Cover image of The Reflex Blue Show : A Graphic Design Podcast
(20)
Arts
Design

The Reflex Blue Show : A Graphic Design Podcast

Updated 3 days ago

Arts
Design
Read more

Focusing on design, and the hosts' love of pop culture, The Reflex Blue Show gives you a look into the topics of graphic design by two people working in the industry. The Reflex Blue Show with Donovan Beery is hosted by 36Point.com

Read more

Focusing on design, and the hosts' love of pop culture, The Reflex Blue Show gives you a look into the topics of graphic design by two people working in the industry. The Reflex Blue Show with Donovan Beery is hosted by 36Point.com

iTunes Ratings

20 Ratings
Average Ratings
12
4
2
2
0

Best podcasts do more listening and less talking

By rooattack - Sep 25 2016
Read more
The content is good. And this is a difficult thing to master, but it really really bugs me how much the host interrupts the guest. We want to hear what the guest has to say and they'll be mid sentence stating something serious or important and the host will interrupt them trying to make a joke. I don't want to be rude but it happens almost every time they are speaking on every episode. Great Podcasts are little to do with the host and so much more about the guests. Let them finish speaking. I didn't learn hardly anything in ep 158 due to constant interruptions. But the show is great and I love the potential it has.

FANTASTIC

By Mia Kezios - Feb 08 2010
Read more
Great podcast I live you guys

iTunes Ratings

20 Ratings
Average Ratings
12
4
2
2
0

Best podcasts do more listening and less talking

By rooattack - Sep 25 2016
Read more
The content is good. And this is a difficult thing to master, but it really really bugs me how much the host interrupts the guest. We want to hear what the guest has to say and they'll be mid sentence stating something serious or important and the host will interrupt them trying to make a joke. I don't want to be rude but it happens almost every time they are speaking on every episode. Great Podcasts are little to do with the host and so much more about the guests. Let them finish speaking. I didn't learn hardly anything in ep 158 due to constant interruptions. But the show is great and I love the potential it has.

FANTASTIC

By Mia Kezios - Feb 08 2010
Read more
Great podcast I live you guys

Listen to:

Cover image of The Reflex Blue Show : A Graphic Design Podcast

The Reflex Blue Show : A Graphic Design Podcast

Updated 3 days ago

Read more

Focusing on design, and the hosts' love of pop culture, The Reflex Blue Show gives you a look into the topics of graphic design by two people working in the industry. The Reflex Blue Show with Donovan Beery is hosted by 36Point.com

Round and Round: The Reflex Blue Show #164

Podcast cover
Read more

Justin Kemerling, Jake Welchert, and Adam Casey may each have their own design studios, but they operate out of the same co-working space in Omaha, Nebraska – Round and Round.

We speak co-working while working for yourself, how many rounds form a round and round, collaborating, and more. Enjoy.

The Reflex Blue Show

The post Round and Round: The Reflex Blue Show #164 appeared first on 36 Point.

Oct 31 2016

Play

Stefan G. Bucher: The Reflex Blue Show #184

Podcast cover
Read more

Stefan G. Bucher of 344 stopped by the day after a fantastic presentation to AIGA Nebraska in support of his new book, Letterheads : An Eccentric Alphabet.

A lot has happened since we last had Stefan on the show. Well, I would hope so, it’s been a full decade – I’m not even sure how that’s possible – but Stefan was actually on episode 2 talking about his just released Daily Monsters book, and a monster mural he was working on.

This time we talk about 3rd-hand information I am trying to recall about the mural, his Letterheads book, rotoscoping a video, time travel, a yeti, a Jupiter poster, non-disclosures, non-competes, and more.

Enjoy.

The Reflex Blue Show

The post Stefan G. Bucher: The Reflex Blue Show #184 appeared first on 36 Point.

Apr 16 2018

Play

Amy Schwartz: The Reflex Blue Show #167

Podcast cover
Read more

Amy Schwartz (Design Director at Cards Against Humanity) joins us to talk about, well, Cards Against Humanity. Recorded during AAF Omaha‘s Meet the Pros, we also chat about getting that first job in design and other advice for recent graduates. Cody Fenske once again joins in to co-host. Enjoy.

The Reflex Blue Show

The post Amy Schwartz: The Reflex Blue Show #167 appeared first on 36 Point.

Feb 27 2017

Play

Grain & Mortar: The Reflex Blue Show #196

Podcast cover
Read more

Grain & Mortar has been an award-winning branding and web development studio in Omaha, Nebraska since 2011, but 2018 brought them into the business of selling pants as well. Kristin DeKay, Eric Downs, and Jesse Harding stop by The Reflex Blue Show to discuss a little bit of the Grain & Mortar backstory, and then jumping to right around a year ago in buying a 135 year old building.

The new office location, as well as a legit storefront, got them to start one of their other goals – a retail shop selling men’s goods at 1414 South 13th Street. We talk about some of the things involved in opening and running Vincent Outfitting Company, the safari swords that come through the door, and more.

By the way, the Vincent Outfitters Company store really does look great. Getting a tour of the entire building a month before we recorded really showed the amount of effort and care the folks at Grain & Mortar put into their new space. Be sure to visit them this holiday season if you are in the area.

As for The Reflex Blue Show, as we record around half of our episodes at Eleven19, it’s fun to actually record season 11, episode 19 (and fittingly release this episode on November 19). Between this podcast and the Be A Design Cast that proceeded it, this month marks my 13th year of podcasting, which sounds a bit crazy to even type out. I really do appreciate the people I’ve been able to meet either in-person or online because of it, and give huge thanks to all of our great listeners who make it worthwhile.

We’ll be back in 2019 with season twelve, but until then…

Enjoy.

The Reflex Blue Show

The post Grain & Mortar: The Reflex Blue Show #196 appeared first on 36 Point.

Nov 19 2018

Play

Chris Kelly & Aaron Stubbe: The Reflex Blue Show #154

Podcast cover
Read more

We bring back Chris Kelly and Aaron Stubbe to discuss red flags – when looking for a design job, as well as when realizing you need to be looking for a design job.

We also speak about what we find as the new ‘cool projects’. Enjoy.

The Reflex Blue Show

The post Chris Kelly & Aaron Stubbe: The Reflex Blue Show #154 appeared first on 36 Point.

Mar 07 2016

Play

Bill Gardner: The Reflex Blue Show #160

Podcast cover
Read more

Bill Gardner of Gardner Design specializes in logos. Well, that’s an understatement. Bill is the man behind the site with over 240,000 logos – LogoLounge.com, co-authored 14 LogoLounge books, has does yearly Logo Trends Reports since 2003, and records logo courses at Lynda.com.

I met with Bill at HOW Design Live in Atlanta, and we speak about, well, logos. And LogoLounge, the Lynda.com courses, the trends reports, and more. Also, a big shout out to Katie Jo Huckins who designed the Kremer Funeral Home logo while working with me at Eleven19 – it ended up in the 2016 Trends Report. Enjoy.

The Reflex Blue Show

The post Bill Gardner: The Reflex Blue Show #160 appeared first on 36 Point.

Jul 19 2016

Play

Cathy Solarana: The Reflex Blue Show #163

Podcast cover
Read more

Cathy Solarana gave a very well received workshop on Brand Therapy at the 2015 AIGA National Conference in New Orleans. Since then, she’s built on it, and we speak of how Brand Therapy has grown. We also talk about concepting, her own Wheelhouse Collective, and more. Enjoy.

The Reflex Blue Show

The post Cathy Solarana: The Reflex Blue Show #163 appeared first on 36 Point.

Oct 11 2016

Play

Bill Gardner: The Reflex Blue Show #185

Podcast cover
Read more

Bill Gardner was presenting the 2018 Logo Trend Report (not quite online yet, but it will be soon) at the HOW Design Live design conference in Boston. We ended up taking a bit of time to discuss logos, the difference between trendy and trend, amazing orange jackets at conference parties, LogoLounge and their now 15(!) books, and more.

At last year’s LogoLounge party (my short post about the event here) at HOW Design Live, I saw Bill do an amazing magic trick. This year, I wrote about him doing another magic trick in the exhibit hall. So, we spend the first part of this episode talking about magic, and what it was like performing a trick for Muhammed Ali.

I guess I have been an actual member of LogoLounge for almost eight years. I probably should have signed-up earlier, as I really do believe it’s beneficial to me, and more importantly, to the profession of design. When I review student portfolios, I always ask something like, “What type of work do you like doing the best?” and I would say at least half of the students respond with something like, “Logo design.” There is just something about the initial look of a company / cause / event – about distilling meaning and mission into something that still works at a fourth of an inch. Having a website dedicated to nothing but logo designs, presenting them well (and easily searchable), as well as putting the best of the group on the front page, well, I guess it reminds me of what we should be doing, the quality we should be doing it at, and the constant reminder that even in a format that we speak of wanting something ‘timeless’, that change is always needed. Take risks in logos. Make a logo look like it was created a long time ago, and yet also created in the future.

Enjoy.

The Reflex Blue Show

The post Bill Gardner: The Reflex Blue Show #185 appeared first on 36 Point.

May 21 2018

Play

Ashley McFeely & Jim Wolf: The Reflex Blue Show #155

Podcast cover
Read more

We bring in two of the Omaha designer teachers in Ashley McFeely and Jim Wolf. We speak teaching, special topic courses, and Jim’s internship. Enjoy.

The Reflex Blue Show

The post Ashley McFeely & Jim Wolf: The Reflex Blue Show #155 appeared first on 36 Point.

Apr 04 2016

Play

Josh Silverman: The Reflex Blue Show #188

Podcast cover
Read more

Josh Silverman was at the HOW Design Live design conference in Boston to give a presentation about working at the layer of people. So, we talk about The People Layer and why it’s so important. We also discuss things that constantly change (was the last FreeHand release really back in 2003? Did PageMaker really release a new version as recently as 2001?), and things that never really change in design (seriously, how did no mention of clients asking for the logo to be bigger come up?).

At the time of this recording (6 weeks ago? So, like 127 years ago in Twitter time?), Josh was, well, at Twitter, where he keeps his handle of @jhsilverman (might as well mention that mine is @36point I guess) – so let’s talk working at a super well known company like that. And yes, one character Twitter names are both rare, valuable, and have people willing to steal them.

Josh, this is for you – I “think” this is the book I referenced that had a chart showing the titles and number of people on various team sizes. If anyone else can confirm / deny such statements, let us know. I had a copy of this book I loaned away around 2000 or 2001, and it was never returned (I likely would have gotten rid of it long ago regardless, so no issues to the party who took it).

I’m not exactly sure when or where I first met Josh, but I am pretty certain is was at an AIGA event of some sort. Joining the AIGA Nebraska board was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in this profession – and one that has led me to meet so many other great volunteers and board members around the country. We speak a bit about this as well. Even when your AIGA term or volunteer service ends, it seems you never really give up those connections you made, or the desire to want to help again. And going to graphic design events starts to turn into a family reunion of sorts after a while.

Enjoy.

The Reflex Blue Show

The post Josh Silverman: The Reflex Blue Show #188 appeared first on 36 Point.

Jun 26 2018

Play

Dan Rhatigan: The Reflex Blue Show #190

Podcast cover
Read more

Dan Rhatigan (Senior Manager of Adobe‘s type team) was at the HOW Design Live design conference in Boston to talk about what’s next in the type world.

Software does have a lifespan, and with Open Type being over two decades old, well, it makes sense that there may be newer technology being created to deliver all of those wonderful letters and glyphs onto our screens – but I never would have guessed that the emoji was a big reason we needed new file formats (but of course that would be the reason). We speak about all of this, as well as what else is coming, and how browsers and desktops are involved.

We also talk about Typekit, and Adobe constantly working on new fonts, as well as updating old one – hello to Minion 3.

The biggest pro to moving to Adobe’s Creative Cloud (that I found anyway), was having access to Typekit. I use it way more often that I thought I would. Most of the other positive cloud changes I had already assumed to be the case, this is just the one that I didn’t see coming I guess. I do look forward to seeing the things Dan speaks of making there way into regular usage – and in another twenty years, well, who knows what will happen…

This was the last of the six interview podcasts I recorded at HOW Live in Boston, but no worry, The Reflex Blue Show will be back in just a week or two with interviews I plan to record this Thursday at the OnBrand Conference in Omaha, Nebraska.

Enjoy.

The Reflex Blue Show

The post Dan Rhatigan: The Reflex Blue Show #190 appeared first on 36 Point.

Jul 23 2018

Play

Seymour Chwast & Steven Heller: The Reflex Blue Show #156

Podcast cover
Read more

Looking through the archives of Seymour Chwast’s work does not take long to see years of anti-war work. But even with his studio work (The Pushpin Group, Inc., originally founded in 1954 as Push Pin Studios with Milton Glaser and Edward Sorel) and reputation in the design field, sometimes you still get a project so personal that you need to start a Kickstarter campaign to get it off the ground.

So, to document around 5,000 wars over the past 5,000+ years, Seymour Chwast has a Kickstarter campaign to promote the book Seymour Chwast at War with War.

And Steven Heller (who is no stranger to writing books on design), also joins us to speak about war, Kickstarter, being at war with war, and a little bit of branding and how it’s changed over the years.

Enjoy.

The Reflex Blue Show

The post Seymour Chwast & Steven Heller: The Reflex Blue Show #156 appeared first on 36 Point.

May 17 2016

Play

David Sherwin: The Reflex Blue Show #162

Podcast cover
Read more

David Sherwin joins me for the last of the six interviews recorded at HOW Design Live in Atlanta. As one half of the newly formed The Sherwins LLC, we talk about building teams, working with teams, and going out on his own.

Last time David was on the show, he mentioned that he did some research on the podcast before agreeing to be a guest, and was super helpful in his assessment that we didn’t have any good way for visitors to find older podcasts (when you start a podcast, you just have them listed one after another, who knew we’d be around long enough to have anything to actually search for). Anyway, I did realize that David Sherwin was much smarter than myself, this made a lot of sense, and I took it to heart. I then went on to build (and maintain) a complete list of guests (seriously, huge thanks to all of the super talented folks who have recorded with me over the years, the show would not be the same without you), as well as a list of shows per season (yeah, I guess I’ve been recording a while now), and our ‘host’ favorites (if you’re new to the show, these are the ones we liked recording the most). So, thanks David, for being on the show again.

Enjoy.

The Reflex Blue Show

The post David Sherwin: The Reflex Blue Show #162 appeared first on 36 Point.

Aug 31 2016

Play

Grace Dawson & Tosh Hall: The Reflex Blue Show #189

Podcast cover
Read more

Grace Dawson and Tosh Hall of Jones Knowles Ritchie (JKR / JKR Global / some random law firm) were at the HOW Design Live design conference in Boston to give a presentation about how we haven’t changed – the world has. And to eat chowder. A lot of chowder. At minimum, a bowl of chowder a day.

We speak about their presentation, chowder, how to pronounce chowder, giving out cans of Budweiser at last year’s HOW Design live, giving out Dunkin’ Donuts at this year’s HOW, the work of JKR Global, The Dieline, and more.

Somewhere along the way, Tosh mentioned that Budweiser went through a global rebrand in 2014 – and I recall that being around the first time, that as a designer, I looked at a Bud Light can and thought it was maybe, well, nice. Very nice – like, people who are really good at packaging worked on this. For a history of the previous cans, here it is. You’re free to your own opinions, but 2014 did an amazing job of paying homage to the brand, still looking and feeling like Bud Light, and also being something waaaaaaaaaay better. Then for the summer of 2016, Bud heavy was rebranded as America. Once again, the work stood for itself. I had no idea who was behind any of this until I met Tosh Hall at a Dieline party at one of the past HOW events. Thankfully our schedules aligned this year. So, we also talk about America, Bud Heavy, Bud Light, clients bringing more beverages to your office than you can consume, the work of the JKR Foundation, and The Gut Stuff.

Enjoy.

The Reflex Blue Show

The post Grace Dawson & Tosh Hall: The Reflex Blue Show #189 appeared first on 36 Point.

Jul 10 2018

Play

Sean Adams: The Reflex Blue Show #161

Podcast cover
Read more

Sean Adams was the AIGA President, twice. He received the AIGA Medal in 2014 with Noreen Morioka for over 20 years of work with AdamsMorioka.

Now? We catch up with Sean to discuss a bit of the past – as well as his current work in creating the Graphic Design Graduate Program at ArtCenter, his Lynda.com video courses, and his personal site – Burning Settlers Cabin.

Enjoy.

The Reflex Blue Show

The post Sean Adams: The Reflex Blue Show #161 appeared first on 36 Point.

Aug 31 2016

Play

HOW Design Live 2016, Recap 1 of 4: The Reflex Blue Show Conference Special

Podcast cover
Read more

HOW Design Live in Atlanta may have been a week ago, but it’s finally starting to settle in how much actually happened. It always amazes me that it really takes a few days after getting back from an event like this to process and realize what all happened. It probably helps that I record a decent amount while at the event, as it also gives me another chance to re-listen to what all was going on.

The night before the event started, I got together with a small group for barbecue, and did a pre-conference recording. Thanks to Justin Ahrens, Blair BradyVon GlitschkaStefan Mumaw, Matt PorterJamie Saunders, and Jamie Sims for chatting on this episode.

And thanks again to Neenah Paper for having me blog from the conference for them (read my posts here).


The Reflex Blue Show

The post HOW Design Live 2016, Recap 1 of 4: The Reflex Blue Show Conference Special appeared first on 36 Point.

May 30 2016

Play

Emily Cohen: The Reflex Blue Show #186

Podcast cover
Read more

Emily Chohen was at the HOW Design Live design conference in Boston to speak about “The Power of Saying No.” I said yes to a podcast though, and we speak a lot about no. Well, the power of saying no. And when to say no. And how to say no. And how not to say no. Also, when to say no. And probably other things about no.

We also speak about her new book, Brutally Honest. I am looking forward to getting my copy, as every time I speak Emily, I end up quoting one or two things she told me for the next few months… sometimes much longer.

We also talk about how Emily helps her clients (who are basically other creatives). And most creatives, starting with myself, always need help with the non-creative things – maybe how to write a proposal, how to price graphic design work, what work is appropriate for a graphic designer to do, what work should a graphic designer go after, how and when should a graphic designer hire someone, and why you should fire at least one client a year.

Just re-listening to our conversation while editing this podcast helped me to confirm that I made a decent decision earlier today. What is with being in design and second-guessing everything? Not all clients are perfect fits, and not getting a project is not the worst outcome – in fact, it’s probably more common than actually getting a project – and chasing anything that doesn’t make sense, well, just doesn’t make much sense at all.

Enjoy.

The Reflex Blue Show

The post Emily Cohen: The Reflex Blue Show #186 appeared first on 36 Point.

May 30 2018

Play

Cody Fenske & Steve Gordon: The Reflex Blue Show #166

Podcast cover
Read more

Cody Fenske (who did the Season 10 graphics for The Reflex Blue Show) and Steve Gordon (who is no strange to The Reflex Blue Show) stop by to chat about finding a job, the importance of friends, and more. Enjoy.

The Reflex Blue Show

The post Cody Fenske & Steve Gordon: The Reflex Blue Show #166 appeared first on 36 Point.

Jan 31 2017

Play

John Henry Müller: The Reflex Blue Show #191

Podcast cover
Read more

John Henry Müller (Design Director at Hudl) returns to the show after last having his work go to the dogs over five years ago.

We meet up in the hallway (I love recording at conferences (the energy, the people, the fun), but the drawback is less than ideal background noises also coming through on the recording from said activities (or, maybe that just adds to it? Yeah, let’s just go with that.)) at the OnBrand Conference in Omaha. What a great event – a collaboration of the local AAF, AIGA, AMA, and PRSA chapters to create what can only be described as a pretty amazing success – really looking forward to where this conference goes from here.

John Henry and I discuss a bit of the OnBrand conference (he was on a creative panel that afternoon), and his work at Hudl (and what it’s like working with a 30-person in-house product design team).

We also discuss the 10th (and final, about to be rebranded) Big Omaha, as well as the 10th MAHA Music Festival (both events occurred over this past weekend). We then rehash a bit of his past life running Pack and, before that, What Cheer, and some of the work What Cheer did around Big Omaha (like the Selective Perspective Detective Objective, HOT or COLD, and the coloring contest).

Finally, what’s next? How do you stay current? and what is even staying current in the web? We’ll be back in a week or two with the 2nd (of 3) shows recorded at OnBrand.

Enjoy.

The Reflex Blue Show

The post John Henry Müller: The Reflex Blue Show #191 appeared first on 36 Point.

Aug 21 2018

Play

Nicole Frantz: The Reflex Blue Show #192

Podcast cover
Read more

Nicole Frantz (Senior Vice President, Creative Services at Capital Music Group) joins The Reflex Blue Show to talk about working in the music business.

We talk about working in a super-creative (in this case, music) field, working with Annie Lennox, and how to stay current while dealing with the magic of music.

Once again, recorded in the hallway (and obviously between sessions at the event, as you can hear the many people walking by us) at the OnBrand Conference in Omaha – a collaboration of the local AAF, AIGA, AMA, and PRSA chapters. Nicole was the closing keynote speaker, talking about “What freaks you out?” In this case – public speaking – and what you can do about your own fears.

Enjoy.

The Reflex Blue Show

The post Nicole Frantz: The Reflex Blue Show #192 appeared first on 36 Point.

Aug 27 2018

Play

Jen Landis: The Reflex Blue Show #204

Podcast cover
Read more

Jen Landis (VP and Executive Creative Director at KidGlov; and Founder of Pincurl Girls) met with me after her breakout session at the OnBrand Conference in Omaha – a collaboration of the local AAF, AIGA, AMA, IABC, and PRSA chapters.

We speak about KidGlov, Pincurl Girls, what pincurls are, positive messages (sign up here), ways to do good, networking, and more. And we discussed all of this while wearing some super stylish cat ears

Enjoy.

The post Jen Landis: The Reflex Blue Show #204 appeared first on 36 Point.

Sep 03 2019

Play

Stefan Mumaw: The Reflex Blue Show #203

Podcast cover
Read more

Stefan Mumaw is always good with a story. He’s also an amazing presenter – so it’s no shock that he was brought in to do the luncheon keynote at the OnBrand Conference in Omaha – a collaboration of the local AAF, AIGA, AMA, IABC, and PRSA chapters.

After his talk, we sat down (right inside the main doors, in what is usually reserved for the coat check area, but when it’s crazy hot out, that room is not needed…) to discuss, well, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema next door, watching movies, the Halo 3 ad campaign from over a decade ago, his Chasing the Monster Idea book, how to sell a monster idea, creating curiosity and more.

And then we got interrupted by an actual fire in the parking lot…

Enjoy.

The post Stefan Mumaw: The Reflex Blue Show #203 appeared first on 36 Point.

Aug 13 2019

Play

Daryl Anderson: The Reflex Blue Show #202

Podcast cover
Read more

Daryl Anderson, Creative Director at Clark Creative Group, sits down to talk about working with local clients, Visit Omaha, and his own path into the design field. We end the show on some student advice.

This is the first (of three) podcasts I recorded at the OnBrand Conference in Omaha – a collaboration of the local AAF, AIGA, AMA, IABC, and PRSA chapters. The event was held on July 18th, and even though it’s only in its second year, it already has the feel and direction of an event that’s been held for a decade. Big props to all five organizations, their volunteers, and the sponsors, for making this event an already established tradition for the Omaha design / advertising / marketing / pr / business communication fields.

Enjoy.

The post Daryl Anderson: The Reflex Blue Show #202 appeared first on 36 Point.

Jul 31 2019

Play

Greg Paprocki: The Reflex Blue Show #201

Podcast cover
Read more

Illustrator Greg Paprocki joins The Reflex Blue Show to discuss how he got into illustration, working on Curious George, his ABC books (starting with V is for Vittles), and so many more books. We also talk about a an article Greg wrote for HOW Magazine about adapting your style.

We end with Greg’s advice for students looking to get into illustration as a career.

Thanks again to Paul Meyer for co-hosting. Enjoy.

The post Greg Paprocki: The Reflex Blue Show #201 appeared first on 36 Point.

May 06 2019

Play

Mary Allen: The Reflex Blue Show #200

Podcast cover
Read more

Mary Allen returns to The Reflex Blue Show to talk about mental health awareness, and her greeting cards for those who want a way to explain their mental health issue. We also speak about living walls, environmental design, and more.

Big thanks to Mary Allen for being the guest on show #200 – crazy to think we’re still going strong. I have to give big props to Nate Voss and Tom Nemitz for starting up the Be A Design Cast (BADCast) podcast with me back in November of 2005. I also want to thank all of our great guests over the years (and there have been a lot of them), and our listeners (those who’ve been with us for a while, as well as those who may just be joining now. Feel free to give us a good review by the way if you’re still listening ;)

This may be show #200, but with our conference (and other) specials, it’s more like #268. For those counting the 53 BADCast shows, and the 9 specials we did there, I guess it may be closer to #329…

When we started interviewing guests just a few months in on the BADCast, we thought it’d be fun to ask like 5 stupid / crazy / weird questions to the guest, and Tom Nemitz named it “The Reflex Blue Round”. I liked it because it was a quick question / answer thing, as well as Reflex Blue being the color of my alma mater (I am not sure if it still is, they have re-branded a few times since). Anyway, The Reflex Blue Show got it’s name from there for anyone who wondered… here’s to another 200 (329?)!

Enjoy.

The post Mary Allen: The Reflex Blue Show #200 appeared first on 36 Point.

Apr 14 2019

Play

Andrea Trew: The Reflex Blue Show #199

Podcast cover
Read more

Andrea Trew stops by The Reflex Blue Show to talk about her new company, Trew Creative. Andrea spent the past three years as the sole designer at Flywheel (36 Point has been hosted at Flywheel since 2017), and before that worked at a few ad agencies in Omaha.

Paul Meyer co-hosts, as we talk about Andrea’s speaking tour on “Building a Startup into a Brand” and “Behind the Scenes”, as well as her motion-capture workshops with Kimberly Bailey.

We also cover pugs, and meeting partly through volunteering with Pug Partners of Nebraska.

Enjoy.

The post Andrea Trew: The Reflex Blue Show #199 appeared first on 36 Point.

Mar 25 2019

Play

Emily Cohen: The Reflex Blue Show #198

Podcast cover
Read more

Emily Cohen returns to the show to discuss her book Brutally Honest (she was last on the show a year ago, before the book shipped, and after an amazing Kickstarter promotion). The book has really taken off, and is now heading into a second-printing – I highly recommend it after reading my copy last month. It really is Emily in book format like she mentions in this episode.

Emily is also on a “Moving Beyond Referrals” speaking tour, and it was great to catch her talk (hosted by the great AIGA Nebraska chapter) at Blatt Beer & Table in Omaha, Nebraska.

We speak about the dirty word that is “specialization”, how and why to specialize, why to limit referrals, and how KISS is playing just across the street from where we recorded next week. Wait, that’s from when we recorded last week. KISS plays in like 3 hours! See you at the show!

Enjoy.

The post Emily Cohen: The Reflex Blue Show #198 appeared first on 36 Point.

Mar 07 2019

Play

Dani Donovan: The Reflex Blue Show #197

Podcast cover
Read more

Omaha-based designer Dani Donovan stopped by the Eleven19 office to discuss a design project that went huge – and fast.

In mid-December (of 2018), just two short months before we recorded this podcast, she posted a flowchart/comic showing ADHD storytelling. It started to get shared. It started to get re-posted. It got well over 25 million views, and is still circulating, being edited by others, and shared anew. I saw her post about it on Twitter the day after, mentioning that it went viral much quicker than you can plan, and within hours, I saw it show up in my social media feed from two other people, not even knowing who created it.

We speak of what happens when something you create goes viral, building off of it (Dani has been creating many more wonderful comics on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and can be supported on Patreon), and keeping it all going while you still have a full-time job, as well as freelance work.

I love seeing a designer’s side-project take off, and look forward to seeing Dani Donovan’s success on this.

This officially marks the beginning of Season 12 of The Reflex Blue Show, and thanks goes out to Paul Meyer for creating the new logo and images on this post – we will be using for the rest of the season (and likely through season thirteen). Thanks again for listening. We will be back in a week or two with anther episode. Until then…

Enjoy.

The post Dani Donovan: The Reflex Blue Show #197 appeared first on 36 Point.

Feb 25 2019

Play

Grain & Mortar: The Reflex Blue Show #196

Podcast cover
Read more

Grain & Mortar has been an award-winning branding and web development studio in Omaha, Nebraska since 2011, but 2018 brought them into the business of selling pants as well. Kristin DeKay, Eric Downs, and Jesse Harding stop by The Reflex Blue Show to discuss a little bit of the Grain & Mortar backstory, and then jumping to right around a year ago in buying a 135 year old building.

The new office location, as well as a legit storefront, got them to start one of their other goals – a retail shop selling men’s goods at 1414 South 13th Street. We talk about some of the things involved in opening and running Vincent Outfitting Company, the safari swords that come through the door, and more.

By the way, the Vincent Outfitters Company store really does look great. Getting a tour of the entire building a month before we recorded really showed the amount of effort and care the folks at Grain & Mortar put into their new space. Be sure to visit them this holiday season if you are in the area.

As for The Reflex Blue Show, as we record around half of our episodes at Eleven19, it’s fun to actually record season 11, episode 19 (and fittingly release this episode on November 19). Between this podcast and the Be A Design Cast that proceeded it, this month marks my 13th year of podcasting, which sounds a bit crazy to even type out. I really do appreciate the people I’ve been able to meet either in-person or online because of it, and give huge thanks to all of our great listeners who make it worthwhile.

We’ll be back in 2019 with season twelve, but until then…

Enjoy.

The Reflex Blue Show

The post Grain & Mortar: The Reflex Blue Show #196 appeared first on 36 Point.

Nov 19 2018

Play

John Sayles: The Reflex Blue Show #195

Podcast cover
Read more

John Sayles (of J. Sayles Design in Des Moines, Iowa) stopped by the Eleven19 studio to talk about being in the design industry for over three decades.

But first things first – pork chops and vodka! For those who have never been, the Iowa State Fair is huge – HUUUUGE – and one of the top attractions is the Pork Tent J. Sayles Design worked on. That, and Jalapeno Pete’s just down the fair grounds (which is also a Sayles design). So, how big is the fair? Pete’s will go through 130 kegs in one night, and 5-6,000 pork chops are served up per day. Like I said, it is HUGE. Speaking of which, I missed it again this year, and really should not have. Next year. Let’s go with that. I need to visit the butter cow before 2019 ends (I remember seeing the Butter Superman, as well as Butter Harry Potter, so 2006 and 2007 must have been the years I attended, oh 2019 Fair, you cannot come soon enough).

Now, for the vodka, and it is SWELL. After years of doing design work for others in the beverage industry (which he still does for places like Peace Tree Brewing), John decided to take the advice he gives out to clients, and put it into his own vodka company – and thus, SWELL Vodka was born. We talk about the first three years of running a second business, and what is involved, and regulations, so many regulations.

We also talk about how design can lead to changes in housing for the homeless, doing work for hundreds of clients over the years (including a 5-times platinum Lynyrd Skynyrd album), some student advice, and more.

Enjoy.

The Reflex Blue Show

The post John Sayles: The Reflex Blue Show #195 appeared first on 36 Point.

Oct 10 2018

Play

Steve Gordon & Paul Meyer: The Reflex Blue Show #194

Podcast cover
Read more

Steve Gordon and Paul Meyer stop by The Reflex Blue Show to talk about the current things going on in the design world.

We recorded this a day or two after Apple’s announcements of a new phone line – and a big advancement in their watch technology. I know I’ll eventually end up with a new iPhone at sometime…but who knows when that’ll be, as I’m pretty set on just riding my phone out until it decides it’s time. I do look forward to Steve sending me hourly memos from his watch – just to let me know he got the new one though…

We also cover trends (note: you NEED a ‪#‎HVYCRWN‬ fanny pack – make this happen).

And a large chunk of time is of us trying to remember if the Apple IIE had an optional color monitor. I WAS RIGHT! Steve check this – someone playing Oregon Trail on a color monitor. And the IIE was nothing, if not a way to play Oregon Trail. I can feel the dysentery coming on now, and it’s not good.

Enjoy.

The Reflex Blue Show

The post Steve Gordon & Paul Meyer: The Reflex Blue Show #194 appeared first on 36 Point.

Sep 28 2018

Play

Elizabeth Edwards: The Reflex Blue Show #193

Podcast cover
Read more

Elizabeth Edwards (Volume PR and 11th Octave) joins The Reflex Blue Show to talk PR and psychology.

Once again, recorded in the hallway (and still very obviously between sessions at the event) at the OnBrand Conference in Omaha – a collaboration of the local AAF, AIGA, AMA, and PRSA chapters.

Elizabeth was the luncheon keynote speaker, and gave a great presentation about the intersections between human behavior, science, and communication. How can we use behavioral science and psychology to make communication more effective? And also, how can we test the results of these things? Elizabeth is working to make public relations and psychology work together as a form of communication science.

This is the last of the podcasts recorded at OnBrand 2018. What a great event – and I look forward to seeing how it evolves in the years to come. In the world of design, we don’t all do public relations, marketing, and advertising as well, but there is an overlap. And at one point or another, we seem to all work on something that involves parts of the other, or with someone who specializes in one of these fields. It was a lot of fun spending the day in Omaha at an event focusing on all of these professions, and how they work together in branding. Thanks again to the four organizations that put this event on.

Enjoy.

The Reflex Blue Show

The post Elizabeth Edwards: The Reflex Blue Show #193 appeared first on 36 Point.

Sep 17 2018

Play

Nicole Frantz: The Reflex Blue Show #192

Podcast cover
Read more

Nicole Frantz (Senior Vice President, Creative Services at Capital Music Group) joins The Reflex Blue Show to talk about working in the music business.

We talk about working in a super-creative (in this case, music) field, working with Annie Lennox, and how to stay current while dealing with the magic of music.

Once again, recorded in the hallway (and obviously between sessions at the event, as you can hear the many people walking by us) at the OnBrand Conference in Omaha – a collaboration of the local AAF, AIGA, AMA, and PRSA chapters. Nicole was the closing keynote speaker, talking about “What freaks you out?” In this case – public speaking – and what you can do about your own fears.

Enjoy.

The Reflex Blue Show

The post Nicole Frantz: The Reflex Blue Show #192 appeared first on 36 Point.

Aug 27 2018

Play

John Henry Müller: The Reflex Blue Show #191

Podcast cover
Read more

John Henry Müller (Design Director at Hudl) returns to the show after last having his work go to the dogs over five years ago.

We meet up in the hallway (I love recording at conferences (the energy, the people, the fun), but the drawback is less than ideal background noises also coming through on the recording from said activities (or, maybe that just adds to it? Yeah, let’s just go with that.)) at the OnBrand Conference in Omaha. What a great event – a collaboration of the local AAF, AIGA, AMA, and PRSA chapters to create what can only be described as a pretty amazing success – really looking forward to where this conference goes from here.

John Henry and I discuss a bit of the OnBrand conference (he was on a creative panel that afternoon), and his work at Hudl (and what it’s like working with a 30-person in-house product design team).

We also discuss the 10th (and final, about to be rebranded) Big Omaha, as well as the 10th MAHA Music Festival (both events occurred over this past weekend). We then rehash a bit of his past life running Pack and, before that, What Cheer, and some of the work What Cheer did around Big Omaha (like the Selective Perspective Detective Objective, HOT or COLD, and the coloring contest).

Finally, what’s next? How do you stay current? and what is even staying current in the web? We’ll be back in a week or two with the 2nd (of 3) shows recorded at OnBrand.

Enjoy.

The Reflex Blue Show

The post John Henry Müller: The Reflex Blue Show #191 appeared first on 36 Point.

Aug 21 2018

Play

Dan Rhatigan: The Reflex Blue Show #190

Podcast cover
Read more

Dan Rhatigan (Senior Manager of Adobe‘s type team) was at the HOW Design Live design conference in Boston to talk about what’s next in the type world.

Software does have a lifespan, and with Open Type being over two decades old, well, it makes sense that there may be newer technology being created to deliver all of those wonderful letters and glyphs onto our screens – but I never would have guessed that the emoji was a big reason we needed new file formats (but of course that would be the reason). We speak about all of this, as well as what else is coming, and how browsers and desktops are involved.

We also talk about Typekit, and Adobe constantly working on new fonts, as well as updating old one – hello to Minion 3.

The biggest pro to moving to Adobe’s Creative Cloud (that I found anyway), was having access to Typekit. I use it way more often that I thought I would. Most of the other positive cloud changes I had already assumed to be the case, this is just the one that I didn’t see coming I guess. I do look forward to seeing the things Dan speaks of making there way into regular usage – and in another twenty years, well, who knows what will happen…

This was the last of the six interview podcasts I recorded at HOW Live in Boston, but no worry, The Reflex Blue Show will be back in just a week or two with interviews I plan to record this Thursday at the OnBrand Conference in Omaha, Nebraska.

Enjoy.

The Reflex Blue Show

The post Dan Rhatigan: The Reflex Blue Show #190 appeared first on 36 Point.

Jul 23 2018

Play

Grace Dawson & Tosh Hall: The Reflex Blue Show #189

Podcast cover
Read more

Grace Dawson and Tosh Hall of Jones Knowles Ritchie (JKR / JKR Global / some random law firm) were at the HOW Design Live design conference in Boston to give a presentation about how we haven’t changed – the world has. And to eat chowder. A lot of chowder. At minimum, a bowl of chowder a day.

We speak about their presentation, chowder, how to pronounce chowder, giving out cans of Budweiser at last year’s HOW Design live, giving out Dunkin’ Donuts at this year’s HOW, the work of JKR Global, The Dieline, and more.

Somewhere along the way, Tosh mentioned that Budweiser went through a global rebrand in 2014 – and I recall that being around the first time, that as a designer, I looked at a Bud Light can and thought it was maybe, well, nice. Very nice – like, people who are really good at packaging worked on this. For a history of the previous cans, here it is. You’re free to your own opinions, but 2014 did an amazing job of paying homage to the brand, still looking and feeling like Bud Light, and also being something waaaaaaaaaay better. Then for the summer of 2016, Bud heavy was rebranded as America. Once again, the work stood for itself. I had no idea who was behind any of this until I met Tosh Hall at a Dieline party at one of the past HOW events. Thankfully our schedules aligned this year. So, we also talk about America, Bud Heavy, Bud Light, clients bringing more beverages to your office than you can consume, the work of the JKR Foundation, and The Gut Stuff.

Enjoy.

The Reflex Blue Show

The post Grace Dawson & Tosh Hall: The Reflex Blue Show #189 appeared first on 36 Point.

Jul 10 2018

Play

Josh Silverman: The Reflex Blue Show #188

Podcast cover
Read more

Josh Silverman was at the HOW Design Live design conference in Boston to give a presentation about working at the layer of people. So, we talk about The People Layer and why it’s so important. We also discuss things that constantly change (was the last FreeHand release really back in 2003? Did PageMaker really release a new version as recently as 2001?), and things that never really change in design (seriously, how did no mention of clients asking for the logo to be bigger come up?).

At the time of this recording (6 weeks ago? So, like 127 years ago in Twitter time?), Josh was, well, at Twitter, where he keeps his handle of @jhsilverman (might as well mention that mine is @36point I guess) – so let’s talk working at a super well known company like that. And yes, one character Twitter names are both rare, valuable, and have people willing to steal them.

Josh, this is for you – I “think” this is the book I referenced that had a chart showing the titles and number of people on various team sizes. If anyone else can confirm / deny such statements, let us know. I had a copy of this book I loaned away around 2000 or 2001, and it was never returned (I likely would have gotten rid of it long ago regardless, so no issues to the party who took it).

I’m not exactly sure when or where I first met Josh, but I am pretty certain is was at an AIGA event of some sort. Joining the AIGA Nebraska board was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in this profession – and one that has led me to meet so many other great volunteers and board members around the country. We speak a bit about this as well. Even when your AIGA term or volunteer service ends, it seems you never really give up those connections you made, or the desire to want to help again. And going to graphic design events starts to turn into a family reunion of sorts after a while.

Enjoy.

The Reflex Blue Show

The post Josh Silverman: The Reflex Blue Show #188 appeared first on 36 Point.

Jun 26 2018

Play

Allan Espiritu & Kevin Kernan: The Reflex Blue Show #187

Podcast cover
Read more

Allan Espiritu and Kevin Kernan of GDLOFT were at the HOW Design Live design conference in Boston to celebrate winning the Print Magazine Regional Design Award, Grand Prize with their poster designs for AIGA Philadelphia’s 35th Anniversary. They were also signing slightly modified versions of these posters at the Neenah Paper booth while there.

And I have to say, these posters are sweet. I have a, well, crazy amount of stuff in the office, so it’s not like one item can stand out that much, right? Or maybe so, as I hung up one of the three posters, and the first two people to visit the office afterwards (and not at the same time), immediately mentioned how cool this one poster was.

Anyway, we talk about the posters, about pop music lyrics, David Bowie, the colors for a 35th anniversary, GDLOFT, teaching, and wait – Allan not only works full-time at GDLOFT, but also seems to teach design full-time at Rutgers. We also talk a bit about fine-art, and advice for students.

Graphic design is such a wide and varied profession, that I always enjoy talking to people that see what they can do with design, and then make their own path rather than just follow what they believe to be the norm. And GDLOFT certainly makes their own roads in design. There may be a difference between fine art, design, and teaching, but there is also an overlap, and sometimes the best ideas come from those little areas that we find in-between.

Enjoy.

The Reflex Blue Show

The post Allan Espiritu & Kevin Kernan: The Reflex Blue Show #187 appeared first on 36 Point.

Jun 11 2018

Play

Emily Cohen: The Reflex Blue Show #186

Podcast cover
Read more

Emily Chohen was at the HOW Design Live design conference in Boston to speak about “The Power of Saying No.” I said yes to a podcast though, and we speak a lot about no. Well, the power of saying no. And when to say no. And how to say no. And how not to say no. Also, when to say no. And probably other things about no.

We also speak about her new book, Brutally Honest. I am looking forward to getting my copy, as every time I speak Emily, I end up quoting one or two things she told me for the next few months… sometimes much longer.

We also talk about how Emily helps her clients (who are basically other creatives). And most creatives, starting with myself, always need help with the non-creative things – maybe how to write a proposal, how to price graphic design work, what work is appropriate for a graphic designer to do, what work should a graphic designer go after, how and when should a graphic designer hire someone, and why you should fire at least one client a year.

Just re-listening to our conversation while editing this podcast helped me to confirm that I made a decent decision earlier today. What is with being in design and second-guessing everything? Not all clients are perfect fits, and not getting a project is not the worst outcome – in fact, it’s probably more common than actually getting a project – and chasing anything that doesn’t make sense, well, just doesn’t make much sense at all.

Enjoy.

The Reflex Blue Show

The post Emily Cohen: The Reflex Blue Show #186 appeared first on 36 Point.

May 30 2018

Play

Bill Gardner: The Reflex Blue Show #185

Podcast cover
Read more

Bill Gardner was presenting the 2018 Logo Trend Report (not quite online yet, but it will be soon) at the HOW Design Live design conference in Boston. We ended up taking a bit of time to discuss logos, the difference between trendy and trend, amazing orange jackets at conference parties, LogoLounge and their now 15(!) books, and more.

At last year’s LogoLounge party (my short post about the event here) at HOW Design Live, I saw Bill do an amazing magic trick. This year, I wrote about him doing another magic trick in the exhibit hall. So, we spend the first part of this episode talking about magic, and what it was like performing a trick for Muhammed Ali.

I guess I have been an actual member of LogoLounge for almost eight years. I probably should have signed-up earlier, as I really do believe it’s beneficial to me, and more importantly, to the profession of design. When I review student portfolios, I always ask something like, “What type of work do you like doing the best?” and I would say at least half of the students respond with something like, “Logo design.” There is just something about the initial look of a company / cause / event – about distilling meaning and mission into something that still works at a fourth of an inch. Having a website dedicated to nothing but logo designs, presenting them well (and easily searchable), as well as putting the best of the group on the front page, well, I guess it reminds me of what we should be doing, the quality we should be doing it at, and the constant reminder that even in a format that we speak of wanting something ‘timeless’, that change is always needed. Take risks in logos. Make a logo look like it was created a long time ago, and yet also created in the future.

Enjoy.

The Reflex Blue Show

The post Bill Gardner: The Reflex Blue Show #185 appeared first on 36 Point.

May 21 2018

Play