Episode 022 - Zach and Brian

We've come around full circle and in this episode Zach and Brian are interviewed by Designalyze's first guest Daniel Davis. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you will get all the answers to the annoying questions they've asked everyone else. Enjoy.

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Show Notes:

  1. Forever 21 is a fashion retailer headquartered in Los Angeles specializing in clothing for people who are in, and people who wish they are in, their twenties

    1. Forever 21’s even-cheaper outlet “F21 Red” is coming to Brooklyn’s Fulton Mall area after debuting in California last year

  2. Cobi Jones is a former USMNT soccer player who featured heavily for the LA Galaxy

    1. He was known for his dreads but he wasn’t even close to having the strangest hair in the early MLS

  3. Anthony Kiedis is the lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers

    1. Check him out getting in a fight with this Four Seasons bodyguard

    2. You can hear people in near the camera confuse him with Dave Navarro, the Jane’s Addiction guitarist who played with the Peppers on their 1995 Album “One Hot Minute

    3. The Peppers are notorious for their “socks on cocks” routine which first appeared in their local club appearances in the early 80s and continued for many years

    4. This particular performance is from their 1999-2000 Californication Tour and was played in Seattle’s Memorial Stadium next door to Gehry’s EMP

      1. The EMP is the first building to use Zahner’s “ZEPPS” process for producing complex, curvilinear, metal-cladded structures

    5. The Peppers were originally a joke band called “Tony Flow and The Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem

  4. Is Elvis dead?

  5. Steve Sanderson will be on the Halloween episode

  6. Bill Sharples is one of the founding principals of SHoP architects

  7. Francois Roche is doing insane robotic and film-making projects in Bangkok

  8. Designalyze going abroad like that Jersey Shore season in Italy

    1. In Japan they call the Jersey Shore Guidos “macaroni rascals

      1. I can say Guido

    2. Geordie Shore is the British version of Jersey Shore and it’s like 1000X worse (if you can imagine)

      1. meta-Geordie Shore

  9. Designalyze was started in July 2008 by Zach

    1. Designalyze wass inspired by Dave Fano’s designreform, which is largely defunct but Dave isn’t crying about it

  10. CUNY City Tech competed in the 2015 Solar Decathlon competition

  11. Brian and Zach met at City Tech Intersections 2012 where Brian was an and Zach was invited to speak and exhibit

  12. Zach used to rock an emo cut during his SHoP days

  13. A Costa surface is a type of minimal surface

  14. Zach always leaves his job on Halloween

  15. Zach left SHoP to start Parabox Labs in 2011

    1. Not this Parabox

    2. Parabox specialized in mobile, web, IT, and bespoke plugins for architectural firms

  16. Zach is a PM (Panty-Melter) at WeWork

    1. Just kidding, Zach works at FC Modular now

  17. Zach took over Dave Fano’s “Meshing” class at GSAPP and basically turned it into a Grasshopper course

  18. Brian and Zach taught Intro to Computation and Fabrication together at CUNY City Tech

  19. Brian graduated in 2009 and turned his GAship at the DAAP RPC into a position where he was the digital fabrication coordinator for SAID

    1. This eventually led to teaching at UC

    2. Now Brian teaches at Pratt

  20. Brian’s first tweet circa 2010

    1. @brianringley was originally @DAAPfab then @NYCCTfab

  21. DAAP is know for it’s interdisciplinarity - for example, Brian learned Maya from the Digital Design department (now merged with Graphic and Web Design as part of Communication Design)

  22. Brian worked at Old Navy in high school

  23. Brian learned Rhino from Bruce Weirich at Ontario High School, a certified Rhino Teacher Training center

  24. There’s something really sexy about Scrooge McDuck

  25. Designalyze has a lifetime revenue of $1,650.73

    1. Turn off your ad blockers

  26. How to get it in with Twitter sexbots

  27. Tweetdeck is the only way to tweet

  28. Don’t expect your kid to shit without access to mobile entertainment

  29. BIMthoughts is our arch-nemesis podcast

    1. Hey why doesn’t everyone just get on the bandwagon

    2. Brian will never listen to Serial so pls stop bringing it up

  30. Zach recommends the podcast Entrepreneur on Fire

    1. And Tim Ferriss

    2. And Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men

    3. And You Look Nice Today

  31. Brian recommends the podcast Comedy Bang! Bang!

    1. And On The Media

    2. And Flash Forward (formerly Meanwhile In the Future)

  32. Daniel recommends Mediawatch on Radio New Zealand

    1. And Footrot Flats

  33. The sheep that needs to be shorn

  34. At Home, by Bill Bryson

  35. The importance of daydreaming

  36. Genre is dead

  37. iTunes is dead

  38. Brian once heard Blake Shaw use the phrase “manufacture serendipity” in earnest

  39. The aliens are going to land at Devil’s Tower

  40. Iceman bites

    1. Iceman was actually the good guy

    2. Top Gun Nintendo Game

  41. Marvin the depressed robot

  42. The Thing chest defibrillation scene

  43. Paul Graham manager vs maker schedule

  44. The cost of interruption

  45. Open office culture and meeting culture leads to interruption

  46. Why you should stop working at noon everyday

  47. Gehry’s Stata Center

    1. Pretty leaky

  48. Brian has a side-podcast on productivity called “Gettin’ Deep Thought Done”

  49. The merchandising of Star Wars is Star Wars

  50. Daniel Davis articles mentioned in this episode

    1. Gender diversity

    2. Adopting software industry stuff

    3. Indoor positioning


Lightning round:

  1. What book(s) are you reading right now?

  2. What music are you listening to right now?

  3. What are your favorite buildings?

  4. What’s your favorite sci-fi film?

  5. What’s your favorite retro-game?

  6. Describe your productivity ritual.

    • Zach

      • Wakes up between 5:30 and 6:30

      • 50 pushups 50 situps 10 curls on each arm 10 pullups

      • Journals on the phone

      • Breakfast, pounding coffees

  7. Who is behind Banksy?

  8. What’s your favorite childhood cartoon?

  9. What’s a critical issue that’s being overlooked?

  10. What’s something that recently blew your mind?

  11. What is architecture in one sentence:

    • Brian

      • The representation of construction

  12. In one sentence, why do you get up in the morning to do the podcast

    • Zach

      • I do it for the fans

On Designalyze, we analyze what makes thought leaders in design technology tick through informative, insightful, and often humorous interviews. Designalyze is hosted by Zach Downey and Brian Ringley and recorded in DUMBO, Brooklyn. For design technology tutorials and content visit us at http://designalyze.com

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