What's your favorite memory of Interaction 08?

22 Dec 2008 - 10:43pm
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Dave Malouf
2005

Hi gang,

I've been thinking a lot about Interaction 09 | Vancouver of late, but every
time I do, I get sucked into the worm hole that is the exhilarating memories
I have of Interaction 08 | Savannah.

Whether it was Bill Buxton's keynote, the amazing food, the gathering of
amazing people, I'm always drawn to one memory that is mine and that memory
gets me even more psyched to try and top it in 2009 @ Interaction 09.

Imagine, just after Alan Cooper gives his opening keynote, a small group of
interaction designers are huddled around Alan, but standing next to him is
Bill Buxton, and then comes along Aza Raskin standing next to Greg Petroff
(Interaction 09 chairperson); and Ok, what the hell, I'm standing there
too!!!! The conversation doesn't matter. It was just amazing, to engage with
this amazing mixture of legacy luminaries and game changing
techno-designers. The rest of the conference after that moment was just a
series of blurs with codas of amazing food, and stand up speakers inspiring
even more "hallway" (in quotes b/c the hallways were the historic environs
of Savannah) conversations.

How could I not return to see if we can pull this off again! And I know some
might think the videos gave them what "they needed", but no one watching the
videos had an experience like the one described above.

*So I ask again, what was YOUR memory of Ix08 | Savannah?*

-- dave

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22 Dec 2008 - 11:57pm
Jack L. Moffett
2005

On Dec 22, 2008, at 10:43 PM, David Malouf wrote:

> *So I ask again, what was YOUR memory of Ix08 | Savannah?*

That's a hard one, Dave—to pick just one, I mean. Similar to your
experience, I remember sitting in one of the rooms between sessions
and chatting with Alan Cooper, who was sitting right behind me,
discussing the session that had just finished. I remember a very
engaging discussion with Pauric and Matt Nish-Lapidus during the
Adaptive Path-hosted pub party. I remember taking a turn singing with
Rock Band at the reception held in the ID building ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/mcordell/2254337852/in/pool-ixda
). I fondly remember the local leader dinner held the first night.
There were a lot of great ideas generated there. I unfortunately
remember having to miss Dan's closing comments to catch a flight that
had been moved up and barely making my flight. Most of all, I remember
meeting so many of you that I had only ever interacted with through
this very medium in the past.

I'm quite looking forward to meeting more of you, and re-meeting those
of you I had the pleasure to spend time with last year.

Best,
Jack

Jack L. Moffett
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23 Dec 2008 - 9:01am
kimbieler
2007

Being stuck at the Savannah airport on the way home along with Bill
Buxton and about 15 other people for 5 hours. Bill missed his flight
because he was so caught up in a story he was telling.

It was like a weird after-party -- that existential limbo when you're
not quite drunk anymore but not yet hung over. I don't think anyone
wanted it to end.

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23 Dec 2008 - 8:51pm
Matt Nish-Lapidus
2007

I have many fond memories.. Rock Band, the local leaders' dinner,
drinking drinking and more drinking (thanks Pauric, beers by the
swimming pool at 2am). I am so excited for Vancouver, I wish I was
there right now :)

I'd also like to mention the great conversations I had with Pauric,
Jack Moffett, my local co-conspirator Meredith, Liz Bacon, and many
more!

That even solidified this community for me, and it's only been
reinforced over the last year through the list, basecamp, and
especially twitter.

See you all in Vancouver!

Matt.

On Mon, Dec 22, 2008 at 10:43 PM, David Malouf <dave.ixd at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi gang,
>
> I've been thinking a lot about Interaction 09 | Vancouver of late, but every
> time I do, I get sucked into the worm hole that is the exhilarating memories
> I have of Interaction 08 | Savannah.
>
> Whether it was Bill Buxton's keynote, the amazing food, the gathering of
> amazing people, I'm always drawn to one memory that is mine and that memory
> gets me even more psyched to try and top it in 2009 @ Interaction 09.
>
> Imagine, just after Alan Cooper gives his opening keynote, a small group of
> interaction designers are huddled around Alan, but standing next to him is
> Bill Buxton, and then comes along Aza Raskin standing next to Greg Petroff
> (Interaction 09 chairperson); and Ok, what the hell, I'm standing there
> too!!!! The conversation doesn't matter. It was just amazing, to engage with
> this amazing mixture of legacy luminaries and game changing
> techno-designers. The rest of the conference after that moment was just a
> series of blurs with codas of amazing food, and stand up speakers inspiring
> even more "hallway" (in quotes b/c the hallways were the historic environs
> of Savannah) conversations.
>
> How could I not return to see if we can pull this off again! And I know some
> might think the videos gave them what "they needed", but no one watching the
> videos had an experience like the one described above.
>
> *So I ask again, what was YOUR memory of Ix08 | Savannah?*
>
> -- dave

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--
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24 Dec 2008 - 12:20am
.pauric
2006

The no.1 take-away for me from I08 was the conversations I had with
folks like Matt, Angel, Niklas & crew on their perspective, what
drives them, what makes them passionate about design in general and
IxD in particular.

It was an opportunity to not talk about UCD, ACD, elevator pitches
and what have you but a chance to explore the topics that motivate
us, for me; Angel on getting LA IxDA up and running, Niklas on his
career and family perspective, Matt on cool hacker/maker stuff.

For me, the 'conference' wasnt so much about the Buxton Keynote
moments (although thats not something I'll forget soon) but it was,
in a word, about our Community... who we are what what we do.

Plus, it seems, some of us like to stay up dancing, playing pool and
drinking.. beside the pool while dancing.. drunk. Good times. I'm
really quite pissed I cant be there this year.

/pauric

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24 Dec 2008 - 4:08am
Yohan Creemers
2008

I have no favorite memory of Interaction 08 | Savannah because I was
too late to register. The event was fully booked by the time I
decided to go...

That won't happen to me again! This year I will join you in
Vancouver. Looking forward to meet you all.

- Yohan
http://www.ylab.nl

To be honest: I did enjoy the video coverage of ix08, so in fact I do
have some pseudo favorite memories. But the feeling that I missed a
great and extremely relevant event remains.

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24 Dec 2008 - 9:23am
Josh Seiden
2003

So many great talks! (I missed as many as I caught, and was grateful
for the videos.) But Chris Conley's "Dramatic Features" talk
really stood out for me. As did Gretchen Anderson's.

The Local Leader's dinner was so much fun--it was so great to
connect with all of the energetic organizers from around the world.

I loved packing out the swag bags with the student volunteers, and
then meeting these same students on the tours of their design
studios. Amazing to see the next generation emerging!

And of course, scheming and planning '09 over beers. Looking forward
to Feb!

JS

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29 Dec 2008 - 10:08am
niklasw
2005

Connecting in person with loads of people I only met in other mediums
before. Meeting with peers in the field that you as a European seldom
get a chance to do and the general feeling of being part of something
big.

The local leaders dinner was also a true feel of community force.

I remember meeting Josh Seiden in person for the 1st time (with whom
I at that point had shared a IxDA board position since one year) and
upon him saying "Hi Niklas!" asking: "I'm sorry, you are who?".

I blame it on the mist of high fever and the strange strong U.S.
Pharmacy pain relievers I took to suppress it... My hidden agenda for
Vancouver is def to make up for all the partying and beers with peers
I missed because of this.

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16 Jan 2009 - 2:19pm
Angel Anderson
2010

Top 5 Favorite personal memories of Interaction '08

1. Realizing that I wanted to be a local leader after soaking up
inspiration from Pauric, Niklas, Josh, MK, and Dani at the local leaders
dinner.
2. The Rockband debut of "The Fitts" with Meredith Nobel & Mikkel
Michelsen
3. Having lunch with Bill Buxton while recovering from a mind-blowing
hangover.
4. Watching Rob Nero giddyly talk about cameras with Mark
Rettig over Nachos and beer.
5. A seafood feast with Josh Damon Williams and crew after my flight was
canceled.

Best moment: Walking into the opening night party and seeing a room full of
smart, hip individuals and realizing this is MY TRIBE!

16 Jan 2009 - 2:42pm
Christian Crumlish
2006

there was no one moment for me... but the whole event produced a glow that I
believe had a lot to do with a virtual tribe meeting itself in person en
masse for the first time: lots of mutual recognition and validation ("we are
not alone!") - the strengthening of a group identity, a community of
practice, a possibility for belonging.
-x-

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16 Jan 2009 - 2:49pm
Scott McDaniel
2007

Standing around having a nice chat, then the other fellow walks up to
the podium and I realize I had been shooting the breeze with Jonathan
Arnowitz.

The Ethics of Everyday Design seminar which gave me fresh perspective
and relief that 'our people' cared about things beyond color wheels
and user research.

Scott

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proceed with balance and stealth." -Patti Smith

17 Jan 2009 - 8:26am
Todd Warfel
2003

The way the organizing team drew large arrows and color coded maps on
the sidewalks with chalk to help people find their way to the
different venues.

Cheers!

Todd Zaki Warfel
President, Design Researcher
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