Kevin McConkey not only helps run one of the hottest design agencies in Chicago (Grip), he’s just a lot of fun to talk to. So the real question is, why did it take us so long to have him on the show? I really don’t have a good answer, but I’m glad we finally corrected this.
Ben and I speak to Kevin about Grip’s work for Girl and the Goat, Whole Foods Market, and Death’s Door Spirits. We also speak of designing on an equity model, hanging out at the HOW Conference in Chicago last year, the Grip book 1000 Package Designs, and more.
We’re excited to bring a reason for designers to just get together and chat after work on a monthly basis to Omaha, and we hope to see you tonight at The Homy Inn. Feel free to stop by for a couple minutes, or stay a few hours.
Also, I guess we are taking requests for future locations (requests should be made in person at a 36 Pints event). Heidi recommended we go to the Interlude Cocktail Lounge next (May 9), so we are.
And, as this event started partially from conversations I had with Tom Nemitz, we’re going with his pick after that (June 13) at the Redeye Tavern and Grill.
Upcoming 36 Pints
April 11, 2012; 5:30pm –
The Homy Inn, Omaha (food available from Sgt. Peffer’s across the street)
May 9, 2012; 5:30pm –
Interlude Cocktail Lounge, Omaha
June 13, 2012; 5:30pm –
Redeye Tavern and Grill, Omaha
Hello everyone! It may seem at times that we have been doing nothing but podcasting here at 36 Point, and that is somewhat true… well, at least it seams to be most all that we post here anyway.
So, to update our great listeners and readers on what we have been doing besides work and podcasting in the past few months here at 36 Point:
- We hosted the 1st 36 Pints last month. Well, this one was really the Eleven19 10 Year open house, but we’ll count it. Pictures for those unable to make it are here.
- We had, and controlled, a Vermin issue. I wrote about this on the Neenah Paper blog in a post called, “A Problem of Vermin Proportion?“
- Ben Lueders checked into the Illustrate Omaha Designer Spotlight.
- I wrote about the best advice I have gotten in my career, also on the Neenah Paper blog, in a post called, “Sometimes it Pays to Listen.“
Ben Lueders and I were trying to motivate ourselves to come up with a topic for the next podcast, when we started thinking about what would motivate us to find such a topic. That was all the motivation we needed – we decided to talk about “finding design motivation.”
Once we decided to have five categories to come up with answers for, we went ahead and had some future and past guests of the show give us the “correct answers” for designers looking for motivation. Our categories for finding motivation ended up being: website; quote; advice; activity; and food and/or drink. And a huge thanks goes out to our expert panel who emailed in their motivations: Armin Vit, Von Glitchka, Nate Voss, Sean Adams, and Kevin McConkey.
A lot of these things get done by us last minute, and it’s amazing anyone on our panel got back to me in time, but this one came in just a couple hours after we recorded, but I love it, so wanted to share it. The advice from Debbie Millman, and all the motivation I need for the rest of the day, “DON’T GIVE UP. EVER.”