Design

Obsessed With Design

Josh Miles

Obsessed With Design host Josh Miles interviews some of the hottest designers—from branding and illustration, to industrial design and architecture, to learn what makes them tick.

Episodes

86-Paula Scher
31:06
2017-12-02 07:43:20 UTC 31:06
86-Paula Scher

Paula has worn many hats throughout her career. Today, she's working on some incredibly cool projects. Get a sneak peek in this interview!

Mentioned in this episode: 

  • Paula's Wikipedia Page
  • Pentagram
  • Paula's TED Talk
  • Shake Shack Rebrand
  • Snap Kitchen
  • BQX
  • High Line

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

85-Stacey Dyer
53:11
2017-12-02 07:43:20 UTC 53:11
85-Stacey Dyer

Stacey Dyer is currently the Creative Strategist for iZotope, where audio software products are developed to enable and inspire creativity. While managing a new brand landscape, Stacey pushes the team to go beyond their usual boundaries through lean practices, as well as process discovery and customer validation.

In this episode, we discuss:

Her journey to publishing her first book, AstroWed. Her favorite parts working for Loctite. Her brief stint owning a cake bake shop.

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

84-Kelly Hume
35:16
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 35:16
84-Kelly Hume

Kelly always enjoyed creating artwork. However, growing up in Iowa there weren’t too many opportunities to pursue it, that’s what led him to the Art Center College of Design. After earning his degree in Advertising Illustration he began working at print shop as he built-up his freelance clients. Now he works solely freelance, and in his free time you can catch him jamming out in his “one man band,” Hume and the Humanoids.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he got into design
  • Lettering for MLB
  • Advice to designers

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

83-Karen Conrad
49:00
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 49:00
83-Karen Conrad

During Karen's childhood she would sit at the kitchen table and hear discussions swirl around her about business. These conversations placed an entrepreneurial spirit in her. After 15 years in the banking industry she changed her focus to home staging. Her purpose is simple, help bring people’s “vision to reality.”

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Origin story 
  • Her purpose
  • Designing Spaces 
  • Her Book 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

82-Betsy Helmuth
51:56
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 51:56
82-Betsy Helmuth

After college Betsy Helmuth packed up her bags and “angry cat” to pursue a career in painting and acting in the Big Apple. Later she would discover that her true calling was interior design on a budget. Her mission is simple, to change lives through the dynamic of a household, and she does just that with her business, Affordable Interior Design

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Origin story
  • What her days look like
  • What makes a great client
  • Ins and outs of interior design 

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

81-Mackey Saturday
46:43
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 46:43
81-Mackey Saturday

In middle school Mackey Saturday’s mother told him he should pursue graphic design, but at the time he thought the art form was reserved for artistic “cheaters.” Later he would go onto to earn a degree in fine arts with a concentration in metalsmithing. After school he realized he could take art and turn it into something valuable and objective, which led him into design where he became the design principal at Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Origin story
  • Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv
  • The best clients
  • Design heroes

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

80-Paul Sahre
57:49
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 57:49
80-Paul Sahre

Paul Sahre started his path in design at Kent State University. After working in a few different agencies he realized as a lone wolf he should begin his own independent practice, Office of Paul Sahre.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Office of Paul Sahre
  • Being married to a designer
  • Designing book covers
  • What he’s most obsessed with today

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

79-Ian Paget
01:02:34
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 01:02:34
79-Ian Paget

Ian Paget landed into design, oddly, through a warehouse job. After being recognized by the owner as “good at drawing” he began creating promotional posters for their sales team. From there he self-taught himself Adobe Indesign and his career took off. Now he works as the lead creative designer at Advansys Ecommerce Solutions and a freelancer for Logo Geek.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Origin story
  • Logo Geek
  • His podcast
  • Freelancing and agency

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

78-Christian Helms
49:12
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 49:12
78-Christian Helms

Born and raised a southerner, Christian discovered design during his final years at University of North Carolina. Following his design epiphany he headed to the Portfolio Center in Atlanta to brush up on the skills he needed to become an expert designer. After taking a brief stint for an internship with Pentagram in New York City, he headed down to Austin, fell in love with the city, and began his own agency, Helms Workshop.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Origin story
  • Work in the beer industry 
  • Internship with Michael Bierut
  • Helms Workshop
  • Proudest moment as a designer

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

77-Alex Wier and Daniel Stewart
01:06:43
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 01:06:43
77-Alex Wier and Daniel Stewart

It started over a burrito, and now here they are...

This week, Josh sits down with Alex Wier and Daniel Stewart, Creative Director and Studio Director of Wier/Stewart in Augusta, Georgia to catch up.

You can follow them on Twitter here.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why they decided to open an agency together.
  • What they love about design and branding.
  • Where Wier/Stewart is today. 
  • Good and bad clients.

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

76-Joseph Kalinowski
52:27
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 52:27
76-Joseph Kalinowski

Joseph Kalinowski, better known as JK, began his career in Cleveland by cutting his teeth in production and printing. Later in life, at a PTA bowling event, he struck up a conversation with the owner of Content Marketing Institute, Joe Pulizzi, which led to his role as creative director for CM. When he’s not searching for the latest Star Wars action figures he’s busy at work planning for the next Content Marketing World.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His background
  • Content Marketing Institute
  • His design hero
  • His favorite action figures

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

75-Tom Ross Pt. 2
48:40
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 48:40
75-Tom Ross Pt. 2

By the time Tom was twelve he had already begun to dabble in the realm of graphic design. He entered his designs into online contest where he began to make a name for himself. After what he calls his “right of passage,” he found an amazing community of designers from all different backgrounds and formed his company, Design Cuts.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His story 
  • Starting Design Cuts 
  • Honest Designers Show 
  • What he most obsessed with today

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

5 of the World's Best Female Designers
47:50
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 47:50
5 of the World's Best Female Designers

Today we’ll hear from Paula Scher, Debbie Millman, Amy & Jennifer Hood, Robynne Raye, and Danielle Evans. Let me know if you like these kinds of episodes, and if so, we might do more of them.

74-Val Head
50:05
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 50:05
74-Val Head

Val Head launched into design when her rock band was in need of a website. Quickly, she realized how much she liked web design and that it paid the bills. From there she put her rocker past behind her and began her career in design.

 

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Her origin story
  • Adobe
  • What makes a good client
  • Being an author

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

73-Maurice Cherry
01:02:54
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 01:02:54
73-Maurice Cherry

Maurice began coding at an early age, and with every new technology he refined his skill. Captain of the math team turned designer, his passion for design grew in college when he began freelancing web design for miscellaneous clients. After working for the State of Georgia and a few start-ups he decided it was time to create his own company, Lunch.  

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His story
  • Lunch
  • What makes a great client
  • Revision Path

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

72-Chris Do
01:02:28
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 01:02:28
72-Chris Do

In high school Chris was known as, "the guy that can draw anything." In the 80s he worked at a silkscreen shop where he was introduced to graphic design. From there, he found his "calling" and entered into a four year art program. He would later start his agency in 1995, Blind.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The Futur
  • Blind
  • What makes great clients and bad clients 
  • What he's most obsessed with 

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

71-Tom Ross
43:35
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 43:35
71-Tom Ross

By the time Tom was twelve he had already begun to dabble in the realm of graphic design. He entered his designs into online contest where he began to make a name for himself. After what he calls his “right of passage,” he found an amazing community of designers from all different backgrounds and formed his company, Design Cuts.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His story 
  • Starting Design Cuts 
  • Honest Designers Show 
  • What he most obsessed with today

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

70-Brad Flowers
52:17
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 52:17
70-Brad Flowers

Before Brad discovered branding he discovered the power of reading. As a teenager he became an avid reader which led to his degree in literature. From there, he went to manage a bicycle shop where his love for bikes grew into the formation of an agency, Bullhorn.

 

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he became a writer
  • Starting Bullhorn
  • What makes a great client
  • What he most obsessed with 
 

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

Season Two - Coming Soon
03:35
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 03:35
Season Two - Coming Soon

Long-time listeners know that I interview designers of all types: architects, graphic designers, product designers, interior designers, process designers, and anyone with designer in their title, who are a little obsessed with their craft and industry. Our show explores the common threads that tie designers together, how they got started in the design world, and what makes them tick.   I've had the honor of interviewing some of the best in the business: Debbie Millman, Michael Bierut, David Carson, Paula Scher, and Armin Vit just to name a few.    Tweet to @obsessedshow or @joshmiles and let us know who you'd like to hear on season two.   Thanks for listening, and we'll see you next time!

Michael Jefferson
52:19
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 52:19
Michael Jefferson

Michael found his love for design as a curious kid, being interested in making things and taking things apart, and photography. To quote Michael, he has an "engineering mindset without the math skills." Find out more about Michael and view his work on his website: www.earthtomj.com

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What does "service design" really mean? 
  • His favorite client challenges
 

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

Chase Turberville
43:21
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 43:21
Chase Turberville

Chase Turberville is a brand designer at Focus Lab in Savannah, Georgia. Check out his work on Dribble and Instagram.  

Chase discovered his love of design and branding as a teenager playing in a grunge cover band. From there, he began his official design career at Realtree, where he learned that anything can be wrapped in camo. He then spent time interning at Hatch Show Print and credits those three months as being some of the most transformative in his career. 

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he got his start in the design world
  • What makes a great client
  • What he's most obsessed with today

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

Matt Stevens (Rebroadcast) - Creative Tinkerer
51:04
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 51:04
Matt Stevens (Rebroadcast) - Creative Tinkerer

Matt Stevens is a designer, illustrator, speaker, and creative tinkerer from North Carolina. His work has been featured by the biggest names in sports, tech, and even fast food. Matt's biggest goal is always to do thoughtful and unforgettable work for amazing brands and make the whole process a pleasure. You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he got his start in a middle school logo design contest.
  • His experience working with big brands, and advice he'd give to young designers starting with big brands.
  • The importance of "side gigs" and how they have spurred his professional development.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Amy and Jennifer Hood (Rebroadcast) - Founders of Hoodzpah
44:41
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 44:41
Amy and Jennifer Hood (Rebroadcast) - Founders of Hoodzpah

In this episode, I sat down with Amy and Jennifer Hood. These two are not only brilliant creatives and founders of a branding firm, they're also twins. You can follow their agency on Twitter here. In this episode, we discuss:

  • How they collaborate with their team.
  • The importance of producing their own products.
  • How their team opens up recurring revenue opportunities.

You can find show notes on our website at ObsessedShow.com.

Von Glitschka (Rebroadcast) - Owner of Glitschka Studios
45:25
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 45:25
Von Glitschka (Rebroadcast) - Owner of Glitschka Studios

Von Glitschka (or "Vonster" on Twitter) is revered by brand designers around the country as one of the brightest in the industry. He has worked with everyone from some of the largest brands in the world to small tech startups in the Pacific Northwest. In our chat, we discussed:

  • What it's like working with such a diverse client base.
  • How he does brand research, allowing him to "learn a new industry every 30 days."
  • Where he finds his design inspiration.
  • How he utilizes process to get the best results for his clients.

You can find show notes on our website at ObsessedShow.com.

James Biber - Partner, Biber Architects
51:57
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 51:57
James Biber - Partner, Biber Architects

James Biber is an architect and partner in the firm Biber Architects, based in New York. James is responsible many of his firms most notable projects. 

Biber's most recent project is the USA Pavilion for Expo Milano 2015. Biber’s career has also included the design of the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, 2008; oceanfront houses in Montauk, NY; a restoration of the 1934 Sten-Frenke house in Santa Monica, by Richard Neutra; along with projects at Celebration, Florida; store, suites and lounges in the Arizona Cardinals Football Stadium (by Peter Eisenman) in Phoenix, Arizona; Headquarters for the Muzak corporation in Fort Mill, SC.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His background
  • How he got into the world of architecture with a background in art in science
  • What he's most obsessed with today

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Karen Kurycki, AKA CMYKaren
43:15
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 43:15
Karen Kurycki, AKA CMYKaren

Karen Kurycki is a designer/illustrator in Jacksonville, FL. Design is her passion and she loves to combine illustration with design in her commercial work. You can follow her on Twitter here.   In this episode, we discuss:

  • Her attraction to water color
  • Why she loves water color as a medium
  • Some of her recent projects in the social activism space

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

 

James Connelly - Emmy-Award-Winning Set Designer, Founder of JPConnelly
56:51
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 56:51
James Connelly - Emmy-Award-Winning Set Designer, Founder of JPConnelly

James has worked as a production designer, art director, and set decorator since moving to Los Angeles from New Jersey after he graduated college in the early 2000's. He founded the creative design company JPConnelly at the age of 30, where he serves as the principal creative force and production designer.   JPConnelly boasts an eclectic resume that includes 48 TV shows, 10 live awards events, nine feature films and 50+ digital integrations. In addition to work in the entertainment industry, JPConnelly also produces events and activations for companies like Twitter, Snapchat, and Dubsmash, where the company uses experiential production design and storytelling concepts and techniques to creative innovative environments.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Todd Berger & Lucian Föhr - Founders of Ello, Berger & Föhr
54:15
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 54:15
Todd Berger & Lucian Föhr - Founders of Ello, Berger & Föhr

Todd Berger & Lucian Föhr are the Founders of Berger & Föhr, a graphic design agency based out of Boulder, Colorado. They also recently started Ello, a social network designed to be censor-free. 

Ello is the only network designed for creators, by creators. A robust and growing community of artists, designers, musicians, illustrators, photographers, architects, GIF makers - creators, who understand that our process, practice, values and passions can push the world forward in a better direction.

Unlike the status quo advertising platforms that masquerade as social networks, Ello is not in business to harvest as much of your personal data and sell you as many ads as possible. As a Public Benefit Corporation, Ello has a legal mandate to never sell ads or personal data to third parties.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Their social network, Ello.
  • Why they have their agency on pause.
  • All of the challenges and joys of creating a product in the startup environment.

Rick Valicenti - Founder and Design Director, Thirst
58:11
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 58:11
Rick Valicenti - Founder and Design Director, Thirst

Rick Valicenti is the founder and design director of Thirst, a communication design practice providing design and immersive environments for high profile clients in the architectural, performing arts, and education communities.

His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), resides in the permanent collections of the Yale and Columbia University libraries, Denver Art Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago, and has been published in The New York Times.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he got started in design.
  • Connecting the dots from seemingly unconnected details about his career, to where he his today.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Guy Geier - American Institute of Architects
48:36
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 48:36
Guy Geier - American Institute of Architects

Guy Geier is the Managing Partner of FXFOWLE Architects and was recently elected President of the American Institute of Architects in New York. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His views on the architecture industry.
  • How architects can create more value for themselves in the marketplace.
  • Architects' responsibilities in the industry.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Michael Bierut - Founder of Design Observer, Principal at Pentagram
50:20
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 50:20
Michael Bierut - Founder of Design Observer, Principal at Pentagram

If you've paid attention to the world of design and advertising over the past 20 years, you have certainly seen Michael's work. You have undoubtedly read articles from him. You may have even watched a documentary that he was interviewed on. On this special episode of Obsessed With Design, Josh sits down with Michael to learn more about his life, his career, and his inspiration.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he got his start in the world of design.
  • The founding of Pentagram, and what the world of Pentagram is like today.
  • His favorite projects and stories from the last 30 years.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

David Carson - Design Legend
01:02:38
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 01:02:38
David Carson - Design Legend

David Carson is an American graphic designer, art director and surfer. He is best known for his innovative magazine design, and use of experimental typography.

After you've listened to our interview, check out his Ted Talk

In this episode, we:

  • Talk about his view on design today.
  • Unpack misconceptions around his career.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Ken Hejduk - CEO of Little Jacket
42:39
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 42:39
Ken Hejduk - CEO of Little Jacket

Ken's journey has been as interesting as it is eclectic. His career started in a restaurant, but soon ventured into design. Today, he runs Little Jacket, a brand consultancy that focuses on helping high-growth startups leverage great design to take their business to the next level.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • How he got started as a snowboarding, screen printing designer.
  • Taking a business from printing band posters to doing more profitable design work.
  • Pivoting to a world of working with high-profile startups and high-growth companies.

You can follow him on Twitter here. Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Kristian Andersen - Designer, Founder, Investor
01:22:13
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 01:22:13
Kristian Andersen - Designer, Founder, Investor

Kristian is currently a co-founder and partner at High Alpha - a Venture Studio that conceives, launches and scales enterprise technology companies. Prior to High Alpha, he founded Studio Science - a leading design + innovation consultancy that works with high-growth technology companies.

Jonathan Hess - "Rock Star Architect"
50:08
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 50:08
Jonathan Hess - "Rock Star Architect"

Jonathan Hess is a Principal and the President of Browning Day. Many landmarks in the city of Indianapolis are a testament to his ability to translate clients’ vision into one of a kind innovative design solutions that exceed expectations and stand the test of time. He is recognized for his design work on the International Orangutan Center at the Indianapolis Zoo, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art and additions to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His experience becoming a professional architect.
  • His work on an amazing orangutan exhibit at the Indianapolis Zoo.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Tim Hickle - Author of The Future-Proof Marketing Playbook
49:06
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 49:06
Tim Hickle - Author of The Future-Proof Marketing Playbook

Tim Hickle is an author, marketer, and a singer of very silly songs. For the past two years, he's been leading our digital marketing efforts at MilesHerndon, as well as producing this podcast. After a year's worth of podcasts, we look back at some of our favorite episodes, learn about his new book, and sing some silly songs.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Producing the Obsessed With Design podcast, including lessons he's learned and his favorite episodes.
  • His book, and his best digital marketing advice.
  • The MilesHerndon hold music, which he recorded.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Sean Higgins & Nicholas Rezabek - AKA "Higgins and Rez"
42:33
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 42:33
Sean Higgins & Nicholas Rezabek - AKA "Higgins and Rez"

In 2006, Sean and Nicholas set out on a mission. They wanted to create their dream jobs, because no one else had created it for them. That's when they started The Bubble Project, a two-man design and illustration firm built on this foundation: good food, good music, good time.

You can follow them on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How they got their start in design.
  • How they develop their ideas and aesthetic.
  • Their most recent projects.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Another Discussion with Prescott Perez Fox
01:03:07
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 01:03:07
Another Discussion with Prescott Perez Fox

Don't call it a rebroadcast. In this episode, I sit down with one of my most popular guests for a second time.

In this episode, I talk to Prescott Perez-Fox. Prescott is well-known for his creative work, especially in the realm of package design. You can follow him on Twitter here and subscribe to his podcast here.

You can find show notes on our website at ObsessedShow.com.

Matt Hunckler - Host of Powderkeg Podcast
48:01
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 48:01
Matt Hunckler - Host of Powderkeg Podcast

Matt is the CEO and Founder of Verge, a tech startup community throughout the Midwest. He's also the host of the Powderkeg Podcast, a podcast focused on helping startups learn from established entrepreneurs.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His early beginnings in the Orr Fellowship
  • His failed attempts at a startup
  • How Verge was never supposed to be a business
  • His lessons learned from the inventor of voicemail

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Happy Holidays! Musings and Reflections From Josh Miles
19:35
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 19:35
Happy Holidays! Musings and Reflections From Josh Miles

This episode is a bit different. In the spirit of the holidays, with a new year approaching, Josh sat down with himself to do a little reflection on the year that was. In this episode, he discusses:

  • #ObsessedChallenge on Instagram - A side-project he's working on to re-ignite his creativity. 
  • How he got into design and started his own branding agency.
  • His inspiration and influences throughout his early career.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Aaron Draplin - Founder of Draplin Design Co. [Rebroadcast]
01:06:47
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 01:06:47
Aaron Draplin - Founder of Draplin Design Co. [Rebroadcast]

Aaron Draplin is a graphic designer, author, and founder of his own design studio, Draplin Design Co. Because of his incredible, inspiring work with some of the world's best brands, you've probably seen him on a million videos and podcasts already. That's why we went out of our way to find some fresh stories and fresh perspectives on his design career.

You can follow his design studio on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The grind of his speaking schedule and book promotion tour
  • What he's learned in the last five years of his career
  • Why he's chosen to keep his agency small and nimble when he could easily grow

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Douglas Davis - Freelance Creative Director and Design Instructor (Rebroadcast)
01:01:01
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 01:01:01
Douglas Davis - Freelance Creative Director and Design Instructor (Rebroadcast)

Based in Brooklyn, Douglas never intended to go to college. Today, he's the author of Creative Strategy and the Business of Design and he teaches online courses on design and business strategy.

During our interview, we talk about his book, his educational series, and how he went from not intending to go to college to educating college kids himself.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His inspiration for his book.
  • How he started a digital department at his first agency.
  • What he's most obsessed with now.

You can get show notes at ObsessedShow.com.

James White - Designer, Speaker, and Proud Canadian
01:17:15
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 01:17:15
James White - Designer, Speaker, and Proud Canadian

James White, the founder of Signalnoise, is a visual artist, designer and speaker living in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. He makes posters, prints and all kinds of cool stuff. He is, among other things, obsessed with the 80's and visual synthwave art.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His origins,
  • The importance of drawing,
  • His current setup, and
  • How he finds some of his best clients.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Khoi Vinh - Principal Designer at Adobe
40:27
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 40:27
Khoi Vinh - Principal Designer at Adobe

Khoi Vinh is a graphic designer, blogger, and former Design Director for The New York Times, where he worked from January 2006 until July 2010. Fast Company named Vinh one of "The 50 Most Influential Designers in America" in September 2011. Today, he is the Principal Designer at Adobe, Design Chair of Wildcard, and co-founder of Kidpost.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Julian Stubbs
33:41
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 33:41
Julian Stubbs

Julian Stubbs is an international brand strategist and has worked with brand and identity projects for clients such as Stockholm, where he was involved with creating the positioning of the city as The Capital of Scandinavia. His book Wish You Were Here documents this work as well as the issues involved in major place branding projects.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His decision to launch a "cloud-based" agency.
  • How his agency continues to succeed with zero employees.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Lauren Hom
50:21
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 50:21
Lauren Hom

Lauren Hom is a California-born, formerly Brooklyn-based designer and letterer who's currently traveling the world. Known for her bright color palettes and playful letterforms, Lauren has created work for clients like Starbucks, Google, AT&T, YouTube and TIME Magazine.

You can follow her on Instagram here.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Brian Collins - Part II
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Brian Collins - Part II

After our last discussion with Brian Collins, Chief Creative Officer of COLLINS, we couldn't wait to have him on again. Brian is our first ever repeat guest and this episode is full of fun stories, great advice, and more than a few name drops.

Brian Collins is one of the world's leading voices in branding. He is a former professor and international speaker, and today he runs his own branding shop, COLLINS, which has worked with brands such as Coca Cola, Spotify, and FourSquare.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Client Horror Stories With Joseph Szala
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2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 35:17
Client Horror Stories With Joseph Szala

Joseph Szala is a restaurant brand strategist and the host of the design podcast Grits + Grids. We interviewed Joseph awhile back, and we liked him so much that Josh decided to go on his show and share his scariest client horror stories, just in time for Halloween.

Please, go follow Grits + Grids on Twitter and subscribe to them in iTunes! It's a great podcast for designers of all skill levels.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Encore Presentation - Samuel E Vázquez
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2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 54:25
Encore Presentation - Samuel E Vázquez

We recorded this episode with Samuel a few months ago, but he just released a new line of bags in partnership with the J2 Collection, so we figured we would give him a plug and run back one of our favorite interviews.

You can purchase one of his bags below...

http://thej2collection.com/t/brame

Today, Samuel E Vázquez wears many hats. He is an artist, a designer, and an educator, to name a few. In the early days, however, he was known by a different name - "Brame," his graffiti tag. Today, his art has evolved past the street and into some of the most recognizable spots in the Midwest. His work has lived in the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and the NCAA Hall of Champions.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Samuel's path from Puerto Rico to New York City and, eventually, to Indianapolis.
  • His view on "street art," and why he rebels against the word "graffiti."
  • How a week-long suspension in high school set him on the path to becoming a widely-respected artist.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Ken and Jenn Visocky O'Grady - Co-Authors, The Information Design Handbook
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2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 47:43
Ken and Jenn Visocky O'Grady - Co-Authors, The Information Design Handbook

Ken and Jenn Visocky O'Grady are designers, educators, speakers, and co-authors of the book The Information Design Handbook.

Jenn is an Associate Professor at Cleveland State University. Her design work has been recognized in numerous international publications, including Print and HOW magazines, and several books. Ken is an Assistant Professor at Kent State University. He has won numerous awards in international design competitions. His work has also appeared in several books, and was featured in HOW magazine's Business of Design Annual.

You can follow them on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Brian Collins - Chief Creative Officer of COLLINS
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2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 20:23
Brian Collins - Chief Creative Officer of COLLINS

Brian Collins is one of the world's leading voices in branding. He is a former professor and international speaker, and today he runs his own branding shop, COLLINS, which has worked with brands such as Coca Cola, Spotify, and FourSquare.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His origins.
  • How to win every major award.
  • One of the original brands to cut through the clutter.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Stephan Ango - Co-Founder of Lumi, Host of Well Made podcast
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2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 01:08:21
Stephan Ango - Co-Founder of Lumi, Host of Well Made podcast

Stephan Ango is the co-founder and Head of Product at Lumi, a Los Angeles-based company that provides packaging for online brands. He also is the host of the Well Made podcast, and has interviewed several of the same guests as our show.

 You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Cardboard
  • Logistics
  • Charles and Ray Eames

You can get show notes at ObsessedShow.com.

Roger Dudler - Founder & CTO of Frontify
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2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 49:23
Roger Dudler - Founder & CTO of Frontify

Frontify is the software that all designers have thought about creating. Roger is one of the few who actually followed through on the idea. Frontify is a company that focuses on brand management with a Software-as-a-Service business model. Their software helps you easily create brand style guides, design workflows, and visual collaboration projects.

In his role as founder and CTO, Roger is passionate about the design, code, and UX of the end product. You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The challenges of creating your first startup.
  • The benefits of being in Switzerland.
  • How FIFA impacts their office culture.

You can get show notes at ObsessedShow.com.

Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec - Authors of Dear Data
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2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 01:02:19
Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec - Authors of Dear Data

Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec are both renowned designers with a penchant for visualizing data. This passion turned a pen-pal project into a full-fledged book, Dear Data.

For a year, they exchanged postcards weekly, cataloging their lives using different kinds of data. Some days, they counted the number of doors they walked through. Other days, they recorded their level of indecision. Regardless of the data they collected, they would visualize it differently in each postcard. Dear Data is a collection of these "slow data transmissions," with some color commentary sprinkled in.

You can follow them on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How they got their start in design.
  • What inspired their book.
  • What aspects of design and data they're most obsessed with.

You can get show notes at ObsessedShow.com.

Debbie Millman - Redux
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2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 41:43
Debbie Millman - Redux

In anticipation of her presentation at the 2016 MBO Conference in Indianapolis, we're re-releasing our interview with Debbie Millman. And, as a special treat, our listeners have been granted a special discount code to go see Debbie speak!

For a $20 discount to this year's MBO Conference in Indianapolis, use the discount code "MH20"

The host of one of the top iTunes podcasts of 2015 joins me for a look at the personal side of Debbie Millman that you may not have heard before.

Find out what Debbie is most obsessed with. The answer might surprise you.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com

Douglas Davis - Author, Designer, and Freelance Creative Director
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2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 01:00:27
Douglas Davis - Author, Designer, and Freelance Creative Director

Based in Brooklyn, Douglas never intended to go to college. Today, he's the author of Creative Strategy and the Business of Design and he teaches online courses on design and business strategy.

During our interview, we talk about his book, his educational series, and how he went from not intending to go to college to educating college kids himself.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His inspiration for his book.
  • How he started a digital department at his first agency.
  • What he's most obsessed with now.

You can get show notes at ObsessedShow.com.

Bob Ewing - Letterer, Co-Founder, INCH x INCH
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2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 44:23
Bob Ewing - Letterer, Co-Founder, INCH x INCH

This is Bob. Bob loves buttons.

Bob Ewing is a lettering artist and Art Director based in Indianapolis, but he has a great national presence. Between the popularity of INCH x INCH and posting his work under #HashtagLettering, he's grown a strong following around the country.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How Bob got started in design.
  • How he found his love for buttons and founded INCH x INCH.
  • Where he gets his inspiration when working on lettering projects.

A fun fact about Bob - He actually applied to MilesHerndon way back in the day, when we went by "Miles Design." You can find his old resume and show notes at ObsessedShow.com.

Alex Wier and Daniel Stewart - Founders of Wier/Stewart
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2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 01:07:15
Alex Wier and Daniel Stewart - Founders of Wier/Stewart

It started over a burrito, and now here they are...

This week, Josh sits down with Alex Wier and Daniel Stewart, Creative Director and Studio Director of Wier/Stewart in Augusta, Georgia.

You can follow them on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why they decided to open an agency together.
  • Their approach on design and branding.
  • Why they inject their personality so heavily into every video they produce.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Jonathan Hoffman - Ad Man Obsessed With Media Tech
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2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 53:11
Jonathan Hoffman - Ad Man Obsessed With Media Tech

Jonathan Hoffman got his start in traditional advertising. He cut his teeth with Leo Burnett, McCann, and Starcom. Over the years, he's evolved into a leader in the branded video space, with a heavy emphasis on creating dynamic and engaging branded video

Today, he's working with Philo Media in Chicago, using modern tools to create authentic, meaningful connections between people and brands.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The state of traditional advertising.
  • The promise of augmented reality and video-driven apps.
  • The future of consumer-produced content.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Aaron Draplin - Founder of Draplin Design Co.
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2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 01:06:33
Aaron Draplin - Founder of Draplin Design Co.

Aaron Draplin is a graphic designer, author, and founder of his own design studio, Draplin Design Co. Because of his incredible, inspiring work with some of the world's best brands, you've probably seen him on a million videos and podcasts already. That's why we went out of our way to find some fresh stories and fresh perspectives on his design career.

You can follow his design studio on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The grind of his speaking schedule and book promotion tour
  • What he's learned in the last five years of his career
  • Why he's chosen to keep his agency small and nimble when he could easily grow

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Victor Yocco - UX Researcher, Strategist, and Author
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2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 58:47
Victor Yocco - UX Researcher, Strategist, and Author

Victor Yocco is a UX researcher and strategist. His objective is to bring the voice of the user to the table when he makes design and strategy decisions, and he does it quite well. 

In addition to his UX work, Victor is an author and speaker. He is the author of the book Design for the Mind, as well as a featured writer for several publications. He enjoys speaking on a wide range of topics, from the psychology behind great design to reducing the abuse of alcohol in the design and tech industry.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • UX
  • The joys of parenthood
  • Alcohol in the workplace
  • What it's like writing a book

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Christopher Stuart - Industrial Designer, Principal of LUUR, DIY Furniture Guy
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2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 57:01
Christopher Stuart - Industrial Designer, Principal of LUUR, DIY Furniture Guy

Christopher Stuart is an artist and designer based in Carmel, IN.  His personal work explores the area between art and design, challenging the idea of function.  He received his BFA in Furniture Design from Herron School of Art & Design. Chris is also the founder and principal of LUUR, a transdisciplinary design studio and brand, and author of DIY Furniture 1 & DIY Furniture 2, published by Laurence King.

You can follow his studio on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His origin story as a designer.
  • How he defines "transdisciplinary," and why he chose to build a transdisciplinary design studio.
  • His newest obsession, furniture design, and why he loves the DIY furniture movement.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Tad Carpenter - Principal of Carpenter Collective
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2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 01:06:19
Tad Carpenter - Principal of Carpenter Collective

Tad Carpenter is a designer, illustrator, and teacher based in Kansas City. Tad was lucky enough to grow up the son of two artists smack dab in the middle of the midwest. His father is an illustrator and has been a creative director for Hallmark Cards for nearly 40 years.

You merely adopted design. Tad was born in it, molded by it.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His upbringings in the design world.
  • How his father influenced him early on.
  • How Hallmark influences the design community in Kansas City.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Josh Kenyon and Colby Nichols - AKA "Jolby"
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2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 55:51
Josh Kenyon and Colby Nichols - AKA "Jolby"

"Jolby" isn't a celebrity couple, it's a design studio committed to collaboration and solving complex problems. Josh and Colby are the co-founders of Jolby & Friends.

You can follow them on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How they found their way into the design profession.
  • The beginnings of Jolby & Friends, and how they went from a t-shirt company to a full-blown design studio.
  • Their creative process and how they build a culture of collaboration for both their team and their clients.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Ben Waite - Design Engineer for Zipp Speed Weaponry
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2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 35:57
Ben Waite - Design Engineer for Zipp Speed Weaponry

Ben designs weapons. Not guns or knives, but high-performance bicycles.

Zipp Speed Weaponry serves a select group of elite companies and athletes, globally located and committed to bicycle & wheelchair competition. As a design engineer for Zipp, Ben has taken the technology from IndyCar and other high-performance racing and applied it to high-end, carbon bicycle wheels.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he got his start in engineering.
  • His favorite projects that he's working on at Zipp.
  • His best advice for young designers.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Michael Bierut - Founder of Design Observer, Principal at Pentagram
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2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 50:33
Michael Bierut - Founder of Design Observer, Principal at Pentagram

If you've paid attention to the world of design and advertising over the past 20 years, you have certainly seen Michael's work. You have undoubtedly read articles from him. You may have even watched a documentary that he was interviewed on. On this special episode of Obsessed With Design, Josh sits down with Michael to learn more about his life, his career, and his inspiration.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he got his start in the world of design.
  • The founding of Pentagram, and what the world of Pentagram is like today.
  • His favorite projects and stories from the last 30 years.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Joseph Szala - Food and Beverage Branding and Design
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2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 58:41
Joseph Szala - Food and Beverage Branding and Design

As the founder of Vigor Branding and the blog, Grits and Grids, Joseph has found a home in branding for the food and beverage industry. His passion for great design and great food is evident in his blog, as well as our interview. You can follow them on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How his agency found the food industry and turned it into a specialty.
  • The importance of finding your niche.
  • The creation of his blog, Grits and Grids.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Kris Pearn - Storyboard Artist
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2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 48:15
Kris Pearn - Storyboard Artist

You may not know Kris, but you definitely know his work. He has been a storyboard artist for animated movies and TV shows for 20 years. Recently, he captured a lot of attention in the animation business as the Head of Story for Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and as a story artist for Open Season. Kris sat down with us recently to talk about his obsessions and what makes a great animated film work.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he got his start in animation and story design.
  • The background behind Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, a 5-year project that became a Hollywood blockbuster.
  • His current obsessions and dream projects.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Danielle Evans - Lettering Artist Specializing in Food Typography
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2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 01:00:39
Danielle Evans - Lettering Artist Specializing in Food Typography

Danielle's studio, Marmalade Bleue, is nothing like any design studio you've ever seen. Her design vehicle of choice isn't Illustrator or Photoshop. It's food. As a designer and illustrator, she found her passion for creating typographic art with everything from candy corn to coffee cake. You can follow her on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How she initially found her obsession with typography and illustration.
  • Graduating during the great recession and surviving as a starving designer.
  • Her thoughts on self-promotion and building your business from the ground up.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Jude Stewart - Journalist, blogger, author and AIGA member
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2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 21:17
Jude Stewart - Journalist, blogger, author and AIGA member

Jude writes for Slate, Fast Company, Design Observer, and now she's doing some awesome work with the AIGA. Right now, she's working on a project that covers the best podcasts in the design world. This is a unique cast, because Jude actually interviews Josh! You can follow her on Twitter here.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Gianluca Gimini - Internet Sensation and Creator of "Velocipedia"
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2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 35:47
Gianluca Gimini - Internet Sensation and Creator of "Velocipedia"

This week, we have a very special guest from Bologna, Italy. Gianluca Gimini recently published a project on Behance that took the Internet by storm. It's called Velocipedia and it has been featured on Wired, Fast Company, and even hit the front page of Reddit.

In this episode, we talk about the origin of this project, as well as other cool product and graphic design project Gianluca is working on.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Matt Stevens - Creative Tinkerer
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2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 51:01
Matt Stevens - Creative Tinkerer

Matt Stevens is a designer, illustrator, speaker, and creative tinkerer from North Carolina. His work has been featured by the biggest names in sports, tech, and even fast food. Matt's biggest goal is always to do thoughtful and unforgettable work for amazing brands and make the whole process a pleasure. You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he got his start in a middle school logo design contest.
  • His experience working with big brands, and advice he'd give to young designers starting with big brands.
  • The importance of "side gigs" and how they have spurred his professional development.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Mike Stinson - Co-Founder, TypeEd
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2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 55:23
Mike Stinson - Co-Founder, TypeEd

Mike Stinson is an expert on great design, but it's his obsession with typography that really sets him apart. As a Partner and Creative Director for Ramp Creative, an L.A.-Based agency, he wears many hats, but the one that excites him most is Founder. He founded TypeEd, an educational initiative designed to teach designers around the world the art of great typography. You can follow him on Twitter here and TypeEd here.

As a listener of Obsessed With Design, you get an EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT on your first course from TypeEd. To claim this discount, go to http://type-ed.com/obsessed/

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he went from being an aerospace engineer to a graphic designer.
  • How he started TypeEd, an online learning platform designed to bridge the widening gap between college programs and the creative industry.
  • His biggest obsession... The finer details of typography.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Mikey Burton - The Designy Illustrator
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2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 48:25
Mikey Burton - The Designy Illustrator

Mikey Burton is a part time designer and a part time illustrator—which adds up to a full time Designy Illustrator. He’s been working professionally for over 12 years now, but claims to be ‘still figuring it out.’ He’s done a lot of work in that time for clients such as Converse, ESPN, Target, The New York Times, Time Magazine, and Esquire, among others.

He has won awards from organizations such as the Art Directors Club, Communication Arts and Print Magazine to name a few, and enjoys bragging about it in the third person. He spent his formative years and earned a masters degree from the great Kent State University in Ohio. Burton now works and lives in Brooklyn, NY where he pays way too much for coffee. You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he got started as a designer.
  • Why he is obsessed with food.
  • All the benefits of living in New York City when you want to visit someone.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Samuel E Vázquez - Don't Call Him a Graffiti Artist
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2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 53:23
Samuel E Vázquez - Don't Call Him a Graffiti Artist

Today, Samuel E Vázquez wears many hats. He is an artist, a designer, and an educator, to name a few. In the early days, however, he was known by a different name - "Brame," his graffiti tag. Today, his art has evolved past the street and into some of the most recognizable spots in the Midwest. His work has lived in the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and the NCAA Hall of Champions.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Samuel's path from Puerto Rico to New York City and, eventually, to Indianapolis.
  • His view on "street art," and why he rebels against the word "graffiti."
  • How a week-long suspension in high school set him on the path to becoming a widely-respected artist.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Stacey Dyer - Creative Strategist at iZotope, Inc.
53:41
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 53:41
Stacey Dyer - Creative Strategist at iZotope, Inc.

Stacey Dyer is currently the Creative Strategist for iZotope, where audio software products are developed to enable and inspire creativity. While managing a new brand landscape, Stacey pushes the team to go beyond their usual boundaries through lean practices, as well as process discovery and customer validation. In this episode, we discuss:

  • Her journey to publishing her first book, AstroWed.
  • Her favorite parts working for Loctite.
  • Her brief stint owning a cake bake shop.

 Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Lars Lawson - Owner, Timber Design Company
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2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 48:53
Lars Lawson - Owner, Timber Design Company

Lars Lawson is the owner of Timber Design Company, an Indianapolis-based design studio. They specialize in print, brand identity, advertising, video animation and retail packaging.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • How Lars got started working for the print shop across the street from his University.
  • His work, ranging from Coca-Cola to breweries.
  • An email he once received from a famous hip-hop artist.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Ken Hejduk - CEO of Little Jacket
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2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 42:39
Ken Hejduk - CEO of Little Jacket

Ken's journey has been as interesting as it is eclectic. His career started in a restaurant, but soon ventured into design. Today, he runs Little Jacket, a brand consultancy that focuses on helping high-growth startups leverage great design to take their business to the next level.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • How he got started as a snowboarding, screen printing designer.
  • Taking a business from printing band posters to doing more profitable design work.
  • Pivoting to a world of working with high-profile startups and high-growth companies.

You can follow him on Twitter here. Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Robynne Raye - Founder of Modern Dog Design Co.
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2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 43:45
Robynne Raye - Founder of Modern Dog Design Co.

As a co-founder of Modern Dog Design Co, Robynne Raye has a lot of familiarity designing for big brands. Modern Dog is an internationally acclaimed design studio that creates imaginative, bold and playful design in interactive and print medias. Current and past clients include the Seattle Aquarium, Swatch, Coca-Cola, K2 Snowboards, HarperCollins, and Nordstrom. In this episode, we talk about:

  • How Robynne got started in design (and starting her own company).
  • How Robynne and her partner landed K2 as one of their first clients.
  • Her career teaching design.

You can follow them on Twitter here. Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Armin Vit - Co-Founder of "UnderConsideration" and "Brand New"
45:25
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 45:25
Armin Vit - Co-Founder of "UnderConsideration" and "Brand New"

Armin Vit has become an icon in the design community through his critiques on his blog, but he is also an incredible graphic designer in his own right. In this episode, Armin and I discuss:

  • How Illustrator 88 led him to a career in design.
  • How he and his wife run their blogs and international design conferences.
  • How he manages to STILL do client work.

You can follow him on Twitter here. Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Justine Jordan - The Face of Email Marketing
43:25
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 43:25
Justine Jordan - The Face of Email Marketing

Justine is one of the world's brightest minds on email marketing. As the VP of marketing at Litmus, she has advanced the entire industry with an eye on design. In this episode, we discussed:

  • How she became the face of email marketing.
  • How she got her start as a designer.
  • What she's most excited about tackling next.

You can find show notes on our website at ObsessedShow.com.

Paula Scher - Design legend, painter, and educator
31:55
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 31:55
Paula Scher - Design legend, painter, and educator

In this episode, I sat down with Paula Scher. Paula has worn many hats throughout her career. Today, she's working on some incredibly cool projects. Get a sneak peek in this interview! We discussed:

  • How she got started
  • Her thoughts on design criticism
  • An exclusive sneak peek at new projects she's working on

You can find show notes on our website at ObsessedShow.com.

Eric Kass - Fine Commercial Artisan
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2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 49:06
Eric Kass - Fine Commercial Artisan

In this episode, I sat down with Eric Kass, a self-proclaimed "Fine Commercial Artisan."   You can follow him on Twitter here. We discussed:

  • His career path and how he discovered his passion for branding.
  • Why he calls his business a "practice" instead of an agency or firm.
  • How he finds, collects, and catalogs ephemera to spur his creativity.

You can find show notes on our website at ObsessedShow.com.

Prescott Perez-Fox - Host of the Busy Creative
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Prescott Perez-Fox - Host of the Busy Creative

In this episode, I talk to Prescott Perez-Fox. Prescott is well-known for his creative work, especially in the realm of package design. You can follow him on Twitter here and subscribe to his podcast here. We talked about:

  • Growing up as an artistic kid and a science nerd.
  • The challenges associated with freelancing.
  • How to integrate great brand design within a holistic identity system.

You can find show notes on our website at ObsessedShow.com.

Von Glitschka - Owner of Glitschka Studios
45:33
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 45:33
Von Glitschka - Owner of Glitschka Studios

Von Glitschka (or "Vonster" on Twitter) is revered by brand designers around the country as one of the brightest in the industry. He has worked with everyone from some of the largest brands in the world to small tech startups in the Pacific Northwest. In our chat, we discussed:

  • What it's like working with such a diverse client base.
  • How he does brand research, allowing him to "learn a new industry every 30 days."
  • Where he finds his design inspiration.
  • How he utilizes process to get the best results for his clients.

You can find show notes on our website at ObsessedShow.com.

Andy Chen - Process Designer and Creative Director
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Andy Chen - Process Designer and Creative Director

Andy Chen has a very interesting role. He works in the medical industry for a large, publicly-traded company. This company is so big, we're not even allowed to mention their name in the cast. Within this company, however, Andy is running a small, autonomous design team focused on building great user experiences through design. In this cast, we talked about:

  • How he fell in love with design while working in the software space.
  • What it's like to run a small design practice within a large, publicly-traded enterprise.
  • How he designs processes and designed experiences that resonate with his base.

You can follow Andy on Twitter here and find show notes on our website at ObsessedShow.com.

Amy and Jennifer Hood - Founders of Hoodzpah
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2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 44:51
Amy and Jennifer Hood - Founders of Hoodzpah

In this episode, I sat down with Amy and Jennifer Hood. These two are not only brilliant creatives and founders of a branding firm, they're also twins. You can follow their agency on Twitter here. In this episode, we discuss:

  • How they collaborate with their team.
  • The importance of producing their own products.
  • How their team opens up recurring revenue opportunities.

You can find show notes on our website at ObsessedShow.com.

Mark Palmer - Architect
29:53
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 29:53
Mark Palmer - Architect

In this episode, I sat down with Mark Palmer. Mark is an architect who has helped design dozens of buildings and public places, but more impressively, he's created multiple side projects designed to better society. We talked about:

  • How he uses design to affect good in society.
  • His side projects and their societal impact.
  • What it's like to see people inhabiting something that you designed.

You can find show notes on our website at ObsessedShow.com.

Debbie Millman - Host of the Design Matters Podcast
42:03
2017-12-02 07:43:21 UTC 42:03
Debbie Millman - Host of the Design Matters Podcast

In this episode, I sat down with Debbie Millman, a world-renowned writer, speaker, and brand consultant. She is also the host of the hit podcast "Design Matters." You can follow her on Twitter here and subscribe to her podcast here. We talked about:

  • How she brands herself and grows her business.
  • Her career path and early struggles in the magazine industry.
  • What she's most obsessed with today.
  • How she stays focused, efficient, and effective in her day-to-day work.

You can find show notes on our website at ObsessedShow.com.

87-Randy Fisher
44:34
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 44:34
87-Randy Fisher

Randy attended Indiana University (I won’t hold it against him) and began the first decade of his career in Chicago. Eventually, he was led back to Indy and began working as a design partner for DeveloperTown. For lack of a better way of saying it, he’s completely obsessed with design. 

Mentioned in this episode: 

  • Origin story
  • DeveloperTown
  • What makes great designers and clients

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

86-Paula Scher
31:06
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 31:06
86-Paula Scher

Paula has worn many hats throughout her career. Today, she's working on some incredibly cool projects. Get a sneak peek in this interview!

Mentioned in this episode: 

  • Paula's Wikipedia Page
  • Pentagram
  • Paula's TED Talk
  • Shake Shack Rebrand
  • Snap Kitchen
  • BQX
  • High Line

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

85-Stacey Dyer
53:11
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 53:11
85-Stacey Dyer

Stacey Dyer is currently the Creative Strategist for iZotope, where audio software products are developed to enable and inspire creativity. While managing a new brand landscape, Stacey pushes the team to go beyond their usual boundaries through lean practices, as well as process discovery and customer validation.

In this episode, we discuss:

Her journey to publishing her first book, AstroWed. Her favorite parts working for Loctite. Her brief stint owning a cake bake shop.

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

84-Kelly Hume
35:16
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 35:16
84-Kelly Hume

Kelly always enjoyed creating artwork. However, growing up in Iowa there weren’t too many opportunities to pursue it, that’s what led him to the Art Center College of Design. After earning his degree in Advertising Illustration he began working at print shop as he built-up his freelance clients. Now he works solely freelance, and in his free time you can catch him jamming out in his “one man band,” Hume and the Humanoids.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he got into design
  • Lettering for MLB
  • Advice to designers

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

83-Karen Conrad
49:00
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 49:00
83-Karen Conrad

During Karen's childhood she would sit at the kitchen table and hear discussions swirl around her about business. These conversations placed an entrepreneurial spirit in her. After 15 years in the banking industry she changed her focus to home staging. Her purpose is simple, help bring people’s “vision to reality.”

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Origin story 
  • Her purpose
  • Designing Spaces 
  • Her Book 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

82-Betsy Helmuth
51:56
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 51:56
82-Betsy Helmuth

After college Betsy Helmuth packed up her bags and “angry cat” to pursue a career in painting and acting in the Big Apple. Later she would discover that her true calling was interior design on a budget. Her mission is simple, to change lives through the dynamic of a household, and she does just that with her business, Affordable Interior Design

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Origin story
  • What her days look like
  • What makes a great client
  • Ins and outs of interior design 

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

81-Mackey Saturday
46:43
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 46:43
81-Mackey Saturday

In middle school Mackey Saturday’s mother told him he should pursue graphic design, but at the time he thought the art form was reserved for artistic “cheaters.” Later he would go onto to earn a degree in fine arts with a concentration in metalsmithing. After school he realized he could take art and turn it into something valuable and objective, which led him into design where he became the design principal at Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Origin story
  • Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv
  • The best clients
  • Design heroes

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

80-Paul Sahre
57:49
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 57:49
80-Paul Sahre

Paul Sahre started his path in design at Kent State University. After working in a few different agencies he realized as a lone wolf he should begin his own independent practice, Office of Paul Sahre.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Office of Paul Sahre
  • Being married to a designer
  • Designing book covers
  • What he’s most obsessed with today

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

79-Ian Paget
01:02:34
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 01:02:34
79-Ian Paget

Ian Paget landed into design, oddly, through a warehouse job. After being recognized by the owner as “good at drawing” he began creating promotional posters for their sales team. From there he self-taught himself Adobe Indesign and his career took off. Now he works as the lead creative designer at Advansys Ecommerce Solutions and a freelancer for Logo Geek.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Origin story
  • Logo Geek
  • His podcast
  • Freelancing and agency

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

78-Christian Helms
49:12
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 49:12
78-Christian Helms

Born and raised a southerner, Christian discovered design during his final years at University of North Carolina. Following his design epiphany he headed to the Portfolio Center in Atlanta to brush up on the skills he needed to become an expert designer. After taking a brief stint for an internship with Pentagram in New York City, he headed down to Austin, fell in love with the city, and began his own agency, Helms Workshop.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Origin story
  • Work in the beer industry 
  • Internship with Michael Bierut
  • Helms Workshop
  • Proudest moment as a designer

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

77-Alex Wier and Daniel Stewart
01:06:43
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 01:06:43
77-Alex Wier and Daniel Stewart

It started over a burrito, and now here they are...

This week, Josh sits down with Alex Wier and Daniel Stewart, Creative Director and Studio Director of Wier/Stewart in Augusta, Georgia to catch up.

You can follow them on Twitter here.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why they decided to open an agency together.
  • What they love about design and branding.
  • Where Wier/Stewart is today. 
  • Good and bad clients.

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

76-Joseph Kalinowski
52:27
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 52:27
76-Joseph Kalinowski

Joseph Kalinowski, better known as JK, began his career in Cleveland by cutting his teeth in production and printing. Later in life, at a PTA bowling event, he struck up a conversation with the owner of Content Marketing Institute, Joe Pulizzi, which led to his role as creative director for CM. When he’s not searching for the latest Star Wars action figures he’s busy at work planning for the next Content Marketing World.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His background
  • Content Marketing Institute
  • His design hero
  • His favorite action figures

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

75-Tom Ross Pt. 2
48:40
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 48:40
75-Tom Ross Pt. 2

By the time Tom was twelve he had already begun to dabble in the realm of graphic design. He entered his designs into online contest where he began to make a name for himself. After what he calls his “right of passage,” he found an amazing community of designers from all different backgrounds and formed his company, Design Cuts.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His story 
  • Starting Design Cuts 
  • Honest Designers Show 
  • What he most obsessed with today

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

5 of the World's Best Female Designers
47:50
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 47:50
5 of the World's Best Female Designers

Today we’ll hear from Paula Scher, Debbie Millman, Amy & Jennifer Hood, Robynne Raye, and Danielle Evans. Let me know if you like these kinds of episodes, and if so, we might do more of them.

74-Val Head
50:05
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 50:05
74-Val Head

Val Head launched into design when her rock band was in need of a website. Quickly, she realized how much she liked web design and that it paid the bills. From there she put her rocker past behind her and began her career in design.

 

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Her origin story
  • Adobe
  • What makes a good client
  • Being an author

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

73-Maurice Cherry
01:02:54
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 01:02:54
73-Maurice Cherry

Maurice began coding at an early age, and with every new technology he refined his skill. Captain of the math team turned designer, his passion for design grew in college when he began freelancing web design for miscellaneous clients. After working for the State of Georgia and a few start-ups he decided it was time to create his own company, Lunch.  

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His story
  • Lunch
  • What makes a great client
  • Revision Path

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

72-Chris Do
01:02:28
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 01:02:28
72-Chris Do

In high school Chris was known as, "the guy that can draw anything." In the 80s he worked at a silkscreen shop where he was introduced to graphic design. From there, he found his "calling" and entered into a four year art program. He would later start his agency in 1995, Blind.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The Futur
  • Blind
  • What makes great clients and bad clients 
  • What he's most obsessed with 

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

71-Tom Ross
43:35
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 43:35
71-Tom Ross

By the time Tom was twelve he had already begun to dabble in the realm of graphic design. He entered his designs into online contest where he began to make a name for himself. After what he calls his “right of passage,” he found an amazing community of designers from all different backgrounds and formed his company, Design Cuts.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His story 
  • Starting Design Cuts 
  • Honest Designers Show 
  • What he most obsessed with today

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

70-Brad Flowers
52:17
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 52:17
70-Brad Flowers

Before Brad discovered branding he discovered the power of reading. As a teenager he became an avid reader which led to his degree in literature. From there, he went to manage a bicycle shop where his love for bikes grew into the formation of an agency, Bullhorn.

 

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he became a writer
  • Starting Bullhorn
  • What makes a great client
  • What he most obsessed with 
 

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

Season Two - Coming Soon
03:35
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 03:35
Season Two - Coming Soon

Long-time listeners know that I interview designers of all types: architects, graphic designers, product designers, interior designers, process designers, and anyone with designer in their title, who are a little obsessed with their craft and industry. Our show explores the common threads that tie designers together, how they got started in the design world, and what makes them tick.   I've had the honor of interviewing some of the best in the business: Debbie Millman, Michael Bierut, David Carson, Paula Scher, and Armin Vit just to name a few.    Tweet to @obsessedshow or @joshmiles and let us know who you'd like to hear on season two.   Thanks for listening, and we'll see you next time!

Michael Jefferson
52:19
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 52:19
Michael Jefferson

Michael found his love for design as a curious kid, being interested in making things and taking things apart, and photography. To quote Michael, he has an "engineering mindset without the math skills." Find out more about Michael and view his work on his website: www.earthtomj.com

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What does "service design" really mean? 
  • His favorite client challenges
 

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

Chase Turberville
43:21
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 43:21
Chase Turberville

Chase Turberville is a brand designer at Focus Lab in Savannah, Georgia. Check out his work on Dribble and Instagram.  

Chase discovered his love of design and branding as a teenager playing in a grunge cover band. From there, he began his official design career at Realtree, where he learned that anything can be wrapped in camo. He then spent time interning at Hatch Show Print and credits those three months as being some of the most transformative in his career. 

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he got his start in the design world
  • What makes a great client
  • What he's most obsessed with today

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

Matt Stevens (Rebroadcast) - Creative Tinkerer
51:04
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 51:04
Matt Stevens (Rebroadcast) - Creative Tinkerer

Matt Stevens is a designer, illustrator, speaker, and creative tinkerer from North Carolina. His work has been featured by the biggest names in sports, tech, and even fast food. Matt's biggest goal is always to do thoughtful and unforgettable work for amazing brands and make the whole process a pleasure. You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he got his start in a middle school logo design contest.
  • His experience working with big brands, and advice he'd give to young designers starting with big brands.
  • The importance of "side gigs" and how they have spurred his professional development.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Amy and Jennifer Hood (Rebroadcast) - Founders of Hoodzpah
44:41
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 44:41
Amy and Jennifer Hood (Rebroadcast) - Founders of Hoodzpah

In this episode, I sat down with Amy and Jennifer Hood. These two are not only brilliant creatives and founders of a branding firm, they're also twins. You can follow their agency on Twitter here. In this episode, we discuss:

  • How they collaborate with their team.
  • The importance of producing their own products.
  • How their team opens up recurring revenue opportunities.

You can find show notes on our website at ObsessedShow.com.

Von Glitschka (Rebroadcast) - Owner of Glitschka Studios
45:25
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 45:25
Von Glitschka (Rebroadcast) - Owner of Glitschka Studios

Von Glitschka (or "Vonster" on Twitter) is revered by brand designers around the country as one of the brightest in the industry. He has worked with everyone from some of the largest brands in the world to small tech startups in the Pacific Northwest. In our chat, we discussed:

  • What it's like working with such a diverse client base.
  • How he does brand research, allowing him to "learn a new industry every 30 days."
  • Where he finds his design inspiration.
  • How he utilizes process to get the best results for his clients.

You can find show notes on our website at ObsessedShow.com.

James Biber - Partner, Biber Architects
51:57
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 51:57
James Biber - Partner, Biber Architects

James Biber is an architect and partner in the firm Biber Architects, based in New York. James is responsible many of his firms most notable projects. 

Biber's most recent project is the USA Pavilion for Expo Milano 2015. Biber’s career has also included the design of the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, 2008; oceanfront houses in Montauk, NY; a restoration of the 1934 Sten-Frenke house in Santa Monica, by Richard Neutra; along with projects at Celebration, Florida; store, suites and lounges in the Arizona Cardinals Football Stadium (by Peter Eisenman) in Phoenix, Arizona; Headquarters for the Muzak corporation in Fort Mill, SC.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His background
  • How he got into the world of architecture with a background in art in science
  • What he's most obsessed with today

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Karen Kurycki, AKA CMYKaren
43:15
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 43:15
Karen Kurycki, AKA CMYKaren

Karen Kurycki is a designer/illustrator in Jacksonville, FL. Design is her passion and she loves to combine illustration with design in her commercial work. You can follow her on Twitter here.   In this episode, we discuss:

  • Her attraction to water color
  • Why she loves water color as a medium
  • Some of her recent projects in the social activism space

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

 

James Connelly - Emmy-Award-Winning Set Designer, Founder of JPConnelly
56:51
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 56:51
James Connelly - Emmy-Award-Winning Set Designer, Founder of JPConnelly

James has worked as a production designer, art director, and set decorator since moving to Los Angeles from New Jersey after he graduated college in the early 2000's. He founded the creative design company JPConnelly at the age of 30, where he serves as the principal creative force and production designer.   JPConnelly boasts an eclectic resume that includes 48 TV shows, 10 live awards events, nine feature films and 50+ digital integrations. In addition to work in the entertainment industry, JPConnelly also produces events and activations for companies like Twitter, Snapchat, and Dubsmash, where the company uses experiential production design and storytelling concepts and techniques to creative innovative environments.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Todd Berger & Lucian Föhr - Founders of Ello, Berger & Föhr
54:15
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 54:15
Todd Berger & Lucian Föhr - Founders of Ello, Berger & Föhr

Todd Berger & Lucian Föhr are the Founders of Berger & Föhr, a graphic design agency based out of Boulder, Colorado. They also recently started Ello, a social network designed to be censor-free. 

Ello is the only network designed for creators, by creators. A robust and growing community of artists, designers, musicians, illustrators, photographers, architects, GIF makers - creators, who understand that our process, practice, values and passions can push the world forward in a better direction.

Unlike the status quo advertising platforms that masquerade as social networks, Ello is not in business to harvest as much of your personal data and sell you as many ads as possible. As a Public Benefit Corporation, Ello has a legal mandate to never sell ads or personal data to third parties.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Their social network, Ello.
  • Why they have their agency on pause.
  • All of the challenges and joys of creating a product in the startup environment.

Rick Valicenti - Founder and Design Director, Thirst
58:11
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 58:11
Rick Valicenti - Founder and Design Director, Thirst

Rick Valicenti is the founder and design director of Thirst, a communication design practice providing design and immersive environments for high profile clients in the architectural, performing arts, and education communities.

His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), resides in the permanent collections of the Yale and Columbia University libraries, Denver Art Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago, and has been published in The New York Times.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he got started in design.
  • Connecting the dots from seemingly unconnected details about his career, to where he his today.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Guy Geier - American Institute of Architects
48:36
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 48:36
Guy Geier - American Institute of Architects

Guy Geier is the Managing Partner of FXFOWLE Architects and was recently elected President of the American Institute of Architects in New York. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His views on the architecture industry.
  • How architects can create more value for themselves in the marketplace.
  • Architects' responsibilities in the industry.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Michael Bierut - Founder of Design Observer, Principal at Pentagram
50:20
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 50:20
Michael Bierut - Founder of Design Observer, Principal at Pentagram

If you've paid attention to the world of design and advertising over the past 20 years, you have certainly seen Michael's work. You have undoubtedly read articles from him. You may have even watched a documentary that he was interviewed on. On this special episode of Obsessed With Design, Josh sits down with Michael to learn more about his life, his career, and his inspiration.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he got his start in the world of design.
  • The founding of Pentagram, and what the world of Pentagram is like today.
  • His favorite projects and stories from the last 30 years.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

David Carson - Design Legend
01:02:38
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 01:02:38
David Carson - Design Legend

David Carson is an American graphic designer, art director and surfer. He is best known for his innovative magazine design, and use of experimental typography.

After you've listened to our interview, check out his Ted Talk

In this episode, we:

  • Talk about his view on design today.
  • Unpack misconceptions around his career.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Ken Hejduk - CEO of Little Jacket
42:39
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 42:39
Ken Hejduk - CEO of Little Jacket

Ken's journey has been as interesting as it is eclectic. His career started in a restaurant, but soon ventured into design. Today, he runs Little Jacket, a brand consultancy that focuses on helping high-growth startups leverage great design to take their business to the next level.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • How he got started as a snowboarding, screen printing designer.
  • Taking a business from printing band posters to doing more profitable design work.
  • Pivoting to a world of working with high-profile startups and high-growth companies.

You can follow him on Twitter here. Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Kristian Andersen - Designer, Founder, Investor
01:22:13
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 01:22:13
Kristian Andersen - Designer, Founder, Investor

Kristian is currently a co-founder and partner at High Alpha - a Venture Studio that conceives, launches and scales enterprise technology companies. Prior to High Alpha, he founded Studio Science - a leading design + innovation consultancy that works with high-growth technology companies.

Jonathan Hess - "Rock Star Architect"
50:08
2017-12-14 17:10:21 UTC 50:08
Jonathan Hess - "Rock Star Architect"

Jonathan Hess is a Principal and the President of Browning Day. Many landmarks in the city of Indianapolis are a testament to his ability to translate clients’ vision into one of a kind innovative design solutions that exceed expectations and stand the test of time. He is recognized for his design work on the International Orangutan Center at the Indianapolis Zoo, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art and additions to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His experience becoming a professional architect.
  • His work on an amazing orangutan exhibit at the Indianapolis Zoo.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Tim Hickle - Author of The Future-Proof Marketing Playbook
49:06
2017-12-14 17:10:22 UTC 49:06
Tim Hickle - Author of The Future-Proof Marketing Playbook

Tim Hickle is an author, marketer, and a singer of very silly songs. For the past two years, he's been leading our digital marketing efforts at MilesHerndon, as well as producing this podcast. After a year's worth of podcasts, we look back at some of our favorite episodes, learn about his new book, and sing some silly songs.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Producing the Obsessed With Design podcast, including lessons he's learned and his favorite episodes.
  • His book, and his best digital marketing advice.
  • The MilesHerndon hold music, which he recorded.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Sean Higgins & Nicholas Rezabek - AKA "Higgins and Rez"
42:33
2017-12-14 17:10:22 UTC 42:33
Sean Higgins & Nicholas Rezabek - AKA "Higgins and Rez"

In 2006, Sean and Nicholas set out on a mission. They wanted to create their dream jobs, because no one else had created it for them. That's when they started The Bubble Project, a two-man design and illustration firm built on this foundation: good food, good music, good time.

You can follow them on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How they got their start in design.
  • How they develop their ideas and aesthetic.
  • Their most recent projects.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Another Discussion with Prescott Perez Fox
01:03:07
2017-12-14 17:10:22 UTC 01:03:07
Another Discussion with Prescott Perez Fox

Don't call it a rebroadcast. In this episode, I sit down with one of my most popular guests for a second time.

In this episode, I talk to Prescott Perez-Fox. Prescott is well-known for his creative work, especially in the realm of package design. You can follow him on Twitter here and subscribe to his podcast here.

You can find show notes on our website at ObsessedShow.com.

Matt Hunckler - Host of Powderkeg Podcast
48:01
2017-12-14 17:10:22 UTC 48:01
Matt Hunckler - Host of Powderkeg Podcast

Matt is the CEO and Founder of Verge, a tech startup community throughout the Midwest. He's also the host of the Powderkeg Podcast, a podcast focused on helping startups learn from established entrepreneurs.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His early beginnings in the Orr Fellowship
  • His failed attempts at a startup
  • How Verge was never supposed to be a business
  • His lessons learned from the inventor of voicemail

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Happy Holidays! Musings and Reflections From Josh Miles
19:35
2017-12-14 17:10:22 UTC 19:35
Happy Holidays! Musings and Reflections From Josh Miles

This episode is a bit different. In the spirit of the holidays, with a new year approaching, Josh sat down with himself to do a little reflection on the year that was. In this episode, he discusses:

  • #ObsessedChallenge on Instagram - A side-project he's working on to re-ignite his creativity. 
  • How he got into design and started his own branding agency.
  • His inspiration and influences throughout his early career.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Aaron Draplin - Founder of Draplin Design Co. [Rebroadcast]
01:06:47
2017-12-14 17:10:22 UTC 01:06:47
Aaron Draplin - Founder of Draplin Design Co. [Rebroadcast]

Aaron Draplin is a graphic designer, author, and founder of his own design studio, Draplin Design Co. Because of his incredible, inspiring work with some of the world's best brands, you've probably seen him on a million videos and podcasts already. That's why we went out of our way to find some fresh stories and fresh perspectives on his design career.

You can follow his design studio on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The grind of his speaking schedule and book promotion tour
  • What he's learned in the last five years of his career
  • Why he's chosen to keep his agency small and nimble when he could easily grow

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Douglas Davis - Freelance Creative Director and Design Instructor (Rebroadcast)
01:01:01
2017-12-14 17:10:22 UTC 01:01:01
Douglas Davis - Freelance Creative Director and Design Instructor (Rebroadcast)

Based in Brooklyn, Douglas never intended to go to college. Today, he's the author of Creative Strategy and the Business of Design and he teaches online courses on design and business strategy.

During our interview, we talk about his book, his educational series, and how he went from not intending to go to college to educating college kids himself.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His inspiration for his book.
  • How he started a digital department at his first agency.
  • What he's most obsessed with now.

You can get show notes at ObsessedShow.com.

James White - Designer, Speaker, and Proud Canadian
01:17:15
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James White - Designer, Speaker, and Proud Canadian

James White, the founder of Signalnoise, is a visual artist, designer and speaker living in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. He makes posters, prints and all kinds of cool stuff. He is, among other things, obsessed with the 80's and visual synthwave art.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His origins,
  • The importance of drawing,
  • His current setup, and
  • How he finds some of his best clients.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Khoi Vinh - Principal Designer at Adobe
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Khoi Vinh - Principal Designer at Adobe

Khoi Vinh is a graphic designer, blogger, and former Design Director for The New York Times, where he worked from January 2006 until July 2010. Fast Company named Vinh one of "The 50 Most Influential Designers in America" in September 2011. Today, he is the Principal Designer at Adobe, Design Chair of Wildcard, and co-founder of Kidpost.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Julian Stubbs
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Julian Stubbs

Julian Stubbs is an international brand strategist and has worked with brand and identity projects for clients such as Stockholm, where he was involved with creating the positioning of the city as The Capital of Scandinavia. His book Wish You Were Here documents this work as well as the issues involved in major place branding projects.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His decision to launch a "cloud-based" agency.
  • How his agency continues to succeed with zero employees.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Lauren Hom
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Lauren Hom

Lauren Hom is a California-born, formerly Brooklyn-based designer and letterer who's currently traveling the world. Known for her bright color palettes and playful letterforms, Lauren has created work for clients like Starbucks, Google, AT&T, YouTube and TIME Magazine.

You can follow her on Instagram here.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Brian Collins - Part II
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Brian Collins - Part II

After our last discussion with Brian Collins, Chief Creative Officer of COLLINS, we couldn't wait to have him on again. Brian is our first ever repeat guest and this episode is full of fun stories, great advice, and more than a few name drops.

Brian Collins is one of the world's leading voices in branding. He is a former professor and international speaker, and today he runs his own branding shop, COLLINS, which has worked with brands such as Coca Cola, Spotify, and FourSquare.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Client Horror Stories With Joseph Szala
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Client Horror Stories With Joseph Szala

Joseph Szala is a restaurant brand strategist and the host of the design podcast Grits + Grids. We interviewed Joseph awhile back, and we liked him so much that Josh decided to go on his show and share his scariest client horror stories, just in time for Halloween.

Please, go follow Grits + Grids on Twitter and subscribe to them in iTunes! It's a great podcast for designers of all skill levels.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Encore Presentation - Samuel E Vázquez
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2017-12-14 17:10:22 UTC 54:25
Encore Presentation - Samuel E Vázquez

We recorded this episode with Samuel a few months ago, but he just released a new line of bags in partnership with the J2 Collection, so we figured we would give him a plug and run back one of our favorite interviews.

You can purchase one of his bags below...

http://thej2collection.com/t/brame

Today, Samuel E Vázquez wears many hats. He is an artist, a designer, and an educator, to name a few. In the early days, however, he was known by a different name - "Brame," his graffiti tag. Today, his art has evolved past the street and into some of the most recognizable spots in the Midwest. His work has lived in the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and the NCAA Hall of Champions.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Samuel's path from Puerto Rico to New York City and, eventually, to Indianapolis.
  • His view on "street art," and why he rebels against the word "graffiti."
  • How a week-long suspension in high school set him on the path to becoming a widely-respected artist.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Ken and Jenn Visocky O'Grady - Co-Authors, The Information Design Handbook
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Ken and Jenn Visocky O'Grady - Co-Authors, The Information Design Handbook

Ken and Jenn Visocky O'Grady are designers, educators, speakers, and co-authors of the book The Information Design Handbook.

Jenn is an Associate Professor at Cleveland State University. Her design work has been recognized in numerous international publications, including Print and HOW magazines, and several books. Ken is an Assistant Professor at Kent State University. He has won numerous awards in international design competitions. His work has also appeared in several books, and was featured in HOW magazine's Business of Design Annual.

You can follow them on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Brian Collins - Chief Creative Officer of COLLINS
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Brian Collins - Chief Creative Officer of COLLINS

Brian Collins is one of the world's leading voices in branding. He is a former professor and international speaker, and today he runs his own branding shop, COLLINS, which has worked with brands such as Coca Cola, Spotify, and FourSquare.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His origins.
  • How to win every major award.
  • One of the original brands to cut through the clutter.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Stephan Ango - Co-Founder of Lumi, Host of Well Made podcast
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Stephan Ango - Co-Founder of Lumi, Host of Well Made podcast

Stephan Ango is the co-founder and Head of Product at Lumi, a Los Angeles-based company that provides packaging for online brands. He also is the host of the Well Made podcast, and has interviewed several of the same guests as our show.

 You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Cardboard
  • Logistics
  • Charles and Ray Eames

You can get show notes at ObsessedShow.com.

Roger Dudler - Founder & CTO of Frontify
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Roger Dudler - Founder & CTO of Frontify

Frontify is the software that all designers have thought about creating. Roger is one of the few who actually followed through on the idea. Frontify is a company that focuses on brand management with a Software-as-a-Service business model. Their software helps you easily create brand style guides, design workflows, and visual collaboration projects.

In his role as founder and CTO, Roger is passionate about the design, code, and UX of the end product. You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The challenges of creating your first startup.
  • The benefits of being in Switzerland.
  • How FIFA impacts their office culture.

You can get show notes at ObsessedShow.com.

Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec - Authors of Dear Data
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Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec - Authors of Dear Data

Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec are both renowned designers with a penchant for visualizing data. This passion turned a pen-pal project into a full-fledged book, Dear Data.

For a year, they exchanged postcards weekly, cataloging their lives using different kinds of data. Some days, they counted the number of doors they walked through. Other days, they recorded their level of indecision. Regardless of the data they collected, they would visualize it differently in each postcard. Dear Data is a collection of these "slow data transmissions," with some color commentary sprinkled in.

You can follow them on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How they got their start in design.
  • What inspired their book.
  • What aspects of design and data they're most obsessed with.

You can get show notes at ObsessedShow.com.

Debbie Millman - Redux
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Debbie Millman - Redux

In anticipation of her presentation at the 2016 MBO Conference in Indianapolis, we're re-releasing our interview with Debbie Millman. And, as a special treat, our listeners have been granted a special discount code to go see Debbie speak!

For a $20 discount to this year's MBO Conference in Indianapolis, use the discount code "MH20"

The host of one of the top iTunes podcasts of 2015 joins me for a look at the personal side of Debbie Millman that you may not have heard before.

Find out what Debbie is most obsessed with. The answer might surprise you.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com

Douglas Davis - Author, Designer, and Freelance Creative Director
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Douglas Davis - Author, Designer, and Freelance Creative Director

Based in Brooklyn, Douglas never intended to go to college. Today, he's the author of Creative Strategy and the Business of Design and he teaches online courses on design and business strategy.

During our interview, we talk about his book, his educational series, and how he went from not intending to go to college to educating college kids himself.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His inspiration for his book.
  • How he started a digital department at his first agency.
  • What he's most obsessed with now.

You can get show notes at ObsessedShow.com.

Bob Ewing - Letterer, Co-Founder, INCH x INCH
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Bob Ewing - Letterer, Co-Founder, INCH x INCH

This is Bob. Bob loves buttons.

Bob Ewing is a lettering artist and Art Director based in Indianapolis, but he has a great national presence. Between the popularity of INCH x INCH and posting his work under #HashtagLettering, he's grown a strong following around the country.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How Bob got started in design.
  • How he found his love for buttons and founded INCH x INCH.
  • Where he gets his inspiration when working on lettering projects.

A fun fact about Bob - He actually applied to MilesHerndon way back in the day, when we went by "Miles Design." You can find his old resume and show notes at ObsessedShow.com.

Alex Wier and Daniel Stewart - Founders of Wier/Stewart
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Alex Wier and Daniel Stewart - Founders of Wier/Stewart

It started over a burrito, and now here they are...

This week, Josh sits down with Alex Wier and Daniel Stewart, Creative Director and Studio Director of Wier/Stewart in Augusta, Georgia.

You can follow them on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why they decided to open an agency together.
  • Their approach on design and branding.
  • Why they inject their personality so heavily into every video they produce.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Jonathan Hoffman - Ad Man Obsessed With Media Tech
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Jonathan Hoffman - Ad Man Obsessed With Media Tech

Jonathan Hoffman got his start in traditional advertising. He cut his teeth with Leo Burnett, McCann, and Starcom. Over the years, he's evolved into a leader in the branded video space, with a heavy emphasis on creating dynamic and engaging branded video

Today, he's working with Philo Media in Chicago, using modern tools to create authentic, meaningful connections between people and brands.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The state of traditional advertising.
  • The promise of augmented reality and video-driven apps.
  • The future of consumer-produced content.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Aaron Draplin - Founder of Draplin Design Co.
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Aaron Draplin - Founder of Draplin Design Co.

Aaron Draplin is a graphic designer, author, and founder of his own design studio, Draplin Design Co. Because of his incredible, inspiring work with some of the world's best brands, you've probably seen him on a million videos and podcasts already. That's why we went out of our way to find some fresh stories and fresh perspectives on his design career.

You can follow his design studio on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The grind of his speaking schedule and book promotion tour
  • What he's learned in the last five years of his career
  • Why he's chosen to keep his agency small and nimble when he could easily grow

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Victor Yocco - UX Researcher, Strategist, and Author
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Victor Yocco - UX Researcher, Strategist, and Author

Victor Yocco is a UX researcher and strategist. His objective is to bring the voice of the user to the table when he makes design and strategy decisions, and he does it quite well. 

In addition to his UX work, Victor is an author and speaker. He is the author of the book Design for the Mind, as well as a featured writer for several publications. He enjoys speaking on a wide range of topics, from the psychology behind great design to reducing the abuse of alcohol in the design and tech industry.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • UX
  • The joys of parenthood
  • Alcohol in the workplace
  • What it's like writing a book

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Christopher Stuart - Industrial Designer, Principal of LUUR, DIY Furniture Guy
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Christopher Stuart - Industrial Designer, Principal of LUUR, DIY Furniture Guy

Christopher Stuart is an artist and designer based in Carmel, IN.  His personal work explores the area between art and design, challenging the idea of function.  He received his BFA in Furniture Design from Herron School of Art & Design. Chris is also the founder and principal of LUUR, a transdisciplinary design studio and brand, and author of DIY Furniture 1 & DIY Furniture 2, published by Laurence King.

You can follow his studio on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His origin story as a designer.
  • How he defines "transdisciplinary," and why he chose to build a transdisciplinary design studio.
  • His newest obsession, furniture design, and why he loves the DIY furniture movement.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Tad Carpenter - Principal of Carpenter Collective
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Tad Carpenter - Principal of Carpenter Collective

Tad Carpenter is a designer, illustrator, and teacher based in Kansas City. Tad was lucky enough to grow up the son of two artists smack dab in the middle of the midwest. His father is an illustrator and has been a creative director for Hallmark Cards for nearly 40 years.

You merely adopted design. Tad was born in it, molded by it.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His upbringings in the design world.
  • How his father influenced him early on.
  • How Hallmark influences the design community in Kansas City.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Josh Kenyon and Colby Nichols - AKA "Jolby"
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Josh Kenyon and Colby Nichols - AKA "Jolby"

"Jolby" isn't a celebrity couple, it's a design studio committed to collaboration and solving complex problems. Josh and Colby are the co-founders of Jolby & Friends.

You can follow them on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How they found their way into the design profession.
  • The beginnings of Jolby & Friends, and how they went from a t-shirt company to a full-blown design studio.
  • Their creative process and how they build a culture of collaboration for both their team and their clients.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Ben Waite - Design Engineer for Zipp Speed Weaponry
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Ben Waite - Design Engineer for Zipp Speed Weaponry

Ben designs weapons. Not guns or knives, but high-performance bicycles.

Zipp Speed Weaponry serves a select group of elite companies and athletes, globally located and committed to bicycle & wheelchair competition. As a design engineer for Zipp, Ben has taken the technology from IndyCar and other high-performance racing and applied it to high-end, carbon bicycle wheels.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he got his start in engineering.
  • His favorite projects that he's working on at Zipp.
  • His best advice for young designers.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Michael Bierut - Founder of Design Observer, Principal at Pentagram
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Michael Bierut - Founder of Design Observer, Principal at Pentagram

If you've paid attention to the world of design and advertising over the past 20 years, you have certainly seen Michael's work. You have undoubtedly read articles from him. You may have even watched a documentary that he was interviewed on. On this special episode of Obsessed With Design, Josh sits down with Michael to learn more about his life, his career, and his inspiration.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he got his start in the world of design.
  • The founding of Pentagram, and what the world of Pentagram is like today.
  • His favorite projects and stories from the last 30 years.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Joseph Szala - Food and Beverage Branding and Design
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Joseph Szala - Food and Beverage Branding and Design

As the founder of Vigor Branding and the blog, Grits and Grids, Joseph has found a home in branding for the food and beverage industry. His passion for great design and great food is evident in his blog, as well as our interview. You can follow them on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How his agency found the food industry and turned it into a specialty.
  • The importance of finding your niche.
  • The creation of his blog, Grits and Grids.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Kris Pearn - Storyboard Artist
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Kris Pearn - Storyboard Artist

You may not know Kris, but you definitely know his work. He has been a storyboard artist for animated movies and TV shows for 20 years. Recently, he captured a lot of attention in the animation business as the Head of Story for Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and as a story artist for Open Season. Kris sat down with us recently to talk about his obsessions and what makes a great animated film work.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he got his start in animation and story design.
  • The background behind Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, a 5-year project that became a Hollywood blockbuster.
  • His current obsessions and dream projects.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Danielle Evans - Lettering Artist Specializing in Food Typography
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Danielle Evans - Lettering Artist Specializing in Food Typography

Danielle's studio, Marmalade Bleue, is nothing like any design studio you've ever seen. Her design vehicle of choice isn't Illustrator or Photoshop. It's food. As a designer and illustrator, she found her passion for creating typographic art with everything from candy corn to coffee cake. You can follow her on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How she initially found her obsession with typography and illustration.
  • Graduating during the great recession and surviving as a starving designer.
  • Her thoughts on self-promotion and building your business from the ground up.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Jude Stewart - Journalist, blogger, author and AIGA member
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Jude Stewart - Journalist, blogger, author and AIGA member

Jude writes for Slate, Fast Company, Design Observer, and now she's doing some awesome work with the AIGA. Right now, she's working on a project that covers the best podcasts in the design world. This is a unique cast, because Jude actually interviews Josh! You can follow her on Twitter here.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Gianluca Gimini - Internet Sensation and Creator of "Velocipedia"
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Gianluca Gimini - Internet Sensation and Creator of "Velocipedia"

This week, we have a very special guest from Bologna, Italy. Gianluca Gimini recently published a project on Behance that took the Internet by storm. It's called Velocipedia and it has been featured on Wired, Fast Company, and even hit the front page of Reddit.

In this episode, we talk about the origin of this project, as well as other cool product and graphic design project Gianluca is working on.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Matt Stevens - Creative Tinkerer
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Matt Stevens - Creative Tinkerer

Matt Stevens is a designer, illustrator, speaker, and creative tinkerer from North Carolina. His work has been featured by the biggest names in sports, tech, and even fast food. Matt's biggest goal is always to do thoughtful and unforgettable work for amazing brands and make the whole process a pleasure. You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he got his start in a middle school logo design contest.
  • His experience working with big brands, and advice he'd give to young designers starting with big brands.
  • The importance of "side gigs" and how they have spurred his professional development.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Mike Stinson - Co-Founder, TypeEd
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Mike Stinson - Co-Founder, TypeEd

Mike Stinson is an expert on great design, but it's his obsession with typography that really sets him apart. As a Partner and Creative Director for Ramp Creative, an L.A.-Based agency, he wears many hats, but the one that excites him most is Founder. He founded TypeEd, an educational initiative designed to teach designers around the world the art of great typography. You can follow him on Twitter here and TypeEd here.

As a listener of Obsessed With Design, you get an EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT on your first course from TypeEd. To claim this discount, go to http://type-ed.com/obsessed/

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he went from being an aerospace engineer to a graphic designer.
  • How he started TypeEd, an online learning platform designed to bridge the widening gap between college programs and the creative industry.
  • His biggest obsession... The finer details of typography.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Mikey Burton - The Designy Illustrator
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Mikey Burton - The Designy Illustrator

Mikey Burton is a part time designer and a part time illustrator—which adds up to a full time Designy Illustrator. He’s been working professionally for over 12 years now, but claims to be ‘still figuring it out.’ He’s done a lot of work in that time for clients such as Converse, ESPN, Target, The New York Times, Time Magazine, and Esquire, among others.

He has won awards from organizations such as the Art Directors Club, Communication Arts and Print Magazine to name a few, and enjoys bragging about it in the third person. He spent his formative years and earned a masters degree from the great Kent State University in Ohio. Burton now works and lives in Brooklyn, NY where he pays way too much for coffee. You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he got started as a designer.
  • Why he is obsessed with food.
  • All the benefits of living in New York City when you want to visit someone.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Samuel E Vázquez - Don't Call Him a Graffiti Artist
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2017-12-14 17:10:22 UTC 53:23
Samuel E Vázquez - Don't Call Him a Graffiti Artist

Today, Samuel E Vázquez wears many hats. He is an artist, a designer, and an educator, to name a few. In the early days, however, he was known by a different name - "Brame," his graffiti tag. Today, his art has evolved past the street and into some of the most recognizable spots in the Midwest. His work has lived in the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and the NCAA Hall of Champions.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Samuel's path from Puerto Rico to New York City and, eventually, to Indianapolis.
  • His view on "street art," and why he rebels against the word "graffiti."
  • How a week-long suspension in high school set him on the path to becoming a widely-respected artist.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Stacey Dyer - Creative Strategist at iZotope, Inc.
53:41
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Stacey Dyer - Creative Strategist at iZotope, Inc.

Stacey Dyer is currently the Creative Strategist for iZotope, where audio software products are developed to enable and inspire creativity. While managing a new brand landscape, Stacey pushes the team to go beyond their usual boundaries through lean practices, as well as process discovery and customer validation. In this episode, we discuss:

  • Her journey to publishing her first book, AstroWed.
  • Her favorite parts working for Loctite.
  • Her brief stint owning a cake bake shop.

 Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Lars Lawson - Owner, Timber Design Company
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Lars Lawson - Owner, Timber Design Company

Lars Lawson is the owner of Timber Design Company, an Indianapolis-based design studio. They specialize in print, brand identity, advertising, video animation and retail packaging.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • How Lars got started working for the print shop across the street from his University.
  • His work, ranging from Coca-Cola to breweries.
  • An email he once received from a famous hip-hop artist.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Ken Hejduk - CEO of Little Jacket
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Ken Hejduk - CEO of Little Jacket

Ken's journey has been as interesting as it is eclectic. His career started in a restaurant, but soon ventured into design. Today, he runs Little Jacket, a brand consultancy that focuses on helping high-growth startups leverage great design to take their business to the next level.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • How he got started as a snowboarding, screen printing designer.
  • Taking a business from printing band posters to doing more profitable design work.
  • Pivoting to a world of working with high-profile startups and high-growth companies.

You can follow him on Twitter here. Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Robynne Raye - Founder of Modern Dog Design Co.
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Robynne Raye - Founder of Modern Dog Design Co.

As a co-founder of Modern Dog Design Co, Robynne Raye has a lot of familiarity designing for big brands. Modern Dog is an internationally acclaimed design studio that creates imaginative, bold and playful design in interactive and print medias. Current and past clients include the Seattle Aquarium, Swatch, Coca-Cola, K2 Snowboards, HarperCollins, and Nordstrom. In this episode, we talk about:

  • How Robynne got started in design (and starting her own company).
  • How Robynne and her partner landed K2 as one of their first clients.
  • Her career teaching design.

You can follow them on Twitter here. Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Armin Vit - Co-Founder of "UnderConsideration" and "Brand New"
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Armin Vit - Co-Founder of "UnderConsideration" and "Brand New"

Armin Vit has become an icon in the design community through his critiques on his blog, but he is also an incredible graphic designer in his own right. In this episode, Armin and I discuss:

  • How Illustrator 88 led him to a career in design.
  • How he and his wife run their blogs and international design conferences.
  • How he manages to STILL do client work.

You can follow him on Twitter here. Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Justine Jordan - The Face of Email Marketing
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Justine Jordan - The Face of Email Marketing

Justine is one of the world's brightest minds on email marketing. As the VP of marketing at Litmus, she has advanced the entire industry with an eye on design. In this episode, we discussed:

  • How she became the face of email marketing.
  • How she got her start as a designer.
  • What she's most excited about tackling next.

You can find show notes on our website at ObsessedShow.com.

Paula Scher - Design legend, painter, and educator
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Paula Scher - Design legend, painter, and educator

In this episode, I sat down with Paula Scher. Paula has worn many hats throughout her career. Today, she's working on some incredibly cool projects. Get a sneak peek in this interview! We discussed:

  • How she got started
  • Her thoughts on design criticism
  • An exclusive sneak peek at new projects she's working on

You can find show notes on our website at ObsessedShow.com.

Eric Kass - Fine Commercial Artisan
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Eric Kass - Fine Commercial Artisan

In this episode, I sat down with Eric Kass, a self-proclaimed "Fine Commercial Artisan."   You can follow him on Twitter here. We discussed:

  • His career path and how he discovered his passion for branding.
  • Why he calls his business a "practice" instead of an agency or firm.
  • How he finds, collects, and catalogs ephemera to spur his creativity.

You can find show notes on our website at ObsessedShow.com.

Prescott Perez-Fox - Host of the Busy Creative
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Prescott Perez-Fox - Host of the Busy Creative

In this episode, I talk to Prescott Perez-Fox. Prescott is well-known for his creative work, especially in the realm of package design. You can follow him on Twitter here and subscribe to his podcast here. We talked about:

  • Growing up as an artistic kid and a science nerd.
  • The challenges associated with freelancing.
  • How to integrate great brand design within a holistic identity system.

You can find show notes on our website at ObsessedShow.com.

Von Glitschka - Owner of Glitschka Studios
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Von Glitschka - Owner of Glitschka Studios

Von Glitschka (or "Vonster" on Twitter) is revered by brand designers around the country as one of the brightest in the industry. He has worked with everyone from some of the largest brands in the world to small tech startups in the Pacific Northwest. In our chat, we discussed:

  • What it's like working with such a diverse client base.
  • How he does brand research, allowing him to "learn a new industry every 30 days."
  • Where he finds his design inspiration.
  • How he utilizes process to get the best results for his clients.

You can find show notes on our website at ObsessedShow.com.

Andy Chen - Process Designer and Creative Director
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Andy Chen - Process Designer and Creative Director

Andy Chen has a very interesting role. He works in the medical industry for a large, publicly-traded company. This company is so big, we're not even allowed to mention their name in the cast. Within this company, however, Andy is running a small, autonomous design team focused on building great user experiences through design. In this cast, we talked about:

  • How he fell in love with design while working in the software space.
  • What it's like to run a small design practice within a large, publicly-traded enterprise.
  • How he designs processes and designed experiences that resonate with his base.

You can follow Andy on Twitter here and find show notes on our website at ObsessedShow.com.

Amy and Jennifer Hood - Founders of Hoodzpah
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Amy and Jennifer Hood - Founders of Hoodzpah

In this episode, I sat down with Amy and Jennifer Hood. These two are not only brilliant creatives and founders of a branding firm, they're also twins. You can follow their agency on Twitter here. In this episode, we discuss:

  • How they collaborate with their team.
  • The importance of producing their own products.
  • How their team opens up recurring revenue opportunities.

You can find show notes on our website at ObsessedShow.com.

Mark Palmer - Architect
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Mark Palmer - Architect

In this episode, I sat down with Mark Palmer. Mark is an architect who has helped design dozens of buildings and public places, but more impressively, he's created multiple side projects designed to better society. We talked about:

  • How he uses design to affect good in society.
  • His side projects and their societal impact.
  • What it's like to see people inhabiting something that you designed.

You can find show notes on our website at ObsessedShow.com.

Debbie Millman - Host of the Design Matters Podcast
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Debbie Millman - Host of the Design Matters Podcast

In this episode, I sat down with Debbie Millman, a world-renowned writer, speaker, and brand consultant. She is also the host of the hit podcast "Design Matters." You can follow her on Twitter here and subscribe to her podcast here. We talked about:

  • How she brands herself and grows her business.
  • Her career path and early struggles in the magazine industry.
  • What she's most obsessed with today.
  • How she stays focused, efficient, and effective in her day-to-day work.

You can find show notes on our website at ObsessedShow.com.