Recorded at this year’s HOW Design Live Conference, we also briefly mention that Jason has written a number of graphic design books, formally wrote for Speak Up, still writes for some of the design magazines, and teaches at Winthrop University. He was unsuccessful in his first attempt to stop James Cameron from using Papyrus…
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.
In an effort to find a different way to give back to the graphic design community (as well as giving back to the public relations and marketing communities as well), they created a free program for the college students in the area. Over the past five years, I have spoke at a FORGE panel, attended most (if not all) of the final class panels / portfolio reviews, and spoken with many of the students about their experience. It was only a matter of time before we had a podcast talking about this great program.
Lynn Schneider (who came up with the idea of FORGE), and Sarah Bergeron (a former FORGEr, and now on the other side of the FORGE) join us to talk all things FORGE, and where it’s headed next. Cody Fenske (a former FORGEr himself) joins me to co-host. Enjoy.
When you listen to Ron and Brent of YYES design – you immediately forget that the world of graphic design can often be a stressful and competitive place. As they explain in this interview, Brent and Ron named their unique firm YYES (pronounced “YYYYES!!!”) because of their positive, playful approach to graphic design. Listening to them talk – it’s easy to see that they live out this ideal very well.
When I first heard that these two design partners work out of separate cities (Brent out of Minneapolis and Ron out of Los Angeles) – I wondered how they could have made it work for so long. Long distance relationships can be hard to maintain – especially business relationships. But as I heard more of their story and watched them interact, it became very clear that these guys work very well together. Ron is the fast-moving, ambitious salesman/designer – while Brent is the cool, calculated wordsmith/organizer. In a sense – they truly complete each other.
Please enjoy this lively look at the friendship and partnership of two very classy gentlemen of design.