Head of Brand & Design at Informa
Interviews Global Brand and Design Leaders
I started FUSE Calls more than two years ago. I'd had so many engaging discussions with such phenomenal people over the years at the FUSE event I was compelled to put some great content out there for people to digest beyond the three day event. FUSE has been happening annually for over 20 years. Every year these highly talented, successful and brilliant designers, brand managers, creative directors, artists and business leaders attend FUSE. But the event only ever lasted for just three days. That's it. It felt like such a shame. We'd go to the event, attend the parties, "rub elbows" and then, it seemed, after the three days were over, everyone would go back to their own worlds and we wouldn't connect for another year. That's when I got the idea to broadcast interviews with the very cool people from FUSE. And so it is with great humility that I present to you this collection of interviews. My hope is that you may find this collection of discussions as interesting as I have. You may find some inspiration. You may even learn something. I sure have!
Who is Dan Madinabeitia?
In my youth I was an award-winning art student. As I evolved both personally and professionally I learned to hone my skills to become a creative business leader on a global scale. I now lead brand, design, marketing, sales and product teams at Informa, the largest business information business of its kind in the world. I discovered a passion for design early on in my professional development. And I pride myself on using my fine arts eduaction combined with creative thinking as the foundation upon which I’ve built my career. As a design leader I have managed the creative process for thousands of marketing campaigns offering omnichannel solutions across vastly different industry sectors. I have led dozens of teams of designers and I have been mentored by some of the most knowledgeable and prestigious people alive today.
Leading a session on brand impact at NYU
Head of Brand and Design at KNcet365,
List of 2019 podcasts
Debbie Millman, Designer, Author, Illustrator, Educator, Brand Consultant, Host of the award-winning podcast 'Design Matters'
We discuss Debbie’s long time podcast show Design Matters, how she manages everything she does and we talk about the importance of vulnerability
Stephen Gates, “Head Design Evangelist” at InVision
We discuss why designers are “blowing it” when it comes to opportunities today, personal brand archetypes and his journey from Starwood to Citi to Invision
Vernon Lockhart, Co-Owner Art On The Loose, Inc. Creative Therapist – founder of Project Osmosis
We discuss Project Osmosis, paving way in the creative fields for young kids out of Chicago, what and who has inspired him
Ann Willoughby, AIGA Medalist, Founder at Willoughby Design & Designed Here
We discuss “Designed Here” a Kansas City initiative to shed light on the city’s rich design culture that’s been overshadowed, what its like to manage a women lead design firm for more than three decades
Mark Smith, Creative Director, Jordan Brand, Nike
We discuss the Maker Space initiative, the Jordan and Yeezy brands and the heart of NIKE
Julie Anixter, Enterprise Design Principal at Maga Design, Inc.
We discuss design and business, why FUSE is focusing on dialogue with the “C-Suite” and why events like FUSE are so important
Andrew La Monica, Executive Creative Director, Global Brand Strategist at Formally GE
We discuss what is was like for Ande as a high school kid and how he found his direction and ended up working with the likes of Mitlon Glaser and later, Beth Comstock at GE
Audrey Arbeeny, Founder and CEO of Audiobrain, Emmy award winner
We discuss what sonic branding is, a bit about Audiobrain’s process, Audrey’s emmy awards and what she does to educate people on sound and branding
Judith Michelle Williams, Head of People Sustainability & Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, SAP
We discuss what it means to be a Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer at a Fortune 500 company and how Judith is literally “re-designing enterprise” using inclusion
Scott Williams, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Maga Design
We discuss launching a visual information business, "visual lexicons", and "Maga Maps" and how Scott started as a computer scientist doing visuals for admirals in the navy
Cheryl D. Holmes Miller, Design Diversity Futurist, Contributing Archivist at The Cheryl D. Miller Collection
We discuss what it was like being a young minority woman breaking into the design world in the 1980’s, Cheryl’s breakthrough article in Print Magazine and her life’s work now a part of the Stanford Collection
Paul Miser, CEO of Chinatown Bureau
We discuss designing enterprise and how a young start-up consultancy approaches big world challenges and why there is no “silver bullet” for brands in today’s world
Michael Donovan, CEO, Founder of Donovan Greene, Vice Chairman, Parsons School of Design
We discuss design-thinking and entrepreneurialism, starting out with Sacks, Bloomingdales and Massimo Vignelli and “designing for designers”.
Jon Bostock, Co-Founder and CEO at Truman's
We discuss Truman’s blast off product and how it plans to disrupt the home cleaning sector and how businesses need to be more environmentally conscious in the 21st century
Richard Dalton, Head of Design, Capital One
We discuss Richard’s roots as an information architecture and how that set the stage for him to manage 500 designers at 11 different locations. We also chat about “what’s in your wallet?”
Jeriq Howard, Project Osmosis Superstar
I have the pleasure of introducing young Jeriq Howard, creator of Humbly Arrogant, to the design world via Project Osmosis. Jeriq talks about why he was drawn to design after learning about branding
Henry Hongmin Kim, Senior Experience Design Director | North Highland
We discuss what it means to be a graphic designer and why we really shouldn’t matter. We also talk about working for Coca Cola, North Highland and Henry’s book “Graphic Design Discourse”.
Melissa Dalrymple, Design Partner at McKinsey Design