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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.

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118 Episodes
Pedro Reyes | Ep. 119

Pedro Reyes | Ep. 119


On this segment of "Well Read.", we cover the work and life of Pedro Reyes--a multidisciplinary artist and designer. Through his work, Reyes aims to use sculpture, architecture, video, performance and participation to increase the individual or collective agency in social, environmental, political, or educational spheres.  Subscribe to Our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
When new technologies become widespread, they often raise ethical questions. For example: Weapons — who should be allowed own them? Printing press — what should be allowed to be published? Drones — where should they be allowed to go? In this lecture, we consider the wide range of downstream effects that could occur for society as a result of the broad adoption of novel technological use cases. Some example of short term use cases that raise particularly difficult questions include:  Algorithmic Bias Fake News Autonomous Vehicles Privacy v. Surveillance Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
Most fears are just repetitive thoughts. The bad part about these sorts of thoughts is that once they get going...they seem to have a mind of their own. And, as a result, our biggest fears begin to compound on one another. The good news is that once we become better at comprehending and understanding our fears, then we can begin to lean into them much like a power forward leans into a defense before scoring the shot they envisioned all along.  Subscribe to the Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
Well-Read is our segment dedicated to delivering a portraiture or still life of an artist that we are studying at this particular time. Mostly, we're interested in uncovering the underpinnings that drive their particular body of work.  This week, we are interested in the work of Jackson Pollock. Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
This episode continues our Great Expectations study series--documenting and sharing different methods of anticipatory design. As we continue to understand design as more than just a department, we are able to see our role as creatives through a lens of systemic change. As a result, it becomes less about checking the creativity box when building an org chart and more about solving problems that matter. In this lecture, we provide an introductory overview of 3 distinctly different, and uniquely famous frameworks for thinking about the future. These frameworks are:  STEEP PEST THE FUTURES WHEEL Subscribe to Our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
Most people find it particularly difficult to stick with a routine. From health to wealth, to wisdom, they all seem to struggle with finding the "right way" of doing things. Generally, most well-read people who are interested in the development of the self understand that some combination of meditation, working out, task-driven work, deep work, etc. are good pieces of the routine puzzle. However, people often get hung up in knowing the correct "order of operations" for these different things. The good news is that there is no "right way". So,  on this segment we are going to walk through 2 things in deep detail:  An example of a battle-tested daily weekday routine A principled-guide to developing your own routine that can stand the test of time Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
On this installment of "Well Read.", we share a dialogue with artist, designer, and studio owner--Andrew Herzog.  Andrew is a multidisciplinary conceptual artist and designer. He’s a partner at School, a design studio founded by two designer-engineer-artist-types. His artworks have occupied museums, galleries, and city streets. He was previously a co-founder and partner at HAWRAF - a design and technology studio, and is an alum of Google’s Creative Lab. - His artwork explores the relationship between the viewer and art, creative accessibility, and prioritized sight. His projects in public space manifest as installations and interventions. In the interest of establishing an accessible language for his work, he utilizes materials, methodologies, and tools that are commonplace and comprehensible. - In 2018, Herzog painted a meter wide, one-kilometer diameter circle around the National Museum of Art of Romania. In 2019, the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia funded his interactive public installation, Blue Sky Or Sky Blue?. Also in 2019, Herzog completed two of his “A Communal Line” collective public installations at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia and the A4 Museum in Chengdu, China - His former design studio HAWRAF studio was started in NEW INC., the New Museum's incubator program. HAWRAF was known for creating honest and interesting interactive work for their clients and self-initiated projects. - Prior to HAWRAF, he led projects at the Google Creative Lab dealing with AI, creative tools, and accessibility. Before all of that, he worked stretches at Sagmeister & Walsh and R/GA. He is also a professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Subscribe to Our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
How does technology impact the future? How will these convergences transform today’s legacy industries? What will happen to the way we raise our kids, govern our nations, generate wealth, and care for our planet? What should we be paying attention to? What should we ignore for now? These are all questions that creatives are racking their brains over, but most people don't want to admit ignorance. We've been doing some research in this space. And, of course, we've found many different examples of frameworks that serve as pragmatic tools for evaluating the future. The good news is that we figured we'd save you some time in aimlessly searching through google and get you started with one of the best minds in the space. In the book BOLD, Peter Diamandis introduces “the Six Ds of Exponentials,” or the growth cycle of exponential technologies: Digitalization, Deception, Disruption, Demonetization, Dematerialization, and Democratization. In this episode, we breakdown each of these stages of adoption, hype, and innovation so that they could be understood across the board. Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
So many people wonder how their life is going to turn out. And, most people repeatedly ask the same types of questions over and over. Will I live a good life? Will I have success? Will I make it? Will I have the wealth and influence I need to achieve the things I want?  Etc. The number one flaw of this mindset is that there's an underlying implication of expectation and ego that one day you might receive some raw materials of life that are better than what you have today. In this episode, we'll break down 3 different supporting points to readjust your mindset to fixate on eternity and not tomorrow. Point 1: Accept the myth of completion. Point 2: Don't lose yourself in the tasks and duties of the day. Point 3: Look for memories in plain sight. Subscribe to Our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
As the first, official installment of our Well Read segment, we will spend this episode highlighting the life and work of Massimo Vitali.  This portion of our curriculum aims is to provide a brief biographical and psychoanalytic study of artists and designers we admire. This initial installment may consist of both dialogues and monologues going forward. Subscribe to Our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
Presentations are hard. Especially if you have to make slides, then you're usually taught to make more of a file folder of information. (i.e. the information monster) then a story rainbow. As a result, most people suffer from these common problems: They introduce stories with jargon. They take forever to get to the point. They don't have a structure in their story. They ramble. If any of these sound like problems you might have, then this episode is for you. Subscribe to Your Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
"So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard." If you were moved by this quote, then this episode was created for you. In particular, this episode details the parable of the 3 Bricklayers. And, for about 15 minutes, we conceptually underline the parable with 3 key takeaways. Your attitude determines your altitude The picture you see is the picture you paint. It's important to find your cathedral. If you want to do work that matters, then this episode outlines how to adjust your perspective. Subscribe to Our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
Haris Fazlani is a partner at Works Studio--a multidisciplinary design consultancy based in NYC. Some of their past clients include: Mineral Health Converse Reebok Peloton John Elliott Fear of God Ryan Leslie Heron Preston The Dream Alexander Wang And more If you enjoy this episode, then you'd also enjoy our other content below. Subscribe to Our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
If you're going after your first big project, then you might find yourself spending way too much time selling things and way less time making them. The problem here is that there are only so many hours in the day.  So, in this episode, we walk through 4 key points that will help you understand how to make better use of your time spent selling so you can get back to making things again. A New Way of Thinking About Sales Building Your Value Ladder How to Get Started Case Studies If you like this 35-minute talk, and you want to hear more content, then feel free to hop to our website and click on Contact Us to chat more about it. Subscribe to Our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
If you've been practicing your craft for a while now, then you probably have run into a roadblock for inspiration at some point or another. One person may call it "writer's block". Another person might call it boredom.  Nonetheless, we all have moments when we can confidently say "seen one...seem them all". If you're feeling like you're in this place right now, then this episode is for you. For roughly 15 minutes, we'll breakdown the connection point between our recent launch of The Publik Library and your creative blocks.  Subscribe to Our Newsletter Follow Us
The Book Fair (04.26, 2-6PM EST ) is a quarterly lecture series where selected contributors to The Stacks talk about the inputs and inspirations that have had a significant impact on their lives and careers. Visuals c/o Zuheng Yin The Book Fair is open and free to the public. The virtual nature of these events are partly fueled by the situation we find ourselves in, and partly because using the power of the web helps democratize these talks. After the virtual event, the talks will be archived on The Stacks in their respective folders. On April 26th, our first group of speakers will be  Archie Lee Coates IV - cofounder & partner at PLAYLAB Inc Simone Noronha - illustrator & art director Andrew Herzog - artist & partner at School Kristie Swink Benson - director of communications at the High Museum of Art. >>> RSVP for the Book Fair <<<
Have you ever wondered what your favorite creatives are reading, watching, and listening to on a regular basis? Or, what inspires them to create the work we know and love? And, more importantly, could anyone take this information and build their own “art school curriculum”? In order to get some answers, we decided to create The Publik Library.  The Publik Library exists as a public archive of books, photos, paintings, sculptures, films, and videos that have shaped the path of modern creatives. Over time, this collection might spark a conversation about the origins of pop culture--serving as a new public record of influential work and subsequent adaptations. >>> CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW <<<
"Quiet, Please." | Ep. 100

"Quiet, Please." | Ep. 100


To commemorate the 100th episode, we have a special presentation in partnership with Research and Development--an online art museum.  If you would like to learn more about Research and Development, then you can connect with them on IG @researchdevelopment_ or SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER FOR MORE UPDATES FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM
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