Archive for April, 2012

I had the opportunity to attend Visual Media 2012 “Unveiled” in Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco last Thursday. This trade show is specifically geared towards professionals interested in social media, graphic design, and creative marketing.

An inside look of Fisher Atrium inside SF Mission Bay Center.


Seminars were held on the second floor, and I dropped in on David Sparks’ “How to Become an Online Influencer” seminar. He encourages others to take a proactive angle and take advantage of social media to get the maximum exposure for their company. He’s a brilliant speaker, with endless energy and engaging topics. With every key point, he is able to pull a relevant example or case study that effectively drives the point across.

To summarize, social media is fast becoming an invaluable method for a growing business to develop a relationship with their clients. In order to gain recognition, one needs to give recognition first. Through a series of interviews, blogs, news articles, podcasts, and intensive email follow-ups (one which I soon experienced first-hand afterwards), Sparks spearheaded his way into a successful media influencer who’s articles was featured in PC Computing, PC-World, and Wired News.

After the seminars, there was an Evening Keynote in the main auditorium. David and Leeman thoroughly charmed crowd with their hilarious quips and magic tricks. They opened up the floor for Doug Cunningham and Jason Noto, co-founders of a San Francisco-based design studio called Morning Breath, Inc. They shared their story: a great example of two designers keeping true to their own style and interests as their career flourished: going from designing skateboards to making the CD cover art for famous musicians like FooFighters, Jay-Z, and AFI.

One of the pieces taken from Morning Breath's online portfolio.

I had a wonderful time at the show. I definitely recommend it for creative media professionals as there will be great demonstrations of art, printing, and media in shows as well as exhibits. There were great take-aways, delicious food, and entertaining shows. I definitely look forward to what they’ll have next year!

Lots of goodies at the banquet hall. 😀 Bruschetta, potstickers, and various desserts.


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In the process of interviewing and chatting with all of our iXsystems developers, I recently discovered the existence of one who goes by the name of Chauncey Phillipson. Not much is known about him. He works off-site and almost never comes into the office, so why does his name keep popping up within our tightly-knit group of coworkers?

A reliable in-house source disclosed a very revealing anecdote about Chauncey:

“Well, Chauncey was a man who wore many hats at iXsystems. He worked in almost any department we needed him to: HR, Marketing, Sales, Facilities, Accounting; you name it, Chauncey worked there at one time or another.  Due to this, he was extremely difficult to get a hold of…elusive, even. In fact, you could sort of say that he was always there but never around.  People spent a lot of time talking to his voicemail and awaiting his return calls. He was in high demand.

He was an extremely friendly and polite person who took all of the work in stride, without complaint.  In fact, I think that’s what eventually broke him at iXsystems. You see, his true passion was fashion design…for hamsters and other small fauna. But, his job at iX was so demanding that he had no time to pursue his dreams. I think the pressure finally got to him, and one day he just up and vanished, never to be heard from again.

Despite all that, Chauncey was a joy when he was around.  He had a sweet, soothingly effeminate voice that was such a delight to hear whenever his answering machine would play his kindly recorded message. In fact, his voice was downright infectious.  We’d all lovingly imitate his lispy southern drawl around the office to make up for his absence.”

Some say he went to Thailand for an extended vacation. Others claim he attended a tradeshow in Europe. Here at iX, we would periodically receive postcards, signed “xoxo CP”, as shown below:

The marketing team pooled our resources and conducted extensive research. After much debate, I managed to narrow down his possible whereabouts to thirteen locations as shown below:

Perhaps we will never see Chauncey again. Or maybe one day he will show up at iXsystems unannounced. We will never know.

But according to a famous iXsystems urban myth, from time to time, you can hear Chauncey’s voice echoing through the company’s hallways at night when MattO talks in his sleep….

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