Thu 08 Mar
You’ve read my blog, now see the road show. In the coming days and weeks, I’ll be making a number of appearances, not just in New York, but all across the country: Austin, Minneapolis and San Francisco, too. Here’s a roundup of what’s happening.
First up, of course, is SXSW, starting this weekend. On Saturday night, Mixel will be co-hosting a big bash with our friends at the hotly-tipped startup Cameo and several other mobile companies. In addition to drinks and music, we’ll be projecting hundreds of user-made mixels big and bold at the venue, and the whole Mixel staff will be there. Sadly the early response was so tremendous that the party is oversubscribed already, but stay tuned here and on my Twitter feed as we may open it up further that evening.
The next day, Sunday, I’ll be giving a solo talk all about Mixel at 12:30 over at the Hyatt Regency campus of the festival. (A free shuttle gets you there.) This is my first big lecture about some of the big ideas that went into Mixel: how we’re tackling the challenge of lowering creative inhibition for people from all walks of life, some thoughts on tablets in general, plus a sneak peek at some of what we’re planning in the near future. You can get all the details about the talk at the Mixel blog.
Right after that talk, we’ll be gathering up all the Mixel users at SXSW and walking a short distance over to Dominican Joe’s for the first ever Austin Mixel Meetup. Everyone is free to join us; it’s an informal hangout where you can meet members of the team and plenty of other users whom you might know only through the app. Bring your iPad!
I’ll be in Austin until early Tuesday morning, when I head to Minneapolis for an appearance at the Walker Art Center, one of the country’s most prestigious contemporary art and design museums. The folks there were kind enough to invite me to give a lecture on Tuesday evening, a very humbling honor. If you’re in the area please pick up a ticket and come on by.
At the end of the month, I’ll be appearing closer to home at Pratt Institute, where I’ll be giving a talk the evening 27 Mar as part of their Spring 2012 lecture series. I’m very much looking forward to that, as I’ll be appearing on stage with Ali Madad of SCTY. (However, I’m a little sad that it will take place on Pratt’s Manhattan campus; it’s conveniently located on 14th St, but I live very close to the school’s Brooklyn campus and really liked the idea of just walking home after the talk. Oh well.)
That’s pretty much it for March, but in early April I’ll be in San Francisco to appear at the first ever Typo International Design Talks conference held in that city. The list of speakers is pretty fantastic, filled both with friends and folks I’ve been wanting to meet for a long time, so I can’t wait. Tickets are still available, so grab one before they sell out.
If you can’t make it to any of these events, not to worry, I’ll be doing several more as the year progresses. We spent most of last year building the foundation for Mixel, and we’re busy iterating on the product this year, but part of my job in 2012 is to get in front of as many people as I can to tell them about all the amazing things that the app makes possible. Sooner or later, I’ll probably make it to somewhere near you.