Talk: The Art of Noticing

A talk by author Rob Walker and the artists of Birdfoot Festival, followed by a book signing.

Thursday, May 30, 2019
5:15–6 PM

The Shop at the CAC
900 Camp Street, 3rd floor
The Birdfoot Festival and Rob Walker, author of The Art of Noticing (Knopf), team up to explore the implications of noticing, a simple act that can awaken your senses and attune them to the things that matter in your life.

We live in an era of white noise. Our lives are in constant tether to phones, to email, and to social media. In this age of distraction, the ability to experience and be present is often lost: to think and to see and to listen.

In this talk/workshop, Rob introduces a few of the playful exercises from his book The Art of Noticing and, together with artists from the Birdfoot Festival, discusses how noticing fuels creativity and teamwork, and how the concept of noticing can be extended to listening.

A book signing and happy hour will follow the talk.
Rob Walker is a journalist who writes about design, technology, business, and the arts, among other subjects. He writes the “Human Resource” column for and contributes to wide range of publications including: The Atlantic,, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Bloomberg Businessweek. His previous books include Significant Objects: 100 Extraordinary Stories About Ordinary Things (coauthored with Joshua Glenn) and Buying In. He is on the faculty of the Products of Design MFA program at the School of Visual Arts. He lives in New Orleans. You can learn more about Mr. Walker here.