Sunday, March 24, 2013

Talking about Facebook to Facebook is Surreal

I spent the good part of the day before my talk at Facebook Headquarters updating my power point.   I usually change it a little bit before each lecture to tell a different story or two - but my challenge was to redo it so that I could talk about Facebook to Facebook in an interesting way. I edited, re-arranged fand tried to cater my focus to them.  As I was deleting and starting over I decided to just tell the story of the project, how I always tell it -  the most genuine, and hopefully the most engaging to them as well.

I was brought to Head Quarters by Drew Bennett, who is the Curator at  Facebook Analog Research Laboratory and runs the artist in residence program.  He is also a design / build / installation artist.  I was introduced to him by my friends at the Exploratorium and also by Kyle Durrie of Type Truck fame.  Drew and I both were recovering from the stomach flu, but that did not stop us from having some very interesting conversations about art in the corporate environment and how to engage employees with the work itself.   Facebook doesn't exactly have a corporate collection, but they do commission the artist in residents to do site specific pieces.   The campus itself has great graphics and the design sense is top notch from posters to signs.  All of the pieces I saw fit perfectly in the overall aesthetic, which I think is sometimes difficult in corporate collections.

It was also great to meet and talk to other employees after my talk. I was taken aback how smart + engaging everyone was (obviously this should not be surprising considering you can be a successful company of that scale with out a stellar team) but it was cool to hear their feedback and do some brief brainstorming on how we might collaborate in the future.    To make the day even more surreal, I was talking about the Pew study I cite,  and Loi Sessions Goulet piped up in the audience, and said she worked on it!  

Awesome hand drawn poster that Drew made for my talk
Poster compared to original image of Juli + Kanishka
There it is
I love that once I'm on campus, the GPS tells me to bear right on Hacker Way
Design building
I pad check in let's Drew know I'm here - it also lets me sign a disclosure form + prints my badge
The lobby of building 16 with awesome murals
Bridge view of jumbotron installation
Installation art in the courtyard?
One of the many cool posters that are all over campus by the analog research lab
Gorgeous cafeteria
Designed by Roman and Williams
Drew gets some rice
If I worked there, I would work from this cafeteria, it is just stunning
picnic table outside - guess it helps you find people?
More cool posters
Facebook shadow
Outdoor mural  by Brian Barneclo
BBQ joint
It's almost like the truck is an installation piece
Electronic art wall piece by Marc Slee
You don't have to leave work to get your hair cut!
Love these  Rich Jacobs pieces on the corner
Setting up for Mark's Friday afternoon Q & A
Reception area for another building with Rich Jacobs mural + analog research lab posters
I really wish I didn't have a stomach virus so I could of gone to the Nacho joint
The campus sits on this beautiful march


  1. Fantastic blog and photo tour, Tan. Thanks!

  2. great post tanja! / Emily


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