How does design impact the world around you? Discover how graphic designers, UX designers, illustrators, typographers, artists, activists and other creatives empower creativity for all. Can the design of an app, a logo, a graphic, a sound effect, or an illustration make your life better? Find out with Adobe’s Khoi Vinh, one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business.
Why We Love to Hate Comic Sans and the Return of Fonts with Personality
If Comic Sans showed up at a house party, would it be welcome or shown the door? In this episode, the Wireframe team parties down with a wild array of fonts, good and bad, to learn about the rise of novelty typefaces like Comic Sans and the proliferation of the now all-too-familiar geometric sans serif typeface. They’ll find out what the popularity of these fonts says about how we think about the role of typography in today’s world.
How do designers use data visualization to take the numb out of numbers?
Do you know what “flatten the curve” means? If so, it’s likely in part due to the hard work by data visualization designers over the last year. Our society is now more data driven than ever; as everything is quantified, counted, and dumped into spreadsheets, and it’s easy to be overwhelmed by numbers. Data visualization designers work to sort through the numbers using both science and creativity to find the stories they have to tell, and help us understand the world a little better. But what goes into designing an effective data visualization, and how do you balance the art and the science of it?
Why are package designers rethinking the box?
Do you keep your iPhone boxes—or toss them? This simple question sparked a heated debate on Twitter earlier this year that, at its heart, is really about the role that the design of packaging plays in our lives. At the same time, online shopping keeps gaining huge momentum, especially during the pandemic. And that’s changing how we interact with the boxes arriving on our doorsteps, and the way packaging designers think about the products we buy.
How can designers support the fight for racial justice?
The Black Lives Matter movement has mobilized countless people all over the world in the urgent fight for true racial justice and equality, one of the most important issues of our time. In this episode, host Khoi Vinh and producers Dominic Girard and Pippa Johnstone examine the intersection of BLM and the world of design and creativity. They unpack the challenge of building a brand around an expansive social movement, investigate the role that art, craft, and design can play in the struggle, and bring to light the role bias can play in the underpinnings of the design profession itself.
Does Peloton’s design actually help you exercise more?
An entirely new user experience has been designed for people who want to exercise from home. By combining touchscreens and apps with stationary bikes, treadmills, rowing machines, punching bags, strength trainers - even smart mirrors - a new category of exercise has created millions of new fitness buffs. But is the UX of fitness something truly revolutionary, or is it just the latest fad from an industry with a history of fads?
Does Burger King's new logo make you nostalgic?
When Burger King launched its new logo and branding identity this winter, a lot of people said the new look felt retro, even nostalgic. But was that really what the King had in mind for its new brand? In our season launch episode, host Khoi Vinh and producers Pippa Johnstone and Dominic Girard investigate the creative upsides and the pitfalls of using nostalgia to inform your design choices.
Lovely show, but sometimes feels like Khoi is reading a script
This show is tremendous. I love to listen to it. It makes me smarter and the guests are great. However, sometimes it’s far too obvious that Khoi is reading. And if he’s not, then he takes on this ‘reading’ voice that’s very contrasted with the conversational speed, tone and sound of the other voices at other points in the podcast, and even very contrasted by how he sounds when he’s just talking.
Hope this helps!
The guests expose me to new designers and applications.
Great design podcast
As a graphic designer working on a small team, freelancing, and not having designer co-workers to get into the types of discussions that are covered on this podcast with, it’s a great resource and inspiration to listen to this while working.
Thanks for the great conversations.