Grain & Mortar has been an award-winning branding and web development studio in Omaha, Nebraska since 2011, but 2018 brought them into the business of selling pants as well. Kristin DeKay, Eric Downs, and Jesse Harding stop by The Reflex Blue Show to discuss a little bit of the Grain & Mortar backstory, and then jumping to right around a year ago in buying a 135 year old building.
The new office location, as well as a legit storefront, got them to start one of their other goals – a retail shop selling men’s goods at 1414 South 13th Street. We talk about some of the things involved in opening and running Vincent Outfitting Company, the safari swords that come through the door, and more.
By the way, the Vincent Outfitters Company store really does look great. Getting a tour of the entire building a month before we recorded really showed the amount of effort and care the folks at Grain & Mortar put into their new space. Be sure to visit them this holiday season if you are in the area.
As for The Reflex Blue Show, as we record around half of our episodes at Eleven19, it’s fun to actually record season 11, episode 19 (and fittingly release this episode on November 19). Between this podcast and the Be A Design Cast that proceeded it, this month marks my 13th year of podcasting, which sounds a bit crazy to even type out. I really do appreciate the people I’ve been able to meet either in-person or online because of it, and give huge thanks to all of our great listeners who make it worthwhile.
We’ll be back in 2019 with season twelve, but until then…
Josh Silverman was at the HOW Design Live design conference in Boston to give a presentation about working at the layer of people. So, we talk about The People Layer and why it’s so important. We also discuss things that constantly change (was the last FreeHand release really back in 2003? Did PageMaker really release a new version as recently as 2001?), and things that never really change in design (seriously, how did no mention of clients asking for the logo to be bigger come up?).
At the time of this recording (6 weeks ago? So, like 127 years ago in Twitter time?), Josh was, well, at Twitter, where he keeps his handle of @jhsilverman (might as well mention that mine is @36point I guess) – so let’s talk working at a super well known company like that. And yes, one character Twitter names are both rare, valuable, and have people willing to steal them.
Josh, this is for you – I “think” this is the book I referenced that had a chart showing the titles and number of people on various team sizes. If anyone else can confirm / deny such statements, let us know. I had a copy of this book I loaned away around 2000 or 2001, and it was never returned (I likely would have gotten rid of it long ago regardless, so no issues to the party who took it).
I’m not exactly sure when or where I first met Josh, but I am pretty certain is was at an AIGA event of some sort. Joining the AIGA Nebraska board was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in this profession – and one that has led me to meet so many other great volunteers and board members around the country. We speak a bit about this as well. Even when your AIGA term or volunteer service ends, it seems you never really give up those connections you made, or the desire to want to help again. And going to graphic design events starts to turn into a family reunion of sorts after a while.
Our last show of 2010! In 2011!
We take questions from the field of Twitter (follow the site on @36point, Nate @vossome, and Donovan @eleven19), and then, we talk about them! It’s a killer end to the season, really. It at least gave me an excuse to turn Tron Girl there into InDesign Tron Girl. Which I love.
So listen up!
This nearly-two-hour podcast is the very ultimate in Superbowl TV Commercial recaps. All the best, none of the rest. Our panel of six experts (including Design Princess Ashley McFeely, Show Friends Aaron Stubbe and Joe Sparano, and Steve “Aren’t I Too Famous For This Yet?” RDQlus Gordon) cut through nine categories of awesomeness to bring you the very best of the best of the best of Superbowl Ads. Listen in to see how we picked winners (and runners up) for the following categories:
- “Best” Use of a Celebrity or Athlete
- Best Nutshot or Nutshot-Like Behavior
- Worst Use of 3 Million Dollars
- Best Movie Trailer
- Best Use of Sexy to Sell an Unsexy Product or Service
- Character You Would Most Like to Party With
- Best Series
- Best Ad, Serious
- Best Ad, Comedy
The return of Adam Nielsen brings us to discuss our opinions on a couple of listener questions. Tony from Illustrate Omaha asks “How do you educate a client about your process without it all going over their heads?” and Mig Reyes has wondered, “What’s the value in getting included in books? For newer designers, what are tips on getting in?”
We also stop for three minutes to review a student portfolio site by Geoff Thibeau.
After the recording, we had so much energy left that we decided to go see the Omaha Royals play some AAA ball, where Nate (dressed as a corn cob) raced previous guests Tom Nemitz (in a beer suit) and Robert Maguire (wearing a very manly steak outfit) right in the middle of the second inning in front of a crowd of thousands. And cob wins!
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