic of myself rocking the mic. Anybody got a pic for me? If so, please send it to jonny(at)envizualize.com and I’ll add it to the set of images from that night.

Thanks to Assemble for hosting us and AIA and AIGA Pittsburgh for producing the event.

If you missed this one, come check me out this coming week, July 7, at 7:30 where I will be doing live illustration of peoples rants and raves about their neighborhoods, also at Assemble, 5125 Penn Ave in Pittsburgh.

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Envizualize Events: Pecha Kucha Pittsburgh June 30 and Envizualizing Your Neighborhood July 7

June 29th, 2011 · Uncategorized

I will be appearing at a couple of great community events in Pittsburgh in the next couple of weeks (assuming that our baby is not born early, in which case, I will be out of action for a bit.)

War on Sugar: Nixon Pic
1. Pecha Kucha Pittsburgh, Volume 8

Pecha Kucha is an event which happens in cities all over the world where people give 6 minute talks along with timed slides about whatever they want.

I will be giving a talk called “The War on Sugar” accompanied by my own hand-drawn illustrations. The talk is a thought experiment musing about what would happen if we banned sugar the way we banned a variety of other substances like cannabis, heroin, and methamphetamine. After all, sugar is very bad for us—over 71,000 people in the USA had diabetes listed as the cause of death in 2007. In the same year over 161,000 death certificates listed diabetes as a contributing factor, and surely over consumption of sugar was a contributor to many of those deaths. But would we want to criminalize consumption and production of sugar? Hmmm….Yes, okay, this is a thinly disguised indictment of the War on Drugs. For links to resources where you can learn more check here.

When: 8PM, Thursday, June 30

Assemble (Art and Tech Community Space)
5125 Penn Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15224

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Price: $5 at the door

2. The Good, Bad, and Unique of Your Neighborhood, Illustrated

In this event, attendees will describe what makes their neighborhood great, not so great, and just plain distinctive as I render their descriptions as illustrations on the wall so everyone can see the stories unfold with pictorial accompaniment. This should be a great way to learn about different parts of Pittsburgh and meet some community minded folks.

When: 7:30 PM, Thursday, July 7.

Where: Assemble (Art and Tech Community Space)

Assemble (Art and Tech Community Space)
5125 Penn Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15224

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Price: Free!

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Power of 32, Steering Committee Meeting, 6-22-2011

June 23rd, 2011 · business, edtech, entrepreneurship, envizualize, government, graphic facilitation, graphic recording, information design, Information Visualization, large scale visual notes, npTech, partnerships, sketchnotearmy, storytelling, visual sensemaking

Power of 32 Steering Committee Meeting, #1, 6-22-11

Power of 32 Steering Committee Meeting, #2, 6-22-11

Power of 32 Steering Committee Meeting, #3, 6-22-11

These are the visual notes I created during the Power of 32 Steering Committee Leadership Meeting that took place 6-22-2011.

View gallery of the visual notes here.

***Note: This is a snapshot of the conversation at this point in the Power of 32 process–not a definitive to do list.***

The Power of 32 is an unprecedented regional initiative to think and act in the interest of the 32 county region which comprises of parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Maryland. It contains urban areas such as Pittsburgh, Wheeling and Youngstown, as well as many small towns and rural areas. The 3 year effort has catalyzed over 150 community conversations in all 32 counties and over 15,000 sticky notes of ideas.

Community input created coalesced into 6 categories: economy, education, environment, people/community, governing, transportation and infrastructure.

It is clear that it is in the interest of this governmentally balkanized region to think of itself as a region. This is especially important because the none areas of the 4 states in the region are at the political center of their own states. There is strength in numbers, and it makes sense for the region to flex its regional muscles and tap into it’s enormous brainpower across jurisdictional boundaries of states, counties, and municipalities.

The findings of the project will be rolled out in force with a live special on WQED on November 3, 2011.

Ultimately, the Power of 32 is a citizen initiative, and needs citizen involvement to keep moving forward. To learn more and get involved, Visit the Power of 32 website here.

As a recent transplant to the region, this was an incredible meeting to be part of. I came out of it for even more appreciation for the region and its people than I had coming into the meeting.

Visual Notes by Jonny Goldstein, envizualize.com.

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