The author Dorothy Parker once said, “Creativity is a wild mind, and a disciplined eye.” On today’s show, we pay tribute to our friend Dave Vissat who had the wildest mind, the most disciplined eye and all the other elusive tools to become arguably the finest art director in Pittsburgh advertising history. Dave died late last year, but his work — and more importantly his contagious creative spirit — will be felt for years to come. See for yourself at DaveVissat.com while you listen to some of the people who knew him best: Michael Brunner, Scott Morgan, Tom Cwenar, Maria Tarquinio, Dan Magdich and Meade Johnson. Don’t worry, it’s not sad; it’s Dave.
Today, we go a few rounds with Jim Christoforetti from CraveLabs. Jim’s a true Fighting Irish, having boxed at Notre Dame before going on to a career in media and tech. We talk about how users interact with brands and each other in the age of screen fatigue and the newly discovered “Phantom Phone” phenomenon.
As an artist, Christiane Dolores (aka Madame Dolores) prefers to ask the questions rather than give the answers. Today, it’s Brian who poses the questions and Madame D does not disappoint. She’s an award-winning, genre-bending artist. A poet who sings. A songwriter who makes films. And a podcast guest we’ll never forget.
We’d also like to share Madame D’s link to her indiegogo fundraiser: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-pantry-of-salt-and-sugar-a-micro-song-project-iphone#/ please check it out and support the Madame Delores Movement.
Illustrators aren’t usually known for their conversational skills. But John Hinderliter fills a podcast as colorfully as he fills a canvas. John paints a very vivid picture of growing up in Atlantic City, the satisfaction of being an art mercenary, and the inspirational power of Tom Waits.