Rank #1: Round and Round: The Reflex Blue Show #164
We speak co-working while working for yourself, how many rounds form a round and round, collaborating, and more. Enjoy.
Oct 31 2016
Rank #2: Stefan G. Bucher: The Reflex Blue Show #184
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.
Apr 16 2018
Rank #3: Amy Schwartz: The Reflex Blue Show #167
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.
Feb 27 2017
Rank #4: 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.
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Mar 07 2016
Rank #5: Dan Rhatigan: The Reflex Blue Show #190
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.
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.
Jul 23 2018
Rank #6: Bill Gardner: The Reflex Blue Show #160
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.
Jul 19 2016
Rank #7: Cathy Solarana: The Reflex Blue Show #163
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.
Oct 11 2016
Rank #8: 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.
May 21 2018
Rank #9: Luke Bolin & Coban Rudish & Dillon Wheelock: The Reflex Blue Show #180
Luke Bolin, Coban Rudish, and Dillion Wheelock of Edison Creative have been doing animation for a while – but nothing like The Axiom Chronicles. After years of telling stories for others (which they are still doing), they decided to also take on a massive story of their own – going from a production house to making their own animated show.
We talk about The Axiom Chronicles, its associated KickStarter, what they have learned, passion projects, and more.
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Feb 04 2018
Rank #10: Ashley McFeely & Jim Wolf: The Reflex Blue Show #155
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Apr 04 2016
Rank #11: 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.
Jun 26 2018
Rank #12: 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.
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May 30 2016
Rank #13: David Sherwin: The Reflex Blue Show #162
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.
Aug 31 2016
Rank #14: Grace Dawson & Tosh Hall: The Reflex Blue Show #189
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.
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Jul 10 2018
Rank #15: 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.
May 30 2018
Rank #16: Sean Adams: The Reflex Blue Show #161
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.
Aug 31 2016
Rank #17: John Henry Müller: The Reflex Blue Show #191
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.
Aug 21 2018
Rank #18: Nicole Frantz: The Reflex Blue Show #192
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.
Aug 27 2018
Rank #19: Cody Fenske & Steve Gordon: The Reflex Blue Show #166
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.
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Jan 31 2017
Rank #20: 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…
Feb 25 2019