As previously mentioned SXSW is long over and the overviews are starting to roll in. As usual, I’m a little late with my final blog posts. So instead of waxing poetically about the conference, here is a run down of some of the links that you should have a gander at. They cover the entire spectrum of the conference, from influential thinkers to upcoming design techniques to new tools for business:

Social Media Thinkers & Shakers

* “Chris Brogan”: and “Julien Smith”:, the two brains behind the exceptional book Trust Agents. If you are involved with building an online brand or personal brand, invest in this book.
* Washington DC Visual Information collective “JESS3”:
* Uber-entrepreneur “Gary Vanyerchuk”:, who is an amazing inspiration for people looking to build a Company brand.

Web Typography

* “Samantha Warren”: a fantastic designer who is pushing the World of Web Typography, with some great poster based design.
* “Jason Cranford Teague”: wrote a book called “Fluid Web Typography”:, which is a fantastic and straight forward break down of the up coming shift towards Web Typography.

Interesting Takes On SXSW and Design Culture

* A Graphical representation of the SXSW Conference thorough a series of “Moleskin notebook sketches (via. Roh Design)”:
* Unhappy Hipsters, a collection of “Wallpaper magazine photos with unhappy hipster commentary”:

New Tools For Everyone:

* “”: a simple web site that allows anyone to develop simple and stylish web forms.
* “”:, which is a pushing the boundaries of what Google Maps and Yahoo Maps can do for small businesses.
* “”: is an inexpensive Toll Free phone office service for small businesses. (There is also a Canadian Equivalent called “RingCentral”: which Canadian businesses should check-out)
* “Launch’s take on Leave Your Job Start An Agency”:, the feedback to our talk from SXSW
* From our good friend Andy at “NonImage”:, is the amazing Invoicing app called “FreeAgent”:, which will revolutionalize how freelancers control their own books.
* “”: the ultimate resource for Twitter apps to leverage for your business.
* A great presentation on the power and beauty of “Co-Working and how it will change our own way of working”: If you are interested in coworking in Calgary check out “”: