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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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Ep132 REISSUE Christopher Doyle (Christopher Doyle & Co.)

Australian Design RadioAug 06, 2021

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:

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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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:⁣⁣⁣⁣
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Jan 18, 201951:50
EP96 with Mike Rigby on Disruption and Design

EP96 with Mike Rigby on Disruption and Design

Jan 14, 201947:04
EP95 with Jessica Hische on Encouragement and Bravery
Jan 04, 201940:48
EP94 with Mark Heaps on Life and Fulfilment
Dec 20, 201854:41
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
Dec 14, 201845:03
EP92 with Adam JK on We're Going to Die
Dec 10, 201830:16
EP91 with Lauren Hom on Juice and Squeeze
Nov 19, 201852:03
EP90 with Mark Conlan on Discovery and Refinement
Nov 13, 201846:11
EP89 with Sally Spratt on Drawing Motivation

EP89 with Sally Spratt on Drawing Motivation

In this episode, we spoke with Sally Spratt in Los Angeles as part of our Adobe MAX series.

Sally is an illustrator with graphic design roots who found a following through a passion project entitled The Lust List where she drew images of products she lusted after but couldn’t afford. As well as being represented by Roxy Jacenko at The Ministry of Talent, Sally’s work for clients is incredibly diverse but often focused on speed and getting ideas down quickly, making her perfect for conceptual work and free-flowing watercolour imagery.

In this episode we spoke all about Sally’s backstory and how imposter syndrome is both a good and bad thing, giving us motivation to always over deliver. We look at making the leap to “follow your bliss” and how to get your friends to write your resignation letter. We also looked at some of the new announcements from Adobe that will positively affect her workflow (Project Gemini) and how she plans to diversify into other areas with the help of the new tech (Rush and Photoshop on the iPad).

Thanks, as always, to our good friends at Streamtime. It’s with their support we’ve been able to get s**t done. It’s project management software we couldn’t live without. Try it

Our Adobe MAX series is co-supported by Adobe and HP Australia big thanks to them for getting us to LA.

Adobe Project Gemini
A great video of Gemini in action
Nov 02, 201841:46
EP88 with Alicia Souza on Enthusiasm and Creativity
Oct 29, 201845:56
EP87 Flyn and Matt Escape to LA
Oct 16, 201843:06
EP86 with Jeremy Lord on Deliberate Practice
Sep 21, 201856:26
EP85 with Prue Jones on Gender and Simulations
Sep 10, 201850:39
EP84 with James de Vries on Sea Change and See Change

EP84 with James de Vries on Sea Change and See Change

Sep 07, 201858:04
EP83 with James Victore on Feck Perfuction
Sep 03, 201852:48
EP82 with Estella Tse on Immersive Art
Aug 31, 201858:09
EP81 Perth Panel on Work and Life
Aug 24, 201801:09:53
EP80 with DIA on Kinetic Identity
Aug 20, 201849:48
EP79 with Jack Mussett on Words and Psyche
Jul 24, 201801:01:51
EP78 with George Rose on Walls and Wunderlust
Jul 01, 201853:22
EP77 with Bráulio Amado on Design and Reinvention
Jun 17, 201853:42
EP76 with Kris Sowersby on Foundies and Roundies
Jun 01, 201851:39
EP75 The Gig Economy Panel with Streamtime and Foundry
May 16, 201850:00
EP74 with Catriona Burgess on Ideas and Purpose

EP74 with Catriona Burgess on Ideas and Purpose

Growing up in a house designed by Phillip Cox, with Marimekko curtains and with a reconditioned printing press in her house, it’s not surprising that Cat eventually found her way into the design world, but the beginning of her career started her off on a different journey.

From a Journalist at channel 7 to public affairs roles with Sydney Water and government organisations she eventually, perhaps inevitably made her way to Emery Vincent where she has spent 15 years and what is now called Frost Collective.

We spoke about purposeful brands and the importance of ideas, we spoke about the shift away from the industrial model of the past to today’s connection economy. We also spoke about equality in the workplace, embracing flexible and inclusive work schedules and how far we’ve come from needing employees to be chained to a desk to add value to a business.

Head to to listen now or subscribe using any podcast app. Shout out to Guest Host Josie Young, Streamtime for lending us their studio to record and supporting us this year.

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Sheryl Sandberg

Roxane Gay – Bad Feminist

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May 04, 201859:33
EP73 with Vanessa Ward on Nomad-life
Apr 27, 201854:35
EP72 With Andrew Johnstone on Photocopying with a Pencil
Apr 20, 201856:15
EP71 with Tom Carey on Humanising Brands
Apr 13, 201847:24
EP70 with Shannon Bell on Voices and Words

EP70 with Shannon Bell on Voices and Words

In this episode, we spoke with Shannon Bell, Creative Director at RE, the branding agency which is part of M&C Saatchi Australia. Shannon has over 15 years experience in copywriting and has a unique perspective on the design industry and how writing fits within (and supports) it. An expert in verbal identity design, we spend time digging into how this area differs and crosses over into naming and branding. As a prominent female leader, Shannon is also involved with a number of initiatives to further gender balance within the creative industries. We discuss M&C’s pledge of 50:50 by 2020 and explore their W&C (Women & Creative) program. Shannon on twitter Re M&C Saatchi W&C Thanks to Streamtime for keeping us on time and making this episode possible check them out
Apr 06, 201847:20
EP69 with Ngaio Parr on Making Nice

EP69 with Ngaio Parr on Making Nice

In this episode, we spoke with Ngaio Parr, We are out and visiting people’s home/studios again, and this time we sit down with the versatile Ngaio Parr, Illustrator, Multidisciplinary Designer, Curator, Teacher and Founder of MakeNice. Thanks again to Streamtime, who without their support, and our new travelling kit, we couldn’t do this. Ngaio (you say it Nigh-Oh) works with a whole range of clients such as The New York Times, Thames & Hudson and Redbull but she’s probably best known for MakeNice, a conference/platform/community that seeks to showcase women in design and the issues they face. This notoriety brings its own issues and we discuss what it means to be known for a movement and how to make sure you are looking after yourself, as well as the community. We also talk about some of Ngaio’s work, such as the transparent KKK outfit and how that came about. What it’s like working from a home studio and how she keeps herself motivated. Ngaio’s website: MakeNice: Instagram: Twitter:
Mar 30, 201854:35
EP68 Tarra Van Amerongen On Elephants And Turtles

EP68 Tarra Van Amerongen On Elephants And Turtles

This episode we did a house call and visited Tarra van Amerongen, Group Director of Fjord, to talk about her role and how she thinks about the future. A massive shout out to Streamtime, as it’s with our new travelling recording kit that we were able to do this.

Tarra has recently had a baby boy so we started there, talking about the change a baby brings and how she wants to redesign the complete hospital experience.

As you might expect, Tarra is an incredibly big thinker and in a position to bring about change through her role with Fjord, her teaching at UTS and her work with the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) – a 260 year old networking group ‘dedicated to enriching society and shaping the future’.

Interestingly Tarra didn’t take the standard design journey, instead studying business and management, working as an Investment Analyst and managing CBA’s Innovation Lab, before moving into more typically creative roles. This experience puts her in a unique position to understand both sides of the corporate/creative divide and we discuss how she navigates it.

Matt first met Tarra through an AGDA panel they were on during VIVID in 2017 entitled Can Technology Make us more Human – you can see that panel at


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Mar 23, 201854:43
EP67 with Jordan Stokes Design and Passion

EP67 with Jordan Stokes Design and Passion

In this episode, we spoke with Jordan Stokes, Design Director at Born and Raised. We spoke about Jord's extensive stint doing internships back in the UK (Flyn goes on a short rant) about this, before talking about his experiences at some amazing studios in the UK including The Case and Music, Riding BMX’s over posters to create work, and working with other talented designers like Craig Oldham. Jord eventually made his way to Australia and worked at Fabric, Ogilvy and Maud before finding his home with Born and Raised. We really picked Jordan's brain about his passion project Secret 7’s, a non-profit based competition, exhibition and design challenge that you’ll have to listen into the show to really get an understanding on what it’s all about. Craig Oldham It’s Nice That Secret 7’s website by Secret 7’s Follow Jordan B&R
Mar 16, 201856:11
EP66 with DesignStudio – I'm with the Brand
Mar 09, 201850:53
EP65 with Wade and Leta – Follow to the Leta

EP65 with Wade and Leta – Follow to the Leta

This episode was recorded late 2017 on the morning after Leta Sobierajski and Wade Jeffree's AGDA talk in Sydney, just after the solar eclipse – which was pretty pointless in Australia, as we couldn’t see it. Still, that didn’t stop us having a lively and far reaching conversation about the couple, being both married in life and work. Discovering they are both huge Anime fans led us down a dark and nerdy path, being that Flyn and Matt are also fans. Thankfully (for you) we’ve cut a lot of that. We also spoke a lot about influences, specifically Arakawa and Madeline Gins, who Leta and Wade have loved for a long time, and obviously covered Wade’s time with Sagmeister & Walsh. Finally we spoke about Ikko Ikko, and the fact it has nothing to do with the 15th Century uprising in Japan. Their studio website: Their influence: Arakawa and Madeline Gins Leta: Wade:
Mar 02, 201848:53
EP64 with Tim Clapham on Motion and Experiments
Feb 23, 201851:31
EP63 with Beck Feiner on The 123 of A-Z
Nov 20, 201752:00
EP62 with Kitiya Palaskas on Craft and Design
Nov 10, 201748:20
EP61 with Nicole Tung on Composure in Conflict
Nov 03, 201744:10
EP60 with Nuno Silva on Framing and Perspective
Oct 26, 201739:34
EP59 with Lauren Carney on Work and Wonder
Oct 19, 201751:46
EP58 with Graham Barton on Spock and Kirk
Oct 11, 201749:39
EP57 with Mark Gowing on Creating with Purpose
Aug 25, 201759:33
EP56 with Ian Anderson on People and Audiences
Aug 18, 201737:30
ADR Review EP03

ADR Review EP03

In this review, roundup...whatever... we spoke a bit about The Design Conference in Brisbane where we ran Q&A, our excitement that Damien Aistrope of Australian InFront is coming back to Australia, friends leaving (Mark Stott), some AGDA events in Australia, VIVID, UX Australia, Paper suppliers KW Doggett and BJ Ball merging and whatever happened to Desktop Magazine? Show notes Graphic Design Documentary Search Find-a-Finder's-Fee in Facebook KW Dogett & BJ Ball Merger
Jun 14, 201736:42
ADR Review EP02
May 19, 201725:60
ADR Review EP01

ADR Review EP01

This is the first episode of a new style of the show where we can catch up and talk about what's going on in our design world. We're still producing the guest episodes, but we want to do more. If you hate this idea or love it let us know!
May 12, 201731:60
EP54 with Nick Bannikoff on Immersive Environments
Apr 27, 201751:41
EP53 with Chris Laws on Generally Managing

EP53 with Chris Laws on Generally Managing

In this episode, we spoke with Chris Laws, Managing Director of Born & Raised. Born & Raised, an agency that sits comfortably within branding, design and campaign driven projects. Enduring brand strategy and design craft underpins commercially-driven brands, campaigns, content and experiences. We spoke with Chris about his journey from backing himself through Award School and learning the graphic design ropes at Shillington College all while working full-time cutting his industry teeth. We spoke about the fabled Moon days where Chris was General manager working with many familiar names to ADR. Chris shared some tips on pitching, thoughts on education, running teams and working with good people. Born and Raised Stuart O’Brien Brad Stevens KVB Martin College
Mar 17, 201754:30
EP52 with Nick Rudenno on Subscribing to Life
Feb 03, 201701:02:40
EP51 with Gemma O'Brien on Culture and Authenticity
Jan 17, 201751:28
EP50 with Frankie Ratford on The Road Less Traveled
Dec 09, 201653:19
EP49 with Timothy Goodman on Designing for People
Dec 02, 201643:18
EP48 with Dan Stiles on Letting Things Unfold
Nov 25, 201658:27
EP47 with James K Lowe on Control vs Delegating
Nov 15, 201647:28
EP46 with Chris Panzetta on Interactive Experiences
Nov 01, 201657:11
EP45 Andy Hoyne on The Competitive Spirit
Oct 25, 201656:22
EP44 Andy Wright on Storytelling and Feelings
Oct 11, 201601:02:47
EP43 Christopher Gregson on Colocated Production
Oct 03, 201649:50
EP42 Julian Melhuish on Starting with Words

EP42 Julian Melhuish on Starting with Words

In this episode, we spoke with Julian Melhuish Creative Director at Churchward/Melhuish. Churchward/Melhuish is a branding/design/ad agency in Sydney founded by Julian and business partner Joe Churchward in 2011. Both partners established themselves as industry leaders during their 15 years at Saatchi & Saatchi. In this episode, we spoke about language in design and how we should start all projects with words first, starting a studio at 50, what designers can learn from advertising, design and advertising awards and their relevance, we spoke about the Saatchi & Saatchi days and the bygone era of the advertising golden age.…_Change_Your_Mind_…y/9781780673486…81119164005.html…/jonathan-kneebone/
Sep 01, 201656:17
EP41 Linda Jukic On Trust
Aug 10, 201656:13
EP40: Flyn and Matt on The New Shiny

EP40: Flyn and Matt on The New Shiny

In this episode, we spoke to each other.

Every now and again, we like to take a moment to recap on some of the things we've learnt so far. We're usually too busy listening to our guests to really have a chat and digest some of the recent episodes.

We spoke about the last ten episodes and some of the key takeaways, we discussed the rebrand and website launch and how it went down, thanked a bunch of amazing people who actually did all the work and more.
Jul 29, 201655:41
EP39: Dave Foster on A Journey With Type
Jul 21, 201650:21
EP38: Lara Allport On Work And Life
Jul 14, 201659:15
EP37: Nigel Macquet On Unified Experiences
Jul 14, 201656:54
EP36: Murray Bell On A Semi - Podcast
Jul 14, 201659:19
EP35: Matt Haynes On Why Epicness Is Only Forged In Hell
Jul 14, 201654:41
EP34: Mike Tosetto On The Mic With Mike
Jul 14, 201658:09
EP33: Gabby Lord On OMGLORD

EP33: Gabby Lord On OMGLORD

In this episode, we spoke with Gabby Lord, Designer at A Colour Bright. Australian born and bred, Gabby now lives and works in Berlin. Gabby won the New Star Fabrica award while she was at Uni (dubbed Gabrica, you’ll notice Gabby has a penchant for puns), which took her to Italy for two weeks of design experience at Fabrica. Since then he has worked with Houston and Christopher Doyle & Co before her move overseas. She was also an important member of the CreativeMornings/Sydney team for quite some time. We spoke about the work life balance there that seems to contrast our culture here in Australia vs Berlin, giving and taking advice, saying no! digital skills and her newsletter which you should definitely take a look at.
Jul 14, 201657:05
EP32: Chris Doyle On What A Conversation About Design Looks Like

EP32: Chris Doyle On What A Conversation About Design Looks Like

In this episode, we spoke with Chris Doyle, Creative Director and Founder of Christopher Doyle & Co. One of our most listened to shows from last year was the second episode with Christopher Doyle, and as it’s been nearly a year to the day we thought we’d have him back to fill us in on what he’s been up to. When we first started the podcast the plan was to have a few key people appear more than once so we could see how successful they had become after appearing on the show. That was a joke. Chris has been busy moving studios, employing new staff and hosting the AGDA Awards with his good friend Ian Haigh. We delve into all of this and explore the purpose of awards in an industry where it is just as important to have a following on Instagram as it is to win an award. We also look at the pitfalls of the hiring process and how it’s affected by social media. Chris is also appearing at Semi-Permanent Sydney this year off the back of a successful appearance in New Zealand where he got to hang out with Jessica Walsh and Michael Bierut, two people he hugely admires, so we spend a little time talking about them and how their work has influenced us.
Jul 13, 201657:37
EP31: Jess Huddart On Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained
Jul 13, 201651:03
EP30: Maggie Tang On Design And Devotion To Sound
Jul 13, 201650:46
EP29: David Trewern On Tech Toys And Trewern

EP29: David Trewern On Tech Toys And Trewern

In this episode, we spoke with David Trewern Chairman of DT and Tractor. David is a Founder of DT & Republica Education. Advisor, investor and innovator. David founded David Trewern Design (now DT) in 1996. Today DT is one of Australia's largest and most awarded digital agencies, with 200 employees across Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland. Clients include Tourism Australia, Honda, Bunnings, Optus and many others. David also co-founded leading brand design company Threefold (now Designworks Melbourne) and spun cloud based hosting company Haylix from DT in 2007. We spoke about his love for new tech, toys like kite surfing and drones, hanging out with Richard Branson on his island and so on. We talked about David's visit to prison to talk to inmates about entrepreneurship with Igniting Change. We covered his journey from DT to today and his transition into the education space. Some experiences bringing Hyper Island to Australia and lessons learned there. We talk about his role at DT today as Chairman or as David prefers – ’spiritual guide’.
Jul 13, 201657:06
EP28: James Noble On Being Noble By Nature

EP28: James Noble On Being Noble By Nature

In this episode, we spoke with James Noble, Co-Founder of Carter Digital. Carter is a multi-award winning service design, customer & user experience agency based in Melbourne. Regarded as industry leaders in UX, Carter is a carbon neutral studio securing clients such as Tourism Victoria, Australian Ballet, National Heart Foundation, The Royal Women's & Mercy Hospital, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, and the world's leading Cancer Research Institute Walter & Eliza Hall. We spoke about his studio which he co-founded with Paul Beardsell, we discussed hi attitude towards charity or special projects which do good or give back. We spoke about doing away with hierarchy (sometimes) when working with staff and clients. James has quite a bit of experience being behind the mic as a regular on radio station RRR and on a podcast we've mentioned a few times on the show this year Beers Blokes and Business. So we learnt a thing or two about the biz. We also covered unplugging from the digital world that surrounds us, mental fatigue and the art of doing nothing on weekends and of course we couldn't have James on the show without talking to him about digital stuff, and user experience.
Jul 13, 201657:10
EP27: Chris Maclean On Branding A Frame Of Reference

EP27: Chris Maclean On Branding A Frame Of Reference

In this episode, we spoke with Chris Maclean, Creative Director for RE Sydney, part of M&C Saatchi. Formerly Executive Creative Director for Interbrand Australia, Chris has been a practicing designer for over 13 years. He's originally from Manchester in the UK but has been living in Sydney for over 10 years. We talk about working on the Telstra rebrand at Interbrand before moving to Interbrand and working on Optus. We also get the chance to hear the back-story on the Alzheimers Australia rebrand that not only changed public perception but also secured much-needed Government funding. This gives a great insight into Chris’ process and how the search for the problem always needs to take priority. We also wrestle with the idea of what a Creative Director needs to know, the unique skills and how they design through a team, rather than getting on the tools. How does the creative process change in this circumstance and how do you manage the inherent discomfort it brings.
Jul 13, 201652:43
EP26: Vince Frost On Chillin' With Frost

EP26: Vince Frost On Chillin' With Frost

In this episode, we spoke with Vince Frost, founder and Executive Creative Director of Frost*collective, Sydney.

Vince is arguably one the most famous designers in Australia. Before starting Frost* Design in London in 1994, Vince was the youngest Associate Director at Pentagram. In 2004, he relocated to Sydney and, as Creative Director of Frost* Design, has lead a wide range of projects for clients such as Deutsch Bank, Qantas, Frasers Property and Sydney Opera House.

We spoke with Vince about bringing The Nest into the Frost fold and expanding out Frost Design to include Urbanite, we covered his vision of 'Designing success by Inspiring Ideas to Life' and how this concept plays a part in the business vision. We also spent some time discussing The Alliance Graphique International of which Vince is a member and head of in Australia.
Jul 13, 201655:04
EP25: Michaela Webb On What Goes Round

EP25: Michaela Webb On What Goes Round

In this episode, we spoke with Michaela Webb, Creative Director at Studio Round.

Michaela is an internationally recognised designer with over 18 years experience and has worked at some of the world’s leading brand and design agencies. Her work has won numerous local and international awards and appeared in feature articles for Idea Magazine, IDN and Visuelle.

With a history of working for arts and cultural clients, we spend time talking through how creatives work for creatives and what sort of give-and-take is needed. Round also has a habit of linking clients together, creating something entirely new and different. One such venture is the pairing of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with another of their clients, Chef Andrew McConnell to produce a music/food sensory event - one of the most talked about events at The Melbourne Wine and Food Festival, yet another of their clients, last year.
Jul 13, 201601:03:34
EP24: Tony Prysten On Two Sides Of The Same Coin

EP24: Tony Prysten On Two Sides Of The Same Coin

In this episode, we spoke with Tony Prysten, Digital Director at Mccann in Melbourne.

Originally an industrial designer, Tony evolved into the world of digital leading his own agency Igloo for 20 years. Tony has worked on significant digital strategies, campaigns and implementations for Metro, Mazda Australia, Cricket Australia, Quit Victoria, VicHealth, Cancer Council Australia and Red Cross Blood Service.

We found out about Tony’s roots in industrial design and how he evolved from industrial to branding and graphics, then digital and now is championing digital design in the advertising world.

Tony has unique perspective from running a design studio for two decades and then not only moving to advertising but also from employer to employee.
Jul 13, 201654:42
EP23: Jim Antonopoulos On Why You Don't Need A Title To Be Vital

EP23: Jim Antonopoulos On Why You Don't Need A Title To Be Vital

In this episode, we spoke with Jim Antonopoulos, Owner at Tank.

Tank is a B Corp company based in Melbourne that is hard to describe since Jim and the team don't believe in hierarchy. Their multi-disciplined team includes storytellers, writers, designers, design researchers, producers and technologists.

Jim himself has had a zig-zag career, jumping between many different specialisations and this gets us talking about the idea of Full-Stack Employees, although check out this article for a differing view of whether it’s just a generalist.

Tank is well known for it’s written content with Hello Tomorrow, both on their blog and in printed journals they provide to clients and the lucky few. These journals bring together much of their learnings from projects and helps strengthen the relationship between studio and client.
Jul 11, 201651:31
EP22: Justin Smith On Why The End Is Just The Begining

EP22: Justin Smith On Why The End Is Just The Begining

In this episode, we spoke with Justin Smith, Creative Director and Co-Founder of End of Work.

End of Work is a Sydney-based studio working accross branding and design, communications, digital and film and interiors. Justin has two other businesses which are Get Commando Fit and The Online Chairman.

We spoke about 'us' as a design industry here in Australia, free pitching, the value of design and loving what we do and being inspired to come to work. Justin also shared a personal experience with getting some particularly bad news and finding ways to turn that into a positive.
Jul 11, 201655:05
EP21: Nick Hallam On Uncoated Positive Sex

EP21: Nick Hallam On Uncoated Positive Sex

In this episode, we spoke with Nick Hallam, Director and Product Designer at Joan. Nick is one-third of digital product design company, Joan. They work with clients to help bring to life ideas that create value for their customers. They also build our own products. Most of their work is in product strategy, prototyping & user testing, and interface design. Nick also created international design competition Positive Posters and Design Conference Sex, Drugs and Helvetica. We covered plenty of ground in this one with a general focus on people coming before technology. We also talked about loving tech for what it can do rather than what it is, how amazing the internet is, grid systems in graphic design a must read design book, business vs design and creating value before you ask for value.
Jul 11, 201654:49
EP20: Matt And Flyn On Rest Is For The Week

EP20: Matt And Flyn On Rest Is For The Week

In this episode, we speak with each other and reflect on the first two seasons of Australian Design Radio.
Jul 08, 201651:06
EP19: Matt Jackson On Affecting This

EP19: Matt Jackson On Affecting This

in this episode, we spoke with Matt Jackson, owner of Drawing Book Studios and Founder of Affectors and Affectors Academy.

Affectors facilitate highly interactive workshops with organisations and individuals to lift performance and inspire action.

We dig deeper into his businesses and the difference between an effect and an affect, and why creatives need to be thinking more about the difference. Matt’s also just opened a school, Affectors Academy and we discuss how this came about and why it’s the right time for more specialised offerings in the Australian education industry.
Jul 08, 201651:28
EP18: Buzz Usborne On A Buzz By Any Other Name

EP18: Buzz Usborne On A Buzz By Any Other Name

In this episode,