“Today we are joined by Stanley Hainsworth’s hair, and, by extension, Stanley Hainsworth himself.”
Stanley Hainsworth, if taken by his past works, could easily be described as a genius of design (take those stints creative-directing companies like Nike, Lego, and Starbucks for the past 20 years, for example). But when you add in his uncanny appearance, you know you must call him a mad genius! Not that he’s unpleasant, by any means. Stanley is in fact quite nice, and as it happens very forthcoming about his work.
What really makes this show shine was the interview took place about one month after Stanley Hainsworth left Starbucks to begin his own creative endeavor, Tether, which you can find out all about at www.tethercreate.com, and we kindly persuade Mr. Hainsworth to spill the proverbial beans on the project. Enjoy.
Bernard Uy (of Wall to Wall Studios) is the kind of guy you can’t help but love when you meet. Charming, friendly, funny, and endlessly intelligent. And please don’t take this show’s cover illustration as a play on his ability to convince his partner to open a second office in Honolulu — and that he should staff it — the man has mad ukulele skills. We talk shop in the beginning, but this episode is really about AIGA Honolulu’s big push for sustainable design: DesignFootprint.org, which leads into our best examination yet of going green in your work. Because when your specialty paper needs to be shipped halfway across the Pacific Ocean, well, I guess you think about those kinds of things.
This week we welcome special guest Sean Adams of Adams Morioka! Current President of the AIGA and master of all things super-great, Sean was our guest while visiting the great city of Omaha for the AIGA Leadership Retreat last month. Aside from being a great designer and, according to him, a fantastic boss, Sean is really one of the most generous and kind people we’ve had the privilege to share the microphone with.
Sorry for the spotty sound on this show (and a few upcoming); the 36 Point Mobile Recording Studio turned out to be on its last legs during this conversation and died shortly thereafter. We don’t know if that’s what actually makes us sound terrible on this show or not, but Sean sounds great, and that’s who you’re really tuning in for, now isn’t it?
Let me get this out of the way quickly: WE ARE OLD. We didn’t used to be old. Well, Donovan did, but I sure didn’t. Then suddenly we looked around (and recorded this show) and said the words “youth” and “culture” in tandem aloud, and found ourselves on the other side of the great divide. thankfully we welcome old friends John Henry Muller and Dave Nelson to the show to tell us how we’re doing it wrong. Listen, and if your ears are quick enough, you can actually hear the last vestiges of my youth slipping into the abyss.
Also: Inexplicably, I swear in this show. A Lot. You’ve been warned.
This week we discuss at lenth the Chicago International Poster Biennial (hereby pronounced “bee-ennial”), which eventually turns into a bunch of whining about rock posters again. We welcome Superstar Designer Drew Davies to the show for the first time ever since the last show and rock it out. Not discussed: neon signs. Peace.