Ashleigh Axios: The Reflex Blue Show #208
Ashleigh Axios – of &Partners, incoming President of AIGA, and former Creative Director of the Obama White House – stopped by my office the first week of March, 2020 to record an episode of The Reflex Blue Show. We spoke about AIGA, what it’s like working as a Creative Director at the White House for over four years, and a bit about how she found her path into the world of design. AIGA Nebraska President John Gawley ends the show by asking a question from a listener. The Design Gigs for Good job board gets mentioned, and well, I actually spent the minute needed to find the link! Anyway, the weeks after this was recorded sure took a turn, eh? I have been recorded all shows in person for a while now (and have never really recorded more than a couple a year remote before that), so I’m not sure when the podcast will return … either when things start to go back to a new normal, or I decide, hey, maybe I’d rather record remotely than to not record at all … only time will tell which comes first. You are always free to visit any of our past episodes until then – we even list them by guest name, by our favorite of each year, and by season (dropdown menu under “podcast”). Thanks for listening. Enjoy. The post Ashleigh Axios: The Reflex Blue Show #208 appeared first on 36 Point.
28 Mar 2020
Grain & Mortar: The Reflex Blue Show #196
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.
19 Nov 2018
Bill Gardner: The Reflex Blue Show #185
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.
21 May 2018
Chris Kelly & Aaron Stubbe: The Reflex Blue Show #154
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.
7 Mar 2016
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Emily Cohen: The Reflex Blue Show #186
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.
30 May 2018
Dan Rhatigan: The Reflex Blue Show #190
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.
23 Jul 2018
Stefan G. Bucher: The Reflex Blue Show #184
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.
16 Apr 2018
Greg Paprocki: The Reflex Blue Show #201
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.
6 May 2019
Ashley McFeely & Jim Wolf: The Reflex Blue Show #155
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.
4 Apr 2016
Daryl Anderson: The Reflex Blue Show #202
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.
31 Jul 2019
HOW Design Live 2016, Recap 1 of 4: The Reflex Blue Show Conference Special
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 Brady, Von Glitschka, Stefan Mumaw, Matt Porter, Jamie 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.
30 May 2016
HOW Design Live 2016, Recap 3 of 4: The Reflex Blue Show Conference Special
Aaron Draplin, Von Glitschka, Damien Golden, Karen Larson, Debbie Millman, Crystal Reynolds, and Jamie Saunders recap day three of HOW Design Live in Atlanta with me. And the coloring book I discuss briefly with Karen? A page illustrated by Darcy Hinrichs (shown above), includes me as a spaceman! I didn’t realize being in a conference bag coloring book was on my bucket list until I saw it. So cool. The Reflex Blue Show The post HOW Design Live 2016, Recap 3 of 4: The Reflex Blue Show Conference Special appeared first on 36 Point.
1 Jun 2016
Dani Donovan: The Reflex Blue Show #197
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.
25 Feb 2019
Steve Gordon & Paul Meyer: The Reflex Blue Show #194
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.
28 Sep 2018
Stefan Mumaw: The Reflex Blue Show #203
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.
13 Aug 2019
Terri Trespicio: The Reflex Blue Show #158
Terri Trespicio has appeared many times on Martha Stewart’s Show, gave an amazing TEDxKC talk on why you should stop searching for your passion, and was speaking at HOW Design Live in Atlanta – obviously it was only a matter of time before she became a guest on The Reflex Blue Show. We speak about building your personal brand, how to communicate your brand, and more. Enjoy. Photo above is Terri on the TEDxKC stage. The Reflex Blue Show The post Terri Trespicio: The Reflex Blue Show #158 appeared first on 36 Point.
21 Jun 2016
Emily Cohen: The Reflex Blue Show #198
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.
7 Mar 2019
Mary Allen: The Reflex Blue Show #200
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.
14 Apr 2019
Josh Silverman: The Reflex Blue Show #188
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.
26 Jun 2018
John Henry Müller: The Reflex Blue Show #191
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.
21 Aug 2018