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Today on Obsessed Show I'm chatting with Steffen Christiansen, creative director at design and experience agency, Jam3.
Steffen was born and raised in Denmark and is currently based in Toronto. He specializes in Digital Products & Experiences, as well as Branding & Illustration across all platforms.
Steffen strongly believes Great work should always be well made, have that human touch, and hopefully, make you smile.
So without further ado, please enjoy my conversation with Steffen Christiansen.
Today on Obsessed Show I’m chatting with Jessie McGuire.
Jessie McGuire is the Managing Director at brand design studio ThoughtMatter, leading a team of artists, writers and strategists to create daring designs and identities for everything from art museums, communities and brands to a range of institutions and organizations. She has been integral in shaping the purpose and creative vision of ThoughtMatter, spearheading projects and campaigns that reflect the agency’s culture and mission, including protest posters for the 2017 Women’s March, a modern redesign of the U.S. Constitution and the recently launched For The People docuseries. Jessie has also worked to raise awareness and support for socially progressive causes such as March for Our Lives, Girls Write Now and The Joyful Heart Foundation as well as on community-minded projects for The New-York Historical Society, Downtown Staten Island and The Center for Arts Education.
Jessie holds a BFA in Communications Design and Advertising Art Direction from Pratt Institute and a MPS in Branding from The School of Visual Arts. Before joining ThoughtMatter, she managed and worked on projects for billion-dollar brands owned by Kimberly-Clark, P&G and Colgate Palmolive. In addition, Jessie formerly served as the Advocacy Chair on the board of directors of the New York chapter of AIGA, and is a regular speaker at conferences across NYC.
When Jessie is not designing, she can be found running in Brooklyn—alone, in a race or after her two kids.
Eric Thoelke, President, TOKY
Eric Thoelke (pronounced “toky”) brings more than 30 years of real-world experience in brand strategy and design of complex projects. Eric is responsible for leading a team of designers and brand strategists who create new names and visual brand identities, design print and online experiences, and solve branding challenges. His work has been recognized by Communication Arts magazine, won platinum and gold awards in Graphis, has been featured in design annuals from the AIGA, the Type Directors Club, Print magazine, HOW magazine, Brand New, and many others.
Eric has served as a judge for design competitions across the country, including the Communication Arts Design Annual, and has presented ideas on design and culture at conferences from San Diego to Pittsburgh. Eric was selected as one of St. Louis Magazine’s “Great Minds” of St. Louis, and a “Buzz List” recipient from ALIVE magazine for co-founding the Midtown Alley Design District. Eric is a co-founder of St. Louis Design Week and co-led it for its first two years.
Today on Obsessed Show I'm chatting with principal consultant at Illig, Ed Illig.
Ed is a Marketing & Brand Design Strategist + Outsourced Fractional Marketing Lead | Problem solver, revenue driver, creative leader, experience creator, strategist, marketer, integrator, designer, inventor, thinker, writer, director, illustrator, producteer, adventurer. Dreamer.
SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, Please enjoy my conversation with Ed Illig.
Today on Obsessed Show I'm chatting with co-founder and creative partner of Oh Hello Design Co., Sara Seal.
Sara has over a decade of experience creating and cultivating both boutique and large-scale brands. She’s passionate about making strong, authentic voices heard above the crowd and wants her work to empower others to pursue their biggest dreams.
According to their website, Oh, Hello Design Co.’s purpose is to reverse the negativity in this world, and help to encourage you that you matter and what you have to contribute to this world is valuable.
We're going to talk about Oh Hello Design Co's focus on their purpose, and how they help woman-owned small businesses.
SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, Please enjoy my conversation with Sara Seal.
John rebuilt the South African camping chair using argentine leather and pecan, featured in GQ and sold at Neiman Marcus. John also does custom projects and helped in the building of intelligentsia coffee in Austin and the newest shop from the Intelligentsia legacy called The Meteor. John grew up in a small town in Texas and learned woodwork in design while traveling through the US and South America.
So without further ado, please enjoy my conversation with John Humphreys.
Anna Brozek was recently named CEO of Big Cartel, the leading independent platform that's helped enable more than 1 million artists and makers sell over $3 billion of their work directly to consumers via easy to open online shops. Since its inception in 2005, the independently run company has been instrumental in empowering talented artisans to do what they love.
Anna and I discuss her roots of owning an indie record shop with her husband, and her rise to the C-suite.
This is an inspiring conversation for anyone who’s dreamed of working their way to the top with an amazing company.
So without further ado, please enjoy this conversation with Anna Brozek.
On today’s episode, I chat with John Benzick, who has provided innovation expertise to Procter & Gamble, McDonald's, Best Buy, The Hershey Company, Arm & Hammer, LensCrafters, Chase Manhattan Bank, Kimberly Clark, S.C. Johnson, Water Pik, Philip Morris International, Outback Steakhouse and other companies.
Today he uses his powers to coach would-be entrepreneurs through the launch of their own products. If you’ve ever dreamed of joining the ranks of Shepard Fairey and Aaron Draplin in the quest to launch your own product, this episode is for you.
So without further ado, please enjoy this conversation with John Benzick.
Heidi Luerra is the Founder & CEO of RAW Artists, the world’s largest independent arts organization. Over the past decade, Heidi has grown RAW to a worldwide operation in over 80 cities with almost 200k artists in the RAW community.
She's publishing her first book "The Work of Art" this September. "The Work of Art" covers topics from personal branding, budgeting, and mental health, to guidance on clearing the hurdles that come forth as you rise to steady success.
So without further ado, please enjoy this conversation with Heidi Luerra.
David is a high-functioning eccentric who thinks in stories, speaks in aphorisms and wields a passion for storytelling that’s unorthodox approaching idiosyncratic. Hired at Google as a 22-year old, David held an objectively unjustifiable amount of power. He built a content team at Google Maps and established a global production strategy that covered the Canadian Arctic, Taj Mahal, and Pyramids at Giza. Then he left to turn his side project, a wedding video company named Bokeh, into a marketing agency. David now develops campaign strategies and content for brands like Google, Instagram, Airbnb, WeWork, DoorDash, Visa and more. David is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and currently lives in San Francisco.
So without further ado, please enjoy this interview with David Bates.
99designs may be a controversial guest to some listeners, but we connected with their CEO, Patrick Llewellyn, all the way from Australia to talk about their latest research report, Design Without Borders.
You can learn more about the report here: https://99designs.com/design-without-borders
And without further ado, please enjoy my conversation with Patrick Llewellyn.
Today on Obsessed Show we're finally airing a conversation for last fall with Abby Downing, Partner & Creative Director at The Superfan Company. The Superfan Company works with top entertainers, musicians, and brands to create programs and products to engage their superfans. From VIP packages at concerts, to limited edition products, to collectible album packages. Their clients span from Mumford & Sons and Ace Comic Con to Jimmy Buffett.
So without further ado, please enjoy this conversation with Abby Downing.