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Author: Andy Wright

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Welcome to the Never Not Creative podcast. The audio companion to the Never Not Creative community. We'll be interviewing and chatting with community members, discussing issues and making announcements.

Never Not Creative is a community for creatives to come together and tackle the challenges we face in the creative industry. From how to manage and improve your mental health, to getting paid what you're worth and everything in between.
38 Episodes
We caught lettering artist and typographer, Craig Black as he was whizzing around Australia for his national AGDA tour. But better than that, we also invited his wife Alison to bring her expertise as a mental health nurse to our conversation about mental health and the life of a creative.Craig has shared a lot about his personal story, "and while he's the happiest he's ever been" he's inevitably endured the ups and downs of the creative's rollercoaster along the way.This is one of the most personal episode's we've recorded... and we're so grateful that Craig and Ali could talk with us together.If you're an independent creative, if you're struggling with work/life balance, or if you sometimes find yourself lost and not knowing where you want to get to, give this episode a listen. And then share it with whoever else you think would benefit.Check out Craig's work at to Streamtime https://streamtime.netAnd get involved at and
Sarah and Andy catch up with Shruti Rai about designing for the edge cases and how to embrace audiences and use cases that we might not be comfortable with. Diversity becomes a major theme of our conversation and inevitably, the benefits that a more diverse team can bring to the perspective and solutions for a project.Shruti is an experience designer that counts R/GA on her resumé among many other globally renowned brands and businesses.Having recently become a mother, we also discuss our industry's ability to create the conditions for parents to continue their career along with topics like flexible working and the benefits of diversity in the workplace.Follow / VisitNever Not CreativeShruti RaiMentally-Healthy.orgStreamtimeSarah NguyenAndy Wright
S2 Ep15 Getting started

S2 Ep15 Getting started


This episode, Andy is in Tasmania for Foundry Live.Foundry Live is a conference  by Foundry Creative School in Tasmania. Every few months they invite industry leaders to speak to their students and local businesses.At the end of September, Andy attended alongside Todd Henderson, Director of architecture firm, Cumulus; Chi Ryan, Experience Strategy Director at pwc and Marcel Jacobs, Design Lead at Mentally Friendly.Given the audience at the event, this episode is especially good for those of you looking to get a break in the industry. But even if you're looking to create a good first impression or network for a new role, there's some great advice in this one.You can find out more about Todd, Chi and Marcel at the Foundry Live event page.Thanks to Matt Leach and Ali Kerr for collaborating on this one and giving us permission to share with the NNC community.FOLLOW:@myfoundrylife@adwrighty @sarahpnguyen @nvrnotcreativeThanks to:@streamtime
Professor David Alais is a psychologist and neuroscientist at The University of Sydney. Sarah and Andy caught up with David to understand better how the creative mind works, and how we can do a better job of looking after it.David's research focuses on how we perceive the world through our senses, how we interpret and create our reality, and how we deal with ambiguity and imagine solutions.This episode covers everything from mindfulness to mindlessness and how being productive with your creativity doesn't mean chaining yourself to your mac for hours on end.Don't forget to subscribe, rate and review, and share with your friends 🙏Links:
This episode is packed full of advice on running a business as a creative – get your notebooks out! Andy and Sarah caught up with Emily Cohen, creative business consultant and author of Brutally Honest.We discussed the challenges facing creative businesses, changing models, how to deal with clients, and how to get serious about business. Emily shared why it's good to be transparent with your employees, friends with your competition, how the next generation of creatives are much more business savvy than their predecessors, and that honesty is definitely the best policy.This is one of our most practical episodes yet, jam-packed with advice for creatives of all levels to help work better with clients and create more profitable businesses.You can find Emily's book at - get the credit card out and make an investment in your future business :-)FOLLOWEmily at @emilyruthcohen@adwrighty @sarahpnguyen @streamtime
S2 Ep12 Minding The Gap

S2 Ep12 Minding The Gap


Andy and Sarah caught up with Chris Doyle who last year started an initiative called This Is Not University. TINU is a mentoring program that Chris started to help bridge the gap between education and career as he realised that he didn’t have the time / money to be able to commit to hiring interns. Almost a year in and Chris joins us with Wilson Leung, the first participant in the program and now full time employee of Christopher Doyle & Co.We discuss Chris’ goals for the programme Wilson’s experience and what we can do to make interning in general, a more structured and positive experience.You can find out more about This Is Not University here: Socials:@cd_and_co @waishunwilson @sarahpnguyen @adwrighty
Our industry is nothing without the people who make it. So, what do we do to make sure they're thriving? How are we helping them grow?In this episode, Andy and Sarah catch up with Manon Pietra, People and Culture Director at PHD Media.We discuss how to talk about and develop job satisfaction, the minimum standards of a mentally healthy workplace that you should expect from your employer and what we can all do to help look after each other.If you enjoy this episode and would like to keep talking about it - jump over to our Facebook group or hit us up on Instagram @nvrnotcreative.Thanks to Streamtime who without their support, none of this would be possible. Check out to manage projects and your creative business, better.
Australian Design Radio and Never Not Creative hosts Matt Leach and Andy Wright found themselves in Brisbane together at The Design Conference. Therefore, it was a no-brainer to combine mics and interview the founders of Ustwo, Sinx and Mills about the ups and downs of running a business and what it's like to do all of that as best mates.You can follow Ustwo and Mills at @ustwo or @millsustwo - thanks to the guys for such a great chat!Thanks to @Streamtime for making a lot of what we do happen.Subscribe to the show on Spotify, iTunes, or wherever else you get your podcasts by searching for Never Not Creative. And, of course if you don't subscribe to the excellent ADR just search for them at Australian Design Radio.
After a month of high quality events in the creative industry, Sarah and Andy unpack how important it is to get out to find inspiration, community and spend some time on your own self-development. Sarah attended Rare by Google, Semi-Permanent and The Design Conference (TDC), while Andy was also a co-host of TDC. We discuss the great job these events are doing, why it's important to take the time to attend and what we've learnt in the last month. This is also a great insight into the content and lessons from these events, so well worth listening if you're considering a ticket for next year!Please review the show on itunes or wherever you're listening to this. We'll be back in a fortnight.Links:
This episode was sparked by a tweet. On the 2nd April, Andy tweeted, "Sometimes it feels like we really don't want to create a better industry. When you look at what we do to the people trying to start out or get ahead it's simply baffling..." It was followed by a series of examples and stories that people had shared through the Never Not Creative community. Quite a few of you chipped in with thoughts and opinions, and some of the active participants of the conversation agreed to get together and discuss some of the issues.So, joining Andy and Sarah in this episode are Jim Antonopoulos from Tank, Ngaio Parr from Make Nice, and previous guest, Gabby Lord.We discuss everything from the role of leadership to basic human instincts. It's a great conversation across New York, Melbourne and Sydney. That meant the audio can be a little annoying at times (sorry for that). Please stick with it though as the conversation is important!Link to the original tweet: your own thoughts? Jump into the Never Not Creative Facebook group or reignite the Twitter thread!
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