For many design conference attendees, the conference highlight is often the exhibit hall. Hundreds of eager designers flood a large room looking for opportunities to discover sweet design-related products – and fill a giant bag with sweet design–related trinkets that probably won’t fit in their suitcases. At Design Camp 2012 held by AIGA Minnesota, there was one exhibit booth that really got a lot of deserved attention: the Studio on Fire booth. (Of course – the Neenah booth wasn’t too shabby either…)
Studio on Fire is a small letterpress and design shop in Minneapolis run by Benjamin Levitz and Selina Larsen that specializes in creating awesomely beautiful and tactile print pieces. As I state in the beginning of this interview, I think I grabbed pretty much every print sample they handed out in the exhibit hall that night. As you can see in the images below – their work is quite eye-catching, and – as Benjamin would say, “succulent”.
Hope you enjoy this candid interview with Studio on Fire’s Benjamin and Selina about balancing family life and work, not losing the artistry behind graphic design, and a little about Lord of the Rings too.
With Season 6 of The Reflex Blue Show launching earlier this week with Paula Scher, we decided it was a great time to go back and remember what we did over Season 5. I forgot how much fun we had recording some of these, starting with drinking old sodas from the fridge with Ben and Steve – right off the block from the first episode. The Day Two recap from the HOW Conference was probably the closest we’ve come to our original vision for the podcast, and we even had a drop by from a Core77 road trip swing by the office to visit. Over all though, below are the shows Ben and I picked as our personal favorites. These, and the 36 Point favorites from other past seasons, will be archived under the “podcast” link at the top of each page. Enjoy, and I hope you enjoy what we have planned for Season 6! Thanks for listening.
Donovan’s Pick: Episode 13 (#95)
|Going through the list of the shows we did last year brought back some great memories, but anytime we spend almost the entire show talking about toys and The Simpsons – it’s hard to beat that.|
|Guest:||riCardo Crespo of 20th Century Fox|
|Main Topics:||Mattel; 20th Century Fox; The Simpsons|
|Release Date:||July 30, 2012|
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Ben’s Pick: Episode 16 (#98)
|I’m not sure if everyone that works at Disney has an intensely childlike imagination and an innate storytelling ability – but this guy sure does. Our conversation with Disney creative director Chris Chapman is just as memorable as it is inspiring.|
|Guest:||Christopher Chapman of Disney|
|Main Topics:||Disney; Theme Parks; Telling Stories; Designing for Family Entertainment|
|Release Date:||August 21, 2012|
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I was at a special pre-conference dinner for the speakers, sponsors and media for the event. Seated next to me were Kim Shannon and Jamie Saunders – Neenah Paper reps that had brought me to camp to help them with blogging the conference. Kim whispered “She’s right there! Are you gonna try to get an interview her tonight?” It was more than worth a try. Paula’s design work for CBS records, Citi Bank and The Public Theater has made her legendary in the minds of designers everywhere. The Reflex Blue Show has been honored to interview the likes of such design greats as Chip Kidd, Robert Brunner and Jessica Hische – but Paula had yet to be on the show.
I waited until the dinner was over and people were beginning to leave. When I finally approached Paula, I found her more than eager to sit down for an interview.
I hope you enjoy our lively discussion about inspiration, discipline and balance within the design lifestyle – and stay tuned for more engaging interviews in Season 6 of The Reflex Blue Show.