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Art for BIG(D)ESIGN 2012

I spent much of the day sketching and visualizing the art for BIG(D)ESIGN 2012.  Yes, I am creating another centerpiece for the conference, displayed in the center of the main hallway, like before, except this time, even BIGGER!!!

The conference is in the same place, Crown Plaza hotel in Addison, TX.   This year it is happening earlier, Memorial Day weekend.  That is not so long from now. Man I have a lot to do!   But I just have to tell you that I’m getting excited. It’s gonna be amazingly cool!

You may have heard me say that my meter for my art is that I only make stuff that I personally find interesting to look at.  And if you like it too, that’s all the better!  So far, that seems to be working.

What is it?  Well, I can say it is absolutely the logical sequel to My Favorite Machine, though maybe not one you’d expect.  Like its predecessor, it will be Intense, yet whimsical, simultaneously celebratory of technology’s impact on our culture and shamelessly irreverent!  It’s going to be serious and fun, slick and jagged, earthy and advanced, contradictory and harmonious. haha!

What does all that mean?  You’re just going to have to be there!

– roger

A Favorite Machine: The Typewriter!

An installment in the “My Favorite Machine” series.

Interesting spot on CBS Sunday Morning last week about the love of typewriters for the sensory experience they provide. Many writers feel it gives them a boost to creativity.  Some say setting aside the computer for a while in favor of the noisy old obsolete typewriter with all of its clicks, dings, and kinetic feedback has been prescribed by their therapist as a cure or writers block.  Hmmm.  Maybe there is something here to be learned about user experience design.

Typewriter Renaissance

Of course, I have been saying for some time now that IT people as a lot are sensory-deprived.  This condition, once afflicting mainly IT professionals, now appears to be plaguing this entire generation.  In spite of all the rich media we enjoy, partaking in the virtual leaves a gap in our sensory experience.  Some sensory cravings for touch, sight, and sound simply cannot be satisfied in the world behind the glass. Here is more evidence to that effect. Seems like there’s a product or product enhancement in there somewhere.

I created a Facebook page title My Favorite Machine just for collecting stories and images of great Favorite Machines.  This example definitely qualifies as one!

– roger

My Favorite Machine 2011 -2012

Thanks everyone whose enthusiasm has made “My Favorite Machine” such a huge hit.  The art, produced initially for the BIG(D)ESIGN 2011 conference, has enjoyed a nice tour since then, being showcased in several different venues, each one a great location with wonderful audience attention.  It’s been a blast getting to see the positive responses from different audiences. Follow the list of links below to photos and videos from many of these events and venues.

You+Plus Dallas Video spot of the BIG(D)ESIGN 2011Conference

Fort Worth ArtsGoggle Video

World usability Day Video (of stills)

This multidimensional art piece celebrates the affection people have for a favorite object that serves them well and is particularly well designed.  Of course, this is the Holy Grail for designers who aim to hit that sweet spot of making something that users love.  I know it is for me anyway, being a software user interface designer myself for 20+ years. To get the whole run down on the thinking behind the art, check out my article on the BigDesign site.

Or for the movie see the video of my interview at BigD11

The MFM Sequel!

Now its 2012 and BIG(D)ESIGN 2012 planning has been underway for some time.  It’s going to be a great conference, BIGGER and better than ever.  And I am especially excited to be invited back to again create the Art centerpiece!  And the art concept this time is going to be even more spectacular than before.  In fact, I am very confident that you’re going love it!  Bringing it to you is going to be a blast! More on this in coming blog entries!

– roger