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VizThink Conference Kicked Off Last Night

I love this conference because you see the coolest art &  meet the smartest people. The opening reception was last night at the Fairmont in San Jose, and it gave me the chance to meet up with some of my favorite people.

Here they're chatting with Robin on my team.

My first order of business was to catch up with Joni, Eduardo, and Mark from Soap. They are the only other significant agency I know of in the world whose focus is presentations. And they are my absolute f-a-v-o-r-i-t-e, ’cause they do it right! It has taken us twenty years to grow to sixty-five people, and just six years in, they’ve already got 55 folks. Their headquarters are in Sao Paulo, Brazil and they recently expanded to Portugal. It was great to compare notes on creative process, quality of work, and the economy. Robin and I had a great chat with them.

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Sunny

I also had a chance to see Sunny, a visual facilitator on our GE whiteboard project for TED. She and her crack team of visual facilitators were responsible for sketching the ideas of TEDsters & uploading them for the world to see. The whiteboards were connected to the web, so folks could their share their thoughts via Twitter, and have conversations around the questions that were posed. To see their illustrations, check out the online demo at: http://ge.ecomagination.com/ted/

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David Gray

If it weren’t against my religion to have an idol, David Gray would be it. He is the owner of xplane, and a key force in VizThink. He has a team of  smart, energetic people who help visualize change that organizations need to make. I truly admire his firm and their work.

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Jessica Hagy and Rudolfo Carpintier

Rudolfo Carpintier (pictured right) is one of the founders of VizThink and owns Digital Assets Deployment in Madrid. He has poured his life into the advancement of visual thinking.

It was a treat to meet Jessica Hagy (pictured left). I’ve been a fan of hers for quite some time. She’s so young to be so wise. She has the coolest blog. Every day she posts a profound diagram representing an insight from her life, simply sketched on an index card. She has compiled several of the index cards into a book, Indexed, available on Amazon.

An excerpt from Indexed
An excerpt from Indexed


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Tom Crawford

Tom Crawford is CEO of VizThink and a dear friend. He’s the one who talked me into becoming a raving fan of this movement. He’s been very supportive and even arranged for a slide:ology book signing on Tuesday, after my session.

It’s so great to hang out with folks who are so passionate about visual thinking. Hope you have a chance to check ’em out, and get inspired by their work.

Nancy Duarte

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  • ade

    Nice post Nancy.

    I checked out many of the links and I’m overwhelmed that there are so many people doing a lot of great and wonderful stuff out there that I wasn’t even aware of.

    There’s a saying that ‘he who walks with wise persons would be wise’… I think your association with these people truly rubs of on you guys at Duarte.

  • ade

    Nice post Nancy.

    I checked out many of the links and I’m overwhelmed that there are so many people doing a lot of great and wonderful stuff out there that I wasn’t even aware of.

    There’s a saying that ‘he who walks with wise persons would be wise’… I think your association with these people truly rubs of on you guys at Duarte.

  • Orkidea Manuelito

    Just SOAP? What about Terberg Design (US), what about Article10 or EyefulPresentations (UK)?
    Or what about discovering some “shy low-profile outsiders” like Miguel.M (Portugal) an absolute world pioneer in multimedia presentations whom has done almost nothing else for the last 20 years? http://www.youtube.com/user/MiguelCJM
    O.

    • Hi Orkidea, Good point! you are familiar with other amazing folks too. It isn’t fair to play favorites but here at Duarte we have SOooooo many favorites–some of which you’ve named. Julie Terberg is dear to me as well and every time I see her I beg her to come and work for me. Also check out Ethos3, Silver Fox Productions, PSTRAT, they are also more of my f-a-v-o-r-i-t-e-s. I have too many favorites to count.

  • Orkidea Manuelito

    Just SOAP? What about Terberg Design (US), what about Article10 or EyefulPresentations (UK)?
    Or what about discovering some “shy low-profile outsiders” like Miguel.M (Portugal) an absolute world pioneer in multimedia presentations whom has done almost nothing else for the last 20 years? http://www.youtube.com/user/MiguelCJM
    O.

    • Hi Orkidea, Good point! you are familiar with other amazing folks too. It isn’t fair to play favorites but here at Duarte we have SOooooo many favorites–some of which you’ve named. Julie Terberg is dear to me as well and every time I see her I beg her to come and work for me. Also check out Ethos3, Silver Fox Productions, PSTRAT, they are also more of my f-a-v-o-r-i-t-e-s. I have too many favorites to count.

  • Orkidea Manuelito

    Hi Nancy,
    Thanks for the nice reply. Did you know SOAP
    presented themselves to the portuguese market as
    being THE ONLY presentations company in the world providing coaching, training, etc? That they also assumed being the developers of a special own concept in presentations… “storytelling” (?)

  • Orkidea Manuelito

    Hi Nancy,
    Thanks for the nice reply. Did you know SOAP
    presented themselves to the portuguese market as
    being THE ONLY presentations company in the world providing coaching, training, etc? That they also assumed being the developers of a special own concept in presentations… “storytelling” (?)

  • Johny

    Orkidea,
    I suggest that you try to collaborate in a constructive way. This blog is serious and you don´t have the right to bring facts that are not true. You don´t know anything about SOAP positioning in Brasil and I will not start a debate with you. Think before add this kind of comment. This community exist for people who wants to colaborate and share relevant content.

  • Johny

    Orkidea,
    I suggest that you try to collaborate in a constructive way. This blog is serious and you don´t have the right to bring facts that are not true. You don´t know anything about SOAP positioning in Brasil and I will not start a debate with you. Think before add this kind of comment. This community exist for people who wants to colaborate and share relevant content.

  • Nancy, I think it’s time you got a different religion so I can be your idol!

    Just kidding of course 🙂 Thank you for the kind comments. It was great to see you at VizThink.

    The only person who’s missing from the photos above is YOU so I’ll say it for you: Nancy is a both a creative and professional genius. Her company is the gold standard for presentation design.

    Luckily my beliefs allow me to have idols and Nancy is one of mine 🙂

  • Nancy, I think it’s time you got a different religion so I can be your idol!

    Just kidding of course 🙂 Thank you for the kind comments. It was great to see you at VizThink.

    The only person who’s missing from the photos above is YOU so I’ll say it for you: Nancy is a both a creative and professional genius. Her company is the gold standard for presentation design.

    Luckily my beliefs allow me to have idols and Nancy is one of mine 🙂

  • Another cracking blog from Nancy…always good to hear of other companies flying the flag for quality and compelling presentations.

    I was unaware of SOAP’s work before Nancy’s blog but, having had a look at their website, LOVE what they’re doing! We actually have a lead from a Brazilian company which I’ll now forward through to the guys…perhaps you should push for some commission, Nancy! 🙂

    Finally, thank you for mentioning Eyeful’s work, Orkidea (www.eyefulpresentations.co.uk for those who may not know us!). It’s wonderful to know that a small band of self professed presentation addicts is getting noticed overseas. It almost makes up for having to deal with UK weather!

  • Another cracking blog from Nancy…always good to hear of other companies flying the flag for quality and compelling presentations.

    I was unaware of SOAP’s work before Nancy’s blog but, having had a look at their website, LOVE what they’re doing! We actually have a lead from a Brazilian company which I’ll now forward through to the guys…perhaps you should push for some commission, Nancy! 🙂

    Finally, thank you for mentioning Eyeful’s work, Orkidea (www.eyefulpresentations.co.uk for those who may not know us!). It’s wonderful to know that a small band of self professed presentation addicts is getting noticed overseas. It almost makes up for having to deal with UK weather!

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