Quick August update to keep in touch with you all listeners as I’m preparing for future episodes, scheduling conversations with creators in the weeks to come. So this is just a few minutes long to keep you in the loop and mention a couple of things that caught my attention in the past week or so as I’ve been catching up on a backlog of email newsletters, as I’m considering a few possible changes to the Ice Cream for Everyone website (about time, it’s slow and clunky now), and the Ice Cream Sundae newsletter.
I logged back on the Steam gaming platform to redeem a couple of coupons from new video games I’d supported the development of during Kickstarter crowdfunding campaigns like Pinstripe, found out about a recent game by the creator of Monkey Island called Thimbleweed Park, and recommend Nick Quah’s Hot Pod email newsletter about podcasting news and trends.
I forgot to mention in the episode that I was also going to attend Genius Steals Faris & Rosie Yakob‘s WARC webinar about the ABCs [Account, Brand, Comms] of Agency Tools and Processes. This was Part 1 and it was excellent, the presentation will soon be available to download online. Part 2 is coming next month if you’d like to check it out.
In this pretty experimental episode of the podcast, my good friend Jean-Paul (JP) Biondi and I attempted a wild and live recording out in Chicago’s West Loop. We thought it might be a good idea to test the hype of Au Cheval, a restaurant that according to many reviews has one of the very best burgers in Chicago and even America.
For those who follow the podcast, we heard of JP before in the Chicago Summer Sounds episode, but this time we have a proper conversation, punctuated by background music, and opinions about the food we’re eating. We used to work together at Saatchi & Saatchi in Singapore, a large advertising agency, and now he is the Marketing Manager for the Midwest at Lyft, the ride sharing company.
A few questions to ponder in this episode:
- Is it worth all the hype?
- Is the Au Cheval burger really that good?
- Does this sound good at all, and is it a good idea for an amateur podcaster to be recording in bars and restaurants?
- Does an audio description of food sound interesting?
A few things mentioned in the episode:
- Lone Wolf Tavern
- 3 Floyds Brewing Company
- Au Cheval Diner Chicago
- Au Cheval on Yelp
- “Why People Wait for Hours to Eat Au Cheval’s Cheeseburger” (Eater Chicago)
- Priestdaddy: A Memoir, Patricia Lockwood
- The Wanderers, Meg Howrey
- Splendor (board game)
- Betrayal at the House on the Hill (board game)
- Cards Against Humanity
- 7th Sea (roleplaying game)
It’s my birthday! That’s me on the photo, summer selfie taken down the street I live in Chicago! I haven’t managed to organise a new recording with a guest and yet am committed to publishing every other week so I made a birthday episode, in which I basically beg you to rate and review the podcast on iTunes, and talk about the game design idea I submitted for this year’s Game Chef design competition. Simply click the iTunes link above to write a review!
That’s about it folks, Enjoy the rest of the day and please take time to review the podcast if you enjoy it! It’s always great to get a few words of encouragement, feedback, questions, or even constructive criticism.
Mentioned in this episode:
- Willem on Twitter
- WTF Podcast with Marc Maron
- Game Chef 2017
- Julien’s Game Chef video update(s) – in French
- Les Voix d’Altaride (French tabletop RPG podcast)
We’re back with a new episode of the podcast, I had a fantastic conversation with Allan Cohen, a strategy consultant I had the pleasure of hearing as a keynote speaker at Landmark’s recent Conference for Global Transformation in beautiful Monterey, California. I loved the two sessions I had the chance of checking out and thought it would be great to talk about business consulting with Allan and the kind of creativity involved in determining and solving a variety of business challenges of the kind he has experience with. Little did I know our conversation would take us into talking about artificial intelligence, self driving vehicles, and complex adaptive systems.
I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did, and if you do please subscribe to the podcast, take the time to write a rating or a review on your favourite podcast app as it helps more people discover and enjoy the show. Alternatively, you can go and tell a friend whatever traditional way you would choose to do so. Thanks!
Mentioned in this episode:
- Allan Cohen, Strategy Consultant
- Landmark Worldwide
- Conference for Global Transformation
- Pong (video game)
- Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov
- Star Trek
- Dr Who
- Business Processes Reengineering
- Artificial Intelligence (A.I.)
- Learning Algorithms
- Structure Linear Programming / Object Oriented
- Self-driving cars
- Google’s AI beats a top player at the game of Go
- TED: “What a driverless car world could look like” (video)
- Google’s AI “Project Magenta” just created music (video)
- Turing Test
- Chatbot / messaging bots
- Big 4 Accounting / Consulting Groups
- Amazon to acquire Whole Foods
- The Mastery Foundation
- Werner Erhard
- Northern Ireland
- Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
- Pizza flavored ice cream (in Philadelphia)
- World of Warcraft
- Complex adaptive systems
- Rain of Gold, Victor Villaseñor
- Hidden Order: How Adaptation Builds Complexity, John Holland
Better late than never, the Ice Cream for Everyone Podcast is finally back!
Thanks to a chance encounter for International Tabletop Day at the Chicago Public Library, I met Randy and got to play test his pirate board game, Scoundrels. It was great fun, so we got talking and I invited him to be on the podcast.
I didn’t know at the time that he happens to work from the Cards Against Humanity office and co-working space, so I got a visit and we were able to record in their studio, which was unusually high quality for me. I’m looking forward to having the rest of my recording equipment shipped.
Randy is a video games artist by trade and we had a great conversation about what is recommended to have a successful career in gaming, how Randy got into games, what his inspirations are, and how he started working on his board game.
If you enjoy the episode, please take time to give it a rating and a review on iTunes / iPhone podcast app (or your favourite podcast app), this only takes a few minutes and it really gives more visibility to the podcast so others can find it.
I am getting back in a regular publishing schedule and my goal is to have an episode published every other week, at least twice a month. I am back contacting people to have conversations with and am looking forward to sharing them with you!
Info / links:
- Randy O’Connor, 3D Artist & Game Designer
- Scoundrels (2015 Kickstarter campaign)
- Cards Against Humanity
- International Tabletop Day
- Tabletop show
- Warcraft II game / game or map editor
- Donkey Kong
- Real Time Strategy Game
- Clash of Clans
- Asynchronous play
- JRR Tolkien
- Robert A. Heinlein
- Rage Against the Machine
- Red Hot Chilli Peppers
- AutoCAD / CAD design / 3D design
- Low Polygon Modelling
- Spider the secret Brice Manor
- Waking Mars
- Tiger Style Games
- Robo Rallye
- Cash N’Guns
- Warhammer RPG
- Star Wars Imperial Assault
- Mario Kart
- Zelda Windwaker on Nintendo Game Cube
- Porco Rosso
- Disneyland / Pirates of the Caribbean
- Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
- The Black Spot
- Twin Peaks
- Star Trek Deep Space Nine
- Babylon 5
- Escape from New York
- How did this get made / LA 2013
- Jason Mantzoukas
- The Killer
- Indie Game the movie
- Gas station mocha
- VR Virtual Reality
- AR / Augmented Reality
- Synthwave music
- Moskva-Kassiopeya on SoundCloud (Synthwave music)
Apologies for the long hiatus and lack of updates about the Ice Cream for Everyone Podcast! I took a few months off publishing for the show after one recording didn’t work the way I wanted and then I’ve been traveling in the United States for the past few months. Now I’m settling in Chicago it’s about time I update you with what’s happening.
The other main point to this update is to share the elevator pitch of what the Ice Cream for Everyone Podcast is all about. A friend told me the show seemed to lack a main theme or topic, so I thought about it and this is what I came up with:
Ice cream comes in many exciting flavours, and so does creativity. When creating, we use our existing knowledge, experiences, inspiration, intuition and flair to create newly.
I find the process of what and how human beings create endlessly fascinating.
In the Ice Cream for Everyone Podcast I have candid conversations with creative professionals to talk about their lives, explore where their ideas, creations and designs come from, what inspires them and how they shape that in the variety of activities and careers they take on.
I might tweak and refine this first version though for now it encapsulates the way I see the show and the reason I publish it pretty well. Naturally the kinds of guests i’ve had on the show so far and will likely keep having operate and create in areas I’m interested and have on my radar, hence featuring guests in advertising, gaming and design for example.
Thank you for your patience with the show, future updates are coming and of course I’m always happy to have recommendations for guests you think I could be reaching out to and have a recorded conversation with as well.
This week I’m glad to talk my friend Patrick Searle about what is happening in Southeast Asia. Patrick co-founded content marketing network GetCRAFT; they have developed an online marketplace connecting specialist creators such as journalists, writers, videographers, photographers on one end with advertisers, brands and communications agencies on the other.
After spending time working in China, Patrick travelled around Southeast Asia and based himself in Indonesia. Jakarta is increasing becoming known in the industry for having a young and vibrant startup and design scene.
On the strength of their success in Indonesia, GetCRAFT announced a few months ago in late 2016 that they were expanding to new countries in Southeast Asia, starting with The Philippines.
Having known Patrick since when we used to chat during morning coffee meetups of strategic planners and whoever was up for joining. I’d been looking forward to talking to him about his experience of Southeast Asia and transiting from working in quite traditional advertising as a strategic planner to launching GetCRAFT.
A few of the links / info mentioned:
- GetCRAFT on Twitter
- Patrick Searle on Twitter
- Likemind (While the site isn’t particularly active, the idea is still around)
- Noah Brier
- Creative Mornings
- Guangxi Province
- CIC Data Shanghai
- Anomaly London
- Wieden + Kennedy Shanghai
- Social @Ogilvy Jakarta
- Lynx (Axe) body spray marketing launch in China BBH / Flamingo case study
- Endeavor Indonesia
- Jakarta Content Marketing Meetup
- Philippines Content Marketing Meetup
- Deep fried durian ice cream
- Avocado chocolate smoothies
- Le Quartier, French bistro in Jakarta
- GO-JEK Indonesia
The Ice Cream for Everyone Podcast is finally back after an unexpectedly long and lazy end of year break! I hadn’t originally planned not to publish in December but it just… flew by – sorry about that! I’m working to put the podcast back on the right track now for 2017.
Some of the important news in this episode introduction is that I’m moving on from London and moving to the U.S. and that I’ll be focusing my energy back on Ice Cream for Everyone as my brand & marketing strategy consultancy, recording and publishing the podcast, writing and looking for clients.
Meanwhile, back to the important bit and the reason why you might read this and listen to the podcast: we have exciting guests on today. I met Kelly in Los Angeles as part of a training course I’m participating in and he turned out to be working for The Go Game, a team-building games company I first came across at SXSW Interactive in Austin, back in 2009. Ian is one of the co-founders of The Go Game, and Kelly joined a little over a year ago as a producer and runs games with them. We had a fantastic conversation, brilliant to hear behind the scenes stories of how The Go Game came to be and some really offbeat anecdotes of the kind of fun mayhem their games can occasionally generate.
Enjoy and don’t hesitate contacting The Go Game if you’re thinking of organising some kind of company / team-building event!
A few of the links / info mentioned in this episode:
- The Go Game
- Kelly Rogala, Game Producer and Product Designer
- Ian Fraser, Co-Founder
- Camp Grounded – Digital Detox / Summer Camp for Adults
- Outward Bound: Outdoor Education Adventures
- Juma Ventures
- Ben & Jerry’s
- Nextel Communications
- MechWarrior (video game series)
- Wilderness first responder class
- Burning Man Festival
- Improv Everywhere
- Jane McGonigal
- Pokemon GO
- Risk (game)
- Dungeons & Dragons
- Escape Room
Happy Thanksgiving! May you have abundance of all great things in life for the year ahead!
We have an exciting guest on the show for this episode: I had the chance of meeting Maurice at the Podcast Movement Conference I attended in Chicago earlier in July this year. Since then I checked his podcast, Revision Path, and really enjoyed it so I asked Maurice if he’d be up for joining me for a conversation.
By the way, I apologise for my mistake in the introduction of the episode, I say Revision Path has been going on since 2014 but it’s actually 2013 – the first interview was published on 23rd March 2013, precisely.
Revision Path won several awards, including a “Most Inspiring Design Podcast Award” from Creative Markets and in the show Maurice has conversations with the best Black graphic designers, web designers and web developers from around the world. In his words:
“On each episode, we explore the stories, processes, experiences, insights, and creative inspirations of these awesome creators.”
Maurice also has his own strategy and design consultancy, called Lunch. It also just happens that right after recording with Maurice, he was headed over to Facebook’s Headquarters to give a talk about Revision Path as well as interview a few people for his show, and I mention this in the intro. You can head over to the Revision Path website to check it out.
Among many inspiring side projects over the years, Maurice launched the Black Weblog Awards, and shared his passion for tea in the Year of Tea podcast last year. Maurice is a pretty awesome person with some great stories as well as a great perspective on design, I really enjoyed our conversation and I hope you will too.
A few links mentioned in the show:
- Revision Path – follow Revision Path on Twitter
- Maurice Cherry – follow Maurice on Twitter
- Podcast Movement
- Louis CK
- The Year of Tea
- Designer News
- Hacker News
- RPG video games
- Final Fantasy game series
- Battle of the Bands in Atlanta
- Real Player
- Cross Stitch
- The Black Weblog Awards
- Google G1 phone
- Nexus Phone
- mail chimp
- FB Design lecture series > check that out if it’s public?
- Creative Market award
- Most Inspiring design podcast award
- Design Matters
- My adventures in design
- “What if Money Were no Object” ~ Alan Watts
- Cherry Garcia Ben & Jerry’s
- Final Fantasy IV & VI
- Chrono Trigger
- Square Enix
- Persona RPG series
- Dungeon Crawler
- RPG video game
- Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney
Time flies, I say a couple of weeks on the podcast intro recording when it’s already been three weeks since my last episode! I’ve been both busy with the day job heading the strategy team at +rehabstudio and I also left for some holidays last week, horse riding and participating in a course about body language in Arizona, near Tucson – amazing experience!
Now on to this new episode, I had an awesome and fun conversation with Kim Mackenzie, a fellow brand strategist based in New York City and founder of the Ladies Who Strategize Slack group, a collaborative messaging group – well for ladies who strategize, as the name indicates pretty well.
Kim spent several years studying cinema and media in New Zealand so we had some great conversation about her interests in films and TV series, as well as some of the news at the time we recorded, such as the consolidation of all McDonald’s marketing and advertising work handed over to the Omnicom group in a recent and lengthy competitive pitch. Previously, the famous fast food restaurant chain’s advertising had been managed by agency Leo Burnett for numerous years. I suppose they wished the cut on costs.
I hope you enjoy as much as I enjoyed it!
A few of the links mentioned:
- Kim Mackenzie and follow Kim on Twitter
- Ladies who strategize – apply to join the Slack group
- Cindy Gallop
- David Cronenberg
- Woody Allen
- The Brood movie
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Porn Theory Class
- Studio Sixty on the Sunset Strip
- The West Wing
- Aaron Sorkin
- TED Radio Hour podcast
- Morgan Spurlock The Greatest Move Ever Sold
- POM Wonderful
- The Wine Cellar Auckland
- McDonald’s Omnicom
- Blackwood Seven
- Fast Company
- NY Times
- Phish Food Ben & Jerry’s
- Superiority Burger
- Jeff Goldblum
- Jurassic Park
- Nintendo and iPhone 7 release
- Professor Leyton puzzle game
- Ghostbusters movie (reboot)
- Punch Drunk Love