Today is a special episode of This Makes Me Happy, and it’s the creative brainchild of This Makes Me Happy, a podcast about people and what makes them happy; and Design Conversations, an AIGA Philadelphia series where I chat with designers about their work and their career. The following conversation was a live recording in front of an audience for DesignPhiladelphia 2017.
I want to thank the Center for Architecture and Design and DesignPhiladelphia for providing the venue, technical support, and for listing this event as part of DesignPhiladelphia. Thank you to AIGA Philadelphia for partnering on the creative happy hour before the event and for all the support, and everyone who contributed to the happy hour (honeygrow for providing the food, Yards for providing the beer, the AIGA board, and especially the AIGA volunteers Kevin Warren and Alex Kim). Thanks to SteeleEmpire for recording this episode. Thank you to Jason Zappolo for editing this episode. Thanks to everyone who attended. And a very special thanks to the five wonderful people who agreed to participate in this recording: Elissa Bloom, Executive Director, Philadelphia Fashion Incubator; Dr. Peter Lloyd Jones, Associate Dean and Director, MEDstudio@Jefferson and Trudy Anne Watt, Senior Fellow and Co-Director Research, MEDstudio@Jefferson; Dr. Natalie Nixon, Design Strategist, Figure 8 Thinking; Christine Sheller, Vicepresident of Design, FS Investments, President, AIGA Philadelphia.
For this conversation, I asked the five panelists to put together a short presentation, starting with the phrase, “Design Makes Me Happy Because…”. After the each presented, I asked them questions related to their design experiences and opened up the floor to questions from the audience (the questions came in via text). I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.
Jason Malki talks about family, sports, and why helping other people succeed makes him happy. Jason is the founder of StrtupBoost.
Jes Kirkwood talks about growing up in Canada, being exposed to other cultures, and why community and connections make her happy. Jes is a content and community manager at Autopliot
Tara Rose Schreiber tells us about being vegan, acting, and how deep human connections make her happy. Tara is an actress.
Sharona Schreiber talks about her love for school, how an internship changed her life, and why people and following her passion make her happy. Sharona is on the personal shopping team for Chanel at Saks Fifth Avenue.
David Markovich talks about his interest in information, the need to explore who we are , and why people make him happy. David is the founder of Online Geniuses (www.onlinegeniuses.com)
Lonnie Ogulnick shares about his family, writing The Heart of the Beast, and why physical activity makes him happy.
Lonnie Gordon Ogulnick Founder of GordonWealth—Financial life advisor, securities by licensed individuals offered through investacorp,inc a registered broker dealer/member finra sipc.
Lonnie is the author of The Heart of a Beast.
David talks about wearing a banana suit, talking to strangers, and why spontaneity makes him happy.
Meir shares about his onesie collection, traveling, and why using all his G-d-given talents to do good make him happy.
Sigal talks about being a mother, running her business, and why the sum of all the little moments make her happy
Meg talks about puppies, bright colors, and how being her authentic self makes her happy.
Luca talks about crispy tacos, being a third-generation female entrepreneur, and how creative collaborations make her happy
Adriana Urbina talks about being able to walk freely down the streets, being a happy person, and why food makes her happy.
Mykim shares the beauty in sharing her art with others, the connection between movement and her creative flow, and why dichotomy makes her happy.
Nate shares his experiences while traveling around the world, euphoric childhood memories, and why experiencing people makes him happy.
Nicole shares her obsession with obsessions, the power of giving yourself permission to change, and why the balance between joy and fun makes her happy.
Ronnie tells us about her mother, sharing open dialogue before the 2016 election, and why listening makes her happy.
Violeta tells us how being different led her to creative projects, the reasons she doesn’t believe in writer’s block, and why new beginnings make her happy.
Angela talks to us about taking care of bunnies, reading stories about inspiring people, and why being helpful towards others makes her happy.
I challenged my friends to make resolutions that will make them happy in 2017. This is what they said.
Brendan talks to us about volunteering in Nicaragua, minimizing his time on social media while traveling, and why traveling makes him happy.
Thomas talks to us about how he got into type, what it was like to be Josh Darden’s first apprentice, and why people make him happy.
Ben shares thoughts on being a middle child, memories of pretending to be an ice cream cone in dance class, and why writing makes him happy.
Jason tells us how detoxing from social media changed his life, about Insta-Coffee-Hobbes, and why sharing life with his girlfriend, Caroline, makes him happy.
This week we are celebrating Thanksgiving in the US. It is a long-standing tradition to go around the room saying what we are thankful for. We gave this tradition a new twist: Team Happy is sharing what we are thankful for this year.