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

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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
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The Medium is the Massage, by Marshall McLuhan
Cinema 1: The Movement-Image, by Gilles Deleuze

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5 Films About Christo and Jeanne-Claude

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24: Sarah Corbett

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In this episode, I talk to cross-stitcher and activist Sarah Corbett about Mogwai, chocolate, embroidered hankies, cheeky puns, and sparking conversations about social justice one stitch at a time.

Sarah is the founder of Craftivist Collective, a global social enterprise that uses craft as a tool for gentle actions aimed at influencing long-term change.

“I didn’t fit into activism, and it didn’t come naturally to me, but I did want to fight for a better world in a more respectful and loving way.”

—Sarah Corbett

Want to get involved? Get inspired by Sarah’s Little Book of Craftivism, stitch the face of your favorite change maker, or show your local representatives you care by hand-embroidering a personal message, encouraging them to use their power and influence to make a positive difference.

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Photos: Craftivist Collective.


Music
Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)
Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft – Carpenters
The Craft – Blackalicious
Going Down to Liverpool – The Bangles
Two Rights Make One Wrong – Mogwai
Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes

Reading List
Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism, by Betsy Greer
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, by Malcolm Gladwell
The ALL NEW Don’t Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate, by George Lakoff
Blue Pills: A Positive Love Story, by Frederik Peeters

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To Kill A Mockingbird

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23: Timothy Goodman

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In this episode, I talk to designer, illustrator and art director Timothy Goodman about Lena Dunham, Chris Rock, Kanye West as a disruptive innovator, personal mentors as catalysts for discovering your life’s work, and breaking out of boxes that limit you.

“If it feels too ridiculous or too scary, then I know I’m onto something.”

—Timothy Goodman

Timothy recently exhibited his artworks from “Memories of A Girl” at Colette in Paris, collaborated with Jessica Walsh on 40 Days of Dating, and wrote Sharpie Art Workshop: Techniques & Ideas for Transforming Your World.

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Photos: Timothy hand-lettering FlexFit 2Pac mural. Quotes on Shit, by Timothy Goodman and Jessica Walsh. Memories of A Girl, by Timothy Goodman. All images courtesy Timothy Goodman.


Music
Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)
Highly Suspicious – My Morning Jacket
Greenfield Morning/Seed of Joy/Life is a Struggle – RZA & Yoko Ono
Colette – Orchestra Baobob
Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
On Sight – Kanye West
All My Love – Led Zeppelin
Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes

Reading List
Sharpie Art Workshop: Techniques and Ideas for Transforming Your World, by Timothy Goodman
40 Days of Dating: An Experiment, by Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman
The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand
The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley, by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
Significant Objects, by Jason Grote

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40 Days of Dating

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22: Don Clark – Invisible Creature

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In this episode I talk to designer and illustrator Don Clark about vintage baseball gear, stackable monster toys, Scooby Doo, the Foo Fighters, and blazing your own trail.

“Somehow we managed to turn our childhood and teen obsessions into a lucrative career.”

—Don Clark

Don Clark, with his brother Ryan, both with a punk-metal-skater past, founded Invisible Creature in 2006. They’ve since become a VSCO award-winning, Grammy Award-nominated, multi-disciplinary creative studio that specializes in illustration, collectible toys, music packaging, logos, murals, and now films. What’s more, they’ve converted an old barn outside of Seattle into an enviable workspace with an airy loft and roaming goats.

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Photos: Stack and Scare monster blocks. Illustration spreads for The Biggest Story. Invisible Creature.


Music
Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)
Runners – Lecrae
Space – M.I.A.
Polyethylene, Pt. 1 & 2 – Radiohead
The Pretender – Foo Fighters
Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes

Reading List
Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling, by Andy Crouch
The Complete C. S. Lewis Signature Classics, by C. S. Lewis
The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden, by Kevin DeYoung (author) and Don Clark (illustrator)

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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Mad Max (1979)

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