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Educated Guess :: A Liberal Arts School for the Future

Educated Guess :: A Liberal Arts School for the Future

By Educated Guess

Educated Guess (EG) is a research and design organization concerned with humanity's relationship to machines, images, and cities.
Conceived in 2018 as a "liberal arts school for everyday people", Educated Guess garnered attention initially through this public lecture series. Serving over 45,000 humans across 18 countries, the series (archived in 2022) covers topics of personal growth, design practice, and art history. These lectures have been consumed virtually and collectively–resulting in collaborations with Adidas, School, Research + Development, Soho House, A Ma Maniere, SVA, ADF, et al.
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Educated Guess :: A Liberal Arts School for the FutureFeb 08, 2019

Leaning Into the Mundane (ft. Lütjens Padmanabhan) | Ep. 221

Leaning Into the Mundane (ft. Lütjens Padmanabhan) | Ep. 221

Lütjens Padmanabhan Architekten was established by Oliver Lütjens and Thomas Padmanabhan in 2007. The recent work of the practice focuses on housing in the residential districts surrounding the cities of Zürich, Basel and Munich. 

Despite their love for a more refined, urbane architecture, Oliver Lütjens and Thomas Padmanabhan have light-heartedly embraced the fact that most of their commissions are set in the mundane anonymity of suburbia. Their interest in complex architectural expression has distanced the practice from the craft-oriented mainstream of Swiss architecture. 

The current projects explore the impossible task of reconciling the autonomy of the exterior facade with the typological uncertainty of interior spaces and loose urban contexts.
After teaching assignments at ETH Zürich and TU Munich Oliver Lütjens and Thomas Padmanabhan are currently teaching as guest professors at EPF Lausanne.

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30 Minutes to Change Your Life | Ep. 211

30 Minutes to Change Your Life | Ep. 211

Most people think that the life they want to live will magically appear in their future. The truth is a bit different...Tune in for one of the most candid lectures ever published on this platform.
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How to Find Joy in Learning (ft. John Maeda) | Ep. 210
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Skills v. Attributes | Ep. 208
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Dreams, Realities, and In-Betweens (ft. Andy Pressman) | Ep. 207

Dreams, Realities, and In-Betweens (ft. Andy Pressman) | Ep. 207

Andy Pressman is currently a resident of Portland, Oregon. And, according to his Instagram, he is very clearly NOT an Art Director. Yet, I think you might find it interesting that he is the former head/founder of the design studio Rumors. While running the studio, they had the joy of taking on clients like Sci-Arc, Microsoft, Clif Bar, and more. Andy is now a Creative Director at Upstatement and just so happens to run an incredibly insightful Twitter page.

Some of the topics covered in this episode include, but aren’t limited to:

  • The realities of starting, running, and closing a design practice
  • Finding a through-line from time as a Cooper Union Student to now
  • Selling to clients without doing work for spec
  • Reflecting on the dreams and realities of running a New York design studio

You can find out more about Andy’s body of work and story at

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Introducing the "Learning to Live" Lecture Series | Ep. 206

Introducing the "Learning to Live" Lecture Series | Ep. 206

All summer long, we're bringing you the brightest minds in design, philosophy, and life. The bedrock of Educated Guess is the eternal pursuit of an integrated life--where life and art become one. So, this summer is dedicated to this exact aspiration. This episode gives more background on the purpose of the lecture series and what you stand to gain from sticking with us throughout the summer.

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How to Recognize Your Season of Life | Ep. 201
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A Return to the Future (ft. Arlander Taylor) | Ep. 200
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From Water to Water | Ep. 199
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How to Avoid Copying the Work You Love | Ep. 198
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Notes on Living a Meaningless Life | Ep. 197
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Valerio Olgiati | Ep. 196
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How to Use Avoidance to Your Advantage | Ep. 195
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How to Create Your Personal Code of Conduct | Ep. 194
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Navigating Life as a Creative Director (ft. Yancy Wilkinson) | Ep. 193
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The Power of Whimsical Constraints | Ep. 192
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Dealing with Rejection | Ep. 191
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Dealing with Fear, Frustration, and Failure | Ep. 186
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How to Separate Yourself | Ep. 185
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