The 2005 SXSW People Awards

The 2005 SXSW People Awards

Nick Finck

March 21, 2005 at 12:44 PM

Ok, as we do every year now, rather than just posting a standard list of names and links to people I meet, I ve everyone a title of sorts. The titles were developed and given based on a complicated algorithm using darts, sticky notes and newspaper clippings. Without further delay, here is the list, enjoy:

Most anticipated meeting: Krista Stevens
Most overdue meeting: Craig Newmark
Best dressed: Alex Steffen
Most currently paid to blog: Jason Kottke
Newest office of his own: Doug Bowman
Best height: Jeff Veen
Best icons: Dan Cederholm
Best creative director glasses: Jeffrey Zeldman
Best thinker: Thomas Vander Wal
Best new look for the year: Ben Brown
Most universal business card: Xin Wen
Best smart-aleck: Jeremy Keith
Most blind-sighted by Keith: Mike Davidson
Most known but never met: Matt Jones
Most modest: Hugh Forrest
Best new face: Henry Faber
Most elusive: Jason Fried
2nd most elusive: Kelly Goto
Best Justin Timberlake outfit: D. Keith Robinson
Biggest celebrity sighting: Kevin Smith
Biggest celebrity in his own right: Kevin C Smith
Most independent: James McNally
Best conversationalist: Mark Trammell
Best voicemail ever left: Dunstan Orchard
Best Father: Eric Meyer
Best Couple: Nichole and Nate Steiner
Most networked: Matthew Mullenweg
Best I’am on vacation t-shirt: Jason McVearry
Best pitcher: Jennifer Taylor
Most informative: Cameron Moll
Best Trucker Style: Thomas Brodahl
Best short chat: Michael Nolan
Best hat: Elsa Kawai
Best bling bling: Josh Greenberg
Best advocate: Kit Seeborg
Most inspirational: Malcolm Gladwell
Best hair: John Halcyon Styn
Best branding: Min Jung Kim
Most notable apparatus: Ryan Gantz
Busiest Person: Lane Becker
Best lurker: Biz Stone
Most friendly: Taylor McKnight
Best use of creative text: Andy Budd
Most out of control: Paul Scrivens
Best airport conversation: Nikolai Nolan
Best greeting: Mike Rundle
Most notorious: Joe Clark
Best tattoo: Ian Lloyd
Best Photographer: Michael Buffington
Most Photogenic: James Craig
Best stealth photo: Myself taking Eris Free‘s photo
Most regret not meeting: Jim Coudal
Most simplistic business card: Mr. Joshua Darden
Biggest business card I have ever seen: Elly Thompson
Coolest name: Trey Piepmeier
Best stupid bar trick: Derek Featherstone
Most in need of a new host: Kimberly Blessing
Best person who didn’t want an award but got one anyway: Cam Barrett



March 21, 2005 at 1:17 PM

Nick Finck! You are a sneaky, sneaky photographer. 🙂 I love this list, very creative idea.

Nick Finck

March 21, 2005 at 1:24 PM

We must have just missed eachother.. no sooner had I got done posting to your site than I see you have posted to mine. Anyway, ya, that was a bit of a challenge… your pretty quick to duck for cover when you see a camera.


March 21, 2005 at 1:46 PM

C’mon, you love a challenge!

Krista Stevens

March 21, 2005 at 2:16 PM

Hey Bryan, Good catch! Errors corrected.

Min Jung

March 21, 2005 at 4:08 PM

With this list I ask myself, how the bejebus did I miss kissing some of these people?!

David Barrett

March 21, 2005 at 5:11 PM

How tall is Jeff Veen?

Nick Finck

March 21, 2005 at 7:54 PM

David: 20 feet tall.

Kevin Cheng

March 22, 2005 at 2:16 AM

Nick is right, if you consider he’s the head of Voltron 😉

David Barrett

March 22, 2005 at 4:22 AM

That’s tall. I reckon Adam Szalinski would beat him in a height fight though.


March 22, 2005 at 5:54 AM

You uh, have a little brown stuff on your nose. But at least you didn’t leave anyone out.

Matthew Oliphant

March 22, 2005 at 6:04 AM

Were there actually that many people at SXSW? Wow, I guess I need to stay up after midnight next time. 😉


March 22, 2005 at 6:15 AM

kevin smith was there? how did i miss that?!

Mike Ward

March 22, 2005 at 7:09 AM

I just spent the better part of an hour clicking through links and photos etc… and find myself inspired, intimidated and in a lot of cases, old. I think however, that Zeldman may have me by a year or two, so maybe there is a chance for a forty-something, self-taught, webgeek like me to make it in this industry. Thanks for sharing!

Mike Ward

March 22, 2005 at 7:11 AM

Oh, and I didn’t make it to SXSW so I have to live vicariously through the experience of others. Maybe next time, sigh…

James McNally

March 22, 2005 at 9:19 AM

Independent? What does that mean? Probably it means that nobody talked to me…. 🙁

Nick Finck

March 22, 2005 at 9:49 AM

It means you were a lone rider… well or at least with your own posse.