May 14, 2008
The slides are online here. It was an interesting format to try and get ideas across in; 5 minutes is not very long, and 15 seconds a slide doesn't give you much room to develop anything complicated. But sort of like when I stood up for 6 hours at PC Forum talking to people about Mappr, it's the kind of thing that really teaches you how to get your ideas across, and I'm grateful to Brady for the experience.
I'm particularly pleased to be able to talk a bit about Etienne-Jules Marey, a 19th century French physiologist, photographer and inventor who's something of a hero of mine, and whose work I'm increasingly starting to see as a source of inspiration for the work we do at Stamen. He was among the first to systematically investigate movement and how it can be captured and reproduced, and in addition to his work being scientifically revolutionary it's just plain gorgeous (that's him, below). Something to aspire to. And I have to confess that the pictures of him doing scientific experiments in snazzy suits and hats don't hurt, either.