New York Times Graphics Director Steve Duenes Selected for a SIGGRAPH Keynote

CHICAGO — (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 7, 2009 SIGGRAPH announces the selection of Steve Duenes, a leader in transforming complex data into understandable graphic journalism, as a keynote speaker for SIGGRAPH 2009, the 36th International Conference and Exhibition for Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques.

Duenes started at The New York Times in 1999 as the graphics editor for science, and he became the graphics director in 2004. In his current role, he manages a staff of 30 journalists who work as a team to shape and deliver visual information by researching, writing, designing and programming information graphics for both the printed newspaper and www.nytimes.com.

Duenes is also on the faculty at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His team has received awards from numerous organizations including the Society of Publication Designers, American Institute of Graphic Arts, Society for News Design, and the Society of Professional Journalists. In addition, Duenes is a contributing cartoonist in The New Yorker.

“In a growing digital world, the importance of graphics has never been higher,” stated Ronen Barzel, SIGGRAPH 2009 Conference Chair. “Steve brings a fresh perspective to the table, which is especially appropriate this year given the amazing SIGGRAPH content in regards to scientific visualization and information aesthetics.”

SIGGRAPH Keynote Speakers represent a variety of prominent industry luminaries and technology experts, who present on different aspects of the multi-dimensional computer graphics and interactive techniques.

For detailed information on the SIGGRAPH 2009 dynamically evolving program or to download a copy of the SIGGRAPH 2009 Preview Video visit www.siggraph.org/s2009.

About SIGGRAPH

SIGGRAPH 2009 will bring an anticipated 20,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from six continents to New Orleans, Louisiana, USA for the industry's most respected technical and creative programs focusing on research, science, art, animation, music, gaming, interactivity, education, and the web from Monday, 3 August through Friday, 7 August 2009 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. SIGGRAPH 2009 includes a three-day exhibition of products and services from the computer graphics and interactive marketplace from 4-6 August 2009. More than 200 international exhibiting companies are expected. More details are available at www.siggraph.org/s2009.

About ACM

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery www.acm.org, is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field's challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession's collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.

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