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.
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.
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!
The Reflex Blue Show Season 3 looks to be starting just in time to get us geared up for the HOW Conference in June. Can we seriously be less then two months out to the biggest design event of the year? And the second biggest event? Probably the Adobe CS5 launch.
This episode we bring back Chris Kelly to talk about CS5, complain about Twitter’s idea to create intrusive ads into our feeds, and force Chris Kelly get a Twitter account (@amazingchrisk). Follow him!
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It was exactly one year ago today that Nate set up the @36Point Twitter account, and told me to use it. That weekend we drove to Fort Smith to help judge the AAF-Fort Smith ADDY show, and documented the travel with regular tweeting. The following week, we decided we’d ask our wonderful show listeners to ask us our take on anything design related via Twitter, and recorded our first Twitter Show (The Reflex Blue Show #26).
For those who like a little more detail on what we cover: view Al’s very cool Haiti poster, check out some vertically-striped socks, turn ahead the clock, witness the return of a ‘hillbilly’, love or hate a serif, view a movie, drool over some crowns, dress like a Skywalker, and listen to Mig Reyes tell you how to be successful.