Monthly Archives: May 2009

Providence Geeks video podcast: Richard Gonci and Jon Kletzien of Studio AMD at the May 2009 Providence Geek Dinner


At the May 2009 Geek Dinner, we learned all about Studio AMD and saw some great demos of their technology. After the geek dinner, I caught up with Principal Jon Kletzien and Creative Director Richard Gonci , for a quick chat. [Video link]


May Geek Dinner – Wed. the 13th 5:30-8:30pm @ THE BLACK REP featuring Studio AMD

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Wednesday, May 13th, 2009, 5:30 – 8:30pm
The Black Repertory Theater
(and no, that’s not the Black Rep in the photo 🙂
276 Westminster Street, Providence, RI Map

We’re switching things up slightly for the May Dinner. We’re going to be at the excellent Black Repertory Theater in Downtown Providence (only a couple of blocks from AS220, to where we’ll be returning in June). Also, as the Black Rep doesn’t serve food, this month it’s going to be more a Geek Drinks than a Geek Dinner (there are a lot of great places with eats nearby though). As usual, we’ve got a fantastic presenter on tap:

Studio Amd LogoStarted over 16 years ago, by-then-RISD-students Jon Kletzien and Richard Dubrow, Downtown Providence-based Studio AMD has become the world’s most decorated architectural illustration firm (in 2008 alone, they garnered major awards from SIGGRAPH, ASAI and CINE). The studio works with many of today’s most influential architects including Daniel Libeskind, Michael Graves and Robert Stern. Using advanced digital tools, Studio AMD has extended its traditional 3D rendering services into film and communications as well.

studio_amd_ssAt the next Geek Dinner, Principal Jon Kletzien and Creative Director Richard Gonci will give an overview of the studio and its work (including Libeskind’s Vilnius Guggenheim project which was just selected for inclusion in the 2009 SIGGRAPH Video Review). In addition, this presentation will also mark the first time, Studio AMD has publicly demoed its next-generation “e-book” presentation tool.

Please RSVP in the comments section of this post so that we can give the good folks at the Black Rep an estimated headcount. And while you’re at it, subscribe to Providence Geeks’ RSS feed (see sidebar) and/or join our very-low-volume email announcement list (for the announcement list, send an email to Jack Templin, jtemplin over at Gmail with your name and affiliation).

As always, for first-timers here are the details on the Geek Dinners:

  • The event itself is FREE! Beverages will be for sale at the bar.
  • It’s totally casual. Wear whatever, bring whoever, arrive and take off whenever!
  • Topics of conversation will vary as they will at any gathering of geeks, but many of us will be talking about AJAX, mash-ups, start-ups, new devices, innovative business models, interaction design, social computing, digital art, web services, etc. etc. etc.