An author and public speaker, Boyce Thompson curates a Life-Changing Products exhibit that will appear at more than 10 American home shows in 2017. Thompson monitors crowd-funding campaigns, attends industry trade shows, and scours magazines and websites to identify a dozen new products each year that redefine life at home.
Previous exhibits have featured smart grid appliances that identify optimal usage times by connecting to utility company price indices; smart thermostats that learn homeowner behavior; and sprinkler systems connected to National Weather Service data that skip a scheduled watering when rain is imminent. Show-goers experience the products in an interactive exhibit. Thompson’s seminars at these shows dive into trends that drive the do-it-yourself, remodeling, and new home markets.
The display has generated significant media coverage during the last two years. Thompson has appeared on morning television shows and in daily newspapers in Detroit, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Baltimore, Grand Rapids, and Raleigh, among other markets. Video coverage has appeared on websites run by The Associated Press, USA Today, MSN, and the Huffington Post.
Thompson is the founding editor of six magazines, including Residential Architect, Big Builder, Digital Home, and ProSales. For 17 years, he served as the editorial director of Builder magazine, which was named the best business publication in America in 2010 by the Association of Business Publication Editors.
Thompson’s first book, The New New Home, was published in 2014 by The Taunton Press. It was named book of the year by the National Association of Real Estate Editors. His second book, Anatomy of a Great Home, will be published by Schiffer Publishing in early 2018.
In addition to editing magazines, Thompson has written articles for Fine Homebuilding, Remodeling, The Washington Post, Farm Journal, Governing, Inc., and Practical Homeowner, among other publications. He blogs about new products and home-design trends at finehomebuilding.com, houseplans.com, and boycethompsonmedia.com.
In 2008, Thompson was given the Crain Award by American Business Media for lifetime achievement in b-to-b media. In 2010, he was inducted into the Editorial Hall of Fame by min magazine, a magazine for publication professionals. Thompson holds a BA in English from Northwestern University and a Masters degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri.