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Educated Guess :: A Liberal Arts School for the Future

Educated Guess :: A Liberal Arts School for the Future

By Educated Guess
Educated Guess (EG) is a research and design organization concerned with humanity's relationship to machines, images, and cities.
Conceived in 2018 as a "liberal arts school for everyday people", Educated Guess garnered attention initially through this public lecture series. Serving over 45,000 humans across 18 countries, the series (archived in 2022) covers topics of personal growth, design practice, and art history. These lectures have been consumed virtually and collectively–resulting in collaborations with Adidas, School, Research + Development, Soho House, A Ma Maniere, SVA, ADF, et al.
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Leaning Into the Mundane (ft. Lütjens Padmanabhan) | Ep. 221
Lütjens Padmanabhan Architekten was established by Oliver Lütjens and Thomas Padmanabhan in 2007. The recent work of the practice focuses on housing in the residential districts surrounding the cities of Zürich, Basel and Munich.  Despite their love for a more refined, urbane architecture, Oliver Lütjens and Thomas Padmanabhan have light-heartedly embraced the fact that most of their commissions are set in the mundane anonymity of suburbia. Their interest in complex architectural expression has distanced the practice from the craft-oriented mainstream of Swiss architecture.  The current projects explore the impossible task of reconciling the autonomy of the exterior facade with the typological uncertainty of interior spaces and loose urban contexts. After teaching assignments at ETH Zürich and TU Munich Oliver Lütjens and Thomas Padmanabhan are currently teaching as guest professors at EPF Lausanne.
January 24, 2022
A New Model for Design Studios (ft. UnderConsideration, LLC.) | Ep. 220
Established in 2007, UnderConsideration is a graphic design firm generating their own projects, initiatives, and content while taking on limited client work. Since 2002, they have been publishing content online, starting with the design blog Speak Up, that ran through 2009 and was one of the most active, entertaining, and well-regarded blogs, even earning a spot in the Cooper-Hewitt’s National Design Triennial in 2006 — the only blog included in the exhibition. Their most popular blog, Brand New, was launched in 2006 and has grown to be the leading site for opinions on logo and identity redesigns with a readership of over 1.25 million page views a month and, like its predecessor, it was also the only blog included in Graphic Design: Now in Production, co-organized by the Walker Art Center and Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Active blogs in their network include Art of the Menu, FPO (For Print Only), and Quipsologies. Learn More about UnderConsideration Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
November 05, 2021
When the Message is Beyond the Medium (ft. Robert Newman) | Ep. 219
Robert Newman is a painter, director, and designer. After graduating from Morehouse College in 2014, Robert moved to Harlem to continue both his career as an artist and his career on Wall Street (Morgan Stanley and Neuberger Berman).  His work has been featured in galleries, events, and museums across the city of New York and internationally. In addition to producing his own shows, he has also worked with a number of global organizations to advance the arts. Some of the organizations include, but aren't limited to:  Verizon Media The Museum at Fit Big Brothers and Big Sisters of NYC Broadway Advocacy Coalition  Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art And More Shop Robert's Work Follow Robert on Instagram Follow Educated Guess on Instagram Subscribe to the Educated Guess Newsletter
October 29, 2021
How to Re-contextualize Your Upbringing (ft. Curry Hackett) | Ep. 218
Curry Hackett is a transdisciplinary designer, public artist, and educator. His practice, Wayside Studio is formerly based in Washington, DC, and currently operates out of Knoxville, TN collaborates with communities and organizations to engage matters pertaining to culture, infrastructure, ecology, and the public realm. Noteworthy work includes the Howard Theatre Walk of Fame, the DC High Water Mark system, the DC Clean Rivers Project, and his ongoing research project Drylongso, which explores the relationship between Blackness, food, plants, and land. He has lectured at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Carleton University, Howard University, Fashion Institute of Technology, and Maryland College Institute of Art. Currently, Hackett is an adjunct architecture professor at University of Tennessee after spending several years teaching at his alma mater, Howard University, Yale, and Carleton Universities in Spring 2021  in partnership with the anti-racist design justice school, Dark Matter University. Wayside Studio Subscribe to Our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
October 08, 2021
All We Have are 5 Seconds | Ep. 217
Why aren't we able to be decisive? How come it takes us such a long time to mull over critical decisions? And, why do we choose to procrastinate in hopes of receiving some grand revelation in the future? In this episode, we uncover a critical rule of thumb that will help you overcome guilt, decision fatigue, and low self-esteem.  Claim Your Salonnière Discount Code Follow Us on Instagram Subscribe to our Newsletter
September 03, 2021
How to Make & Keep Promises in Your Creative Life | Ep. 216
Commitment is not a decision--it is a lifestyle adjustment. If you were to look back at your life for the past 10 years, then you'd probably find that your only regrets seem to come in scenarios when you weren't able to keep a promise to yourself. Why is it that we have such a difficult time keeping our own promises? Why are pledges different than commitments? And, why can every creative problem related to a life problem? Claim Your Salonnière Discount Code Follow Us on Instagram Subscribe to our Newsletter
July 19, 2021
A Conversation with No-Plans (ft. Daniel Baer) | Ep. 215
Born and raised in Switzerland, Daniel Baer is a partner at the design studio No Plans. Fascinated by design through code since the MySpace era, Daniel has worked in digital design for over 15 years. In 2014, Daniel co-founded No Plans alongside Daniel Pianetti—with Andrew McCarthy joining as a third partner in 2018. Together, the dynamic trio creates websites that are original and useful for some of the world’s biggest clients. Some of their clients include Givenchy, Bodega, Fantastic Man, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Tom Dixon, Sotheby’s, and Christie’s. For over an hour, we speak with Daniel about a variety of topics, including, but not limited to: How to get client buy-in when proposing new ideas How to fill the pipeline with potential clients How to make corporate processes work for small studios How the Denim Tears project came together Why it’s important to sharpen the intellectual diet How the filtering system was created for the Chen Chen + Kai Williams project Follow No-Plans on Instagram Follow Us on Instagram Claim Your Salonnière Discount Code
July 16, 2021
The Delusion of Passion | Ep. 214
Most people believe that passions are the impetus for everything we are now. We determine our success as an artist by how closely aligned to our "passions" we seem to be. Yet, why is it that when we feel aligned, we still are still desiring something more?  In this lecture, we'll cover the delusions of following one's passion.  Claim Your Salonnière Discount Code Follow Us on Instagram Subscribe to our Newsletter
July 15, 2021
How to Create a World for Others (ft. Bodega Ltd.) | Ep. 213
Bodega Ltd. is a multi-disciplinary creative studio. Creating worlds through integrated strategy + communications, creative direction + branding, interior design, and product development is what they do. Some of the topics covered in this episode include, but aren’t limited to: Dealing with the intersection of art and melancholy How to capture the soul within a building How to delegate, schedule, and "manage" day-to-day studio activities Why great art and design studios always cut against the grain of common practice You can find out more about Bodega's body of work and story at Claim Your Salonnière Discount Code Follow Salonnière on Instagram Follow Bodega on Instagram Subscribe to our Email Newsletter
June 11, 2021
How to Use Your Pain for Good | Ep. 212
How often do you spend time thinking of ways to avoid pain you've felt in the past? Maybe it was a deal that fell through. Maybe it was a partnership that didn't work out. Or maybe your self-belief has run its course.  This lecture is dedicated to artists who feel trapped by their own thoughts. Claim Your Salonnière Discount Code Follow Us On Instagram Subscribe to Our Newsletter
June 07, 2021
30 Minutes to Change Your Life | Ep. 211
Most people think that the life they want to live will magically appear in their future. The truth is a bit different...Tune in for one of the most candid lectures ever published on this platform. Claim Your Salonnière Discount Code Follow Us on Instagram Subscribe to Our Newsletter
May 31, 2021
How to Find Joy in Learning (ft. John Maeda) | Ep. 210
John Maeda has a long list of accomplishments that are in some way related to design. Some of these accomplishments include serving as President of Rhode Island School of Design, board member at Sonos and W+K, and teaching at MIT for over a decade. Yet, perhaps the most fascinating aspect of this conversation is the equanimity John seems to find in the midst of living a "creative life". Some of the topics covered in this episode include, but aren’t limited to: Art's imperfect relationship with the public John's childhood in Seattle Advice he received about what makes a great art school student One of the most important lessons he learned from Patrick Henry Winston You can find out more about John's body of work and story at Claim Your Salonnière Discount Code Follow Salonnière on Instagram Follow John on Twitter Follow John on Instagram Subscribe to our Email Newsletter
May 28, 2021
Where Will You Be in 5 Years? | Ep. 209
How often do you spend time thinking about your future? In this episode, we'll go in-depth and provide you with useful tools to navigate the uncertainty of the next decade of life. Claim Your Salonnière Discount Code Follow Us on Instagram Subscribe to our Newsletter
May 26, 2021
Skills v. Attributes | Ep. 208
If you ever wonder why some people fall off and some people seem to succeed at whatever they do, then this is an episode meant for you. Claim Your Salonnière Discount Code Subscribe to our Email Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
May 17, 2021
Dreams, Realities, and In-Betweens (ft. Andy Pressman) | Ep. 207
Andy Pressman is currently a resident of Portland, Oregon. And, according to his Instagram, he is very clearly NOT an Art Director. Yet, I think you might find it interesting that he is the former head/founder of the design studio Rumors. While running the studio, they had the joy of taking on clients like Sci-Arc, Microsoft, Clif Bar, and more. Andy is now a Creative Director at Upstatement and just so happens to run an incredibly insightful Twitter page. Some of the topics covered in this episode include, but aren’t limited to: The realities of starting, running, and closing a design practice Finding a through-line from time as a Cooper Union Student to now Selling to clients without doing work for spec Reflecting on the dreams and realities of running a New York design studio You can find out more about Andy’s body of work and story at Claim Your Salonnière Discount Code Follow Salonnière on Instagram Follow Andy on Twitter Follow Educated Guess on Instagram Follow Bodega on Instagram
May 14, 2021
Introducing the "Learning to Live" Lecture Series | Ep. 206
All summer long, we're bringing you the brightest minds in design, philosophy, and life. The bedrock of Educated Guess is the eternal pursuit of an integrated life--where life and art become one. So, this summer is dedicated to this exact aspiration. This episode gives more background on the purpose of the lecture series and what you stand to gain from sticking with us throughout the summer. One more thing, we've partnered with multidisciplinary design studio Bodega, LTD (based in Minneapolis, MN). to bring you exclusive access to their new trend & philosophy experience--Salonnière. If you're a small business owner, creative director, or even freelancer, then you'll for sure love what they're bringing to the table.  Unlike other research tools, Salonnière brings you the exact methods, frameworks, and insights Bodega has used for clients like Nike, HighSnobiety, and Business of Fashion. The same insights that marketing directors pay lump sums for are being brought to you for a fraction of the price. Claim Your Salonnière Discount Code
May 12, 2021
Misery Loves Company | Ep. 205
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March 29, 2021
How to Free Yourself from the Game | Ep. 204
Most multidisciplinary artists tend to feel like they are fighting a losing battle as time goes on. Too often, we find ourselves in a victim mentality as if the "market" or the "boss" isn't responding to our true desires. This lecture is about the nature of those desires and how the market forces have stayed the same for centuries. Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
March 22, 2021
Like Making T-Shirts from Wood (ft. James "RONG" Williams III) | Ep. 203
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. Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
February 19, 2021
How to Learn from Things You Hate | Ep. 202
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
February 17, 2021
How to Recognize Your Season of Life | Ep. 201
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
February 15, 2021
A Return to the Future (ft. Arlander Taylor) | Ep. 200
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
February 12, 2021
From Water to Water | Ep. 199
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
February 08, 2021
How to Avoid Copying the Work You Love | Ep. 198
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
February 03, 2021
Notes on Living a Meaningless Life | Ep. 197
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
February 01, 2021
Valerio Olgiati | Ep. 196
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
January 29, 2021
How to Use Avoidance to Your Advantage | Ep. 195
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
January 27, 2021
How to Create Your Personal Code of Conduct | Ep. 194
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
January 25, 2021
Navigating Life as a Creative Director (ft. Yancy Wilkinson) | Ep. 193
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 Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
January 22, 2021
The Power of Whimsical Constraints | Ep. 192
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
January 20, 2021
Dealing with Rejection | Ep. 191
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
January 18, 2021
How to Log Project Ideas in Your Studio | Ep. 190
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
January 14, 2021
A Simple Way to Keep the New Year Momentum | Ep. 189
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
January 13, 2021
Post-Rationalized Confidence | Ep. 188
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December 23, 2020
Bringing Happiness to the "Grind" | Ep. 187
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December 21, 2020
Dealing with Fear, Frustration, and Failure | Ep. 186
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
December 18, 2020
How to Separate Yourself | Ep. 185
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
December 14, 2020
David Chipperfield | Ep. 184
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
December 11, 2020
How to Make Projects Happen Faster | Ep. 183
If you're new to running your own studio or practice, then you might find that your biggest challenge has little to do with being able to execute the work in front of you. And, instead, it has to do simply getting work in front of you to execute on. Most people who face this problem spin their wheels in the dirt swinging for homerun projects while passing up on all the base hits along the way. If this sounds like you, then this lecture is for you. Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow us on Instagram
December 09, 2020
The Importance of Asking Worthwhile Questions | Ep. 182
Most creative people aspire to one day run their own practice, studio, office, or firm. Yet, in most cases, their aspirations never quite come true. In this installment of our 'Incomplete Thoughts' segment, we cover why this phenomenon happens so frequently and anyone can shift their thinking and change the way they approach building their design business. Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
December 07, 2020
Vertner Woodson Tandy | Ep. 181
In this installment of our 'Well Read' segment, we offer some biographical and contextual insight into the life and work of Vertner Woodson Tandy--the first black architect registered in the state of NY. Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow us on Instagram
December 04, 2020
The Utility of Suffering | Ep. 180
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November 18, 2020
The Fear of Transdisciplinary Work | Ep. 179
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November 16, 2020
Realigning with Your Purpose (ft. Marcus Hollinger) | Ep. 178
Marcus Hollinger is the SVP of Marketing at Reach Records, an independent hip hop label based in Atlanta, GA with a roster of artists, including: Andy Mineo, Lecrae, Wande, and more. For roughly an hour, Marcus shares stories of his upbringing, daily practice, shortcomings, accomplishments and more.  Support Portrait Coffee Marcus Hollinger IG Portrait Coffee IG Reach Records IG Subscribe to our Newsletter
November 13, 2020
Understanding the Gift of Curation | Ep. 177
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November 11, 2020
Achieving a Full-Body Yes | Ep. 176
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November 10, 2020
Alighiero Boetti | Ep. 175
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November 06, 2020
Skepticism as a Downfall | Ep. 174
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November 05, 2020
Where Does Art Education Belong | Ep. 173
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November 03, 2020
The Neuroscience of Belief | Ep. 168
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September 21, 2020
Thinking v. Doing | Ep. 166
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September 16, 2020
People are Watching | Ep. 165
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September 14, 2020
How to Deal with the Truth | Ep. 163
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September 09, 2020
How to Create Through Uncertainty | Ep. 162
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September 07, 2020
4 Pillars of Futurist Thinking | Ep. 160
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September 02, 2020
How to Find Your Passion | Ep. 159
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August 31, 2020
Getting Paid What You're Worth (ft. Robin Johnson) | Ep. 158
Robin is a Creative Producer with a wealth of experience in tech start-ups and cultural initiatives. Leveraging her expertise in project and stakeholder management, she's become a wizard at blending her passions for music and culture to build communities, re-engage employees, and develop creative programming.  Some of her past experience includes founding and leading initiatives at companies including Uber Apple Indie Creator Society Blavity And, More Some topics and questions covered in this episode include, but aren't limited to:  Learning how to price work as a freelance art director or copywriter Understanding the daily routines of a creative resource manager Finding mission-driven work in the face of adversity Creating the change you'd like to see in the world If you're interested in connecting further with Robin, then you can use any of the following links:  IG :: Indie Creator Society IG :: Robin Johnson -------- Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
August 28, 2020
How to Plan a Quarter | Ep. 157
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August 26, 2020
The Allegory of the Cave | Ep. 156
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August 24, 2020
Demna Gvasalia | Ep. 155
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August 21, 2020
4 Stages of Epistemology | Ep. 154
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August 19, 2020
The Last Questions of Life | Ep. 153
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August 17, 2020
Michael Heizer | Ep. 152
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August 14, 2020
How to Read a Book | Ep. 151
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August 12, 2020
Notes on Minimalism | Ep. 150
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August 10, 2020
A New Beginning (ft. Al Leake) | Ep. 149
Most people around the world who listen to our online art lectures know us for bringing on some of the foremost artists, designers, and creative business owners in the world today. These people have accomplished some incredible things which include, but aren't limited to selling companies, running studios, and traveling the world.  Yet, if you're anything like us, then you might have been struggling to understand the connection between their journey and yours. The good news is that we've been thinking about the same thing. And, in this lecture, we're sharing a conversation with one of the pilot participants of our new, exclusive curriculum. Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
August 07, 2020
How to Prep for the Future | Ep. 148
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August 05, 2020
Megaphone for a Deaf World | Ep. 147
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August 03, 2020
Building a 3-Step Marketing Plan | Ep. 145
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July 29, 2020
The Myth of Being Rescued | Ep. 144
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July 27, 2020
Wittkower | Ep. 143
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July 24, 2020
How to Design for Inclusion | Ep. 142
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July 22, 2020
How to Master the Entropic Machine | Ep. 141
If you're searching for a time in life when everything will finally be at rest, then unfortunately you chose the wrong planet to land on. So, in today's segment, we hope to offer you a few mental notes that you can come back to for reference whenever you feel overwhelmed by the notion of always needing to re-do or manage a system that should be able to simply run on its own. Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
July 20, 2020
Practise Makes Practice (ft. Christopher Knowles) | Ep. 140
Christopher Knowles is an art director, illustrator, art director and founder of the Atlanta-based non-profit Practise Makes Practice. Some of his past clients and affiliations include: Daft Punk SXSW Alicia Keys Creative Circus Unboundary Son&Sons University of Georgia Razorfish Bureau Christopher Knowles If you enjoy this episode, then you'd also enjoy our other content below. Subscribe to Our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
July 17, 2020
How to Tell the Story of Your Brand | Ep. 139
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July 15, 2020
Coping v. Creation | Ep. 138
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July 13, 2020
3 Key Learnings from Vitruvius | Ep. 137
If you've ever studied the work of Vitruvius, then chances are high that you know about the dichotomy of his influence and controversy. In this lecture, we offer a perspective on why Vitruvius might be someone you can study throughout your career. Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
July 10, 2020
What Real Confidence Looks Like | Ep. 136
Most people mismanage their own confidence and end up building a slippery slope for low self-esteem in the process. In this lecture, we hope to offer an outline that you can use to tap into a true sense of confidence by understanding the false forms of confidence that we all run across at some point in our lives. Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
July 08, 2020
Why Consistency is Your Best Leverage | Ep. 135
Consistency is the most valuable leverage you have. Most people think leverage comes from a relationship, money, status, following, tenure, etc. But, in the long-game--consistency is king and queen. In this lecture, we outline 3 benefits of leaning into a consistent cadence. Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
July 06, 2020
How to Leave an Impact With Your Art (ft. Simone Noronha) | Ep. 134
On this segment of "Well Read", we're joined by our friend Simone Noronha--illustrator and art director. For roughly 60 minutes, we discuss the ins and outs of the illustration business. Some of the topics/questions we cover in this lecture include, but aren't limited to: How to price illustration work as a freelancer for big companies How to become aware of the nuances of skin color in your work How the director of photography for Insecure could inspire your work What you should look for when deciding whether to go back to grad school Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram Connect with Simone
July 03, 2020
How to Get More Things Done | Ep. 133
In this lecture, we step out on a limb and talk a bit about the art of getting things done. Most people worship the idea of productivity, but these same people are often the most unproductive of them all. We teach how one can get much better results and relieve stress by changing the way you think about the work that is actually sitting in front of you. We begin by outlining these 4 questions. Can this be done in less than 5 minutes? Do I have to be the one to do this? When will I dedicate time to do this? Is this is a systemic or nuanced problem? Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
July 01, 2020
What's the Purpose of Art? | Ep. 132
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June 29, 2020
Hegel | Ep. 131
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June 26, 2020
The End of Art? | Ep. 130
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June 24, 2020
The Myth of Expertise | Ep. 129
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June 22, 2020
Giving Feedback as an Art Director | Ep. 127
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June 18, 2020
Working from the Inside Out | Ep. 126
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June 15, 2020
Lee Clow | Ep. 125
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June 12, 2020
What is an "Overnight Book"? | Ep. 124
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June 10, 2020
Understanding the Shadow Self | Ep. 123
Carl Jung popularized the idea of the Shadow Self many moons ago. Yet, there's still a frequent undertone of needing to remind people just how powerful the subconscious can be. There's an old quote from Jung that states that "until you make the unconscious conscious, it will rule your life and you will call it fate." So, my questions for your today is quite simple: Do you believe your future is a matter of fate? If so, do you associate fate with having a positive or negative connotation? So, there are a number of questions we'll cover today. What is the shadow self? What is its importance in the realm of art + design? What tactical things can be done to recognize and embrace the worst and most animalistic parts of yourself? Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
June 08, 2020
Making Peace with "Twoness" (ft. Jeremy Benson) | Ep. 122
Double-consciousness is a concept in social philosophy referring, originally, to a source of inward “twoness” putatively experienced by African-Americans because of their racialized oppression and disvaluation in a white-dominated society. The concept is often associated with William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, who introduced the term into social and political thought, famously, in his groundbreaking The Souls of Black Folk (1903). On this segment of "Well Read.", we're joined by Jeremy Benson--a multidisciplinary designer from Tennessee who's currently living and working in Boston. His past and current experiences include, but aren't limited to:  GEO Design House Snarkitecture Harvard GSD UPenn Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
June 05, 2020
The Myth of Productivity | Ep. 121
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June 03, 2020
The Burden of Your Gift | Ep. 120
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June 01, 2020
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
May 29, 2020
5 Tough Questions on Artificial Intelligence | Ep. 118
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
May 27, 2020
How to Overcome Fear | Ep. 117
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
May 25, 2020
Jackson Pollock | Ep. 116
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
May 22, 2020
How to Think About the Future | Ep. 115
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
May 20, 2020
How to Build a Routine that Lasts | Ep. 114
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
May 18, 2020
How One Thing Leads to Another (ft. Andrew Herzog) | Ep. 113
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
May 15, 2020
How to Plan for Technology Disruption | Ep. 112
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
May 13, 2020
N.E.R.D. -- Nothing's Ever Really Done | Ep. 111
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
May 11, 2020
Massimo Vitali | Ep. 110
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
May 08, 2020
The Bar Test for Presentations | Ep. 109
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
May 06, 2020
Seeing Yourself as a Bricklayer | Ep. 108
"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
May 04, 2020
Works. (ft. Haris Fazlani) | Ep. 107
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
May 01, 2020
How to Build Trust with New Clients | Ep. 106
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
April 29, 2020
The Attitude of the Beginner | Ep. 105
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
April 27, 2020
Why You Should Register for "The Book Fair" | Ep. 104
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
April 24, 2020
What is the Publik Library? | Ep. 103
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
April 22, 2020
How to Rewrite the Story You Tell Yourself | Ep. 102
April 20, 2020
5 Touchpoints of a Customer Experience | Ep. 101
April 17, 2020
"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
April 15, 2020
How to Build a 1% Mindset | Ep. 99
If you're feeling like a roadblock has entered into your sphere, then it's most likely because you haven't shifted your mindset into accepting the willingness to place bets on yourself. Most people want to sit at the blackjack table, yet when it's time to place bets, they look around hoping that there is someone else that they could put their money on--even though they are sitting at the same table. This episode is dedicated to the transformation away from a cost-driven mindset--into a value-driven mindset. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM
April 13, 2020
How to Deal with Information Overload | Ep. 98
If you're a child of the internet, then it's inevitable that you will feel overwhelmed by everything being thrown at you. How-to articles are never-ending. Book recommendations are endless. And, procrastination has become the most popular elective. Most people don't know where to start when curating their own reading lists, learning plan, or a syllabus. The good news is that you can count on us to help. In this episode, we cover some of the following questions:  Finding the importance of ontology, pedagogy, and epistemology Understanding the relationship between data, information, knowledge, and wisdom Uncovering the 3 questions you should ask yourself before taking in new info. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM
April 10, 2020
How to Create a Design Brief | Ep. 97
Most people struggle with handling ambiguity. Unfortunately, designers are no different. When faced with nebulous project descriptions, you're left feeling overwhelmed. The good news is that this doesn't have to be the case. In this segment of "Work Study", we'll be covering the 4-step method that can be used to define design problems in a more clear fashion.  If you find yourself in any of the following scenarios, then this episode is the antidote that you need:  Explaining a new project to your team Taking notes during a call with your boss Solving a design case interview prompt Preparing for a client onboarding meeting Tune in.  SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM
April 08, 2020
Why Fear Should NOT Be Your Compass | Ep. 96
“One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.” — Henry Ford If this quote hit home for you today, then this episode was made for you. Over the span of the next 15 minutes, we'll cover the 3 Facts of Fear that should know as you approach your path forward. Unaddressed fear only creates more fear. Fear confuses the energy you're given. Fear is a great compass, but an even better navigator. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM
April 06, 2020
Square Peg--Round Hole | Ep. 95
If you have ever felt as if you're not fit for any job application or description on LinkedIn, then you might want to lean into this episode in particular. Most people go through life hoping that others define where they belong. However, the path of the liberal artist is not always so smooth. The good news is that there are other ways to think about a career that begins well before you start thinking of updating your resume or portfolio.  In this episode, we outline 5 core principles that will teach you how to transform from fitting into standing out in your own unique way. These principles are the following: Understand the projection of your story Make it. Don't fake it. Join the choir. Don't steal the pulpit. Create the work you want to be known for Develop a principled approach to living If any of these sounds like something you'd be interested in, then tune in right now for a career crash course that's quite different from what you may have experienced before. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM
April 03, 2020
Understanding a Basic Sales Process | Ep. 94
Sometimes in art + design, we want our work to speak for itself. And, really, we want our work to sell itself. Most people hide behind the veil of not wanting to conform to the "normal" way of doing things. Yet, really they are just afraid that maybe they weren't so good at the "normal way" in the first place. Don't let tried and true principles pass you by simply because you don't want to conform. In this "Work Study" segment, we cover the basics of Inbound Sales / Marketing. Specifically, we outline 4 key steps towards getting your work out into the world as a service provider.  Offer Interact Qualify Ask If you feel that this framework isn't comprehensive enough for you, then stay tuned for a future content piece that dives deeper into each phase. SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM
April 01, 2020
The Engine of Gratitude | Ep. 93
In this segment of "Incomplete Thoughts", we discuss what it looks like to press a hard "reset" on your life or circumstances. Regardless of the status of your work or the amount of attention you receive, most people will run across a time when questions begin to surface regarding the drivers of purpose and "finding a reason for being".  So, in an effort to provide practical advice to those who may be experiencing doubt, depression, fear, scarcity, guilt, and more, we're sharing what we call our "Engine of Gratitude".  This engine has 4 key components:  Thanksgiving Intention Connection Generosity And, for roughly 20 minutes, we discuss--in detail--what each component entails and how people can best align themselves for a renewal of purpose, spirit, and objective. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM
March 30, 2020
The Art of Producing World-Class Work (ft. Olivier Charland) | Ep. 92
Olivier is a multi-disciplinary designer from Montréal. With work spanning across different mediums while maintaining a playful and sensitive aesthetic throughout his practice, he has previously done work with Apple, Sagmeister & Walsh and Vallée Duhamel. And, has most recently co-founded Par Hasard studio. For roughly an hour, Olivier and Justin dig deeply into the art of portfolio development by covering topics that include, but aren't limited to:  Understanding the biggest misconception of starting a studio Thinking of how to approach doing textures in photoshop or illustrator Balancing time between studio project management and creative work Estimating the price of materials when proposing work for a client Using tools to stay organized for client work Subscribe to Our Newsletter Follow Us on Instagram
March 27, 2020
How to Staff a Creative Team | Ep. 91
If you own a small business or a small agency, then one thing you're always nervous about is hiring creative talent. While no one will admit it, it's usually rooted in not knowing what value one individual person could really provide.  Also, it's worth noting that most people often are not sure even how to evaluate talent at a high level. As a result, everyone's left overworked, underpaid, and stressed.  If you're open-minded for a second, we want to share our take on the 4 most important roles you should be hiring for in your agency (whether it's in-house or external).  Writers Directors Designers Developers For about 25 minutes, we breakdown each of these roles and the different types of skills that are needed alongside these things. -- SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM
March 25, 2020
Scarcity Brings Clarity | Ep. 90
March 24, 2020
The Importance of Knowing Your Numbers | Ep. 89
In times of scarcity, our natural reaction is to look to the scoreboard and hope that we have enough points on the board to last the rest of the game. Most people in the middle class who are not on the frontlines can't help but stare aimlessly at their bank account, IRA, 401k, and Instagram likes. If this were an agrarian economy, then those same people would be hungry when it's time to harvest their crop yet again. Naturally, as a freelancer, studio owner, or agency employee, you're probably wondering what role you can play during this trying time when everything is seemingly out of your control. What can you do to influence the outcome you want in the end?  This episode is dedicated to helping you take your very first step. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM
March 20, 2020
Understanding the Priorities of a CMO | Ep. 88
Frequently, small design firms and studios want to save the world through design. Obviously, this means "using other people's money to help them revamp their entire brand--because you can't understand how someone thought that was beautiful in the first place." But, as you might imagine, in-house teams, CMOs, and others who control the budget don't often think this way. And, in most cases, people usually walk away just buying "a website".  This becomes incredibly frustrating for a lot of different angles. Mostly, agencies aren't invested and companies still are left with the same problems. In this episode we provide a number of different thoughts to help organize your thinking around this very topic. Some of these thoughts include, but aren't limited to: How to understand the top 5 priorities of any CMO How to develop a framework that will move you beyond the "website" conversation Why it's imperative for you to provide a broader vision well in advance NEWSLETTER INSTAGRAM
March 18, 2020
Avoiding Scope Creep in Branding Projects | Ep. 87
There are many categories of projects that all could fall within "brand strategy". However, if you want to avoid taking on immense amounts of scope after a period of time, you have to learn to categorize the bullets as they are flying at you. Here are some suggested categories for assessing the maturity of a brand: Brand Inception Brand Building Brand Graduation Brand Support NEWSLETTER INSTAGRAM
March 16, 2020
How to Find a Repeatable Client-Service Process | Ep. 86
Lately, we've been studying ad agencies a lot. Part of what we've learned is that "designers" (with a capital D) often try to carve out a unique value for themselves as artists, multidisciplinarians, or outliers that cannot and should not be boxed in. Most people approach this problem by assigning themselves a role in a creative agency in hopes that they will stop being pushed around. Some of these names might include: Comms Planner (engagement planner, channel planner, connections) Brand Planner (strategist, account planner, planner) Digital Strategist (seo, ad mgmt, channel optimization) Creative Director Art Director Copywriter Yet, at the end of the day, small to medium businesses want to know whether you are a builder or a seller. So, really, they don't care what you call yourself.  Don't worry - today, we outline a 3-step approach to find a repeatable client-service process. We'll talk at length about: The essential questions you should be answering for your clients The types of people that you need to have at the table A case study to prove the effectiveness of this framework  NEWSLETTER INSTAGRAM
March 13, 2020
How to Build a Strategy Portfolio | Ep. 85
On this segment of WorkStudy, we outline how you could best leverage your different experiences in crafting the best portfolio possible:  Brand Strategist Brand Planner Account Planner Creative Director Strategy Director In our estimation, the best strategy portfolios use a 3-step model to illustrate the breadth and depth of expertise. 1. Find challenges common to businesses leveraging case studies. 2. Highlight the marketing principle behind the strategy. 3. Deliver a one-page brief with copy and supporting visual references In the episode, we also cover 3 common pitfalls of strategy portfolios. - Failure to create a set of goals - Going forward without a solid plan - Lack of concession for risks Newsletter Instagram
March 11, 2020
When the Sun Goes Down | Ep. 84
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March 09, 2020
How to Find Patterns of Disruption (ft. Scott Belsky) | Ep. 83
Scott Belsky is an entrepreneur, author, investor, and currently serves as Adobe’s Chief Product Officer and Executive Vice President, Creative Cloud. In 2006, Scott founded Behance, the leading online platform for the creative industry to showcase and discover the creative world, and served as CEO until Adobe acquired Behance in 2012. After the acquisition, Scott helped reboot Adobe's mobile product and marketplace strategies and leading Behance. Scott actively advises and invests in businesses that cross the intersection of technology and design, and help empower people. He works closely with a number of venture capital firms including Benchmark and Homebrew and is an early advisor and investor in Pinterest, Uber, Sweetgreen, Carta, Cheddar, Flexport, Airtable, and Periscope as well as several others in the early stages. Through his work as a founder and investor, Scott has become an advocate for technology and community initiatives that empower creative people and help businesses leverage the creative potential of their people. He is the author of two national bestselling books - Making Ideas Happen and The Messy Middle, and founded 99U, a publication and annual conference devoted to productivity in the creative world. For about an hour, we discuss a wide range of topics which include, but aren't limited to:  Projecting Future of the Creative Job Market Responding to the Demolition of the "Firm"  Evaluating Investment Opportunities Finding Optimism in Modern Education SUBSCRIBE TO OUR EMAIL NEWSLETTER FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM
March 06, 2020
How to Setup a Brand Strategy Project | Ep. 82
Often, thinking through a brand often gets confined to the terminology and nuances of the fashion world. Admittedly, this works for building a brand as a Solopreneur. However, things get a bit more sticky as you attempt to bring someone along on your journey.  This episode is dedicated to folks who may be in an account planner, strategist, or creative director role as you attempt to onboard a new client. In the episode, we share a specific, tested framework that will help you in at least one, if not all the scenarios below:  Planning multiple project initiatives. Explaining different phases of a re-brand Staffing a team for a project Building a proposal for a potential client Teaching a new team member where their work fits into the grand scheme This framework works especially well for established companies with 30-75 employees who have the bandwidth to take a step back from their day-to-day and begin thinking through the next 3 years.  We would caution you away from using this framework to help someone just getting started out on instagram with a clothing line. It's often very overwhelming for people who don't quite know if what they are doing will exist in the same form 3 years down the road. If you enjoy this content, sign up to our newsletter for more just like it. 
March 04, 2020
Don't Hate and Don't Wait. | Ep. 81
In this segment of "Incomplete Thoughts", we breakdown this colloquial phrase once and for all. A lot of times, the very thing holding us back is not an external fear, but an internal fear. Remember, we are often shaped by how we see others seeing us.  SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM
March 02, 2020
The Ancient Practice of Finding Your Way (ft. Elliott McKnight) | Ep. 80
“CARTOGRAPHY...or, the Ancient Practice of Finding Your Own Way.” • To coronate this new initiative of @educated__guess, we had the pleasure of bringing in Episode 80 by interviewing Elliott McKnight @elliottmcknight_. • - Elliott has spent better part of the last decade gathering experience across luxury retail strategy, visual merchandising, brand partnerships, creative and art direction during experiences with the Whitaker Group (A Ma Maniere, Social Status, and More). This experience includes serving as a brand partnership lead in the Atlanta region for brands / experiences like Super Bowl LIII, Nike, Atlanta United, SCAD, Adidas, Jordan, and more. - Over the span of 1.5 hrs, we cover a variety of topics, which include, but aren’t limited to: - Advising young people about how to approach a job in high fashion - Unpacking the shortcomings of boutique culture - Prepping for a lunch with Kanye - Reflecting on the value of being a straight A student - Building a learning plan for the future - Constructing a roadmap for @researchdevelopment_ • Tune in. • #stilllearning Sign Up For Our Newsletter
February 28, 2020
5 Lessons of Leadership | Ep. 79
On this segment of "Work Study", we cover five essential leadership lessons that we'v gathered over the years. Because a lot of creativity is often focused on the insular craft work, we felt a void in the space regarding the need for team building and social ability.  SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM
February 27, 2020
How to Start Becoming... | Ep. 78
Often, it's difficult to understand how much you're growing while you're still in pain. In fairness to those of you who are experiencing the pain right now, an exponential curve looks flat while you're in the middle of it.  We've all heard the saying "No pain. No gain." But, we very rarely reflect on what it's like to be right in the middle of one of those painstaking days. What does one think about while sitting in the mental version of "the recovery ice bath". When thinking about peak performance of athletes, it's easy to understand the long-grueling days and have grace for their exhaustion. But, for the mental sport that we all play, there's very rarely any discussion around the mindset needed to withstand the very same troubles. Today, on this segment of "Incomplete Thoughts", we offer a brief reflection on how one might overcome this challenge.  -- SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM
February 25, 2020
Notes from a Weekly Feed | Ep. 77
As a brief experiment to step away from our more evergreen content, Justin takes time to walk through at least 5 insights, thought starters, or current events that he found interesting from this week alone.  SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM
February 21, 2020
How to Do Cold Emailing in a Respectful Way | Ep. 76
Too many times creativity is dependent on the "powers that be". It's very easy to get wrapped up in a "I just need this person to respond!" mindset. And, quite honestly, entitlement follows soon after this mentality. Today, on this segment of "Work Study", we discuss very specific strategies and scenarios for cold emailing with respect and purpose.  We talk about specific subject lines, paragraph text, and more that helps get you to your answer faster without disrespecting the time or "status" of the person you're needing.  WEBSITE  INSTAGRAM
February 19, 2020
Follow the Uncertainty | Ep. 75
On this segment of "Incomplete Thoughts", we cover what it means to follow YOUR FEARS. There's magic in taking on projects that you aren't quite sure you can accomplish. People often give the word "Yes" a negative connotation in this industry. But, we're here to offer the positive side of what it means to nod your head to the challenge of the unknown.  If you're into what we do, and you'd like to keep up with the other moving parts of the Educated Guess ecosystem, we'd like to invite you to join our monthly recap newsletter using the link below.  NEWSLETTER INSTAGRAM
February 17, 2020
Why You Should Stop Playing Scared | Ep. 74
On this episode of our Friday Lecture Series, you're hearing directly from Justin as he shares a quick meditation on intuitive versus measured approaches to life. If you've been following along for quite a while, you know that Justin grew up playing golf as a primary sport and admiring Tiger as one of his biggest athletic inspirations.  That said, Justin uses several nuances of golf to explain what it's like go through life from a fearful frame of mind versus a fearless frame of mind. NEWSLETTER WEBSITE INSTAGRAM
February 14, 2020
Understanding When to Use RAID Logs | Ep. 73
Progress updates are tough. It’s harder than ever to kick off projects, understand stakeholders, take care of billing, account for risks, etc. All while being asked to be EXTREMELY creative. This sounds like a lot of work because it actually is. So, what if I told you there was a framework you could use to manage your ongoing plans whether you are freelancer, small studio owner, or corporate intrapreneur.  This system is called a RAID log. And, raid stands for Risks, Assumptions, Issues, and Dependencies. The purpose of this 2x2 matrix is to capture everything you know about a project and do a brain dump. Today, as part of our "Work Study" segment, we cover some specific case studies of when and how the RAID log could be useful in your creative practice.  WEBSITE INSTAGRAM
February 12, 2020
Why Consistency is the New Leverage | Ep. 72
On the segment of "Incomplete Thoughts", we talk about three different types of consistency to have as a creative. Gone are the days where all of the leverage is dependent on scale. We also discuss why it's important to find a schedule that works for you day after day and year after year. As the old saying goes, if it's not sustainable, it's not successful. WEBSITE INSTAGRAM
February 10, 2020
How to Shift Into Your Purpose (ft. Bryan McElderry) | Ep. 71
To wrap up the week, we have our lecture series dedicated to sharing best practices, industry insights, anecdotes, interviews, and perspectives. Each lecture exists for the purpose of boosting confidence and cross-industry awareness. So, this week, we’re joined by Bryan McElderry—a holistic life and health coach who just so happens to be the brother of the host. For about an hour, they discuss the the following topics and share some great laughs along the way: Understanding the art of resilience Adding structure to the way you deliver content Finding fault in your stars Planning your business correctly Articulating value over the course of time Coaching yourself as a best practice Serving, connecting, inviting, and offering You can keep up with Bryan’s work at any of the links below.
February 07, 2020
A Framework for Stakeholder Communication | Ep. 70
This is the inaugural episode of our "Work Study" segment. Tactics, How-To's, templates, and Methods are the ingredients of this dish. Typically our episodes are more abstract in nature. However, we've found a need to start offering more actionable pieces of advice.  So, we've reserved the middle of our week for just this very thing. Today, we are talking about a very specific frame for communicating with stakeholders. Whether you're a freelancer, studio owner, or corporate person, you will inevitably have to start talking strategy. And, no one likes the unenviable task of giving answers to simple questions like: "What's the status of deliverable XYZ?" and "How are we looking with ABC?".  Some topics we cover on this episode include:  How to get the best out of teammates How slow down the bullets when clients are asking for updates How to identify the audience you're speaking to and understand what they want Tune in.  Newsletter Social Media
February 06, 2020
How to Burn the Boats at the Shoreline | Ep. 69
In this segment of Incomplete Thoughts, we discuss the art of making good decisions in high-risk situations.  This episode is for you if you've been wrestling with the idea of taking a big leap. Whether you've thought of asking for someone's hand in marriage, switching career paths, or learning a new skill, all leaps feel scary because they play on our biggest insecurities.   In hopes of easing some of those fears today, we offer 3 clear steps that should help you give you an extra boost of confidence as you navigate what is surely one of the more stressful parts of your life.   Tune in.  If you enjoy what you hear, then you might love our writing even more.  Jump over to our email newsletter. What you can expect from our newsletter:   ~2 Emails per month to your inbox each month A deeper dive into the ideas shared on the podcast  Access to frameworks, concepts, and templates that will help you execute Instagram
February 04, 2020
Race, Cultural Appropriation, and the Liberal Artist (ft. D'Ondre Swails) | Ep. 68
In this episode, we are joined by D’Ondre Swails. D’Ondre is finishing up his Ph.D. at Brown University in Africana Studies. And, in true multidisciplinary fashion, we discuss (for ~90 minutes) how liberal arts fit into a modern capitalist economy. Some of the topics we cover in addition to talking about this placement include: Comprehending the modern definition of “culture” and what people get wrong about it Understanding “culture” in terms of a knowledge base Consuming art and design as a means of resolving racial tensions Describing the generational link between Huey P. Newton and Tupac Shakur Discovering why there is no substitute for the zeitgeist Critiquing the nuances between “the culture” and “culture itself Tune in. website
January 31, 2020
Dear Mamba. | Ep. 67
This segment of "Incomplete Thoughts" is dedicated to Kobe Bryant. Our hero--forever and always.  “Everyting negative - pressure, challenges - is all an opportunity for me to rise.” ― Kobe Bryant Educated Guess Website
January 27, 2020
Deciding Between Graphic Design and Illustration (ft. Jocelyn Tsaih) | Ep. 66
If you're a self-taught designer, the chances are very high that your path began with a torrented copy of Illustrator or Photoshop. And, even if you received formal training at an art school, graphic design is a frequent choice for it's relative practicality and market demand. However, as most people jump into the wonderful world of advertising and art direction, they mind find a different reality than they once imagined as a teenager.  In order to demystify the grey area between the way projects are handled as an independent illustrator as opposed to a graphic designer, we bring in Jocelyn Tsaih to offer a first-person account of what she's experienced in both worlds. As a Taiwan-born, Shanghai-raised visual artist currently based out of Oakland, California, Jocelyn spent the early days of her career in New York as a graduate of SVA's graphic design program. Now practicing illustration full-time, Jocelyn has secured work, commissions, jobs, and more from clients including: NYT, Airbnb, Facebook, Stanford Business School, Soho House, Nickelodeon, and more. For roughly an hour, Justin and Jocelyn tackle questions that include:  Knowing whether to seek salary, cash, royalty, or licensing fees for commissioned work Negotiating long-term deals Prioritizing other goals alongside artistic pursuits Developing a world view on what's harmful yet avoidable
January 24, 2020
Understanding the Relationship Between Design + Art? | Ep. 65
On this segment of Incomplete thoughts, Justin shares extemporaneous thoughts on the ever blurring lines between design and art. In an effort to root the thoughts of this episode in some historical context, Justin provides a passage from Bruno Munari's 1966 publication of Design as Art.  With the rise of UX Design, particularly in American cities, reconsidering the delicate balance between form and function has never been more apparent than right now. Specifically, we all must ask the question of "what role does aesthetic play in actually lifting the human experience in 2020?"  -  Bruno Munari - Design as Art Educated Guess - Instagram Educated Guess - Website
January 21, 2020
Moving Past Opaque Explanations of Work (ft. Jeannette Kuo) | Ep. 64
"If the content is there, then you don't need to hide behind the language." -- Jeannette Kuo For roughly 60 minutes, guest lecturer Jeannette Kuo and host Justin McElderry talk about why it's important for designers to move beyond using esoteric, architectural lingo. Specifically, we discuss how reversing this perception begins with clear, and direct explanations of work.  Some of the topics we cover include: Understanding the loose fit between form and program Brainstorming the future of privacy Responding to the obsolescence of type, use, and lifestyle Jeannette is co-founding partner of Zurich-based Karamuk Kuo Architects and Assistant Professor-in-Practice of Architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her research and work focus on the intersection of structures, space, and culture.  From multi-unit housing to cultural infrastructures like the Augusta Raurica Archaeological Center, the work of the office spans across scales and typologies, each time looking for spatial and conceptual opportunities within the constraints of reality. Recent built works include the International Sports Sciences Institute in Lausanne and the Weiden Secondary School.  Publications include the two-volume research on workspace typologies: A-Typical Plan (2013) and Space of Production (2015), as well as the recent El Croquis 161 monograph on Karamuk Kuo.
January 17, 2020
Why Tomorrow Starts Today | Ep. 63
"Hoping for a good future without investing in today is like a farmer waiting for a crop without ever planting any seed." -- John Maxwell Have you ever started checking items off a list in hopes that things will change one day? Yet, as more and more tomorrow's pass you by, you realize the moment you're waiting for is never coming at all.  To make matters worse, living your wildest dreams can often come with a new burden of reality. Imagine the emptiness of getting everything you ever dreamed of--only to realize how small your dream was in the first place.  For roughly 15 minutes, Justin McElderry reflects on a few personal meditations on this exact subject.  Tune in.
January 13, 2020
The Art of Purpose-Driven Design (ft. Erez Nevi Pana) | Ep. 62
Erez Nevi Pana is an explorer who uses design as a significant tool to investigate phenomena through material experimentation. Nevi Pana earned his BA in design from the Holon Institute of Technology and a MA from the Design Academy Eindhoven where his thesis focused on the recrystallization of salt. He now practices research and design around the world as a doctoral student investigating the topic of vegan design. For roughly an hour, we discuss a method of creating a purpose-driven design system. Some of the questions we address include:  What it means to take stance on waste How to find an integrated value system Understanding the quantifiable benefit to purpose-driven work What the average person should understand about veganism as a practice Tune in.
January 10, 2020
How to Reclaim the Romance of Life | Ep. 61
This episode begins a new Educated Guess segment called "Incomplete Thoughts". Occurring only on Mondays, these episodes--in conjunction with lecture hall episodes--aim to provide both tactical and aspirational advice directly from Justin McElderry. For this episode, we provide you with an excerpt from an interview Justin recently did with his brother, Bryan. For about an hour, they discuss 3 different ideas to consider that might just help you reclaim the childlike feeling toward you dreams again.  Some of these ideas include:  Dealing with one of the most disrespectful things someone can say about your dreams Understanding the role data plays in your life story Reimagining form as the headline of anthropology Tune in.
January 06, 2020
The Uncommon Art of Specialization (ft. Dark Igloo) | Ep. 60
Every artist dreads answering one single question, “What do you do?”. So, in an attempt to understand new ways of dealing with this angst, we lean on Dave + Mark, founders of Dark Igloo. And, in this episode, we explore how they’ve found a unique sweet spot to describe what they do and why. Some topics we cover include:  Why it's important to choose studio principles wisely A goal that humanity is not focused enough on achieving A job that could be done for just one week What could be learned from hosting a demolition derby You can keep up with the whereabouts of Dark Igloo here:
December 06, 2019
"You're Not the Boss of Me!" -- A Lesson in Childhood Axioms | Ep. 59
For just a moment, let's think back to the days of yelling at our peers--and maybe even our parents--this very statement, "You're Not the Boss of Me!". We were so convinced that we were the sole proprietors of our future. We were in control. We held the keys to our happiness inside of us. And, we were courageous enough to let everyone know the same.  Now, logically, there is only one question that follows: "What changed over the years?" So, on today's episode, we are explaining this question in detail. Some topics covered include:  Scientific evidence of why we are biased towards what is easy The truth about the thoughts that hold us back What it looks like to hold fast to our dreams -- And, as always, you can support, contribute, and become a patron at any of the following links
November 22, 2019
Happiness is Not the Same as Satisfaction | Ep. 58
Melancholy is often considered cool in the art world. Yet, plenty of examples show the extreme consequence of living in a consistent state of sadness and reserved joy. Often, artists and designers think that keeping joy within is the only way to remain happy. The internal satisfaction of living a reserved lifestyle is often the fuel for the some of the greatest work ever.  But, as Newton said, energy cannot be created on destroyed--only transferred. So, where is your energy going? Today, we unpack new ways of looking at the current moment. We imagine new ways of using sad moments as fuel for our work without becoming a slave to our desires. Tune in.
November 08, 2019
The Art + Science of Seeking Inspiration (ft. Rachel Bungey) | Ep. 57
Rachel is a Tokyo-based, multidisciplinary designer and art director originally from England. Her work is multidisciplinary and echoes her interest in music nature and contemporary culture. She has worked for independent record labels XL Recordings and Young Turks, as well as freelance projects for clients such as Adidas, Puma, Sony Music and Universal Music. Some of the topics we cover in this episode include:  Advancing your ideas of luxury Taking unwieldy risks in your work Consuming a better diet of inspiration Crossing the chasm between graphic design and art direction Choosing optimism in the face of despair If you're interested in keeping up with future happenings related to Educated Guess or Rachel Bungey, you can follow along using the links below.
November 01, 2019
Finally Making Peace with Your Hobbies | Ep. 56
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:
September 20, 2019
Making Art a Way of Life (ft. Dewey Saunders) | Ep. 55
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. 
August 14, 2019
Can Visual Arts Save the World? (ft. Ben Fry) | Ep. 54
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. 
August 02, 2019
The Art of Personal Innovation (ft. Natalie Nixon) | Ep. 53
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?
July 15, 2019
Building Inclusion Into a Habit (ft. Matt May) | Ep. 52
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.
June 30, 2019
Daring to be Different (ft. Amy Choi) | Ep. 51
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 Journalist Pharrell's concept of being a pluralist The hidden risks of not seeing color If you want to checkout more work from Mash Up America, you can visit them here:
June 15, 2019
Five Life Lessons from the Past Year | Ep.50
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.
May 10, 2019
Forging Your Own Path as An Architect (ft. Dong-Ping Wong) | Ep. 49
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 Clients Finding a Path to More Productive Architecture Navigating the Field of Architecture in a Slow Economy   If you want to checkout more work from Food, you can visit them here:
April 12, 2019
Facing the Frontier of AR + VR (ft. Hassan Seguias) | Ep. 48
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:  
April 05, 2019
Doing the Work You Love (ft. Archie Lee Coates IV) | Ep. 47
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 Projects How to Initiate the Work You Want to See  Embracing Ambiguity  How to React to Being Placed in a Box Finding a Balance Between Work and Play  If you want to checkout more of PLAYLAB and Archie's Work, you can visit them here:
March 01, 2019
Freelance, Studio, and Agency...What's the Difference? (ft. Marc Posch) | Ep. 46
In an era where pretty much all design businesses can do the same thing...Logo Design, Branding, Product, Websites, Brochures, etc., how do you know what business you're in?  The truth is -- in true consulting fashion -- that it depends. Depending on the branding or marketing objectives, the different structures and staff can create a huge impact on the budget, the process and the outcomes. So, to unpack these questions, we've brought Marc Posch (founder of Brand Consulting firm Opus Brand Consulting) on the show to talk it through.  You can keep up with Marc's whereabouts here:
February 22, 2019
Are You Being Effective or Just Efficient? (ft. Josh Davis, PhD) | Ep. 45
If you've ever wondered whether or not you're committing your time to the right tasks, then this episode is for you. This week, we're joined by author, speaker, and consultant Josh Davis, PhD. Josh Davis, PhD, is the author of the international bestseller Two Awesome Hours. He is Faculty and Senior Director of Research at the Institute for Personal Leadership, and he teaches "The Art of Public Speaking" at the NLP Center of New York. I brought him on the show to walk through the differences between efficiency and effectiveness. Some other topics we walk through on the show include:  how to cope with never feeling productive enough the benefit of distraction why efficiency is a terrible metric for humans the importance of momentum vs. magic what are the basic circumstances we can setup to be more productive. Also, you can keep up with Josh's work and purchase his book at the links below.
February 15, 2019
The Power of Asking Better Questions (ft. Warren Berger) | Ep. 44
Have you ever met that one person who always seems to ask just the right question to dig deeper into your thinking? Usually this person is a therapist. But, what if there was a way for the average person to tap into their innate curiosity. What if questions could unlock brand new ideas that changed the way we thought about the world?  This week, we're bringing on the man who just might have the answer. Warren Berger is a bestselling author of multiple books on the topic. As a former journalist, he uses his investigative approach to dig into just how the most revolutionary ideas come about.  Some of the topics we touch on include:  What are the right questions to ask?  Is it ever bad to over question the norm? How to balance logic and emotion when facing big life decisions What are some prime ways to collaborate?  Also, you can keep up with Warren's work and purchase his book at the links below.
February 08, 2019
How Your Network Can Change Your Life (ft. David Burkus) | Ep. 43
If you've ever felt weird, awkward, or inauthentic at networking events or conferences, you can trust that you're not alone. In fact, you're probably in the majority.  So, now that we know the problem, how might we go about solving for the lack of continuity and consistency in finding deep relationships?  In an effort to shed some light, we're joined this week by bestselling author, TED talk speaker, and professor, David Burkus. His most recent book--FRIEND OF A FRIEND: UNDERSTANDING THE HIDDEN NETWORKS THAT CAN TRANSFORM YOUR WORK AND LIFE--he takes a scientific approach to breaking down the primitive and modern aspects of human networks.  Some of the questions we touch on include:  Which areas of your network provide the best source of new ideas and insights Where the potential blind spots and weak points in your network are How to foster authentic, collaborative relationships How to effectively grow and strengthen your network Also, you can keep up with Dave's work and purchase his book at the links below.
January 25, 2019
Diversity + Inclusion: Has the Needle Been Moved? (ft. Deneesha Lawrence) | Ep. 42
On this episode, we're joined by Deneesha Lawrence -- Producer on the marketing team for Facebook's new Portal product. For about an hour, we spend time unpacking some of the difficult questions about diversity & inclusion. Some of which include:  what’s the difference between diversity and inclusion?  what is the long term impact / agenda people are seeking?  if you are someone who doesn’t feel included in your workplace, how do you decide whether it’s your place to stay and fight that battle or if you should leave and start your own? These are the questions we are unpacking and many more. This is a conversation that is needed, and I’ll have to preface that we are not experts in this domain. We simply have chosen to start the conversation.  And, our hope out of this conversation is that people who feel excluded and uncomfortable at work can begin to find peace + solidarity in which actions are best for them. 
January 18, 2019
How to Reignite the Magic Moments in Art | Ep. 41
The past few years have been a challenge for the world. Even though these are some of the most prosperous times in modern history, they're also some of the most socially numbing times for many.  While I can't speak for everyone, I know many who've had their assumptions challenged, anxieties fueled, and social comforts taken away.  And as artists, our social comforts are often our moments of inspiration. Yet, overtime, you might've noticed yourself feeling fewer and fewer moments that feel like this. Well, I've been struggling with this as well. And, truth be told, I haven't found a perfect remedy. But, heading into the new year, I want us all to have as much momentum and purpose as possible. So, I thought it'd be helpful to share my intuition on a couple of questions below.  how does social media influence the way we think about art?  is it truly bad to be doing more business than design now?  how do we keep the childlike imagination alive? Tune in.
January 04, 2019
How Designers Can Create a Social Strategy (Ft. Kim Nguyen) | Ep. 40
Joined by digital content strategist at Finishline, Kim Nguyen, we talk about smart ways to use time on social, color threading on an IG feed, getting better at work-life balance, and learning to speak up as a woman in a creative field.
December 14, 2018
Why More Artists Should Train Like Athletes (Ft. Kevin Carroll) | Ep. 39
Joined by Author, speaker, and art school consultant, Kevin Carroll, we walk through mindset changes, winning routines, and a 4-step process that could give any designer the same edge he's seen in the world's biggest athletes - including his friend Kobe Bryant.
November 30, 2018
Own Your Heritage. It Matters. (ft. Spandana Gopal) | Ep. 38
Naturally, I think we’re all a little afraid of standing out from the rest of the crowd. Naturally, when you stand out, you’re open for criticism. Yet, so many of us come from places, cultures, and circumstances that others simply can’t relate to. So, what should you do? Blend in or shout every chance you get? We like to think there’s a lot of middle ground that’s worth exploring. So, this week, we invited Spandana Gopal, founder of Tiipoi to have a conversation about Indian design, cultural appropriation, and how we can all share parts of who we are through our work. If you’re someone who has been looking for a way to share more about your specific upbringing, nationality, or ethnicity, this episode was made just for you. Tune in.
November 16, 2018
What No One Tells You About Content Creation (ft. Ben Roazen) | Ep. 37
As we approach a a new decade of the 24/7 news cycle (starting , everyone feels pressure to create (and consume) content around the clock—for better or for worse. This week we’re joined by Ben Roazen, former host of Hypebeast Radio and contributing writer for GQ, The Fader, and Complex to talk through content as an artfrom, worst freelancing practices, normcore opinions, and unplugging from work at night. Tune in.
November 09, 2018
What You Should Know About Art Dealership (ft. Paul Johnson) | Ep. 36
[Education]: Pratt + Chelsea Flea Market [Work]: Johnson Trading Gallery + Salon 94 With over 20 years of experience buying and selling high-end art, furniture, and sculpture, Paul Johnson knows more than a thing or two about building a art + design business. Over the course of an hour long conversation, we talk about family, finances, and faith during the long--often arduous--journey of the art scene. Also, he gives his take on humility and what a strategy might look like to start an art or design gallery in 2018. If you’ve thought about opening your own gallery or consignment store, this show is for you. Tune in.
November 02, 2018
What's Next for Sneakerheads? (ft. Brandon Edler) | Ep. 35
Content Producer - [Education]: Complex - [Work]: Complex, Finishline, + Rosewood We don't like the phrase "making it". The second that happens is the same second that we stop growing. In the spirit of growth, we're joined by someone who's shown an innate ability to sustain a career in the ever-changing world of sneakers and content. Brandon Edler has been a critical part of the recent--and sustained-- success of Complex and Finishline. Now, at Rosewood, he spends roughly 50 minutes talking with us about his opinions on: - Building a Business from a Passion - Finding Your Tribe - Showing Your Value - Knowing If It's Time to Cash in Your Collection - StockX, Grailed, and Goat We think you'll love the discussion this week. You can follow us--and this week's guest--using the links below. - - Tune in.
October 26, 2018
How to Balance Two Brands on Instagram (ft. Shujan Bertrand) | Ep. 34
Industrial Designer [Education]: Art Center College of Design, Astro Studios, IDEO, InCase, Steelcase, Nike, and more. [Work]: Aplat, Inc. It’s probably your dream to start a new brand from scratch. In today’s age of dropshipping and crowdfunding, a new start is just a click away. But, what do you do once the novelty of “launch” wears off? How do you separate your personal life from your brand? What do you do when distraction starts creeping in? On this episode, we sit down with Shujan Bertrand, founder of Aplat, Inc. With past experience at Astro Studios, IDEO, Incase, Steelcase, Nike, and more, her perspectives are definitely worth you lending an ear.
October 19, 2018
Stop Skipping Design Fairs! | (ft. Bernard McCoy ) Ep. 33
Co-Founder Atlanta Design Festival [Education]: Design is Human + Modern Atlanta [Work]: Atlanta Design Festival If you’re a young, self-taught designer, you might feel out of place at a design fair. Walking from one exhibit to the next, you can’t even imagine how you might find a foot in the door. Yet, one of the worst things you can do is to never come back. Today, I invited Bernard McCoy (co-founder of Atlanta Design Festival) on the show to have a conversation about why local design fairs are often the best opportunity for young designers to share their work, learn new skills, and grow their network each time they step through the door at a design fair.
September 28, 2018
Building a Design Studio Culture That Lasts | (ft. FUWL) Ep. 32
Industrial Design Studio [Education] Linnaeus University [Work] IKEA, BAUX, TID Watches, MUUTO, HEM, Cappellini With well over a decade of experience under his belt, Jonas Pettersson (co-founder of @formuswithlove) knows first hand what it’s like to lead a studio through the pit of a financial meltdown and the peak of an IKEA commission. Before you can know success, you must first know yourself. And, running a design studio can teach you a lot about both. On this episode, we talk with Jonas about how he’s managed to keep the soul of his studio alive. Tune.
September 14, 2018
Why Accolades Don't Mean Shit | (ft. Beau Oyler) Ep. 31
Founder / Industrial Designer [Education] Academy of Art University + New Deal Design [Work] Urbio, Enlisted Design, Samsung VR, Netgear Arlo, Fellow, Pi Charging, Airpop, etc. Description: Beau has won damn near every design award there is to win. He's been on Shark Tank. He's founded a successful product startup. He even has a dope, minimalist studio with dozens of employees in the middle of Oakland. In other words, to most people under the age of 30, he is "Goals". So, now, WTF? How could you possibly say that every success checkpoint I had in mind is actually a mirage? These are all fair questions. We address them all in this week's episode. Tune in.
September 07, 2018
How to Change Your Career Path | (ft. Kevin Bethune) Ep. 30
Founder / Shoe Designer [Education] Notre Dame, Carnegie Mellon, + Art Center College of Design [Work] Dreams + Design + Life, Nike, BCG Digital Ventures, Booz Digital, + Design Management Institute Description: Kevin joins us this week to discuss how he found the time, grit, and skills needed to transition from a Corporate Financial Planner to Nike Footwear Designer and Co-Founder of Boston Consulting Group's Digital Ventures. If you're sick of moonlighting your dreams, Kevin's story will serve as a healthy reminder of what's possible.
August 31, 2018
How to Grow Your Design Brand | (ft. October Comms) Ep. 29
PR / Marketing [Education]: University of Leeds, Chartered Institute of Marketing, Heart Home Magazine, Vitsoe, and Digital Media Manager [Work]: Case Furniture, One Eighty Light, De Rosee Sa Architects, Viewport Studio, London Transport Museum, Atlanta Design Festival IG: @octobercomms Website: This week, we have Daniel Nelson -- one of the best in the business -- covering some very common questions regarding PR for the design industry. If you find yourself worried about any of these questions, this show is for you. Topics Covered: What should I be doing with SEO, Google Analytics, Social, etc.? When should I outsource all this marketing stuff? How often do I need to do talks, guest blogging, etc.? How do I set and track goals for online traffic, marketing, etc.?
August 23, 2018
Why Public Space Matters | (ft. Xavier Vendrell) Ep. 28
Architect / Professor [Education]: Barcelona School of Architecture, Rural Studio at Auburn University, and University of Illinois at Chicago [Work]: Poblenou Park in Olympic Village, 1992 Olympic Games, Millennium Park Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Washington University School of Architecture Often, we overlook the triumphs and failures of how the world around us comes together. We're talking about the design of public spaces. Our guest this week--Xavier Vendrell--has shown and proven his prowess on the very subject. Working currently as a professor for Auburn University's renown rural studio, Xavier spends time walking us through both his story and his inspiration. For anyone interested in urban design--this is a perfect primer.
August 17, 2018
How to Prototype the Right Way | (ft. Brett Lovelady) Ep. 27
Product Designer / Entrepreneur [Education]: Brigham Young University, Astro Studios, Lunar Design, Frog Design, [Work]: Xbox 360, Apple, EA Sports, Facebook, Nike+ Fuelband, HP, Skullcandy, and More Featured in Fast Company's 2018 list of most innovative companies, Astro Studios is responsible for some of the most coveted tech products in recent history including XBOX 360 and the Nike+ Fuelband. We spend roughly an hour talking to Brett Lovelady--founder and CEO--hearing about the behind the scenes and his very detailed tactics on prototyping.
August 09, 2018
Pros + Cons of a Running a Small Design Studio | (ft. Morcos Key) Ep. 26
Graphic Design Studio [Education]: RISD, Notre Dame University [Lebanon], Grey Advertising, [Work]: Yale University School of Art, HBO, Nickelodeon, The Public Theater, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Codify Art From features in Print Magazine's 15 under 30, speaking engagements across the world, and art collectives--design duo Jon Key and Wael Morcos are certainly well-equipped to offer new perspectives to the next generation. On this episode, we talk about their design studio and go into more detail about how they see their projects through to the end.
August 02, 2018
Subculture Matters...Alot. | (ft. Andrew Luecke) Ep. 23
Stylist / Trend Forecaster / Writer This week, we’re joined by Andrew Luecke--author of COOL: Style, Sound, and Subversion. He spends about an hour with us sharing stories of skater culture, writing for major fashion mags, and getting a book to Barnes and Noble. Tune In.
July 19, 2018
Why More Students Should Study Architecture | (ft. BLDGS) Ep. 24
Architect / Studio Owner [Education]: Harvard, Washington, Yale, Dartmouth, Georgia Tech, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects [Work]: Burned House, Steelcase Leadership Headquarters, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Benning Place, Ansley Glass House, Georgia Tech Caddell Building, Georgia Tech Maker Space Ever wonder why school is a necessary step? Feel stuck because you've only followed the rules your whole life? Or maybe you're feeling like you're running out of time do what you want because you're about to have a family. Each of us have a bit of these qualities inside. That's why we took the time to sit down with one of the founders of the award-winning architecture firm--BLDGS. Brian Bell has over 15 years of experience as an architect. But, today, we spend an hour discussing what it's like to grow as an artist both in skill and in mindset. If you're wondering how to make your art a life-long practice, tune-in today.
July 11, 2018
Why is Design School so Great | (ft. Tomas Clarkson) Ep. 23
Graphics and Typeface Designer Born to English + Spanish parents, raised in the Netherlands, and educated in London, Tomas Clarkson is co-owner of Plusminus Studio--specializing in graphic and typeface design. We spend about an hour discussing the day-to-day highs, lows, and uncertain moments associated with operating a studio before your 30th birthday. If you ever find yourself thinking "Idk if I'm ready to go on my own", this episode is for you.
July 05, 2018
How to Find Your Voice in Your Work | (ft. Joe Peacock) Ep. 22
Designer / Writer Joined on the show by author, designer, artist, and curator--Joe Peacock--we spend time talking through definitions of success, dealing with burnout, and the social responsibilities of an artist. If you find yourself stuck with these common frustrations / questions... - Do I need to go to art school? - How do I get through writers' block? - What is it like to have your work being shared with hundreds of millions? - What title should I use to define what I do? - I feel like most art lacks any sort of social impact. I like art that makes a difference. Then, this story is one that’s made just for you. Tune in.
June 26, 2018
#1 Rule of Design Thinking | Ep. 21
Rule #1 | Don’t think too hard about thinking. Rule #2 | See rule 1. In this episode, we unpack the phrase we all love to hate. It’s not that we don’t agree with the concept. It’s because we think of it as the basic rules for how every human should operate in the 21st century. Use some empathy people. Now that this phrase is tossed around in B-School more than art studios...what do we make of the whole thing? Where do we go from here? What do we do when our old pal stops sitting at the nerdy kid lunch table with us? Tune in.
June 20, 2018
How to Create Conversation with Design | (ft. HAWRAF) Ep. 20
Design Studio Joined on the show by HAWRAF co-founders Andrew Herzog and Nicky Tesla, we spend an hour addressing topics of process, routine, and sales in design. Tune in. HAWRAF: - Interactive Design Studio - Est. in Brooklyn. 4 Co-Founders. [Education] RISD, SCAD, Google, School of Visual Arts, HUSH, Sagmeister + Walsh [Work] Brooklyn Symphony, Mailchimp, CharlieWhiskeyTango, Visibility Studio, Asktia Keep up wit more of their studio's progress here: twitter: @hawrafintl ig: @hawraf
June 15, 2018
Why Your To-Do List Sucks (And What To Do About It) Ep. 19
Today--we talk about: - Why the concept of a to-do list is killing your work - How I know this to be true - What the alternatives look like - What process I have found that works best for a creative career - Other resources & names to explore
June 05, 2018
Inspiration is for Amateurs Ep. 18
Today I'm talking about the number one complaint I see on a regular basis and why we all need to raise our standard for operating. -- IG: @edu.guess
May 29, 2018
Two Mental Blocks Every Artist Must Manage | Ep. 17
1. MORAL VICTORIES 2. MANAGING A SOCIAL LIFE I'm talking about both of these during this episode. Tune in to hear more. -- @educated__guess
May 26, 2018
Le Corbusier - The [Not So] Radiant City | Ep. 16
"Le Corbusier was trying to find a fix for the same problems of urban pollution and overcrowding, but unlike Ebenezer Howard (Garden City) , he envisioned building up, not out." One of the most polarizing figures in architecture...the pioneer of modernism. I'm spending about 20 minutes covering the good, the bad, and the ugly. Most importantly!--what we can learn from him. Tune in.
May 23, 2018
Friday Frustrations | Ep. 15
2nd installment of our Friday frustrations series. - Submit your 90 second clip to @justinmcelderry via text - We'll share your story - We'll share your work - We'll both share the importance of positivity + grit
May 19, 2018
Alister Mackenzie - Landscape Design at Scale | Ep. 14
Today--we're covering applications of art in a slightly different field. We've been on a wave of design with applications in advertising. But, we've yet to touch on applications in entertainment, sport, and real estate. So, here we go. Alister Mackenzie is the designer of hundreds of golf courses. Most notably: Augusta National Golf Club -- host venue of The Masters Today, we talk a bit about his inspirations, background, and work. Let's expand our artistic reach.
May 17, 2018
Muriel Cooper - Co-Founder of MIT Media Lab | Ep. 13
Remember our episode with Jacqueline Casey last week? This week, we cover the person who hired her--Muriel Cooper. You won't want to miss it. Follow along our typical format: - Bio - Work You Should Know - Her Signature Style - Other Names You Should Know
May 15, 2018
Friday Frustration Instructions | Ep. 12
Educated Guess is all about helping artists: 1. Learn more about their craft 2. Connect with other local artists 3. Breakthrough creative blocks A critical piece of this puzzle is making sure we provide artists a platform to vent AND share their breakthroughs. That's why every Friday we're giving everyone in our community the space to do just this. Whether you're an artist, entrepreneur or anything in between, simply follow the next 3 steps: - Find us on IG: @educatedguess_ - Share a 90 second audio clip - We'll include it in our next show
May 12, 2018
Jacqueline Casey - A Queen of Helvetica | Ep. 11
Imagine keeping the consistency of typeface, layout, and messaging for a private academic institution that's been in existence for over 125 years. This was the charge of Jacqueline Casey--a graphic designer, illustrator, and educator--throughout her 40+ year tenure at MIT. A true trailblazer for graphic design and women's equality. Today, we spend time highlighting her story in 4 simple steps. - Bio - Work You Should Know - Her Signature Style - Other Names You Should Know
May 10, 2018
How to Deal With Imposter Syndrome | Ep. 10
There's always a piece of every artist that pops up once every blue moon asking the question..."Am I Good Enough??" Today, I'm talking about this topic head on. I'm discussing 3 Simple Ways I overcome what is often called "Imposter Syndrome." We're here to build a community of artists who don't want their dreams to fall by the wayside. Tune in.
May 07, 2018
Power of Ritual - It's OK to "Go Through the Motions" | Ep. 9
There are 3 statements that get a bad rap in the art community. 1. "I feel like I’m just going through the motions." 2. "How do I know if I’m making progress?" 3. "I only got 15 views per video." I've found these statements to be debilitating and demotivating. Let's talk about how to change this. Today we're addressing these three thought head on! It's OKAY to think, feel, and say these things. However, there are a few good tactics and habits I've found helpful in my life. Resources Mentioned in the Show: - (1% Rule) Tommy Baker - Miracle Morning (Hal Elrod) - Crushing It (Gary Vaynerchuck) Tune in.
May 04, 2018
Michael Bierut - Version Controller | Ep. 8
“Can you do one more version?....Man, I wish my clients knew how much thought really went into the graphic design work I do before just saying." -- Yep, this has definitely been me before. Maybe it’s been you? Today, we’re talking about someone who has helped shape the way we interact with, understand, and recognize the world. To me, there’s power in knowing that someone else has dealt with the same frustrations of freelance clients—only at a grand scale. So, the answer is not—“how do I make my clients appreciate me more?”…the answer is “the answer is in the doing.” There’s more to Michael’s story than just a few type fonts and Helvetica—so, let’s get to it. Tune in. IG: @educatedguess__
May 03, 2018
How To Fall In Love Again | Ep. 7
On this episode of Educated Guess, we talk about the all too familiar feeling like you "missed your moment" or "I don't love it the way I used to". I'm offering you three simple ways to get through this familiar feeling. In this podcast, you'll hear some points about the following: - Review on Austin Kleon's books - Helpful quotes from Brian Eno, John Lennon, Charlie Chaplin, and Thom Yorke - Personal anecdotes on the feeling of falling out of love - The importance of being an amateur - "Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating." If you like what you hear, share by simply sending an episode to one friend. That's how we can help spread this message!
April 30, 2018
How To Get Out of Your Artistic Rut | Ep. 6
Today, we're talking about that moment we all love to hate. The moment when we look up and realize it's been 12 days since we last worked on the project we know we've been looking to finish: a painting, a song, etc. We're not here to gripe about it. We're here to acknowledge it as a truth and share 3 WAYS TO GET OVER IT. Tune in. IG: @justinmcelderry
April 27, 2018
Nate Brown - Creative Director | Ep. 5
The "Name Drop" series -- happening every Wednesday on Educated Guess is meant to make sure people in our community are aware of artists that have paved the way before us! This Installment: Nate Brown (IG: @thenatebrown) Here's What We Cover in This Segment. 1. Quick Bio and Their Process 2. 3 Projects You Should Definitely Know About 3. Their Signature Style 4. Other Names To Know
April 26, 2018
How to Make the Most of 5 Hrs in a Day | Ep. 4
1. Diving into "There's not enough time." or "I've got all this time and don't know what to do." 2. The Pomodoro Method 3. How I Use it To Plan My Day ig: @justinmcelderry
April 23, 2018
Paul Williams - The Architect of LA | Ep. 3
Topics covered on this week's show. 1. What is NYSK? What does it stand for? 2. Who is Paul Williams? 3. What are some projects we might recognize regularly? 4. What's unique about his style or process? 5. Who are some other names to know?
April 19, 2018
Escaping the "Factory Mentality" | Ep. 2
An episode specifically for moonlighting artists out there looking for the breakthrough while working a day job. 1. What is the factory mentality? 2. Why is it important to our field? 3. What do we do about it? How can we overcome it? 4. What resources do we have to remind ourselves when things get tough again?
April 17, 2018
How I Use Pinterest to Avoid Distraction | Ep. 1
April 09, 2018