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Dissection

A podcast about the unique creative process of designers. Each episode, we'll speak with a world renown graphic designer, and dissect one singular project of theirs. We'll hear about how the project started, learn about the artists creative process, and hear fascinating behind-the-scenes stories of struggles and how the project came together. Dissection is produced and presented by JK Design, a design studio in NYC.

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Episode 45 - Michael Bierut and Playwrights Horizons

Michael Bierut worked for ten years at Vignelli Associates, ultimately as vice president of graphic design. He then joined Pentagram in 1990 as a partner in the firm’s New York office. Bierut’s projects at Pentagram have included identity and branding for Verizon, MIT Media Lab, and the New York Jets; environmental graphics and signage for The New York Times, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Robin Hood Foundation, and the Walt Disney Company, and so many more projects in every discipline of design. He has won hundreds of design awards, work is represented in the permanent collections of the MoMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and in 1989, Bierut was elected to the Alliance Graphique Internationale. If that all wasn’t enough, Bierut is a Senior Critic in Graphic Design at the Yale School of Art. In this episode, we speak with Michael about the branding and identity work he did for Playwrights Horizons, an independent theater in New York City.

55mins

14 Jun 2017

Rank #1

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Episode 42 - Martin Venezky

Martin Venezky is a graphic designer and educator based in San Francisco, California. Martin’s work blurs the boundaries between fine art, photography, collage, and commercial design. His studio Appetite Engineers ( http://www.appetiteengineers.com/ ) has created work for Adobe, Facebook, The New York Times, and Wired, as well as filmmaker Wes Anderson. A monograph of his work, It Is Beautiful...Then Gone, was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2007. In 2015 Venezky was inducted into the esteemed Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI). In this episode we discuss Martin's installation "Drops from a Faucet into a Pool" that he did at the Adobe HQ in San Francisco.This episode is sponsored by The Typographics Festival. To learn more, and purchase tickets, visit them at http://2017.typographics.com/ and enter promo code DISSECTION_50 when you checkout to save $50 off of your admission.

23mins

4 May 2017

Rank #2

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Episode 63 - Studio Moross

Studio Moross is a multi-tasking studio that creates, art directs, designs, and films some of the biggest brands on the planet. Working with the most cutting-edge designers, the Studio Moross approach is unparalleled: creating instantly recognizable and totally unforgettable art direction, print, packaging, moving image and branding to make the world look fresher, better and more alive. As yet they’ve created iconic work for the likes of MTV, Disclosure, Sam Smith, Ray-Ban, Dreamland, Vice, Young Turks and One Direction among many, many others. In this episode, we speak with Kate Moross and illustrator/designer Guy about the Park Life 2017 campaign.

32mins

25 Jun 2018

Rank #3

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Episode 62 - Roundtable: IHOP, Ogilvy and Employer Branding

In this week's roundtable discussion, Jason and Chris discuss the IHOP / IHOB branding campaign; Ogilvy's brand refresh, and changes in the B2B marketing industry, with a focus on employer branding.

22mins

12 Jun 2018

Rank #4

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Episode 34 - Mary Kate McDevitt on Movie Posters for Scotia Bank

Mary Kate McDevitt is a letterer and illustrator living and working in Philadelphia, PA. Mary Kate graduated from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia with a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration in 2007. In this episode we talk with Mary Kate about a series of posters she created featuring life lessons from various genres of movies.

22mins

22 Feb 2017

Rank #5

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Episode 50 - Invisible Creature and the Cinerama Mural

Invisible Creature was born from the minds and hands of Don and Ryan Clark with a desire to focus on print design, illustration and their own products including posters, books and toys. They've received 4 Grammy nominations for music packaging and have worked with clients such as Target, NASA, LEGO, Nike, Wired Magazine, The New York Times, and so many more. In this episode we speak with Don Clark about the mural the he illustrated for Cinerama in Seattle, WA.

40mins

22 Aug 2017

Rank #6

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Episode 59 - Lance Wyman

Lance Wyman is a graphic designer specializing in systems for cities, events, institutions and transit systems. Over the past 5 decades he has helped to define the field of environmental graphics. He teaches corporate and wayfinding design at Parsons where he has been a visiting lecturer since 1973. In this episode, we speak with Lance about the branding, typography, and industrial design he has done for the City of Mexico, which started with the Summer Olympics in 1968.This episode is sponsored by The Typographics Festival. To learn more, and purchase tickets, visit them at http://2018.typographics.com. To receive a $50 discount for individual tickets for professionals, students and educators, use the coupon code DISSECTION_50 at checkout.

39mins

2 Apr 2018

Rank #7

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Episode 39 - Sasha Tochilovsky and Cara Di Edwardo on the Typographics Festival

Sasha Tochilovsky and Cara Di Edwardo are the founders of the Typographics Festival, which is gearing up for it's third year as a festival celebrating and exploring every facet of typography. In this episode we speak with them about how the conference got started, and how to organize a two week festival in New York City with zero prior experience.

43mins

11 Apr 2017

Rank #8

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Episode 52 - Nicholas Felton and Photoviz

Nicholas Felton is a designer, entrepreneur and artist whose work focuses on translating quotidian data into meaningful objects and experiences. He is the author of numerous personal annual reports that condense the events of a year into a tapestry of maps, graphs and statistics. He has been profiled by The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times and his work is a part of the permanent collection at MoMA. In this episode, we speak with Nicholas about Photoviz, and book he helped to create about visualizing information through photography.

26mins

4 Oct 2017

Rank #9

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Episode 41 - Hilary Greenbaum and the Whitney Biennial

Hilary Greenbaum is the Director of Graphic Design for the Whitney Museum of American Art. Since 2012, she has managed the development of the museum’s identity across multiple platforms including advertising, exhibition graphics, signage, digital media, product packaging, and a wide variety of printed ephemera. In this episode we speak with Hilary about the sub-identity system she and her team created for the 2017 Whitney Biennial.This episode is sponsored by The Typographics Festival. To learn more, and purchase tickets, visit them at http://2017.typographics.com/ and enter promo code DISSECTION_50 when you checkout to save $50 off of your admission.

19mins

25 Apr 2017

Rank #10

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Episode 46 - Erik Spiekermann and FF Real

Erik Spiekermann is an award-winning designer, typographer and entrepreneur. He has been named Royal Designer for Industry by the Royal British Society of Arts and has received a Lifetime Achievement Award of the German Design Council. In this episode, we speak with Erik about his creation of the typeface FF Real.

50mins

13 Jul 2017

Rank #11

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Episode 33 - Benji Peck and The 404 Hotel & Kitchen

After spending a few years in Nashville working in the music industry, Benji Peck opened the doors of Peck & Company. Since then, Benji and his team have been crafting thoughtful brands and identities for their clients. In this episode we speak with Benji about the branding and logo design he created for The 404 Hotel & Kitchen, a boutique hideout for travelers looking for a tailored stay in town or a unique dining experience.

26mins

15 Feb 2017

Rank #12

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Episode 48 - Amy & Jen Hood of Odds & Sods

Amy & Jen Hood are the co-founders of Hoodzpah, a unique ,boutique branding agency in Newport Beach, CA having worked with brands like Target, Facebook, Vox and more. In this episode, we speak with Amy & Jen about Odds And Sods, their brand of Unnecessary Necessaries.

38mins

26 Jul 2017

Rank #13

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Episode 57 - Teddy Blanks

Teddy Blanks is a co-founder of the Brooklyn-based graphic design studio CHIPS, where he creates book covers, movie posters, and title sequences for film and TV. In this episode we discuss the title design and prop design for Listen Up Philp, Queen of the Earth, Golden Exits, and Everything Sucks!This episode is sponsored by The Typographics Festival. To learn more, and purchase tickets, visit them at http://2018.typographics.com. To receive a $50 discount for individual tickets for professionals, students and educators, use the coupon code DISSECTION_50 at checkout.

36mins

21 Feb 2018

Rank #14

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Episode 51 - Allan Yu and Mars Maiers

Allan Yu is a freelance product designer living and working in New York City. Allan has worked with Google and The New York Times, among others. In this episode we hear from Allan about why he started Mars Maiers, a side project in which he creates a new poster every day.

33mins

13 Sep 2017

Rank #15

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Episode 49 - Mikey Burton and Southeast Brewing

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 13 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. In this episode we speak with Mikey about the design and illustration he did for the labels and packaging of Southeast Brewing's Golden Axe Cider and line of Kaiju Beers.

30mins

2 Aug 2017

Rank #16

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Episode 58 - Amy Lee Walton

Amy Lee Walton is a multidisciplinary designer that walks the line between creative and coder. She is a practicing designer, cartographer, and speaker; who likes to write narrative and code. She currently works at Mapbox, where she designs maps, curates and queries open source data, and builds systems for outreach and engagement, teaching others the secrets of excellent cartography.This episode is sponsored by The Typographics Festival. To learn more, and purchase tickets, visit them at http://2018.typographics.com. To receive a $50 discount for individual tickets for professionals, students and educators, use the coupon code DISSECTION_50 at checkout.

35mins

7 Mar 2018

Rank #17

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Episode 54 - Simon Walker and Beasts of England

Simon Walker is a freelance designer and custom-typographer working in Austin, Texas. Some of his clients, past and present, include Nickelodeon, Vanity Fair, Pepsi, ESPN, Nike and Target. In this episode, we speak with Simon about his new type foundry, Beasts of England.

31mins

16 Jan 2018

Rank #18

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Episode 55 - Anton & Irene

Anton Repponen and Irene Pereyra are friends, collaborators, designers, perfectionists and travel junkies. As former manhattan agency directors, they cut loose from the large agencies they worked at to get back to being hands-on designers based out of Brooklyn. In this episode we speak with them about the branding and digital work they did for NYC-based artist Shantell Martin.This episode is sponsored by The Typographics Festival. To learn more, and purchase tickets, visit them at http://2018.typographics.com. To receive a $50 discount for individual tickets for professionals, students and educators, use the coupon code DISSECTION_50 at checkout.

24mins

30 Jan 2018

Rank #19

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Episode 53 - Kelsey Dake and Nike Flyease

Kelsey Dake lives in the desert and draws pictures. She has drawn for The New York Times, Nike, Variety, BBDO, McSweeney's, HarperCollins, and is an Art Directors Club Young Guns winner. In this episode, we spoke with Kelsey about the illustration and animation she did for the Nike FlyEase sneakers.

26mins

19 Dec 2017

Rank #20