Here’s to All Our Moms

We’re taking time this week to reflect on mothers and all that they do for us. At MagCloud, we work with moms every day. They are some of the most committed and hard-working people on the planet.

We celebrate their diverse interests and all they teach us from style, to crafts, even encouraging our green thumbs. One thing is common between all moms…they are smart, powerful women who put the role of motherhood ahead of anything else and whom we hope will get a much-deserved vacation this year.

Don’t forget, Mother’s Day is this Sunday and we have you covered in the gifting department. With these ideas, you’re guaranteed to make this year extra special.

-Using your Flickr photostream, create a photo magazine that takes her breath away.

-Choose from MagCloud’s exclusive library and show her that you selected something specific to her taste (and receive 25% off production costs of all full-priced magazines between now and May 8).

-For those of you who want to make a big splash, why not pick out a magazine that features one of her favorite destinations…then slip a pair of plane tickets between the pages.

What else are you planning for your mom this Sunday? Tell us in the comments below!

We also want to take the time to thank our own Moms all of whom have inspired us and in doing so hopefully makes MagCloud even better.

Network, Share and Inspire

Are you on the lookout for conferences and events that provide a superb opportunity to network with publishers and designers, ignite your creativity, learn valuable information from thought leaders and stay on top of emerging trends in the industry? Below is a list of some of the best publishing and design conferences in the United States. In the comments section below, please share the events that you plan to attend this year.

Print and ePublishing Conference (May 23-25, 2011; Washington D.C.) – Join the world’s top InDesign experts and members of the Adobe InDesign team to gain more valuable insight on the topics of publishing. We’re excited to hear that they have a full day of post-conference tutorials as well!

HOW Design Live (June 22-27, 2011; Chicago, Illinois) – With more than 35 sessions and expert speakers, this conference provides a variety of design inspiration, information and instruction. There are also many networking opportunities at this event to connect with speakers and other design professionals.

CliQ 2011 (September 6-11, 2011; Las Vegas, Nevada) – Taking on a new name, CliQ is PMA International’s premiere event and known as the world’s largest annual international photo imaging trade show. (Update: PMA recently announced that CliQ will co-locate at the 2012 International CES in partnership with the Consumer Electronics Association.)

Adobe Max (October 1-5, 2011; Los Angeles, California) – Adobe MAX is the place to go and see how technology and art converge. It’s a great venue for designers, developers and business decision-markets to exchange ideas and inspiration.

American Magazine Conference (October 4-5, 2011; New York City, New York) – Deemed as the official annual meeting of the consumer magazine industry, this popular three-day event is produced by MPA and the American Society of Magazine Editors. Join and learn more the industry’s thought leaders and innovators as well as the brightest and most interesting minds of our times.

Altitude Design Summit (January 18-21, 2012; Salt Lake City, Utah) – If you’re obsessed with great design and smart ideas, this is the place to be. The organizers have created a place where design and lifestyle bloggers and creative entrepreneurs can come together, share ideas and connect with marketers.

SXSW Interactive (March 9-13, 2012; Austin, Texas) – It was our first time attending this year and we loved it! Five days of compelling seminars in emerging technology, exciting networking events and programs featuring the best there is to find in digital works, video games and innovative ideas.

MagCloud @ SXSW Recap

What is the quintessential event of the year for tech innovators and startups? In the digital age, it is – without a doubt – South by Southwest Interactive. Every March, the most inspiring minds in emerging technology gather in Austin, Texas to showcase the latest in digital innovation. SXSW Interactive was a critical turning point in the success of both Foursquare (in 2009) and Twitter (in 2007). SXSWi 2011 was no different and MagCloud was there to see it first-hand and share the latest from HP’s ePrint SXSW Go! Spots.  Now that we’re back and letting all that we learned sink in, we want to share the highlights of this 5-day frenzy of panels, parties and presentations with you.

–SXSW was the perfect platform for lots of great conversations around the new world of publishing (where readers are also publishers) and the impact of interactivity on storytelling and marketing.

–The Group Messaging Wars were at full strength but GroupMe came out on top (the free grilled cheese sandwiches certainly helped their cause).

–Tag your it…mobile tagging was quite the rage at SXSW.

–SXSW is not just about music and film anymore…this year saw SXSWi attendance grow at record levels and outpace it’s sister events.

–There was of course lots of great music all week long.  Check out Esquire’s list of bands to see at SXSW and one of MagCloud’s personal favorites was Bright Light Bright Light.

If you would like to see a glimpse of SXSW through the eyes of social media influencers  — including Mark Briggs, Brian Zisk, Steve Garfield, Michael Celiceo and Beverly W. Jackson checkout this edited video journal courtesy of Mashable.

And for all those that stopped by the HP booth and Mobile Park to visit with MagCloud it was great to meet you and we look forward to seeing you again next year!

Birds, Beer and Binding…An Update From SXSW

Greetings from South by Southwest in Austin Texas.  The MagCloud team has come to the heart of Texas for the week to spread the word of digital publishing and show off some of our amazing publishers’ magazines to the more than 40,000 expected attendees.

Bloggers, designers, cinematographers, musicians, technologists, marketers, educators and business owners have all converged on Austin to discuss and enjoy the latest in technology, music and film.

Sharing the HP booth with the ePrint team we’ve had the pleasure to meet attendees from all over the world.  Next week we’ll post a recap of the show but in the meantime we hope y’all enjoy some photos from the show floor.