Leaving the AIGA Nebraska board near the end of 2008 was something that was a bit difficult. After 7 years of volunteering though, I knew it was time to move on. I’m happy to see the chapter continue to do a lot of great things, and this week they did one I was very impressed with indeed – the Vivo Design Thinking Workshop with the Good Samaritan Society.
AIGA president Craig Hughes not only was a big part of getting this event off of the ground – we need to thank him for lining up our guests for this podcast special. So what is this Vivo Design Thinking Workshop? It was a three day, 60 design thinkers event to come up with how to best use 30 acres of land to build a senior facility. And who better to discuss it with us than AIGA President Doug Powell. Well, maybe Bill Anderson from the Food Samaritan Society, who joins us for the second half of the show. Follow Vivo Innovation on Twitter to get updates as this project progresses over the years.
Oh, and it’s been fun to see one of our favorite guests, Justin Ahrens (photo also above), bringing his speaking appearances up to the high level of his design skills over the years. The work he’s put in on speaking engagements has really shown the past times we’ve seen him, as not only is he speaking at Gain (and deservedly), when this event needed to bring in a speaker great enough to motivate and inspire 60 super talented design thinkers for a lunch keynote, they brought in Justin. And we stole him for the first half of this show.
Next weekt? Hatch Design joins us for our final HOW Live, and season 5 finale – The Reflex Blue Show #100!
If you wonder what venues we’d take you to if you ever make it to Omaha, wonder no more. Thanks goes out to Rockport Publishers for inviting our frequent guest Steve Gordon, super talented designer Brandon Herbel, and myself to give today’s Friday Feast for their RockPaperInk blog.
Our 6th interview podcast from HOW Live (recorded in Boston), brings us Jim Krause – and the return of Dyana Valentine.
Jim Krause has written many of the books you’ve seen in the profession of graphic design (color index books, the new logo brainstorm book, idea index, and more). Dyana needs no introduction on this show.
This is very much a traditional Reflex Blue Show where we chat about a bit of everything: what Dyana is doing for Neenah Paper at the conference; Jim’s books; Darcy Hinrichs introducing their joint talk; their joint ’30 in 60′ talk (which I also blogged about for Against the Grain); movies; and more.
Next week we’ll be back with an AIGA Nebraska event special. Following that? Hatch Design joins us for our final HOW Live, and season 5 finale – The Reflex Blue Show #100 (what?! We’ve done 100 of these? Really?).
Our 5th interview podcast from HOW Live (recorded in Boston), brings us to Disney, with guest Christopher Chapman.
This was a fun one. Christopher Chapman is The Creativity and Innovation Director of Disney – so we basically talk about theme parks, his job at the happiest place on Earth, designing for family entertainment, and telling stories. Sort of like the stories he mentions that involve him working with The Muppets and standing on The Black Pearl.
Our 4th interview podcast from HOW Live (recorded in Boston), brings us two wonderful guests – Denise Korn and Joseph Soto.
Denise Korn of Korn Design has created a mentoring program for youth in the urban areas of Boston that are interested in design. And I mean, full on mentorships that include giving high school students a seven week paid internship as a graphic designer. I was blown away by what she is doing. And even more impressive ar some of the students that have gone through the Youth Design program. Joseph Soto is one the programs recent graduates, and also stopped by to discuss his experience, and what it has done for him already. Just a great, inspiring story. This is what they call making an impact.