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SXSW Interactive 2016

Text is Dead: Emerging Visual Languages Online

RIP text! In today’s world, GIFs, selfies, memes and emojis are mainstream and six-second Vine stars are the new celebrities. Today’s innovations are sparking completely new ways of communicating, collaborating and even disagreeing with each other. But in a world where cursive handwriting is no longer taught in school and brands are issuing press releases entirely in emoji, are we moving forward or backward?

Join Vine star Nick Mastodon and branding expert Greg Swan for a conversation about the devolution of the written word, what’s next in the disruption of visual communication, and what skills individuals and brands need to be ready for 2016 trends in visual communication.

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  1. How have social networks and mobile device makers helped move human interaction toward visual and away from text?
  2. What are the 5 emerging visual platforms beyond emojis, gifs and short-form video coming in 2016?
  3. What are the 10 ways brands and individuals best make use of emerging visual communication strategies?



Greg Swan, VP PR & Emerging Media, space150

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