17 September 2007

Announcing VizThink 08

VizThink 08 lineup, originally uploaded by dgray_xplane.

I'm pleased to announce that I will be facilitating at VizThink 08, a new event that's kicking off this coming January in San Francisco.

Here's some information from the VizThink home page:

"Who are visual thinkers? Visual thinkers are people who use graphic design, images, pictures, video, animations, sketches, and other forms of visual art for communications and learning.

VizThink will bring together several hundred participants from the best of the best in our industry with participation by trainers, marketers, presenters, executives, planners, strategists, and managers, just to name a few.

While each approach may be different, the attendees all share the same philosophy in the power of visualization for learning and communication. We believe that by bringing these diverse groups together, we'll create a community that can take the industry to a new level and invite you to take part."
Here's a list of the speakers that have confirmed so far. I'm excited that I will be facilitating workshops and dialogue with them. Click the links for more information.

1. Christine Martells, 2. Neil Cohn, 3. Nancy Duarte, 4. David Sibbet, 5. Nigel Holmes, 6. Eileen Clegg, 7. Robert Horn, 8. Stephen Few, 9. Dave Gray, 10. Karl Gude, 11. Scott McCloud, 12. Dan Rose

I'm also helping to organize the conference, so if you have ideas for speakers or sessions, please let me know in the comments section.

I'll be posting more about VizThink in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

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Menelaos Gkikas said...

Very interesting! I think i'll make the unification of your two paragraphs, below VizThink home page.
All possible forms of visual art, provided in the visual thinking toolbox, can be synthesized creatively in a simple and concrete communication process, for the purpose of volume thinking! Have a nice day.

Matt said...

Man, this sounds good (start plotting to see how he can go... or how he can convince Dave to do it all again in Madrid...;-)

Anonymous said...

Wow. I bet that there will be some good visual presentations come out of this -- and maybe even a monster mind map of the knowledge that's exchanged.

Unknown said...

I'd appreciate more details about the sessions. The website lists speakers and their backgrounds, but doesn't say what they will discuss. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for share the good news and congratulations for be a part of a great panel!

I am a big fan of Scott Mccloud. I am going to prepare some questions and comments to him.

Unknown said...

Hi Mark,

I will pass on your request. In the meantime, what would you like to see happening in the sessions?


Unknown said...

I teach computer programming so I would like sessions on integrating visual thinking into training.

Here are a few things I wrestle with:

- how to take something inherently textual like computer code and make it visual

- which colors and shapes show success/failure/time passing, etc.

- how to resolve the tension between in-class use (when the instructor is present) and after-class reference (when the student is on their own), i.e. how much detail to include on visual courseware elements

- how to decompose a large drawing into pieces that will each fit on a single PowerPoint slide


dave davison said...

hi dave - I definitely plan to be there. I'd like to talk with the event organizer about an uber-visualization of the conference along the lines we have discussed in the past.

I also saw your work describing my son Scott's company Raydiance and the tattoo removal app. see Thoughts Illustrated: Congratulations to my son Scott - in the current issue of Wired

Unknown said...

Hi Dave! I will introduce you to Tom Crawford, VizThink CEO.

Unknown said...

Hi Mark, thanks for your comments. We've been working hard to get the site ready to hold all more information about the conference. Today, we launched a revised home page, plus added pages for sessions, session formats and topics.

We won't have all of the session topics up for 6 or 7 more weeks, but we'll be adding them to those pages as they come in, so check back frequently for more updates. As always, all changes and additions are announced on the blog, so you can subscribe to updates at http://www.vizthink.com/blog.

Thanks for your interest. I hope to see you at the conference!