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.
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!
Before what turned out to be a great speaking event put on AIGA Nebraska last Thursday, Ellen Lupton stopped by the studio to talk about a wide variety of topics. Besides the soon-to-be-released update of her already historic book Thinking with Type, we talk about the book she wrote with her sister – one that even your mother would enjoy about design – Design Your Life: The Pleasures and Perils of Everyday Things (as well as how to properly buy a bra – Ellen tells us what mistake over 80% of us make).
The other books of Ellen’s that we cover in a show that goes by way-to-fast are: D.I.Y.: Kids, D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself (a book so cool even Urban Outfitters carried it), and Exploring Materials: Creative Design for Everyday Objects.
We also take a break to ask Ellen about her writing at Fast Company. And since she wrote Time and Identity: What Your Clock Says About Your Personality, we have her see what she can figure out about me from the timepieces in my office. The show ends with a cameo by AIGA Nebraska’s Director of Finance, Jim Wolf. He’s still wrong though, I stand by my answer of Paul Rand. The answer is always Paul Rand.
It was a pleasure to speak with Ellen Lupton, and if you ever get an opportunity to see her speak, I highly recommend it. Her talk was informative, fun, and filled with great visuals. Exactly what you would expect from an AIGA Medalist.
Before we begin, do check out our latest, news-heavy episode of the Reflex Blue Show. I’ve listened to it, it’s a gas.
I have found that, now that Debbie is indeed the President of AIGA, I am experiencing some guilt about not being an active member. There’s not a whole lot to be done about it today, as today’s strip suggests it would take some draconian plans to work the colossal cost of membership into my current professional budget. It would be nice if that number could come down somewhat — maybe chill out on expenditures of supporting design in China for a while — or that (and I’m just throwing this out there) qualified sole-proprietors/independent designers could merit a softer point of entry during the current economic climate.
I won’t hold my breath if you don’t.