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!

Catch me at FITC Toronto, VizThink San Jose in 2009…

I’ll be speaking/facilitating at the following conferences (so far) in 2009:

VizThink 2009 – San Jose, CA | Feb 22-25, 2009
The first one is pretty obvious (seeing as it’s my job and all) – February 22-25, 2009 I’ll be at VizThink 2009 in San Jose, CA for our North American conference. I don’t what exactly I’ll be doing there yet but I’ll certainly be involved and will probably end up facilitating some component of one of the general sessions. We’ve also got some other interesting format ideas percolating – I’ll share as they firm up/get decided.

Early registration for VizThink 2009 is on until November 30 – so if you’re thinking about coming it’s worth signing up sooner rather than later. It’s shaping up to be a great show, some crowd favorites are back (with new sessions/content) including Nancy Duarte, Dave Gray, Bob Horn and Dan Roam and we’ve got a whole host of new facilitators that will be announced in the coming weeks (like Indexed‘s Jessica Hagy – but you didn’t hear that from me ;) ).

FITC Toronto – Toronto, ON | April 26-28, 2009
I’ll also be speaking at FITC Toronto next year. You can see my session description here. Basically I’ll be laying out some fundamentals for designing data for presentation. The goal is to have participants walk away from this session with a solid starting point for creating powerful designs when faced with data-heavy content.

FITC’s super early-bird registration expires on December 1 and their early bird registration expires on February 1, 2009.

Other Events/Opportunities
I’m proactively working on getting a few other engagements together for 2009 – if you’re running a show/conference and looking to add some sessions with a little more visual focus by all means drop me an email to rcoleman (at) vizthink.com

There will also be a VizThink panel at SXSWi this year – Tom Crawford (VizThink CEO) will be on it with some other familiar faces from the visual communication issue. I’m twisting Tom’s arm to get myself down there so I can at least see it but either way, if you’re in Austin for the event be sure to check it out!

– Ryan