About Extenuating Circumstances and Dan Hon

Extenuating Circumstances is a weblog published by Dan Hon, ex-interactive creative director at Wieden+Kennedy in Portland, Oregon.

Previously, he was CEO and co-founder of we-make-alternate-reality-games company Six to Start. Before that, he was COO at Mind Candy, where he helped make Perplex City.He’s on Flickr, Twitter, Del.icio.us, and most other places where you’d expect someone like him to hang out, and all with the same username. You should be able to find him pretty easily.

Me, the bulleted list version

My speaker bio

Dan is an interactive creative director at Wieden+Kennedy in Portland, Oregon, specialising in games, play and new ways of storytelling.

Previously, Dan founded Six to Start, an award winning entertainment production company with his brother, Adrian, in 2007.

Six to Start’s first project, We Tell Stories, for Penguin, re-imagined how a publisher could adapt to producing internet native fiction. We Tell Stories was received to great critical and commercial acclaim, winning the awards for both Innovation and Best of Show at South by Southwest Interactive 2009. The company’s work includes Spooks: Code 9 – Liberty News for BBC THREE;Smokescreen, winner of Best Game at South by Southwest Interactive 2010; and Misfits for E4.

Dan speaks extensively on ARGs, transmedia, cross-platform entertainment and video games and has served as a jury member for the BAFTA Videogames and RTS Education Awards. A winner of the 4Talent Multiplatform award for new talent, and one of Broadcast’s Hot Shots in 2009, Dan has most recently spoken at and served on the board of The Media Festival, and spoken at b.tween, Hello Digital, Sheffield Doc/Fest, WildScreen, South by Southwest and the London Games Festival.

Dan is a law graduate from Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University, has an MSc in Software Engineering from the University of Liverpool, is a voting member of BAFTA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and a fellow of the RSA, the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce..

Dan has been cold turkey on World of Warcraft ever since Christmas, and his Horde Rogue has been sadly neglected. Now, he’s ridding the world of the zombie menace with his friends.

Read more about Dan at his blog.