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info_outline WEI On Music Production 07/05/2020
WEI On Music Production In this episode we speak with William Lambert a music producer, better known under the pseudonym, WEI. WEI pulls Neo-Soul and electronic music together with pop-culture infected reality to create a uniquely polished sonic landscape. His music is textural, smooth, atmospheric and all kinds of wonderful. We dive into his influences, processes and experiences living and growing up in China and Singapore and how all of this plays a pivotal role in the music he creates. Our conversation takes us to some really interesting parts of his process including what role video game music plays and how he takes inspiration from dreams and experiences to build a track that can transport you to a specific time or place. We talk about how he manages to capture and combine different environments in his music, using samples and sounds from some pretty unique sources. Introducing: WEI On Music Production WEI Links Quotes "You're sort of painting whenever you play an instrument." "I'm definitely trying to provide a picture with my music." "That's really the core of what being an artist and musician in this modern age is all about, just trying to do things your own way and not really worrying about the preconceived notions of what music should be." "Through meditation I definitely come out with some new ideas, but usually I'm bouncing around the wall when I am making this type of music because I'm just so excited to stumble upon this new idea." "Trying to make a piece of music such that it doesn't overstay its welcome is very important to me." - Original Theme Music by - Stay In Touch If this episode helped you in any way, we would love your support. The best way to support us is by and writing us a review. Thanks for listening.
info_outline Mike Perry On Multi-Dimensional Art 06/21/2020
Mike Perry On Multi-Dimensional Art I've been a huge fan of Mike Perry for a really long time so in an effort to try not to gush I'm going to start with his bio: Mike Perry Studio is an Emmy award winning, multi-dimensional creative studio. Built on a foundation of exploration and wonder, we create without limits. The man is an absolute legend and somehow we managed to pop Mikes podcast cherry as this is his premiere, very first podcast interview! This episode is pure gold and trust me you're going to want to listen to it end to end and have a notebook nearby because there are so many words of wisdom and incredible insights into Mike's brain. During the episode we get to hear Mike's philosophy on creativity, why he feels compelled to do what he does and some of the dirty details of his process and his daily routines. We dig into how Mike's, almost stream of consciousness work, is made and how his creative output is as staggeringly high as it is. Mike shares how when looking for answers and creative solutions he looks inwards and often finds them in his catalogued 30 years of sketchbooks. We talk about how Mike calls bullshit on the typical pressure of being really good at only one thing and what it was like to pitch to Comedy Central for the Broad City Titles. This episode is guaranteed to make you laugh and be inspired or your money back. Introducing: Mike Perry On Multi-Dimensional Art Mike Perry Links Quotes "Our job [as artists] is to be the visual processor of all of the world's chaos." "My philosophy about creativity is that I am a human and I'm going to make something for myself and there's a really good chance that another human out there will also respond to it." "I try not to spend a lot of time getting lost in the nuances of what I'm doing, I don't question myself I just truly love and enjoy the process." "The process is the thing that makes me keep going to the studio." "When my hands are dirty and I'm covered in paint and I'm deep in the shit, that's when I know that I'm doing the best work." "It's not about the ONE thing its about the entire thing, its about all of it, its about my time on this planet and the things that I make over that time period." "I'm trying to make things that fill people with joy." "Between 4 and 10am it's my time, there are no interruptions, I have all this creative energy that I can just absorb and make and believe in." "We need to not give ourselves so much pressure to accomplish these things, but we still have to do the work." "Isn't it weird that our teachers are telling you to become really good at one thing, when in reality we should be vastly diverse humans that are experiencing the world and curious." "My ideas are not limited to a medium or a format, my ideas are only limited to my brain." "My sketchbooks are dedicated to me being present now and sending messages into the future." "I really believe in the fact that ideas aren't time complacent, they're basically waiting to be harnessed when its the right time." "Make the thing that feels right and if it doesn't feel right, make it again and just keep working at it. It is just a fucking process." - Original Theme Music by - Stay In Touch If this episode helped you in any way, we would love your support. The best way to support us is by and writing us a review. Thanks for listening.
info_outline Brett Piva On Raising Control 06/07/2020
Brett Piva On Raising Control Brett is a multidisciplinary designer, artist, signwriter, conference host and the list goes on, and in this episode we cover quite a bit but we largely focus in on his artist residency in Japan and his most recent work that plays on the theme of control. Brett takes us through his thoughts on using the lack of control as a positive rather than a negative. We get a peek inside a day in the life of Brett during his residency in remote Itoshima which included collecting local leaves and branches by bicycle to make custom brushes and catching rainwater to mix his inks. We spend a good chunk of time reveling in Japanese culture and we also tackle a few big creative questions like maybe the holy grail quest for one singular style isn't all its cracked up to be? Brett has a shared love for the process and a reverence for craft, so our chat takes us to some naturally deep and wonderful places. Introducing: Brett Piva On Raising Control Brett Piva Links Quotes "If I'm doing the same run of the mill thing that's on Pinterest or that people have seen before I'm not going to stay interested." "I'd always strive to paint for other painters essentially, but right now I'm kind of just doing things for myself and that feels really nice." "I don't ever want to be specific style." "I'm trying not to focus on other people's work and just do whatever comes from my head and my processes." "I like to look after people, I like to mentor people, I never really had a mentor so I like to share ideas and help people out." - Original Theme Music by - Stay In Touch If this episode helped you in any way, we would love your support. The best way to support us is by and writing us a review. Thanks for listening.
info_outline Bobby Alu On Making Music 05/24/2020
Bobby Alu On Making Music Bobby is an extremely talented multi instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter and was such a blast to have on the show. We go into Bobby's process of making music and all that comes with it from touring, to recording, playing gigs live vs in the studio, instruments, gear and beyond. We get a special bonus round of process too as Bobby breaks down his process and principles of how to nap well. Bobby takes us through his love for the process and how he went from being in 12 bands, busking on the streets of Canada to touring across the world with Xavier Rudd. We talk about how to breath and lean into pressure and anxiety, slowing things down, enjoying the process and having respect for the long game. You're gonna want to stick around till the end of this one as Bobby not only shares some behind the scenes voice memos and works in progress but he also graces us with an incredible live performance. Introducing: Bobby Alu On Making Music. Bobby Alu Links Quotes "Your energy is what fuels you." "For me to get performance ready, I just have to get calm." "The best way for me to prepare for it to work is just to let it happen." "Things take time, I think we all move too quickly and don't give ourselves a chance to really sink in." "You really have to protect your art." "The endgame was to make this album but the whole process is what I really got out of it." "When it all pieces together and it fits, that is a really great feeling." "Low tech is good because it's quick." - Original Theme Music by - Stay In Touch If this episode helped you in any way, we would love your support. The best way to support us is by and writing us a review. Thanks for listening.
info_outline Joyce N. Ho On Motion Design 05/10/2020
Joyce N. Ho On Motion Design Joyce is a Hong Kong born, Australian designer, based in New York City who absolutely destroys in the motion design space. What's always drawn me to her work is the unique blend of digital and analogue textures and emotion that come with it. During the episode we get into some fun corners of the creative process including talking with Joyce about the challenges and wins of her moving to New York. We pick apart piece by piece some title projects and work she did with Hasan Minaj for his wonderful Netflix show The Patriot Act. In our chat we get into Joyce's process of working remotely on projects with 10+ people across different disciplines and styles while trying to stay sane. We also talk about some of the daily battles of staying creative while tackling admin like emails and invoicing including Joyce's personal self care practices and how vital these are to translating to a successful creative process. Introducing: Joyce Ho On Motion Design. Joyce Ho Links Quotes "It's so important to recognize that sometimes you're struggling and you do just need help and support." "The preproduction of just actually coming up with the idea is always the funnest for me." "I wish I was more techie but I think I’m more design driven than anything." - Original Theme Music by - Stay In Touch If this episode helped you in any way, we would love your support. The best way to support us is by and writing us a review. Thanks for listening.
info_outline Andy Hoyne On Place Visioning 04/26/2020
Andy Hoyne On Place Visioning Andy brings to the table 30 years of experience running one of the most prevalent and successful place making agencies around. Hoyne specializes in branding, strategy and marketing for new developments and this all goes in a basket that Hoyne has trademarked called Place Visioning. During our chat Andy brings us through the process of working on multi billion dollar deals, collaborating with everyone from architects to city planners and how he continues to stay excited along the way. We also talk about the future of place and what that looks like in light of the recent Coronovirus pandemic. Andy tells us his secret to not just instant, flash in the pan sucess but continual financial and creative success over 30 years. We talk about finding a mentor, the importance of relationships and how self awareness are vital steps to having success at any stage in your life. Love this chat with Andy as he is a self professed "Highly opinionated mother fucker" Introducing Andy Hoyne On Place Visioning. Andy Hoyne Links Andy's reading list “Whatever you think, think the opposite.” - Paul Arden “It’s not how good you are, it’s how good you want to be.” - Paul Arden “Leaders eat last.” - Simon Sinek “The win without pitching manifesto.” - Blair Enns “The hard thing about hard things.” - Ben Horowitz “Dealing with the tough stuff.” - Hill, Hill and Richardson “The School of life, Vol 1.” - Alain de Botton Quotes "If you're a young person and you're not working your guts out, I can tell you now, you're not going to be successful when your in your 40s." "You have to commit to something when you have the chance and the energy, rather than assuming you'll deal with it at some later point in life." "The second you stop learning, you might as well just throw in the towel." "A mentor is not necessarily about having category knowledge, its about having life knowledge." "Instead of going straight to designing and building solutions, we need to think about who the audiences are." "What can we do to ensure that we are delivering the right outcome for the right people and not just forcing an idea into a place that it doesn’t belong." "If you don't invest in relationships, you don’t have a long term view and you actually won't have success in anything you undertake." - Original Theme Music by - Stay In Touch If this episode helped you in any way, we would love your support. The best way to support us is by and writing us a review. Thanks for listening.
info_outline Chloe Smith On Making Soft Food 04/12/2020
Chloe Smith On Making Soft Food Chloe is a unique artist, and one that I couldn't wait to chat to. Simply put but definitely not simply made, she makes soft food. Created using only wool and thread, she creates one of a kind, intricate sculptures replicating everything from Japanese cleaning supplies to cans of tuna in a really subversive and somehow hilarious way. During the episode we touch on imposter syndrome and how Chloe battles with some of the stereotypes and typecasting that comes with the territory. We cover some deep topics like what does true authenticity look like in the creative process and some lighter things like why we are all so obsessed with the design of foreign food packaging. We talk about the very interesting and polarizing topic of specializing vs generalizing and what challenges and benefits that come with each direction. This episode is pure joy and Chloe delivers some very unexpected and hilarious responses to my questions. Introducing Chloe Smith On Making Soft Food. Chloe Smith Links Quotes "[making soft sculptures] it’s almost more of a compulsion than a decision." "Textiles have always been something that has always been really attractive to me and something that I am always really drawn to." "It's those moments of failing where you learn the most" "Humour is the way I've found to connect with people" "Even more so in this time, its really important to be silly." "Ever since I started traveling, supermarkets overseas have become this complete place of fascination for me." "When I last came back from Japan, I developed a really strong addiction for the tomato juice over there." "Stop taking yourself so seriously, people won’t think less of you if you’re not that serious. " - Original Theme Music by - Stay In Touch If this episode helped you in any way, we would love your support. The best way to support us is by and writing us a review. Thanks for listening.
info_outline The Stone Willow Studio On Floral Design 03/29/2020
The Stone Willow Studio On Floral Design This episode takes us to some insightful, intentional and almost spiritual places and Ani of The Stone Willow Studio brings us there while we dive into her art and practice of floral design. Using a technique called Ikebana which dates back to the 6th century, Ani's process is rooted in many layers of symbolism and mindfulness. During the episode we talk about the power of learning to let go of control during the creative process, being unattached from the final outcome and how being present with your craft pays dividends far beyond just producing something of better quality. Ani walks us through her Japanese influenced process including the use of Yin Yoga as a technique to help her become more focussed, present and come up with new ideas. There are so many analogies for life when Ani speaks about her process of working with such an ephemeral object. We discover the incredible and inspiring story of how Ani went from traveling between Monaco, London and New York as a foreign exchange trader to her current, you could argue opposite end of the spectrum, creative career path as floral designer. She also shares some practical advice for others looking to make a similar career change. The amount of wisdom that is extracted from the process in this episode is truly incredible, I hope you enjoy. Introducing: The Stone Willow Studio on Floral Design. The Stone Willow Studio Links Quotes "I've noticed that my brain has been going to imaginative places that I haven't been able to access through movement before." "I'm someone who gets obsessed very easily with different subjects, which is good and bad." "I'm always looking for different avenues to expand my consciousness to build my art practice." "Just concentrate on what is directly in front of me and not being attached too much to the outcome of what I am making." "At the end of the day, what I want to carry across is a feeling that generates a connection between people and nature." "Being able to release that control is when the good work happens." "The more you try to stifle your intuition, especially to fit your expectations or other peoples expectations, the less authentic your work is going to be." "What I get from Ikebana is a reminder to live in the present, and just be." - Original Theme Music by - Stay In Touch If this episode helped you in any way, we would love your support. The best way to support us is by and writing us a review. Thanks for listening.
info_outline Five Mile Radius On Locally Sourced Architecture 03/15/2020
Five Mile Radius On Locally Sourced Architecture Five Mile Radius is an extremely fascinating and uniquely intentional architecture studio that focuses on using locally sourced materials. Five Mile Radius is not only pushing the boundaries of materials used in their visually stunning projects, but also challenging the ethics and practices typically used in architecture firms. During this episode Claire takes us through the core ethos of what they do and how it revolves around the focus of being interested in creating buildings that are born of their environment. We talk about how by developing a deep level of understanding for the community, materials and local skills, each project Five Mile Radius takes on is a practice in understanding and gaining respect for the things around them and rejecting the traditional trajectory of building something as fast, cheap and big as possible. Claire talks us through some fascinating and personal stories of projects gone wrong, mis-steps and successes and what these experiences have taught them along the way. Introducing Five Mile Radius On Locally Sourced Architecture Five Mile Radius Links Quotes "Making becomes really crucial to what we’re doing." "You start designing away excess and just promote the ingredients themselves." "We don’t tend to run around celebrating highs too much, just as much as we don’t tend to beat ourselves up too much about lows." "We've got a lot of constraints, we're trying to make thing durable, we're trying to make things economical, we're trying to make things meaningful and beautiful." "This thing is not just a niche fantasy, it's actually a viable construction method that is probably in a lot of ways better than existing methods." - Original Theme Music by - Stay In Touch If this episode helped you in any way, we would love your support. The best way to support us is by and writing us a review. Thanks for listening.
info_outline Barry Spencer On Experimental Typeface Design 03/01/2020
Barry Spencer On Experimental Typeface Design Barry Spencer is literally a doctor of typography, with an honours dissertation on the essence of latin letterforms and a doctoral thesis to back it up! Perhaps more importantly though, Barry is an avid experimenter and creator using typography as his canvas, challenging the very boundaries and questioning the very form of what makes a letterform. Barry is quoted as often making letters that may or may not look like letters. During our chat, we break open his experimental process behind making a typeface, how he uses each step and serendipitous turn as a jumping off point for the next project and using things like asking the question "What If?” to take things to the next level. Barry schools us on the importance of bringing a level of naivety to the work and much more in this episode. Introducing: Barry Spencer On Experimental Typeface Design. Barry Spencer Links Quotes "It's ok to play, it's ok to experiment, it's ok to try something out, not knowing what the answer will be." "It will force me to think, as much as I can, to challenge what I expect to happen." "You're not learning anything unless you're in an uncomfortable position." "Do it the right way first, so you know what you're doing when you screw things up!" "I always try to move away from the should and move into the we could do this." - Original Theme Music by - Stay In Touch If this episode helped you in any way, we would love your support. The best way to support us is by and writing us a review. Thanks for listening.
info_outline Daniel Wearne On Digital Product Design 02/16/2020
Daniel Wearne On Digital Product Design The digital product design space has to be one of the fastest moving sectors of design, and Daniel Wearne sits smack bang in the middle of it. With a decade of design experience in the tech startup space and degrees in Computing, Multimedia, Game Design and Computer science Daniel shares some hugely valuable insights, principles and processes that he is using with his team to build some of the most forward thinking, hi-tech and also hi-empathy apps on the market. During our chat we cover a lot of ground starting with dissecting the multiple up and coming built for purpose programs being used in product design. We go granular and talk the importance of workflow when working in a team at a fast pace, and Daniel gives us some of the current tools and programs his team is using which are changing as rapidly as the industry itself. We talk about some of the principles behind product design like the collaborative process, iteration, being outcome driven, and testing often. We get some great insights from Daniel around what he’s learned along the way, like how done is better than perfect, shipping fast and learning as you go. I even ask who the heck names the eccentric and unusually sensual named programming languages and we uncover what human centered design truly looks like in a real world example not just as a buzz word. Introducing Daniel Wearne On Digital Product Design Daniel Wearne Links Quotes "The best investment is just know how to pick things up really quickly.” "Done is better than perfect, more often than not." "Just ship something and then learn and then do it again, and then again and again." "There's even an iterative process within the iterative process, your'e just learning every day." "Asking the why behind the why, what was the problem that we're trying to solve." "Everyday just make it a routine to learn something that you didn’t previously know." Original Theme Music by - Stay In Touch If this episode helped you in any way, we would love your support. The best way to support us is by and writing us a review. Thanks for listening.
info_outline Dodgy Paper On Handmade Recycled Paper 02/02/2020
Dodgy Paper On Handmade Recycled Paper With a wonderfully unorthodox start to the skill set, Dodgy Roger of Dodgy Paper takes us through his genesis and process of what is such a unique, fascinating and also steeped in literally thousands of years of tradition, the art of making paper. What Dodgy Paper brings to the foreground is not just the use of recycled paper, but using this feature as a focal point, embracing the irregularities rather than hiding them. Dodgy takes things as far ranging as candy wrappers and parking fines transforming them into gorgeous hand made paper. During our chat we talk about how important and enjoyable it can be to just dive in head first learning by trial and error rather than over analyzing. We dive into practical ways to get into the creative flow state, discuss the joy of discovering and exploring different disciplines and even get into a bit about personal branding. Introducing Dodgy Paper On Hand Made Recycled Paper Dodgy Paper Links Quotes "Any creative process should be fun." "I definitely blew up a lot of cheaper blenders early on [making paper]." "[Learning to make paper was] I'd say 90% just trial and error and having fun with it, which has been awesome and I recommend that for anyone doing anything!" "I actually come up with most of my ideas when I am creating rather than having downtime." "Pretty much everything I use is either recycled, repurposed or found." Original Theme Music by - Stay In Touch If this episode helped you in any way, we would love your support. The best way to support us is by and writing us a review. Thanks for listening.
info_outline Rick Hayward On Creative Progression 01/19/2020
Rick Hayward On Creative Progression Known as one half of South East Queensland based creative duo Frank & Mimi, Rick Hayward is now translating 15 years of traditional sign writing and 8 years of collaborative public art into a contemporary studio and public art practice. During our chat, we start with Rick taking us through the beautiful process, history and technique of hand painting signs. Sign writing is extremely fascinating in how it strikes a balance of part utilitarian product and part high level of craftsmanship, detail and artistry. We talk about the evolving trajectory of Rick's creative career as he takes us through the ins and outs of his very conscientious and intentional decision to transition his practice. We touch on some really interesting creative topics such as how technology can be a great tool but sometimes equally distracting from the foundations of a craft. I really love the process nuances we dive into in this episode, including learning about an essential sign painting tool called a mahl stick, what it means to be left handed in the industry and how your oily nose could come in handy in a pinch. This wide ranging chat lets us go into some of the highly valuable insights of Rick’s progression through his career and what those transitions look and feel like. Things like finding your voice, style and finding more about yourself in the process. Introducing Rick Hayward On Creative Progression. Rick Hayward Links Quotes "You can express emotion with different letter styles." "Often the more simple the design, the harder it is to get it right, but there is something beautiful about that." "That's where the appeal is, the imperfections and those little subtle touches." "Often what defines a letterform is actually the negative space, not so much what you're painting, but what surrounds it." "Letterforms are something that I like to consider as more of an art than a science. They can communicate character and that can be individual and special to the person that painted it." Original Theme Music by - Stay In Touch If this episode helped you in any way, we would love your support. The best way to support us is by and writing us a review. Thanks for listening.
info_outline Alex Naghavi On Creative Direction 01/05/2020
Alex Naghavi On Creative Direction Alex Nahavi is the Executive Creative Director at the forward thinking design studio Josephmark. Josephmark is a venture studio, which is an incubator model, where they utilize resources and facilities to make ideas that they want to see in the world whether self funded or raising capitol with investors. We talk pitching and investing, viability and creative direction from this unique point of view. We talk about how important big ideas and blue sky thinking is in the process, while also being able to switch gears and do the smallest iterations and developing things like a minimal viable product and using objective metrics to study success like demand testing. Alex shares a ton of insights and knowledge into the unique world of a venture studio, things like do's - don'ts and process of pitching investors, product testing and raising capitol. It's incredibly fascinating the colliding of the investment, start up and venture world with the digital product design and creativity space. Alex speaks and gives some killer books and resources around her passion of mentorship and how pivotal this and creative culture is to building a thriving creative studio. Introducing Alex Naghavi On Creative Direction. Alex Naghavi Links Quotes “The big difference between what makes a good creative director and a great creative director in my mind is someone that has empathy and understanding and can communicate with compassion." "You want to become a leader not a manager, a leader is someone that inspires people to take action and do their best work, a manager is simply managing someone to get the work done." "Make shit happen." "I'm a strong believer in following what really makes your heart race." "Our model very much allows us to invest in our own ideas and really take control of what we want to see in the world." "It's all about speed, so how do we improve that and how do you remain creative." "We’re trying to figure out how do we improve how we do things already and make it a little bit faster whilst actually making us more creative, that’s the challenge." "I love creating, I love making, I need to make things, I'm obsessed with making things" "I'm constantly looking at ways that I can improve something." Original Theme Music by - Stay In Touch If this episode helped you in any way, we would love your support. The best way to support us is by and writing us a review. Thanks for listening.
info_outline Richie Meldrum On Brand Strategy 12/08/2019
Richie Meldrum On Brand Strategy Richie Meldrum started off as a writer, struggled as a journalist, turned into a copywriter and came out as a strategist. Currently a writer, strategist and creative strategy director at behaviour and culture change consultancy Interchange. Richie has worked in brand and digital agencies in the UK and Australia, collaborating with designers, technologists, project managers, clients and loads of other incredibly smart people that do things he can’t. Over the years, He's learnt how to use his love of research, writing and human behaviour to influence the outcome of hundreds of projects - from cultural institutions to global corporations, Italian-made womens’ shoes to Vietnamese noodle delivery apps. During my chat with Richie we go into the importance of active listening and absorbing knowledge from the people around you. We look at specific examples of brands that have strong strategy and even talk a bit about battle rap. Introducing Richie Meldrum On Brand Strategy. Richie Meldrum Links I Quotes "I moved from being a copywriter, and as I was writing more and more, the words started to move into messaging, concept development and campaign creation and really moving from descriptive copy to into copy that would communicate something." "One day I would be writing 220 descriptions of different types of tea and then the next I would be at Laneway festival interviewing Flume!" "I always define brand as the sum of the perceptions that are held about you, your product or your service." "Brand strategy is about working out what those [Brand] perceptions should be and then putting a plan in place, so that everybody and everything that you do as a brand is geared towards enforcing those perceptions." "It's not really about personal taste of likes or dislikes, its about whether it works for the audience." Original Theme Music by - Stay In Touch If this episode helped you in any way, we would love your support. The best way to support us is by and writing us a review. Thanks for listening.
info_outline Hungry Workshop On Letterpress Printing 11/17/2019
Hungry Workshop On Letterpress Printing Hungry Workshop is not your average print studio, they are a powerhouse creative studio that is part letterpress specialty printing, part design studio that pride themselves on partnering with creative people, agencies and brands, creating intimate, physical moments. Run by the dynamic duo Simon and Jenna Hipgrave, this studio pumps out an exceptionally high standard of work in everything they touch. Summing up the ethos behind their work is the phrase "For work that holds weight" and if you have ever felt a beautifully printed piece of letterpress stationery, that phrase will very easily resonate with you. Letterpress has a level of tangibility and tactile quality that is only achievable with this very special printing process. During our chat Jenna and Simon take us through the nitty gritty of their process including the history and origins of letterpress from the presses being flown and dropped literally from airplanes into warzones to print propaganda posters to now being used for high end specialty printing. We talk about what's changed over the years and why they are able to do such experimental and wonderful things on the press today. We also touch on the idea of innovation through constraints and hear how working with a machine and technology that is close to 600 years old actually inspires progression and experimentation rather than stifling it. Introducing Hungry Workshop On Letterpress Printing. Hungry Workshop Links Quotes "The trick for us is finding the common thread that runs through everything that we do and really focussing on that." "Having a creative approach and a problem solving approach to the production side of things really helps us be experimental." "It's relief printing, it's effectively like a stamping process, there's not much in the way of complexity and the technology or in the machinery, a flat surface is inked and pressed into the paper." "Because the elements are so limiting, you're really forced to think laterally about the things that you can do." "These machines are like a precision german wristwatch meets a diesel truck engine." "What's really interesting about letterpress printing and the print production process is that its been around forever and it will continue to be around forever." "When we're producing something that is letterpress printed, it has a real kind of sculptural quality to it." "The very best papers are the thick fluffy ones, with cotton content... the thicker and softer the better with letterpress." Original Theme Music by - Stay In Touch If this episode helped you in any way, we would love your support. The best way to support us is by and writing us a review. Thanks for listening.
info_outline Magda Ksiezak On Paper Craft 11/10/2019
Magda Ksiezak On Paper Craft I love Magda's ability to push her craft to the absolute maximum. Experimenting on a daily basis, using different techniques and technologies to create innovative and unique work using only paper. Magda is extremely skilled in the very unique and tactile art of paper craft. Her versatile skill-set has brought her to working alongside some very well known clients such as KFC and Dulux where she beautifully manipulates paper to create a piece of art that is often animated as well! We talk about creative flow, the value of personal projects and challenges like tight deadlines, mass image editing and getting started. Magda breaks down for us the step by step of how she goes from flat piece of paper to full campaign of intricate and ridiculously detailed sculptures. We even go into some new technology being introduced that is influencing the process behind Magda’s work. Magda Ksiezak Links Magda's Setup - Continuous Video Light - Manfrotto Tripod - Cannon 60d - - - After Effects Quotes "The best part [of the process] is getting in the flow, so the experimentation, feeling a buzz from creating things that I didn't anticipate would be created." "Essentially it's all about the idea right, the story that you're telling." "Sometimes it will just be something in the way the light is hitting it and the shadow it's casting, just that will kind of spark, you know like an idea." " I went to a cafe and saw these preserved veggies in a jar and just the way they were, the gradient on them, I was like very inspired at that moment to create something." "Most of the things that got me commercial work were personal projects." Original Theme Music by - Stay In Touch If this episode helped you in any way, we would love your support. The best way to support us is by and writing us a review. Thanks for listening.
info_outline Alex Grigg On Animation 10/27/2019
Alex Grigg On Animation Pretty excited to be introducing animation juggernaut Alex Grigg, someone whom I've been a fan of for quite some time. His work is incredibly emotive, full of texture and uniquely physical and tactile motion. We talk through a few of Alex's award winning short films going behind the scenes into his workflow and how it has changed and refined over the years. Alex blends a beautiful experimental and almost improvisational feeling into his films and we get to talk though how this particular style is injected into his projects. We touch on how vital experimentation and personal projects are to not only creating great work but also getting clients and more work. Alex Grigg Links Alex's Setup - - - - - Quotes "By having those really tight deadlines, it just forces me to get creative with what I have to finish." "Just finishing the work is the most important thing, and the polish and the finesse is gravy." "When I was growing up, the idea of having a career in creative industries was like sorta, it was akin to wanting to be an astronaut." "One of the reasons I do what I do, is like, I like every part of the process, which has naturally led me to sort of like making all these personal projects." "Animation is very focussed on abstracting forms to make them appealing and achievable for animation." "Seeing how you can create this little like, living, breathing creature, character out of nothing, it is kind of magical." "Every day I come to work and I'm like well, I guess I suck still, so I can still be working on it, I can still be pushing myself." Original Theme Music by - Stay In Touch If this episode helped you in any way, we would love your support. The best way to support us is by and writing us a review. Thanks for listening.
info_outline Spencer Harrison On Visual Art 10/13/2019
Spencer Harrison On Visual Art Spencer is a fascinating visual artist and perhaps summarizing his work best is his biogrpahy which states "Inspired by his background in science, Spencer draws from the scientific method, building his practice around a methodology of questioning, experimentation and perpetual curiosity." During our chat we uncover Spencer’s broad and deep reading habits along with his extremely intricate pre-exhbitiion workflow and preparation. He dishes out some really helpful links and resources he uses to source inspiration, reference materials, unpublished books from the 1800s and beyond. We talk about everything from how play is a hugely important part of the experimentation and creative process to how Spencer’s mindfulness practice influences his artwork. Spencer Harrison Links Quotes "Play is my best method of experimenting." "Play has been something that has been very prominent in my practice, since I studied at Uni." "The other think I like to do when I'm in a bit more of an experimental phase, is even like delete social media off my phone." "I don't really kind of think of an idea and then create an artwork, I more kind of like create an artwork parallel to an idea and then the two kind of come together at some point." "A lot of kind of creating art is about finding out about yourself." "With the creative process, if you have infinite possibilities, it just leads to infinite anxiety, so having some kind of structure helps focus you a little bit and give you a starting point." "The actual making of the artwork is the most enjoyable part of the process for me." "I actually like physically kind of working with paint and materials and sanding things and you know putting them together, it's a very kind of meditative and satisfying process." Original Theme Music by - Stay In Touch If this episode helped you in any way, we would love your support. The best way to support us is by and writing us a review. Thanks for listening.
info_outline Gangplank On Design Sprints 09/29/2019
Gangplank On Design Sprints Gangplank is the award winning mastermind of creative powerhouses Brenton Craig & Tia Queen. The studio is unique in how they were founded with a vision to invigorate brands with equal passion and pace through a collaborative, nimble and proudly unconventional approach. It is incredibly insightful to hear the interworking of how a design sprint is run, and it's not all that you think, less about speed an d more about efficiency, these guys are pros at building rapport, trust and connection rather than hiding behind bloated email presentations. So many applicable lessons and takeaways from this episode that I know I personally will be implementing in my process immediately. We talk about how vulnerability, transparency, action and courage are vital keys to building brands not only from the design side but also building relationships on a human level. Gangplank Links Quotes "It's all about action and taking risks, and embracing the fact that the creative world is all about risks." "We just say to our clients, we know nothing." "The biggest thing that comes from the [sprint] workshops is the sense of rapport and trust and connection with the clients that we work with." "It's a balance of passion and pace." "Ultimately once you have a creative direction and an insight that you've found together, expressing it is really easy." "If you're just sort of responding with a document each time, that kind of goes against what our whole philosophy of creating and cultivating the connection and trust with a brand or person is." "Our whole philosophy is about action and courage and not knowing the exact finished picture before coming in on that sprint day, but just knowing direction were going." "I do love strategy, but at the end of the day, strategy is nothing if you don't actually do something." Original Theme Music by -
info_outline Claire Foxton On Painting A Mural 09/15/2019
Claire Foxton On Painting A Mural You have to see Claire Foxton's work in person to believe it, the term large scale mural artist doesn't even begin to do her justice. Her work and style is immediately recognizable, powerful on many levels and uniquely intimate with the portraits she paints. We dive into some incredibly fascinating parts of her process and walk through in incredible detail, step by step how she manages to paint photorealistic portraits on buildings as high as 8 stories tall! Claire get's very honest during our chat about all the glorious and sometimes challenging details behind her process, how she pivoted to take her work to the next level and how she strives to create art with purpose and using this as a guide in what when and how to create. Claire Foxton Links Quotes "I'm not just painting a portrait I'm finding out more about the person, and it has much more purpose and relevance to the place I am painting it in." "I quite like that about what I'm doing with public art, is that a lot of the time I'm taking me out of it, it's not about me, it's about the person I'm painting and the people I'm connecting with." "I always come back to that feeling of purpose, and if i feel like what I am doing is a solution to a problem, or is giving back in some way, and its not just about me than I know that its right." "All of those little challenges have added something special to my process." Original Theme Music by - Stay In Touch If this episode helped you in any way, we would love your support. The best way to support us is by Subscribing to the show in iTunes and writing us a review. Thanks for listening.
info_outline Ashley Ronning On Risograph Printing 09/01/2019
Ashley Ronning On Risograph Printing We jump behind the scenes of a slightly nostalgic, wonderfully tactile and uniquely analogue process of something called Risograph printing. From very humble and mundane beginnings to a countercultural tool, if you haven’t heard of Risograph printing, you are in for a real treat. We delve into some juicy details in this one, and we completely print nerd out with the Risograph champion Ashley Ronning. Ashley opens her mind into all things riso, from the origin story, zine culture, serendipitous registration, how the technology flows into her illustration style and beyond. Ashley Ronning Links Quotes “I draw the way that I think I see the world and that ended up being my style." "Being able to do everything myself is so valuable." "I got a zine cover Risograph printed and was in love, I think it was maybe 6 months after that I had my own machine and I haven’t stopped." "Risograph printing is basically like a cross between photocopying and screenprinting." Original Theme Music by - Stay In Touch If this episode helped you in any way, we would love your support. The best way to support us is by Subscribing to the show in iTunes and writing us a review. Thanks for listening.
info_outline Kiel Tillman On Digital Illustration 08/18/2019
Kiel Tillman On Digital Illustration Kiel Tillman is the absolute sweet spot of when artistic freedom meets professional practice. He takes a fun and lighthearted approach to his work while being balanced on the business side and oozes his personality into everything he does. His work is absolutely packed with detail and shows a real love for the craft. His incredible style is most impressive in the way Kiel seems to seamlessly transfer across from branding, illustration and large scale murals. During the episode we dig into Kiel’s process behind how he's landed some dream clients like Wu-Tang Clan, yep you heard right The Wu-Tang, his tools and workflow and even how to get through the dips of running a business both financially and creatively. Kiel Tillman Links Quotes "It all starts with an idea" Original Theme Music by - Stay In Touch If this episode helped you in any way, we would love your support. The best way to support us is by Subscribing to the show in iTunes and writing us a review. Thanks for listening.
info_outline Alex Kirchner On Fashion Filmmaking 08/04/2019
Alex Kirchner On Fashion Filmmaking Alex Kirchner is a very talented video producer, and in this episode we get to hear the wonderful mechanical details of what its like to shoot on film. We talk through a specific project from end to end, and Alex expands on some of the reasons behind his creative direction and decision making. From challenges of using a volatile medium like film in a commercial setting, to on set egos, finding a french voice over artist, deciphering clients ambiguous briefs and even some money management tools we cover a lot of ground in this episode that would be very valuable to anyone in the creative industry. Alex Kirchner Links Quotes "At the end of the day you can read as many books as you want to read, and you can talk to as many people as you want to talk to, but unless you are actually physically making something, you're not going to progress... You have to make things for things to be seen." "Make something every single day, even if it's complete garbage." "It's definitely a case of instinct over anything else, you're just kind in the location and you see in your mind what you need it to be and then you just get to work trying to make that happen." Original Theme Music by - Stay In Touch If this episode helped you in any way, we would love your support. The best way to support us is by Subscribing to the show in iTunes and writing us a review. Thanks for listening.
info_outline Jacinta Conza On Starting An Event 07/21/2019
Jacinta Conza On Starting An Event Jacinta Conza is one driven and disciplined human being. Originally from Auckland New Zealand, Jacinta has taken the event scene by storm by starting the very first Brisbane, Australia chapter of Creative Mornings. Against all odds including having zero event experience, feedback from all sides saying it was a bad idea or couldn’t be done, went on to sell out over 30 events in a 3 year period. During the episode we go into what makes a good event, good, why people might be more willing than you think to get up at 7am to get lost in a new city and some practical process advice that has landed Jacinta some very promising opportunities. Jacinta Conza Links Quotes "It was such a passion project and such a labour of love, when I was working on Creative Mornings, thats when I was most excited and enthused." "People want to feel like they are part of something bigger" "There is not just one route to starting a creative career" Original Theme Music by - Stay In Touch If this episode helped you in any way, we would love your support. The best way to support us is by Subscribing to the show in iTunes and writing us a review. Thanks for listening.
info_outline Matt Haynes On Running A Design Conference 07/07/2019
Matt Haynes On Running A Design Conference Matt Haynes is a truly remarkable human, his passion is so contagious and he is the kind of person you just want to be near to absorb some of his excitement and passion for life. Matt has been running a very successful Design Conference for 9 years in Brisbane, Queensland with local and internationally renown speakers such as Jessica Hische, Todd Francis, Chris Doyle and too many more to mention. During the episode talk about how he has kept his fire burning for the event after all these years. We get into what building a legacy looks like and how to think bigger and look at the long game and how this solidifies your purpose and the why behind what you do. This episode is called Matt Haynes On Running A conference, but it really should be something more heartfelt like Matt Haynes on how to find your life purpose and how to make it happen, because he unleashes some knowledge from the heart. There is a language warning on this one. Matt Haynes Links Quotes "If you set your mind to it, you can actually do whatever you want." "Having the opportunity to have a legitimate impact in other peoples lives is more than infectious, it’s a driving force, it’s like a pure energy." "If you're trying to walk around the world, first you've gotta start fucking walking." "If you're gonna walk man, why don't you walk far." "The thing about getting though a rough patch, is always just knowing, that you can make that rough patch as shit as you want or as fucking great as you want." "There's no such thing as a half way crook. There ain’t no thing as a half way CEO. You're either in, or you're out." "You gotta aim for the stars, but you don't wanna burn up in the process" "The best part, personally, is being vulnerable, connecting with people on a vulnerable level." "To lead is to take full responsibility." Original Theme Music by - Stay In Touch If this episode helped you in any way, we would love your support. The best way to support us is by Subscribing to the show in iTunes and writing us a review. Thanks for listening.
info_outline Sean Smith On Stop Motion Animation 06/23/2019
Sean Smith On Stop Motion Animation In this episode we speak with Sean Smith about his stop motion animation process. This interview is a little bit unique as I had the pleasure of working with Sean on this particular project, providing the illustrations for the animation which Sean then animated by hand. We go into how Sean's background in video production influenced the unique way he approached the process and how being a novice can actually be hugely beneficial. Sean Smith Links Sony A7X Mark 2 Rokinon 50mm Prime Lens Apeture Boltzen 55w LED Fresnels - Client Management Software Original Theme Music by - Stay In Touch If this episode helped you in any way, we would love your support. The best way to support us is by Subscribing to the show in iTunes and writing us a review. Thanks for listening.
info_outline Jack Stone On Rooftop Beekeeping 06/09/2019
Jack Stone On Rooftop Beekeeping We jump in with Jack Stone of Bee One Third in this episode about his unique field of beekeeping and more specifically his business of rooftop bees. He has an infectious passion for not only his niche but the overall wellbeing and future of food and the earth. His process is one that is steeped in tradition but Jack brings it into the 21st century with some fascinating injections of his own ideals and values. Jack Stone of Bee One Third Links Quotes "[When working with bees], you have an overwhelming sense of place. You realize you are so small in the world and these super organisms have so much to teach us in gratitude and thankfulness and finding peace." "We often underestimate the power of the things we don't see" Original Theme Music by - Stay In Touch If this episode helped you in any way, we would love your support. The best way to support us is by Subscribing to the show in iTunes and writing us a review. Thanks for listening.
info_outline Mitch Reyes On Photography 05/29/2019
Mitch Reyes On Photography In this episode we are chatting with the multidisciplinary creative Mitch Reyes, Mitch has done such a wide spectrum of endeavors, from business owner, entrepreneur, co owning a bar, being a pilates instructor, photographer, designer, and design lecturer and all of this before he hit 3 decades. In this episode we dive into his Photography focus. We talk about being a white belt, and how to stay humble, and challenging your ego. We touch on how to keep things fresh by taking an amateur eye and how being vulnerable is paramount in creating something that moves people. Mitch brings a ton of wisdom to his photography practice, and brings a level of detail and reverence for the craft that is incredibly inspiring. Mitch Reyes Mitch's Kit • Fuji XD3 Camera Body • 4 Lenses • 35mm 1.4 prime / 16mm 1.4 prime / 56mm 1.4 prime / 18-55mm 2.8 • MIA RZ67 Medium Format Links () Software Mitch uses • CaptureOne • Photoshop Original Theme Music by - Stay In Touch If this episode helped you in any way, we would love your support. The best way to support us is by Subscribing to the show in iTunes and writing us a review. Thanks for listening.
info_outline James Bourbon On Analogue Video Experimentation 05/27/2019
James Bourbon On Analogue Video Experimentation In this, our very first episode, we talk to artist, experimenter and overall creative person, James Bourbon. James has worked across multiple creative fields including graphic design, fine art, fashion and more bringing with him his unique style of experimental graphics and process. Today we jump behind the scenes of his analogue experimentation process, specifically for video. We go pretty in depth into how he creates videos for bands that are unlike anything you've ever seen or he's has ever seen as they are all unique and one of a kind due to his unique process. James Bourbon (His super secret instagram) Links (Epic video, a must watch) (Very Dangerous! Do not try at home unless a trained electrician) (the israeli artists mentioned) (Value based pricing) (Value based pricing, how to charge for a logo) Some of James' experimental videos Original Theme Music by - Stay In Touch If this episode helped you in any way, we would love your support. The best way to support us is by Subscribing to the show in iTunes and writing us a review. Thanks for listening.