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Archive for July, 2008

A few months back, I posted about consumers’ resistance to digital signage, pointing up the issue that oftentimes what marketers see as dazzling is often construed by end user eyeballs as glaring, particularly among a Connected Class to whom (as one commenter eloquently put it, “loud noises mean “panic” and surprising movement means “danger, get away”).

The topic riled up a great group of industry folks as well as end users, and the discussion quickly branched off into sub-conversations about user experience, design decisions, industry best practices, and the OOH signage landscape at large. Audience aside, these threads converged exactly where the discussion started: the difficulty of escaping the mediated public perception of digital signage.
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A big thanks to everyone at Netroots Nation (especially Nolan, Raven, and Mary) for a fantastic conference.  I’m psyched that everyone seemed to dig the Wiffiti screens, and we’re excited to roll in with some new stuff for next year!
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I ran into this mini-rally encouraging people to recycle their old TVs right outside the Austin Convention Center on Saturday afternoon.  They were moving too quickly for me to grab any collateral (or perhaps I was moving too slowly).  It was also hard to catch their attention– you know, with the TV hats and all.
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As my role of Wiffiti Girl wrapped up at the Netroots Nation Convention, I went out in search of some Austin culture.  From textual art I switched to contextual art… via the Sol Lewitt exhibit at the Austin Museum of Art. I also went in the “explore” room and created an awesome picture of a polka-dotted elephant.  (And yes, I realize the irony of leaving the Netroots Nation Convention and drawing an elephant… This was a non-political, multi-colored, conceptual elephant, mind you.)
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Yep.  Surprising EVERYONE, Al Gore showed up at the Pelosi keynote this morning.  Some flickrers captured the moment! Well, and so did the NYT… and FoxNews

and so did Wiffiti!

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