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: 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…
Nov 19 2018
Rank #5: 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 #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: 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 #9: 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 #10: 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 #11: 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 #12: Ashley McFeely & Jim Wolf: The Reflex Blue Show #155
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Apr 04 2016
Rank #13: Seymour Chwast & Steven Heller: The Reflex Blue Show #156
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.
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May 17 2016
Rank #14: 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 #15: 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 #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: 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 #18: Allan Espiritu & Kevin Kernan: The Reflex Blue Show #187
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.
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Jun 11 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: Elizabeth Edwards: The Reflex Blue Show #193
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.
Sep 17 2018