I have been attending SXSW for the last 8 years for New Riders marketing the latest books and videos in how-to instruction from the Web’s thought leaders, and meeting with potential authors. In that time period the Interactive attendees eclipsed the Music portion of the show. With the explosion of Web 2.0 hipness and social media, SXSW became a focal point for leaders and innovators to come together and discuss future directions of the Web and related media. Web movers and shakers like Jeffrey Zeldman, Aaron Walter, Chris Schmidt, Ze Frank, and Molly Holzschlag were convening and sharing ideas in Austin over beers and live music. Well this is still happening! and if you have never been to SXSW than you better find a friend who has a hotel because they sell out as soon as the show goes on sale. You can still get passes to the show so don’t worry about that.
SXSW truly is an event to behold. More importantly it is the one place where you can immerse yourself in a week of high energy contact with like minded people who are bringing their ideas specifically to share and explore the possibilities. I know all this sounds like hyperbole but take it from a person who has seen the show grow and has represented many of the speakers, and has literally spoken to 1000’s of attendees – this is the palce to be. If you are a web designer, web-entrepreneur, developer, social media marketer, digital media artist or any variation of you will find that the sessions and networking available are a gold mine of opportunity. Now I will admit that with change and growth, comes growing pains – so some folks who have been SXSW devotees may fall off because they have a romantic memory of what it was – but that change also brings in new waves of digital media discovery.
If you do happen to come than make sure you come see me! Come tell me what you are percolating in that creative mind of yours. I will be in the New Riders booth #524. The first 10 people to mention this post will get a New Riders “Be Responsive Y’all” T-Shirt!
There are gobs of photo apps and many of them are quite good. When you start adding photos apps to your iPhone the one thing you will notice is that some of them have similar features and before you know it you have the same feature in multiple apps. It is sort of like kitchen appliances. There are some who solve many tasks but they include a task that is solved by other appliances. How many types of appliances blend food? traditional blender, hand blender, small food processor, large food processor, …etc. Enough!
Plastic Bullet is a great photo app that does something the others don’t…it simply makes all photos look great! The algorithym in this app includes color variation, black and white, high and low contrast, feathered edges, blur and it does them all very well. At a $1.99 this is a must have app. The beauty of the app is it makes all the decisions for you and you need only hit apply and you get a shot of four choices each time. Keep applying the filter until you get what you like. There is built in sharing for facebook, twitter, and saving to your photo library. Made by the folks who at Red Giant, I highly recommend you get this app. Check out the gallery attached to the link in this post….you are going to love it!
December Holiday Sale at the INFERNO gallery
“Made in the Vulcan Studios”
Paintings, sculpture, prints, objects d’art, jewelry, strange gifts and more!!! All made by artist in the Vulcan Studios.
6pm to 9pm
Also Open Sunday December 11th 11am- 5pm
Santa Claus is coming to the INFERNO and he is bringing art from East Oakland. Lots of great gifts for X-mas, Kwanza, Festivus, Chanukah and Solstice. Artists include: Helena Bianca, Lorely Bunoan, Ren Dodge, Stearns Forest, Sterling, Ezra Li Eismont, Susannah Israel, Michelle Palmer, Gary-Paul Barbosa Prince, Barbara Rogers,, Charity Romero,William Winkler, and more!
Right now is one of the most exciting times to be a designer/developer. Adobe MAX is Adobe’s premier event where they roll out new products and test the waters with their core group of design and development partners. I’ll be there with Adobe Press and Peachpit. Adobe is set to make some big announcements – so keep your eyes peeled for the news on Adobe.com.
Actor Rainn Wilson will be emcee at the Adobe MAX Awards which should make for quite a ceremony. The awards will be broadcast live so if you are not there you can still catch it here.
There is also the big news that Weezer will be playing at the Adobe MAX Bash. This year promises to be a big Hoooha!!
Also check out Peachpit’s MAX page for cool deals on Adobe related learning products.
If you are not going this year make plans to attend next year in the meantime you can stay connected with MAX social media resources below:
@AdobeMAX: The main account from which we’ll send conference highlights, news, and even a few surprises.
@AdobeEvents: The account that will address event logistics and answer general MAX questions about rooms, sessions, WiFi, and food. This account will be following the conversation around #MAXhelp closely.
#AdobeMAX: The main MAX hashtag. Make sure you include it in all of your tweets.
#MAXhelp: Use this hashtag to notify us about event logistical issues.
Product Twitter accounts for updates during the conference.