I’m sure by now, most of you have heard of Microsoft’s Photosynth technology – today’s iteration has been stripped back to a fairly straight forward panorama tool but for the purposes of this idea I’m thinking more of their early stages of the product as demoed here @ TED2007:
(The whole thing is interesting but skip to ~3:50 to see the specific use case I’m talking about)
Photosynth worked on a pretty basic premise; take a handful of wide establishing shots, then take lots of pictures from other angles and the software could then stitch them together and relate them to one another – resulting in what you see in the video above.
A couple of weeks ago we held the follow up to December’s hugely successful HoHoTo event which raised $25,000 for the Daily Bread Foodbank here in Toronto.
Held on August 18th, wright in the thick of a hot & sticky week here in Toronto, almost 500 people from Toronto’s technology, marketing, social media & visual thinking communities came out to support the party at the Wetbar & Suite 106 clubs (they’re two different floors of the same building).
While the summer kept our goals a little more modest – we’re pleased to have been able to raise over $10,500 as of the night of the event (a final tally is in the works) and as an added bonus we raised another few hundred dollars with a twitter auction of unclaimed raffle prizes. You can find photos from the evening on Flickr in the #hohoto pool.
The reality is, at this time of year, every penny counts. Like December, the middle of the summer is another spot where the foodbank sees fundraisers and donations drop off sharply. We’re pleased and proud to be able to pull together events in these “quiet” times that help give them an unexpected boost when they need it most.
Thanks to everyone in the community who came out and supported the event! If all goes well we’ll see you in December again.
Next Thursday, May 14th, 2009 a new series of lectures on the topic of Visual Thinking will be starting at the University of Toronto. It looks like a great lineup of speakers, bookended by two past VizThink conference facilitators, Neil Cohn & Colin Ware. At this point I’m planning to be at all of the lectures (and will be declaring them unofficial VizThink Toronto meetups at the same time ;) ). It looks like it should be a really interesting format – the talks start at 5:15 and go until 6:45pm but each talk will also be followed by a public “brainstorming session” that runs until 8:00pm – I have no idea what that entails but it sounds like fun.
If you’re planning to attend any of them drop me an email (ryan@ this domain) or ping me on twitter @ryancoleman & we can all plan to go for a drink after to continue the conversation (and see if we can’t convince the speakers I know to join us ;) ). I’ve also created the event at the vizthink site so RSVP if you’re coming.
What: KDMI Visual Thinking Lecture Series
When: Every Thursday from May 14 until June 18th @ 5:15pm
By this time next week FITC Toronto will be in full swing at the Hilton Toronto on Richmond Street. I’m personally excited just to be attending – I’ve watched FITC unfold from the sidelines over the past few years but haven’t been able to make it out before. I think their website sums it up best:
Now in its 8th year, FITC Toronto is one of the largest and longest running events of its kind in the world. With some of the most unique and engaging presenters from around the world, FITC Toronto is an information blitz of presentations, demonstrations, and panel discussions, sandwiched between our legendary FITC parties and abundant networking opportunities. Topped off with the FITC Award Show, it’s three days and nights that will leave you inspired, energized and awed.
Three full days and nights of events, plus one day of optional pre-festival workshops
Over 80 presentations and panels covering the Creative, Technical, and Business aspects of Flash and digital media
Over 1000 attendees from around the globe
Over 70 internationally renowned design and technology presenters
Includes the annual FITC Design and Technology Awards Show
Includes the ‘FITC Get a Job’ event on Saturday, April 25, a free-to-attend job fair for the Interactive industry
Catch my Session at FITC!
I’ll be doing the following session at FITC on the MondayTuesday morning:
Exciting Data: Effective Design for Information Heavy Graphics
Every designer’s nightmare is getting handed a pile of data and being asked to “make it pretty”. In this session we’ll look at techniques for depicting data or other information in an effective & visually appealing way. We’ll examine the fundamental dos & don’ts of information display and also look at examples of innovative information design. Participants will walk away from this session with a solid starting point for creating powerful designs when faced with data-heavy content.
Save on Registration!
FITC’s have sold out in the past and you don’t want to miss out on this event- click here to register.
BONUS: If you use the discount code “vizthink” you’ll save 20% off the cost of registration
As I’ve written about previously, the first conference – held earlier this year in San Francisco – was a huge success and a great experience – if you missed it be sure to set aside the following dates:
VizThink Europe ‘08 Berlin, Germany October 12 – 14, 2008 Registration Opens Next Week!
VizThink North America ‘09 San Jose, California February 22 – 25, 2009 Registration Opens in August!
Keep an eye on the VizThink site & blog for further announcements as registration opens up.
— PS: don’t forget about the upcoming workshops with Dave Gray & Karl Gude in NYC & Chicago in early May