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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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James is a Virginia-bred, self-taught multidisciplinary artist based in Atlanta. Over the years, Williams has operated within multiple disciplines but is currently focused on strengthening his studio furniture and sculpture practice.  Before honing in on his current practice, Williams explored multiple fields including garment construction, activation design, and art direction. He prides himself on intentionally resisting a linear curriculum, in many ways, this has aided him in developing a unique approach to his work.  Williams’ work explores the intersections of identity, space, and emotional health. Ultimately, he strives to produce works that serve as communal sites for inner and collective dialogue that encourage abstract thinking, expression, and liberation. https://rongpage.com/ https://www.instagram.com/_rong_/ Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
Imagine working for years on "finding your style" only to realize that your life and work have essentially become their own echo chamber. Maybe you find yourself looking at a ton of work, but you tend to gravitate towards the same types of artists and references to study.  The good news is that curation and focus is an important part of the puzzle. Yet, there's much to be said on the topic of consuming things we don't care for at all. Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
Most people know that life comes in phases. Whether you consider yourself an artist or not, the truth remains that the energy of our formative years and the wisdom latter years demand very different things of us.  In this lecture, we spend time to outline a very specific and tactical method of thinking through your current life circumstances--for better or for worse. Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
In celebration of our 200th episode, we've invited one of our friends who has been here since our humble beginnings 3 years ago. Arlander is the founder of Wakuu Works and TMINEC, and currently serves as an art director at SLC boutique Fice Gallery and streetwear publishing house Casual Fridays. For over an hour, we share stories and reminisce on the foundations which might inform our futures. Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram Connect with Arlander
Most people understand the interconnected nature between spirit and art. This is a large reason for the term zeitgeist (or spirit of the times). Yet, if you're anything like me, then you at times get anxious when the spirit of your work is moving and evolving much faster than your physical existence. Said another way—you've already made a decision to step into your purpose, but time and money just have not caught up yet. The good news is that we have a few words for you if you're constantly finding yourself feeling like you're swimming upstream. Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow Us On Instagram
If you've ever found yourself being terrified by your blank canvas, then you're not alone. Beginning from nothing is tough. Naturally, you often return to your sources of inspiration so that you can find a point of departure. However, if it becomes too noticeable who you're pulling from, then you're equally crippled with new anxiety.  Navigating the boundaries between inspiration and plagiarism are quite difficult. The good news, however, is that there are some specific ways to overcome this feeling ultimately helping you: Study your craft more effectively Understand exactly what you are pulling from in terms of inspiration Capture the framework that made these precedents inspirational without outright mimicry Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
Most people know the quote "Everything means nothing until you make it something." This one aphorism is as powerful as it is brief. The truth is that our search for "meaning" in life is both our gift and curse. If you're anything like us, then chances are high that you've already taken a lot of steps to acknowledge and double-down on the legacy and long-term thinking. Yet, what happens in the interim? How do you make it through each day knowing that you likely won't see the fruits of your labor for quite some time (if ever)? The good news is that you're not alone in this line of questioning. Quite a bit of thought has already been given to these problems exactly, and you're in good company if you also feel a desire to find answers. Some of the topics we cover in this talk include but are not limited to:  How to deal with boredom, angst, and dread Where true "freedom" comes from How to interpret what things are worth your time How to assess the absurdity of our existence Subscribe to Our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
If you've never heard of Valerio  Olgiati, then there's a great chance that you're just like 99% of other people who wake up every day without architecture being their primary source of focus. Yet, what should be said about one of the most important Swiss architects of his generation (a title bestowed by Herzog and de Meuron co-founder himself). What makes his work so different? And, what aphorisms are perhaps worth indulging in? In this installment of our "Well Read" segment, we take a new approach to uncovering the truth behind a body of work.  Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
If you're anything like 99.9% of artists, then you probably worry from time to time if you're becoming too predictable. Deep down you want to create something that's truly new. You want new ways to create within the strict boundaries of your medium. In short, you're looking for a creative breakthrough. The good news is that you don't have to stay stuck in this place forever. In this lecture, we cover specific steps that you can take to:  Gain a better understanding of what your "style" consists of Compare your present and past work for "uniqueness" Generate better self-initiated projects with a stronger conceptual foundation Subscribe to a Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
Most artists and designers are in pursuit of many things at once. Life seems to move at warp speed while art seems to fight to keep pace. Perhaps your pursuit is simply to find some reasonable understanding of the world's inner workings. Yes, you are a contrarian, but you also recognize the need for quality structure in order to exist in the world. In short, you're frustrated because you're not sure how to begin creating your own code of conduct and first principles.  If this problem sounds familiar to you, then we spend this episode providing an in-depth breakdown of what it might take to overcome these common pitfalls of the artist's journey. Some of the topics we cover include but aren't limited to: How to decide on your list of undeniably good traits Why it makes sense to put your code into practice How to learn from some of the greatest examples in history Subscribe to Our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
Yancy is a Creative Director at ASD Sky (a multi-disciplinary design firm headquartered in Atlanta). As a graduate from SCAD, Yancy has over 15 years of experience in branded environments, store design, brand design, graphic design, and identity. Some of the topics covered in this episode include, but aren’t limited to: Fostering creativity in your team as a creative director Identifying a sweet spot between seeking autonomy versus exposure Producing a body of work that has a particular aim Finding balance in a field of work which at times can breed angst You can find out more about Yancy’s body of work and story at yancywilkinson.com. Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
Most people know that an infinite number of options gives way to very little creativity. Decision making becomes hard. This conundrum becomes even more potent when considering what it takes to initiate work of your own without the guidance of client requirements. If this problem sounds familiar to you, then you're in the right place. Some of the topics we cover include:  How to use constraints to your advantage How constraints can be an idea machine Why it might make sense to make work while in push up position Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
Rejection comes in all shapes and sizes. It damages our self-esteem. It goes against our tribe-like nature. And, MRI brain scans prove that the same part of the brain is activated during emotional trauma as in physical trauma.  Most people already know these things to be true, but what comes next? What are we supposed to do once we are faced with these inevitabilities. If this problem is consistent for you, then this episode contains several strategies to help you move out of this place and into somewhere new. Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
Chances are high that your sketchbook is full of unfinished shapes, poems, graphics, etc. You feel that you've failed because they haven't materialized in any way. You know you should catalog these ideas in some way. Yet, you are unsure of how to move forward. And, what's worse, you have nothing to show for all of the work and time you've spent on these not yet projects. The good news is that you don't have to stay stuck in this place. In this episode, we'll cover a simple method to relieve yourself of this frustrating circumstance. Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
Most people spend a lot of time pre-planning all the great things they're going to do in the new year. Yet, when the rubber meets the road, all of that planning gets put to the test. Jobs start having demands. Schools start assigning projects. And, before you know it the weather warms up and half of what you planned is left on the cutting room floor. If any of this sounds like you, then we have a simple framework that will serve as a centering activity each and every month, week, or day. Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
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If you're anything like us, then chances are quite high that starting from scratch and being a beginner at a new skill comes with its fair share of frustrations and shortcomings. The good news is that there are a few helpful tips that will help you overcome these common emotions.  Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
Most people are wondering this time of year how they will best use the seconds, minutes, and hours leading into the new year. Yet, very few of these people actually will get the result they want. In this installment of our 'Incomplete Thoughts' segment, we offer some provocations on the topic of distinguishing yourself from the crowd.  Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow us on Instagram
In this installment of our 'Well Read' segment, we offer some biographical and contextual insight into the life and work of David Chipperfield.  Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow us on Instagram
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