I’m feeling pretty good today – 2015 was a great year for me personally and I got to do a bunch of traveling. As much as I’m looking forward to 2016, it’s worth it for me to take a quick look back at the last year. It took me around the country and across the ocean to do some talks and meet many of you at some great events. Except for this one map viz, I think photos will tell the story just fine.
Alot of my year looked like this. Some of the places I’ve been to this last year…
Seattle, New York City, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Atlanta, State College, Scranton, Vancouver BC, Minneapolis, Portland, Phoenix, Toronto, Denver, Boston, Seoul.
Spent the first day of 2015 in my beloved New York City, walking the streets of Times Square and other parts of Manhattan in search of my favorite food. Can’t start the year off any better.
Got a chance to visit UC Berkeley to see the SWARM Lab’s work on IoT.
But, just missed out on seeing the Stanford d.school facility. Next time.
And what trip to Silicon Valley would be complete without a swing by the McLaren dealership.
My 48 hour trip to the Tapestry conf near Atlanta was a fun blur, but even more important…
…I discovered that Delta flights have USB chargers in the seat backs. OMG. Thank you.
Back to Silicon Valley where I spotted a real Google self driving car in the wild. Scary.
Up to Vancouver BC to teach a “Fast Design” workshop, where I find the greatest elevator UI of all time in my hotel.
Really enjoyed being in Minneapolis again for the Eyeo Festival. Great talks on every aspect of Viz.
Found the steakhouse that’s the top seller in the whole country of my fav Knob Creek Bourbon. Trust me, neither is to be missed.
Then back home and a quick trip down to Portland to enjoy the NW summer a bit.
Gave a talk called “The Future of Making” at the World Future Society’s conference Making the Future in San Francisco.
Love and miss that city. Met some incredible people, and spent time with some old friends.
Even got a chance to catch Steve Jurvetson live at the WFS conf. Mindblowingly smart guy.
And got to design and help run the world’s largest Hackathon (for Microsoft //oneweek) in Redmond and 80 other cities around the world.
Made my annual trip to the Arizona desert for some floating around the pool in Scottsdale.
Don’t worry. It was only 115 in the shade.
Had the pleasure to visit Toronto to give the talk “The Age of Smart Signage” at the DSrupted 2015 conf. Great city. Had a blast.
Quick trip to visit the Microsoft campus in Boston. Fun time in Harvard Square.
Finally got a chance to visit the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, MA. This has been on my list for decades. Didn’t disappoint.
Headed back to NYC for the Visualized conference in the Times Building. Always the best few days of the year.
And can’t forget my first trip to Seoul. Incredible place to visit.
Did a talk called “Rethinking Mobile” at the Global Leaders Forum for TV Chosun. Had the best hosts and met some great new friends.
Back to Seattle for the SEA VR 2015 conf. Didn’t realize there’s a big community here trying to make VR happen.
Fun to look back quickly, but it’s on to 2016.
Don’t think I’ll be traveling as much, but I’m pretty sure the best is yet to come.