Why Go to VizThink 2009?

VizThink 2009 is quickly approaching (46 days to be exact) and things are really starting to heat up – we’re nailing down the final sessions & facilitators and just yesterday we announced the pre-conference workshop with Karl Gude, former graphics editor for Newsweek & the Associated Press.

Just for kicks I threw together a little “Why go to VizThink” video to hopefully convince a few of the fence sitters out there to come and join us in San Jose!

Of course I can be accused of being biased but the VizThink conferences are truly unique experiences and an absolute blast. The variety of people & backgrounds makes for some really interesting conversations and the content is always engaging and useful – One of the biggest complaints from last year was that people had difficulty choosing between all the sessions! I’m glad to say that the “problem” will probably be even worse this year – but we’ve got some ideas to help give people the opportunity to see more…

So come on down and join us in San Jose, Feb 22-25, 2009 – go to http://vizthink.com/vizthink2009 for more details and to register.

As an added bonus: If you register before Jan 15th use the code DCRC01 and you’ll get $100 off the regular attendee rate as well!

A Great Webinar, Dave Gray is coming to Toronto! and VizThink turns 1!

Wow – I hadn’t realize that I’d already gone two weeks since last posting. Needless to say it’s been a busy couple of weeks – since we last “chatted”:

1. New VizThink site
Part of preparing for the launch of the new community site (news coming very, very soon on that) was going back and making some changes to the VizThink public website to sort out some UI & IA issues that would have made adding a whole raft of new functionality to it very difficult. The redesign is live now – stop by and check it out!

2. Webinar with Nancy Duarte
Last week we had a great webinar session with Nancy Duarte, one of the presentation guru’s behind Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth” presentation deck. Over the course of an hour, Nancy walked the almost 140 viewers through her thoughts and ideas around creating and delivering effective presentations though tools like PowerPoint or Keynote – then finished up with a great Q&A segment.

If you missed it don’t worry – the entire session can be found here on the VizThink blog.

3. Dave Gray Workshop coming to Toronto
This is one of the more exciting developments for me personally – originally the plan had been to hold off on workshops until after the summer but Dave was available and we managed to pull another workshop together, this time in Toronto!

Dave does fantastic sections and a major reason I’m doing the job I am today was the session of Dave’s that I attended back in September of 2006. Dave has a really relaxed, fun delivery style and is easily one of the top minds in the industry today – if you can find a way to get to this session I highly, highly recommend it.

Find out more, or register, here.

4. VizThink is 1!

That’s right! Today, June 25th, marks the one year anniversary of VizThink as a full-fledged business (the Toronto community events predate the company by ~4 months). To celebrate, Tom, Chris & myself each got a photo of us out for some ice cream and having a beer (the beer and ice cream were consumed separately) – a distributed anniversary party if you will.

We’ve put together a couple of posts on the blog today for the anniversary, stop by and check them out: Anniversary Celebration & The Story of VizThink

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Upcoming VizThink Conferences (Europe ’08 & North America ’09) Announced.


Tom Crawford (CEO, VizThink) posted a quick “Save the Date” on the VizThink blog announcing the next two VizThink conferences.

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.

Can’t wait!

– Ryan

PS: don’t forget about the upcoming workshops with Dave Gray & Karl Gude in NYC & Chicago in early May