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sxsw

mar
24
2011

Eleven very short stories about SXSW | Salad Onions

By James Mitchell. (Via Dave Wright)

mar
16
2011

SXSW 2011

Well, that about sums it up. (Ok, not totally. I haven’t been partying it up near as much — really, at all — as that “infographic” mural might indicate. But it’s as good a representation as any of the general …

mar
17
2007

photo of the day: a seat at the bar

Eerily lit barstools line the back bar at Light Bar during the Yahoo! BarTab party at SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas. My photos from the event »

mar
14
2007

helvetica

As expected, I ended up passing up the Will Wright keynote in favor of font nerdity. And I’m really glad I did, because Helvetica was great. (Even though I do hear that Wright’s demo of his upcoming game Spore was …

mar
13
2007

well-played

The swag give-aways at SXSW were even more impressive than last year. (There’s an annotated version of this photo up on Flickr.)

shining stars

I had better luck picking panels on Monday. There were still a few that I didn’t find useful, and one that was so crowded I couldn’t get into the room. BUT two sessions yesterday were fantastic. The first — and …

mar
11
2007

truth in advertising

Sessions at SXSW can be wildly different in quality, depending on the host’s (or hosts’) presentation skills and level of preparedness. So my experience has been a bit topsy-turvy over the course of this conference. For me, Sunday was generally …

momentary heartbreak

Rob just told me about a crucial time conflict: Will Wright’s keynote speech on Tuesday overlaps with the screening of the typeface documentary Helvetica. Wright created all the Sim games (Sim City, Sim Earth, etc.), including my favorite, The Sims. …

mar
10
2007

no hype zone

Unintentional irony of the day, courtesy of the party hosted by Fox Interactive, which owns MySpace, among other sites: As a promo video for MySpace played on two huge screens on either side of the bar Six, two hired deejays …

under the sea

I love the Interactive Playpen at SXSW. This year, in addition to Legos, they have coloring sheets. The Playpen has become a defacto mealtime meeting spot for our SXSW “posse,” and while I waited for the rest of the group, …

design panels

Saturday was a pretty good day for design-related panels. Three were particularly good: A Decade of Style — I didn’t necessarily learn anything new in this panel, in which four CSS gurus reminisced about ten years of CSS, but it …

random observations

I’ll second Rob’s observation that Arial Rounded (see above) seems to be the It Font of the moment. Hopefully it’s just a temporary diversion. I’d hate to think that MySpace is actually inspiring a design trend. Another observation: Until the …

getting connected

Internet service has been downright painful — even Pine has been super-sluggish. Bleh. I knew it would be bad this morning when things were sluggish even before the conference started; now that it’s between sessions and seemingly half the attendees …

mar
09
2007

austin-bound

Greetings from Washington Dulles International Airport, where I’m waiting at the gate for my flight to Austin, Texas. I’m off to the geektastic SXSW Interactive conference for the next few days. I had a fantastic time at last year’s conference; …

aug
09
2006

panel picker

The organizers of next year’s SXSW Interactive are looking for some input on the many conference panel proposals they’ve received. There are some interesting proposals in the mix, including one about programmer-journalists, a ten-year CSS retrospective by guru Eric Meyer …

jul
09
2006

photo of the day: army of spider-men

This photo was taken this past March at South by Southwest Interactive, and it’s been — by far — the most popular photo I’ve ever posted to Flickr. At the conference, a group had set up an “Interactive Playpen” that …

mar
15
2006

sxsw06: adios

I’m back in my hotel room after the MediaTemple Closing Party, which means that my time at SXSW has officially ended. These four days have been so densely packed with activity that the days have felt surprisingly long — yet …

mar
11
2006

sxsw06: austin-bound

I arrived in Austin tonight for my first visit to the famously raucous SXSW Interactive conference. This whole trip will be in interesting experience for a host of reasons: Wow, there’s a lot of people here. And it’s supremely wired. …