Pre-SXSW 2007 Hype-mobile
Won’t you join me, just for a moment, in a SXSW Interactive sing-along?
“It’s that time of year, when the (geek) world falls in love, every sound you hear seems to say… “let’s go to Austin and get crunk!”
OK, so it’s a poorly bastardized version of The Christmas Waltz (as for the “crunk” reference, I’m looking at you Mr. Keith), but I’m just in a singing mood today, in large part because I’m already dreaming of (no, not sugarplums) the six days I’m about to spend in Austin, TX, for SXSW Film & Interactive 2007.
Speaking of which…
If you haven’t added it to your SXSW calendar already, I highly recommend attending The Influence of Art in Design on Saturday at 11:30am, in room 10AB (and not just because I’m on the panel, of course). I have the pleasure of moderating a fine group of folks, and I’m sure you’ll all appreciate what Anton, Patrick, Glenda, Erik and Dave will have to share with you over the course of an hour. Those of you who attend will also get to go to lunch with us following the session, but we’re only going to share our destination with those in the room, with the hopes of continuing the conversation over food and beer (as if the panel itself weren’t reason enough to attend :)
Don’t Hide Your Shame, Display It Proudly
My panel is all about influence, and so on a related tangent, the panelists of my session and Tags to Riches (Saturday at 4:05pm, room 19AB) thought it would be fun to see how much fashion influence we could pull, so we’re all going to wear Cindy Li’s Geeks * tshirts for our panels, and we want to see how many audience members we can get to do the same on Saturday. I already know a good number of folks who will be dressed accordingly, but if you don’t have your shirt yet, don’t worry: Cindy is bringing a ton of the shirts with her, so all you have to do is track her down and fork over the cash.
SXSW Interactive 2007 Panel Smackdown
It can be a might frustrating when more than one exciting panel is scheduled opposite another, and this year, you’ll have the pleasure of deciding between the above mentioned session and another, both with similar topics, and both at the same time. Rather than pimp the competition, I think you’ll enjoy the friendly-but-competitive banter found in the comments on Jason Santa Maria’s recent SXSW post. We’ll try to keep it professional once we get to Austin, but no promises… ;)
Book Signing, Sheet Stamping & Related Tomfoolery
This year, I’m all about the printed word: I’ve coauthored two books over the last 6 months, and been technical editor for yet another two, and I’m happy to report all will be very well represented in human form in Austin.
Pro CSS Techniques
The authors of Pro CSS Techniques will be in Austin, and we’re scheduled for a book signing on Sunday at 4:30pm at the SXSW Book Store. This is a great chance to meet and chat with Jeff, Ian and me in person, plus get our John Hancock’s and maybe even a picture (I promise, we’re all rather photogenic, though somehow we always take better pictures with women…).
Web Standards Creativity
What do you get when you ask 10 designers who all live and breathe web standards to write a chapter each about the design side of the business? A pretty kick-ass book if you ask me, and Web Standards Creativity is the result of this designer-mind-meld.
Unfortunately, the book is about to ship, which means there won’t be any copies at SXSW. “Woe is me!” I hear you wail in disappointment. “How can I possibly make use of the 9 authors who will be in Austin if I don’t have a book for them to sign?” Well, thanks to Rob Weychert (one of our dastardly band of scoundrels), we have a plan: A free copy of WSC will go to the first 10 people to track down the authors during SXSW.
9 of us (minus Simon Collison, who has already been apprehended by the appropriate authorities) will be on the run while in Austin–by following these instructions, you’ll not only have a good excuse to meet us face to face, but if you’re quick on the draw, you could win a free book:
- Download and print this WSC wanted poster. Got it? Good.
- Track down each of the authors/outlaws, using the location information included on the poster (feel free to improvise and find us outside of our scheduled appearances)
- Get us to stamp your poster (starting Friday night, we’ll each have custom rubber stamps on our person throughout the week)
- When the final stamp has been applied, the stamping author will note the date/time the task was completed (make sure you put your email address clearly on the poster!) and collect your sheet.
- The first 10 time stamps will win a copy of the book!
That’s all there is to it (ok, so it’s not as simple as some publishers are making it, but c’mon, it’s fun! :)
The Art & Science of CSS + Beginning CSS Web Development
I noted earlier that I have also been the technical reviewer for two terrific books, and although one author will not be at SXSW (Colly, as mentioned above), I want to make sure you check out both the books and the authors during the conference.
The Art & Science of CSS is a new multi-author book from Sitepoint, and in addition to having two Sidebar Creative friends on the cover (Jon and Steve), the ever-impressive Jina Bolton makes her publishing debut, plus Cameron Adams and David Johnson round out the group nicely. This is a solid offering in the same vein as WSC, especially for designers wanting to try their hand at improving the visual details of their standards-based sites.
Beginning CSS Web Development is Colly’s prequel and companion to Pro CSS Techniques, and a damn good read. Even though Colly isn’t able to make SXSW this year, you can always get your humble technical reviewers (Richard Rutter and yours truly) to sign our bio pages :)
Once For The Bulk, And Again For The Remainder
What would a conference be without schwag? With the web award nomination I figured I should have something with me to commemorate the occasion, so I’ll have a very limited edition of 50 buttons with me for those of you who would like to show support at the SXSW Web Awards ceremony on Sunday night (I’ll be in attendance for as long as I have to before heading over to the Avalonstar Bowling Extravaganza, which is my recommended course of action to anyone wishing to attend both). I mean, I really love Twitter and all (seriously, I’m addicted), but I would love kicking their Obvious-ass even more ;)
And More Buttons
I’ll also be splitting another short run of 50 buttons for an not-quite-revealed project I’m working on with the lovely and talented Jina Bolton, so make sure you find one of us early in the conference if you want to grab one and find out what it’s all about :)
Party Together, Die Alone
So I’ve been watching too much Lost lately, sue me—the parties and events at SXSW are essentially more important to many attendees (and speakers) than the panels, so here’s a short-list of the ones I’m planning to crash-erm, attend (though don’t hold me to it–if you really want to keep track of my whereabouts, get on the Dodgeball train or enable your Twitter account for SMS). Check the SXSW Evening Events page for directions and locations:
- 6pm – Mix at Six (Six)
- 7pm – Break Bread With Brad (Buffalo Billiards)
- 8pm – frog design Opening Party
- 10pm – BuzzFeed / Ze Frank After Party (Molotov Lounge)
- 6pm – Web Awards Pre-Party (Brush Square Park)
- 7:30pm – Web Awards Ceremony (Hilton)
- 7pm – Avalonstar Bowling Extravaganza (300 Austin)
- 7pm – 20 x 2 (The Parish)
- 7:30pm – The Great British Booze-Up (Lava Lounge)
- 11pm – South by Northwest (Iron Cactus)
- 8pm – media temple (mt) Closing Party (The Foundation)
As Porky says, that’s all folks–leave a comment if you’re going to be in Austin, I’m looking forward to seeing and talking with everyone!
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