Yesterday I had the pleasure of interviewing George Lois for my radio and podcast class. The title of the show is ‘The Don Draper Effect: Personality and Persuasion in Design’. I’m discussing design without actually discussing too many objects! Really I’m focusing on the personalities of designers, their relationships with clients and their powers of persuasion.
For those of you who don’t know George Lois, he is a legendary ad man and creative director who has worked from the 1960s up until the present day. Some of his most famous work includes his covers for Esquire magazine and the ‘I Want My MTV’ campaign.
There is plenty of rumor and speculation surrounding George online. I’m obviously in no position to comment on these matters. All I can say is I found him to be pleasant, interesting and very passionate. He welcomed me into his home and showed me his impressive collection of art and design ranging from art deco screens, tribal masks, his wife’s brilliant paintings and a few Barcelona chairs. George has spoke out against Mad Men on many occasions saying “The heroic movers and shakers of the Creative Revolution…bear no resemblance to the cast of characters on Mad Men.” So I’ll be sending this card I made this morning to say thanks. (The outside reads “Fuck you Mad Men” and the inside reads “but thank you George Lois”)