An online market of goods made by the XOXO community

Want to skip Amazon and support independent artists this holiday season? Head to the online market put together by the good folks of the XOXO festival. They've curated some really cool stuff made by enterprising members of their community.

These are just some of the things I have my eyes on:

https://xoxoholidaymarket.tumblr.com/post/180562582041/cross-stitched-emoji-artwork-by-steph-parrott

https://xoxoholidaymarket.tumblr.com/post/180557361706/you-think-you-know-me-a-conversational-card-game

https://xoxoholidaymarket.tumblr.com/post/180595957966/intricate-pop-up-cards-from-the-pop-up-card

https://xoxoholidaymarket.tumblr.com/post/180561425521/musical-delights-by-molly-lewis-bandcamp

https://xoxoholidaymarket.tumblr.com/post/180560075296/colorful-optimistic-zines-postcards-and-posters

Previously: Videos from this year's XOXO festival Read the rest

XOXO will be bigger and more inclusive in 2018

Described as "an experimental festival for independent artists and creators who work on the internet," Andy Baio and Andy McMillan's internet-fest baby XOXO will be back in early September.

And according to this tweet, they're making it bigger and more inclusive (be sure to check out their "living" inclusion policy):

We're moving to a new venue, and growing so we can offer significantly more free subsidized passes, prioritizing underrepresented and economically disadvantaged individuals.

The fun is happening in Portland, Oregon at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum from September 6 through 9. If this sounds like your jam, get on the horn and register before the deadline of June 29. Tickets (both paid and subsidized) are offered through a survey and lottery process, of which they write:

A first-come, first-serve system typically favors those with time and money, which ends up benefiting predominantly white men with well-paying jobs and disposable income.

Our survey system allows us to factor diversity into admission, which helps to counteract systemic biases and prioritize access to the festival for underrepresented folx and independent artists.

Check out the lineup! Read the rest

Boing Boing 25th Anniversary interview at XOXO Festival

Last month our friend Andy Baio, co-organizer of the incredible XOXO Festival in Portland, invited Xeni, David, Cory and me to be interviewed on stage by Glenn Fleishman. It was a blast! Here's the video.

In 1988, Mark Frauenfelder and Carla Sinclair launched a print zine called bOING bOING, "the world's greatest neurozine." After migrating to the web in 1996, Mark added three talented writers to the mix — technology writer David Pescovitz, science-fiction author/free culture advocate Cory Doctorow, and journalist Xeni Jardin. This year is the 25th anniversary of bOING bOING's first issue, a quarter-century of sharing their "directory of wonderful things."

We brought all four of Boing Boing's original editors together for the first time on a single stage, interviewed by Glenn Fleishman, editor/publisher of The Magazine and host of The New Disruptors.

Recorded in September 2013 at XOXO, an arts and technology festival in Portland, Oregon celebrating independent artists using the Internet to make a living doing what they love.

Boing Boing 25th Anniversary - XOXO Festival (2013) Read the rest

In a Time of Hugs and Kisses: XOXO 2013

Glenn Fleishman heads to Portland for the second XOXO festival, where a maker's heart can leave the body, be shared among kindred spirits, and know that it will be cared for.

Kickstarter re-commits to ideas instead of pre-orders

Kickstarter updated its policies for product design today: a move that will cost the firm money but relieve tension caused by fast promises and slow delivery.

XOXO: Maker Love, Not Thwart

I have fallen in love with a building, hundreds of people, a MakerBot, a portable toilet trailer, food trucks, and two men each named Andy. Is it possible to fall in love with a conference? If so, I have. The organizers named the conference XOXO for hugs and kisses. This was presented without hipster irony or marketing-speak. They meant it. They delivered.