“Oh! You’re the guy that makes those big things!”

is typically what i hear when I get am introduced around the tech community.

Ben Smithee, My favorite media guy

Ben Smithee is an awesome interviewer and MC. Other people approached me to talk about my art and I was very excited to do so, but somehow I couldn’t put two words together in a row to make a coherent sentence. Then Ben interviewed me. The man is magic. It all clicked and suddenly, I could form sentences. Whoohoo! Ben you’re the best. I don’t know how you you do it. Wait, yes, i do know. You approach your work with empathy and a client-centricity that brings out the best in the person you are interviewing. Even bumblers like me can say something coherent that doesn’t leave everyone scratching their heads. Thank you Ben. You’re awesome.

 
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Art at Big Design

since 2011, the conference and related events have given me an eager audience for testing new sculptural inventions.  I'm delighted to be referred to as the resident artist of big design.  

ARTIST TO THE TECHNOLOGY DESIGN COMMUNITY

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BigDesign, A place for ideas, including art ideas

Let’s just be clear bout this . Brian Sullivan is Big Design.  He was one its founders and has been at the helm since, making it ever bigger and better than the year before. What began as an  idea between a few like-minded UX design enthusiasts has become one of the notable conferences on design in North America and has sprouted a Latin America event as well.  

Brian is also one of my closest friends. Funny thing is there are probably a hundred other people who would say the same thing about Brian. And the truly amazing thing is, they would all bee right. Brian has been an amazing friend to countless people, launching careers, making opportunities, the stories are endless. In any case, he happens to be my closest friend and he provided me with a unique opportunity to make and show art

Interesting Conversation

 

One afternoon in the Usability Lab

Well, anyway there we were in the Sabre usability lab talking about usability and design stuff and Brian asks me , “Roger, do you know anyone who is a renaissance person?” And I had to answer that question with a question. I said, “Brian, have you seen my art?” And I showed Brian photos of my steel figures.

 
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How it all started

One afternoon back in 2010, I was in he Sabre usability lab chatting with Brian Sullivan, the usability guy and most people know as the the Big design chair. Brian was sharing with me about his work on the Design like Da Vinci presentation which was destined to become immensely popular. Anyway, I was new at Sabre and Brian and and i were becoming more acquainted. We had talked at various design events around the area. and I had been to the Big Design conference a couple times. Brain and I would soon become close friends.

 

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But it was when Brian saw the piece I had made for my UX design team in Sabre Airline Solutions, that his wheels started turning. The design was based on our logo we had recently designed for our internal consulting services. We designed user interfaces for industrial strength systems used by the airline industry. It was simple logo, UX with wings. Get it. Anyway, we were proud of it and I was inspired to see how it looked in steel.

Brian saw it and instantly asked if i would be willing to make something like that for Big D. The idea intrigued me. One thing led to another and before long long I was working on 50+ small pieces to be thank you gifts to the speakers and something really big as a centerpiece.

There is more to the story, but I’ll say that since 2011, the conference and related events have given me an eager audience for testing new sculptural inventions.  I'm delighted to be referred to as the

Your neighborhood resident geek artist.  

Now, as I say that, I should take a just moment to add that anyone who knows Brian Sullivan really well knows that Brian has at least a hundred or more very close friends. He’s that kind of a guy. I know for certain that I am one of his closest friends and I also know that there are a few dozen people that feel that same way. And I know that we are all correct! Those psychologists who tell you that no one can have more than a handful of very close friends, they don’t know Brian Sullivan.

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of American Airlines.

Fast forward to 2010 and I am at Sabre. And every day I would go to lunch, get my food in the cafeteria and look out over the sea of tables for someone to sit with, hoping for some interesting conversation. After a while I realized I was just looking for Brian. Brian Sullivan is an intelligent provocative and enlightening conversation personified. Anywhere he goes, interesting ideas happen. No wonder he is BigDesign.

“Your design presentation was pretty good, but tell us about your art. We want to hear about the art!”

 

 
 
 

Since then

Roger and the producers

Me standing proudly with two great producers. On my right, Keith Alcorn, creator of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, on my left, Yu Hsiu Yang, producer of the new inspiring film, Design & Thinking. Design & Thinking is a great film about my profession and a fellow Kickstarter funded project. The BIG(D)ESIGN 2012 Multimedia and Film Track was a big hit!

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Other opportunities to show and sell art

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A moment hanging out with the speakers after the conference. Really enjoyed chatting with cartoonist,