Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Aaron Draplin: Tall Tales From A Large Man

Aaron Draplin's work is as loud as he is and his meteoric rise into the upper echelon of design is no surprise. He operates as a one man design studio out of his home, often in only his underwear, and has worked for Target, Coal Headwear, Cobra Dogs, and has a prolific line of merchandise centered on design productivity. Aaron  was the art director of Snow Board Magazine where he won the Art Directors Clubs, Art Director of the Year in 2000. Aaron's brand Field Notes is beloved my designers and 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Stefan Sagmeister: Design & Happiness

Stefan Sagmeister is a rockstar in the design community. He has designed branding, graphics, and packaging for clients as diverse as the HBO, the Guggenheim Museum and Time Warner. He has designed album covers for Lou Reed, OK Go, The Rolling Stones, and David Byrne. In 2012 Stefan brought in his first partner Jessica Walsh, creating Sagmeister+Walsh. Remarkably, he takes a full year sabbatical from client work every seven years and moves his studio to such places as the island of Fiji. During each hiatus he creates astounding side projects including "The Happy Film" which is featured in this talk.

Aaron Draplin: Suckerpunch

Aaron Draplin

Monday, June 23, 2014

Stefan Bucher: Daily Monsters

Stefan Bucher is an American, by way of Germany, graphic designer based out of California. He trained at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and now owns and operates a studio, 322 design. He is the creator of the popular online animation series Daily Monster. For 100 days he filmed himself drawing a new monster every night, based on random ink blots. Visitors then posted stories about each monster on the blog. The clips have been downloaded over a million times and are collected, along with selected stories, in the book 100 Days of Monsters.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Design Army: The Art of Storytelling

Design Army. Sounds scary, doesn't it? Well this DC based design firm is anything but. They are a great example of what a small design studio can be. Headed up by husband and wife team Jake and Pum Lefebure, Design Army is a mostly print based firm working from an editorial lens. Their work for the Washington Ballet, The One Show, and Neenah Paper (just to name a few) is awe inspiring. With gorgeous photography, refined typography, and an amazing concept; Design Army produces work that is envied by all in the business of design. They are here to conquer.

Christoph Niemann: A Picture Is Worth a Thousand a.) Words b.) Swords c.) Dollars

Paulina Reyes: Living a Rich Life; Becoming a Better Designer

Margaret Gould Stewart: Designing with Humility

Chip Kidd: Make It Red & They Will Buy It.

Marissa Mayer: Google

Carin Goldberg: Inspired

Ben Blumenfeld: Facebook

David Bulter: CokeCola

Debbie Millman: Why Celebrate Design?

Marije Vogelzang: Food Designer

John Maeda: STEAM

Stephen Doyle & Gael Towey: Power Couple

Gail Anderson: SpotCo.

Jennifer Spencer: Design Head-Hunter

Lisa Strausfeld: Visualizing Data

Paola Antonelli: Perspectives

Marian Bantjes: The Cross-Pollination of Inspiration

Paula Scher: New York Design

Experimental Jetset

Ellen Lupton: DIY Design It Yourself

Chip Kidd: Insights

Fast Company: Designing Obama

Ciarán ÓGaora: Zero-G

Emily Oberman: 17

Natasha Jen: From Intern To Partner

Jessica Hische: .is/awesome

Andrew Essex: Droga5

Michael Bierut: GIANT

Paula Scher:

Rinzen: Global Design Collective

Shepard Fairey: OBEY.

Emily Forgot:

Anthony Burrill:

Massimo Vignelli:

Chip Kidd: Everybody Likes Type, You Can Read It.

Paula Scher: Community Inspires Creativity

karlssonwilker: Creativity & Technology

The Made Shop: Handmade Digital

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Tina Roth Eisenberg Keynote: SXSW Interactive 2013

Tina Roth Eisenburg could not be busier, although I'm sure she will come up with something to fix that. She grew up in the Swiss countryside where the countries design aesthetic both influenced her and drove her to rebel against it. After graduating from a Munich design college she swiftly moved to America and began to establish her many ventures 14 years ago. She goes by the blogger handle SwissMiss where she curates a beautifully minimal blog and a design studio of the same name. Tina also founded the design centered temporary tattoo company Tattly. She helped in the design of the Visual Thesaurus, a subscription based system that maps words to their synonyms and antonyms in an animated interface. Tina also is the creator and founder of the Creative Mornings, a breakfast conference that meets each month for peer mingling, and listening to a speakers presentation on creativity. Creative Mornings now has chapters in 86 cities in dozens of counties world wide.

Kate Bingaman Burt: Illustrator, Educator, & Maker of Things

Kate Bingaman-Burt is a woman obsessed with circles, projects, and making. Based in Portland where she teaches, works for clients, and making long form projects that spans up to years; photographing Free boxes outside homes, interviewing Target shoppers about their purchases, and even redrawing her credit card statements until her extensive debt was down to 0. Her work is inspiring. It teaches us to use constraint in our work to promote our creative output.

Lisa Congdon: Small Things Organized Neatly

Lisa Congdon is a painter, illustrator, and a 'hunter gatherer hoarder' in San Fransisco who likes to arrange her collections of small objects into composition that make us view these objects in a different way. For 365 days Lisa photographed these compositions and published them to her blog which was then published to a book by UPPERCASE Publishing INC. Lisa is also a prolific illustrator and has created many books on learning illustration.a

Jessica Hische: Procrastiworking

Jessica Hische is a letterer, illustrator, and crazy cat lady known for her silly side projects and occasional foul mouth. She loves single malt scotch and Law & Order SVU. Jessica attended Tyler School of Art and went on to work for Louise Fili Ltd. where they collaborated on the Love stamp for the USPS. Two years later Jessica went out on her own and opened her own bi-coastal studio. With her countless side projects aside from client work you will leave this video knowing that you are not doing nearly enough with your free time. To see her work visit:

Louise Fili: Elegantissima

Louise Fili's design work exists on grocery shelves, book shelves, in restaurants, and even on postage stamps. All are so deliciously tasteful and Italian-esque, that you can feel her deep knowledge of the type forms she employs. Louise's book Elegantissima is an exquisite and nuanced monograph of her career and is a must read for all designers and design lovers alike. Louise spent 10 years at Pantheon Books, where she designed over 2000 book covers. In 1989 she opened her own studio, Louise Fili Ltd, specializing in restaurant identities and food packaging. She has designed identities for many New York eateries such as Picholine, Artisanal, The Mermaid Inn, and the Harrison, and has created packaging for Sarabeth’s, Tate’s, and Bella Cucina. In 2009 she redesigned the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval for its 100th anniversary. Fili has authored and co-authored over a dozen books, many of them with her husband, the design historian Steven Heller. For over twenty years she has taught at School of Visual Arts. She also teaches in the SVA Masters Workshop in Venice and Rome every summer. In 2004 Fili was inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame. She has received three James Beard Award nominations, and is an elected member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale.

Michael Bierut: Let's Talk About Clients

Michael Bierut says clients can sometimes be the best part of the design process. In 2010 at CreativeMornings, Michael Bierut of Pentagram goes over some past projects and what they taught him about clients. Michael Bierut is a graphic designer, design critic and educator. He attended University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. After graduating he started working for Vignelli Associates in New York where he stayed at for ten years before becoming a partner at the design juggernaut Pentagram. At Pentagram his client list incudes: Alfred A. Knopf, the Walt Disney Company, Mohawk Paper Mills, Motorola, MillerCoors, the Toy Industry Association, Princeton University, Yale School of Architecture, New York University, the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Library of Congress, the Museum of Sex, and the New York Jets. Sounds exhausting, doesn't it? Michael clearly loves his work and, like the X-Men's Wolverine, 'he the best there is at what he does'.

Marian Bantjes: Intricate Beauty by Design

Throwing your individuality into a project is heresy, says Marian Bantjes. She explains how she built her career doing just that, bringing her signature delicate illustrations to storefronts, valentines and even genetic diagrams. At TED 2010, Marian gave this exquisitely articulate talk going over past work. From her beginnings as a type-setter, to starting her own design firm, to leaving that firm and embarking on a yearlong search to find her voice through her impeccably precise designs. Her book 'I Wonder' is a masterpiece of typography and design.

Paula Scher: Creativity as a small defiant act of misbehaving

In 2013 Paula Scher gave this great talk at Design Indaba in South Africa, which according to Paula is her favorite design conference. The renowned environmental graphic designer and partner at Pentagram dedicated her talk to seven fundamental projects in which she established a “breakthrough” that changed either the project or her future designs. Paula Scher believes that creativity derives from situations where people feel uncomfortable, trapped or confined, and wish to find an alternate way to do something. She implements this in her own work by taking on projects that push her knowledge on environmental graphic design and typography. Her past work includes clients like The Public Theatre, The High Line in New York, and Microsoft. She turned her personal projects into lucrative side businesses and should serve as a testament that if you do what you love, it will pay off in spades.

Chip Kidd: Designing books is no laughing matter. OK, it is.

At TED in 2012 gave this wickedly funny and ingenious talk (complete with "skanky mic") about his book jacket design work. Chip Kidd is an author, graphic designer, editor, and speaker who has worked for over 20 years at the publisher Knopf. He is best known for designing the jacket for Jurassic Park, which birthed an empire of movies and merchandise. Chip is an avid comic book fan. He has worked on books and graphic novels for DC comics including many on his beloved Batman. Chip has also authored two novels; The Cheese Monkeys (an academic satire and coming-of-age tale about state college art students), and The Learners (where a young graphic designer lands his first job at a wacky advertising firm).

Welcome to Daily Design Talks

Welcome to Daily Design Talks, a curated video blog focused on bringing the plethora of design talks and lectures by industry leaders, thinkers, and innovators from around the web to one place. Each speaker in the videos give insight into their lives, their process, and how they are reshaping the world through the power of good design. So sit back, relax, and enjoy DailyDesignTalks.

Debbie Millman: The Top 10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Graduated College

In February 2013, Debbie Millman gives this tactical and practical talk to the New York chapter of Creative Mornings. Debbie Millman is best known for hosting the podcast 'Design Matters with Debbie Millman' on Design Observer Available on iTunes. Debbie is also the 'President of Design' at Sterling Brands where she has worked on the identities of such brands as Pepsi, Burger King, Nestle, and Colgate. She chairs of the Masters in Branding program at the School of Visual Arts, is a contributing editor to Print magazine, a blogger for Fast Company, and the 'President Emeritus' of the AIGA.