By Ryan McGovern
About this podcast
DesignChat is the best live Design discussion on the internet. Host Ryan McGovern invites Design rockstars to chat up the community for 1 hour a week!
Episodes (Total: 107 / Page: 1)
Sept. 10, 2015 · 01:00:04
The first time we've had three people on the show, Ryan Andrew and Aaron discuss many aspects of the show and blog. An idea was worked on to extend the content on the site. At DesignChat we believe that the community is what makes the discussion great, so we wanted to think about a way we could open a door to inclusiveness. We know that many of our friends are just as passionate about discussing design as we are, and have debates and chats daily. How great would it be if those chats could be captured and shared with the community? We would encourage people to record their conversations on their phone and submit them to the community chat page. The best chats would be released as a podcast episode. Then we moved on to talk about how there needs to be a better way to sign off the show. Given the example of The Nerdist Podcast that says, "Enjoy Your Burrito," we thought about what the DesignChat version of that could be. Ryan made a joke about "Enjoy Your Taco" and unbeknownst to him, Patrick Stewart had made that exact same joke on a recent episode of The Nerdist. Andrew brought up and idea to have the front page be a constant evolving chat that was spurred on by a rotating image possible served up by Behance. The image would be accompanied by a chat area that anyone could chime in to. Chat logs would exist as an on-going discussion. The content could then be published occasionally as a blog post. Two sites with great UX and discussion were mentioned:
Sept. 2, 2015 · 01:01:40
Andrew and Ryan discuss and brainstorm a bit about how the internship program should work. What should the positions be? What do the interns get? What will their responsibilities be? How will we get the word out? How will they apply for the job? Then they move on to more general topics about the website and the show in general. The idea that the show should have more recurring panel hosts was brought up, Andrew agrees to be one. They also started an idea bout how new content can be generated by asking people to record their own "design chats" with their phones. The next talk will be a brainstorm for new products.
Aug. 14, 2015 · 01:00:00
This is the first show that will share the behind the scenes work it takes get DesignChat back up and running. The full podcast officially relaunches in February of 2016, but I wanted to share what is happening behind the scenes as we build up to that moment. I surprised my good friend, Aaron Muñoz by tricking him into recording with me.
Feb. 18, 2013 · 00:36:16
Hailing from Ithaca, NY Tyler Finck began his creative explorations as a film student before turning to design. Now, he wields a dashing portfolio of interesting projects that range from music albums to font faces. Although we encounter some technical difficulty (lag) during our talk, he charms the audience with his unassuming demeanor.
Jan. 26, 2013 · 00:59:37
Brendan is a designer and photographer from Chicago. Through his passion for music, he tells us about his Kickstarter project to publish a photography book showcasing his group's best work. Lost In Concert is a web publication focused on the live music experience. We strive to capture once in a lifetime concert moments in photos and print in an effort to keep the concert experience alive forever.
Jan. 21, 2013 · 01:01:30
Brendan is a designer and photographer from Chicago. Through his passion for music, he tells us about his Kickstarter project to publish a photography book showcasing his group's best work. Lost In Concert is a web publication focused on the live music experience. We strive to capture once in a lifetime concert moments in photos and print in an effort to keep the concert experience alive forever.
Dec. 6, 2012 · 00:59:40
Jason Pamental has worked on the web since 1994. With a background in design and an intimate understanding of technology and its application on the web, he has led creative and technical teams for NFL and America’s Cup teams, Fortune 25 and technology corporations and many other clients, serving in both creative and technical roles. A passionate advocate of web standards and accessibility, Jason embraces new developments in web typography and responsive design as the next logical evolution in usability, search and maintenance of complex web systems.
Nov. 19, 2012 · 00:58:45
Randy is currently Creative Director at Etsy. Prior to Etsy, he co-founded Supermarket, a curated design marketplace. Originally from Orlando, FL, he relocated to New York City to earn an MFA in Design from the School of Visual Arts. Randy was included in PRINT's New Visual Artists 2009 and STEP Inside Design's Field Guide To Emerging Talent 2008. His work has also been honored by the Type Directors Club, HOW, Communication Arts, the ONE show, and the American Advertising Association.
Nov. 14, 2012 · 00:05:40
I tease the Randy J Hunt episode of DesignChat by reading his Twitter feed in dramatic fashion. This may become a habit, it may not.
Nov. 12, 2012 · 00:50:37
Erik Marinovich is a letterer and designer based in San Francisco. He is a co-founder of and has worked for clients such as New York Times, New York Magazine, Newsweek, The Atlantic Monthly, Wired, Metropolis magazine, GAP, Diageo, Nike; while also freelancing for various studios such as: Landor, Brand Union, Greatworks, Anomaly in New York. He was recently named LetterCult’s Person of the Year 2011 and in 2012 co-founded Titlecase, a lettering and design studio with fellow letterer Jessica Hische.
Oct. 29, 2012 · 00:57:27
David is a designer, art director, illustrator, + artist. His work does all the talking… until now. We chat for a quick hour about the plethora of work he's done on Threadless, for agencies and for himself. David'd Make Something Cool Everyday project has helped fuel the recognition he gets that now leads to illustration jobs for magazines like Wired. His strongest message of the night was about how you "Have to fail a lot before you can succeed."
Oct. 22, 2012 · 00:57:24
My Name is Samantha Warren I LOVE FUSING SMART CONCEPTS WITH CREATIVE, STANDARDS-BASED, accessible web design. I know that listening, understanding business and user experience goals, and adhering to standards are keys to well-executed design online. On the internet I most often frequent Twitter, Dribbble, and Instagram but can regularly be found on LinkedIn, Lanyrd, and Slideshare. Let’s be friends :-) I’m a people person. Whether connecting with clients at Phase 2 Technology — where I’m the Design Director — or moderating a panel on typography at SXSWi or catching up with other web professionals at Refresh DC, I love to participate in web community activities. During my career so far, I’ve had the chance to work with established clients (e.g. Choice Hotels International, National Geographic, and Dupont) and individuals alike (e.g. journalists, surgeons, and environmentalist). It’s rad.
Oct. 21, 2012 · 00:58:39
1. Who are You? My name is Rob Loukotka, and I’m a graphic & web designer in Chicago, IL. I was raised in Ann Arbor, MI, went to school in New York City, and now my professional design life is here in Chicago. Professionally, I design websites and brand identities for awesome clients. Personally, I’m interested in photography, visual effects, motion graphics, and throwing paint on canvas. 2. What is Fringe Focus? Fringe Focus is my design blog, portfolio, and all around digital playground for the stuff I like to do. It’s an aggregator of everything awesome that I design or discover. But mostly, it’s a blog focused on design techniques, trends, and inspiration. 3. Why is this called ‘Fringe Focus’? Have you seen my last name? It’s unspellable, and unpronouncable. Sadly, Loukotka ( Loo-kut-kuh ) is simply too complicated of a name for anyone to remember or care about. So I adopted the name Fringe Focus to cover any and all aspects of my design life. Plus, I think I address a wide array of ideas that traditional design sites ignore, so focusing on the ‘fringe’ seems appropriate. Plus it’s alliterated, so… there’s that. 4. What’s some cool stuff you’ve done? I’ve been published in two books about Photoshop, designed t-shirts for two NBA teams, had one of my logos get sculpted in ice, sold ridiculous abstract paintings to people on eBay, and I used to help a sculptor carve birds out of wood. 5. Anything cooler than that? YES. Over the course of two Halloween seasons, my best friend and I constructed exact replicas of Daft Punk’s helmets. It involved a couple months of sculpting, sanding, and building our own vaccuum-form machine. Plus, looking like Daft Punk gives me an excuse to wear black leather pants.
Oct. 21, 2012 · 00:54:45
The great Khoi Vinh and I discuss the challenges he faced during his tenure as the Design Director at and all of the great things he's been doing since. Including the FREE iOS app, Mixel – which automatically combines your photos into fun, beautiful collages. You can see his thoughts on design and culture on his blog,
Oct. 21, 2012 · 00:56:15
What is Cusp? – It's a conference about the design of everything. What exactly happens at Cusp? – It's a question we get asked all the time. Attendees even have difficulty articulating what they experience or learn – the takeaways – from two days of intensely focused broadness. But they're hooked on whatever it is. Why? Because what happens at Cusp doesn't really happen at Cusp. – It happens later, in a brainstorming or ideation session, during an innovation exercise, or in a quiet moment when an idea forms where nothing existed before. What happens at Cusp happens in the minds of the people who take it all in and take it home with them.
Oct. 21, 2012 · 00:55:29
Ron really doesn't have bios online. He has work, and lots of it. Below you'll find the tip of the iceberg and his Twitter bio. Creative Director/ Illustrator/ Designer/ Artist/ Thinker/ Vandal/ Trespasser/ Listener/ Lover @mailchimp Atlanta, GA ·
Oct. 21, 2012 · 00:46:40
For well over 13 years I have been fortunate to work with some amazing people and brands. Some of which you might recognize are Apple, Yahoo!, Microsoft, THQ, Tim Burton, Sony, Disney, Adidas, Obey, and more. My experience with brands, large and small alike, gives me a unique outlook on design—I see it not as a temporary solution to pretty up a page or a piece of paper, but as a long-term solution that drives perception, opinion, growth, and business. From 2008 to 2012 I worked as Creative Director for In the company’s first eight years, it managed to accrue just 3 million members. During my time there, we grew that member base past 22 million members, in just four years. We accomplished this through better design, better marketing, and better decisions. With design comes growth, and design is what I do best.
Oct. 21, 2012 · 00:43:10
We’re excited to send TWO of our fans to Cusp! You have a chance (a few, actually) to win a ticket to this year’s Cusp Conference, September 19th & 20th in Chicago. This year’s conference features 22+ speakers ranging from authors to surgical roboticists, humanitarians to marine engineers. Cusp Conference is about the design of everything. It’s about broad thinking. It’s about getting people out of the world they know and immersing them in a flood of ideas that ultimately help break down barriers and connect unknown dots. And it’s about finding ideas and relevance in unexpected places.
Oct. 17, 2012 · 00:57:32
Young Evan Roper finds himself at a crossroads. Should he apply for an MFA program, or continue working freelance. It's a question many are asking themselves right now as they weigh the pros and cons. We had the fortune of getting to hear his thoughts on the matter due to a strong recommendation to speak to him made by Mitch Goldstein.
Oct. 17, 2012 · 00:48:57
Return guest Terry Marks brings us news about the impending 1st Annual Design Family Reunion and why we should be going. All this whilst fending off Ryan's bad jokes with the grace of a ballerina. Design Family Reunion is an informal gathering of friends whom we have come to know through years of professional practice and travel. Our paths no longer seem to cross enough. We promise to get together but the opportunities are few. This reunion changes the paradigm. We will reunite at Asilomar Beach and Conference Grounds from August 30 until September 2.