A video podcast about design, startups, travel and technology, filmed around the world. In each episode BrightLounge travels to a different country and interviews a new creative person. All episodes are HD.
Interview with the TechSquare Founders, Brand Embassy and Lonely Sock, in Prague
For this interview, BrightLounge travels to Prague, one of the most visited historic centers in Europe and the home town of TechSquare, a startup accelerator with bold projects. We meet with and interview the founders of TechSquare: Nikola Rafaj and Petra Hubačová, who also organized TEDxPrague this summer.
Founded in 2011, TechSquare partnered with Credo Ventures to help some of the most talented young entrepreneurs in Prague turn their ideas into global businesses.
Meeting the startups at TechSquare, many of whom were still in the pre-launch stage, was a great experience. In this episode we included footage from inside TechSquare, including short intro interviews with Brand Embassy and Lonely Sock Games, two startups that managed to grow beyond local and became successful shortly after launch.
During our visit in Prague we attended two events organized by TechSquare. The first was a Mini Seedcamp for budding entrepreneurs and young startups where we got to meet Eduard Kucera, founder and CEO of Avast, one of the most popular antivirus programs in the world. Next we joined a group of entrepreneurs at the Czech premiere of Something Ventured, an event organized by TechSquare and Credo Ventures.
We hope that you enjoy watching this episode, and if you have suggestions for our future episodes, we would love to hear them! You can reach us via e-mail or Twitter @brightlounge.
Interview with John Turturro of 3 Palms Project and A Tour of Dwell on Design in LA
Dwell on Design is by far one of the most renown conferences on interior design and architecture in the US. This year, Dwell brought some of the most prominent names in the sustainable design to Los Angeles, including Bryan Cranston, Emmy Award winning actor and sustainability advocate.
We arrived in LA just in time for Dwell on Design, so this episode is all about sustainability, green architecture and innovation in design. We bring you an interview with John Turturro, the Project Manager of 3Palms Project. 3Palms is one of the greenest homes in the US, a LEED Platinum certified house that Bryan Cranston is building, with the help of an exceptional team, in Los Angeles, California.
In addition to our interview with John Turturro, we talked with the leaders in pre-fab green buildings, such as BluHomes and Altius Architecture. We also met Resource Furniture, a company carrying a wide selection of multifunctional, space-saving furniture, and Architecture for Humanity, a non-profit organization empowering architects to create sustainable solutions for communities in need.
The collection of interviews in this episode of our video podcast is a reminder of the collective effort to make the sustainable design the norm, not the trend. Each company or architect present at this event wanted to send a clear message, that making responsable choices is a professional duty.
What do you think the future home needs or should look like? Send us your thoughts or join the conversation on Twitter on sustainable design!
Interview with Bogdan Ripa of Adobe Romania and Business Catalyst + Apps for Designers
Bogdan Rîpă and his partner Alexandru Costin are some of the few Romanian entrepreneurs that built successful software companies in the last decade. In 2006 they were acquired by Adobe and now have been given the task of taking Business Catalyst to the next level and preparing it for the Creative Cloud.
Alexandru and Bogdan are managing a team of over 200 people at Adobe Romania and working on re-designing and improving the BC platform. BrightLounge visited the team in Bucharest, Romania, shared our thoughts and wishes for Business Catalyst, and talked with Bogdan about his story and the strategic choices he had to make after becoming part of Adobe. It was a great experience and unique opportunity to meet the team at Adobe Romania, and we are excited to share this interview with you, whether you are web designers that are Business Catalyst veterans like us, or you just started using it as part of the Creative Cloud.
Since we are talking about entrepreneurs creating successful businesses, the remainder of this episode of BrightLounge is about some of the tools, apps and processes in our workflows, that we use every day working at Velora Studios and on other projects.
It’s always useful to learn about other designer’s workflows and favorite applications, so we have included a bunch of examples for you, such as:
using Text Expander to save time writing e-mails and code
saving images of your designs and using Kaleidoscope to see the adjustments
using RescueTime and to-do lists to manage your time effectively
finding the right color schemes with ColorSchemer
using Cornerstone as part of the your development practice
We would love to hear your thoughts on how can designers spend less time on routine tasks and become more productive. Also, if you have suggestions for future topics or know of a great guest for the next BrightLounge, send an e-mail or connect with us on Twitter!
Enjoy and remember to share this episode with your friends!
Interview with UX Designer Marko Dugonjic in Croatia, and a Guide to Building Web Apps
Croatia is a top rated country in Europe, and a fantastic location for nature-lovers. Besides visiting the famous Plitvice Lakes Park, we met up with UX designer and developer Marko Dugojnic, one of the most respected web standards professionals in Europe. He is also the creator of TypeTester, a nifty app helping web designers test fonts in the browser, and a speaker. Marko shares his story and a couple of tips on typography and how to become a top UX designer.
Web application development becomes our favorite topic for this episode, as we continue to talk about the tools and resources a web entrepreneur needs to build a great web app: from planning, to project management, to development and testing to pricing and launching. We discuss how to:
Plan to release a minimum viable product and decide what features need the most attention before launch
Choose a framework or toolkit for getting started quickly with your web app
Find dead-simple solutions for implementing specific features, such as real-time notifications and functionality, or a simple and solid payment gateway.
Test and optimize your app before launching
Build a user-base and promote your product
It’s a laid back episode with a bunch of useful tips and information. So enjoy and let us know about your own experience with building a web app!
Interview with Couturier Cary Santiago and the Future of E-commerce, in the Philippines
The creative industry of fashion design has always had an intriguing relationship with technology. This episode we travel to Cebu, Philippines, to meet and interview couturier Cary Santiago, and learn about his unique use of laser cutting in fashion design.
Apart from discovering Cary’s fascinating story, we continued exploring the exciting islands of the Philippines. It may sound like a paradox, but spending some time on an isolated island in the Philippines, where so many things we’ve grown accustom to in modern life are brought back to basics, it got us thinking about the future. What is the future of e-commerce? What is the future of customer service? How is augmented reality going to play a part? These are a few questions we discussed in this episode. After learning our way around the area, we found a beautiful spot on the coast in Moalboal to relax and continue talking about current trends, augmented reality, mobile apps and e-commerce.
Entrepreneurs and designers, what are your thoughts on the future of e-commerce? What do you want to see happening? Let us know on twitter, @BrightLounge. Learn more about laser-cutting in fashion design and the future of e-commerce in our interview with Cary Santiago.
We hope that we will inspire you to travel some place new in the world. For anyone, especially creative people, traveling somewhere new can really help you learn about the world and bring inspiration to your work. Travel has inspired many of Cary’s designs, and of course it is an inspiration for us as well.
As always, if there is somewhere you’d like us to travel to, or someone you want to see interviewed, get in touch! If you enjoy BrightLounge, remember you can support us by supporting our sponsors. Take a look at our offers page.
Interview with Supermachine Studio, Architecture and a Giveaway in Bangkok, Thailand
BrightLounge goes to Thailand! Besides the amazing experiences and places we discovered during our trip to Bangkok (check out our facebook page for behind the scenes photos), we meet and interview Pitupong, the founder and lead architect of Supermachine Studio. Pitupong’s vision on the role of architecture and design in our lives is inspiring and unique. His work incorporates elements of the Thai culture and a creative mix of simple and original patterns.
Supermachine Studio is also known for their work on the Big Mountain Music Festival, where they handle master planning, lighting and stage design. In Bangkok Supermachine Studio worked on the interior design of BU Lounge and Saatchi&Saatchi offices. For Pitupong, architecture and design are about communication, making a statement and making things fun. Ideas like the Pangolin House and the Lo-Fi Pixel Wall speak about his interest in current matters in the Thai society.
This episode we are giving away four bottle openers designed by Supermachine Studio for the No Red No Yellow Campaign they started a couple of years ago. To enter to win and for more details on how to participate, check out the giveaway page!
In the second half of the show we talk about the future of content subscription, RSS readers and content focused apps like Feedly and Zite. What are your favorite RSS apps, and what do you think technology will change in the way we consume information in 2012? Send us your answers and suggestions via email or @BrightLounge and make sure you enter our giveaway by the 15th of January 2012.