Last week was a fun week! I attended Siggraph 2008
and the Pasadena Bead and Design Show
If you do graphics on a computer, 2d, 3d, or otherwise, Siggraph is a must attend conference. I've been going off and on since 1991. My high school's advanced art teacher happened to finagle us exhibit passes when it was in Dallas (I'll let you do the research to figure out when that was :) ). It's so interesting to see all the creative technology that you know will be available for you to use in the very near future.
VR was the big thing when I went the fist time, as well as, the burgeoning computer animation scene. That's really why us high school students were there - the program at Texas A&M gave us passes, seeing if they could recruit one or two of us.
This year was really cool as well. Here are a few of my favoite things:
1) The new HP Dream color display
is amazing - you have to see it in person. It lives up to the hype.
2) the art exhibit - Artist Jenny E. Sabin
and the group Skorpions
. I also saw some lovely window panes (pictured below) but didn't catch the artist's name.
Pictures of almost all the faves:Skorpions
Wall inserts by unknown artist
close up of my favorite one
A lot of big companies were there, but I was surprised by some that weren't. Adobe - teh number one graphics company (thanks to their purchase of macromedia :P) didnt' attend!!
Below is the Disney/Pixar booth:
Ok - enough techno stuff - let's talk about the Pasadena Bead and Design Show!!
I went with my lovely friend Diana, who actually happens to be a mutual friend of one my co-workers. The ONLY reason I met her is that she interviewed as a replacement for me in my previous postition (I want to go kick my old boss for not hiring her, btw - she's awesome).
Anyway - I spent WAY too much money on semi precious stones, glass, and shells for one day.
The vendors were varied with BEAUTIFUL stuff. My only disappointment was that there seemed to be so much finished jewelry and I was expecting more supplies than anything else.
You should note - I only took one picture in the entire show. It was of the last room I went in, and only took it as an after thought. That's how much fun I had - I forgot to take pictures!!!
Diana and I called it quits after a few hours when we realized we were starving and had crooked and achy necks from looking down at the tables.