MANY REASONS TO BE AT MALOFIEJ 2011
The best description I've heard of what Malofiej, the world summit and awards that take place in Pamplona every year, represents to the infographics community was given by a talented friend of mine, one of those individuals that never fail to awe you with their innovative solutions. He said: "this is the place where you learn to be humble again". True: spending your days in a newsroom, isolated from your peers (the Internet facilitates communication, but it has not solved this problem completely), working in a profession that can be so absorbing, and arcane for many, can lead you to think that your body of work is the best out there. Malofiej teaches you not only that you are just one among many others, but that many of those many others are usually smarter than you will ever be
That's the first reason I recommend everybody to go to Malofiej at least once. The 2011 edition takes place at the J-School of University of Navarra, Pamplona, between March the 20th and the 25th. As usual, the program is divided into two 3-day workshops (print and digital) and the summit itself (2 days, Thursday and Friday). You can attend both or either of them. All the info is on the SND-Spain website.
More reasons to go this year in particular? Well, honestly, taking a look at the list of speakers, I can say that I've not seen a stronger one in a while. We have Jorge Cortés, from La Tercera (Chile), who can talk about their suberb coverage of the Copiapó mining accident; we'll get Kat Downs, in charge of graphics innovation at the The Washington Post; we'll listen to Andrew Vande Moere, the guy behind Information Aesthetics, Stephen Few, who has written three of the finest books on statistical charts (they are on my list of recommended books on graphics), and David McCandless, of Information is Beautiful fame, among many others. I'll be there, for sure. To feel like an intern again.