The Creative South Podcast focuses on the “people” behind the design. The best way for us to do that is to talk to people and listen to them share their stories. Not necessarily the stories you hear from the stage, but ones you get when you actually have a conversation with someone. We want to have conversations not only with the presenters and people hosting workshops, but the vendors and attendees. We also want to talk to other creative people, not just the designers, illustrators, and photographers, but the developers, writers, musicians, comedians, chefs and anyone else that uses their creative talent. It's not about being from the South, that's just where we live!
If you have suggestions for guests or questions about the show, please reach out to us on Twitter @creativesopod or @jfrostholm, or shoot us an email at jason at creativesouth dot com. #Hugnecks
This week on the Creative South Podcast, I’m talking with Deputy Art Director at AARP, Dian Holton. We chat about how moving around as a kid while her dad was in the military allowed her to be open minded and adaptable as an adult, getting into graphic design after planning on going to college for fashion design & becoming interested in news and publication design while in school, how AARP adjusts to an ever changing market and evolving psychographics, getting involved with AIGA an how it’s helped shape her career, and more.
This week on the Creative South Podcast, I’m talking with Boston University Athletics Creative Marketing Specialist, Wande Salako. We chat about how she got into design after a BS in Psychology, and masters of Science in College Student Personnel Administration and Sports Business, working as the lone designer for Boston University Athletics, how she deals with issues that arise from being a black woman in the sports design world, and more.
This week on the Creative South Podcast, I’m talking with IBM Design Principle, Oen Hammonds. We chat about how IBM uses design thinking to create more empathy within products and divisions, working outside of the digital realm on side projects as a way to reset your brain, his role with in AIGA Austin and what he’s learned as chapter president, and more.
This week on the Creative South Podcast, I’m talking with designer Carlos Estrada. We chat about his interesting path to becoming a designer, how he branched out on his own after years in the publishing world, his role with AIGA’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, and more.
This week on the Creative South Podcast, I’m talking with illustrator Laura Bee, of Ghostly Ferns. We chat about going it on her own as a freelancer right out of the gate after university, how Ghostly Ferns got started and how they operate as independent contractors, how she battled depression and what she did to start taking care of herself, and more.
This week on the Creative South Podcast, I’m talking with Joseph Salza, host of the Grits & Grids Podcast and owner & Creative Director of Vigor Branding, an at Atlanta based firm specializing in restaurant and beverage branding. We chat about starting Vigor right after college and building the business into a 10 person agency—until the recession hit, and he had to go out and find a 9-5 job working for someone else, how his leadership style changes after rebuilding Vigor, how Grits & Grids got started and a blog and evolved into the podcast, what foods he loves and hates, and more.
This week on the Creative South Podcast, I’m talking with Mekale Jackson, Creative Director for St. Johns University Athletics. We chat about how as an English Lit major he got into Graphic Design by making flyers for his Fraternity, creating a brand with the Red Storm that focuses on the grittiness and culture of New York City, how keeping a disciplined schedule helps him avoid overworking himself and burnout, what he’s learned through mentoring students and interns, and more.
This week on the Creative South Podcast, I’m talking with Designer, Melinda Livsey. We chat about how an internship at Oakley turned into a full time job and what she learned in her time as an in-house designer, when she made the turn from viewing herself as a freelance designer and started considering herself a small business owner, how she got hooked up with Chris Do and The Futur and what she’s learned under his coaching, I end up getting some coaching from Melinda for Frostiki, the design business my wife Tina and I run, and we find out Melinda’s three year plan.
This week on the Creative South Podcast, I’m talking with Author and Designer, Beth Stafford and Illustrator and Designer, Jeremy Slagle about their upcoming children’s book, “Chin up, Chinchilla.” We get a bit of Beth and Jeremy’s backgrounds, Talk about how Beth came up with the idea for the book, how Jeremy got involved with the illustrations, Creating emotion in the characters expressions, and discuss the Kickstarter campaign for "Chin Up, Chinchilla."
This week on the Creative South Podcast, I’m talking with UX designer, Chris Thomas. We chat about how he went from dropping out of HVAC school to playing Harmonica in touring bands to his career in UX Design, How working as a designer at churches taught him how to think about UX design through the customers eyes, the importance of design leadership and being intentional in your designs, and more.
This week on the Creative South Podcast, I’m talking with designer, educator, and author of “Creative Strategy and the Business of Design,” Douglas Davis. Douglas and I chat about how a kid with no plans to go to college ended up with two masters degrees and as chair of his department at New York City College of Technology, struggling with addiction for years and how having a front row seat to seeing the planes hit the World Trade Center on 9/11 helped cement his sobriety, learning from your failures and how overcoming the fear of failing can help you progress in your work and life, and more.