The Reflex Blue Show with Nate Voss and Donovan Beery, Episode 23: Justin Ahrens & Making Creative MatterDecember 18th, 2008 | by Nate Voss
My solo trip to Chicago was punctuated with a trip 1 hour West to visit Justin Ahrens along with the fine fellows and lovely (lovely) ladies of Rule 29. Upon arrival in the frigid cold, I was showered with warmth and companionship, hospitality, and enough booze to drown a small horse. Justin, a frequent fixture of the HOW Conference and no-coast designer extraordinaire, took time away from his Brady-Bunch-happy office family to chat with me and guest-host Mig Reyes. Then, as often happens when I am alone at the controls, I lost the second half of the show, so we finished up via iChat with Donovan back in the saddle this morning to talk about Rule 29’s involvement with Life in Abundance and a few other topics of note. Please enjoy podcast 23 with your own tastey 312 beverage.
Season 2 on the Reflex Blue Show begins now! With three guests, for crying out loud! Justin Ahrens, Steve Hartman, and current-leader-for-sexiest-on-air-voice Christine Taylor join us to talk about designing for the greater good the business-side of doing pro-bono work. It’s fantastic and we might just start doing three-guest shows every episode now. This also features a Season 2 new feature — the Mig Tip. I guarantee you are not prepared to handle it.
(PS: The audio gets a little low quality in the middle and again near the end. Sorry but it was the only way to save it from being lost)
Also, check check it: New season 2 artwork hotness. Look for it on iTunes, and while you’re there, write a review for us. Because we love you!
Justin Ahrens of Rule29, and Von Glitschka of Glitschka Studios graciously spent time with us over what turned out to be a buggy day of Internet chatting on Friday. Thankfully, once the bugs worked themselves out by take three, it was a conversation that just flew by.
Both Justin and Von are speaking at next month’s How Conference in Denver, so we make them verbally battle it out over why you should see their presentations over the other ones there. Are they convincing? Chime in below.
It was great to speak to both of them again, but the reason for having them on together? A recent trek to Africa to film a documentary for Life in Abundance. We speak of the life-changing trip that took both very talented artists out of their comfort zones and into the world of filmmaking. And in an environment that is literally known as the slums. Von has also been blogging about the experience starting with this post, for those that want a more in-depth feel for how one project can change you. I look forward to seeing the future works that the trip will produce. Amazing stuff so far.
Justin Ahrens, who you know and love (?) if you have listened to this show for any amount of time, joins us yet again and this time we beat some information out of him about actual paying work. Dude’s always helping people, changing the world and making lives better, and frankly we’re tired of hearing about it. So we talk about some real billable, paying work.
Justin Ahrens of Rule29 makes his return (does he ever really go away? do we really want him to go away? why does he keep hanging around?) to The Reflex Blue Show. This time though, he brings with us a new book (note: I really did enjoy the book, Ben’s still reading it, we both recommend it for people trying to balance work and life). Out now, Life Kerning is worth picking up, so we mostly speak of it.
We do have time left to talk about his standing desk, LEGO brand building blocks, paper, his speaking at HOW Live in Boston and more.
And as a bonus, we bring back Dyana Valentine for a fantastic installment of “Dyana’s Valentine Notes”.
And here is the link Ben (oh yeah, Ben Lueders co-hosts once again) mentions to buy individual LEGO brand building bricks.