123 - Hrag Nassanian

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123 - Hrag Nassanian

Today on Obsessed with Design I'm chatting with Hrag Nassanian from Wayfinder Carry.

Hrag Nassanian is a Portland, Oregon based product designer / design director of performance-based soft goods (bags) and accessories.

Hrag cut his teeth with a little brand called Nike, and just weeks ago launched his own brand called Wayfinder. We were connected on Instagram... I was intrigued by the story of his brand launch, and reached out to have him on the show.

So without further ado, please enjoy this conversation with Hrag Nassanian.

Listen to the podcast here

I was really fortunate for the opportunity to both record this interview and do video, along with doing an unboxing video with all of the Wayfinder products. This isn’t sponsored, just wanted to share the cool products that Hrag shared with me!

Unboxing video

Or if you prefer to watch the interview as it happened…

Video interview on YouTube

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122 - Conor Brady

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122 - Conor Brady

Today on Obsessed Show I'm chatting with the Chief Creative Officer of global digital experience agency, Critical Mass, Conor Brady.

Prior to joining Critical Mass, he worked at digital agencies Huge and Organic, holding the title of Chief Creative Officer at each. Throughout his career, he has played a decisive role in shaping the digital experiences of BMW, Apple, Marriott, Nike, Hilton, Audi, RevoltTV, Samsung, and Pepsi. His work has won awards across the globe from Cannes to London to Asia.

SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, Please enjoy my conversation with Conor Brady.

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121 - Cody Wanner

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121 - Cody Wanner

Today on Obsessed Show I have the unique opportunity to interview YouTuber, storyteller, and founder of the #nosmallcreator movement, Cody Wanner.

Cody and I chat about what it's like to get fired from your own company, daily vlogging for a year, and why his mission is to inspire the makers and the doers.

SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, Please enjoy my conversation with Cody Wanner.

Also, you can check out the video version on YouTube… don’t forget to hit LIKE & SUBSCRIBE!

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120 - Byron Elliott

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120 - Byron Elliott

Byron Elliott is a UI designer at Element Three. He's also an illustrator and runs his own apparel company, Blacksheep Collective, alongside his wife. He's worked with clients ranging from the NCAA, Eli Lilly and Company, and Rolls Royce, and is an active member of the Indianapolis design and fashion communities.

Byron and I unpack the origins of Blacksheep Collective, the role of faith in his apparel company, why the design industry still struggles with diversity, and his passion for UI design.

As Byron and I live relatively close to one another, we were able to chat in person at my home studio.

So without further ado, please enjoy this conversation with Byron Elliott.

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119 - Johnathan Grzybowski

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119 - Johnathan Grzybowski

COM & Co-Founder, Penji

Today we have an interesting topic to explore as we chat with Johnathan Grzybowski, is the Chief Marketing Officer and co-founder of Penji, an on-demand graphic design service that delivers fast turnaround, simple, and affordable.

Some of you listening might have shivered a little when I said that, and some of you might have been energized... and it's that contrast that I'm hoping to explore further today...

Penji has been named as “top startup to watch” according to Philadelphia Magazine and mentioned in major publications like Success Magazine, Huffington Post, Forbes, and Inc. Prior to Penji, Johnathan founded multiple marketing related startups and worked for Apple.

You may notice in the audio that I call this "118." Originally this was 118, and I didn't circle back to re-record the audio saying 119, or a different MilesHerndon credit at the end. Sorry about that. We'll do better next time.

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118 - Christian Beck

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118 - Christian Beck

Today on Obsessed Show we're chatting with Christian Beck, leader of the UX design team at Innovatemap, and host of the Better Product Podcast. 

The Innovatemap team in Indy was my connection to Anna Saraceno at Trello, and Art Viger at Peak Design, so I'd like to say a big thank you to Innovatemap for making those initial connections!

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117 - John Kasman

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117 - John Kasman

Vice President at PGAV Destinations

This week on Obsessed Show, we've got architect and Vice President at PGAV Destinations, John Kasman. 

As John describes in his bio, Artist plus Engineer equals Architect; John Always knew he loved art and math, and he began studying architecture at Notre Dame - which is about 5 minutes from where I grew up... 

John and his team have been working on guest experiences at The Alamo in San Antonio, Discovery Cove, Georgia AquariumTable Rock Welcome Centre at Niagara FallsAquatica waterparksBiltmore Estate attractions, numerous attractions at SeaWorld and Busch Gardens, such as Cheetah Hunt, and many Anheuser Busch bars and attractions across the country, such as the St. Louis Biergarten.

Without further ado, please enjoy this conversation with John Kasman.

More from this episode


·        Website: https://pgavdestinations.com/

·        Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PGAVDestinations/

·        LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/pgav-destinations/

·        Twitter: https://twitter.com/PGAVDestination

·        Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/PGAVDestinations/

·        PGAV’s Voice of the Visitor report on attraction guest insights.

 

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116 - Art Viger

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116 - Art Viger

Art Viger, Peak Design

Today on Obsessed with Design I'm chatting with Art Viger, 

According to his personal website, Art is a designer of things and is especially proud of and impressed by design that blends seamlessly into our lives and enables us to move around the world in simple and elegant ways.

Today, Art is the lead design engineer for Peak Design, who makes some amazing travel, tech, and everyday carry bags for film and photo professionals... 

Today we'll talk about Art's background, Peak's love of Kickstarter, and what he's most obsessed with right now.

Today's show is not sponsored by Peak, but I personally purchased a Peak design bag about two years ago to the day, specifically for my laptop and design gear, and I've transitioned over the past few months to regularly packing my DSL for photography and video... I get compliments on it all the time, and I absolutely love this bag. 

SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, Please enjoy my conversation with Art Viger

https://www.peakdesign.com/

https://www.coroflot.com/artviger

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115 - Andrew Blauvelt

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115 - Andrew Blauvelt

Today's episode literally dropped into my inbox a few days before the interview. And it was too amazing to turn down.

On April 9th, The New York Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) will open Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976–1986. This will be the first exhibit under the new museum director. Adapted to showcase New York City's storied punk history, much of the exhibit originates from a massive collection Andrew Krevine from the Cranbrook Art Museum in Michigan, “Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die charts punk’s explosive impact on design and examines its complex relationship with art, history, and culture.”

More than 400 pieces of punk's most iconic graphic design, including flyers, zines, posters, and album covers will be on display. During a members only event on April 15th, Johnny Rotten will kick off a full series of public programs that will feature several of punk's architects and revolutionaries. 

So today on Obsessed show, we're speaking with the Director of the Cranbrook Museum, Andrew Blauvelt, about his origins, punk design, and this massive collection that is soon to be featured in the Museum of Art and Design.

Links from this episode:

Johnny Rotten

Jamie Reed

Barney Bubbles

Peter Saville

Neville Brody

ID Magazine

Vaughan Olliver

Winston Smith

Tibor Kalman

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114 - Nick Ace

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114 - Nick Ace

Nick Ace from branding agency, Collins.

Nick Ace is an award-winning Creative Director and filmmaker.

Armed with a MFA in Design from the School Of Visual Arts, Nick has brought his boundless creativity to a wide array of clients from Lou Reed to Google to Tiffany’s.

Nick’s many accolades include “Mind blowing” [MTV], “The future of music videos” [Forbes] “Groundbreaking” [Vice] “Ahead of the curve. He has perfected a technique for hiding in plain sight.” [Design Observer]

His work has been featured in business, culture, and style media including Forbes, Fast Company, Vice, Pitchfork, Refinery29, and Design Observer, among others.

Prior to joining Collins, Nick was the Creative Director for international fashion and art magazine FRANK. In addition to managing FRANK, he led work for Toyota and William Grant & Sons where they found creative opportunities to bring the brands to street culture and vice versa. 

On the weekends, Nick can be found writing and directing short films and music videos. 

Nick talks about his ghostly origins and doing time for posting stickers... and of course, a few of his latest obsessions.

Links from this episode:

https://www.instagram.com/nickace_/

https://designobserver.com/feature/nick-ace/38642

https://www.wearecollins.com/about/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickace/

https://www.stickerguy.com/

Brian Collins on Obsessed Show:

https://www.obsessedshow.com/episodes/brian-collins

https://www.obsessedshow.com/episodes/brian-collins-1 

Listen or watch below!

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113 - Mark Hirons

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113 - Mark Hirons


Today on Obsessed Show I'm chatting with brand identity designer and the host of the creative Waffle Podcast Mark Hirons. 

Before we get into today's episode

I'm starting a new :59 Second Friday series on YouTube, where I deliver tips on marketing, personal branding, and standing out in a crowded market... all in about a minute. So if that sounds like something you'd like to check out, you can subscribe over at YouTube.com/joshmiles - I really appreciate every single subscriber, so thanks for hitting up youtube.com/joshmiles and hitting subscribe.

Mark and I got to chat on his show a few weeks back, and with any luck these two episodes might go live at similar times... I’ll link that up when it’s live

For the past few recordings, I've been experimenting with different ways to record these interviews... I'm loving Zoom for the video side, but not loving the audio... so I'm not sure I have this quite nailed yet. But if you'd like to check out the video, that's available below… and the audio isn't amazing, but sometimes I have to remind myself that I'm video chatting live with a guy in the UK, five time zones away... and that still blows my mind.


SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, Please enjoy my conversation with Mark Hirons...

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112 - Halli Thorleifsson

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112 - Halli Thorleifsson

Today on Obsessed Show I'm chatting with Haraldur Thorleifsson.

Halli Thorleifsson is the founder and CEO of Ueno. A creative director and designer, Halli founded the agency as a one-man operation out of his Reykjavik apartment in 2014. Four short years later, Ueno has more than 60 full-time employees and offices in Reykjavik, San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles. Ueno's clients include Airbnb, Apple, Chubb, Cisco, Dropbox, Facebook, Fitbit, Google, Lonely Planet, Red Bull, Reuters, Samsung, Uber, Verizon, and Visa. Halli has won several industry accolades, including numerous Webby's, IWA’s Best Web Design of the Year, Communication Arts’ Site of the Week and multiple AWWWARDS and FWA Site of the Day. He has been nominated as designer of the year as well as developer of the year by AWWWARDS.

Want more Halli? Who doesn’t:

https://ueno.co/

https://ueno.land/ (new conference)

https://loremipsum.ueno.co/ 

https://twitter.com/iamharaldur

https://dribbble.com/haraldur

Halli Thorleifsson_Ueno CEO_1.jpg

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111 - Blair Enns

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111 - Blair Enns

Today on Obsessed Show we’ve got the author of Win Without Pitching, Blair Enns.

Blair Enns is the author of The Win Without Pitching Manifesto and Pricing Creativity: A Guide to Profit Beyond the Billable Hour. He co-hosts, along with David C. Baker, and the podcast 2Bobs: Conversations on the Art of Creative Entrepreneurship. Based in the remote mountain village of Kaslo, British Columbia, Canada, Blair lectures throughout the world on how creative professionals can win more business at higher prices and lower cost of sale. Enquire here about having Blair speak at your event.

I met Blair more than ten years ago, and his teaching had a major influence on how I pursued new business for my former agency.

You can listen to the full interview below!

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110 - Aaron Scamihorn, Part 2

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110 - Aaron Scamihorn, Part 2

Today, from the know Indy podcast, we've finally got part two of Aaron Scamihorn.

First off, if you wondered what the heck happened to me, sorry for the long hiatus. I'm happy to report that as of today, including this show we have seven episodes in the can as they say, and three more scheduled. So it's not so much that I haven't been working on the show, and I haven't been finishing any episodes... sorry about that.

So this seemed like a great time to declare, welcome to season four of Obsessed Show. This season we'll still be chatting with designers from branding, illustration, architecture, and design thinking... but we'll also be talking to other makers and creatives along the way. In fact, when we started this show, the plan all along was to broaden out our guests eventually, which was in part why our website, twitter, and instagram are all obsessedshow... Enough about season four. Let's talk about today's episode.

If you haven't already listened to episode 109, you might want to go back and do that first, but I think you'll catch up alright if you start here as well... So if you missed 109, this is part two of an interview by Steven Tyler (probably not the steven tyler you're thinking of) from the Know Indy podcast... make sure and subscribe to his show over at KnowIndy.com

ANNNND... if you'd like to hear more about my personal story, episodes 11 & 12 of the know indy show feature yours truly... I actually recorded that about a year ago, so it's kind of a walk down memory lane for me to hear what I was thinking on a year ago. And I describe my favorite way to cook the perfect steak. 

And lastly, if you're into what I'm doing here, you might also want to check out my personal branding and marketing tips called, :59 Second Friday - that's at youtube.com/joshmiles

And you can learn more about Aaron Samihorn here.

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109 - Aaron Scamihorn

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109 - Aaron Scamihorn

Today we're featuring my friend Steven Tyler's new show... no, different Steven Tyler... anyhow, it's called, "Know Indy." I think you're gonna dig it.

Aaron Scamihorn (AKA: Ronlewhorn) is an Indianapolis based artist. He has created artwork for musicians including Cake, Mayor Hawthorn and Bayside, and is known for his unique style of screen print portraits. In this episode, Aaron talks about what it was like to be raised by two artist parents, how he found his way to screen printing, and what drives him to create.

Check out Aaron’s work at http://www.ronlewhorn.com/

And be sure to subscribe to Know Indy over at: https://www.knowindy.com/

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107 - Anna Saraceno

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107 - Anna Saraceno

AnNa Saraceno, Product Designer at Trello

Before we get into today's episode...

I'm starting a new :59 Second Friday series on YouTube, and I'm currently building out new episodes all about personal branding. So if that sounds like something you'd like to check out, you can subscribe over at YouTube.com/joshmiles- I really appreciate every single subscriber, so thanks for hitting up youtube.com/joshmilesand hitting subscribe. And last Friday, I released an episode all about how I recorded this episode of Obsessed With Design. Enjoy!

Today on Obsessed with Design I'm chatting with Anna Saraceno, Product Designer at Trello.

Anna is well versed in leading UX and product teams to effectively frame and prioritize problems, as well as explore, test, and scale user-centered solutions. I'm also curious to discuss how Anna brings soft skills to the table, including directed empathy, curiosity, diplomatic leadership, communication and presentation skills.

SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, Please enjoy my conversation with Anna Saraceno.

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106 - Titus Smith

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106 - Titus Smith

Today on Obsessed With Design I'm chatting with Titus Smith, senior designer at ESPN. Duh nuh nuh. Duh nuh nuh. 

If you're a sports fan and a designer, there are probably few cooler-sounding gigs than "Senior Designer at SMPS." Titus talks to us about what it's like to work there, how accurate those ESPN office life commercials are, and what he's most obsessed with right now.

Subscribe on iTunes // Stitcher // iheartradio // SoundCloud // Google Play // Spotify

design mixtape podcast: https://soundcloud.com/user-115089734

permanent records: https://www.permanent-records.co

website: http://titussmith.com

articles: https://medium.com/@titusmith

twitter: https://twitter.com/titusmith

instagram: https://instagram.com/titusmith

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105 - Michael Seum

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105 - Michael Seum

 

A native of Chicago, and graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago's Industrial Design program. Michael is an accomplished design leader for GROHE. Michael has led design for companies such as Kohler, Sterling, Procter and Gamble, Whirlpool Europe (Italy) Minimal (MNML) and PepsiCo Sports and Nutrition. Michael’s design philosophy ensures that the sense of purpose and meaning of products and experiences does not get lost in today’s mass produced global economy. Michael is experienced in multiple facets of design ranging from product, packaging, brand experiences, user testing, ethnographic research, interaction design, defining strategies and envisioning future concepts. Regardless of the design challenge, Michael is driven to create meaningful experiences for end users.

Don't forget to check out my new :59 Second Friday videos on YouTube. I would really appreciate it if you would subscribe. You can find me at YouTube.com/joshmiles

Head over to iTunes to subscribe to Obsessed With Design. We’d love to have a rating, and help others find the show.

OWD is a product of the design-obsessed team at MilesHerndon - a branding agency in beautiful downtown indianapolis.

And our show is edited by Jen Edds at the brassybroadcast company. Visit brassybroad.com to learn more.

Thanks for listening. WE’ll see you next time.

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