Justin Ahrens of Rule29, one of my favorite guests, joins the Reflex Blue Show to discuss his Design Of podcast, Wheels 4 Water, Designing for Good, AIGA (Justin just joined the National Board), and the coming up way too soon and yet not soon enough HOW Design Live 2017 in Chicago (where he will once again be a speaker).
One of my favorite things about recording this show has been the ability to get to talk with some really great guests, and a lot of them. Somehow or another, Justin has been the only person, other than myself, to make at least one appearance on every season we’ve had, so I thank him for his availability, willingness, and ability to be able to talk about such a wide variety of design topics over the years.
And when it comes to things that seemed to have come along way too soon, I guess this is the beginning of our tenth(!) season of The Reflex Blue Show. Along with the two-plus seasons of The Be A Cast we did before this, November marked eleven years of podcasting – hard to fathom that when Nate Voss, Tom Nemitz, and I first launched that episode back in 2005 – but the calendar keeps moving.
And, a huge thanks to Cody Fenske for designing the podcast all new artwork for Season 10 (and as in the past, it may last a season or two more). He also designed some stickers (you know we love stickers around here) for the occasion, so if you see me throughout the year, be sure to ask for one.
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.
We talk about Wheels 4 Water, Culture vs. Creative, and podcasting. Enjoy.
Has is already been a week since I arrived at HOW Design Live in Boston? With the first of our three recaps (this one recorded on Tuesday, May 13th), I interview a few attendees, sponsors, and speakers during the opening reception.
We told a bit of the story on the last Reflex Blue Show when we had Justin on as a guest, but today, 36 Point is launching a new podcast / video / thing called, “Why I Design.”
What started out as a conversation after interviewing Kevin Carroll in 2010, and was followed up by multiple emails and a phone call, turned into creating the above video series. This project is a lot better than it should be because of Kevin. I’ll chat a bit more about the creation in an upcoming podcast, but this would not have happened without a few conversations and guidance from Steve Gordon, Nate Voss, Ben Lueders, and Madison Neal.
I also need to thank those who actually helped in the creation itself. Nicholas Burroughs ended up doing almost all of the design and editing, as well as helping me to write all of the questions and figuring out what “Why I Design” could be (this project would not have happened without Nicholas, so huge thanks); Craig Hughes wrote us a custom score (yes, we have original music on this!); and Justin Ahrens, who was gracious enough to put up with multiple requests as we figured out what to do with the audio we recorded back at HOW Design Live in 2013.
Anyway, I really hope you enjoy the video above, as we have the first eight of these recorded, and in various states of completion. We’ll be back in April with Jim Woods!
Why I Design (Episode 1: Justin Ahrens)
Created by Donovan Beery & Kevin Carroll
Recorded and Designed by Donovan Beery & Nicholas Burroughs
Music by Studio Polymath
Images Provided by Justin Ahrens
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