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Hosted by Matt Leach and a revolving group of co-hosts, Australian Design Radio provides Australia, and the world, with conversations and commentary on Australian Graphic Design and Visual Communication.
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EP116 with Craig Black

Australian Design RadioDec 09, 2019

Ep139 Ve Dewey (Adobe MAX21)

Ep139 Ve Dewey (Adobe MAX21)

Our last episode on positivity (as part of Adobe MAX 2021) has Sumita and Matt talking with Ve Dewey in London about how she’s remained positive in her squiggly-line career.

Ve has worked for Adobe, Mattel, ReDesign Business and most recently as co-creator for Never Not Creative. In this discussion we look at how she ended up in London, being a ‘servant-leader’ and how the design industry still needs to grow up.

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Jan 16, 202238:03
Ep138 Kris Andrew Small (Adobe MAX21)

Ep138 Kris Andrew Small (Adobe MAX21)

Our Adobe MAX21 mini-series rolls on with co-host, Sumita Maharaj interviewing Kris Andrew Small on his backstory, how his process is changing and what it means to be a role model for younger creatives.

Having worked for many large clients like Nike, Apple, Adidas, Channel 4, WeTransfer, Reebok and more, he’s also exhibited internationally at institutions like V&A and The Louvre. Yes, that’s right folks, The Louvre.

Make you check out his talks at Adobe MAX, where he’s doing a number of different sessions. Details in the show links below.

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MTS9 - Meet the MAX Speaker: Kris Andrew Small:

MB111 - CJ Hendry: Creative Inspiration (with Kris):

Kris Insta:

The Bloom by TDC. Ep 01: Jo Hook and Kris Andrew Small:

Ocean Bottle:

Kris Interview on The design Kids:


Oct 17, 202137:14
Ep137 Josie Young (Adobe MAX21)

Ep137 Josie Young (Adobe MAX21)

1st episode in a new mini-series based on Adobe MAX and their 2021 theme of positivity. Co-host Sumita Maharaj interviews Josie Young about her work, living with chronic illness and stepping away from Christopher Doyle & Co. to start her own thing.

Go here to listen.

Make sure you tune into her presentation at Adobe MAX, aptly titled, ‘Notes on Invisible Illness and Making Work Work for You’ available live Thursday, Oct 283:30 PM - 4:00 PM AEDT and check out Josie’s new site to see her amazing work.

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Josie Young Website

Adobe MAX 2021

Design Atlas 012: Josie Young: Staying positive in difficult times

Adobe LIVE: Branding: The Exploration Before the Presentation with Josie Young

Adobe LIVE: Branding: The Presentation After the Exploration with Josie Young

Sydney Design Festival — International Women’s Day “Gentlemen Welcome” — Josie Young


Oct 10, 202133:54
Ep136 REISSUE Jo & Jason (For The People)

Ep136 REISSUE Jo & Jason (For The People)

I really love doing ReIssue episodes. Pulling old soundbites and getting original guests to comment on them — it’s like digging up a time capsule.

This episode we have Jo Roca and Jason Little from For The People looking at our 5th episode. Jo was just ‘the girlfriend’ and Jason had just opened a studio with two mates. In the time between, FTP has gone on to become one of Australia's most awarded agencies, recently named 4th in D&AD design studio polls.

It hasn’t all been smooth sailing though. Jo and Jas are the first to admit their mistakes and the roads they wished they’d not taken. In this very frank and honest episode, we look back at the ups and downs of running a business and why they never stop learning and trying to improve.

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Sep 26, 202134:51
Ep135 Olivia & Sam (Studio ChenChen)

Ep135 Olivia & Sam (Studio ChenChen)

This is our final episode in the mini series on ‘how design can help combat stigma’ with co-host, Myla Yeomans. This time we have the pleasure of talking with Olivia Chen and Sam Wearne about the work they do with Studio ChenChen.

We spend a bit of time talking about Chattii, a dating app that prioritises humanity and safety in rejecting the stigma of disability and letting all people find love. This project really sums up Studio ChenChen nicely, where they really immerse themselves in understanding the client and what their needs are. It’s rare that you meet a design team that integrates themselves so completely in their clients. As Olivia says, they effectively become in-house designers.

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Studio ChenChen
Chattii website
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Aug 26, 202136:17
Ep134 Peter Brennan (Electric & Analog/Heaps Normal)

Ep134 Peter Brennan (Electric & Analog/Heaps Normal)

This is our 2nd episode in a mini-series that looks at how design can help combat stigma.

For this episode we are again at the Design Conference in Brisbane, sitting on the turbine hall stage chatting with Peter Brennan, Founder & Creative Director of Electric & Analog and co-founder and head of brand for non-alcoholic beer Heaps Normal.

Pete has had an amazing career, right across the globe, from art directing for Quicksilver in South Africa, directing innovation at ATOMIC 212° in Australia and working at top agencies in the UK, he has had a wide range of experience across all parts of the industry.

It was through a few discussions that we thought Pete would be perfect for this mini-series, specifically around the role that Heaps Normal is taking in the alcohol category, where they are promoting mindful drinking, being conscious about what’s normal for you and trying to promote a sustainable change to Australia’s drinking habits. Their ad this July really caught a lot of attention where they suggested doing your best, cutting back, rather than complete abstinence — acknowledging that different things work for different people. 

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Aug 19, 202131:49
Ep133 Keisha Leon (Leon Design)

Ep133 Keisha Leon (Leon Design)

The start of a new mini-series, where co-host, Myla Yeomans, asks the question, ‘how can design help combat stigma?’

In this first episode, we speak to Keisha Leon, Founder and Director at Leon Design. Keisha cut her teeth in magazine design before taking up a senior position at Lorna Jane. In 2018 she moved to Carbon Creative before deciding it was time to do her own thing.

Being a Waanyi and Kalkadoon woman, Leon Design is a First Nations owned and operated creative consultancy, specialising in conceptual design. We get into the what, why and how in the interview.

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Cancer Australia:

Family Planning:


Aug 12, 202134:36
Ep132 REISSUE Christopher Doyle (Christopher Doyle & Co.)

Ep132 REISSUE Christopher Doyle (Christopher Doyle & Co.)

This time we’re doing something a little different, with our first ReIssue. This means rewinding to an old episode, pulling out a few soundbites, and getting the original guest to comment on them.

The original guest in question is Christopher Doyle who joined us way back at the start, on our 2nd show. Chris has been an ADR guest a few times so it was a real pleasure to talk with him and explore what’s changed in the 130 episodes since we first recorded.

We cover the growth and success, but also how he’s needed to scale back to find his happiness again. Chris is, as always, extremely honest and open and it’s a fascinating look into what’s next for him and the studio he’s spent so long building.

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Aug 06, 202141:25
Ep131 Nicki Wragg (Swinburne)

Ep131 Nicki Wragg (Swinburne)

In our last episode with Co-host, Stephanie Foti, and her mini-series on ‘what makes a great designer teacher,’ Steph and Matt talk to Nicki Wragg, the Chair of Communication Design at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne.

If you work in design education in Australia, there is a good chance you’ve come across Nicki. She is a leader in the field of teaching design and, as you’ll hear, has been doing it for more than two decades. One of the things she’s best known for is leading the team that managed to get Swinburne's Design course online. A momentous task that allowed people all over the world to experience that renowned course. She inspires both her students and her colleagues. And, has been a huge advocate for increasing the public's awareness of the value of design.

As always, a big thank you to Streamtime, our supporting partner—always giving back to the Australian design industry. Give them a try at At the beginning of the episode Andy Wright mentions an article where he spoke to Blair Enns, find it here.

Jul 22, 202134:32
Ep130 Felix Oppen (Tiliqua Press & Ligature Journal)

Ep130 Felix Oppen (Tiliqua Press & Ligature Journal)

Part two in ‘what makes a great design teacher’ and this time, Matt and co-host, Stephanie Foti, are talking to Felix Oppen from Tiliqua Press and Tiliqua Studio, makers of the award-winning Ligature Journal.

Felix has taught in Universities for over 10 years and has a passion for teaching traditional techniques, specifically where type is involved. He’s concerned with making sure students understand the knowledge, but more importantly, are able to use it. And this is why he’s gravitated to teaching people in his studio, on the letterpresses, so they can get their hands dirty and smell the ink.

As always, a big thank you to Streamtime, our supporting partner, always finding ways to give back to the Australian design industry. Give them a try with a 20% discount, you won't be sorry you did.

Jul 08, 202138:15
Ep129 Frankie Ratford (Designer Bootcamps)

Ep129 Frankie Ratford (Designer Bootcamps)

And we’re back! We’ve had a bit of a break while we started new full-time work, parented, and thought about what the future of ADR might look like. One of the big changes we’ve made is a new format that explores one topic over three episodes with three different guests.

On this episode, Matt is joined by Stephanie Foti to interview our favourite creative nomad, Frankie Ratford. We explore the question, ‘what makes a great design teacher,’ a perfect question for Frankie who has been holding Designers Bootcamps all around the world, allowing people to question what it is they want from their career and hit the reset button if they need to.

As always, a big thank you to Streamtime, our supporting partner, always finding ways to give back to the Australian design industry. Give them a try with a 20% discount, you won't be sorry you did.


Frankie’s website / Frankie’s Insta / Designer’s Bootcamp / The Design Kids / The Aframe

Jun 24, 202134:43
Ep128 with Joyce N Ho

Ep128 with Joyce N Ho

This episode we chatted with Joyce N Ho, Associate Creative Director at BUCK in New York.

If you had to describe what Joyce does, which is incredibly diverse, you’d probably settle on creative direction and motion design, but we’d suggest going and checking out her personal website, — just to see the range of stuff she’s been involved in.

Many people in Australia will know her from her time at JosephMark and Breeder in Brisbane, where she started as a junior designer working her way up to creative lead before leaving for New York. Joyce’s position at Buck is pretty new when we recorded this interview, so we chat a little about how different it is from her freelancing gigs, of which she is best known for and has been doing in the States for nearly five years. We also have a chance to delve into some of her projects for Riot Games, Patriot Act and Semi Permanent.

As always, a big thank you to Streamtime, our supporting partner, not just for the support they give us but for the support they give the whole Australian design industry. Give them a try at and get a 20% discount just for being an ADR listener.
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Apr 15, 202142:57
Ep127 with James (Gilmore) Duru
Apr 07, 202149:10
Ep126 with Sam Bucolo
Apr 02, 202148:46
EP125 with Dan Agostino

EP125 with Dan Agostino

In this episode, we spoke with Dan Agostino, Head of Design at The Brand Agency.

Hailing from Perth, Dan joined The Brand Agency in 2007 and over the years his role has grown to Head of Design. The 150+ people agency has offices in Perth, Melbourne and Auckland and covers project management, creative and design, content and production, brand activation, PR and social, technology, media, search and analytics, strategy, UX and CX.

We spoke with Dan about the design scene in Perth and dove into some of the stand out projects they have launched including Active Armidale and the brilliant Hungry Puffs campaign for Foodbank. Dan speaks candidly about the purpose of the projects and also how and why they help deliver economic growth, opportunity, health and stability to society.

We hope you enjoy this first episode of ADR in 2021 brought to you by our friends at Streamtime. Support the podcast by supporting our one and only partner. If you haven’t tried it before, see how Streamtime can help you run things more efficiently.

Dan Agostino

Hungry puffs

Jan 15, 202149:15
EP124 with Ros Moriarty

EP124 with Ros Moriarty

This episode we had the pleasure of chatting with Ros Moriarty from Balarinji, an Aboriginal-owned strategy and design agency, based in Sydney. Ros started the business with her husband, John, over 37 years ago and during that time has seen a lot of changes in the industry and how Aboriginal design is perceived.

Their work includes everything from branding and digital products to curating public art and cultural design principles. They believe in location-specific relationships and outcomes, leading them to work with and engage Aboriginal stakeholders across the nation. This puts them in a very authentic position, being able to communicate legacy of place — something that has been ignored for too long in modern Australian society.

In this discussion, we dig into Ros’ background and how she moved from journalism to design, the meeting of John and being accepted into his family. We look in-depth at the studios offerings and consider how much has changed, but also, how much further we have to go in increasing Australia’s understanding of its First People.

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Sep 24, 202045:09
EP123 with Monique Kneepkens
Aug 06, 202045:30
EP122 with Michael Wong
May 15, 202050:17
EP121 with Andrew Hochradel
Apr 26, 202047:24
EP120 with Nick Moir
Apr 17, 202001:00:26
EP119 with Alex Skougarevskaya
Mar 05, 202046:14
EP118 with Tegan Wotton
Feb 02, 202049:22
EP117 with Johanna Matt and Flyn
Dec 21, 201951:49
EP116 with Craig Black

EP116 with Craig Black

EP116 with Craig Black

In this episode, we spoke with Craig Black a graphic designer, lettering artist and typographer.

Craig is Scottish born and after spending some time in London, he currently runs his own design studio in Gourock, Scotland. He has a diverse style and doesn’t seem to be tied down to any single medium or aesthetic. This has led to an impressive list of clients from all over the globe and a growing list of speaking gigs. Also, he’s just a great guy.

Quite early on Craig talks about how he feels it’s his responsibility to be helping others achieve their goals and encourages people to be proud of their achievements whatever they are. The culture of overtime, his approach to work-life balance and switching off. A big believer in positive affirmations, Craig talks about the value in congratulating yourself more in your work and for personal and professional achievements.

We spoke about how much people connect with artists and designers who put themselves within their work and the value of community including Craig’s initiative in Scotland called Creative Inverclyde, working with prisoners and the value of creativity.

Hosting this episode was Prue Jones and Flyn Tracy. Thank you AGDA for hooking us up with Craig Black during his speaking tour.

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Dec 09, 201956:33
EP115 with Andrew Ashton

EP115 with Andrew Ashton

EP115 with Andrew Ashton

When it comes to the Australian design industry, there are few as supportive and as accomplished as Andrew Ashton. Across his 30+ professional years, he has consistently advocated on behalf of Aussie creatives and built an international reputation that has seen him awarded many times over. At 34, Andrew was made one of the youngest members of the prestigious Alliance Graphique Internationale, at that time, only the 8th Australian to be invited.

Andrew is great to talk to. Conversations with him tend to roam all over the creative landscape. His experience and thoughtful insight give a unique perspective on what is occurring in the industry. In this episode we dig into his past, look at design in the internet age and talk about what it means to be an Australian creative.

As a testament to his practice, Andrew raised the bar for our guests by turning up with a song playlist, an original poster and three poems that covered the main chapters of the episode. We got him to read the poems on air and they are definitely worth digging into to discover their meanings.

It was a real honour to sit and chat with Andrew, we hope you enjoy it as much as we did. As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks again to Streamtime, longtime supporters of ADR. If you’re new to Streamtime use this link to get an ADR discount:

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Power House Project:
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People Things Blog:
Future underground people:
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Nov 18, 201953:26
EP114 with Nick Gower and Saakshi Muralidhar

EP114 with Nick Gower and Saakshi Muralidhar

In this episode, we spoke with Nick Gower and Saakshi Muralidhar of Mentally Friendly.

Mentally friendly is a group in Sydney that works with health, education, finance, and government to deliver wellbeing at scale. Nick is one of the founders of the business and an advisor to senior product leaders and clients, Saakshi is a senior organisational designer who started her career in product design, you’ll hear some of her journey in the episode.

Both Flyn and Matt have a long history with Mentally Friendly, Matt has known the founders, Nick and Jon longer from time spent at Billy Blue College of Design back in the day and Flyn worked with them on Tractor Design School. Don’t bother googling it, it doesn’t exist more. Wah.

We spoke about design and innovation, operational design, moving from task-based design to more team-based missions and ‘making good intentions real’ as Nick put it so well. We heard about Mentally Friendly’s hiring process where they look for softer skills rather than hard skills and often find applicants are better suited to roles they haven’t even thought of, which was backed up nicely by Saakshi’s story.

We hope you like the episode, let us know what you think!

Big thanks to Streamtime for their support. If you’re new to Streamtime use this link to get an ADR discount


Nick Gower in episode 12

The Paul Rand quote is “Don’t try to be original, just try to be good.” Flyn 0 – Paul Rand 1
Nov 01, 201956:10
EP113 with Joe Macleod

EP113 with Joe Macleod

This episode, Flyn is in conversation with Head of Endineering, Joe Macleod.

With a 20+ year career in product design, both digital and tangible, Joe has a wealth of experience in UX and HCD. During his time at Nokia and as Head of Design at UsTwo, Joe became concerned about the end of the customer journey and started a campaign to make off-boarding as important as on-boarding. This ultimately led him to write a book called ‘Ends.’ and launch the World's first customer ending consulting business: ‘andEnd.’

In Joe’s own words, focusing on the end may seem counterintuitive and a hard sell to a client that is all about shipping product. So, throughout this episode, we unpack why ‘clean and considered endings’ should be seen as a competitive advantage, not as a barrier to sale. Joe has spent over 15 years thinking about this and has case studies galore but we also find time to relive the early days of UsTwo, when Nokia was the king of phones and how a “profoundly” dyslexic person went about writing a book.

Special thanks to our friends Streamtime for their ongoing support. Check them out at to get an exclusive 20% listener discount!

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Oct 10, 201950:58
EP112 with Chi Ryan
Sep 27, 201949:36
EP111 with Steve Baty

EP111 with Steve Baty

This episode sees us sitting with Steve Baty, co-founder and principal of Meld Studios.

Let’s just get this out of the way, Steve is a mad cyclist, so we begin there before he expertly links it back to service design, user experience and how to solve ‘dumb shit’ quickly. Steve has an uncanny ability to see the core of the problem and we talk through a range of case studies that explain Melds approach.

The team at Meld is incredibly diverse, with a wide range of experience and skills, not normally seen in a studio. We discuss this and also look at the importance of community and Steve’s role in UX Book Club, the Good Design Council of Australia, IxDA and the UX Australia conferences. At some point Matt manages to steer the conversation towards education (surprise surprise) and Steve’s multiple academic qualifications.

Special thanks to our friends Streamtime for their ongoing support. Check them out at Get a free account. Try them out. It’’ll be time well spent.

Thank you also to Adobe for lending us their Adobe LIVE sound room to record in. Go to to see their library of video tutorials.

Photo credit: Emma Nevison

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Sep 13, 201953:15
EP110 with Benni Weller and Mikey Hart
Sep 07, 201952:51
EP109 with Kenjiro Kirton

EP109 with Kenjiro Kirton

In this episode, we spoke with Kenjiro Kirton, Co-Founder and Creative Director at Hato. It’s Saturday afternoon on the last day of The Design Conference in Brisbane. The beers are flowing, the heads are sore and the minds overloaded. Still, we found time to sit down with Kenjiro Kirton, Co-Founder and Creative Director at Hato. Hato is a unique studio (both in London and Hong Kong) for the way they approach design. Focused on active play and community engagement, you could say their design is based on co-creation, or facilitation, with the end user — leading to some truly unique outputs. For his part, Kenjiro is incredibly well-researched and curious, always putting the ‘why’ before the what. There are a lot of throwaway references in this episode that are well worth looking up, so have a notepad ready. Matt was very kindly joined by Yasmin Naghavi (solicitor from Media Arts Lawyers and Alex Naghavi’s sister) and Ben Johnston (Alex’s boss — it all leads back to Alex). It was great to have these two on as they added extra depth to the conversation. Thank you so much for saying yes. Thank you to the Design Conference for giving us access to their guests and check out Links: Website: Kenjiro Instagram: Hato Instagram: Hato Press Instagram: Start with a mark: Hato D&AD Festival 18 identity: Célestin Freinet: The Design Conference:
Aug 15, 201950:32
EP108 with Ben Johnston and Alex Naghavi
Aug 05, 201955:22
EP107 with Amanda Munilla

EP107 with Amanda Munilla

Jul 26, 201952:19
EP106 with Tea Uglow
Jul 12, 201955:09
EP105 with Mills and Sinx

EP105 with Mills and Sinx

EP105 with Mills and Sinx Founders and owners of UsTwo, Matt 'Mills' Miller and John ‘Sinx’ Sinclair suddenly find themselves in a very enviable position — leaders of a successful ‘independent’ company, and… not really needed. This is of course ‘designed’ and not without a lot of hard work. But, since bringing in a CEO and senior management the best friends finally get to appreciate what they have built. In collaboration with Andy Wright and Never Not Creative, we found some time to sit with Mills & Sinx and explore what their company looks like now, how their friendship continues to work after 30 years and what they are going to do with all this spare time. This is an incredibly frank and honest reflection that charts the naïve, hedonistic beginnings of the ‘fampany’ to the realisation that they needed to pull the needle back towards business, making hard decisions and ‘growing up’ in order to protect the company and their 300+ employees. It’s a perfect end of chapter conversation, before beginning the next. As always special thanks to Streamtime for their steadfast support and motivation. If you haven’t tried their software yet, well, you’re wasting time, literally. Special thanks to The Design Conference who gave us this opportunity. If you haven’t been before, you must, simple as that. Links: UsTwo: Monument Valley: The road to 100: Mill’s podcast: Mills Instagram: Sinx Instagram: TDC: Streamtime:
Jul 05, 201958:52
EP104 with Andrea Lau

EP104 with Andrea Lau

As Director and co-founder of Small Multiples, Andrea Lau is a data-visualisation specialist. In their words, they are a multidisciplinary team of data specialists, designers and developers, helping people make the best use of their data. Flyn and Matt unashamedly use this as an opportunity to dig into what data is, and how the visualisation of it is affecting many of our day to day decisions. Thankfully, Andrea is incredibly passionate about the education of data and raising everyone’s data literacy, having taught courses and workshops in this area — so, she was accommodating and incredibly informative.

We also spend some time on what it’s like to run a niche studio in an emerging area and why data specialists are becoming such hot property. Towards the end, we discuss the crossover point between data visualisation and art and look at how, as a studio, Small Multiples is trying to present data in non-typical ways — in boutique chocolates for example.

As always special thanks to Streamtime for their steadfast support and motivation. If you haven’t tried their software yet, well, you’re wasting time, literally.

Special thanks to John Allsopp from web directions for connecting us with Andrea.

Small Multiples:
Visualise Today:
Bakedown Cakery:
Hello Sun:
Not A single Origin:
Immigrant maps:
Framework for designing amazing maps:
School planning:
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We Feel Fine: and
Jun 23, 201954:40
EP103 with Pip Jamieson

EP103 with Pip Jamieson

Matt is still in London and he managed to find an empty spot in Pip Jamieson’s — (understandably) very busy — diary (8am after a public holiday). Pip is the founder and CEO of The Dots, a professional network for people in the creative industry. She has been named in numerous ‘ones to watch’ lists and has thrown herself into the world of raising capital and entrepreneurship. She’s passionate about diversity, emerging technology, leadership and creativity — and we managed to weave all of them into this conversation.

Many in Australia will know Pip as the co-founder of The Loop before she moved back to the UK in 2014 to begin the Dots. She’s incredibly curious, constantly learning new things and with a signature infectious laugh — it’s impossible not to be inspired by her. Especially when you consider she is dyslexic, which she considers her ‘superpower’. The Dots is fast positioning itself as the main alternative to LinkedIn so we also manage to get into the details of what makes them different and what’s next.

As always special thanks to Streamtime for their steadfast support and motivation. If you haven’t tried their software yet, well, you’re wasting time, literally.

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Pip in Marie Claire:
Creative Review Top 50 Leaders:
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Jun 16, 201948:49
EP102 with Mark Stott

EP102 with Mark Stott

This episode Matt is in London and took the time to catch with two old friends, Mark Stott, ECD at Felix® — and, wait for it — Denise Chippindale, Marketing Manager at General Assembly (UK & Europe). Denise very kindly jumped in as co-host and gave great insights into the London design scene and how she’s been keeping busy since she moved over. Mark has been working on a secret project after closing his studio, Common, and moving to the UK. So in this episode, we dig into what that project is and why it was an offer too good to refuse. Felix® is touted as the world’s most advanced way of measuring, understanding and building resilience to stress. It incorporates machine learning analytics connected to wearable technology. Mark was headhunted to develop the brand and its visual language. This was a massive shift for Mark, focusing on a single brand, in an area he knew little about — so we discuss how he managed that and what he’s learnt along the way. Thanks to GA for giving us space to record in their London office. As always special thanks to Streamtime for their steadfast support and motivation. If you haven’t tried their software yet, well, you’re wasting time, literally. Links: Streamtime: Mark’s old studio: The TedX titles Mark designed: Mark Insta: Mark on Linkedin: Denise Insta: Denise on Linkedin: General Assembly:
Jun 11, 201943:04
EP101 with Ben Miles
May 24, 201955:39
EP100 Katja Forbes on Strength and Gumption

EP100 Katja Forbes on Strength and Gumption

In this episode, we spoke with Katja Forbes Managing Director of Designit. Katja is the Managing Director of Designit ANZ, Director, she’s on the IxDA global board, one of 100 women of influence and in the top 10 female entrepreneurs in Australia. She's a specialist in research & experience design with the qualifications that go with it, she's an educator, mentor, coach, who gets genuinely excited when talking about being in 'the field' doing research and understanding how humans interact with technology. We spoke about the diverse career paths people take to get into user experience design and related fields, how tough and lonely it can be to be a sole director of a company, her love for co-design, coaching as a peer-to-peer relationship vs mentorship, what does happiness look like for you as a designer, AI, machine learning and how we as designers must design trust into these invisible decision makers and much more. This was a Flyn only episode, breaking the rules a little bit while Matt is away in the UK. Streamtime keeps ADR going, and we love them for it. Show them some love over at Links IXDA Jay Rogers – OG Founder of the IxDA Sydney chapter Lego Play Catherine Ryan Article about AI responses to Sexual Harassment
Apr 04, 201950:47
EP99 with Zoë and Tash on Directing and Direction
Mar 28, 201951:01
EP98 with Rob Self-Pierson on Words and Verbs

EP98 with Rob Self-Pierson on Words and Verbs

ADR EP98 with Rob Self-Pierson on Words and Verbs Rob Self-Peirson is a writer and brand consultant based in London, UK. He is the founder and head of The Table, an agency devoted to tone of voice and copywriting. He’s worked with the likes of GumTree, British Gas, IKEA, V&A and has a fierce love of design and a desire to see designers and writers working closely together. Rob was actually in Australia (thanks to the Australian Graphic Design Association) for a round of seven workshops focused on writing for design, encouraging designers to explore and engage with the writing process to improve their design work. In this episode, we look at Rob’s view on writing and why it’s becoming more and more important in the current design industry. We also get into how he became a writer, the importance of mentors and writing books about the moon. Special thanks to AGDA for giving us time to talk with Rob and Streamtime for their unwavering support and encouragement. If you haven’t tried their software yet, well, you’re wasting time, literally. Links: The Table Twinned with… article Twinned with… book Twinned with… Design Week Streamtime AGDA
Feb 15, 201949:05
EP97 with Carlo Giannasca on Limelight and Curtains

EP97 with Carlo Giannasca on Limelight and Curtains

Episode 97 with Carlo Giannasca on Limelight and Curtains.⁣
Carlo Giannasca is a multi-award-winning graphic and three-dimensional environmental designer. He is the Head of Urbanite, Design Director and one of the founder/owners of Frost*collective. On top of that, he is the joint chair of Sydney's SEGD chapter (The Society for Experiential Graphic Design). ⁣⁣⁣⁣
In this episode, we chart Carlo’s introduction to design, from drawing on his bedroom walls to hassling Garry Emery into giving him his first job. With over 30 years of experience, Carlo has seen the industry dramatically change in Australia, we look at this but also explore why he made the move from traditional graphic design to environments. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
We also delve into the idea of self-promotion. With all the success Carlo has had, he’s always preferred to stay out of the spotlight, preferring to keep on the tools as much as possible, taking an active part in building and shaping teams, rather than a profile. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
Big thanks as always to our friends at Streamtime. Without their support, we couldn’t do half of what we have, or what we have planned for the next 97 episodes.⁣⁣⁣⁣
Also thanks to Kevin Finn (The Sum Of) who jumped in to co-host on this episode.⁣⁣⁣⁣
InDesign Live article w/ Nick Bannikoff discussing the state of XGD in Australia:⁣⁣⁣⁣
Foundry Live presentation:⁣⁣
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EP96 with Mike Rigby on Disruption and Design

EP96 with Mike Rigby on Disruption and Design

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EP94 with Mark Heaps on Life and Fulfilment
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EP93 with Birgit Palma on Imagination and Impossibility

EP93 with Birgit Palma on Imagination and Impossibility

In this episode, we spoke with Birgit Palma Illustrator & Lettering Artist based in Barcelona. Today, Birgit is known for her Illustration but during her studies, she learned a little bit of everything including illustration, graphic design, 3D and sound design. Her work lands at the sweet spot between modern avant-garde and illustration. This episode was recorded in Los Angeles as part of our Adobe Max series. We spoke about Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and what impact it might have to artistic work, creating design systems and guidelines for illustrations, her regimented workflow and schedule, how she likes to create impossible imaginative work because the possible is all around us and using instagram as a playground for illustration. Big thanks as always to our friends at Streamtime who help make our episode possible. Our Adobe MAX series is co-supported by Adobe Australia and HP Australia big thanks to them for getting us to LA as an #adobepartner! 🙌 Birgit Palma Links Mentioned
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EP90 with Mark Conlan on Discovery and Refinement
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