The Digital Life Turns 30

by Jon on June 17th, 2011 - Comments (0)

For the past 10 months, Involution Studios has been producing The Digital Life podcast on digital design and technology. We’re proud to say today that we’ve achieved a significant milestone: Episode 30. The Digital Life has now reached adulthood and is stretching its legs.

What makes the podcast so special, and the reason why I’m proud to be a part of it, is our in depth panel discussions on topics as varied as technology for emerging markets, game design, mobile, and the future of digital music.

The Digital Life podcast has been graced by guests like design luminaries Andrei Herasimchuk, Aaron Marcus, Peter Merholz, Lou Rosenfeld and Luke Wroblewski; game creator heavyweights Brenda Brathwaite and Soren Johnson; and even the drummer for the band They Might Be Giants, Marty Beller.

 To commemorate our 30th episode, I’ve put together a list of our greatest hits; podcasts that were significant for their interesting conversations, guest personalities, or just because they seemed to capture the spirit of the digital life.

Personally, I’ve spent many late nights cutting up audio like a madman, worked endlessly to book guests, and recorded sessions praying fervently that Skype wouldn’t throw in a digital burp at the wrong time. My head has been filled with The Digital Life for nearly a year, and I’m excited to see how far the podcast has come. This post would not be complete without a shout out to Dirk for his leadership, deft hosting abilities, and sharp and sometimes hilariously funny editorial sense.

I hope you enjoy this sample of our journey down the path paved by 0s and 1s. And, I invite you to come along for the ride. We’re just getting started.

Welcome to Boston, Innovation City
In Episode 28, guests Greg Raiz, Michael Fitzgerald, Mike Kinkead and Tom Hopcroft joined us to discuss Boston as a hub of innovation: past, present and future.

Emotion and Design
Mobile design industry leader Kelly Goto of gotomedia discusses her experience and practice in the new realm of emotional design in this episode of The Digital Life.

Seeing the World Differently
Episode 23 was truly one of our greatest so far. Guests Joshua Kauffman and Niti Bhan had a free flowing conversation on technology and emerging markets that was both inspiring and enlightening. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that the world doesn’t end at our doorstep; this conversation was a great reminder of how important it is to have an understanding of the wide array of people in different circumstances that make up our ever shrinking planet.

Lorem Ipsum Should Just Go Away Now, Before Things Get Ugly
If you haven’t experienced one of Juhan Sonin’s rants, this episode is a good introduction. Juhan cares passionately about great design, and Lorem Ipsum needs to watch its back.

Best Game Design Panel Ever
In this episode of the Digital Life, Brenda Brathwaite and Soren Johnson get into the nitty gritty of the rapidly expanding and extremely popular world of social and Facebook game design.

What do you think?