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Side Projects That Ship at Refresh Portland: Slides and more

I had a great time speaking at Refresh Portland last evening! The presentation I gave differed ever so slightly from the one I gave in May, so here’s a fresh set of slides (plus accompanying notes and citations). You can also check out @RefreshPDX on Twitter, which diligently tweeted much of the proceedings.

Sources, links and credits

  1. Title slide is a stylized version of Detective Comics No. 38 (credited to Bob Kane).
  2. Image created by Mark Jensen based on a photograph by Matt Biddulph.
  3. Still of Bill Lumbergh from the now-classic Office Space.
  4. My source for this quote is Lifehacker.
  5. I don’t actually know which Call of Duty game this is a screenshot of.
  6. Still from Empire Strikes Back.
  7. You may recognize this rabbit from my second game.
  8. Quote taken from a 2009 interview with Drew on The Dropbox Blog.
  9. The quote is from Indie Game: The Movie, the artwork is from Super Meat Boy.
  10. The backdrop is from the website for the wonderful little Perch CMS, the quote is from Perch co-creator Rachel Andrew’s equally wonderful book.
  11. From Adam Savage’s talk, My 10 Commandments for Makers (via Lifehacker)
  12. Getting Things Done by David Allen, The Pomodoro Technique by Frencesco Cirillo.
  13. This photo of Rachel is used in a lot of places, but the high-res version was found in this event description.
  14. Links to image sources: Sarah Parmenter, Massimo Vignelli, Matias Corea and David Gardner.
  15. Jack Kirby quote is from another Lifehacker article, photo by Suzy Skaar is from Wikimedia Commons.
  16. J.K. Rowling said this as part of her Harvard commencement address. Photo found on Wikimedia Commons, taken by Daniel Ogren.
  17. Screenshot of my We Draw Comics profile.
  18. Still from My Neighbor Totoro, quote from Fast Company.
  19. Hooray for memes in HD!
  20. I hope I don’t have to tell you who these four are.
  21. Photo taken by Kent Derek.
  22. This quote is from A Man Without a Country, the illustration is Vonnegut’s rather famous signature.
  23. Closing slide is a stylized version of Star Spangled Comics No. 65. As near as I can tell, the cover art is credited to Win Mortimer.

(Iconography and typefaces are the same as they were at WebVisions.)

More Side Projects That Ship at Refresh Portland, June 18

 If you missed my presentation at WebVisions this year, you’re in luck! I’ll be talking about side projects again at ISITE Design on Wednesday, June 18 as part of Refresh Portland. That’s less than two weeks away!

I hope you’ll join me for this free event, and (optionally) food and drinks right after (sponsored by nGen Works). I’d love to hear about your passion project!

Register now   or get more info

(Fun fact: I gave my second talk ever at the very first Refresh Portland event back in 2008. How time flies!)

This Friday: “Side Projects That Ship” at WebVisions Portland

This week at WebVisions Portland, I’ll be giving a brand-new talk called Side Projects That Ship:

Starting a side project is easy. Finishing one? That’s a whole lot tougher. Is there a secret to being prolific part-time? What separates the countless projects languishing on hard drives from the few that see the light of day? In this dynamic session, you’ll learn how to identify your best ideas, focus on the right goals, eliminate cruft and maintain your interest level so you can complete your labor of love without losing sleep, your job or your mind.

I’m currently scheduled for Friday, May 9 at 1:15pm. I hope you’ll join me for a fun and frank discussion of what it takes to finish our passion projects!

The day before, I’ll be appearing at OMSI with my Backabit cohort Tim Sears for Play/Interact, an event celebrating Oregon digital creativity. We’ll be showing Lotsa Blocks, Ramps and a very early prototype we’ve never shown publicly. The event is free with the price of museum admission, see OMSI’s event page for more info.

Colorpeek is Demolicious

I know it’s almost Labor Day weekend, but before you let your brain check out you should really add Demolicious Portland to your plans for this coming Wednesday, September 4.

I’ll be one of several creative types demonstrating a passion project on-stage for some honest and incisive feedback. I’m excited to show off a Chrome extension I’ve been building for Colorpeek. (I know I’ll use it, but I’m curious if others will, too.)

Registration is free and the fun starts at 5pm at the Mission Theater. Be there, or be considerably more square-shaped than those in attendance!

The Uncanny Valley of Interaction Design

I had a blast speaking at this year’s CyborgCamp Portland. Many thanks to those who attended or tuned in to the livestream!

My slides are available, appropriately enough, on Slideshare.

Most of the videos I showed are available on YouTube. I’ve created a playlist for your convenience. Please note that some of the videos have strong language that I censored for my presentation. This playlist does not include the Eric Schmidt interview (viewable here), the Objectified clip (watch it on Netflix or buy it), the Human Giant sketch (it’s from season one), or Radiohead’s Idioteque performance on Saturday Night Live (because NBC kind of hates the internet).

This is arguably the most ambitious topic I’ve ever tackled. If you have any reactions, comments or criticism, please let me know in the comments or on Twitter!