Saturday, February 2, 2008

VizThink 2008

Just got back from the VizThink conference a few days ago and trying to figure out what's next. My original intent in going was to see if I could pick up some visual communication tips for websites (I'm a freelance web developer). I wasn't sure what to expect from the conference, but something happened that I really wasn't expecting.

The energy level was pretty high as 390+ visual thinkers congregated to learn, grow and share visual learning and communication techniques. What I wasn't expecting was that beginning on the first morning, the conference awakened the long-dormant visual communication inclination in me. After two packed days of general sessions and break-out sessions I found myself energized with the goal of trying to incorporate visual thinking and visual communication into what I do.

In the last general session on Tuesday, Matt Homann from XPLANE, led an exercise where he had everybody respond to three questions: 1) Why am I here? 2) What have I learned? 3) What am I going to do next? He asked that everyone answer in a pseudo-haiku of 5-7-5 words ( I thought a true haiku doing 5-7-5 syllables would have been more interesting, but ...) Anyway, here's my responses written down on 3x5 cards:

Now that I've been back home for a few days, I'm still trying to figure out #3, how to apply. The main idea I've had so far is that I need to try to keep the "VizThink Buzz" alive by doing something with it daily. Being a web guy and a blogger, the only idea I've been able to come up with so far is to blog about it. This blog is the result.

So, my intent over the next few posts is to write some blog articles about some of the sessions I attended, hoping that will keep the spark alive.


Brandy said...

Congrats on the new blog! My third slide from Tom Homann's closing was to resurrect my VisCom blog . Thanks for the link on the right + see you in cyberspace.

Makani said...

Thanks Brandy. I like the graphic notes you took and posted on the Vizthink.