Reasons to be Creative Festival 2012

June 1, 2012

Reasons to be Creative Festival 2012, a two-day celebration of artistic, creative and technical inspiration highlighting art, design, code, open-source, maker and DIY programs, and more presents its second annual event, held this year on Thursday and Friday, June 14 and 15 at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street, New York City.

The festival features more than two dozen speakers, including industry leaders such as John Maeda, president of Rhode Island School of Design, graphic designer, and computer scientist; Paula Scher, designer and artist, Pentagram Design; Ken Perlin, Academy Award Winner for Technical Achievement and inventor of Perlin Noise; Jeffrey Zeldman, web standards expert and founder of A List Apart; Josh Nimoy, programmer and Tron Legacy special effects wizard; and Jer Thorp, New York Times data artist in residence.

“We’ve assembled a program that will appeal strongly to newcomers and seasoned veterans alike,” said Reasons to be Creative founder John Davey. “We’ve balanced art and tech topics, beginner and advanced content, and informative, educational and entertaining presentations—and we’re thrilled with the result. We’re incredibly fortunate to be able to present so many talented speakers from art, code and design to educate and inspire our attendees. This amazing lineup is unmatched anywhere, and we’re very proud to work with our speakers and sponsors to make this year our best yet.”

Co-organized by SVA faculty member Rich Shupe, Reasons to be Creative is brought to you by the same people who created the acclaimed Flash on the Beach conference and New York’s Geeky by Nature conference in 2011. For the full schedule of speakers, times, and topics visit

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