James Connelly

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James Connelly

March 27, 2017

Emmy-Award-Winning Set Designer, Founder of JPConnelly

He's literally setting the stage for "Bill Nye Saves The World"

James has worked as a production designer, art director, and set decorator since moving to Los Angeles from New Jersey after he graduated college in the early 2000's. He founded the creative design company JPConnelly at the age of 30, where he serves as the principal creative force and production designer.

JPConnelly boasts an eclectic resume that includes 48 TV shows, 10 live awards events, nine feature films and 50+ digital integrations. In addition to work in the entertainment industry, JPConnelly also produces events and activations for companies like Twitter, Snapchat, and Dubsmash, where the company uses experiential production design and storytelling concepts and techniques to creative innovative environments.

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Our theme music is a track from Kazi Jo called, "Matchbox Girl."

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Todd Berger & Lucian Föhr

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Todd Berger & Lucian Föhr

March 20, 2017

Founders of Ello, Berger & Föhr

Their social network, like this interview, is uncensored...

Todd Berger & Lucian Föhr are the Founders of Berger & Föhr, a graphic design agency based out of Boulder, Colorado. They also recently started Ello, a social network designed to be censor-free. 

Ello is the only network designed for creators, by creators. A robust and growing community of artists, designers, musicians, illustrators, photographers, architects, GIF makers - creators, who understand that our process, practice, values and passions can push the world forward in a better direction.

Unlike the status quo advertising platforms that masquerade as social networks, Ello is not in business to harvest as much of your personal data and sell you as many ads as possible. As a Public Benefit Corporation, Ello has a legal mandate to never sell ads or personal data to third parties.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Their social network, Ello.
  • Why they have their agency on pause.
  • All of the challenges and joys of creating a product in the startup environment.

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Our theme music is a track from Kazi Jo called, "Matchbox Girl."

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Rick Valicenti

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Rick Valicenti

March 13, 2017

Founder and Design Director, Thirst

He was big in the 90's...

Rick Valicenti is the founder and design director of Thirst, a communication design practice providing design and immersive environments for high profile clients in the architectural, performing arts, and education communities.

His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), resides in the permanent collections of the Yale and Columbia University libraries, Denver Art Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago, and has been published in The New York Times.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he got started in design.
  • Connecting the dots from seemingly unconnected details about his career, to where he his today.

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Our theme music is a track from Kazi Jo called, "Matchbox Girl."

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Guy Geier

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Guy Geier

March 6, 2017

President-Elect, American Institute of Architects New York

Guy Geier is the Managing Partner of FXFOWLE Architects and was recently elected President of the American Institute of Architects in New York. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His views on the architecture industry.
  • How architects can create more value for themselves in the marketplace.
  • Architects' responsibilities in the industry.

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Our theme music is a track from Kazi Jo called, "Matchbox Girl."

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Michael Bierut

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Michael Bierut

June 27, 2016

Founder of Design Observer, Principal at Pentagram

If you've paid attention to the world of design and advertising over the past 20 years, you have certainly seen Michael's work. You have undoubtedly read articles from him. You may have even watched a documentary that he was interviewed on. On this special episode of Obsessed With Design, Josh sits down with Michael to learn more about his life, his career, and his inspiration.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he got his start in the world of design.
  • The founding of Pentagram, and what the world of Pentagram is like today.
  • His favorite projects and stories from the last 30 years.

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Our theme music is a track from Kazi Jo called, "Matchbox Girl."

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David Carson

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David Carson

February 20, 2017

Design Legend

Meet the man whose aesthetic defined "Grunge Typography."

David Carson is an American graphic designer, art director and surfer. He is best known for his innovative magazine design, and use of experimental typography.

After you've listened to our interview, check out his Ted Talk

In this episode, we:

  • Talk about his view on design today.
  • Unpack misconceptions around his career.

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Our theme music is a track from Kazi Jo called, "Matchbox Girl."

You can download this episode and subscribe on iTunes.

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