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AIGA Design Adjacent with Bennie F. Johnson

AIGA Design Adjacent is a podcast series with AIGA’s Executive Director, Bennie F. Johnson, in conversation with industry leaders who are innovating and designing the future. Alongside the popular AIGA Fireside Chats, this new podcast will explore groundbreaking topics shaping our future. Design can power the future and this podcast takes a surprising look at the ways in which design is helping to build a better future.

These conversations expand beyond the design community, encompassing industries and areas that intersect with design—legal, cutting-edge technology such as blockchain, and strategy—and shift the ways in which we think about and interact with each other and the world around us. Design is the dynamic inspiration for these conversations.

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AIGA Design Adjacent

If you have an interesting perspective or story, we invite you to join us on the AIGA Design Adjacent podcast with Bennie F. Johnson.

Latest episode

October 19, 2021 | 50 minutes

Abby Allen

Abby Allen is the Founder of Neon Butterfly and as long as Abby can remember she has been fascinated with people and why they do what they do. In that vein she was drawn to the world of communications and has worked in advertising and marketing for over 20 years at some of the largest agencies across the country on brands like Twitter, Olay and Garnier. And just recently, she launched a new reimagine tomorrow project with Disney, reimaginetomorrow.disney.com/, a platform amplifying underrepresented voices. In this episode of AIGA Design Adjacent, host Bennie Johnson talks with Abby about the strategy of design, the beauty of storytelling, and what it means to be authentic.

Upcoming episodes

Available November 2, 2021

Dominic Grijalva

Dominic Grijalva is a designer who primarily works on marketing and advertising projects that call for eye-catching imagery. His passions also lie in branding and identity design, as well as digital media projects that range from large scale such as digitally projected sets for theatre and live events to gifs and animations. Although California bred, he is currently living in Washington Heights, Manhattan and serves as Product Manager for TeeRico by Lin-Manuel Miranda. In this episode of AIGA Design Adjacent, host Bennie Johnson talks with Dominic about finding creativity in a pandemic year, being a Hamilton fan, and Broadway. 

Available November 16, 2021

W. David Hubbard

W. David Hubbard is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Verizon. He leads Verizon's Consumer Marketing and Products and Growth and Revenue legal team which provides support for Verizon's portfolio of consumer businesses including Verizon Wireless, Verizon Telecom, Verizon Consumer Markets, and Visible. David is the Chair of Verizon's Public Policy, Legal, and Security Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council and also oversees Verizon's Legal Internship Program. In this episode of AIGA Design Adjacent, host Bennie Johnson talks with David about not only the creative field but his path and why creativity was instrumental in his career and offers listeners an opportunity to hear how legal and marketing can work together.

Available November 30, 2021

Isaiah Steinfeld

Isaiah Steinfeld is Entrepreneur and Founder Fellow, On Deck. He is a proven startup veteran and innovation leader with the unique ability to deeply empathize with the user/customer while creating a big product vision. In the entrepreneurial space, he focuses on innovation capability that helps identify, develop, and invest in new future-focused opportunities. In this episode of AIGA Design Adjacent, Bennie Johnson talks with Isaiah about entrepreneurship, mentorship, and the future of design. 

Available December 14, 2021

Terry Irwin

Terry Irwin is a professor in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University and the Director of its Transition Design Institute. From 2009 until 2019, she was the Head of the School of Design, where she led the faculty in a redesign of curricula at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels to place design for society and the environment at the heart of all programs. In this episode of the AIGA Design Adjacent, Bennie Johnson talks with Terry about wicked problems, shifting our mindsets, waking up the knowledge we already have, and tango.