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Conference insights from Vancouver and Boston to Paris and Beijing.

Death and Our Digital Legacy

“Here it is. I’m dead, and this is the last post to my blog.”

frog at Mobile World Congress Recap

Last week, frog took part in Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, the world’s largest gathering of the telecom industry (with a record 70,000 attendees this year) and an increasingly important forum for everything that falls under the rubric “Connected World.”

frog's Panel Picks at SXSWi 2012

It is that time of year again. This week, the geek chic, the entrepreneurial start-uppers, the early adopters, and the social media mavens flock to tech Mecca: SXSW Interactive in Austin. It is a five-day socialpalooza packed with inspirational keynotes, heated panel debates, and, you know, the occasional party or two.

We’ve put together the annual, beta version of frog’s itinerary—an open attempt to tackle the 1,100 plus panels with some kind of finesse (and to save you from hyper curation fatigue). 

Doodle Mind: TED 2012 Day Two in Illustrations

frog’s own Vice President of Creative Robert Fabricant opens his legendary notebook to share his doodle interpretations of all the talks that he witnesses at TED 2012.

Doodle Mind: An Illustrated Summary of TED 2012 Day One

For those of you who aren’t attending the TED 2012 “Full Spectrum” Conference this week, there’s a bunch of ways that you can get the inside scoop on the speakers and spectaculars happening on the exclusive stage. frog’s own Vice President of Creative Robert Fabricant opens his legendary notebook to share his doodle interpretations of all the talks that he witnesses. 

Going to MWC? Here's How to Keep Entertained

frog will of course be at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona again this year, and we are hosting a variety of events ourselves both at the main site and at the Hotel Arts, all of which promise to be thought provoking, insightful, fun, and often including libations.

frog's Burning Man at TED 2012

 

frog Senior Principal Technologist Jared Ficklin isn’t your typical gadget geek (in fact, he was once on the PBS reality show, Texas Ranch, challenged with living the tech-free life of an 1867 cowboy).

When he isn’t designing user experiences and thinking about the future of interaction choreography, you might find him in the bowl of an Austin skatepark (he founded and codirects the Austin Public Skatepark Action Committee) or you might see him creating sound visualizations in unlikely mediums.

Now, the man behind the edgy tech hacks at the annual frog SXSW Interactive Opening Party will be bringing his edgy presentation to a new stage: this year’s TED Conference in Long Beach. design mind caught up with Jared to discuss his journey to TED, what we can expect from a new presentation of fiery sound displays, and a sneak peak at the playful tech behind this frog's SXSW Interactive Opening party this year. 

Meeting People is Easy (LIFT 2012)

frog is excited to join the technorati at this year's Lift conference, an annual event that explores the cultural implications of digital technology. As a contribution to the event, we've created frogHub. What is it? You'll have to wait and see, but the idea is to bridge the physical and digital world to create an interactive experience for all conference participants.

The Kaleidoscope Mind: Some Easy Ways to Teach Creativity

You're never too old to make your mind agile, flexible, self-aware, and able to see patterns and connections that more rigid minds miss.

Javier Hans is on a mission to change how the world's youth think about creativity and innovation. At nine, he founded Inventors Without Borders. At 15, he was the winner and youngest entrant of the Invent Your World Challenge sponsored by Ashoka. Most recently, Javier spoke at TEDx Taipei, where he unveiled his immersive role-playing game, Inventors Village.

The Designer as Curator

The above slides are from a talk called "Information Architecture: Making Information More Accessible and Useful," which I gave at the HOW Interactive Conference in San Francisco on November 2nd. The conference was a three-day event focused on helping designers with a background in graphic design make the leap to creating websites, apps, and interactive experiences.