Valerie Lyon, has rejoined Launch Agency working with the account service team, specializing in client service and business development.
A California native, Valerie graduated from Humboldt State University with a Journalism degree. She started her career in San Francisco at Ketchum Advertising in media planning. She then moved to Dallas to join Bozell, which became Temerlin McClain, where she led the national JCPenney business as Account Director for several years. Valerie was part of Launch in the early days, before joining the executive management team overseeing research, interactive and media services at Temerlin McClain. Most recently a SVP, Brand Development Director at FKM, Valerie is happy to be reunited with her former Launch colleagues.
Valerie is married with a teenage daughter. In her off time she enjoys hiking, cycling, reading and watching the sunset at Cedar Creek Lake.
The Q&A provides insight into how Valerie’s mind works:
Q: Who would play you in feature film/tv movie of your life?
A: Diane Keaton
Q: Favorite piece of Art?
A: Handmade coffee mugs from Buck Pottery in Gruene, Texas
Q: Best weather?
A: See: Sonoma, California
Q: Guinness World Record potential?
A: Most time spent talking with strangers about cottage cheese
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I recently returned from SIGGRAPH 2011, Vancouver, BC. SIGGRAPH (or Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques) is a premier international computer graphics, video, animation and new technologies conference.
The overall focus centered around the idea of community within the animation/effects/interactive industry. This was a chance to acknowledge the key companies and individuals that have steadily helped push and grow the computer graphics industry and specifically the SIGGRAPH family.
Of course great work, ideas and inspirations were all around. While last year saw a heavy industry push towards “stereoscopic 3D,” that emphasis seemed to have faded. Interactivity, through gaming and online productions, still held high interest. And some of the best, budding ideas were found in the student/research expo, “The Studio.” One incredible prototyped development actually measured an individual’s heart rate and vitals simply through web cam use and its recordings. Virtual reality and immersive interactive environments were prominent again; 3D printers were also on display and demoing capabilities.
The lectures at SIGGRAPH balanced technology with the human element and thoughts on the industry. The keynote speaker was Cory Doctorow, an industry blogger and Wired contributor. He spoke specifically on the effect patent laws are having on the individual and creativity. Production teams/directors from some of the latest features, Rango, Thor, Pixar’s La Luna and Cars 2, and Smurfs, shared personal and technical insights as well.
Finally, the SIGGRAPH animation showcase gave attendees a chance to view some of the strongest visualizations and productions from the past year. Enjoy just a few unique styles and amazing ideas from around the world — some beautiful, some dark, some funny, but all very well-crafted: