VizThink Austin

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Marilyn Martin: Marilyn at MarilynMartinConsulting dot com


The Austin VizThink Community is a part of the global VizThink Community. VizThink is gathering visual thinkers from all corners of the world to create the first global community dedicated to the use of visualization in all forms of learning and communication.

VizThink was initially conceived by Dave Gray, Chairman of Xplane. A long time proponent of Visual Communication, Dave envisoned the creation of a global community of visual thinkers. In 2006 XPLANE expanded to Europe through a new office in Madrid, Spain. While in Europe Dave became acquainted with Rodolfo Carpintier of Digital Assets Deployment, a business incubator firm in Madrid.

Through their conversations the concept of VizThink was raised and Mr. Carpintier, who has a successful history of building organizations that revolve around community, was enthused by the idea and decided to fund it.

In July of 2007, after about six months of planning, VizThink was launched. As of October 2009, VizThink had chapters in Austin, London, Madrid, Toronto, Portland, St, Louis, Seattle and several other cities.

VizThink Austin was launched in May 2008 by bootstrapper Marilyn Martin, along with Sunni Brown and Charlene McBride. Charlene has since moved from the Austin area, but Marilyn and Sunni continue as the official VizThink Austin ambassadors. The group meets every 4-6 weeks and includes artists, web designers, teachers, consultants, city planners, architects, musicians, graphic recorders, graphic artists, and others from all walks of life whose orientation to learning, information, and communication tends to be visual.

If you would like to be invited future to VizThink Austin events, please contact Marilyn

Specific Areas of Collaboration

  • Ideation Subgroup
  • Art Subgroup