Topics: events

Make some Elbo Room for us

It’s been a minute since we last did an event, but we’ll be having a pop-up shop for Commune San Francisco’s event at Elbo Room on Wednesday. It’s completely FREE and we’ll be setting up shop on the 2nd floor along with other designers, bands and DJs. Come through!

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Everyhere Logistics Seeks to Discover Hot Beds of Creativity

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Lost Horizon Night Market, but then again maybe not. They are secret pop-up events that first originated in New York where participants use rented box trucks to create interactive installations. The events are word of mouth and IRL stumble upon-only to discourage overcrowding and nurture the joy of surprise. This summer, these night markets, while still shrouded in some secrecy, are being anchored by a project called Everyhere Logistics that is sending 10 teams of artists to participate in markets with a cross-country mobile art tour.  The teams will meet up in the middle of the country before doing a final September event in San Francisco. The idea behind this focused group is to connect with creatives beyond coastal cities, which often go overlooked, but are doing just as amazing things. Planned installations include a place to recreate famous movie scenes, a teahouse and pole dancing, but local participants are TBA and anyone that wants to rent a U-Haul and participate is encouraged.

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Everyhere Logistics has launched a modest Kickstarter to support basic costs for their artists. Feel free to donate. Feel free to not. It’s probably a good way to make sure you get your word of mouth invite though.

CreativeMornings now in San Diego

I’m stoked to share that San Diego now has its own chapter of CreativeMornings, the free monthly breakfast lecture series for the creative community. Nate Spees will host and we’re also very proud that our pals Chadwick Gantes, Greg Gibson and Mike Spear are part of the team helping make this event great.

If you’ve never been to a CreativeMornings before, go. You’ll be treated to coffee and a presentation on the theme of the month. Plus, it’s an excellent place to meet new rad people. This month’s event will be Friday January 23rd at Moniker Warehouse (Snowflake Bakery building) where Jason Russell will speak on the theme of Ugly. For the latest info, follow CM San Diego on Twitter and Instagram.

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Tacos, burritos and art are a few of my favorite things

The mere mention of tacos or burritos is usually enough to make me hungry, so when that’s the theme of an art exhibition, you know I’m going to be saying “fuck yeah.” Super Precious Art Gallery, which puts on pop-up openings in the Boston area is celebrating 25 taco and burrito-inspired pieces by hanging the art in a grilled cheese and burger joint (duh), and includes contributions by HM favorites, Chris Piascik and Carolyn Sewell. The show will be up for the next couple months in Allston at Roxy’s Grilled Cheese and Burgers, but even if you’re nowhere nearby you can still check out the entire burrito of work and purchase prints online.

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36 hours at TED

Checking in on Foursquare and there walks Sting. He was riding solo and sporting some crazy “ain’t give a shit” parachute pants. To be honest, it was a nice alternative to the sea of blazers adorned by the boys club of conference attendees. Later today, he’ll be at our Delta installation. Man, I hope Winslow gets a selfie with him. Btw, does Sting have a middle name?

It’s been awesome to see our Social Soul installation being received so well. People who get it, really get it. They walk away smiling and wanting to gush about what they just experienced. Then, we tell them you can sneak a peek inside from our secret periscopes and they reach level 5 flip-out mode. I’m reminded how rewarding it is to design experiences that make people feel this way.

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Oh look, there’s Seth Godin. I recognize his iconic glasses from afar. Is it weird I’m starstruck? I’m 38 yet this man gives me goosebumps full of inspiration.

Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix walks by and I can’t help but think of binge watching House of Cards. For some reason, I looked to see if he was wearing a Frank Underwood ring. Tap tap. No dice.

The theater doors open for lunch and we’re greeted by a small army of creative heavyweights. Josh Spear and Aaron Dignan (Founders, Undercurrent), Scott Belsky (Founder, Behance), Mark Ronson (Music Producer), and CEO’s from Zappos, PSFK and Google. My brain is swarming with ideas and I’m feeling motivated. Grab my laptop and post up in Jawbone’s communal work station to ride the momentum.

Cameron Diaz is here. I have no idea why but my co-workers insist she looks amazing and apparently that’s all that matters.

My hangover from last night’s 3-hour client dinner is finally starting to fade. I’m reminded of this while seeing Al Gore and Bill Gates schmoozing in-front of a massive installation by Target. Let’s hope their credit cards weren’t compromised. Sorry, bad joke.

TOMS is here. They built an empire around their One For One shoes and here at TED, they’re launching a new product: coffee. I didn’t get the full scoop but it appears water will be donated for every bag of coffee purchased.

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Vancouver is absolutely stunning. The convention center is set to a backdrop of snowy mountain-tops, lakes and vibrant city-scapes. Remind me to come back when I’m not working and have more than 36 hours to explore.

The TED staff curated several break-out lounges that provide attendees with ample opportunities to unwind, co-work, and shop. Next to Google Glass and Citi Bike was a showcase of creative furniture, including my new favorite, Buoy by Turnstone. At first, it looks nothing more than an oversized stool or ottoman. But the genius is in it’s design. It swivels and reacts to your body’s movements like nothing I’ve ever experienced. Maneesh, if you’re reading this, be prepared for an all-out pitch replacing our office chairs with these gems.

Edward Snowden is at TED. Not really but sort of. He’s on stage via a mobile kiosk that looks like a cross between a Segway and Facetime. Chris Andersen is interviewing him and unsurprisingly, there’s a lot of talk of government secrets and coverups.

My Delta notification pops up and thus it’s time to head back east. A quick purchase of Austin Kleon’s new book and I’m ready to go. Oh look, there he is. Thank you, Vancouver. It’s amazing what happens when people get together.

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