(Capturing conversation at the community partnership workshop)
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Helping plan and run an International Forum of Visual Practitioners (IFVP) conference was a powerful learning experience, once that I am still processing a month after the 2012 event. It was great to go through all the photos in the conference photo group to find these. The thing that made me happiest of all, was seeing the number of people who showed interest in helping produce the 2013 conference! It was a privilege and an honor being part of IFVP 2012. I was very excited to see a number of people show interest in producing IFVP 2013 in NYC. That kind of passion and ownership from the community bodes well for the IFVP and for visual practice.
At MAYA Design. One thing we did differently this year: we held a few sessions offsite at MAYA and at the Toonseum.
Roberta Faulhaber, at the offsite mini-workshop at MAYA Design, visually exploring how to communicate the business value of one of her services.
Mike Roy led the mini workshop on developing a visual statement that communicates the value of our services.
Where one of the early planning sessions for the conference took place, Leah Silverman’s chalkboard equipped closet . That’s Leah Silverman, Emily Marko, and myself from left to right.
A video I produced to promote the conference which they showed in Hawaii. Most people don’t know much about Pittsburgh, so we thought it would be useful to make a little informational video.
Pittsburgh City Council Representative Bill Peduto sponsored a proclamation that July 24-27, 2012 be “International Forum of Visual Practitioners Week” In Pittsburgh.
Visual practitioners from around the world flocked to Pittsburgh.
Mike Rohde talked about his Sketchnoting journey.
Yes, there are a lot of bridges in Pittsburgh.
Zane Groshell, Prezi Evangelist, who dove into the conference headfirst.
A happy person!
We had an absurd amounts of swag to give away. It was grueling for my co-emcee, Heather Willems of ImageThink (right) and myself.
Getting groovy at the Warhol Museum party.
Pictures do not lie.
Getting thoughtful at the Business Panel.
Leenie Fabri, who will be one of the co-chairs of the 2013 conference in New York City.
Board from Jim Nuttle’s cartooning mini-workshop
Michell Boos-Stone displays her mastery. It’s a masterclass just being in the same room with her.
More goodies…this is getting out of control.
Lynn Kearny, getting digitally graphic.
Never. Ever. Mix. Stripes. And. Dots.
The right shoes are critical. Mine above.
A moment of joy.
Local artist Terrell makes his move.
Lloyd Dangle’s iPad notes from the design thinking panel.
Still in art school, diving into visual practice.
I just like this.
In the zone.
Lynn Carruthers, who produced the 2011 Conference in Hawaii, came to the City of Bridges to connect.
Community workshop panarama.
This is real. I swear.
Photo from the author event, where visual practitioners shared the ideas from books they authored.
From the general meeting where attendees worked on the IFVP’s organizational strategy. Rachel Smith of the grove on left.
Pre-conference Graphic Recording 101 Workshop with Lisa Arora and Rachel Smith instructing.
Lloyd Dangle cartooning workshop.
Our wrapup speaker, Nahum Gershon, Principal scientist at the MITRE Corporation, being engaged by a conference participant. MITRE Corporation is one of the major R&D players in the country. From Wikipedia:
It manages Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) supporting the Department of Defense, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts on behalf of the Federal Judiciary.
I am lucky to have John Sully as a friend and occasional artistic partner in crime. He swung through Pittsburgh recently and I handed him my McNally Strumstick to see what he would do with it. He had never played one of these, but he figured it out in about 6 seconds.
Here John is using a lighter to play slide strumstick:
We did a little blues jam here:
And here’s John putting the strumstick through a variety of paces from Banjo to Flamenco stylings:
Our daughter is 9 months old now, and I had not sketched her for way too long. So here’s the latest. She was moving around so I kind of drew from my imagination for part of it. That means I probably was influenced by the face I have drawn the most—my own, so Josie looks a bit less like me than this drawing indicates.
My wife tried to influence our newborn’s taste preferences by eating flavorful foods while pregnant. NPR featured her in a story about the research behind this approach to encouraging children to enjoy various food flavors. Listen here.
For the folks who saw me talk at Pecha Kucha Pittsburgh, here are some links I assembled put together to resources for people interested in rethinking the drug war. Yes my talk was called “The War on Sugar,” but it wasn’t really about sugar. It was about what happens when criminalize something lots of people want. Yes, over consumption of sugar is bad for you, but do we want to throw people in prison for it? Is that the best way to deal with the problem? I don’t believe so.You’ll have to make up your own mind about it. What do you think?
Pecha Kucha is an event which happens in cities all over the world where people give 6 minute talks along with timed slides about whatever they want.
I will be giving a talk called “The War on Sugar” accompanied by my own hand-drawn illustrations. The talk is a thought experiment musing about what would happen if we banned sugar the way we banned a variety of other substances like cannabis, heroin, and methamphetamine. After all, sugar is very bad for us—over 71,000 people in the USA had diabetes listed as the cause of death in 2007. In the same year over 161,000 death certificates listed diabetes as a contributing factor, and surely over consumption of sugar was a contributor to many of those deaths. But would we want to criminalize consumption and production of sugar? Hmmm….
When: 8PM, Thursday, June 30
Assemble (Art and Tech Community Space)
5125 Penn Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In this event, attendees will describe what makes their neighborhood great, not so great, and just plain distinctive as I render their descriptions as illustrations on the wall so everyone can see the stories unfold with pictorial accompaniment. This should be a great way to learn about different parts of Pittsburgh and meet some community minded folks.
When: 7:30 PM, Thursday, July 7.
Where: Assemble (Art and Tech Community Space)
Assemble (Art and Tech Community Space)
5125 Penn Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15224
When people hear that we are expecting a child, they are always very happy for us, which is nice. Then they ask, “boy or girl?” To which we reply, we don’t know. Then, inevitably people go, “Oh, you want a surprise!” Um. No. I think the stress and intensity of the birthing experience will be plenty without needing an extra bonus surprise.
We are NOT doing it for the surprise factor. Here is our motivation for not finding out the sex of the kid:
Basically, it doesn’t matter to us what the sex is. We’ll find out when we find out.
Whew. Not that complicated, is it? I mean, people have been having babies for tens of thousands of years without knowing the sex of the child before it is born. Do we need to start filling our house with pink tutus or monster truck toys before the kid is even born?
I don’t blame people for asking about the sex of the kid and then the “surprise” comment. I would have done exactly the same thing in their shoes a year ago. But now as an expectant parent, I have a different perspective. Is that a surprise?
Last night I was honored to meet Dan Piraro, creator of Bizarro. Bizarro is the best strip on the comics page. Dan was in Pittsburgh to do a standup comedy performance benefit for Pittsburgh’s museum of cartoon art, the Toonseum. Dan mixed projected visuals, freeform monologue, real-time drawing, and musical performance in a comedic tour de force. One of the many high points for me: Dan’s reading of hate mail he receives from disgruntled readers. If Dan ever performs in your town, go check him out. Jonny endorsed and recommended!
Also really enjoyed his warmup act, Nathan Mazur, who dazzled us with his hilarious animation exploits.
Tip of the hat to local cartoonist superstar and all around good dude David Coulson for telling me about this excellent event.