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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

 

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

Watch List
40 Days of Dating

 

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)

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

 

15: Lisa Congdon

In this episode I talk to fine artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon about inventing challenges for yourself, listening to Bulgarian folk music, and getting good at something by doing it over and over and over and over.

“It is absolutely possible, especially in this day and age, to make a living as an artist.”

—Lisa Congdon

Lisa is best known for her colorful abstract paintings, intricate line drawings, pattern design and hand lettering. She’s the author of five books (and counting!) and writes a popular daily blog at Today is Going to be Awesome.

Photos: Shot of Lisa by Sarah Deragon. Pinball Wizard, by Lisa Congdon. All Good Things, by Lisa Congdon.


Music
Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) – The Beatles
The Analog Kid – Rush
All Your Secrets – Yo La Tengo
Own It – Drake
Within Your Reach – The Replacements
Mur stho sme se razigrali (Hey Let’s Dance) – Bulgarian State Television Female Choir
Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes

Reading List
Owning It: I Am An Artist – blog post by Lisa
Art, Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist, by Lisa Congdon
Whatever You Are, Be a Good One: 100 Inspirational Quotations Hand-Lettered by Lisa Congdon, by Lisa Congdon
A Collection a Day, by Lisa Congdon

Watch List
Gerhard Richter Painting
Become a Working Artist with Lisa Congdon
Basic Line Drawing with Lisa Congdon
Sketchbook Explorations with Lisa Congdon

 

7: Mimi Pond

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In this episode, I talk to cartoonist and illustrator Mimi Pond about the era of humor books, vintage restaurant ware and characters you shouldn’t root for but you find yourself rooting for anyway.

Mimi is the author of the fictionalized memoir Over Easy, New York Times best-selling graphic novel about diners, drugs, and California in the 1970s.

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Photos: Pages from Over Easy, Courtesy Mimi Pond.


Music
Show Opening Mix: Brand New – Salt-n-Pepa, Brand New – Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Brand New Key – Melanie, Brand New – Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)
Valley Girl – Frank Zappa
Senior Service – Elvis Costello
Show Closing Mix: Brand New Funk – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Brand New You – Tricky, Brand New Me – Dusty Springfield, Brand New Me – Isaac Hayes

Reading List
Over Easy, by Mimi Pond
The Valley Girls’ Guide To Life, by Mimi Pond
Secrets of the Powder Room, by Mimi Pond
Shoes Never Lie, by Mimi Pond
The Official Preppy Handbook, by Lisa Birnbach
Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America, by John Waters
The Custom Of The Country, by Edith Wharton
Edith Wharton: A Biography, by R. W. B. Lewis
One Lifetime Is Not Enough, by Zsa Zsa Gabor and Wendy Leigh

Watch List
Beauty Is Embarrassing
The Third Man