Out and About: Steve in Ottawa
By Steve Portigal at 8:52 am, Wednesday October 17 2012

Last week I was in Ottawa speaking at Carleton University as well as delivering the closing keynote for UXcamp Ottawa. Here are some photographic highlights of my time there. Look for the rest of my pictures on Flickr.


Joseph Henri Maurice “The Rocket” Richard


Suzy Q Donuts.


The Canada Hall in the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Depicting 1000 years of history, this was an outstanding exhibit. In addition to the familiar elements of contemporary museum design, it had just enough realism, sort of the heightened-fakery from a movie studio backlot. The open-ended design enabled an immersive stroll through recreations of the past. As you wandered you could go in and poke around stores, schools, mills, airports, and so on. It was almost like being in a holodeck, strolling through time (and from east to west).


Building environmental control module or splash screen for circa 1974 television news magazine?


Recreation of the Robert Frank image used on the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street cover.


Stickers stuck to poles outside of the National Gallery. I took the picture without knowing what the heck I was looking at, though. It was only when I got my ticket for the National Gallery and was asked to put the same sticker on my clothing did I realize how those poles ended up like that.


That about covers it.

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2 Responses to “Out and About: Steve in Ottawa”

    Really glad you made it back, Steve. I’m not sure what happens up there if the Big Hand in the Sky gets to that button before you, but it doesn’t seem like any good.

    Comment by Beth 10.18.12 @ 12:11 pm


      Where I saw benevolent omnipresence, the Nanny State personified (or at least digified) you see a looming malevolence. We are better not knowing, I guess!

      Comment by Steve Portigal 10.18.12 @ 12:34 pm