We meet up in the hallway (I love recording at conferences (the energy, the people, the fun), but the drawback is less than ideal background noises also coming through on the recording from said activities (or, maybe that just adds to it? Yeah, let’s just go with that.)) at the OnBrand Conference in Omaha. What a great event – a collaboration of the local AAF, AIGA, AMA, and PRSA chapters to create what can only be described as a pretty amazing success – really looking forward to where this conference goes from here.
John Henry and I discuss a bit of the OnBrand conference (he was on a creative panel that afternoon), and his work at Hudl (and what it’s like working with a 30-person in-house product design team).
We also discuss the 10th (and final, about to be rebranded) Big Omaha, as well as the 10th MAHA Music Festival (both events occurred over this past weekend). We then rehash a bit of his past life running Pack and, before that, What Cheer, and some of the work What Cheer did around Big Omaha (like the Selective Perspective Detective Objective, HOT or COLD, and the coloring contest).
Finally, what’s next? How do you stay current? and what is even staying current in the web? We’ll be back in a week or two with the 2nd (of 3) shows recorded at OnBrand.
Just over six years ago we interviewed a few freelancers who shared space in midtown Omaha. Since then, we’ve moved to 36 Point and started The Reflex Blue Show –and Nate moved to Kansas City. And those designers? Ryan moved to New York, John Henry moved to San Francisco shortly after coming onto our show to talk about dogs, and we need to get Adam back on the show to talk about what he’s been up to, as it’s been three years since his last appearance, and same thing with Dave. And the office they shared? The Divvy Collective space lasted a year, and was then filled by a company called BrightMix.
BrightMix would move onto other things, as we discuss on this show with founder Dusty Davidson, and one of the designers they hired along the way, Rick Knudtson.
What kind of things? Creating Tripleseat, a software program for event spaces; starting Silicon Prairie News, a website focusing on the startups in the midwest; co-founding three yearly conferences focused on innovation and entrepreneurship in Big Omaha, Big Des Moines, and Big Kansas City, with Jeff Slobotski; and now launching a WordPress hosting platform built for designers in Flywheel. We also speak a bit about design and development. Enjoy.
John Henry Müller is definitely a household name in the Omaha Design community. His involvement with such things as Big Omaha, The Mastercraft Building and the I Live in Omaha project are simply legendary around these parts. So when the news hit the presses that John’s famous web-shop “What Cheer” would be leaving the world of client work, and entering fully into the startup world – we at 36point knew we needed the inside scoop.
Turns out that John, along with his buddies Alex Gates and John Hobbes are gonna be taking the helm of a dog-enthusiast related start-up called PACK, based in San Francisco. (In fact, since this podcast was recorded – Mr. Müller announced, perhaps, the biggest news of all: he’s actually moving to San Francisco! Read his announcement HERE.)
Undoubtedly, Omaha is gonna miss this pillar of creativity and innovation – but if we know anything about John, we have not seen the last of him and his influence here in the Silicon Prairie. Please enjoy this light-hearted and candid interview with a pretty swell guy.