Part two of my conversation with artist and designer Paul Frank. In episode one, we talked about the beginning of Paul’s creative journey and the initial inspiration behind some of the characters you know and love, including the beloved Julius the monkey. In this second episode, we talk about how those original characters grew into Paul Frank Industries, the hugely successful company that he co-founded with two partners. Paul eventually left that company and then returned, then parted again ... and we’ll talk about how his relationship continues to evolve as the company changes hands. We also discuss his creative process around building the brand, from designing award-winning trade show booths to thinking of every element of design and experience within a retail store. And we talk about how making art can save you.
Paul Frank is best known as the co-founder of Paul Frank Industries, a multi-million dollar company that found success in the mid-1990s with his iconic characters like Julius the Monkey. In this first of two episodes with Paul Frank, we talk about the beginnings of his creativity, what influenced his early work, where Julius the monkey came from and the fun and the function that comes from just figuring things out yourself.
Designer, artist, cartoonist, and guitar enthusiast Paul Frank joins me for episode 26. On this episode, Paul and I chat about his love of surf music, Dick Dale, Buck Owens, Stratocasters, and Mr Rogers.
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