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Posts Tagged ‘Jason Santa Maria’

Bruce Sterling Helps Us Kiss SXSW Goodbye

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The time had come, when the hordes of men in dorky glasses shuffling through the Austin Convention Center began to be replaced with hordes of men with scruffy beards and dorky glasses. When conversation over migas con queso at Las Manitas moved from Jason Santa Maria to Peter Bjorn and John. When the conference itself stops being known as “South By Southwest” and begins being referred to as “South By” (music people, they just have so much less time, you know).

What have we learned? Well, we missed a big tradition at SXSW, the Bruce Sterling Rant, which always closes the festival (we were hobnobbing at the Helvetica party). Since he’s way smarter about this stuff anyway, and since we found excellent coverage of it courtesy of Luke Wroblewski‘s blog, Functioning Form, we’d love to close with the highlights from Bruce Sterling’s SXSW Rant, including:

2006 was the year of video. It is the stupidest of media–where a lot of dumb things happen.

Amen to that. See you next year.

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AIGA Launches New Zeldman-ified Site

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Well, we knew this day would come–in fact, we were so prepared for this day to come that we spent a little extra time on the AIGA site the other day, saying goodbye to its sweet, stodgy interface. We don’t know how long ago that site had been around, but judging by the color palette, we’d guess 1973.

Today, it’s a whole new AIGA, after almost a year of collaboration with Happy Cog team leaders Jeffrey Zeldman and Jason Santa Maria, and tech support from Thirdwave. Executive Director Ric Grefe seems pleased:

“We are proud of the fact that www.aiga.org has regularly exposed an audience 10 times our membership to the stories of design excellence and effectiveness, providing inspiration and education, and we are confident that the redesigned site will go even further toward meeting those ends.”

Our only wish is that a little “Tell us what you think” button would lead to a discussion about the new site. But maybe we’ll leave that up to one of the other sites that focuses on that kind of stuff. Ready? Check it out.

Update: More at Happy Cog and from Zeldman and Santa Maria.