29: Dana Haim

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In this episode, I talk to artist and textile designer Dana Haim about the magic of nature, losing our sense of time, remembering to be grateful, getting into an exercise groove, and the joy of making pom poms!

Dana’s mission is to spark joy through the creation of ethical, hand-made goods. She achieves this and then some through her instructional workshops across the U.S. and strategic partnerships with local organizations in Mexico and Colombia (where her family is from), which allow her to weave social and environmental consciousness into her craft.

“I feel most true to myself, and my inner child feels most alive, when I’m outside, surrounded by nature’s beauty.”

—Dana Haim

Dana received her BA in textile design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and her MA in design for Textile Futures from Central Saint Martins in London.

You can learn more about her social good projects, whimsical wallpapers and one-of-a-kind hanging sculptures at Dana Haim HQ.

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Photos: Dana portrait. Multi-color Pom Pom Mobile. Martin Cole Memorial Quilt. Surreally Dreaming Deer Antler Mobile. All courtesy Dana Haim.


Music
Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)
Pom Pom Play Girl (Session Highlights) [Instrumental Mix With Backing Vocals] – The Beach Boys
Shake It Like a Pom Pom – Missy Elliot
Pom Pom – Mozart La Para
I Slept With Bonhomme At The CBC
Pom Pom – Matthew Dear
Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes

Reading List
The Celestine Prophecy: An Adventure, by James Redfield
The Wes Anderson Collection, by Matt Zoller Seitz

Watch List
Wes Anderson: The Criterion Collection

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28: Tiffany Shlain

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In this episode, I talk to übermensch Tiffany Shlain about brain power, the science of character, what connects us as human beings, and the always important “weekly date night.”

Honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century” and singled out by NPR on their list of best commencement speeches ever, Tiffany is also the founder of The Webby Awards and a filmmaker whose work explores the intersection of humanity, technology, science and culture

“What’s covering the airwaves right now are all these political debates and all these things that separate us, and I’m always interested in what connects us.”

—Tiffany Shlain

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Her feature length film Connected examines “everything from the Big Bang to Twitter” and her AOL Originals series The Future Starts Here was nominated for an Emmy in 2014.

While Tiffany is undoubtedly curious about all things tech, she still makes it a habit to unplug and power down. Along with her husband and two daughters, they turn off all screens every week for 24 hours. They’re now on their impressive 6th year of practicing Technology Shabbats.

To learn more about Tiff’s collaborative filmmaking efforts with enthusiasts from all over the world, visit Let It Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change.

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Photos: Top portrait of Tiffany by Lisa Wiseman. All other images courtesy The Moxie Institute.


Music
Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and
Stream of Consciousness (Skratch Bastid Remix) – Afiara Quartet
Delirious – Prince
You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) [Original 7″ Mix] – Dead or Alive
I’ve Seen All Good People: A. Your Move, B. All Good People – Yes
Daily News – Maps & Atlases
Where Is the Line? – Björk
Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes

Reading List
Expanded Cinema, by Gene Youngblood
Art & Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time, and Light, by Leonard Shlain
The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image, by Leonard Shlain
Sex, Time, and Power: How Women’s Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution, by Leonard Shlain
Leonardo’s Brain: Understanding Da Vinci’s Creative Genius, by Leonard Shlain

Watch List
The Future Starts Here, AOL Series
The Making of a Mensch
The Adaptable Mind
The Science of Character
Connected the Film
Brain Power
Engage
A Declaration of Interdependence
Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness

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27: Guts & Glory

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In this episode, I talk to the ginger-haired power duo behind Guts & Glory about Nancy Drew novels, John Waters, Queen Bey, Helvetica The Perfume, and their dream of one day opening a speakeasy-inspired design studio.

“We sit somewhere at the cross-section of traditional graphic designers, art pranksters and activists.”

—Guts & Glory

Faun Chapin and Meg Paradise, now based in Oakland, co-founded their creative collective in Brooklyn in 2012 with a desire to be great and a philosophy based on courage, vigor, character and oomph.

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A powerful blend of visual storytellers, brand builders, and strategic thinkers, Faun and Meg are willing to take risks and feel a responsibility to use their tools of communication to support all different kinds of things, “not just products and services.”

For proof, see their AIGA award-winning gun control advocacy project They Don’t Work For You, which is more broadly a platform for civic engagement that they built in only four days, in response to senators not responding to the people they’re meant to serve.

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On a lighter note, they’ve done summer camp wedding invitations for clients, highly participatory “mad lib” window installations, T-shirt designs with fantastical collages of kittens, cakes and unicorns, and, most notably, the packaging design for Helvetica The Perfume, a tongue-in-cheek pleasure project that celebrates design while also poking fun at it.

Faun has a Masters in Design from Yale and has seen her big-client work for advertising and branding firms win Cannes Lion and Obie awards. Meg studied advertising and photography at Syracuse University and, likewise, has been recognized widely for her eye for detail and knack for crafting.

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Photos: Guts & Glory.


Music
Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)
First True Love Affair – Jimmy Ross
No Sleep Till Brooklyn – Beastie Boys
Helvetica (The American Dollar remix) – Arms and Sleepers
Two Political Party – Terror Fabulous
Ain’t Nobody – Chaka Khan
The Dress Looks Nice on You – Sufjan Stevens
Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes

Reading List
Nancy Drew
John Waters

Watch List
Faun & Meg on MSNBC
Helvetica The Perfume: The Lovers
Helvetica The Perfume: The Haters

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26: Victoria Smith

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In this episode, I talk to photographer and design blogger Victoria Smith about fitness, friendship, driving fast, wearing kaftans, and our shared love of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

Victoria, a former art buyer in the advertising business, is the editor of the visually stunning and wildly popular sfgirlbybay, one of California’s leading interior design blogs, with a faithful international following that includes social media butterflies, top magazine editors, designophiles, and industry professionals.

“I love getting into people’s homes and sharing that personal side of them. I’m always on the hunt.”

—Victoria Smith

Victoria recently released a drool-worthy guidebook entitled See San Francisco: Through the Lens of SFGirlbyBay and now calls L.A. her new (beautifully appointed) home.

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Photos: Echo Park, Los Angeles. Flea market finds. A photo spread from Victoria’s “love letter to San Francisco.” All courtesy SFGirlbyBay. Portrait of Victoria by Sarah Deragon.


Music
Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)
Neighbor, Neighbor – ZZ Top
Get Out of My House – The Streets
Aperol Sunset – Pete Herbert & Dicky Trisco
Avalon – Roxy Music
Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes

Reading List
See San Francisco: Through the Lens of SFGirlbyBay, by Victoria Smith
A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel, by John Irving
The Razor’s Edge, by W. Somerset Maugham

Watch List
The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Amélie

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25: Oded Ezer

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In this episode, I talk to experimental typographer Oded Ezer about animated gifs, Arctic Monkeys, retreating to the sea, painting the moon, and eliminating nationalities in the name of living in harmony.

Oded is a graphic artist, “mad type scientist” and conceptual artist (known as “Cat Chap”) based in Tel Aviv. His notable typographic works are wide-ranging in their investigations, touching on technology, religion, politics, pornography, mythology, the Middle East, and even chewing gum.

“I use typography in order to say things about our life.”

—Oded Ezer

He founded the Hebrew Typography type foundry in 2004, and has exhibited widely, most notably a series of short films at the V&A in London and MoMA in New York.

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Photos: We Are Family (2015). Typography / Tipografya (2004). The Essentials of Socialization, by Cat Chap (2015). Oded Ezer.


Music
Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)
Typography – Jim Dandy
Miles from Nowhere – Cat Stevens
The Smile On Your Face – Little Ann
Ludlow St. – Julian Casablancas
Left Hand Free – alt-J
Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes

Reading List
Oded Ezer: The Typographer’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Oded Ezer
On Yona Wallach
The Medium is the Massage, by Marshall McLuhan
Cinema 1: The Movement-Image, by Gilles Deleuze

Watch List
5 Films About Christo and Jeanne-Claude

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