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Each week Andrew Mayer interviews top designers about their design process, discussing how they use their skills and techniques to craft powerful experiences for their users, their clients and themselves.
Popular topics include; game design, industrial design, user experience design, fashion design, and much much more.

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The Level Up Design Podcast Andrew Mayer

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Each week Andrew Mayer interviews top designers about their design process, discussing how they use their skills and techniques to craft powerful experiences for their users, their clients and themselves.
Popular topics include; game design, industrial design, user experience design, fashion design, and much much more.

You can let me know what you think of the show here: andrew@levelupdesign.com
Sign up for the Newsletter:
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Links, show notes, and more:
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    Episode 07: Jena Nesbitt

    Episode 07: Jena Nesbitt

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    Episode 07: Jena Nesbitt – Forecasting Fast Fashion
    Welcome to Level 7 of the Podcast! This episode I interview Jena Nesbit. She’s a trend forecasting specialist with a focus on fashion. We’ll discuss the ups and downs of predicting trends, how “fast fashion” has surpassed light speed, and how a never-ending wave of new trends impacts your work as a designer.
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    SHOW NOTES
    Jena’s Website: www.jenanesbitt.com
    01:00 Project Runway
    03:30 The Art Institute of Portland Since we did this interview, I’ve started working there too.
    06:30 Tindr, and all that entails
    06:40 Library of Congress Image Library
    07:50 New York 1880
    08:20 StayFocused Facebook Blocker
    11:00 Urban Outfitters (in case you haven’t heard of them).
    13:45 Google Fiber in Kansas City 18:00 Ross dress for less
    19:30 Spencers isn’t, it turns out, actually gone.
    19:45 Free People women’s clothing
    23:00 Merchants of Cool
    Generation Like
    25:00 Pendleton
    26:15 Jena’s Christmas in Marrakesh
    27:00 Bagallini 28:30 Startup Weekend
    29:40 Pal Pops: Sit Stay Share This Pinterest Page is all that remains…
    36:00 Nom Nom Paleo
    37:30 Scrap Thrift Store
    45:30 WGSN trend forecasting
    48:00 How Smartphones Are Killing Off the Fashion Show
    01:00:00 APC Jeans Yes, I am, occasionally, mister fancy pants.
    01:00:10 Let me finish that thought: When a seamstress sews in extra denim into the crotch of jeans that are wearing out, they use a zig zag pattern from a machine to sew it into place. At the same time, there are new jeans that use that same zig zag pattern to simulate genuinely worn-in high-end jeans.
    01:05:50 Jena’s site (again)
    01:06:10 The Creative Roundtable
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    Episode 06: Jehn Glynn

    Episode 06: Jehn Glynn

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    Episode 05: Jehn Glynn

    Welcome to Level 6 of the Podcast! This episode I interview Jehn Glynn. She's a Graphic Designer, a creative entrepreneur, a brand specialist, and a whole lot more! We discuss how branding and brand guidelines influence the relationship between a designer and their customers, including how things can go right, and where they can go very wrong.
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    SHOW NOTES
    00:00:40 Discover the Creative Roundtable:
    http://www.thecreativeroundtable.com/
    00:02:31 There isn’t much left of Angelfire these days: http://www.angelfire.lycos.com/
    00:04:15 Scottsdale Community College: http://www.scottsdalecc.edu/
    00:04:50 Arizona State: http://www.asu.edu/
    00:06:00 Wordpress vs. Drupal: https://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/resources/wordpress-vs-drupal
    00:09:30 Humans of New York: http://www.humansofnewyork.com/
    00:10:40 Jon Linton and the “I Have a Name Project”: http://www.ihaveaname.org/
    00:12:24 Courtney Z. Photography: http://www.courtneyz.com/
    00:21:08 Here’s Jehn’s brand book: https://drive.google.com/a/levelupdesign.com/file/d/0B13tAfMps8GMSU1wVzVKNGZVakU/view
    And here it is on her portfolio: http://jehnglynn.com/portfolio/the-i-have-a-name-project/
    00:26:00 Save the Children’s Logo: http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/pewdiepie/images/3/39/Save-the-children-logo.jpg/revision/20140908120505
    00:29:30 It was all built around the “Arch Deluxe”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRFzUucK1ic
    Also, it was 1996, not the early 2000s. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arch_Deluxe
    00:34:30 Check out the Sean Hemak episode! http://www.levelupdesign.com/2016/06/03/episode–04-sean-hemak/
    00:42:40 I was sort of right: Ikea left Futura for Verdana back in 2009: http://idsgn.org/posts/ikea-says-goodbye-to-futura/
    00:43:30 Jessica Hische: http://jessicahische.is/
    00:45:00 Here’s Courtney Z. in Jehn’s portfolio: http://jehnglynn.com/portfolio/courtney-z-photography/
    00:49:30 Okay, I’m sure there’s some guy out there cutting up zipatone, but just that one guy.
    00:51:30 Check out the Leo Frishberg episode: http://www.levelupdesign.com/2016/05/18/ludcast02-leo-frishberg/
    00:59:00 Jehn Glynn: www.jehnglynn.com
    00:50:40 The Creative Roundtable one more time!
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 05: Dmitri Salcedo

    Episode 05: Dmitri Salcedo

    On this episode, I'm talking with software engineer and game designer, Dmitri Salcedo.
    Dmitri has been making games since the 90s, and we talk about balancing design and code.
    We'll discuss his work on Michael Gagné's Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet. as well as tools, developers, publishers, and the challenges of making great games in a constantly changing business environment.
    Links, show notes, and more
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    SHOW NOTES
    00:01:30 Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet: http://store.steampowered.com/app/205730/
    00:01:46 The game out in 2012
    00:02:20 Metroidvania is term describing any 2D side scroll game that combines the exploration dynamics of Metroid and Castlevania games.
    00:03:35 Michell Gagné is truly an amazing artist: http://www.gagneint.com/
    00:03:45 Joe Olson: http://www.mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/developerId,9897/
    00:04:35 The Torque engine: http://www.garagegames.com/products/torque-3d
    00:04:50 The company was Dynamix! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamix
    00:05:00 The Destiny of Zorro: http://amzn.to/1WN6rFQ
    00:07:15 Here's that trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=975Zw8BJ3Vg
    00:09:30 Corwin Light-Williams is almost impossible to find on the internet.
    00:10:40 John Scrapper: http://www.mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/developerId,128712/
    00:17:00 Xbox Live Indie Games was a separate marketplace on Live from XBLA. Definitely the wild west, for a time.
    00:17:21 The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai: http://thedishwasherdeadsamurai.com/
    00:20:30 Microsoft Windows Live Messenger: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Live_Messenger
    00:21:20 Shadowrun on Games for Windows Live: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadowrun_(2007_video_game)
    00:26:00 Psybadek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWNgfLD6X20
    026:40 Here are the Psygnosis titles I mentioned:
    Shipwreckers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePYSqhCyqAM
    Colony Wars: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDJ7xJ2KNXI
    G-Police: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTEIh0sLlc0
    00:27:20 Peter Chung's G-Police Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSUX3qGcWS4
    00:30:25 "The Quake Guy" was Fatal1ty. He's now spending his time playing on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/fatal1ty He also still makes and sells gaming gear.
    00:32:40 FXVille: Here's their current reel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wNRVOinvJQ
    00:36:00 Ryan ended up being on episode 02. Yes, I'm not necessarily releasing these in the same order I recorded them.
    00:37:00 Heres those Google neural network images: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPX0SCl7OzWilt9LnuQliattX4OUCj_8EP65_cTVnBmS1jnYgsGQAieQUc1VQWdgQ?key=aVBxWjhwSzg2RjJWLWRuVFBBZEN1d205bUdEMnhB
    00:37:30 7 Wonders: http://amzn.to/24Pxcst
    00:42:10 Clutchplay Portland: http://clutchplaygames.com/cp/
    00:44:20 It's called Bullet Train, unsurprisingly: https://www.unrealengine.com/blog/introducing-bullet-train-new-vr-experience
    00:48:07 More on Playdeck's problematic Kickstarter: http://www.polygon.com/2016/2/8/10937186/development-has-stopped-on-unsung-story-studio-tells-kickstarter-donors
    00:49:00 Skullduggery: http://clutchplaygames.com/cp/
    00:50:00 Helloeyeballs: http://www.helloeyeballs.com/
    00:50:15 Pagdig.org
    PigSquad: http://pigsquad.com/
    Oregon Game Organization: http://www.oregongames.org/

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    • 52 min
    Episode 04: Sean Hemak

    Episode 04: Sean Hemak

    Episode 04: Sean Hemak 
    Welcome to Level 4 of the Podcast!
    Today I'm talking with an incredible illustrator, Sean Hemak.
    He's a graphic designer and creative director by trade, but as you're about to hear, he does a whole lot more, including wrapping trucks, and relaunching Yogi Bear with a whole new mythology.
    He'll share his wisdom on how he develops amazing projects while keeping his clients happy.
    Links, show notes, and more
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    SHOW NOTES
    00:01:00 PSC Graphics: http://pscgraphx.com/
    00:03:00 Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation: http://www.olshf.org/
    00:06:41 Kendall College of Art & Design: www.kcad.edu)
    00:06:43 The Art Institute of Pittsburgh: https://www.artinstitutes.edu/pittsburgh
    00:07:40 Kisstory: http://amzn.to/25DvzUI
    00:10:30 Miyamoto Musashi is “Japan’s Greatest Swordsman” and part of many legends: http://www.musashi-miyamoto.com/
    00:19:35 Coca Cola & the NFL go together like themselves: http://www.ad-informatica.com/davideandreani/collezione/serie2serie/usa_nfl_clc92.jpg)
    00:20:15 Happy Feet: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0366548/
    00:26:00 Large format vinyl printers: get your own: http://www.beacongraphics.com/sign-equipment.html
    00:27:40 Weta Workshop: http://wetaworkshop.com/
    00:34:00 Sketchup hasn’t been Google for a while, but it’s still around: http://www.sketchup.com
    00:38:00 I didn’t get the gig, sadly.
    00:41:00 Check out Rosanna Scimeca’s work. She’s fantastic: http://www.rosannascimeca.com/index.php
    00:46:00 I’m not linking to the terrible book cover, so don’t ask.
    00:51:30 I’m told there are decent claws for our VR avatars. I’m dubious.
    00:54:00 Upper Playground PDX: https://www.facebook.com/UPPortland/
    00:56:00 Sean’s Gold Bank Sketches: http://www.seanhemak.com/gold-bank-sketches/
    00:59:00 Sean’s Smokey Bear work: http://www.seanhemak.com/gold-bank-sketches/
    01:01:00 Sean’s show was a big hit!
    01:02:10 www.seanhemak.com
    01:02:30 pscgraphix.com
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 03: Ryan Spangler

    Episode 03: Ryan Spangler

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    Episode 03: Ryan Spangler
    Welcome to Level 3 of the Podcast!
    In this episode, I sit down for a discussion with Ryan Spangler about his new board game, SOL: Last Days of a Star.
    Ryan is a software engineer by trade, but he's spent the last two years crafting his game design.
    By the time you read this, his game should be fully funded on Kickstarter!
    Join us as we discuss the trials and tribulations of developing physical objects designed for fun.
    Discover more at www.levelupdesign.com/podcast.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 02: Leo Frishberg

    Episode 02: Leo Frishberg

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    Episode 02: Leo Frishberg
    Welcome to Level 2 of the Podcast!
    This week I interview Leo Frishberg. Leo is a long-time designer with a set of powerful opinions to match his impressive resume!
    He's recently written a book on "presumptive design", and it's filled with incredible techniques that allow designers to make better decisions earlier and more effectively.
    Discover more at www.levelupdesign.com/podcast.

    • 1 hr 7 min

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