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Educated Guess: A Podcast for Artists

Author: Educated Guess

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We are bridging the cultural gap for careers in art + design.

Our interview episodes dive deep into community, tactics, and mentorship. We share candid conversations with the best in Design about what it actually takes to have a seat at the table and see your ideas come to life.

No fluff. No ambiguity. Mild cursing.

So, whether you're knee deep in building your own design business or just a lover of fine art, this is a place where you can come to elevate your mindset and skillset as a designer.

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55 Episodes
Hobbies are often a sore spot for many artists. Having someone refer to your very craft as a "hobby" is almost the ultimate diss to some. Yet, today, we make an attempt to make peace with hobbies once and for all.]Some questions explored on this show include: Did you quit on a past time if you call it a hobby? Can you seek mastery in more than one area? Do hobbies have a purpose in a capitalist society? Tune in. ---To access more content from the brand, find us at the following links: Support this podcast:
Dewey Saunders is a Florida-born visual artist residing in Los Angeles. Some central themes in his work include hip hop and psychedelia.And, most recently, he’s garnered a lot attention for his work with both Future and Anderson.Paak on album art. For about an hour, we talk about the trials of practicing art full-time as well as being disciplined in your design aesthetic. Tune in. --- Support this podcast:
Ben Fry is principal of Fathom, a design and software consultancy located in Boston. He received his doctoral degree from the Aesthetics + Computation Group at the MIT Media Laboratory, where his research focused on combining fields such as computer science, statistics, graphic design, and data visualization as a means for understanding information.Fathom’s projects span from arenas of social justice like an affordability calculator for Farmers to the computer graphics built inside of Minority Report. Independent of his work with Fathom, he’s garnered degrees + accolades from MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Cooper Hewitt, + the MOMA. For roughly an hour, we talk about the many applications of cross-disciplinary visual art + we work hard to try and identify a reasonable answer to the question “can visual art help save the world?” Tune in. --- Support this podcast:
This week on our radio show, we are joined by Natalie Nixon. Natalie holds a PhD. and is the founder of Figure 8 Thinking, LLC. She advises leaders on change management at publicly traded and privately held corporations and non-profits. She helps them find ways to leverage creativity, sustain innovation and achieve systemic change -- at scale. We spend roughly 1 hour talking through real methods of changing the way you work and implementing change into your daily life. Some of the topics / questions we cover include:What is a good framework we can use to improve on the art of anticipation?What systems can someone put in place to make themselves a better collaborator?How can we ensure that we are on the right side of the future of work? And, how might we bring someone else along?What are your daily / weekly creative habits?--- Support this podcast:
For this episode, we are joined by Matt May -- Head of Inclusive Design @Adobe. We spend ~1 hour talking about the necessity of building products / experiences that are both accommodating and delightful for all skin tones and ages. Some of the topics / questions we cover include: What qualifies someone to be head of inclusive design? What should we do once we recognize a subconscious bias? Is there a testable method of reducing the amount of design decisions which exclude specific racial or social groups?How do you measure whether the mission of inclusive design is being achieved or not?To become part of the rapidly growing EDU community, you can visit us at and register for our bi-weekly newsletter.Tune in.--- Support this podcast:
One of the core tenets of Educated Guess is "Accessibility". For us, this means that people (at any age) should have the opportunity to shadow and learn as much as possible about a career they are interested in. And, ultimately, we believe that this mode of thinking will lead to more "pluralists" in today's society. The term "pluralist" for us has gotten a bad rap over the years. Unfortunately, having more than one interest can be a slippery slope towards being perceived as a "jack of all trades". However, even if our interests, skills, and background tend to look more like a paper machete, we find it incredibly powerful to acknowledge this as a good thing instead of a setback. That said, for this episode, we're joined by Amy Choi someone who has a pulse on the power of being multifaceted.A few years ago, Amy Choi and Rebecca Lehrer founded MashUp Americans where they produce The Mash-Up Americans podcast and curate stories in a weekly newsletter. While seemingly operating under a normal blog to business model, what makes Amy and Rebecca unique is their ability to focus especially on the grey area (Mash-Up) between culturally relevant stories. And, with a background in journalism, they now help select clients create and distribute content that speaks to "Mash-Up America" in an authentic, meaningful way. You can learn more about our client work here. So,  about an hour, we spend time walking through the following questions and topics:"The Tanning of America"Finding a Business Model as a JournalistPharrell's concept of being a pluralistThe hidden risks of not seeing colorIf you want to checkout more work from Mash Up America, you can visit them here: Support this podcast:
Educated Guess is now a year old! And, after putting in a year’s worth of sweat equity, I’ve decided to take a moment to reflect on some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way. In this moment of silence and reflection, I’ve realized a pretty exhaustive list of tactical things I would’ve done differently -- “start sooner”, “come up with detailed content plan”, or “don’t come up with detailed content plan” lol. Yet, each of the items on that list ended up being pretty specific to starting a podcast--and therefore, pretty low value to most of you listening.So, instead, I decided to zoom out a bit and share with you some life lessons and principles of starting a new venture -- hopefully these help in some fashion. These are my thoughts….tune in. Enjoy.--- Support this podcast:
Educated Guess is all about bridging the gap for careers in art + design. And, as a result, we spend a lot of time working to understand the complexities of an innovative solution so that we could explain and share it with someone who might just be starting out.This week, we're joined by someone who’s helped chart that exact same path — Dong-Ping Wong—co-founder of Food New York, Inc. Food is a New York-based design studio focused on architecture and environmental design. Their projects range from installations, private residences, set design, giant swimming pools, and more. A partial client list of theirs includes Kanye West, Tom Sachs, Virgil Abloh, and more. For about an hour, we spend time walking through the following questions and topics:Figuring Out the Right Amount of Iteration Collaborating With High-Profile ClientsFinding a Path to More Productive ArchitectureNavigating the Field of Architecture in a Slow Economy If you want to checkout more work from Food, you can visit them here: Support this podcast:
Given the ever-changing landscape of tech, it can frequently feel difficult to sell a new design service centered around a piece of technology that’s still evolving. So, for the few companies who are brave enough to step out in front and lead the charge on defining different use cases in the space, a moment of recognition is required in our book. This week we're joined by someone who fits that bill exactly — Hassan Seguias— co-founder of Elevux, Inc. Elevux is an Orlando-based design studio focused on disruptive experiences and product design. They specialize in Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and product design. Some of their clients include 3M, Disney, and Universal Studios. For about an hour, we spend time walking through the following questions and topics:The Importance of Creative Discharge The Death of the Traditional Agency Model The Biggest Pain Points in Explaining AR/VR to Clients Mapping Out a Learning Plan for Yourself If you want to checkout more work from Elevux, you can visit them here: --- Support this podcast:
If you're interested in starting a studio or agency of your own, it's most likely because you'd like to consistently take on projects that are both fulfilling and financially rewarding. Yet, for anyone who's spent time in a small agency or studio, they know that the reality is usually a lot tougher to bring to bear than the ideal scenario. This week we're joined by Archie Lee Coates IV -- co-founder of PLAYLAB, Inc. PLAYLAB is an art and design studio with projects spanning dozens of industries and disciplines, and for about an hour, we spend time walking through the following questions and topics:The Pros and Cons of Corporate ProjectsHow to Initiate the Work You Want to See Embracing Ambiguity How to React to Being Placed in a BoxFinding a Balance Between Work and Play If you want to checkout more of PLAYLAB and Archie's Work, you can visit them here: Support this podcast:
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