The Conference Art of Barrett Klein

Is your academic conference boring, lifeless, and lacking inspiration?

That’s too bad. You probably should have invited Barrett Klein.

Barrett is a recently-minted Ph.D. from UT Austin who studies social insects. But that’s not the subject of this post. Rather, Barrett has developed a habit of borrowing name tags from other conference attendees and adorning them with topical artwork while the symposia progress.

Over the course of a conference colorful name tags start appearing here and there, and soon everyone is asking about them and wondering when Barrett has time to make a custom tag. It reminds me of Dr. Suess’s Sneetches. Everyone wants stars upon thars…

Anyway, below the fold are some of Barrett’s tags from the IUSSI meeting earlier this month in Copenhagen.

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  1. By the way, these are not just artistic illustrations, each name tag also offers a hint of the bearer’s research area!

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