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George Mieling, Rock & Roller

Posted by Vode Marketing on Dec 10, 2018 3:10:37 PM

George Mieling
Vode Partner, CRO and International Rock Star

December 3, 2018

Q: How does being in a rock & roll band make you successful at Vode?

A: It helps me exercise my left brain. I deal with numbers, margins and revenues at Vode. When I play music I’m able to be creative and delve into a grey area. Music is my release valve and brain balancer.

Q: Do you think the new Vode ulo is more rock & roll or more business?

A: More rock & roll… always on the move, creative, colorful, adaptable and focused all at once.

Q: What song reminds you of a typical day at Vode?

A: Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More by the Allman Brothers. It reminds me that life is short and you need to make the most of each and every day.

On a good day… Takin’ Care of Business by Bachman-Turner Overdrive.
On a rough day… Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train.  

Q: How are Rock & Roll finances different than business finances.

A: When I make my $100 per gig I get really excited. It’s somehow more exciting than direct deposit. It’s my fun money.

Q: You were born and raised in Austria. How did this influence your musical stylings?

A: I started playing classical piano at age 8. Growing up in Vienna, music was taught to children at a very young age. All the kids in my neighborhood played multiple instruments. We sang Christmas carols and folks songs and music was a big part of everyday life. Of course, in my teens I started embracing jazz, blues and rock & roll.

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Topics: Lighting Design, Vode Community, Vode Lighting

Leaving the world brighter than you found it

Posted by Vode Marketing on Oct 18, 2018 9:10:09 AM

Scott's open letter to ArtCenter

October 17, 2018

Dear ArtCenter friends and family,

As far back as I can remember I always wanted to draw cars. Years later, that very same compulsion would turn into a full-on devotion to sustainable design thinking.

I came from a typical immigrant family. My father was a dentist who couldn’t see how I could make a living designing cars. My brothers and I had decided that we didn’t want to stare at tobacco-stained teeth for the rest of our lives (it was the 70’s, after all). My father nevertheless implored me to follow a more reputable career path, but my own renegade creative journey was just beginning.

I had three primary questions: What is design? How are cars designed? And can you make a living doing it?

After graduating high school one year early and emigrating from Taiwan to sunny California, I found myself looking at my prospects – though I didn’t have the privilege, nor the benefit, of talking to a guidance counselor. You know that old expression, “having the book thrown at you?” I quite literally had a book thrown at me – one that was titled “A Complete Book of United States Colleges and Universities”.

The listing was alphabetical. I dutifully started from page one; I didn’t make it too far past the C’s after I became entranced by the temptation presented by ArtCenter College of Design. Though I applied to a few other schools, there was one image that I will forever associate with ArtCenter – one that influenced my decision to go there. It was a full two-page spread of a student illustrating a fully functional automobile. That was all the convincing I needed.

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Topics: Lighting Design, Vode Community, Vode Lighting

11 Questions for Scott Yu

Posted by Vode Marketing on May 1, 2018 1:57:25 PM

11 Questions for Scott Yu Chief Creative Officer.
Because we like to turn it up to 11!

May 2, 2018

Q. People refer to the new ZipThree® Suspended as a sexy fixture. Was that your intent?

SY: I wanted to design a surprisingly thin light fixture. I think sexy is  in the eye of the beholder.

Q: What's the most childish thing you still do?

SY: Now that I have a grandchild, I get to do all kinds of silly things and never have to explain

Q: What was your style in the 80’s?

SY: Lots of color. It gives me the chills when I think about it.

Q: What is your favorite product that you’ve ever worked on?

SY: The eco2000 which was presented at the 1985 Paris auto show. It was an experimental vehicle that achieved 85 mpg over 30 years ago.

Q: You’re an avid reader. What books are on your nightstand?

SY: I don’t have time to read, I listen to audible: "Thinking Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman, “Nudge” by Richard Thaler, “Super Forecasting” by Philip Fetlock and Dan Gardner.

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Topics: Vode Community, Vode Lighting

Tim Brophy - Soccer Dad, Special Projects Superstar

Posted by Vode Marketing on Apr 5, 2018 10:21:00 AM

April 5, 2018

How does having 6 kids make you awesome at your job as Senior Special Projects Manager at Vode?

As co-manager of “Team Brophy”, chaos is my middle name. At home I’m either unclogging toilets, negotiating with my teenage daughter about why she doesn’t need a new pair of jeans, or running to the store for the 5th time in one day. It’s all problem solving and keeping the team moving forward in one direction. And my kids like to remind me all the time that I’m a “senior”.

What our customers love about Vode is that we listen to their ideas and take action on their requests and suggestions for lighting solutions. They want to be heard. We listen and learn from these unique projects and we use this knowledge to make Vode standard products even better. Team Brophy runs on a similar principle. There are lots of voices, requests and wild ideas being thrown out, and you need to determine which ones are valid, doable, and of maximum benefit, without making mom and dad want to run off to Mexico and change their identity.

So, what’s so “Special” about Special Projects?

At Vode I manage custom projects and shepherd the development of new products that have never been tackled before. It’s a bit like leading a pep-rally for my colleagues… “Come on team you can do it!” and then come the timelines, and projections, followed by donuts, chips (usually for me but I do share) and a great deal of optimism. When you get the opportunity to work on a project like Hyatt Headquarters or Google and they want something that’s one-of-a-kind, you don’t say no. It’s kinda like Christmas at my house. As much as you want to skip the whole presents, decorations and debt thing because you just don’t know how on Earth you’re going pull it off, you persevere and get really creative because you just can’t let your people down.

What’s it like being a soccer dad?

The team at Vode always wonders how I can eat so many donuts and not weigh 300 lbs. Six kids and coaching three games of soccer and baseball each weekend burns a ton of calories. Also, coaching multiple teams for multiple kids makes you hyper-organized. You need to remember which game you’re going to and which kid to take. You need to remember all of their names, their strengths and weaknesses and what motivates them. Also, you can’t leave one behind when you take off. This is just like managing special projects at Vode, except I don’t get orange wedges or juice boxes stuffed into the seats in my car.  

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Topics: Vode Community, Vode Lighting