Ben Lueders and Erin Pille of Fruitful Design stopped by to discuss something or another about design – but my attendance at an SEGD Omaha event ended with a free MTN Dew ICE – and thus plans had to change. We taste test the ICE; original DEW; as well as the white, green and black label varieties.
I have no idea why it took this many years since our last true taste testing, but it was a fun show.
10 years can seem like forever – and yet it goes by so fast.
The “Be A Design Cast” (which we of course called the “BADCast”) went live November 7th, 2005 on the blog, Be A Design Group.
It was recorded a little before that – maybe even a couple weeks before. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t invited on to co-host, but memories fade. Nate Voss saw a keynote with Steve Jobs talking about a new thing iTunes was going to carry – podcasts. Looking to see what was there turned up not even a design category, and no shows (Design Matters was around, but was not on iTunes at that time). It was on.
Being on the AIGA Nebraska Board of Directors, I was frequently at after meeting events with Nate and Tom Nemitz as Nate kept saying things like, “This is the show.” “What?” “This, just sitting around talking about design.”
I think Nate and Tom did a test recording, but I never heard it – or even about it until later. They asked if I would stop by to record an episode with them. That episode launched ten years ago today. The Be A Design Cast was around for a bit over two years, and ended when Nate and I moved to 36point.com with The Reflex Blue Show, and I’ve been podcasting ever since. 10 years goes by quickly… Above is the first photo I have of Tom, Nate and I actually recording – maybe a month in?
Big thanks to the many people who have listened, been on the show, and co-hosted. This would not have continued without such great support, and with too many people to thank.
The Be A Design Cast had 53 episodes, and 8 mini-things, for a total of 61 recordings. The Reflex Blue Show (to date) is 147 episodes, 6 superb owls, 44 conference specials (13 conferences, 1 of which was covered by Ben Lueders), and 2 other specials for 199 total recordings. I guess we’re at 260 podcasts of some sort now – new one launches next week. Enjoy.
Over the past dozen years (which is how long I think I’ve known AIGA Minnesota’s Design Camp was a thing (turns out, it was around over twenty years before that)), I almost made it twice. Two years ago, we sent Ben Lueders instead, and he came back with five podcasts we released, as well as writing three recaps for Neenah Paper.
Other than an additional upcoming four podcasts recorded with some of the speakers, vendors, and MC of the event, I also had the chance to sit down and speak with two of the committee members, Michael Cullen-Benson and Ben Sweeney. Hosting the nations largest regional conference as a local AIGA chapter is no small task, so I have to hand it to these people for doing an incredible job.
Every year AAF Omaha hosts Meet the Pros – an awesome two-day conference that brings top-notch professionals from all around the region and country, to inspire the next generation of designers and advertisers. One of this year’s pros was Stefan Mumaw – prolific author and frequent guest on The Reflex Blue Show. We invited Stefan to a morning podcast at the colorful Eleven19 headquarters in Midtown Omaha – just blocks from the Scott Conference Center.
It’s always a pleasure chatting with Stefan – and this time he had a lot to chat about:
- His talk at Meet the Pros
- His new Book (Creative Bootcamp)
- His talk at the upcoming HOW Design Live Conference in San Francisco.
- Meeting Gary Busey
Please enjoy this lively conversation with this inspiring designer – and long-time friend.
Well – here it is, folks: the annual “Superb-Owl” Spectactular show. Every year 36 point grabs a group of design friends together, and guest host Tom Nemitz leads the discussion on the TOP Super Bowl commercials. This year’s ensemble cast included Donovan Beery, Ben Lueders, Steve Gordon, Ashley McFeely and Tom Nemitz. Here’s the semi-finalists we selected Tom’s 5 categories:
1. Cars: Paul Harvey’s “Farmer”
2. Beverages: “The Rock” for Milk
3. Food: Taco Bell Old People, Oreo Whispers (And their twitter ad)
4. Movies: Oz the Great and Powerful
5. Potpourri: Tide Miracle Stain, Old Spice “Wolves”
You’ll have to listen to the show to hear our top winner/s!
P.S: This one didn’t make the cut – but we promised we’d have a link to it: Tracy Morgan’s “Change America”