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On the Grid is a podcast featuring Matt McInerney, Andy Mangold & Dan Auer thinking out loud about design weekly.
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Episode 158: Finale
Recorded March 17th, 2016. The last episode of On the Grid. Check out our new shows: Working File and Good Bad Show Working FileOur new panel show about design Good Bad ShowAndy and Matt's new show where they plan argue about things that are objectively good or bad (or if anything can be) iOS 7 EpisodeListener Survey EpisodeFerguson episodeEverything is Systems episodeAnxiety as an Ally by Dan RyckertSoundboard Dan
March 17, 2016
Episode 157: Matt and Andy
Recorded March 10th, 2016. How are things at school? Send your emails to mail at and tweet to @gridshow.
March 10, 2016
Episode 156: Content Information Copy Architecting Strategy
Recorded March 3rd, 2016. This week we talked about Content Strategy and Copywriting.
March 03, 2016
Episode 155: The Pitch
Recorded February 25th, 2016. This week we talked about... The Pitch.
February 25, 2016
Episode 154: Matching
Recorded February 18th, 2016. This week: Kanye loses Andy's vote, matching stainless steel appliances, and the diversity of Friends of the Web. Last Call Lyrics30 Hours LyricsKanye West asked Mark Zuckerberg for $1 billion on Twitter"I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex"Rapper Killer Mike faces flak for ‘uterus’ comment at Sanders rallyKitchen ranges LacancheAndy likes this fridge'Our Team'
February 18, 2016
Episode 151: Future Box
Recorded January 27, 2016. Andy said some pretty controversial things about logos this week... You should probably listen to find out what he said.
February 17, 2016
Episode 153 Fight The Chaos
Recorded February 11th, 2016. Andy tells us how planning a murder mystery party is like design... and more logo vs. interface followup. "Buzz, Your Girlfriend... WOOF!"Andy... WOOF!Speed trolling Fozzy WhittakerFull list of Super Bowl 50 prop betsProposition betRudy Giuliani gets mad about Beyonce"You're talking to middle America..." Whatchamacallitproper pronunciation of tremolo Endoskeleton"Dan, stop interrupting. Let Andy talk." snipetAs requested’s first news app for
February 11, 2016
Episode 152: Man Replies With More Tweets
Recorded February 4th, 2016. This week: All the reasons Andy was wrong about logos. "Today's 100% Men project brought to you by beer, football, and design""Design Disruptors" Designer News ThreadSquare
February 03, 2016
Episode 150: Talent And Other Diseases
Recorded January 17th, 2016. This week Andy and Matt sat at a table and talked about talent. Chuck WepnerWepner claimed that he was the inspiration for the movie Rocky. (Wasn't named Rocky though) ZordsWas Mozart Deaf?Wassily Kandinsky’s Synesthesia ExplainedSynesthesia
January 16, 2016
Episode 149: Double Back
Recorded January 14th, 2016. This week Andy brought in some real work for us to discuss. f.luxNight Shift mode in iOS 9.3Monster FactoryHenry Rollins
January 13, 2016
Episode 148: Window Shopping
Recorded January 7th, 2016. This week Andy finally gave in and decided to create a portfolio for Friends of the Web. Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording)Friends of the WebRobot or Not? Podcast
January 07, 2016
Episode 147: Feedback Wanted
Recorded December 23rd, 2015. In our last episode of the year we responded to listener comments about how to improve the show. Our year end show last yearOn the Grid #100Limited Resources PodcastMisophoniaOur subreddit feedback threadMatt does troll Andy on Twitter...The episode about Andy's logoThe 99 Designs experiment
December 23, 2015
Episode 146 - Things That Are Good
Recorded December 15th, 2015. This week Andy digs in on an idea from the previous episode: Can anything ever be objectively good or bad? Gangnam StyleChacaronThe ShiningLenny BruceThe BlobCultural relativismThe Moral Landscape by Sam HarrisKiller Mike's Six-Part Interview With Bernie Sanders
December 15, 2015
Episode 145: Finding The Thread
Recorded December 9th, 2015. This week we talked about designing something timeless... or at least designing something _you_ can live with forever.
December 09, 2015
Episode 144 - Comptroller Cant Say
Recorded December 1st, 2015. This week we talked about tradition and Andy's secret plans to run for office. Frere-Jones TypeAndy launched this site on Tuesday Nathan for YouNathan for You - Dumb StarbucksNathan For You - Party Planner
December 01, 2015
Episode 143: Time Zones
Recorded November 24th, 2015. This week: Design as a luxury service and what happens when you can't afford it. Thing ExplainerWhat If? BookWhat If? Blog
November 23, 2015
Episode 142: Avatar
Recorded November 17th, 2015. We discussed the symbols we create and rally around. And more on the next great American invention. Annie Atkins"I'm talkin' about Mountain Dews baby!"Eiffel Tower meets peace sign in show of solidarity after attacksIt Gets Better Project99% Invisible 173: AwarenessStory of the AIDs ribbon Uber changes UberX cars into French FlagsOur newsletter: Two ThingsTwo heartfelt endorsements, juxtaposed and delivered weekly.
November 17, 2015
Episode 141: My Jacket
Recorded November 10th, 2015. This week we discussed the next great American invention and the aesthetics of wealth. The Quarter Century Jacket | A 25 Year GuaranteeYour business card is CRAP!Joel Bauer - How to pack your suitcaseEveryday carrySecret decoder ringTiffany & Co IdentityAIGA position on spec workThe First Things First ManifestoThe Stanley ParableGame of the YearThat blog post I mentioned... Beginners Guide: A game about game designFrom our subreddit The Beginner's Guide
November 10, 2015
Episode 140: Drawing Realistic Apples
Recorded November 5th, 2015. Exhaustion, Leases, Art, Madden and robot video games as a form of self-expression. Olafur EliassonFastCap Flatback Story Pole 16 Foot Tape
November 05, 2015
Episode 139: Getting To The Bottom Of Dan
Recorded October 27th, 2015. This week we interviewed Dan. Fateful Findings"I think it is a worse movie than The Room..." - Andy Swift (band)Sanctity (band)Chiodos Shirt
October 27, 2015
Episode 138: A Very Practical Show
Recorded October 22nd, 2015. This week we talked about negotiating. My uncle calling me like, "Where ya at?"The Lonely Island - SEMICOLONDrake playing Wii TennisDrake's Tuna SandwichNick Offerman GIFWHAT?! LETTERS!Mixtape Monday
October 22, 2015
Episode 137: Five Stars Or Nothing
Recorded October 8th, 2015. This week we were joined again by Maurice Cherry. We talked about podcast accessibility and how designers deal with real problems. Revision PathBlack in Design ConferenceOrganization of Black DesignersDesigNationLiving Fully with Dr. Kathy McCoyMaurice's Student The Joy of New PursuitsKathy McCoy's blog about Maurice's podcasting class and about her getting familiar with the technology. EOFire Podcastby John Lee Dumas Netflix PrizeThe Netflix Prize was an open competition for the best collaborative filtering algorithm to predict user ratings for films, based on previous ratings. The grand prize was US$1,000,000. Top GearBayside High and DrunkRSSStitcher"Design Disruptors" Designer News ThreadChappelle's Show: Stereotype PixiesKodoku no GourmetThe Great British Bake Off
October 07, 2015
Episode 136 - Too Much To Ask
Recorded October 6th, 2015. This week, a little bit of follow up from the previous episode, and Andy wonders how much you can really ask of your clients. BonobosHuffdufferBlog about Huffduffer
October 06, 2015
Episode 135: Lingo Bingo
Recorded October 1st, 2015. This week we discussed the process of starting a new project, explaining how we want to work, and the language we use to describe it. PrimerThe Death and Life of Great American CitiesA Pattern LanguageThe Andy Template
October 01, 2015
Episode 134: Brought to you by...
Recorded September 24th, 2015. This week: a very topical podcast about ad blocking. "...the guy my company uses in all our ‘profile’ design mockups."The twitter interaction begins... "After 3 years I hate that guy"iOS 9 Content Blocker FAQMetallica v. Napster, Inc.RATATAT - DRUGSCushionPet RockPotato Salad Kickstarter"6,911 backers pledged $55,492 to help bring this project to life" The DeckCarbon AdsGone HomeDear EstherFEZ SoundtrackDear Esther SoundtrackLil Dicky - $ave Dat Money
September 24, 2015
Episode 133: Andysplaining
Recorded September 15, 2015. A nice man from Baltimore over explains nostalgia and his work. Baltimore - The Greatest Benches in AmericaXOXO FestivalRoderick talks about a nice man from BaltimoreFree Talk LiveMansplainingThe Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the WorldMr. Show with Bob and DavidMr. Show - The AuditionMr. Show - Pre-taped Call-in Show
September 14, 2015
Episode 132: Exposure
Recorded September 8, 2015. This week Dan made some music for the show, we started a new made-up segment, and Andy wonders how dangerous exposure to new ideas really is.... Dreyfus model of skill acquisitionTruck Pulling"New" Pepsi logoUs & Them - In Dixieland I’ll Take My StandLoose ChangeTyler The Creator - Yonkers Tyler, The Creator (Ft. Earl Sweatshirt) – AssMilk LyricsRadicals LyricsHannibal Buress On Odd FuturePoetry by Mary OliveOn Being: Mary OliverA Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver
September 08, 2015
Episode 131: Emotionally Invested
Recorded September 3rd, 2015. This week we got to hear some follow up about Andy's presentation and we discussed getting emotionally invested in work. Deep MountainA few slides from Andy's Presentation BP logoZippo
September 03, 2015
Episode 130: Storytelling
Recorded August 29th, 2015. This week we talked about taking on side projects and experimental work. Dan is at PAXPAX DevSeattle, WA. August 26-27, 2015. A few slides from Andy's PresentationIntroduction of Airbnb identity and BéloBloomberg BusinessweekBusinessweek Art Director Richard Turley Leaves for MTVBloomberg fires Digital Editor Josh TopolskyBusinessweek's Tim Cook coverHBO's Hard Knocks
August 29, 2015
Episode 129: Steve Jobs Has No Belt
Recorded August 20th, 2015. This week we discussed belts and confident pitches. Undone BeltsSteve Jobs on the cover of Fortune MagazineSteve Jobs has no Belt.Why doesn't Steve Jobs wear a belt?Jerry Seinfeld tucking shirts into jeansOUYA: A New Kind of Video Game ConsoleNarragansett Leathers
August 20, 2015
Episode 128: Because I Said So
Recorded August 13th, 2015. This week we talked about frustrating disagreements about taste, how you justify your decisions and objective rules of design... Bill Burr doesn't make Andy laugh...doesn't mean he's right! Dieter Rams: 10 Principles for Good DesignMeasure (typography)ADA Signage Contrast RequirementsBouba/kiki effectFlowerFlow (video game)ProteusDear EstherMayhem (band)
August 13, 2015
Episode 127 - Design/Lead
Recorded August 6th, 2015. This week we talked about the traits that make a great designer and the traits that make a great leader. Do they conflict? Deandra Reynoldsallowed to be funny on TV Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: Carl Reiner and Mel BrooksEarly WTF episodesMarc Maron interviews El Chupacabra (Nick Kroll)Example of early WTF. Just comedians playing characters, making jokes. You Made it Weird
August 05, 2015
Episode 126: Complicated And Special
Recorded July 30th, 2015. This week we talked about simplifying complex things... Or maintaining complexity. Everyday Carry WASP Injection Knife vs. WatermelonList of cognitive biasesTrap (plumbing)Full-Process Designer"I know that I know nothing"that Socrates quote Katamari Damacy
July 29, 2015
Episode 121: Minecraft Part 2
Recorded June 25th 2015. Andy, Satchell, and Dan return to Minecraft for part two of their journey. MinecraftJust play it. Satchell on TwitterSatchell on YouTubeMulanC418 on BandcampFor those who love the Minecraft soundtrack C418's website
July 25, 2015
Episode 125: Growth And Frivolity
Recorded July 20th, 2015. This week: What if the economy of design rewarded different kinds of work? And what might that look like? Segway ownerSteven HellerEllen LuptonResponsive Web Design by Ethan MarcotteThe Feynman TapesFeynman diagramDrawing Dynamic Visualizations from Bret VictorObjectifiedDunne & RabyDunne & Raby in Objectifiedon Technological Dream Series: No. 1, Robotsby Dunne & Raby TIG on NetflixTig Notaro LiveTwo ThingsOur newsletter The Feynman Tapes
July 20, 2015
Episode 124: Everything is Systems
Recorded July 16th, 2015. This week we talked about credit cards, governments, religions, mattresses, businesses a.k.a. systems. Cashback reward programI'm a business, man!Hillary Clinton online storeOur episode with Gitamba Saila NgitaScout's Honor DocumentaryZappos: Holacracy and Self-OrganizationRube Goldberg machineSymphony No. 94 by Joseph Haydnor the Surprise Symphony Haydn. Symphony No.94 in G major (The Surprise) on Archive.orgSerge Koussevitsky conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In four movements: Adagio cantabile-Vivace assai, Andante, Menuetto: Allegro molto, Allegro di molto. Recorded in 1929.
July 15, 2015
Episode 123: Show Your Work
Recorded July 9th, 2015. This week Dan is out but Andy and I are here to talk about portfolios and the merits of showing your work publicly. Soundboard DanFriends of the WebWork & CoThe MavenistThe Feynman Tapes, Volume 0The Feynman Tapes, Volume 1The Feynman Tapes, Volume 2The Feynman Tapes, Volume 3You Look Nice TodayReconcilable DifferencesNight MovesSurely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!
July 09, 2015
Episode 122: Grid Boundaries
Recorded July 2nd, 2015. This week we talked about responsive design rules and grid systems on the web. Roderick on the Line 146: Science FarmerYou cannot care about Matthew McConaughey Iceland square milesIcelandic horse gaitsEadweard Muybridge horse gaitsResponsive Web Design by Ethan MarcotteGrid Systems in Graphic DesignJan TschicholdBootstrapFlexboxbourbon.ioLine lengthNow fullscreen this page to see my point Room 237Room 237 Apollo 11 Theory
July 02, 2015
Episode 120: Minecraft Part 1
Recorded June 18th 2015. Matt's out of town, so Andy and Dan play hooky and jump into Minecraft with our guest Satchell Drakes. MinecraftSatchell on TwitterSatchell on YouTubeDragon Ball ZDragon Ball GTDon't bother watching it. C418 on BandcampMusic from the Minecraft soundtrack gracefully provided by C418 C418 WebsiteCreator of the Minecraft soundtrack
June 18, 2015
Episode 119: Holds Water
Recorded June 9th, 2015. We were joined by guest Kristy Tillman. IDEOSociety of GrownupsWhere Kristy is currently working. Detroit Water ProjectB CorporationMotelMatt's new gig. Friends of the WebAfrica is the FutureKirsty's happy ending. On The Grid Twitter (@gridshow)The Twitter account for the show.
June 09, 2015
Episode 118: Peak Butt Holding
Recorded June 2nd, 2015. We talked about Modernism. Andy on Instagram Modern Architecture Scourge Maryland Institute College of Art Brown Center William Morris Prefabrication Safdie MonographMonograph Matt worked on recently Zaha Hadid Monograph Max Miedinger Symbolset Johnnie Walker bottle"Alexander Walker introduced the iconic square bottle in 1870. This meant more bottles fitting the same space and resulted in fewer broken bottles. The other identifying characteristic of the Johnnie Walker bottle is the label, which is applied at an angle of 24 degrees and allows text to be made larger and more visible." Peter Behrens Cartography Tig Notaro Live Two Things
June 02, 2015
Episode 117: David Bowie And Husky Dogs
Recorded May 26th, 2015. This week we talked about Andy's idea for design types in education and criticism. How the new Apple emoji got their skin tones Chimera Roderick on the Line Types of Literary Criticism PC Part Picker
May 26, 2015
Episode 116 - The Extra Mile
Recorded May 19th, 2015. We had our first chat since a great meetup and a conversation about the unquantifiable things that make something great. Hotter Keys on KickstarterA Game for Learning Keyboard Shortcuts by Motel full of beans idiom Everything Is Design: The Work Of Paul Randat the Museum of the City of New York Dylan Poster I Am A Man Monument Valley OLO The Witcher 3 will have dynamic beard growth over time A Life Well Wasted A Life Well Wasted - Episode 3: Why Game? Jason Rohrer 99% Invisible 153: Game OverFeatures the segment Andy mentioned Key & Peele - East/West College Bowl Abbott & Costello - Who's on First Slovin & Allen - Who's on First On the Grid Subreddit
May 19, 2015
Episode 115 - Directions
Recorded May 14th, 2015. Matt has big news. Motel Motel on Twitter John Madden Diagrams 27 Club Mike Monteiro on Starting a Studio Startup workers are tweeting about how much money they actually make Dayswork Ben Pieratt Crank
May 14, 2015
Episode 114: Falling Flat
Recorded May 7th, 2015. We were joined by Eli Schiff to talk about his blog series Fall of the Designer. Also, New Yorkers, listen up for details about a meetup on May 16th. Join us at The Woods in BrooklynAndy, Dan and I are going to be hanging out at The Woods in Brooklyn on May 16th at 8pm. If you want to say hi, please stop by. 48 S. 4th St. Brooklyn, NY 11249 Eli SchiffFall of the Designer Part I: Fashionable NonsenseFall of the Designer Part II: Pixel PushersFall of the Designer Part III: Conformist Responsive DesignFall of the Designer Part IV: Credible ThreatsFall of the Designer Part V: Self-flagellationFarnsworth HouseHumanist Interface: IntroductionThe Verge's Apple Watch ReviewDesign by Jason Santa Maria Scott ForstallA look at the Apple ‘Skankphone’, built before the original iPhone releaseGraphic designers are ruining the webFrank Chimero: The Web’s Grain The Quest for a Moral Compass: A Global History of Ethics by Kenan Malik
May 07, 2015
Episode 113: In Poor Taste
Recorded April 30th, 2015. This week, the exciting conclusion of Andy Gets a Vice, and we talk about bad taste. Bad Taste video by The School of LifeThis is the video we refer to at the beginning of our discussion on taste. Jackie Chan - How to Do Action Comedy The Man Who Helped Invent The Cell Phone Has Something To Say About Smartphone The Burrito Button on Apple Watch Rock, Rot & Rule by Scharpling and Wurster Best Show Gems with Tom Scharpling The Best Show Desus Nice Desus Nice on Another Round Classic Loveline with Adam Carolla and Dr. Drew
April 30, 2015
Episode 112: The Singularity
Recorded April 23rd, 2015. This week Andy gained a vice and we talked about artificial intelligence. Dogspotting IBM Chef Watson Watson (computer) Deep Blue (chess computer) Garry Kasparov New Tech City: Here’s What Watson Actually Does The AI Revolution: The Road to Superintelligence The AI Revolution: Our Immortality or Extinction The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World Darius Kazemi Every Frame a Painting Jackie Chan - How to Do Action Comedy Two ThingsTwo heartfelt endorsements, juxtaposed and delivered weekly.
April 23, 2015
Episode 111: Creating A Disaster
Recorded April 15th, 2015. We had to finish our conversation about the finest bad movie ever made: The Room. Why? Tommy Wiseau and Why I left Creative Writing to Pursue the Law"Thank you to On The Grid, the podcast that reminded me today that Tommy Wiseau is the reason I’m about to graduate with a Law Degree." The Room The Disaster Artist (Audiobook) Michael Bay Miranda July Daniel Johnston The Devil and Daniel Johnston Wesley Willis Joe Swanberg The Mountain Goats Mark Duplass The Puffy Chair xkcd: D.B. Cooper Anxiety as an Ally: How I Turned a Worried Mind into My Best Friendby Dan Ryckert Tommy Wiseau AMA
April 15, 2015
Episode 110: Meandering Delusions
Recorded April 9th, 2015. We had a meandering conversation about cutting, printing, patents, and permits. And then we talked about what we can learn from bad movies. New-Skin Liquid BandageNot second skin The difference between a nerd and a hipster on podecho The Room Windy City Heat Room 237 Crop circles: How they are made Birdemic: Shock and Terror The Disaster Artist Troll 2 Best Worst Movie Rebecca Black It FollowsNot a bad movie. A good movie. Don't look it up. Just go see it. Disasterpeace It Follows - Original Soundtrack Fez - Original Soundtrack January (generative music tool) Disasterpeace Blog The Not Dan HourThe Matt & Andy Show. Before Dark. Even more meandering.
April 09, 2015
Episode 109: Next Level
Recorded April 2nd, 2015. Satchell Drakes joined us to talk about constantly striving to get better and live streaming on Twitch. Satchell Drakes Satchbag's Goods on Youtube Cinephilia Anonymous Rebecca Minkoff Connected Store Demo Bonobos Guideshop MoMA on the conservation of Le Corbusier's Kitchen In Praise of Shadows Judge John Hodgman 101: Courtlandia Burroughs Beard OilNot endorsed by Matt and Andy Dear Female Streamers. Sky's conversation with Kaceytron on Twitch Satchell's Female Streamer Controversy Explained Video Isometric 24: Slippy Likes the Barrel RollA recap of Brianna Wu's week fighting GamerGate The Co-Optional PodcastTotalBiscuit, Jesse Cox and Dodger host this weekly gaming podcast Uniqlo Slim-Fit Chinos Ori and the Blind Forest
March 31, 2015
Episode 108: On The Lam
Recorded March 26th, 2015. This week we talked about the power of the internet to shame. The Jinx (miniseries)Monica Lewinsky: The price of shameHindenburg disasterHow One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s LifeKony 2012The War of the Worlds (radio drama)The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Stationdirected and produced by Auguste and Louis Lumière Mail Goggles: Stop sending mail you later regretElloMurder of Kitty GenoveseRay KurzweilLongmont Potion Castle 9 - Medley 1Longmont Potion Castle Volume IV - NashName of the Year BracketPost TypographyTwo ThingsOur weekly newsletter. Check it out.
March 26, 2015
Episode 104: Chaos Muppet
Recorded February 26, 2015. This week we tried to talk about basic income, but we ended up talking about our motivation to create. Gamespot Giant Bomb Thirst Design SyQuest Technology Jaz drive Professor David Graeber on Pointless Jobs Milton Friedman John Maynard Keynes "The government should pay people to dig holes in the ground and then fill them up." r/basicincome Explaining Muppet Theory Valve Employee Handbook
March 26, 2015
Episode 107: Qualifications
Recorded March 19th, 2015. Andy asks us a question about offering internships. Bezar Timeline Leap Buses Are Hitting San Francisco’s Streets This Week The Jinx (miniseries) ELI5: Why do bad things happen to good people? @gridshow is slowly turning evil To Pimp a Butterfly The third studio album by Kendrick Lamar Schoolboy Q - Figg Get Da Money That Kanye line on RapGenius It's a small world
March 18, 2015
Episode 106 - Humbled
Recorded March 12th, 2015. We talked about our experiences freelancing as students in high school and college. Was that such a good idea? Soundboard Dan The World's Most Overrated Graphic Design I'm only linking to this because Andy mentioned it in a nerdy bro voice. Blame Andy. Matt does not endorse this. Andy's Monopoly Packaging 'humbled' Young Elon Musk featured in documentary about millionaires 99Designs Our episode about 99Designs Design as Commodity: An Experiment with 99 Designs Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art Paperback by Scott McCloud Abstraction of Faces from Understanding Comics Review our show on iTunes Cleveland Browns Logo Evolution Dolphins' (not as) new logo Old Dolphins' logo all the way down Turtles all the way down
March 12, 2015
Episode 105: Idiot Thought Leaders
Recorded March 5th, 2015. We talked about designers as philosophers... or preachers, our new show artwork, and our early attempts at being thought leaders. Mike Monteiro Keynote from Interaction15 Frank Chimero: Do things the long, hard, stupid way You're My Favorite Client by Mike Monteiro 13 Ways Designers Screw Up Client Presentations Paola Antonelli in Objectified Frank Chimero: The Web’s Grain Dan dropped an image from Mail to Photoshop and this happened Scroll down for the iterations of show artwork The new show artwork Roderick on the Line show artwork Clients From Hell Floating Flower Vase by Norihiko Terayama The Worst Christmas Story Ever It was Gremlins, not Goonies
March 05, 2015
Episode 103 - Homogeneity
Recorded February 17th, 2015. This week we were joined by Maurice Cherry to discuss diversity in design. Revision Path Black Weblog Award The Year of Tea Polyphasic sleep Where Are The Black Designers? at SXSW Equal Opportunities? Minorities in Graphic Design Design Details Podcast 4: feat. Kristy Tillman Detroit Water Project 28 Days of the Web Conference Quotas Examining women and people of color in the Net Awards @lolamachine: "I asked why he has featured only 3 women in 69 podcasts" The Education of a Graphic Designer by Steven Heller Features "Searching for a Black Aesthetic in American Graphic Design" by Sylvia Harris Weapons of Mass Creation Fest Blacks in Technology Smart Brown Voices Dev Latino Morehouse College HBCUs (Historically black colleges and universities) Apple Distinguished Schools College: OTHER AIGA Diversity and Inclusion Task Force of10 podcast
February 17, 2015
Episode 102: 1,750 Drawings
Recorded February 11th, 2015. This week we talked about bots and creativity. Chocodile Cherry Chocodiles (Limited Edition) @gridshow bot @Horse_ebooks heroku_ebooks script @gronkbooks bot A Gronking to Remember: Book One in the Rob Gronkowski Erotica Series @andy_ebooks bot @congressedits bot @oliviataters bot SmarterChild AIM bot Tim's Vermeer Johannes Vermeer Zao Band Members
February 11, 2015
Episode 101: Unfair Advantage
Recorded February 5th, 2015. This week we talked about the podcast StartUp, growing podcasts, and prototyping. Julian Edelman's Playoff Beard StartUp Podcast Reply All Podcast StartUp Podcast #13: Fake It Til You Make It Marco Arment Gimlet's App Prototype How to listen to a podcast with Ira Glass and Mary Ahearn Twitch Partner Program Ignore the customer experience, lose a billion dollars (Walmart case study) Walmart Check Cashing Al Norman prevented a Wal-Mart store from being opened in Greenfield, MA Look Around You (Series one) Look Around You: Pilot - Calcium @gridshow We finally have a twitter account! Follow us, give up on #onthegrid, and tweet to @gridshow
February 04, 2015
Episode 100: Growing Up
Recorded January 29th, 2015. It's our 100th episode and it turns out that we weren't right about everything. Soundboard Dan Two Things 2: A Curse and a Shapeshifter Nimona Matt get defensive on Episode 22 Hessian Hessian episode Dan tells us what Apple would have done on Episode 17 Andy makes a dumb prediction on Episode 15 Andy's Cafepress Store I Have Died Many Times Pocket Operator Annual DWR Champagne Chair Contest Shovel Knight Oh and...
January 28, 2015
Episode 99: A Recipe For
Recorded on January 22nd, 2015. Matt and Andy talked about stoves and recipes. Oh and Dan was away so Soundboard Dan joined us as a guest. Tall Chess Wolf Dual Fuel Ranges Viking AGA cooker Martha Stewart demonstrates AGA Cooking Essential Pépin: More Than 700 All-Time Favorites from My Life in Food @abstractsunday My Travels With the Curse of Maracanã Uruguay v Brazil (1950 FIFA World Cup) Billy Cundiff Petting Zoo App Dev Discomfort Sideshow Podcast: Christoph Niemann
January 21, 2015
Episode 98: Singular Vision
Recorded on January 15th, 2015. This week we talked about creators with singular visions... and how they may destroy their own creations. Our new newsletter: Two Things We've decided to start an On the Grid newsletter. Subscribe for two heartfelt endorsements, juxtaposed and delivered weekly. National Championship Trophy Star Trek: The Next Generation List of changes in Star Wars re-releases History of Doctor Who The Design of Design by Frederick P. Brooks Darius Kazemi - The Lottery Sonic Highways on HBO Lorne Michaels Matt Groening Bill Watterson Fish: a tap essay Tapestry Screw Flanders Check out our subreddit SNL: Getting Off the Phone
January 15, 2015
Episode 97: Bouba Kiki
Recorded January 8th, 2015. This week the topic came up AFTER the Happy Ending. We talked about beauty. OddMass College Football Playoff National Championship XFL Pepsi Gravitational Field Beginning Aesthetics: An Intro to the Philosophy of Art The Beginning of Infinity Pachelbel's Canon Bouba/kiki effect After Dark 500: Back to Twerk
January 07, 2015
Episode 96: Cruelty Percentage
Recorded January 1st, 2015. We discussed Facebook's Year in Review feature. Inadvertent Algorithmic Cruelty Facebook Apologizes To Bereaved Father For 'Year In Review' Sleepify by Vulfpeck TLDR #20 - Silence 4'33" Performance of John Cage's 4'33" Mystikal - Hit Me
December 31, 2014
Episode 95: Working Out New Material
Recorded December 18th, 2014. We reflected on our conversations in 2014. 30 Creative Ways to Say Happy Birthday The Trustworthiness of Beards "I know that I know nothing" Dreyfus model of skill acquisition You Made it Weird #237: Patton Oswalt Chris Rock on Bullseye Chris Rock on the B.S. Report Andy's Objectified Poster Build's Original Objectified Poster Dribbble is not a Platform for Critique Through Process podcast New Alphabet Monobloc chair Calca TaskPaper
December 18, 2014
Episode 94: House Rules
Recorded December 11th, 2014. This week we discussed automating your home and buying things that last. Also, wood oil. Pineapple Express First Year in New York Nest If This Then That Philips Hue Lights F.lux August Smart Lock Hunter Gatherers experienced far more leisure time and far fewer hours of work than members of modern industrial society Jason Rohrer Jason Rohrer on A Life Well Wasted The Last Viridian Note Satchell Drakes Satchbag's Goods - The Sonic & Knuckles Saga Satchbag's Goods - Super Mario 64 vs. Mega Man X Satchbag's Goods - Mixtape Monday - Vol. 1 Ian's Shoelace Site Leather Sling Chair by Charles Pollock This to That
December 11, 2014
Episode 93: Last Line Of Defense
Recorded December 4th, 2014. This week we discussed whether ethics are inherent in design. Will the Justice Department expeditiously investigate Eric Garner’s death? The verdict for the Ray Rice appeal came out on Black Friday Jeffersonian Architecture Join, or Die by Benjamin Franklin John Maeda Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers @congressedits @OliviaTaters
December 03, 2014
Episode 92: Contributor
Recorded November 25th, 2014. This week we discussed Contributor by Google and ways to advertise on the web. The National Bar Association Responds to Ferguson Grand Jury’s Decision Killer Mike speaks in solidarity with #Ferguson Contributor by Google Readability's Important Announcement Flattr Patreon Brain Pickings Page One: Inside the New York Times Documentary Dollar A Day The Deck Carbon Ads 99% Invisible: Names vs The Nothing New Public Sites: Parking Archipelago New Public Sites: Freeway Eddy Eigengrau Radiolab: Words
November 25, 2014
Episode 91: Separating
Recorded November 19th, 2014. This week we talked about using Uber and separating the art from the artist. Craig Mod - Let’s Fly The moment I learned just how far Uber will go to silence journalists and attack women PandoLIVE: Uber exec proposes plan to smear Pando's Sarah Lacy Eric Gill's personal life Lyft A Pattern Language: Mini-buses 1970 Chevelle BMW 2002
November 19, 2014
Episode 90: The Dolphin Variant
Recorded November 13th, 2014. This week we talked about the super rich and A/B testing. Dayswork Launches Archived: Millionaires24 Email for the Rich Email for the Rich on TechCrunch Christian Schwartz - Luxury Fonts Rebecca Black's Philanthropy A/B Testing A/B Testing Is Broken Mandy Brown Editorially: Writing a better terms of service Editorially Terms of Service The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values by Sam Harris Breaking Madden The Breaking Madden Super Bowl Fraser Davidson designed 300-plus SBNation logos
November 13, 2014
Episode 89: Radar
Recorded November 6th, 2014. We discussed Samaritans Radar and designing for sensitive issues. Samaritans Radar #SamaritansRadar Joe Lanman's problem with Samaritans Radar More reactions to Radar Jam The digital agency that created Radar Radar Marketing Video Facebook's emotional contagion experiment Samaritans Radar suspended for further consideration.
November 06, 2014
Episode 88: Hype
Recorded October 30th, 2014. This week we talked about hype men and your chances of winning the lottery. Dan and Matt's Twitter Exchange The Rap Board James Brown's hype man Dayswork Darius Kazemi at XOXO Festival (2014) Two Headlines Peter Behrens Chris Ashworth The Timeless Way of Building by Christopher Alexander A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander The Oregon Experiment by Christopher Alexander
October 29, 2014
Episode 87 - Infinite Monkey Theorem
Recorded October 22nd. This week we talked about Andy possibly becoming a homeowner and naming. Dan’s old Surge tall boy Tontine Tall Chess StartUp #5 How to Name Your Company 99% Invisible - Title TK General Assembly Girlfriend A Life Well Wasted Varsity Bookmarking OLO South Park Washington Redskins Episode Don't Call It That by Eli Altman A Hundred Monkeys Infinite monkey theorem Matt's College Project: Infinite Monkey Generator Warning: Built in Flash Voice and Tone Nicely Said: Writing for the Web with Style and Purpose
October 21, 2014
Episode 86: Fusion
Recorded October 16th, 21014. We make a big announcement and discuss online abuse. Studies for new Podcast Artwork Solve for X: Charles Chase on energy for everyone Skunk Works Reveals Compact Fusion Reactor Details Allen Tan's Tweet Trouble at the Koolaid Point Brooklyn Beta 'Massacre' threat forces Anita Sarkeesian to cancel university talk Brianna Wu: It Happened to Me Webstock ‘13: Mike Monteiro - How Designers Destroyed the World Terms of Service; Didn’t Read Shared Twitter Block List
October 14, 2014
Episode 85: No Limit
Recorded October 9th, 2014 This week we talked about sticking to a process and saying no. Also, Dan is looking for another designer at FitMob. You can email dan at fitmob dot com. Barometer++ ripoff Defining the Visual Style of Southern Hip Hop Pen & Pixel No Limit Records Webstock '13: Mike Monteiro - How Designers Destroyed the World Peter Mendelsund Cover What We See When We Read Comedy Death Camp Saying No Dan Cassaro to Showtime Jodorowsky's Dune
October 07, 2014
Episode 84: Big In Germany
Recorded October 2nd, 2014 This week we wondered why we're talking about Ello and Adobe let us see a slide deck preview of this Keynote on Thursday. Extract, Behance Talent Search & Shape Ello Barometer++ Dayswork RescueTime TV Tropes
October 01, 2014
Episode 83: Office Space
Recorded September 25th, 2014 This week we answered some listener mail about the spaces we work in and how we design our lives. Note: the audio issues early in the episode only last for the first minute.
September 23, 2014
Episode 82: Dan Auer Could Be Banksy
recorded September 18th, 2014 This week we talked about symbols... or people. Also: Dayswork Desert Golfing Destiny I’m leaving Mojang This is Phil Fish From the Porch to the Street Ditching Twitter Anita Sarkeesian FastCo episode The Trustworthiness of Beards
September 16, 2014
Episode 81: Praiseworthy
Recorded September 11, 2014 This week, Andy talks to us about the closing of Berg Apple Watch & Custom typeface Berg closes Little Printer Other Berg projects Reactions on Twitter: @maxfenton  @heavymeta  @pieratt  @tealtan @greatdismal​ @gsvoss @juhavantzelfde A visual history of Berg Allen Tan’s Berg bookmarks OkFocus Drake Shake Mozilla Factory Space Hacking IKEA Bonus: Dan’s Emoji Face
September 10, 2014
Episode 80: Die Neue Web Typographie
recorded September 4th, 2014 This week we talked about subjective vs. objective design decisions and: Proof of Dan’s PAX Story Twitter changes font again because everyone hated the old one Rdio updates apps and web client with major redesign Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio iA Responsive Typography The League of Moveable Type Disobedient Objects Disobedient Objects on Barnbrook’s blog Makeshift Tear-Gas Mask Defending Against Tear Gas
September 03, 2014
Episode 79: Average Confidence
Recorded August 29th, 2014 Matt was on vacation Dan and Andy talked to Mills Baker about Confidence and:  How to Be Polite HyperCard Jonah Peretti The Beginning of Infinity Detroit Water Project
August 27, 2014
Episode 78: Unqualified
August 21st, 2014 Grouper eats 4ft shark in one bite: Milwaukee Police Department: OLO:
August 20, 2014
Episode 77: Contested
August 14th, 2014 This week Andy shared an experiment with us and we discussed: The $5 Logo Dan Cassaro doesn’t work for free Andy’s contest page on 99Designs Design as Commodity: An Experiment with 99 Designs
August 13, 2014
Episode 76: Say You Don't Know
August 7th, 2014 We were joined by Gitamba Saila Ngita to talk about his work in Strategic Design and: Hartford Whalers Dan Hill - Dark Matter & Trojan Horses 99% Invisible: Ten Thousand Years The Black Cube First Things First 1964 manifesto First Things First 2014 Larry Page Wants Earth To Have A Mad Scientist Island Questions for the New Design Observer John Maeda Black Jesus
August 07, 2014
Episode 75: A Very Particular Set Of Skills
July 31, 2014 This week we were joined by Ellen Chisa. We discussed: Globe Script by Dai Foldes Ellen’s reasons for going to Harvard Business School My Dream Design Curriculum Calvin and Hobbes Dear Mr. Watterson Gutenberg Chews
July 31, 2014
Episode 74: Better Judgement
July 24, 2014 This week we talked about criticism and judgement. Also: Soylent Tuft & Needle The Disapproval Matrix Design Observer Medium / Branch r/TumblrInAction vs r/ShitRedditSays Chatroulette Kim Kardashian may make 85 million from her app You are not a storyteller - Stefan Sagmeister Textile or Markdown. Whichever you prefer.
July 24, 2014
Episode 73: The Stories We Tell Ourselves
Recorded on July 17th, 2014 This week we talked about launching new identities, telling stories, and: Video Games: The Movie The International Dota 2 Championships College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy Airbnb's new mark and identity  Our friends call us The Shack MercyCorps on Brand New Original Nike Logo xkcd The Book of Warriors
July 17, 2014
Episode 72: Turning The Knobs
recorded July 3rd, 2014 This week we talked about Facebook's emotional contagion experiment. Also: Game of Thrones Cosplay Darkon What the Facebook Controversy is Really About Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks OkTrends Gone Home This week's episode of On the Grid is sponsored by Sketchcasts. Listeners can get 25% off your membership price, forever by visiting
July 03, 2014
Episode 71: Forever The Devil's Advocate
recorded June 26th, 2014 This week Emily Haasch of Cards Against Humanity joined us for an hour to talk about place and social design. We mentioned: Svpply shutting down Kickstarter for new Svpply The Return of Everyblock Pielab Design Book Club This episode was sponsored by Astute Graphics. Check out Autosaviour, a free Illustrator plugin.
June 26, 2014
Episode 70: Pinspiration
recorded June 19th, 2014 This week we answered a listener email about inspiration. We mentioned: No Man’s Sky Harley-Davidson Project Livewire DesignLab at MailChimp PatternTap Graphic Ambient Eyes, Eyes, and Filters Tag Savage: A Man
June 19, 2014
Episode 69: On the Leading
recorded June 15th, 2014 Andy couldn’t make it this week, so we were joined by Aaron Heth, who used to co-host Read Between the Leading with Matt, and we talked about: You Smell Soap Turner Duckworth’s Metallica Death Magnetic Packaging  Stiffed by 'Shark Tank'  Aaron’s Revui Channel Diegetic Interface The Division: Holographic Map [1:26] Tearaway
June 15, 2014
Episode 67: Playgrounds
recorded June 5th, 2014 This week we talked about Apple's WWDC event and learning in designed systems. Why Apple's New Font Won't Work On Your Desktop Apple Swift The Swift Programming Language eBook Why's (Poignant) Guide to Ruby Graphic designers are ruining the web What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades Apple - 1984 Coda Blissymbolics Massimo Vignelli, 1931-2014 Massimo and Me
June 05, 2014
Episode 68: The Distant Future
recorded May 29, 2014 This week we answered a listener’s email about designing for the near future. And hopefully our discussion extends to the distant future as well. Also: Chocodiles Flutie Flakes In Defense of Pink Slime Xbox SmartGlass
May 29, 2014
Episode 66: It's A Pouch, Not A Hammer
recorded May 22nd, 2014 This week we discussed finding furniture and devices that are designed to disable technology. This American Life: Except For That One Thing Why Anti-Tech Is in Style — Literally ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel
May 22, 2014
Episode 20: Came Through A Trash Can
This week we talked about Christmas, open operating systems, passwords, and the best: Mozilla aims to break iOS-Android mobile axis Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Can’t Protect Us Anymore The Best The Last Viridian Note
May 18, 2014
Episode 11: The Good Fight
This week on the show we talked about big life decisions, and: Good riddance, Paypal Paypal responds Chris Kluwe’s Open Letter to Emmett Burns Starting a company straight out of school? Downsizing Supersize
May 18, 2014
Episode 65: Emoji Man Runs Away From Fire
recorded May 18, 2014 This week we discussed haircuts, texting during an emergency and the death of Square Wallet. You can text 911 The Murder of Kitty Genovese 99 Percent Invisible: Ten Thousand Years On the Grid is now on Soundcloud Square Wallet is dead Knock to Unlock The Moral Landscape Coffee Money Zines
May 18, 2014
Episode 64: Survey Says
recorded on May 11th, 2014 This week we addressed your responses to the survey that we mentioned on the past few episodes. If this is the first time you're listening the show, we'd recommend listening to a few previous episodes first and coming back to this one.
May 11, 2014
Episode 63: Lose Your Seat
recorded on May 1st, 2014 This week we talked about possible losing our seats. Designer Duds Sidewalk Brewseful Paypal redesigns their homepage (not their dashboard) George and Jonathan Hamburger WiFi
May 01, 2014
Episode 62: Clever
recorded on April 24th, 2014 This week talked about clever design, social design, dogmas, fact checking and voting. Everyone Deserves Great Design
April 24, 2014
Episode 61: Tourism
recorded on April 17th, 2014 This week we talked about Mobb Deep and Dan’s true calling. Prodigy Attacks Pitchfork After Receiving Perfect Score Review Pitchfork reviews reissue of The Infamous Letter to a Junior Designer
April 17, 2014
Episode 60: The Device Is The Message
recorded on April 13th, 2014 This week we talked about the growing hill that is the web and the devices that shape our message. Frank Chimero - Designing in the Borderlands Chris Downey - Design with the Blind in Mind The Medium is the Massage The Medium is the Massage Audio Recording Understanding Media
April 13, 2014
Episode 59: Chiseling Away
recorded on April 3rd, 2014 Matt is back from vacation to follow up on Episode 36 about new design tools and then the open web vs. protecting your thing. Macaw Sketch Processing Threes vs. 2048
April 03, 2014
Episode 58: Rift
recorded on March 27th, 2014 Matt was on vacation this week, so Andrew Simone joined Andy and Dan to talk about Oculus Rift. Oculus joins Facebook
March 27, 2014
Episode 57: Wearing Out
recorded on March 20th, 2014 This week we talked about wearables and manifestos. Razer Nabu Moto 360 Basis Misfit Shine First Things First 1964 First Things First 2000 First Things First 2014 Mitch Goldstein on Personal Manifestos
March 20, 2014
Episode 56: Bound 2
recorded on March 13th, 2014 This week we talked about deadlines and the time needed for good design. Amnesia Fortnight Jaguars Helmet
March 13, 2014
Episode 55: Little Boxes
This week we talk about patterns in web design and how to prevent our work from getting stagnate. Frank Chimero’s new site
March 06, 2014
Episode 54: Code-switching
This week we answered an email about designers learning to code. Execute Facebook’s Origami
February 27, 2014
Episode 53: Checkboxing
This week Dan returns and we talk about software customization. Tall Chess Elo Rating Chessboxing An Ode to Winamp Killer Mike: Life Advice
February 20, 2014
Episode 52: Team Teamwork
This week Dan couldn’t join us but Andy and I talk about teamwork. The Design of Design: Essays from a Computer Scientist Andy’s Critique Guidelines The Beginning of Infinity John Roderick on CMD+Space Editorially Shutting Down Attention Economy
February 13, 2014
Episode 51: They Took Our Jobs
This week we answered an email about comparing your work to young designers and self doubt. (Also we talked about Flappy Bird before it was taken down)
February 06, 2014
Episode 50: Macklemore Is Candy Crush
This week we talked about the Facebook Paper announcement, the grand vision, and real world universal appeal. Pepsi Gate at MetLife Stadium Facebook Paper Candy Crush Bar Rescue Dots
January 30, 2014
Episode 49: Robodesigners
This week we talked about Squarespace Logo, the future according to the movie Her, and the breakup of H&FJ. FitMob on TechCrunch Squarespace Logo The Noun Project Why Her Will Dominate UI Design Even More Than Minority Report Make it So Tobias Frere-Jones v. Jonathan Hoefler
January 23, 2014
Episode 48: Talk Is Cheap
This week we talked the problem with TED, DRM in HTML, and the future of the open web. We need to talk about TED - Benjamin Bratton (Article) TEDx talk by Benjamin Bratton TED isn’t a recipe for ‘civilisational disaster’ (response from Chris Anderson) How Netflix Reverse Engineered Hollywood - Alexis C. Madrigal Cory Doctorow: We are Huxleying ourselves into the full Orwell.
January 09, 2014
Episode 46: 2013 In Design
It’s our annual year in review show. We summarized 2013 in design and talked about the 3 topics that topped our lists. 2013 in Design thread on the Subreddit
December 28, 2013
Episode 47: Fuck It Lets Do It
This week we were joined by Mitch Goldstein. Mitch has taught at RISD, MICA, VCU, and Rhode Island College. He currently teaches at RIT. You may also know him as Angry Paul Rand. Mitch’s Reading List
December 19, 2013
Episode 45: Player Piano
This week we talked about class divides and how it’s addressed in the design community. Protesters block Google bus in S.F. Mission Startup CEO Complains SF Is Full of Human Trash Leo the Homeless Coder wants to help you carpool Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut Dunne & Raby - Technological Dream Series: No. 1, Robots
December 14, 2013
Episode 44: Utopia
This week we talked about the all of those things designed to save world and how they’re taking over. Andy saves Ted the Kitten …another Ted photo Design and Violence (MoMA) Stuff You Should Know: How Bitcoin Works £60m bitcoin heist Sheep Marketplace Subreddit Bitcoin heist followup Amazon Prime Air drones
December 05, 2013
Episode 43: In Flux
This week we were inspired to discuss two presentations from the 2013 Build Conference: Frank Chimero: What Screens Want David Cole: Applied Discover
November 24, 2013
Episode 42: Cult Of Authenticity
Dan couldn’t join us this week, so Andy and I discussed: Giving Brand Back its Soul Coin George’s Exploding Wallet
November 14, 2013
Episode 18: Textual Orientation
This week we focused on format and presentation: Nate Silver got it right Ignore the Code on Pagination Difficult-to-read font reduces political polarity Bringing Responsiveness to Apps The Presentation Mistake You Don’t Know You’re Making Instagram, the Devil, and You
November 07, 2013
Episode 41: Fort Knocks
This week we talked about the feeling of security. Here are the links: Knock to Unlock August Smart Locks Z-Wave Technology Driverless Cars Square Cash
November 07, 2013
Episode 40: Making The Team
This episode we talked about work, life, teams, management, design, life, going it alone, work, and design. Anyways: Psychological Pitfalls And Lessons of A Designer-Founder Take interest in the things you find interesting Work versus Life Ben Pieratt’s Internetland What if? This episode of On the Grid is sponsored by Codex Magazine. Get your copy of this beautifully crafted type and lettering journal at Enter code onthegrid for a 20% discount.
October 31, 2013
Episode 39: The Teachings Of Mangold
After an unintended hiatus, we are back discussing Andy’s new experiences teaching design and molding young minds. Andy’s Guiding Principles
September 11, 2013
Episode 6: Skeuomorphonostalgism
This week we talk about looking back, fearing the future, comedy’s similarity to design, and paving your own way. Toxic Nostalgia Obama’s Revolutionary Typeface Churchkey Beer Can Patton Oswalt’s Keynote Address at Just for Laughs 50 Shades Of Grey Trilogy Overtakes Harry Potter Series To Become Amazon UK’s Biggest Selling Books Startup Claims 80% Of Its Facebook Ad Clicks Are Coming From Bots The New York Times Is Now Supported by Readers, Not Advertisers Digg Destroys and Rebuilds
August 25, 2013
Episode 38: The Dark Side
We talk deception, compromise, and the most important thing in the world. The slippery slope Dark Patterns Is this Apple Ad Nuts?
July 28, 2013
Episode 37: IveOS 7
Apple introduces iOS 7. We tried not to post a knee-jerk reaction show, so we’re finally talking about it. Apple iOS 7 Requiem for a Back Button Fertile Ground This episode of On the Grid is sponsored by Weapons of Mass Creation Fest. This art, design and music festival runs from August 16-18 in Cleveland, OH.
June 24, 2013
Episode 36: Tools Of The Trade
Inspired by a conversation at bar… we discuss the tools we use to design. Adobe CC makes us rethink our tools Quartz Composer & Typecast exist Andy’s new chess app
June 10, 2013
Episode 35: They Do Exist
After some traveling and a long delay, we discuss… unicorns. The Myth of the Myth of the Unicorn
May 27, 2013
Episode 34: Australian For Money
This episode we were joined by Tristan Cooke of Humans in Design to discuss the Trojan Horses, Dark Matter, and Money. Dan Hill: Dark Matter, Trojan Horses lecture Matt’s article for Humans in Design Simple - Alternative to Traditional Banking Humans in Design on Simple Renew New Castle Creole Pigs Can vegans stomach the unpalatable truth about quinoa? Redesigned US $100 Note 99% Invisible Episode 54- The Colour of Money (featuring Tristan) 99% Invisible Episode 40- Billy Possum (featuring Oreos and Hydrox)
April 28, 2013
Episode 33: Salvation
This episode we were joined by Mark Johnson of Wedgies to discuss the save icon. Also: TED Talk: Can we make things that make themselves? Branch: Redesigning the Save symbol Facebook Home
April 07, 2013
Episode 32: Name Calling
This week we discussed speed, naming and naming. World’s Fastest Agency Interview with founder of World’s Fastest Agency "User Experience"
March 24, 2013
Episode 31: Steal The Show
This week we welcome guest Carolyn Williams to discuss the Veronica Mars Kickstarter and then move on to stealing. The Veronica Mars Kickstarter Flat UI LayerVault’s DMCA Flat UI on Hacker News Flattery The Flat Design Era
March 14, 2013
Episode 30: Make It Worse
We rarely talk about things that are beautiful. Let’s discuss. The design of Penguin Popular Classics Hartmut Esslinger - Advice For Designers Understanding Comics (Abstraction of Faces) Earlier projects: Crowdstorms & Clipping Betamore
March 03, 2013
Episode 29: College Rules
This week we dedicate the show to the debate: Is Formal Design Education Necessary for Practicing Designers? Additional Mentions: DesignersFund
February 20, 2013
Episode 28: Canned Brand
This week we talked about the pre-made brand and Andy’s newfound interest in the Super Bowl Champion Ravens… Some reasoning behind Hessian The button test Hessian has a potential buyer
February 04, 2013
Episode 27: Identity Crisis
This week we discussed two new identities, gender roles in design, and the state of graphic design criticism. Sagmeister & Walsh’s New Identity (they have updated the material since we’ve recorded) Before and After Sagmeister & Walsh Identity Page Artist Series: Stefan Sagmeister ‘08 Women in Graphic Design on Design Observer New American Airlines Identity Vignelli Reaction to AA Redesign Graphic Design Criticism as a Spectator Sport DCRIT Program at SVA
January 20, 2013
Episode 26: Certified
This week we discussed certification, templates, automation, and Matt’s proposed standard for serving logos. Should Graphic Designers be Certified? RGD Ontario rel=”logo” Standard Proposal
January 13, 2013
Episode 25: Dwelling
Happy New Year from Matt, Dan and Andy plus: Tenth Grade Tech Trends Are Designers Crazy? The “Whoa” Business Model
January 05, 2013
Episode 24: 2012 In Design
It’s our year end special. We discussed the events and issues that effected and shaped design this past year. We focused on three: The evolving relationship between design and technology, changes in publishing, and the flat design vs. skeuomorphism debate. If you want to see other topics and links we considered, including Crowdfunding Product/Industrial Design and the Evolution of Email, check out the post on our subreddit.
December 29, 2012
Episode 23: Most Of The Internet Is Dead
This week: Death and Taxes… and Symbols Charles K. Bliss and Blissymbols Death and Design In Taiwan, Every Receipt is a Lottery Ticket Prize-Linked Savings
December 19, 2012
Episode 22: UC What I Did There
We spent most of the show talking about the new University Of California logo and reactions: A Different Baton Petition to Stop to the new UC logo Andy’s reaction to UC logo on Quora
December 11, 2012
Episode 21: Fine Dining
This week we rush to get everything done before Christmas, dine in the app store, and take note of our rosy red design lenses. Modern Dog Fights the Power Color Perception in the Himba Tribe The Only Intuitive Interface Is The Nipple Radiolab episodes “Words” Designing Culture… The Interface of a Cheeseburger Visualizing the Structure of Pop Music Jiro Dreams of Sushi
November 29, 2012
Episode 19: Not So Fast
This week we talked about some personal projects and feedback: Matt’s side project on Fast Company Email is the New Pony Express Andy’s Case for Email
November 14, 2012
Episode 17: Heeeeres Jony
Happy Halloween! This week we survived Hurricane Sandy and had a chat about the big three: Forstall is out and Jony Ive takes over at Apple, Windows 8 is here, and Google makes changes to Gmail. @ComfortablySmug spreads fake Sandy news on Twitter Scott Forstall’s Fatal Mistake Windows 8 Review Clear Desktop App Google adds new chat box style compose to Gmail
October 31, 2012
Episode 16: Hitting Nails With Rocks
After a week off, we talked about Matt’s trip to Orlando and… Newsweek cuts the print edition Emoji Dick Unmasking Reddit’s Violentacrez, The Biggest Troll on the Web Why Jimmy Wales Doesn’t Vote Marco Arment’s The Magazine Graphic Designers are Ruining the Web
October 24, 2012
Episode 15: Game Plan
This week we spend the entire episode talking about authenticity in digital design. On the Grid subreddit The Flat Design Era
October 09, 2012
Episode 14: Flatline
This week we spend the entire episode talking about authenticity in digital design. On the Grid subreddit The Flat Design Era
October 03, 2012
Episode 13: For Whom The Maps Troll
On this episode we talk about vaporware, web typography, and maps: Kickstarter is not a store Adobe/Typekit announces Adobe Edge Webfonts Romney uses font without paying for a license: 1, 2, and 3 iOS Maps
September 25, 2012
Episode 12: Brand New Kung Fu
On this episode we talk about tricking designers into redesigning your logo for free and: The iPhone 5 released eBay’s new logo USA Today redesign Kickstarter Vaporware
September 18, 2012
Episode 9: Waiting Online
This week we talk about filtering your world, waiting in line and online, and the transition from physical to digital…. and back to physical. Beware of Online Filter Bubbles Kevin Rose’s Boolean Graph Why Waiting in Line Torture 99% Invisible on Queue Theory and Design Native Facebook App Evernote’s Physical Notebook
September 12, 2012
Episode 8: Limited
This week we talk about Andy’s new watch, the problem with magazines, limitations, and Minecraft. Magazines have a bundling problem Minecraft Closed Map Experiment Hoax The Cost of a Logo Dave McClure’s Tweet about the Next Big Thing in Publishing
September 12, 2012
Episode 10: Shiny Toy Guns
Obama doing an AMA The Dangers of 3D Printing FastCo on the Unsolicited American Airlines Redesign The Art Of The Passive-Aggressive Redesign When does design matter? The best interface is no interface
September 02, 2012
Episode 7: Squaring Up
This week we talk about a redesign proposal for Wikipedia, Beck’s sheet music album, making rates public, and Square’s deal with Starbucks. Wikipedia Redefined Wikiweb App Quora Feedback on Wikipedia Redefined Beck to release album as sheet music Making your rates public Starbucks Adopts Square
August 29, 2012
Special 1: App Dot Net
On this special epsiode, we talk to Whitney Erin Boesel, about her article Race, Class, The Beginning of ‘White Flight’ from Facebook & Twitter?, and the implications of
August 28, 2012
Episode 5: Build Destroy Build
This week we discussed file systems, putting your ideas into the world, simplicity vs. complexity, and destroying your work for the sake of greatness. Mountain Lion’s New File System What’s with the anti-directory movement? Postbox gives up on Mac Store Apple’s Genius Ads dot Mail app dot Mail post Imagine the most beautiful scene ever… Make your users do the work
August 14, 2012
Episode 4: Free Doughnuts
We’re going to be releasing a few episodes very quickly in order to catch up to real time. We had been recording a few weeks in advance, but we’re looking to be more timely, so our backlog is being released right now. The next few episodes will be much more current. Links Mentioned in this Episode: Sparrow Acquisition Apple patents disappearing vertical scroll indicator Jack Daniels Wrote What Has To Be The Nicest Cease-And-Desist Order Of All Time Why I prefer a featureless app The Cost of Free Doughnuts
August 11, 2012
Episode 3: Designing Economies
This week we discussed corporate transparency, local retail and economic models. Links Mentioned this Episode: Andy Launches Wikiweb McDonald’s Canada: more local, less mystery Paid Paid Vacation Amazon same-day delivery to destroy local retail? Dalton Caldwell’s Bold Proposal’s Kickstarter-like page Penny Arcade Kickstart to go Ad Free
August 07, 2012
Episode 2: A Public Outcry
This week we discussed public reactions to design, critique in the modern day, and endless amounts of creative content on the internet. Links Mentioned this Episode: Faux Microsoft Rebrand London’s Shard Opens The Future of the New York Public Library Jack Cheng’s Novel on Kickstarter If you have some thoughtful feedback, leave a comment here, email us (mail at onthegrid dot co), or even call us if want us to possibly play your comments on the show: (973) ON-GRID-2 If you want to share a topic, tweet a link with the hashtag #onthegrid
July 31, 2012
Episode 1: Replacing Your Eyes
We’re posting our pilot episode of On the Grid! We’ve been recording the show for a few weeks now, we’ve done tests that will probably never see the light of day, and we’re finally ready to launch episode one. We plan on using the show to discuss design through recent events and news. Hopefully you’ll enjoy a mix of design conversation, joking side comments, and discussion of the issues that affect us as designers. Below are some links to articles and topics discussed: Google Glasses Books that Read You Someone is Coming to Eat You Apple supporting Podcasts responsible for Twitter? Apple’s new Podcast App Dieter Rams’ 10 Principles of Good Design Skeuomorphism Functional Fonts: Symbolset Rdio redesign Dribbble is Not a Platform for Critique Studio 360 Redesigns: Know Canada We’re very excited to start this new podcast, and we know it will be may a bit of a process to find our voice, so we can appreciate a good to critique. If you have some thoughtful feedback, leave a comment here, email us (mail at onthegrid dot co), or even call us if want us to possibly play your comments on the show: (973) ON-GRID-2 If you want to share a topic, tweet a link with the hashtag #onthegrid We also continue to design our logo, so we’ll keep posting those here. Don’t forget to subscribe. Discuss on Reddit Episode Permalink #onthegrid
July 24, 2012