I’ll be racking up some airmiles over the next couple of months, traveling to present at a series of excellent events.
At the end of April, I’ll be in Toronto for FITC, where I’ll be talking about data visualization, the NYTimes API, and showing a nice set of work that nobody has seen, yet. I’ll also be speaking on a panel called ‘Storytelling: Absorbed, Obsessed And Immersed‘ with Tali Krakoswky, John Underkoffler, Ben Kreukniet and Alex McDowell. FITC – April 24th to April 27th, Toronto, Canada
At the end of May I’ll be Newcastle to speak at Thinking Digital. This event brings together a group of interesting people from different disciplines – the venue and speaker lineup look fantastic. Again, I’ll be talking about data visualization, with an emphasis on deconstructing some of the work that I’ve done for Wired UK. Thinking Digital – May 25th to 27th, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
A couple of weeks later I’ll be in Minneapolis for my favourite event of the year – Flashbelt. I’ll be giving a completely new talk, which I will share details about over the next couple of days. If you’ve been thinking about coming to Flashbelt in previous years but have never taken the leap – this year is the year to do it. Flashbelt – June 13th to 16th, Minneapolis, USA
The most valuable thing I take out of being part of these events is meeting interesting people. If you are going to be around for any of these events and would like to meet for a beer – please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
On Wednesday I had the chance to talk at Flashbelt, a web media conference that I have been presenting at every year since 2004. I talked about data – how to get it, how to use it, and how & why it’s becoming more and more a part of our lives. I walked through some of the process behind my NYTimes API visualizations, my recent Wired UK NDNAD piece, and Just Landed.
I really enjoyed giving the presentation, and it was great to speak to a lot of interesting people at the conference before and after the talk. As promised, I’ve posted a .ZIP file with some simple Processing files to get you started exploring with the NYTimes ArticleSearch API – the link for that along with some other resources that I mentioned during the talk are listed below.
Some of you may be aware that this year’s Flashbelt conference ‘featured’ a controversial talk by Hoss Gifford. I’m not going to talk about my reactions in detail in this post as my intention here is to simply share some information related to my presentation. However, I will say that I believe that there is no room at all for content that is in any way demeaning to women at Flashbelt or at any other event. It’s inexcusable. I’m saddened that this happened – but was heartened this morning to read this very thoughtful response and call for discussion from conference organizer Dave Schroeder, along with some of the people who very rightly brought this issue to a public stage earlier in the week. It’s well worth a read.
Back to the resources. Here are a couple of images that I wanted to show in my presentation, but somehow forgot to include. The first is an abstract visualization of the word ‘organic’ in the NYTimes between 1981 and 2009. The second is a radial visualization of mentions of the Yankees & Mets in the same paper over the same period of time.
Finally, a list of links:
Please let me know if there’s anything I’ve missed. As always, I’d love to hear any feedback and suggestions from those who were in the audience. I’m already looking forward to next year!
I’ll be in good company at the TOCA ME Design Conference in Munich in March; other speakers for this one-day event include Joshua Davis, GMUNK, Joel Gethin Lewis and Strukt. The program combines a day of presentations, an exhibition of local and international artists, and of course a chance to meet and converse with a host of interesting people. I have heard nothing but great things about TOCA ME and I am very excited to be a part of this year’s event. TOCA ME Design Conference, Munich, 03.07.09
A month later, I’ll be heading down to Florida for this year’s warmest Flash conference – FOTB Miami. The average temperature in Miami in April is 76º, which certainly seems appealing given the chilly weather that has assailed North America lately. On top of the climate, Conference organizer extraordinaire John Davey has put together a great program for this 3 day event. I’d list the names here, but there are too many – check out the site for all of the details. The conference is an excellent value, and a rare chance for those of you in the Southern USA to get to a Flash conference without a lot of travel. Get your Early-bird tickets now, and your drinks-with-umbrellas-in-them in April! Flash on the Beach Miami, South Beach, 04-06.09-04.08.09
Fall is sneaking up on us fast, and with it comes two brand new Flash conferences that I will be speaking at: Flash on the Beach, and Flash on Tap. At both conferences, I will be presenting a new session titled Emergence, in which I will sneak peak some brand new work, and talk in detail about my ongoing Colour Economy project. Here’s the session description:
Emergence refers to the way that complex systems and patterns arise out of relatively simple interactions. In this session we’ll look into some of the ideas behind emergence, and will explore in detail the role it plays in the creative process. We’ll talk about the effects of emergence in a variety of diverse areas, including economies, ecologies, and, of course, barrooms. Along the way, I’ll show a variety of new generative works which tread into emergent territories, and will unravel some of the underlying code that brings these projects to life.
Flash on the Beach is actually in its second year, though this will be my first chance to attend. Held in Brighton, UK, the conference is attracting a big range of speakers, with Flash favourites like Brandan Hall, Mario Klingemann and Robert Hodgin being joined by some interesting outside speakers, like artist Jonathan Harris (wefeelfine.org). Word from the organizers is that there are only a few tickets left. Last year’s event garnered rave reviews from pretty much everyone involved – I am hoping that FOTB08 will bring more of the same.
The new kid on the conference block is Flash on Tap. Yes, this conference is exactly what you (and I!) hoped it might be – a conference combined with a beer festival. The three day conference is scheduled with mornings of one-hour presentations followed by afternoon keynote sessions on the second and third day – the first day consists of workshops. On all three days there are beer-themed events in the evening – beer tastings, parties, and other events. Not surprisingly, the flash/beer combo has attracted a stellar list of speakers – though I noticed reading the bios that a few of the speakers don’t drink beer at all! Scandalous! Flash on Tap runs October 7th, 8th, and 9th. You can register for the conference on the website.