The second of four interviews (not including the recap) from AIGA Minnesota’s Design Camp is with a few of the people from Studio on Fire – Ben Levitz, Sam Michaels, and Steven Senger. we speak of specialty printing, designing and printing in the same building, and more. When Ben Lueders covered Design Camp for us in 2012, he also recorded a show with the studio, but with a slightly different cast.
For many design conference attendees, the conference highlight is often the exhibit hall. Hundreds of eager designers flood a large room looking for opportunities to discover sweet design-related products – and fill a giant bag with sweet design–related trinkets that probably won’t fit in their suitcases. At Design Camp 2012 held by AIGA Minnesota, there was one exhibit booth that really got a lot of deserved attention: the Studio on Fire booth. (Of course – the Neenah booth wasn’t too shabby either…)
Studio on Fire is a small letterpress and design shop in Minneapolis run by Benjamin Levitz and Selina Larsen that specializes in creating awesomely beautiful and tactile print pieces. As I state in the beginning of this interview, I think I grabbed pretty much every print sample they handed out in the exhibit hall that night. As you can see in the images below – their work is quite eye-catching, and – as Benjamin would say, “succulent”.
Hope you enjoy this candid interview with Studio on Fire’s Benjamin and Selina about balancing family life and work, not losing the artistry behind graphic design, and a little about Lord of the Rings too.
My choice for best summertime website distraction for designers, FPO: For Print Only, selected our Life in Abundance poster for today’s feature. Check out the post to not only get some better pictures of the completed project, but some in-progress photos provided directly from Spark Stationery.
Episode 4 was recorded, once again, with the generosity of Concordia University and The Professor Paul Berkbigler, to who at this point we owe pretty much our entire show. Hot on the heels of Stefan Bucher’s appearance at the school a few weeks ago, none other than Jim Sherraden of Hatch Show Print fame was in town and we had the incredible opportunity to sit down with him for breakfast and a show (separately, unfortunately) to talk about Hatch — past, present, and future. Jim turned out to be one of the kindest people I’ve ever met, and was very gracious with his time and his stories. Hatch continues to be the best place to get a poster on the whole planet, so if you haven’t faxed them your love for a while, I whole-heartedly suggest it.