Joe Rohde speaks at SIGGRAPH

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Joe Rohde, executive designer and vice president with Walt Disney Imagineering and the chief caretaker and spirit behind Disney’s Animal Kingdom, spoke Tuesday at Siggraph 2006.

Rohde said computer graphics specialists could improve their craft by employing some of the same techniques Disney has used for years to create its own "virtual realities" for visitors to its theme parks.

"Instead of uniting with words, we unite with the objects we’re seeing," Rohde said of both kinds of virtual world creators. Members of the computer graphics community need to see themselves as storytellers and think of story structure in a nonlinear way.

Hmmm. An Imagineer preaching about storytelling. Stop the presses. Still Rohde is an important force and a great speaker. Wish I could have attended. (Link)