19 posts categorized "Events"

She Says - Jobs of the Future

By mehera o'brien at 9:45 AM

Categories: Events

Shesaysinvitemay10  SheSays is a group dedicated to knowledge sharing, inspiration and networking for women in (digital) advertising. Started by two women creatives in London, SheSays is now also present in New York. With meetings each month hosted at agencies all over the city, speakers present on a myriad of topics that cater to all aspects of the industry. With a mentorship program to boot, it's a great way for women in the industry, or looking to get into the industry, to establish valuable relationships for their own career development. And it's not just focused on creatives. Speakers have included women who work in Planning, Account and the advertising press. They've also ranged from entrepreneurs who've successfully started their own businesses to those women sitting in upper management of some of the world's most well-respected marketing companies. 

I'll be speaking at the next SheSays New York event next week, hosted at LBi in The Puck Building. Topic: Jobs of the Future. For me, it's a perfect forum to talk about Interaction Design + Creative Direction. As well as other 'hybrid' jobs and career opportunities I see happening around us. If you have ideas, let me know. And if you'd like to attend (sorry, gentlemen!), RSVP now. The event is free. 

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May Meet Up

By mehera o'brien at 9:22 PM

Categories: Events

Next Arts, Culture + Technology Meet Up looks equally interesting. RSVP here
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Data Visualization Event

By mehera o'brien at 10:31 PM

Categories: Events

Global_6699993  Thanks to Wiley for getting me to attend the Data Mining & Visualization talk tonight. Organized by the New York Meet Up for Arts, Culture & Technology and hosted at Edelman tonight on Hudson, about 100 attendees listened to a diverse series of short talks. All interesting in their own way, they touched on different points of the data viz movement. From visualization as information that powers internal organizations such as museum collections to very cool art installations in the NY Times building and San Jose Adobe complex. All the speakers were great in their own way and included: Alexis Lloyd, Jonathan Cousins, Alex Mann, Piotr Adamczyk and Ben Rubin. If you're interested in the meet up, you can find it here: http://www.meetup.com/Arts-Culture-and-Technology/
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Chris Hacker Encore

By mehera o'brien at 9:59 PM

Categories: Events

So a few weeks ago I mentioned going to an AIGA event in which Chris Hacker, of J&J, spoke about sustainability in design. Tonight, those invited to the original event were invited to attend an encore presentation at the J&J Experience Lab in New York. I tried to bring my team, but unfortunately AIGA had to restrict the rsvp list. I was a bit disappointed that the presentation was the same, but I have to say that Chris was so engaging that hearing him speak again was still inspiring. His enthusiasm for what he does is infectious.

I was hoping we'd get a tour, but one wasn't offered. Seeing as the event ended around 8:45 pm, I thought it would be rude to ask. But he did show pictures of the studio. Everyone sits at a really long table (four tables, actually, placed end to end) and he said the six design teams don't sit according to those six teams. Instead, they all drew a spot out of a hat and sit at random next to each other in this cool, open space.

We've tried several seating configurations in our office and my colleague, also named Chris, hasn't given up suggesting we get back to the original office plan from 5 years ago. Everyone used to sit at random with everyone else. No delineation of account/project teams. No zones for departments. We were a start-up office back then and you basically took any free desk on your first day. Little structure. Lots of cross-pollination. It made me think of Cecilia's post the other day about design workspaces. 

Anyhow, the other thing I thought about from the talk tonight was that, even as digital people, we can all be a bit more sustainability minded. Even if what we make is virtual, we're using energy and paper and water everyday. How many people just turn off their monitors at the end of the day, but don't actually power down their computers, for example?

Chris Hacker suggested not getting bogged down in all the possibilities, or in being perfect. But just in starting small. For me, I need to sketch with pen and paper. I can't think on the computer. But what I'll start to do is take the long 30 sec walk to the printer room where a bin collects discarded print-outs and botched copier paper. And I'll sketch on the back of that instead.

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Rock Band Interface Event

By mehera o'brien at 11:48 AM

Categories: Events

Rockband_img_lrg Another awesome AIGA event. I won't be able to attend this one, but if anyone else goes and wants to tell us how it was, let us know. 
 
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SXSW 2010

By mehera o'brien at 10:51 AM

Categories: Conferences, Events

Sxsw 

Wrapping up tomorrow and apparently a smashing success. Of course, the twitter feeds I follow comment more on the social aspect of SXSW 2010, rather than the content, but we all know I'm still jealous I couldn't make it. :) 

 
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Sustainability Talk

By mehera o'brien at 10:39 AM

Categories: Events, Industrial Design / Products

Friday night I attended an AIGA New York event in which Chris Hacker, Chief Design Offer of Johnson & Johnson (and prior to that of Aveda), talked to the crowd about sustainable design. Through a few power point blunders, he charmingly worked his way through slide after slide of amazing results. For example, a simple change to a Splenda box, one barely noticeable unless he pointed it out specifically, has saved significant numbers of trees, CO2 emissions and production costs. 

But what I found most interesting in Chris' evening, which was co-hosted by several of his design colleagues, were a few of the key lessons that I think transcend the topic of sustainability. 

First, Chris noted a few challenges in the process of activating change in his organization. The two I found most relevant were (1) inertia is always easier than a new way of doing things and (2) there are often outright obstructionists. He said they can be quietly obstructive, or loudly so. They can be high up in the organization, or within the weeds. But they are there and they can destroy innovation. The way he handled it was perseverance. Making it clear he, and his vision, aren't going anywhere anytime soon. It wears the obstructionists down. 

Chris also said sustainability is a journey, not a a destination. And one of his team members talked us through a beautiful package design case that, from a sustainability standpoint, is considered an utter failure. But to recognize what works and what doesn't work is a brave step, and a point I found well made. 

Finally, the head of J&J's Convergence Lab talked about having "altitudes" of thinking. That is, being able to take a 50,000 ft view and a molecular view, of a particular problem or issue. She talked of inspiration and cultural themes. Of prototyping that includes not only physical models but also stories and scenarios, which of course made the ux designer in me happy. She concluded with an inspiring note about not only the future of our world, but the future of design. She challenged us to use our design DNA to imagine tomorrow. And to visualize it. 

Whether you are interested in sustainability, trying to build innovation into your organization, or just questioning your own job/role/company, I find these points well made. 

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If I weren't working today...

By mehera o'brien at 9:45 AM

Categories: Conferences, Events

I'd check out Miami Ad School's 3-day Digital Reboot workshop. With great speakers from R/GA, Google and Sapient, it's being held in their new Dumbo digs. I got a tour yesterday - the space is pretty inspiring with sweeping views of the water and lower Manhattan.
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AIGA Design Event

By mehera o'brien at 1:44 PM

Categories: Events

Excited to attend this event on Friday: http://www.aigany.org/events/details/10DS/
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