LATE NITE ART, Experience Design, and Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone with Adam Rosendahl

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Adam Rosendahl (@Adam_Rosendahl) is the founder of the global creative events company LATE NITE ART. Adam and I reconnected at last year’s Design for Dance conference, but as it turns out also went the middle school and played soccer together as kids. In the decades since Adam has been a high school teacher, volunteered with a homeless shelter, and led Outward Bound trips which are leadership with at risk youth in the Mississippi bayou.

Along the way, Adam began leading creative, collaborative pop-up events, and now runs the company LATE NITE ART, which creates creative, collaborative, stylish and also playful events for corporate audiences. Adam details whatLATE NITE ART is and how it works early on in the interview.

Adam is very good at bringing people past their comfort zones. In the interview he outlines his tactics for putting on events, and shares how anyone throw a party that helps people be creative.

Finally, at the very end of our talk, Adam turns the table and asks me “Why the podcast?” Please enjoy this interview with Adam Rosendahl and me, your host, Robin Zander.

Show Notes

2:00 How Robin and Adam met
3:00 Late Nite Art
6:00 Getting over the critical voice
9:00 You Can Learn to Draw in 30 Days
12:30 Teaching in Seattle
14:00 Adam as DJ
18:30 Growing LATE NITE ART
22:00 Alcohol as a tool for letting go
23:00 Creating a sexy night club!
26:00 Outward Bound
29:00 Cultivating assertiveness
34:00 “Women are beautiful” event and other LNA themes
36:00 3500 people later…
36:30 Collaboration is a skill
38:00 1+1 = ? (And my interview with Jenny Sauer-Klein)
39:00 Collaboration is just more fun
43:00 How to create a rich collaborative environment
44:30 Through a great party with a creative edge
45:00 Late Nite Art


Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
Creative Confidence by David and Tom Kelly
You Can Learn To Draw in 30 Days by Mark Kistler


If you enjoyed this interview, check out my interview with the founder of the Design Museum Foundation Sam Aquillano on Design Thinking and the Importance of Play.

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