This podcast is hosted by Donovan Beery, a designer living and working in Omaha, Nebraska. This podcast covers graphic design, pop culture, web design, and the people working in the creative industries.
Mary Allen returns to The Reflex Blue Show to talk about mental health awareness, and her greeting cards for those who want a way to explain their mental health issue. We also speak about living walls, environmental design, and more.
Big thanks to Mary Allen for being the guest on show #200 – crazy to think we’re still going strong. I have to give big props to Nate Voss and Tom Nemitz for starting up the Be A Design Cast (BADCast) podcast with me back in November of 2005. I also want to thank all of our great guests over the years (and there have been a lot of them), and our listeners (those who’ve been with us for a while, as well as those who may just be joining now. Feel free to give us a good review by the way if you’re still listening ;)
This may be show #200, but with our conference (and other) specials, it’s more like #268. For those counting the 53 BADCast shows, and the 9 specials we did there, I guess it may be closer to #329…
When we started interviewing guests just a few months in on the BADCast, we thought it’d be fun to ask like 5 stupid / crazy / weird questions to the guest, and Tom Nemitz named it “The Reflex Blue Round”. I liked it because it was a quick question / answer thing, as well as Reflex Blue being the color of my alma mater (I am not sure if it still is, they have re-branded a few times since). Anyway, The Reflex Blue Show got it’s name from there for anyone who wondered… here’s to another 200 (329?)!
Andrea Trew stops by The Reflex Blue Show to talk about her new company, Trew Creative. Andrea spent the past three years as the sole designer at Flywheel (36 Point has been hosted at Flywheel since 2017), and before that worked at a few ad agencies in Omaha.
Emily Cohen returns to the show to discuss her book Brutally Honest (she was last on the show a year ago, before the book shipped, and after an amazing Kickstarter promotion). The book has really taken off, and is now heading into a second-printing – I highly recommend it after reading my copy last month. It really is Emily in book format like she mentions in this episode.
Emily is also on a “Moving Beyond Referrals” speaking tour, and it was great to catch her talk (hosted by the great AIGA Nebraska chapter) at Blatt Beer & Table in Omaha, Nebraska.
We speak about the dirty word that is “specialization”, how and why to specialize, why to limit referrals, and how KISS is playing just across the street from where we recorded next week. Wait, that’s from when we recorded last week. KISS plays in like 3 hours! See you at the show!
Omaha-based designer Dani Donovan stopped by the Eleven19 office to discuss a design project that went huge – and fast.
In mid-December (of 2018), just two short months before we recorded this podcast, she posted a flowchart/comic showing ADHD storytelling. It started to get shared. It started to get re-posted. It got well over 25 million views, and is still circulating, being edited by others, and shared anew. I saw her post about it on Twitter the day after, mentioning that it went viral much quicker than you can plan, and within hours, I saw it show up in my social media feed from two other people, not even knowing who created it.
I love seeing a designer’s side-project take off, and look forward to seeing Dani Donovan’s success on this.
This officially marks the beginning of Season 12 of The Reflex Blue Show, and thanks goes out to Paul Meyer for creating the new logo and images on this post – we will be using for the rest of the season (and likely through season thirteen). Thanks again for listening. We will be back in a week or two with anther episode. Until then…
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…
In addition to the three podcast recaps from the AIGA National Conference I will be putting up this week, I also wrote a few blog posts documenting the trip for Neenah Paper again this year if you want to also see recaps in written and photo form:
John Sayles (of J. Sayles Design in Des Moines, Iowa) stopped by the Eleven19 studio to talk about being in the design industry for over three decades.
But first things first – pork chops and vodka! For those who have never been, the Iowa State Fair is huge – HUUUUGE – and one of the top attractions is the Pork Tent J. Sayles Design worked on. That, and Jalapeno Pete’s just down the fair grounds (which is also a Sayles design). So, how big is the fair? Pete’s will go through 130 kegs in one night, and 5-6,000 pork chops are served up per day. Like I said, it is HUGE. Speaking of which, I missed it again this year, and really should not have. Next year. Let’s go with that. I need to visit the butter cow before 2019 ends (I remember seeing the Butter Superman, as well as Butter Harry Potter, so 2006 and 2007 must have been the years I attended, oh 2019 Fair, you cannot come soon enough).
Now, for the vodka, and it is SWELL. After years of doing design work for others in the beverage industry (which he still does for places like Peace Tree Brewing), John decided to take the advice he gives out to clients, and put it into his own vodka company – and thus, SWELL Vodka was born. We talk about the first three years of running a second business, and what is involved, and regulations, so many regulations.
We also talk about how design can lead to changes in housing for the homeless, doing work for hundreds of clients over the years (including a 5-times platinum Lynyrd Skynyrd album), some student advice, and more.
Steve Gordon and Paul Meyer stop by The Reflex Blue Show to talk about the current things going on in the design world.
We recorded this a day or two after Apple’s announcements of a new phone line – and a big advancement in their watch technology. I know I’ll eventually end up with a new iPhone at sometime…but who knows when that’ll be, as I’m pretty set on just riding my phone out until it decides it’s time. I do look forward to Steve sending me hourly memos from his watch – just to let me know he got the new one though…
We also cover trends (note: you NEED a #HVYCRWN fanny pack – make this happen).