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Nov 10, 2008 12:03am

web directions east

Earlier this morning, I returned from a four-day spin through Tokyo, my second visit there, to speak at Web Directions East. This trip was wholly unexpected, as I was pinch-hitting for Jeff Veen who had to cancel at the last minute and suggested me as a replacement. Fortunately it was possible to book a last-minute flight, take over a hotel reservation, and write an hour-long keynote talk in just a few days. It was an surprise honor to even be asked, and the experience was smooth sailing all the way, including the miniature hotel room.

I'm not going to post exact talk notes, but I outlined a general overview of data visualization and then focused on a range of Stamen's projects from the past four years and how they illustrate some deeper trends. Elements of this should be familiar to anyone who's heard me, Eric, Shawn or Tom speak before:

A few people asked after the source of a particular background photo from my slides - it was an image of the Shanghai Urban Planning Museum's city model, possibly gaffled from blog.360dgrs.nl.

In addition to meeting the other speakers and organizers, John, Oli, Andy, Jeremy, Eric, Dan, and Doug, I also had a chance to take an excellent nighttime Tokyo bicycle and beer ride with Craig and Verena that made me wish SF and Oakland maintained the pavements a bit more effectively. I now desperately want to add a third bike to my collection, a mama charion granny bike.

Comments (3)

  1. Mike, good to catch up if only briefly. http://www.flickr.com/photos/karitsu/3013137103/

    Posted by Gen Kanai on Monday, November 10 2008 12:59am PST

  2. Wow, that Virtual Town Hall is awesome. Stamen should be advising change.gov right now.

    Posted by amenity on Monday, November 10 2008 3:17am PST

  3. Mike, thanks so much for stepping up to the plate (did I get the metaphor right ;-) at such short notice, and for such a wonderful closing keynote! john

    Posted by John Allsopp on Tuesday, November 11 2008 10:24pm PST

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