Rank #1: Episode 9 - Gemma O'Brien
Working Not Working co-founder, Justin Gignac, sits down with Australian artist and designer Gemma O'Brien. Her lettering, illustration, and typography has been seen around the world on walls and branding for clients like Apple, adidas, Adobe, and The New York Times. This is a live recording from Justin and Gemma's conversation in a basement bar in New York City. Gemma opens up quitting law school, getting internet famous in Germany when she was only a student, and knowing and defending your value to clients.
Rank #2: Joan founders Lisa Clunie + Jaime Robinson on Taking No Shit and Having Fun Doing It
This episode of Overshare is with Jaime Robinson and Lisa Clunie, founders of creative agency Joan—a company inspired by the trailblazing, take no shit Joans throughout history. It’s a fitting moniker for these two. Having spent their careers at companies like Fallon, BBH, Pereira & O'Dell, Wieden+Kennedy, and Refinery29 they set out to create a different kind of creative agency.
Host Justin Gignac (@justingignac) dives into the incredible partnership, deep friendship, and obvious overflowing love Lisa and Jaime have for each other and for the work they do. There's a lot packed into this episode. There are songs sung, honest insights on the challenges of starting a business, and a few references to Howard Hughes bottling his pee.
In this episode, you will learn that happiness and ambition can actually co-exist, and how meeting a stranger that shares your passions can unlock whole new chapters in your career.
This episode is brought to you by Squarespace. Squarespace is growing a ton right now, especially in their creative and marketing departments. They’re looking for Product Designers, Web Designers, UX Writers, a Creative Writer, a Project Management Lead, and more. Head to squarespace.com/careers to check out all of their open roles.
Damn Necklace (unfortunately no longer for sale)
Estelle - American Boy [feat. Kanye West]
Director Taika Waititi makes Jaime jealous.
Rank #3: Illustrator Laura Callaghan on Inclusivity and Being a Creative Late Bloomer
This is a recording from our live event at The Trampery in London with Irish illustrator Laura Callaghan (@lauracallaghanillustration). She opens up to host Justin Gignac (@justingignac) about her humble beginnings of doing illustration on nights and weekends while working in the accounts department at a biscuit factory and her first failed attempt at being a full-time freelancer. Laura taps into the recent fad of brands co-opting feminism for capitalism and how so much work about women, by women is one-dimensionally pegged as "Badass boss bitches boss ladies".
In this episode, you will learn how to persevere through the uncertainty of when to start your freelance career. That it’s ok to go back to a full-time job you might not love and hone your craft before going freelance again. You’ll also learn not to measure your talent and success on your number of followers.
Rank #4: Robyn Kanner is Gonna Be Ok
They had a deeply personal conversation on a range of topics. From Robyn's love and appreciation of Kanye to her self-described “messy” career path, graduating high school early and teaching herself design by imitating album covers she loved in Photoshop. Robyn embraces and actually strives to be uncomfortable. Using it as a fuel for her writing and design.
In this episode, you will learn that it’s ok to be messy. Not in the organization sense, but messy in the decisions and mistakes you make. None of us are unique or special in our struggles. Once you embrace who you are and feel comfortable with your voice it will transform your work.
Robyn's article for The Atlantic "I Detransitioned. But Not Because I Wasn't Trans.", MEL article "I’m Trans, and I Won’t Stop Trolling Instagram’s Titty Policy", and her talk "Has Your Misery Ever Been a Sight to See?"
Robyn + Mike Monteiro's podcast EARN YR DEATH
Designer Walter Craven
Designer Mark Weaver
Designer Scott Hanson
Musician Dan Capaldi
Headstart's album Our House
Jeff Buckley's album Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk
Victor Ng designer on Hillary’s campaign
Storyteller Bijan Stephen makes Robyn jealous
Rank #5: Yancey Strickler on Life After Kickstarter and Why Artists Should be Our Business Heroes
Yancey Strickler, co-founder and former CEO of Kickstarter, joins host Justin Gignac (@justingignac) on stage for a candid chat about life after Kickstarter. He reveals his rule of believing in everything, the ego benefits of seeing an astrologist, the importance of putting more love into the world, and why he grew a mustache inspired by the Beatles to help him write his ambitious book about challenging the dominance of financial maximization as the driving force of society.
Yancey shares many insights from his last decade at Kickstarter - taking it from a simple idea with two co-founders to a platform that has generated more than $3.5 billion in funding for more than 125,000 creative projects.
Rank #6: SNL Editor Adam Epstein on Optimistic Nihilism and the Power of Great Teams
Editor Adam Epstein (@eppyad) has had a hand in some of your favorite Saturday Night Live films. In the past 9 years, he has edited over 100 SNL digital shorts including Levi’s Woke, Star Wars Undercover Boss, The Day Beyonce Turned Black, and Farewell Mr. Bunting. Host Justin Gignac (@justingignac) sat down with Adam in the studio to gain more insight into the chaos and insane team effort it takes to pull off the films they do in only 2 or 3 days. He also discusses his love of sports and great teams, and the close parallels to the collaborative process of filmmaking.
In this episode, you will learn about the importance of working with great collaborators you can trust and how sometimes inconsequential decisions, like joining a kickball team, can give you the biggest break of your career.
Rank #7: Jacquelyn De Jesu on Reinventing the Shower Cap
Host Justin Gignac (@justingignac) sits down with Jacquelyn De Jesu (@deejayzoo), founder, and CEO of Shhhowercap. Jacquelyn shares her journey from being an art director in advertising to the moment she was compelled to make a modern shower cap. Her bootstrapped journey has lead to features in Forbes, Fast Company and Vogue and her shower caps are now carried in stores from Neiman Marcus and Sephora to the MoMA Design Store.
Rank #8: Jon Burgerman is Not a Doodler
This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at Camp David in Brooklyn, NY. Host Justin Gignac (@justingignac) sits down with the incomparable Jon Burgerman (@jonburgerman). He’s an artist and author whose ability to play is contagious and inspiring. If you haven’t seen Jon’s work check out the links below. His Instagram brings so much joy on a daily basis. Whether it’s bringing every imaginable inanimate object to life with googly eyes in his Instagram stories or the characters he creates, everything will make you smile.
Jon lives by the motto “It’s Great to Create” and his work is a reminder of the joy of creating. All of us had those skills to make and play as kids and some of us were fortunate to not lose it.
In this episode, you will learn that the key to creative freedom is really to just stop caring what other people think and you’ll learn how to reframe your thinking when jealousy of other peoples’ work or success inevitably creeps up.
Rank #9: Chobani's Kwame Taylor-Hayford on the Untapped Potential of Living a Safe Life
In this episode, host Justin Gignac (@justingignac) sits down in the studio with Kwame Taylor-Hayford(@xquamx), who is the Managing Director of Brand Development at Chobani, as well as co-founder of social activism organization Saturday Morning and co-owner of August Market, a lifestyle store in Western NY state he and his wife started.
Kwame has held many roles in advertising over the years. From his early days of being an account executive at TBWA Media Arts Lab working on the Mac vs. PC campaign to being an integrated producer at various ad agencies around the country, to his role at Chobani now.
It makes sense his career has been transient since he spent his childhood as the son of a diplomat, moving every couple of years from New York City, to Ghana, to Egypt, South Africa, the UK and back to NYC to finish high school. Being immersed in so many cultures has given Kwame an appreciation of people and a curiosity to learn something from everyone.
In this episode, you will learn the value of being curious, pushing yourself every day, and how appreciating different cultures and people can positively affect your creative perspective.
TV 2 Denmark "All That We Share" - an extremely powerful short film about our shared humanity that Justin mentions in this episode.
Rank #10: Episode 8 - Kate Moross
London-based illustrator, art director, director and designer Kate Moross is the latest in the Overshare hot seat. Working Not Working co-founder Justin Gignac interviewed Kate on a rainy, London night in front of a live audience. Opening up about how she doesn't view herself as a creative person, the struggles of owning and running a non-capitalistic design studio, how to hire the right people ("It's better to have a hole in your team than an asshole") and how she is watching absolutely everything on TV.
Kate is also the author of Make Your Own Luck: A DIY Attitude to Graphic Design and Illustration.