Josh Anon, Pixar
Just as how buildings grew from just being a simple shelter against the elements to entire created experiences and how writing went from written laws to libraries of novels, software is undergoing a shift from being focused on utility to being about experiences. While not immediately obvious, building software has come to have a lot in common with seemingly unrelated artistic fields, like creating a movie. Josh Anon will discuss the growing role of telling a good story and providing an experience in software.
Josh Anon is a San Francisco, USA resident and Northwestern University graduate who works at the intersection of art and technology. He’s a camera & staging artist at Pixar Animation Studios, an award-winning freelance photographer, and a Mac/iOS developer. He’s been writing software for OS X since Mac OS X 10.0 and has worked on a number of programs including Lightbox (the first professional image management tool for the Mac), Pixar’s digital storyboarding tool, and FlipBook (an animation program for iOS with over 2 million users).