Just over six years ago we interviewed a few freelancers who shared space in midtown Omaha. Since then, we’ve moved to 36 Point and started The Reflex Blue Show –and Nate moved to Kansas City. And those designers? Ryan moved to New York, John Henry moved to San Francisco shortly after coming onto our show to talk about dogs, and we need to get Adam back on the show to talk about what he’s been up to, as it’s been three years since his last appearance, and same thing with Dave. And the office they shared? The Divvy Collective space lasted a year, and was then filled by a company called BrightMix.
BrightMix would move onto other things, as we discuss on this show with founder Dusty Davidson, and one of the designers they hired along the way, Rick Knudtson.
What kind of things? Creating Tripleseat, a software program for event spaces; starting Silicon Prairie News, a website focusing on the startups in the midwest; co-founding three yearly conferences focused on innovation and entrepreneurship in Big Omaha, Big Des Moines, and Big Kansas City, with Jeff Slobotski; and now launching a WordPress hosting platform built for designers in Flywheel. We also speak a bit about design and development. Enjoy.
This week we bring back Brandon Herbel and Steve Gordon to, wait, let me go back for a minute first. When chatting at River City Social Club, next door to my office, with Steve and Brandon a while back, I found out they were super early adopters of the Adobe Creative Cloud. They liked the pricing at the time, and it let them get the newest from Adobe. Well, turns out that this is not only the way of the future, it’s the way of the present, as it’s about to be the only way to get access to the Adobe creative suite. So, who better to see what this is about then two designers who have been using it.
Then we speak about the new AIGA membership plans. I just got my new card, says I’ve been a member since 2002?
And we end the show with a good venting of things we visually have had enough of. Enjoy.
Last week, the Omaha design community witnessed a double-header of an event, featuring Aaron Draplin. Starting with a luncheon hosted by the great people at the American Advertising Federation – Omaha, and an evening talk hosted by AIGA Nebraska.
In between this busy day was the recording of a podcast with AIGA Nebraska board members Craig Hughes and Nicholas Burroughs (who also now works with me at Eleven19), Nick Evans of To The Moon Studios, and Aaron Draplin. By the time we’re done, even Steve Gordon swings through for a segment.
If you want a quick recap, we speak about Don Rickles, Draplin’s thoughts on the state of signage in America, Field Notes, Merch, The DDC, and more.
Is it really getting to that time of the year? The graduating of the design students? According to the portfolio reviews going on around here, I guess it is. So this week, I bring in Steve Gordon and Brandon Herbel to give advice to the students out there.
John Henry Müller is definitely a household name in the Omaha Design community. His involvement with such things as Big Omaha, The Mastercraft Building and the I Live in Omaha project are simply legendary around these parts. So when the news hit the presses that John’s famous web-shop “What Cheer” would be leaving the world of client work, and entering fully into the startup world – we at 36point knew we needed the inside scoop.
Turns out that John, along with his buddies Alex Gates and John Hobbes are gonna be taking the helm of a dog-enthusiast related start-up called PACK, based in San Francisco. (In fact, since this podcast was recorded – Mr. Müller announced, perhaps, the biggest news of all: he’s actually moving to San Francisco! Read his announcement HERE.)
Undoubtedly, Omaha is gonna miss this pillar of creativity and innovation – but if we know anything about John, we have not seen the last of him and his influence here in the Silicon Prairie. Please enjoy this light-hearted and candid interview with a pretty swell guy.