Obon – Get Lit

August 8, 2009 at 11:49 pm (Florida, networking, News, social event, Social Events & Networking, South Florida) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Obon

Instead of the Miami Design District’s Art & Design Night we decided to do something a little different this month – Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden’s Bon Festival. The annual event sponsored by the Sun Sentinel is Morikami’s annual event “Inspired by Obon, Japan’s traditional three-day holiday honoring ancestors and thanking them for the quality of life enjoyed by the living.”

The four-hour event included food, free parking, and Ennichi (games for the kids). The highlights of evening were the dancers performing the Bon Odori (Bon Dance) and Taiko Drum Performances by Fushu Daiko. The evening culminated in the Toro Nagashi, or floating of the lanterns, which began “at sunset when Morikami Pond [was] transformed into a tranquil sea of lighted lanterns which, in accordance with Japanese custom, guide the departure of ancestors’ souls who have come for a brief visit among the living.” A fireworks show polished off the evening.

The event was fun, and packed – as if all of South Florida had come to join the festival. It begs the question “has the current economy fueled a resurgence in public interest in inexpensive art and cultural events?”

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Red Eye @ArtServe

July 24, 2009 at 11:39 pm (Art, Art Event, Design, Design Events, Florida, Fort Lauderdale, free, Gallery Opening, networking, photography, social event, Social Events & Networking, social media, South Florida) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Art_Serve_Red_EyeTonight was the opening of the 4th Annual The Red Eye at ArtServe (@ArtServeFlorida) in Fort Lauderdale – a multi-media event sponsored by City Link and Metromix.com. The affair showcased a wide variety of artistic expressions including an open mic, Zen area, short film room, fashion show, and artistic expressions in music and dance. Traditional media artwork was also on tap.

The gallery opening occurred from 6 to 9 this evening with food and beverages sponsored by Café Vico and Orzel Vodka. The Red Eye is a self-proclaimed “innovative and exciting event aimed at promoting fresh underground art that serves as a conversation piece.” The event did not disappoint. I thought that was comparable to a miniature Art Basel, while I heard others refer to it as “better than 2nd Saturdays” (Art + Design Night in the Miami Design District).

The event was good. The overall quality of the artwork varied, but there were definitely some quality pieces that deserve attention. I hope you have a chance to visit ArtServe during this show, I believe many of the pieces will be available for viewing through August. Special thanks to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Chris Tiedje for tweeting about the event!

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Tweet, Tweet – The News is Calling

July 15, 2009 at 12:24 pm (Florida, Fort Lauderdale, free, marketing, networking, News, social event, Social Events & Networking, South Florida) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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What happens when you stuff 100 people into a room to listen to 6 panelists discuss “How Traditional Media is being influenced by Social Media?”

A lot of tweeting!

Last night was the Social Media Club of South Florida (@SMCSF) Meetup held on the 12th floor of Broward College’s downtown building. The panel was moderated by former journalist Agustina Prigoshin (@AgustinaP) and included:

Niala Boodhoo (@nialaboodhoo), The Miami Herald
Chris Tiedje (@ctiedje), South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Mathilde Piard (@mathildepiard), The Palm Beach Post
Jessica Sick, NBCMiami.com
Trina Sargalski (@wlrnunderthesun), WLRN 91.3 FM
Adrienne Roark (@AdrienneRoark), News Director at CBS4

Back in the day we had town criers, then newspapers came about to deliver our daily dose of news. Now a new generation has ushered in a variable feast of town criers through Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and even Flickr. They hawk their own brand of news through every available outlet, from PDAs to computers screens and any other conduit that’s backlit in RGB. So, what does this panel of traditional newsies have to say about the brave new social media frontier?

They almost all agree on several points:

  • That they have gone through a trial and error phase of what works and what doesn’t, e.g. While Facebook fan pages are great, they may cause problems with RSS feeds.
  • Though their circulation is down for physical products, their media reach is actually growing. This is due to the fact that they are reaching audiences who would have otherwise been inaccessible through traditional media outlets.
  • There has been a shift in importance causing reporters to write for the web first, and print second. The reporting staff has adapted to use social media, web, photography, and other non-traditional avenues in their coverage.
  • Social media is a valuable tool in gaining real-time leads and also feedback to how the consumer feels about changes in interface, style, etc.

The panel discussion was very informative. There was a chance to meet with everyone in a face-to-face social atmosphere after the event at Off the Hookah. Due to time constraints I was not able to attend the post-event festivities, but hope to be able to next time.

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New Epidemic – Kids Caught in its Grasp

July 14, 2009 at 11:58 am (Florida, Fort Lauderdale, News, South Florida, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

gloopAs a designer I have to work around ergonomics and anthropometrics on a daily basis. We strive to understand the human form and design around the tolerances of the human body based on range of motion, physical aptitude, necessary job function, and safety all while creating an aesthetically pleasing final product. With that said, even Henry Dreyfuss couldn’t design around stupidity. As a case study, here is a report by Tonya Alanez from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on July 10, 2009:

9-year-old girl rescued from baby swing
Firefighters help needed to pull girl out of jam in Plantation park

PLANTATION – It was Plantation firefighters to the rescue Friday evening when a 9-year-old girl got stuck in a baby swing at Volunteer Park, authorities said.

The child was removed from a swing at  the West Sunrise Boulevard park within about two minutes of firefighters’ arrival, Battalion Chief Joel Gordon said.

“She was removed. No harm, no foul,” he said, explaining that firefighters simply pulled her out.

An amused Gordon said it was about the fourth similar incident at Plantation parks this week.

“It’s an epidemic,” he said with a chuckle. “You stuff a 9-year-old into a baby swing, and they just don’t fit.”

Earlier in the week, the extrication process was a little more complicated when a child had to be cut from a swing at Jim Ward Center, Gordon said.”

Really, an epidemic?! I can see two possible ways this could happen:

  1. Parents force this poor kid into a baby swing, because she “used to fit” as if the swing was an old t-shirt.
  2. The 9-year-old comes running up to the swing with all the excited zeal of Augustus Gloop from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, wedges herself into the swing, and after the shear enjoyment of performing the act she realizes that this does not end well.

So a lesson to parents everywhere. We as designers try to think of ways to make your life easier, more efficient, and safer – so do us a favor, and read the instructions.

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