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Obsessed Show - featuring some of the most creative people in the world, it's a podcast designed to inspire. - Hosted by Josh Miles If you knew this show as Obsessed With Design you're still in the right place. After a brief hiatus in 2018, we have a ton of episodes already recorded, and I'm excited to be back! This season we'll still be chatting with designers from branding, illustration, architecture, interiors, and design thinking... but we'll also be talking to other makers—from film and photography, to authors and television... and many other creatives along the way.
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Dec 26, 2016

This episode is a bit different. In the spirit of the holidays, with a new year approaching, Josh sat down with himself to do a little reflection on the year that was. In this episode, he discusses:

  • #ObsessedChallenge on Instagram - A side-project he's working on to re-ignite his creativity. 
  • How he got into design and started his own branding agency.
  • His inspiration and influences throughout his early career.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Dec 19, 2016

Aaron Draplin is a graphic designer, author, and founder of his own design studio, Draplin Design Co. Because of his incredible, inspiring work with some of the world's best brands, you've probably seen him on a million videos and podcasts already. That's why we went out of our way to find some fresh stories and fresh perspectives on his design career.

You can follow his design studio on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The grind of his speaking schedule and book promotion tour
  • What he's learned in the last five years of his career
  • Why he's chosen to keep his agency small and nimble when he could easily grow

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Dec 12, 2016

Based in Brooklyn, Douglas never intended to go to college. Today, he's the author of Creative Strategy and the Business of Design and he teaches online courses on design and business strategy.

During our interview, we talk about his book, his educational series, and how he went from not intending to go to college to educating college kids himself.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His inspiration for his book.
  • How he started a digital department at his first agency.
  • What he's most obsessed with now.

You can get show notes at ObsessedShow.com.

Dec 5, 2016

James White, the founder of Signalnoise, is a visual artist, designer and speaker living in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. He makes posters, prints and all kinds of cool stuff. He is, among other things, obsessed with the 80's and visual synthwave art.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His origins,
  • The importance of drawing,
  • His current setup, and
  • How he finds some of his best clients.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Nov 28, 2016

Khoi Vinh is a graphic designer, blogger, and former Design Director for The New York Times, where he worked from January 2006 until July 2010. Fast Company named Vinh one of "The 50 Most Influential Designers in America" in September 2011. Today, he is the Principal Designer at Adobe, Design Chair of Wildcard, and co-founder of Kidpost.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Nov 21, 2016

Julian Stubbs is an international brand strategist and has worked with brand and identity projects for clients such as Stockholm, where he was involved with creating the positioning of the city as The Capital of Scandinavia. His book Wish You Were Here documents this work as well as the issues involved in major place branding projects.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His decision to launch a "cloud-based" agency.
  • How his agency continues to succeed with zero employees.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Nov 14, 2016

Lauren Hom is a California-born, formerly Brooklyn-based designer and letterer who's currently traveling the world. Known for her bright color palettes and playful letterforms, Lauren has created work for clients like Starbucks, Google, AT&T, YouTube and TIME Magazine.

You can follow her on Instagram here.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Nov 7, 2016

After our last discussion with Brian Collins, Chief Creative Officer of COLLINS, we couldn't wait to have him on again. Brian is our first ever repeat guest and this episode is full of fun stories, great advice, and more than a few name drops.

Brian Collins is one of the world's leading voices in branding. He is a former professor and international speaker, and today he runs his own branding shop, COLLINS, which has worked with brands such as Coca Cola, Spotify, and FourSquare.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Oct 31, 2016

Joseph Szala is a restaurant brand strategist and the host of the design podcast Grits + Grids. We interviewed Joseph awhile back, and we liked him so much that Josh decided to go on his show and share his scariest client horror stories, just in time for Halloween.

Please, go follow Grits + Grids on Twitter and subscribe to them in iTunes! It's a great podcast for designers of all skill levels.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Oct 24, 2016

We recorded this episode with Samuel a few months ago, but he just released a new line of bags in partnership with the J2 Collection, so we figured we would give him a plug and run back one of our favorite interviews.

You can purchase one of his bags below...

http://thej2collection.com/t/brame

Today, Samuel E Vázquez wears many hats. He is an artist, a designer, and an educator, to name a few. In the early days, however, he was known by a different name - "Brame," his graffiti tag. Today, his art has evolved past the street and into some of the most recognizable spots in the Midwest. His work has lived in the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and the NCAA Hall of Champions.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Samuel's path from Puerto Rico to New York City and, eventually, to Indianapolis.
  • His view on "street art," and why he rebels against the word "graffiti."
  • How a week-long suspension in high school set him on the path to becoming a widely-respected artist.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Oct 17, 2016

Ken and Jenn Visocky O'Grady are designers, educators, speakers, and co-authors of the book The Information Design Handbook.

Jenn is an Associate Professor at Cleveland State University. Her design work has been recognized in numerous international publications, including Print and HOW magazines, and several books.

Ken is an Assistant Professor at Kent State University. He has won numerous awards in international design competitions. His work has also appeared in several books, and was featured in HOW magazine's Business of Design Annual.

You can follow them on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Oct 10, 2016

Brian Collins is one of the world's leading voices in branding. He is a former professor and international speaker, and today he runs his own branding shop, COLLINS, which has worked with brands such as Coca Cola, Spotify, and FourSquare.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His origins.
  • How to win every major award.
  • One of the original brands to cut through the clutter.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Oct 3, 2016

Stephan Ango is the co-founder and Head of Product at Lumi, a Los Angeles-based company that provides packaging for online brands. He also is the host of the Well Made podcast, and has interviewed several of the same guests as our show.

 You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Cardboard
  • Logistics
  • Charles and Ray Eames

You can get show notes at ObsessedShow.com.

Sep 26, 2016

Frontify is the software that all designers have thought about creating. Roger is one of the few who actually followed through on the idea. Frontify is a company that focuses on brand management with a Software-as-a-Service business model. Their software helps you easily create brand style guides, design workflows, and visual collaboration projects.

In his role as founder and CTO, Roger is passionate about the design, code, and UX of the end product. You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The challenges of creating your first startup.
  • The benefits of being in Switzerland.
  • How FIFA impacts their office culture.

You can get show notes at ObsessedShow.com.

Sep 19, 2016

Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec are both renowned designers with a penchant for visualizing data. This passion turned a pen-pal project into a full-fledged book, Dear Data.

For a year, they exchanged postcards weekly, cataloging their lives using different kinds of data. Some days, they counted the number of doors they walked through. Other days, they recorded their level of indecision. Regardless of the data they collected, they would visualize it differently in each postcard. Dear Data is a collection of these "slow data transmissions," with some color commentary sprinkled in.

You can follow them on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How they got their start in design.
  • What inspired their book.
  • What aspects of design and data they're most obsessed with.

You can get show notes at ObsessedShow.com.

Sep 12, 2016

In anticipation of her presentation at the 2016 MBO Conference in Indianapolis, we're re-releasing our interview with Debbie Millman. And, as a special treat, our listeners have been granted a special discount code to go see Debbie speak!

For a $20 discount to this year's MBO Conference in Indianapolis, use the discount code "MH20"

The host of one of the top iTunes podcasts of 2015 joins me for a look at the personal side of Debbie Millman that you may not have heard before.

Find out what Debbie is most obsessed with. The answer might surprise you.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com

Sep 5, 2016

Based in Brooklyn, Douglas never intended to go to college. Today, he's the author of Creative Strategy and the Business of Design and he teaches online courses on design and business strategy.

During our interview, we talk about his book, his educational series, and how he went from not intending to go to college to educating college kids himself.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His inspiration for his book.
  • How he started a digital department at his first agency.
  • What he's most obsessed with now.

You can get show notes at ObsessedShow.com.

Aug 29, 2016

This is Bob. Bob loves buttons.

Bob Ewing is a lettering artist and Art Director based in Indianapolis, but he has a great national presence. Between the popularity of INCH x INCH and posting his work under #HashtagLettering, he's grown a strong following around the country.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How Bob got started in design.
  • How he found his love for buttons and founded INCH x INCH.
  • Where he gets his inspiration when working on lettering projects.

A fun fact about Bob - He actually applied to MilesHerndon way back in the day, when we went by "Miles Design." You can find his old resume and show notes at ObsessedShow.com.

Aug 22, 2016

It started over a burrito, and now here they are...

This week, Josh sits down with Alex Wier and Daniel Stewart, Creative Director and Studio Director of Wier/Stewart in Augusta, Georgia.

You can follow them on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why they decided to open an agency together.
  • Their approach on design and branding.
  • Why they inject their personality so heavily into every video they produce.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Aug 15, 2016

Jonathan Hoffman got his start in traditional advertising. He cut his teeth with Leo Burnett, McCann, and Starcom. Over the years, he's evolved into a leader in the branded video space, with a heavy emphasis on creating dynamic and engaging branded video

Today, he's working with Philo Media in Chicago, using modern tools to create authentic, meaningful connections between people and brands.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The state of traditional advertising.
  • The promise of augmented reality and video-driven apps.
  • The future of consumer-produced content.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Aug 8, 2016

Aaron Draplin is a graphic designer, author, and founder of his own design studio, Draplin Design Co. Because of his incredible, inspiring work with some of the world's best brands, you've probably seen him on a million videos and podcasts already. That's why we went out of our way to find some fresh stories and fresh perspectives on his design career.

You can follow his design studio on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The grind of his speaking schedule and book promotion tour
  • What he's learned in the last five years of his career
  • Why he's chosen to keep his agency small and nimble when he could easily grow

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Aug 1, 2016

Victor Yocco is a UX researcher and strategist. His objective is to bring the voice of the user to the table when he makes design and strategy decisions, and he does it quite well. 

In addition to his UX work, Victor is an author and speaker. He is the author of the book Design for the Mind, as well as a featured writer for several publications. He enjoys speaking on a wide range of topics, from the psychology behind great design to reducing the abuse of alcohol in the design and tech industry.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • UX
  • The joys of parenthood
  • Alcohol in the workplace
  • What it's like writing a book

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Jul 25, 2016

Christopher Stuart is an artist and designer based in Carmel, IN.  His personal work explores the area between art and design, challenging the idea of function.  He received his BFA in Furniture Design from Herron School of Art & Design. Chris is also the founder and principal of LUUR, a transdisciplinary design studio and brand, and author of DIY Furniture 1 & DIY Furniture 2, published by Laurence King.

You can follow his studio on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His origin story as a designer.
  • How he defines "transdisciplinary," and why he chose to build a transdisciplinary design studio.
  • His newest obsession, furniture design, and why he loves the DIY furniture movement.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Jul 18, 2016

Tad Carpenter is a designer, illustrator, and teacher based in Kansas City. Tad was lucky enough to grow up the son of two artists smack dab in the middle of the midwest. His father is an illustrator and has been a creative director for Hallmark Cards for nearly 40 years.

You merely adopted design. Tad was born in it, molded by it.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His upbringings in the design world.
  • How his father influenced him early on.
  • How Hallmark influences the design community in Kansas City.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Jul 11, 2016

"Jolby" isn't a celebrity couple, it's a design studio committed to collaboration and solving complex problems. Josh and Colby are the co-founders of Jolby & Friends.

You can follow them on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How they found their way into the design profession.
  • The beginnings of Jolby & Friends, and how they went from a t-shirt company to a full-blown design studio.
  • Their creative process and how they build a culture of collaboration for both their team and their clients.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

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