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Armin Vit on DesignChat
Wednesday, September 8th at 9pm CST — This week’s conversation is supplemented by the thoughts and opinions of our guest, Armin Vit — one half of the dynamic-duo known to most as UnderConsideration (Armin Vit + wife and co-conspirator, Bryony Gomez-Palacio). We have him about a week before his talk at AIGA Chicago’s Design Thinking II, and we hope to search his head a bit, figuring out what makes him such an effective proponent for good design.

Armin Vit’s career has brought him from his original home in Mexico City, to Chicago, and then to New York (working with Michael Bierut at Pentagram). Today he runs projects through UnderConsideration’s Department of Design in Austin, Texas, and does his best to enjoy time spent with his young family.

Vit has written articles for many of the industry’s leading publications like HOW, STEP, and Eye. He’s also created content for Emigre and the UK-based design publication, Creative Review. As if that wasn’t enough, he continues to oversee the creation of several microblogs and design critique sites while touring the world as a welcomed speaker, talking about what else… our favorite topics… design, branding and typography.

There’s a lot more to Vit then we’ve got here, so check out the links at the end of this post and…
Join us, and Armin Vit, this Wednesday September 8th at 9pm CST, here at for a live video and text chat.
It will be great to talk with him and we hope to see you there too.

The live show is at 9PM CST.
That’s one hour later than usual! Don’t miss it.

Under Consideration Site

Flaunt Cover

Inside Spread From Flaunt

Another Inside Spread From Flaunt

A Few Publications From Armin Vit and Wife Bryony Gomez-Palaci

Graphic Design Referenced by Bryony Gomez-Palaci and Armin Vit

Speak Up (Archives)

Stop Being Sheep (Booklet Covers)

Stop Being Sheep (Year 1, Volume 1)

Stop Being Sheep (Year 4, Volume 4)

Quipsologies Site

Word It Site

Word It, The Book, Front Cover

Word It, The Book, Back Cover

Brand New Site

FPO — For Print Only Site

Lucha Loco. The Free Wrestlers of Mexico.

Start Something New

Learn more about our guest, Armin Vit, at the following links.

Link Round-Up:
DesignChat Live Wednesday Sept 8th, 9PM CST
Armin Vit and UnderConsideration on Twitter
Armin Vit Profile on UnderConsideration
Veer Interview with Armin Vit
Unmatched Style Interview with Vit
Print Magazine Interviews Armin Vit & Wife Bryony Gomez-Palaci Gets Vit to Show Us his iPhone Homescreen talks Flaunt
Brand New
FPO For Print Only
Speak Up Archive
Word It Archive
Archive of The Design Encyclopedia
AIGA Chicago “Design Thinking II” with Armin Vit September 16th.


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Wednesday is shaping up to be a very special day for creatives. 3 of my previous guests, Fabio Sasso of Abduzeedo, Nick Campbell, AKA The Greyscale Gorilla, and James White of Signal Noise are doing live shows of their own now, in addition to myself and Justin Maller. I am super proud of all of these guys for everything that they’re doing in the creative space, and I hope this is a trend that continues. We won’t see this combination every week, but I’m sure we’ll have repeat performances from time to time.

Here’s the line-up:

• 2pm EST: Justin Maller – Transmission – Tune in
• 3pm EST: Nick Campbell – GSG Live Cast – Tune in
• 4pm EST: James White – Signalnoise Broadcast – Tune in
• 5pm EST: Fabio Sasso – Abduzeedo Broadcast – Tune in
• 9pm EST: Design Chat with Ryan McGovern – Tune in


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UPDATE: SamataMason just changed their name today, August 17th, the day before the show to smbolic. I can’t wait to talk about this!

This week on DesignChat we’re speaking to 2 of the partners from SamataMason, a heavily decorated design firm in West Dundee Illinois. If that name sounds familiar, its because I say it every week on the show. SamataMason is where I broadcast from, and they have been great supporters of DesignChat and what we are trying to accomplish. Dave Mason and Kevin Krueger are going to take us through the history of their shop, and also what motivated them to start one of the most intriguing design conferences today, Cusp. I was lucky enough to attend and do a live show from Cusp last year, and I’m excited to say that I’ve been asked back! Follow me on Twitter to hear more announcements about who I’ll be interviewing.

Dave Mason was born in England and raised in Canada, where he formed his own design firm in 1984. He and co-founders Greg and Pat Samata formed Chicago/Vancouver-based SamataMason Inc. in 1995. His strategy and design work for clients such as Sesame Workshop, Swiss Army Brands, TRW, Broderbund Software and QLT has been honored in hundreds of national and international competitions and publications. He has served as a guest speaker at design industry functions and schools and has served as a juror for design competitions across North America and in Asia. Dave has also co-founded a number of successful business ventures including OpinionLab, Inc., the leader in web-based VoC (voice of customer) intelligence systems, Cusp Conference LLC, which produces an annual conference about “the design of everything,” and documentary producer NoisemakerFilms.

Dave Mason was recently awarded FGDC status as a Fellow of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada—GDC’s highest honour.

An Ohio University graduate, Kevin was a designer at Herman Miller before joining SamataMason in 1996. Kevin’s worked for a diverse range of clients such as the PGA Tour, Whirlpool, Devon Energy, International Truck, and Motorola. His print and interactive work has been honored internationally in numerous competitions and publications including AIGA Communication Graphics, The Art Directors Club, The Type Directors Club, Communication Arts, Applied Arts, International ARC Awards, Graphis and How Magazine. A former Chicago Chapter board member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), he is a frequent lecturer at design schools and organizations, and has served as a juror for numerous design competitions. Kevin is also a co-founder of Cusp Conference LLC, which produces an annual conference about “the design of everything”.


The BARREL ROOF of the SamataMason office has eight large skylights; glass walls divide working spaces. Gutters were removed and replaced by lanes in the center gallery of this renovated bowling alley.


Cambridge Solutions Ltd., client

Golin Harris, client

Evan’s Life Foundation, client

Stephen Wilkes Photography, client

Motorola, Inc., client

Sesame Workshop, client

An EVAN’S LIFE FOUNDATION ANNUAL REPORT combined translucent paper with photos of grant recipients to portray the variety of children aided by the organization.

EVAN’S LIFE FOUNDATION’S “One Boy” campaign depicts a day-in-the-life account of a typical child the foundation supports.


Cusp is a conference about ‘the design of everything,’ bringing together thinkers, innovators, performers, skeptics, believers, visionaries and explorers from the arts, sciences, technology, business and design. Cusp Conference is for anyone who believes that the best way to predict the future is to design it.

Cusp Conference is a magnet for the design-centric, but a significant percentage of attendees do not describe themselves as ‘designers.’ They describe themselves as business people, entrepreneurs, educators, policy-makers, physicians, consultants, students and managers.

Cusp attendees have included people from the worlds of: advertising, architecture / planning, broadcasting, construction / tech- nical services, consumer electronics, consumer finance, corporate communications, education, equity management, filmmak- ing, furniture, graphic design, industrial design, international tax law, journalism / writing, learning technology, manufacturing, medicine, not-for-profit, technology, philanthropy, public relations, public transportation, publishing, printing, research, web devel- opment, web analytics, and a whole bunch of high school students.

Cusp Conference 2010 presenters and special guests to date include:
Sean Adams • Graphic designer / AdamsMorioka Designer
Natalia Allen • Design Futurist / member Fast Company 100 Most Creative People in Business
Sakchin Bessette • Multimedia designer / founder of Moment Factory
Maggie Breslin • Designer / SPARC Lab at Mayo Clinic Rap troubadour
Baba Brinkman • Rap troubadour
Josh Elder • Cartoonist / comics in the classroom advocate
Randy Fielding • Architect / FieldingNair / school design leader
Whitney Hopkins • Product designer / Smart Design, member of the Biomimicry Guild
Michelle Kaufmann • Architect / sustainable design leader
Noreen Morioka • Graphic designer / AdamsMorioka
Dr Jay Parkinson • Doctor / designer
Diana Rhoten • Education innovator / co-founder / STARTL
Amy Krouse Rosenthal • Author / filmmaker
Diego Stocco • Sound designer
Tim Will • Social entrepreneur / founder of Foothills Direct / winner of The Purpose Prize
Richard Saul Wurman • Author / designer / founder of TED Conferences
And more to come!


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If you’re in Chicago, come meet the judges of the 2010 STA Archive. It’s happening August 26 at the Landmark Grill + Lounge in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. For more information and to register, click here.


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AUG 11th 2010 DesignChat guest Erik Spiekermann. Title Image.
This Wednesday, August 11th, at 8PM CST, DesignChat welcomes the universally-respected creative director, typographer and design advocate, Erik Spiekermann to the conversation. Original designer of typefaces like ITC Officina, Unit, and even Meta— called one of the most successful humanist sans serif typefaces of the previous decade. (The Helvetica of the 90’s?).

Spiekermann has lead the industry with game-changing innovations like FontShop — the first independent digital font distributor — started in 1989 with Neville Brody and wife Joan Spiekermann.

He also founded Germany’s largest design firm MetaDesign in 1979, branching it to London, Berlin and San Francisco. His work there included way-finding projects for the Düsseldorf Airport as well as identity and brand-image projects for internationally-known companies like Audi, Volkswagen, Lexus and Heidelberg Printing. In 2001 he left MetaDesign and is now a partner in Edenspiekermann with offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, London and San Francisco.

On any given day you might find his likeness providing color commentary on fonts in movies like Helvetica…. or even advising the members of the European Union in matters of design. It’s a long way from “…redrawing old hot metal faces from the Berthold library, back in the 70s.” (Responsible for the original modernization of fonts LoType and Berliner Grotesk.)

With his book “Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works” in its second edition and a list of international associations and board memberships and too long to type, we know he’s one of the sharpest design-minds out there.

There’s so much to this guest that we feel inadequate to cover it completely; so, please…
Join us, and Erik Speikermann, this Wednesday at 8pm CST here at for a live video and text chat.
We feel honored to have him and hope to see you there too.

Image of work-in-progress. Mark-ups for a typeface being worked on by Edenspiekermann.

Eurotaxi Interview

Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works. Editions 1 and 2 by Erik Spiekermann.

Erik Spiekermann holds up a sample of his font ITC Correspondence. Now called ITC Officina

FontShop founded by Erik Spiekermann and Neville Brody 1989. First distributor of digital type.

Some fonts by Erik Spiekermann, as seen on

More fonts by Erik Spiekermann, as seen on

Deutsche Bahn. German Railway. Identity by Edenspiekermann.

Deutsche Bahn German Railway. DB typeface. 2007 Gold Design Award from German Federal Republic.

TCHO Chocolate. Identity work by Edenspiekermann.

TCHO Chocolate packaging. Identity work by Edenspiekermann.

BOSCH signage. Identity update by Edenspiekermann.

BOSCH typefaces from brand book. Identity by Edenspiekermann.

BOSCH brand book. Identity by Edenspiekermann.

Identity mark for Gravis explained. Germany's largest Apple retailer.

Identity mark for Gravis in-use. Germany's largest Apple retailer.

Birkhäuser, science book publisher, book spines. Identity by Edenspiekermann.

Birkhäuser, collateral for Science Book Publisher. Identity by Edenspiekermann.

Birkhäuser, science book publisher, covers. Identity by Edenspiekermann.

Bauwelt, a leading German architecture publication. Identity by Edenspiekermann.

Spread from Bauwelt, an architecture publication. Identity by Edenspiekermann.

Screen capture from the movie Helvetica. Erik Spiekermann talks about type.

Additional Interview From the DVD version of Helvetica

A montage of images from the account of Erik Spiekermann .

Learn more about Erik Spiekermann.
Link Round-Up:
@espiekermann on Twitter
Spiekermann’s Blog
Prof. Dr. Erik Spiekermann’s xing profile
Twitpics from Spiekermann
ATypI (Association Typographique Internationale) Talks about Spiekermann
FontShop designs by Spiekermann
Linked-In to Speikermann
design mind article
Spiekermann at Edenspiekermann
The Edenspiekermann Manifesto


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The STA is hosting their annual Snap Chicago event Saturday, August 7 in Chicago’s colorful Pilsen neighborhood. It’s a tour of the area which reveals itself through photography shot by the participants. See a set of photos from last year’s Snap which the theme was The Devil in the White City.

To find out more and to register for this event, visit


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Kate Bingaman-Burt on DesignChat
This Wednesday, July 28th, DesignChat welcomes Illustrator & Graphic Design Professional Kate Bingaman-Burt — Author of “Obsessive Consumption” and Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Portland State University.

Bingaman-Burt’s career continues to light-up the DIY, twee-style, & craftism movements with sometimes colorful, but always beautifully-simple, illustrations — illustrations that really capture the feelings behind each image, whether that be guilt, envy, greed or sometimes lust. Think school notebooks full of lovingly-drawn spontaneous sketches. It’s a movement captured by her pen and embodied by current cultural touchstones like ““, “Renegade Craft fair” and “ReadyMade” magazine; a magazine for whom she’s created several headers and titles in her recognizable style.

Her other works include illustrating the book “Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft and Design” as well as promotional materials for the documentary of the same title.

She continues to teach Graphic Design as an Assistant Professor at Portland State University as she shows her work with artist representation. Her illustration and much of her Obsessive Consumption works are available through 20× an endeavor that’s “making art available for everyone” — worth a look for affordable contemporary artwork you CAN afford.

Most importantly, Kate Bingaman-Burt seems to be living and documenting her life as a statement about consumerism. Not really preaching about it, but instead just observing her own consumerism and taking us along for the ride. Screen printing, education efforts, illustrations, zine workshops, and soon-to-be museum exhibits, all seem to hold a mirror up to society. Bingaman-Burt truly embodies the quote “An unexamined life is not worth living.”

Join us, and Kate Bingaman-Burt, this Wednesday at 7pm CST here at, for a live video and text chat.
We’re already “obsessing” over what to talk about first.

Kate Bingaman-Burt Photo

Kate Bingaman-Burt's book "Obsessive Consumption" In a shelf spines out.

Kate Bingaman-Burt's Book "Obessive Consumption"

"Obsessive Consumption" Intro Pages

Selected spread from "Obsessive Consumption"

Kate Bingaman-Burt  "Obsessive Consumption" Illustrations

A few more illustrations by Kate Bingaman-Burt

ReadyMade Magazine Header by Kate Bingaman-Burt

Another ReadyMade Magazine Header by Kate Bingaman-Burt

Kates Illustration for her feature on

From the inside of the book Handmade Nation

Mixtape Silk Screen Print by Kate Bingaman-Burt

Other places to learn about Kate Bingaman-Burt:

Limited editions of “Obsessive Consumption” that include an
original drawing are available via PayPal from her website for $35 here.

Join DesignChat every Wednesday night.


Robert Kiraz VOKLE CEO on DesignChat

This Wednesday, July 21st, we welcome Robert Kiraz, head of VOKLE, entrepreneur and CEO. Join us as we learn about the experiences of “an entrepreneur launching during the worst recession in known history” and his VOKLE video & text chat platform — The one we use on our show!

Kiraz leads a team that “…wants to give everyone a custom video conference,” according to this article on a site called The Next Web Apps. If the platform DesignChat’s been testing out is any indication of things to come, it will be, and already is a great new tool for bloggers, journalists and social media discussion leaders.

The VOKLE team, that includes Robert’s brother Shant (reachable via their active twitter handle @vokle ), have included a few distinguishing features for those who wish to create their own live broadcasts. These include the ability to take questions from the audience via video or text message, as well as the ability to include a support staff of screeners and editors, making for a professional and seamless experience.

The video above is from Kiraz’s VATOR.TV entry.
Where VOKLE was a finalist in their “Vator Splash Competition

It’s speculation on our part, but we think Robert’s education from the University of Southern California focusing on the Cinematic Arts has really helped him and his team craft a system that feels… well… cinematic. We also think this background in cinema helps him easily grasp the video aspect of social media that’s only just begun to blossom.

Kiraz understands that it’s the audience interaction that makes content greater.
“…the Internet is nothing but a giant pastrami sandwich. If content is the deli meat, our voices and opinions are the delicious french bread that blankets it. Communication —word-of-mouth, takes said content to a higher level..” (as stated on his personal tumblr page).

It’s that thought combined with “why doesn’t someone create a proper video communication platform already, so we don’t need to sit here and read pages of punchlines and actually speak to one another?” that really got VOKLE going.

On Wednesday July 21, we hope to talk to him about all this and more. We’ll do our best to explore the work he’s done in the past, his collaboration with creative minds like Illustrator Erick Oh (see this video created for VOKLE called either “communicate” or “hello”) and where Kiraz sees this “…pastrami sandwich…” going in the near and distant future.

So much to hear about Wednesday evening. So please join us at at 8PM CST.

Learn more about VOKLE and Robert Kiraz here:


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Your work on the DesignChat Website? Why not? Create a poster on our weekly topic (watch the video below) and then upload it here for all to see. If you have a website, you can link to it too. All for free. Typography, yes! Photography, why not? Illustrations, you bet. We don’t care if you make it with fingerpaint — just make it visual and bring your best! Once uploaded feel free to vote on the others you see. Exposure is not just something you can get arrested for (or go on ChatRoullete to see) — Weekly winning entries will get their Twitter Handle tweeted, and a permanent blog post here at So what are you waiting for? Read the rules below and get some design happening. Go! Go! Go!



This week’s contest comes from episode 31 with Mirko Ilic. He told this great story about the first bits of communication with a new client:


• New contest submission opens every Thursday when the theme is announced.
• Contest voting ends every week on Wednesday at 8pm when we start the show.
• Posters can be created with any medium you desire. Just make sure you can upload it!
• Uploaded entry MUST be a 300px x 500px jpg WITH the “DesignChat Logo-Strip” at the bottom.


• You only get one vote per poster. You can not vote multiple times on one poster. If you clicked 4 stars, and then decide the poster sux and want to give it 1 star, just click on the first star, and your vote will be changed.
• Winners will be announced at the end of the live shows on Wednesday nights. What do you win? SELF PROMOTION! We will give out your name/twitter handle/website and show your winning entry.


• Photoshop, Illustrator, + InDesign
• If you have a suggestion for another common template, let us know! Tweet us @designchat .


By submitting an image to the DesignChat Poster Contest, you agree that the work is original and derived entirely from you. You agree to have your work and information shared with the live audience, and published through DesignChat’s blog, video podcast and through any other affiliates or sponsors who may occasionally pick-up and use our content.


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The Design Revolution Road Show is a traveling exhibition and lecture series bringing “product design that empowers” to 35 high schools and university design programs across the nation in the Spring of 2010. A Project H Design initiative, the road show will feature an Airstream trailer exhibition of 40 humanitarian design solutions that have been showcased in the book Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People.

The programming will bring the evidence of and tools for design for social impact to the doorsteps of students, with the ultimate goal of enabling and empowering the next generation of creative problem-solvers to apply their skills to the world’s most pressing problems and improve life on a global scale.

Project H founder Emily Pilloton and project manager Matthew Miller will be traveling and living in the Airstream for the duration of the Design Revolution Road Show. Emily and Matt will give presentations at each stop, host the exhibition, and provide walk-throughs and demonstrations in the exhibition trailer space.

On April 7th, they will stop at SamataMason for DesignChat, and we will do a live broadcast of their presentation!

Project H Design connects the power of design to the people who need it most, and the places where it can make a real and lasting difference.

We are a team of designers, architects, and builders engaging locally through partnerships with social service organizations, communities, and schools to improve the quality of life for the socially overlooked. Our five-tenet design process (There is no design without action; We design WITH, not FOR; We document, share and measure; We start locally and scale globally, We design systems, not stuff) results in simple and effective design solutions for those without access to creative capital.

Our scalable long-term initiatives focus on improving environments, services, products, and experiences for youth and K-12 education institutions in the US through systems-level design thinking and deep community engagements.


Project H is a California-based nonprofit with a second location in Bertie County, North Carolina that focuses on Design For Education initiatives. We are a 501c3 organization; all donations made after January 8, 2008 are tax-deductible. View the Project H website here.

Emily Pilloton is the Founder and Executive Director of Project H Design. Trained in architecture at UC Berkeley and product design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she started Project H to provide a conduit and catalyst for need-based design that empowers individuals, communities, and economies. Former editor of, writer, California girl and unwavering optimist, she has written for ID, GOOD, ReadyMade, taught design theory, and lectures worldwide about new social impact imperatives for the product design industry. Her book, “Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People,” is a compendium of and call-to-action for design for social impact. When she isn’t traveling or emailing, Emily enjoys trivia games and baking/eating cupcakes.

West Virginia born and bred, Matthew Miller is an accomplished fabricator and metalworker. He has worked for many emerging practices, from Architecture for Humanity and HousingOperative to William Massie. Matthew studied at the Bauhaus, holds an undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Tennessee and a Masters in Architecture from Cranbrook. He has taught at the College of Creative Studies, Lawrence Technological University, RISD, and UC Berkeley. He designed and built the Kutamba School in Uganda, with whom Project H has worked for the Design For Education: Learning Landscape project, and has since manages Project H built initiatives including the Bertie County Schools’ computer labs.