Dana Arnett of VSA Partners met with me at the HOW Design Live Conference conference this year in Chicago. We speak 30+ years of VSA Partners, Harley Davidson, how I am not named after Donovan Leitch, our first design jobs, Dana being the incoming AIGA president, and more.
LogoLounge and the LogoLounge books may have only been around since 2001, but they have left such a large mark on the industry, they feel like they’ve been with us forever. At this year’s HOW Design Live Conference, I once again got to speak with Bill Gardner of Gardner Design about, well, logos. We talk LogoLounge, the logo trend reports, the upcoming LogoLounge 10(!) and more.
We also talk about Batman, Superman, other superhero logos, and logos that are the shape of a cookie. If we would have recorded a few days later, pretty sure we would have discussed how he is a Sith Lord, but I guess I had to document that in word form…
Justin Dauer met with me just before the HOW Design Live Conference got kicked into full-gear in Chicago two weeks ago. In 2015, Justin wrote an article on “Resetting Agency Culture” for A List Apart. Like a lot of great creative things, something about it struck a nerve with people. And then the thoughts outlined in the article felt they needed a bit more room to breathe, so Justin started writing a book – Cultivating a Creative Culture.
No week seems to go by quicker than the one spent at HOW Design Live. Seeing that many graphic designers / website designers / writers / photographers / creative people together is an amazing experience. Be sure to check out Emily’s “It’s a Wrap! Highlights from HOW Design Live Chicago” recap for Neenah Paper, as well as her interviews for Moxie Sozo we talk about.
Amy and Cami were two of the HOW Champions this year. It’s a great program (I think I saw there were 16 in total, but I could be off by a bit) where the Champions are available to help first time attendees get the most out of the conference – like an ambassador of all things HOW.
While in Chicago, I also recorded seven interview podcasts throughout the week, and will start releasing them next week.
This was the final day of the exhibit hall, and I made the most of it by spending a few minutes with Aaron Draplin while he set up his pop-up shop. I then headed over to the booth of this year’s social cause – Wheels4Water. Before I was able to speak to Justin Ahrens, AIGA Medalist David Carson walked by, and we went from there. I wrapped up the recap back at the Neenah Paper booth where I speak with Doug Grever about paper and packaging.