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Author: Gregor Matheson

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Method in the Madness is the podcast that not only delves deep into design and creativity but leadership, productivity and personal development. A believer that we are all creative, join Gregor Matheson as he sits down with individuals from all walks of life, picks their brains and finds out the 'why' and ‘how’ behind 'what' they do. Through candid conversations, Gregor will share insights, strategies and stories that will not just help you become a great creative thinker, but a better human being.
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Gregor sits down with Loral Quinn, CEO and Co-Founder of Sustainably - a FinTech platform that allows you to round up your spare change and donate it to a charity of your choice. Loral tells us about her personal journey from leaving her career to co-found Sustainably with her daughter Eishel. Loral also provides an insight into the world of running a startup by detailing the many hurdles involved, as well as highlighting the significant challenges female CEOs face when pitching for investment. We also discuss initiatives such as #MovingForward, which highlights venture capitalists that are committed to diverse, inclusive and harassment-free workplaces. Sign up to Sustainably today at: https://sustainably.co Find out more about #MovingForward at: https://wearemovingforward.github.io This episode is brought to you by Dinghy - insurance for freelancers by freelancers. Get your quote in seconds at: https://getdinghy.com/mitm
Gregor sits down with Chris Baker, General Manager at KeepCup. Chris tells us about his journey from working as a Packaging Technologist to finding his current role at KeepCup. He also discusses the difference between a sustainable business and a responsible business and how they hope to inspire behaviour change at KeepCup. Chris and Gregor also talk more broadly about sustainability and how Jobs To Be Done Theory could potentially be applied to the single-use cup problem to help find an innovative solution. Find out more about KeepCup at: https://keepcup.com This episode is brought to you by Dinghy - insurance for freelancers by freelancers. Get your quote in seconds at: https://getdinghy.com/mitm
Gregor sits down with Duncan Wardle, former Head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney. Duncan worked at The Walt Disney Company for 30 years, starting as a 'coffee-boy' fresh out of university, before moving into PR then working his way up to fulfil his role as Head of Innovation & Creativity. Duncan now runs his own design thinking and innovation consultancy id8 & innov8 where he helps organisations embed a culture of innovation and creativity. Duncan tells us the stories behind some of his Disney projects including the Disney MagicBand and demonstrates some of the many tools he uses to foster curiosity, creativity and innovation. Find out more about Duncan and his consultancy practice at: https://duncanwardle.com This episode is brought to you by Dinghy - insurance for freelancers by freelancers. Get your quote in seconds at: https://getdinghy.com/mitm
Gregor sits down with Joe Stitzlein, Executive Creative Director of Stitzlein Studio. During his career, Joe has worked with Steve Jobs to define Apple’s photography and packaging standards, with Michelle Obama to launch her Let’s Move program for healthy schools, designed iconic identities for Netflix, Nike Flyknit, dwell magazine and Mac OS X, built a global design studio at Google and created campaigns that made the Nike Free - the world’s best selling shoe, period. Joe guides us through his decorated career, his creative philosophy and provides a detailed insight into some of the projects he led during his position as Global Creative Director at both Nike and Google. Find out more about Stitzlein Studio at: https://stitzstudio.com This episode is brought to you by Dinghy - insurance for freelancers by freelancers. Get your quote in seconds at: https://getdinghy.com/mitm
Gregor sits down with Helena Good, Design Lecturer at Edinburgh College where she helps run the award-winning mentoring scheme. Helena is also the Founding Partner of Daydream Believers which brings creative professionals together with secondary school pupils to help them develop essential skills such as creativity, critical thinking and problem solving. We discuss Helena's journey, what inspired the Daydream Believers programme and the importance of mentoring for young creatives. Find out more about Daydream Believers at: https://daydreambelievers.co.uk This episode is brought to you by Dinghy - insurance for freelancers by freelancers. Get your quote in seconds at: https://getdinghy.com/mitm
Gregor sits down with Director and Designer Gavin Strange from Aardman Animations. Gavin also pursues many passion projects under the alias JamFactory that include everything from filmmaking and animation to toy design and illustration. Gavin and I chat about how he found his start in the design and creative industry at a time where he was unsure of what he wanted to pursue. Gavin then gives us an insight into his creative process and his most recent work on the Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon movie. We also speak about the importance of finding your own way to a fulfilling career and the value in developing creative side projects. Find out more about Gavin Strange and his book 'Do Fly' at: https://www.jam-factory.com This episode is brought to you by Dinghy - insurance for freelancers by freelancers. Get your quote in seconds at: https://getdinghy.com/mitm
Gregor sits down with renowned photographer and director David Eustace, known for his fashion and portrait photography. David tells us his fascinating story, growing up in the East-end of Glasgow in the 1960s, joining the Royal Navy Reserve as a minesweeper to becoming a household name in the fashion and editorial realm, regularly working with GQ and British Vogue. David provides us with a detailed insight into his life and career and details the many heart-warming, humorous anecdotes and valuable life lessons he has learned along the way. Find out more about David Eustace at: https://www.davideustace.com
Gregor sits down with Andrew Dobbie, Founder & CEO of MadeBrave, a creative brand agency based in Glasgow. Andrew tells us about his career journey and how MadeBrave came to fruition after deciding to start his own company with only £1000 in his bank account and a two-week old baby. He also discusses the importance of resilience and tolerance to risk when running a successful business. Andrew gives us an insight into what makes a great leader and we chat about his own podcast Just A Chat With that is available on all popular podcast platforms. Find out more about MadeBrave and Just A Chat With at: https://madebrave.com and https://justachatwith.com
Gregor sits down with Vibha Bamba, Design Lead at Airbnb. In this episode, Vibha provides an in-depth look at the design culture of Airbnb, how their culture allows anyone to bring a project to the table and discusses how user-generated content has driven some of their most recent design solutions. Vibha also discusses her journey into design after studying electrical engineering and her passion for calligraphy.Find out more about Vibha Bamba at: http://www.vibhabamba.com
Gregor sits down with Jeremie Warner, Founder of Power A Life, a social business that sells smartphone accessories such as power banks and with every product they sell, they gift a solar light to a child in Africa. Jeremie tells us about his personal journey and what inspired him to start Power A Life. He also gives us a great insight into what it takes to run a social business, his experience dealing with investors as well as ensuring their products are of the highest quality. Power A Life has recently launched a new campaign 'Give the Gift of Light this Christmas' whereby each product they sell they will donate two solar lamps, with the hope of empowering 3000 children with the gift of light this Christmas.Find out more about Power A Life at: https://poweralife.com
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