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Re-Launch Kick-Off With Aaron Muñoz

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Ryan retakes the mic

Episode 123

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. He almost made me delete it, but I convinced him he would get top billing. Follow Aaron on Twitter – he’s a smart designer.

After he calmed down, I was able to get his perspective on what it was like to discover the show and what it meant to him. Aaron shared some interesting things. For beginners, he didn’t know there was a website. Oh man, we’re doing something wrong, and I think I know what it is. We need more content. Ok, don’t panic, I’m not going to fill the site with clickbait. I truly want this to be a pure safe haven for anyone who is interested in discussing design. We’re just not sure how we’re going to do that yet.

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Here’s a collection of shows where we talked to people who worked with or for advertising agencies. Enjoy!!!


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Matthew Manos is a social entrepreneur that is dedicated to disrupting the way the design industry operates. Matthew began his freelance career at the age of 16 (2005), which is the same year he took on his first pro-bono client. Three years later, he founded a verynice design studio (2008), a design and innovation consultancy that dedicates over 50% of its efforts toward free services for non-profit organizations. Matthew has helped build over 300 brands in every sector and industry across the globe, and his studio works with a diverse clientele that range from Fortune 500 companies to small local shops. As of 2012, verynice has also provided over $500,000 worth of pro bono design and consulting services in 6 continents to 175+ organizations thanks to our team of 100+ international volunteers. Clients include The United Nations, MTV Networks, Edison International, Facebook, Toyota, Kaiser Permanente, Disney, and Human Rights Campaign.

Matthew’s work and ideas have been published in 100+ print and online venues internationally including Forbes, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and Wired Magazine. He is also a contributing writer for Social Earth and Beautiful/Decay Magazine. Matthew speaks regularly at events and institutions across the United States including TEDx, Social Enterprise Alliance, UCLA. Matthew’s current research investigates the cultural relevance of “pro-bono,” business as a medium for critical inquiry, and the development of systems that facilitate radical approaches to entrepreneurship. Representative of his passion for connecting the fields of design and business, in the summer of 2012, Matthew pioneered the first class on entrepreneurship in the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture. He holds a BA in Design Media Arts from UCLA (2010), and an MFA in Media Design from the Art Center College of Design (2012).

Here’s some of Matthew’s work!


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Mary Kate McDevitt is a letterer and illustrator living and working in Portland, OR. Mary Kate graduated from Tyler School of Art in 2007 with a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration. She worked as a designer at a studio in Lancaster, PA for 2 years. In 2010, Mary Kate moved out to Portland, OR to pursue a career as a freelance illustrator and artist. MORE…

Mary Kate currently works out of her studio, Magnetic North in NE Portland but is prepared for another cross-country move, this time headed to Brooklyn, NY. Mary Kate is still available for North Western collaborations, as she will most definitely need an excuse to visit Portland.

When Mary Kate is not in the studio, she enjoys drinking coffee, thrifting, riding bikes, watching News Radio with her boyfriend Fred DiMeglio and redecorating her house. You can follow Mary Kate on twitter for random musings, news and updates and photos of Peppy Mew Mew.


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January 30th at 2pm.

Tom Muller is a Belgian-born, London-based graphic designer who is no stranger to multitasking or collaborative projects. After receiving his MA in Graphic and Advertising Design from Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, he’s held positions at Vir2L Studios Europe and Mam Tor™ Publishing, regularly conspires on web- and print-based projects with artist Ashley Wood and currently serves as Creative Director at Kleber Design Ltd. Behance sat down with Tom to hear his thoughts on organization, his creative process and positive client interactions.


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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.

Finck’s Bio:
Maker of many things, including 1 human.

I grew up in the south of Maine, where I explored the ocean in the summer and the mountains in the winter. I studied in upstate New York where I made drawings, movies and photographs for grades but never went outside. I welcomed a son into this world where we both make stories, songs, pictures and delicious meals. Since 2005 I’ve made a living by creating unique visual and aural experiences for clients, companies, family, friends, and sometimes just me. I love what I do, and I try to do a lot.


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Hyperakt is an independent NYC design firm with a passion for creating work that effects change in the world around us: meaningful design for the common good.

By having a bigger purpose, it just might be that Hyperakt’s building a 21st century design studio:the crucible of big, world-changing ideas.
– Harvard Business Review

Hyperakt works with clients who fight for justice,celebrate culture and diversity, spread knowledge and engage in social entrepreneurship.

Deroy Peraza
Principal + Creative Director

@deroyperaza on twitter
Deroy Peraza was born in Havana, Cuba. He has a BFA from Parsons the New School of Design and is a founding partner and creative director at Hyperakt.

Deroy loves working at the crossroads of social entrepreneurship and design, and relentlessly searches for meaningful challenges. He loves juggling vastly different projects, such as data visualizations, brand identities, website interfaces and inventing products such as and role at Hyperakt is to provide creative and visionary leadership and mentorship for the Hyperaktivisits, as well as being a hands on designer.

Deroy taught at Parsons for four years and regularly speaks about design. He has lived in five countries and loves to travel. A die-hard FC Barcelona fan, Deroy currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife Jenna and son Luco.


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Founder/Photographer @LostInConcert, Senior Designer @McGuffinCG, Programming Chair @AIGAChicago, Tastemaker @Do312

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.


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photo courtesy of Chris Casciano

About Jason

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.

In addition to his consulting practice, Jason speaks about Responsive Design, Web Typography and Web Strategy at conferences and pretty much anywhere people will listen. When that’s not happening he’s usually hanging out with his family or following @aProperCollie around Turner Reservoir in the morning, posting photos on Instagram.

…and for entertainment purposes – my Instagram page

…this is my ‘anti-computer therapy


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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.

He lectures on design entrepreneurs and design responsibility. He has been a guest critic at Parsons The New School for Design, The Cooper Union, and Mississippi State University. His writing and interviews have appeared in PRINT magazine, Massive Change, VOICE AIGA Journal of Design, Speak Up, Lemon magazine, and other publications.

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Erik Marinovich is a letterer and designer based in San Francisco. He is a co-founder of Friends of Type 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.