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First Things First

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From the Association of Registered Graphic Designers and Frontier Media, it’s First Things First, a show about how design shapes and creates our world.

From the Association of Registered Graphic Designers and Frontier Media, it’s First Things First, a show about how design shapes and creates our world.

Location:

Canada

Description:

From the Association of Registered Graphic Designers and Frontier Media, it’s First Things First, a show about how design shapes and creates our world.

Language:

English


Episodes

Cey Adams

3/2/2020
Cey Adams is a soft-spoken legend. A New York City native, he emerged from the downtown graffiti scene before becoming the creative director of Def Jam Recordings, where he designed for Run DMC, The Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Notorious B.I.G., and Jay-Z, among others. In this episode of First Things First, we talk about the relationship between art, music, and design, what makes a good client, and the importance of passion. First Things First is produced as part of Frontier Media. Learn...

Duration:00:20:41

Jeremy Leslie

2/18/2020
Jeremy Leslie loves magazines. He leads magCulture: a design studio, online resource, magazine shop, and events producer. He divides his time between designing, writing, and curating. His book The Modern Magazine was published in 2013 and the online magCulture Journal is a key source of editorial-design opinion and news. In this episode, we talk about magazines as recording devices and the evolution of ideas in the space where print and digital meet. First Things First is produced as part...

Duration:00:16:19

Marina Willer

12/16/2019
Graphic designer and filmmaker Marina Willer is a partner at global design firm Pentagram. Before joining Pentagram, she was head creative director at Wolff Olins in London, where she lead iconic work like the visual identity of Tate Modern. In this episode, we talk about her film, Red Trees, which tells the story of today’s refugee crisis through the lens of her own family. And we talk about the role of the designer in a world that is overrun by consumption. This interview was recorded in...

Duration:00:13:01

Tina Roth Eisenberg

12/2/2019
Tina Roth Eisenberg has many preoccupations and passions, she started a Temporary Tattoo company called Tattly, a Global community meet up group called Creative Mornings, and a Digital task organizer called Teux Deux. After studying design in Switzerland and Germany, she moved to Brooklyn in 1999 and worked as a designer eventually starting the design blog swiss miss that became one of the world’s most visited design websites. In this episode of First Things First, we talk about magic and...

Duration:00:16:26

Robert Brunner

11/19/2019
Named one of Fast Company’s ‘Most Creative People in Business’, Robert Brunner is the designer of such iconic products as the Apple PowerBook and Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. Former Director of Industrial Design for Apple, he laid the foundations for moving computers from the utilitarian to the desirable and helped define Apple as the most powerful brand and technology company in the world. In 2007, Robert founded San Francisco-based design studio Ammunition to communicate ideas through...

Duration:00:17:04

Paul Lavoie

10/2/2019
Paul Lavoie founded Taxi in Montreal in 1992 with his partner Jane Hope. The ad agency became widely known for its innovative work and soon grew an international reach working with a wide range of global brands. Lavoie left Taxi to devote his time to Beau Lake, a luxury paddleboard and lifestyle brand he co-owns that’s a modern interpretation and tribute to vintage wood power boats They have recently released an electric runabout boat that promises to revolutionize cottage life to be more...

Duration:00:26:58

Pia Betton

7/24/2019
Pia Betton links design thinking to business. Originally from Denmark, Pia’s 20 year career spans brand development, corporate design, design research, innovation and communication. Her international client portfolio covers private companies from many different industries like Lego, Bosch, Bang & Olufsen, and Carlsberg. In this episode of First Things First, we talk about the challenge of growth, the challenge of change, and the challenge of Design Thinking. First Things First is produced...

Duration:00:17:34

Jessica Bellamy

6/10/2019
Jessica Bellamy is an information designer. She tells visual stories using data and personal narratives. She started her design career working with nonprofits and community groups to create visuals that break down complex service and policy information. In 2015, she created a small design agency called GRIDS: The Grassroots Information Design Studio. She creates infographics for social change. In this episode, we talk about how design can be used as a tool to help fight for social justice...

Duration:00:18:11

Live Episode: Laura Stein

5/1/2019
This episode of First Things First was recorded as part of our Live Magazine project at DesignThinkers, in Toronto. The interview is with Sid Lee creative director, Laura Stein and was done by Frontier Senior Designer, Tristan Marantos. To learn more about Live Magazine, visit frontier.is and look for Live Magazine in our media section. First Things First is produced as part of Frontier Media. Learn more at www.frontier.is Host: Paddy Harrington Producer and Editor: Max Cotter This...

Duration:00:11:51

Grace Hwang

4/18/2019
Grace Hwang leads Design at Carrot, a technology company that helps people quit smoking. For 12 years, she lead healthcare focused projects around the world in her role at IDEO, a global innovation consultancy. IDEO is most famous for popularizing the term design thinking. Design thinking recognizes that design school teaches how to put people at the centre of what you do. Design lead companies are the ones that put people first with the understanding that what’s good for people is good for...

Duration:00:23:14

Jessica Hische

3/15/2019
Jessica Hische describes herself as a "Lettering artist, author, illustrator, letterpress printer, and type designer" but also a "Mother, procrastiworker, and a million other things". She has worked with many well recognized brands, authors, and other designers on a multitude of different kinds of projects. In this episode, we talk about her new book, “Tomorrow I’ll be Brave” and the downside of labels. First Things First is produced as part of Frontier Media. Learn more at...

Duration:00:15:41

Live Episode: Bonnie Siegler

2/28/2019
This episode of First Things First was recorded live on stage at Design Thinkers in Toronto with Bonnie Sielger about her book, Dear Client. Siegler was voted one of the 50 most influential designers working today by GDUSA. Her career spans a wide range of influential clients and projects like the Trump parody autobiography You Can’t Spell America Without Me. Other recent clients of her design studio, Eight and a Half, include The New Yorker, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and The Frank Lloyd...

Duration:00:37:02

Forest Young

2/16/2019
Forest Young is a designer and educator whose ranging knowledge stretches to all points of the map, challenging the listener in unexpected ways. At Wolff Olins, he leads design initiatives for the world’s most influential companies recently competing a brand refresh for Uber. His work has been exhibited at MoMA, he is the recipient of many awards and is a graduate of the graphic design program at Yale University. In this episode, we talk about, well, just about everything. First Things...

Duration:00:19:43

Michael Bierut

1/15/2019
Michael Bierut is a proper gentleman. With his sharp dress punctuated by an iconic hat and scarf, he moves through a room with the gravity of one of the world’s best known designers. But his iconic status is paired with an arresting attentiveness. He’ll write you a surprising and unexpected personal note thanking you for something you should probably be thanking him for. That personable attitude comes through in conversation. In this episode of First Things First we’ll discuss how your own...

Duration:00:24:40

Ellen Lupton

12/17/2018
Ellen Lupton believes that design tells stories that touch peoples’ minds and bodies. She asks how a song tastes and how designers engage the senses to create richer and more inclusive experiences. In this episode, Ellen talks about the tyranny of visual perception, the ultimate self serve convenience store, and why designers should be thinking about ethics in everything they do. First Things First is produced as part of Frontier Media. Learn more at www.frontier.is Host: Paddy...

Duration:00:14:01

Paul Sahre

11/15/2018
Paul Sahre is a New York based designer who has worked with everyone from Marvel, to Google, to the New York times. He’s an expert cover designer. He’s designed album covers for bands like They Might be Giants, covers for magazines like New York Magazine, and book covers for authors like Chuck Klosterman. In this episode Paul talks about his new book, Two Dimensional Man, his love of making stuff, and the importance of once having had his design office, Office of Paul Sahre (OOPS), above a...

Duration:00:25:00

Krys Blackwood

10/15/2018
Krys Blackwood fights for the user. That means she designs the way that human beings interact with software and hardware so that they have a good experience rather than the frustration many of us face with technology that doesn’t want to cooperate. She has been designing interfaces of many kinds for over 20 years working with startups and Fortune 500 companies in Silicon Valley. In this episode, Krys describes her journey from being an in-house designer and developer all the way to the...

Duration:00:19:20

Jan Chipchase

9/15/2018
Jan Chipchase is a Tokyo based researcher, designer, and strategist. He is also an author of a new book, The Field Study Handbook, considered an essential reference to running international field research as well as a guide for those who want to understand how to travel better. In this episode he discusses his current work with his Studio D Radiodurans and how a camera can be used to get out of many different tricky situations. First Things First is produced as part of Frontier Media....

Duration:00:21:20

Timothy Goodman

8/15/2018
Timothy Goodman is a New York based designer and illustrator. He is also an author and activist concerned with social issues and an unending quest for authentic experiences and human interaction. In this episode he discusses his transition from home renovations in Cleveland, Ohio to his make or break start in New York City and the power of design to connect. First Things First is produced by Frontier Media. Learn more at www.frontier.is Host: Paddy Harrington Producer and Editor: Max...

Duration:00:22:35

Astrid Stavro

4/30/2018
Astrid Stavro designs magazines and brands from an office on a warm island in the Mediterranean. How does a person who once studied journalism get into design? And how can design help us better understand content? First Things First is produced by Frontier Media. Learn more at www.frontier.is Host: Paddy Harrington Producer and Editor: Max Cotter Show Graphic Design: Paul Kawai Frontier’s sponsor music is an edited version of “sketch (rum-portrait)” by Jahzzar from the album...

Duration:00:18:23