South By Southwest


I had a chance to meet a couple heroes (newly found and previously followed) at SXSW this year.

Andy Baio

Andy (who founded upcoming.org, waxy.org) has a new project — kickstarter.com. Kickstarter really sparked my imagination this past week — it comes across as a site to help friends get creative ideas from the “tumbling in your head” phase to a funded reality. A simple idea and extremely well executed. Andy is friendly and energetic — the perfect person to pull this off and create the super connector platform that is grounded in the reality of us wanting to see peers succeed.

http://www.kickstarter.com
http://www.waxy.org
http://www.upcoming.org

Jeffrey Veen

The man who’s lead us down a path of design, typography and UX — showed us a direction and then held the lantern as we walked behind him. From the early pioneering set by Hotwired, the now defunct MeasureMap which I loved to his work on Google Analytics to the newest foray into the 2010 @font-face reality. Thanked him for what he’s done — told him I was honestly evaluating his TypeKit.com — hoping to bring it into our workflow and to our clients. He stands at 6’ 4” but his deeds make him a giant.

http://www.veen.com/jeff/index.html
http://www.typekit.com

Jonathan Snook

A fellow Canadian we’ve all followed. Had to say hi and thank him for the chunks he’s provided — even more so as a fellow canuck. Now at Yahoo.com and working out of Ottawa — he mentioned he was starting a series of workshops in Canada. Something I’d love for us to attend and possibly help with in Montréal. An awesome guy — glad we stopped and met him. Check out his books and site here:

http://www.snook.ca

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