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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 4, 2017

Randy attended Indiana University (I won’t hold it against him) and began the first decade of his career in Chicago. Eventually, he was led back to Indy and began working as a design partner for DeveloperTown. For lack of a better way of saying it, he’s completely obsessed with design. 

Mentioned in this episode: 

  • Origin story
  • DeveloperTown
  • What makes great designers and clients

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

Nov 20, 2017

Paula has worn many hats throughout her career. Today, she's working on some incredibly cool projects. Get a sneak peek in this interview!

Mentioned in this episode: 

  • Paula's Wikipedia Page
  • Pentagram
  • Paula's TED Talk
  • Shake Shack Rebrand
  • Snap Kitchen
  • BQX
  • High Line

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

Nov 13, 2017

Stacey Dyer is currently the Creative Strategist for iZotope, where audio software products are developed to enable and inspire creativity. While managing a new brand landscape, Stacey pushes the team to go beyond their usual boundaries through lean practices, as well as process discovery and customer validation.

In this episode, we discuss:

Her journey to publishing her first book, AstroWed.
Her favorite parts working for Loctite.
Her brief stint owning a cake bake shop.


You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

Oct 16, 2017

Kelly always enjoyed creating artwork. However, growing up in Iowa there weren’t too many opportunities to pursue it, that’s what led him to the Art Center College of Design. After earning his degree in Advertising Illustration he began working at print shop as he built-up his freelance clients. Now he works solely freelance, and in his free time you can catch him jamming out in his “one man band,” Hume and the Humanoids.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he got into design
  • Lettering for MLB
  • Advice to designers


You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

Oct 9, 2017

During Karen's childhood she would sit at the kitchen table and hear discussions swirl around her about business. These conversations placed an entrepreneurial spirit in her. After 15 years in the banking industry she changed her focus to home staging. Her purpose is simple, help bring people’s “vision to reality.”

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Origin story 
  • Her purpose
  • Designing Spaces 
  • Her Book 


You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

Oct 2, 2017

After college Betsy Helmuth packed up her bags and “angry cat” to pursue a career in painting and acting in the Big Apple. Later she would discover that her true calling was interior design on a budget. Her mission is simple, to change lives through the dynamic of a household, and she does just that with her business, Affordable Interior Design

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Origin story
  • What her days look like
  • What makes a great client
  • Ins and outs of interior design 

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

Sep 25, 2017

In middle school Mackey Saturday’s mother told him he should pursue graphic design, but at the time he thought the art form was reserved for artistic “cheaters.” Later he would go onto to earn a degree in fine arts with a concentration in metalsmithing. After school he realized he could take art and turn it into something valuable and objective, which led him into design where he became the design principal at Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Origin story
  • Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv
  • The best clients
  • Design heroes

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

Sep 18, 2017

Paul Sahre started his path in design at Kent State University. After working in a few different agencies he realized as a lone wolf he should begin his own independent practice, Office of Paul Sahre.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Office of Paul Sahre
  • Being married to a designer
  • Designing book covers
  • What he’s most obsessed with today

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

Sep 11, 2017

Ian Paget landed into design, oddly, through a warehouse job. After being recognized by the owner as “good at drawing” he began creating promotional posters for their sales team. From there he self-taught himself Adobe Indesign and his career took off. Now he works as the lead creative designer at Advansys Ecommerce Solutions and a freelancer for Logo Geek.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Origin story
  • Logo Geek
  • His podcast
  • Freelancing and agency

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

Sep 4, 2017

Born and raised a southerner, Christian discovered design during his final years at University of North Carolina. Following his design epiphany he headed to the Portfolio Center in Atlanta to brush up on the skills he needed to become an expert designer. After taking a brief stint for an internship with Pentagram in New York City, he headed down to Austin, fell in love with the city, and began his own agency, Helms Workshop.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Origin story
  • Work in the beer industry 
  • Internship with Michael Bierut
  • Helms Workshop
  • Proudest moment as a designer

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

Aug 28, 2017

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 to catch up.

You can follow them on Twitter here.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why they decided to open an agency together.
  • What they love about design and branding.
  • Where Wier/Stewart is today. 
  • Good and bad clients.

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

Aug 21, 2017

Joseph Kalinowski, better known as JK, began his career in Cleveland by cutting his teeth in production and printing. Later in life, at a PTA bowling event, he struck up a conversation with the owner of Content Marketing Institute, Joe Pulizzi, which led to his role as creative director for CM. When he’s not searching for the latest Star Wars action figures he’s busy at work planning for the next Content Marketing World.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His background
  • Content Marketing Institute
  • His design hero
  • His favorite action figures

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

Aug 14, 2017

By the time Tom was twelve he had already begun to dabble in the realm of graphic design. He entered his designs into online contest where he began to make a name for himself. After what he calls his “right of passage,” he found an amazing community of designers from all different backgrounds and formed his company, Design Cuts.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His story 
  • Starting Design Cuts 
  • Honest Designers Show 
  • What he most obsessed with today

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

Aug 7, 2017

Today we’ll hear from Paula Scher, Debbie Millman, Amy & Jennifer Hood, Robynne Raye, and Danielle Evans. Let me know if you like these kinds of episodes, and if so, we might do more of them.

Jul 31, 2017

Val Head launched into design when her rock band was in need of a website. Quickly, she realized how much she liked web design and that it paid the bills. From there she put her rocker past behind her and began her career in design.

 

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Her origin story
  • Adobe
  • What makes a good client
  • Being an author

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

Jul 24, 2017

Maurice began coding at an early age, and with every new technology he refined his skill. Captain of the math team turned designer, his passion for design grew in college when he began freelancing web design for miscellaneous clients. After working for the State of Georgia and a few start-ups he decided it was time to create his own company, Lunch.  

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His story
  • Lunch
  • What makes a great client
  • Revision Path

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

Jul 17, 2017

In high school Chris was known as, "the guy that can draw anything." In the 80s he worked at a silkscreen shop where he was introduced to graphic design. From there, he found his "calling" and entered into a four year art program. He would later start his agency in 1995, Blind.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The Futur
  • Blind
  • What makes great clients and bad clients 
  • What he's most obsessed with 

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

Jul 10, 2017

By the time Tom was twelve he had already begun to dabble in the realm of graphic design. He entered his designs into online contest where he began to make a name for himself. After what he calls his “right of passage,” he found an amazing community of designers from all different backgrounds and formed his company, Design Cuts.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His story 
  • Starting Design Cuts 
  • Honest Designers Show 
  • What he most obsessed with today

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

Jul 3, 2017

Before Brad discovered branding he discovered the power of reading. As a teenager he became an avid reader which led to his degree in literature. From there, he went to manage a bicycle shop where his love for bikes grew into the formation of an agency, Bullhorn.

 

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he became a writer
  • Starting Bullhorn
  • What makes a great client
  • What he most obsessed with 

 

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

May 29, 2017
Long-time listeners know that I interview designers of all types: architects, graphic designers, product designers, interior designers, process designers, and anyone with designer in their title, who are a little obsessed with their craft and industry. Our show explores the common threads that tie designers together, how they got started in the design world, and what makes them tick.
 
I've had the honor of interviewing some of the best in the business: Debbie Millman, Michael Bierut, David Carson, Paula Scher, and Armin Vit just to name a few. 
 
Tweet to @obsessedshow or @joshmiles and let us know who you'd like to hear on season two.
 
Thanks for listening, and we'll see you next time!
May 22, 2017

Michael found his love for design as a curious kid, being interested in making things and taking things apart, and photography. To quote Michael, he has an "engineering mindset without the math skills." Find out more about Michael and view his work on his website: www.earthtomj.com

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What does "service design" really mean? 
  • His favorite client challenges

 

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

May 15, 2017

Chase Turberville is a brand designer at Focus Lab in Savannah, Georgia. Check out his work on Dribble and Instagram.  

Chase discovered his love of design and branding as a teenager playing in a grunge cover band. From there, he began his official design career at Realtree, where he learned that anything can be wrapped in camo. He then spent time interning at Hatch Show Print and credits those three months as being some of the most transformative in his career. 

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he got his start in the design world
  • What makes a great client
  • What he's most obsessed with today

 

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

May 8, 2017

Matt Stevens is a designer, illustrator, speaker, and creative tinkerer from North Carolina. His work has been featured by the biggest names in sports, tech, and even fast food. Matt's biggest goal is always to do thoughtful and unforgettable work for amazing brands and make the whole process a pleasure. You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he got his start in a middle school logo design contest.
  • His experience working with big brands, and advice he'd give to young designers starting with big brands.
  • The importance of "side gigs" and how they have spurred his professional development.

Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.

Apr 24, 2017

In this episode, I sat down with Amy and Jennifer Hood. These two are not only brilliant creatives and founders of a branding firm, they're also twins. You can follow their agency on Twitter here. In this episode, we discuss:

  • How they collaborate with their team.
  • The importance of producing their own products.
  • How their team opens up recurring revenue opportunities.

You can find show notes on our website at ObsessedShow.com.

Apr 17, 2017

Von Glitschka (or "Vonster" on Twitter) is revered by brand designers around the country as one of the brightest in the industry. He has worked with everyone from some of the largest brands in the world to small tech startups in the Pacific Northwest. In our chat, we discussed:

  • What it's like working with such a diverse client base.
  • How he does brand research, allowing him to "learn a new industry every 30 days."
  • Where he finds his design inspiration.
  • How he utilizes process to get the best results for his clients.

You can find show notes on our website at ObsessedShow.com.

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