The Uncommon Podcast
The Uncommon PodcastDec 19, 2022
Diving into the world of Non-Fungible Tokens Ft. Theo Kanellopoulos
For Theo Kanellopoulos, the NFT space has been a place to merge all his passions, and with so many teeth in the game, he was someone we needed to chat with.
In this episode, we hear Theo's journey from being a sound engineer, an event promoter, an all-around entrepreneur, an agency owner, and, most recently, one of the faces of the Web3 space in Australia throwing a successful NFT event and starting a podcast about the world of Non-Fungible Tokens.
Check out his story to learn more about his journey and how he prepares for what's next in the NFT space.
Breaking into Australia's design industry. Ft. Oliver Muñoz
In this episode, we dive into Oliver’s story of moving from Mexico and starting fresh in the design industry in Australia. Through his story, he shows how, despite having no local experience and all the odds against him, his drive, the right mindset, and persistence paid off to find his first job as a designer.
Breaking into Australia's design industry. Ft. Alejandro Mejias
In this episode, Alejandro Mejias shares his story of starting from the bottom as an intern and how he found his first design job. He also shares how taking opportunities with an open mind led him to become a Design Leader. His story involves taking risks, embracing the unknown, and always learning to open new doors, all strategies he used to break into the Design Industry in Australia.
Anecdotes of a serial businessman. Ft. Jarahad Valeri (Welly) // Special Edition
We chatted with Jarahad, a good friend and entrepreneur who shared his journey as the founder of Welly – a company that is genuinely reinventing how we consume vegetables and fruits. A mission that doesn’t come easy but one that is set to pay fruits.
Designing for Web3
In this episode, we talked about Web3, and how we ended up working in the new phase of the internet. We unpack more of what Web3 is, our views, our experience with NFTs, how our curiosity led us to work on some cool Web3 projects, and how we brought our Experience design spin to them.
Disrupting the recruitment industry. Ft. Ryan Kelly and Callum Senior (Creative Natives) // SPECIAL EDITION
Ryan Kelly and Callum Senior from Creative Natives joined The Uncommon Podcast to share their stories of how a trip to Puerto Rico started a business relationship that turned into a recruitment agency. They also talked about honest and trustful relationships with their clients and candidates. If you have worked with recruiters, this is a chat you don't want to miss.
The value of attending conferences
In this episode, we talk about the reasons we go to conferences. We share our individual views on whether we think they’re valuable, why Ale hates the term networking, how Oliver loves top-tier tickets, and how we try to make the most of the conferences we attend.
Quality above everything else. Ft. Simon (Bone.Digital) & Jenna (Hungry Workshop) // SPECIAL EDITION
Simon and Jenna Hipgrave joined The Uncommon Podcast to talk about their remarkable work in letterpress printing at Hungry Workshop and digital development at Bone Digital. While the two disciplines may be far apart, in this episode, we learned from them how quality is always present in everything they do and how that has been the secret to running successful businesses. We also learned about their early beginnings, the process of letterpress printing and their journey to become the creative superpower they are today.
The effects of Artificial Intelligence in the creative industry
In this episode, we talk about Artificial intelligence and how it will affect the creative industry. We discuss whether this technology can get us out of our jobs, how we can leverage it, the tools we know, and the number of opportunities it brings.
Turning a brand into an experience. Ft. Vince Lebon // NO/BS EDITION
Vince Lebon is a designer, entrepreneur, and the mind behind Rollie shoes. He has collaborated with leading brands such as Adidas, Asics and Footlocker and was on the winning team on 'Lace up', the ultimate sneaker design competition by Adidas x Youtube. His passion has always driven him to create the best work, and we got to learn more about his approach to design in this inspiring episode in collaboration with NO/BS.
Conversando entre creativos. Ft. Alex Antolino // NO/BS EDITION // 100% EN ESPAÑOL
Alex Antolino es un Director Creativo que ha manejado marcas como Typeform y VideoAsk. Como apasionado y experto en marcas, su trabajo lo ha llevado a diferentes países y a dirigir grandes equipos creativos. Hoy por hoy, ha decidido repartir su conocimiento educando a travez de su contenido y dando charlas a cientos de personas.
En este episodio edición especial en español (spanglish) en colaboración con NO/BS, hablamos con Alex para conocer su trayectoria profesional y personal.
Divertida y sin filtros, esta conversa, nos llevo a hablar de las perspectivas de Alex sobre formas de trabajo, el metaverso, video juegos, NFTS, marcas, entre otras cosas — por supuesto enfocado desde el punto creativo.
Creative director turned content creator. Ft. Alex Antolino // NO/BS EDITION
Alex Antolino is a Creative Director who has managed brands like Typeform and VideoAsk. As a passionate and expert in brands, his work has taken him to different countries and to leading large creative teams. Today, he has decided to spread his knowledge by educating through his content and giving talks to hundreds of people.
For this episode in collaboration with NO/BS, we speak with Alex to learn about his professional and personal journey, how he went from videographer to leading a team of creatives, his view about what brands are truly about, and his vision for a world where creators build world-class brands.
Happier, healthier, creative businesses. Ft. Andy Wright // NO/BS EDITION
Andy Wright is a the CEO of Streamtime, the creator of the non-profit organisation Never Not Creative and co-chair of the creative, media and marketing industry Mentally-Healthy Change Group.
He's been working in the creative industry for many years. From running the local offices of global agencies like Interbrand and R/GA, he was also an original co-founder of For The People in Sydney.
In this episode in collaboration with No/Bs, we sat with Andy to talk about his passion for working on good projects, mental health, and how software can help create happier and healthier creative businesses.
Conversations for a change. Ft. Jasmin Bedir (Fck the Cupcakes) // NO/BS EDITION
Jasmin Bedir is an “ad lady” who is the CEO of a very successful advertising agency in Australia. However, beyond her entrepreneurial spirit, she is a woman of change. She is going against the grain to change the norm in an industry that has kept minorities quiet for a long time.
Her social enterprise Fck the Cupcakes focuses on diversity, equality and inclusion. Their goal is to highlight, discuss and fight against gender inequality in Australian culture and the workplace.
For this podcast episode in collaboration with NO/BS events, we had a very thought-provoking conversation with Jasmin.
From a personal to a professional level, we spoke about her journey as an immigrant, the realities and nuances of working in ad land, her views about inclusivity, biases, privilege in the workforce and much more.
Learning from a loud introvert Ft. Chris Do (The Futur™) // NO/BS EDITION
Chris Do is the founder of The Futur™ an online education platform that helps creatives be more business minded. He has been sharing his knowledge and expertise for over a decade via his YouTube channel, workshops, conferences, and his book ‘Pocket Full of Do’.
For this episode, we sat with Chris, and we learned about his views on starting projects and learning in the process, his passion for turning his experiences into great content, sharing unpopular opinions, designing yourself out of your business, re-thinking entrepreneurship, his views on AI, and much more.
Murals, NFTs and resilience. Ft. Danielle Weber // SPECIAL EDITION
We had Danielle at The Uncommon Podcast to chat about the art of painting, the challenges and opportunities of doing murals, and how NFTs have ironically allowed her to connect with her fans.
Travel, self-discovery and illustration. Ft. Karan Singh // SPECIAL EDITION
Karan Singh AKA @madebykaran is an artist and illustrator based in Melbourne Australia whose work has been commissioned by brands like Airbnb, Adobe, New York Times and many more. In this episode, he takes us through his unusual journey of travel, exploration and discovery. We also got to learn how his work is inspired by places he has lived in and how part of the process of evolving as an artist is to embrace imperfection.
Se habla Español // 100% EN ESPAÑOL
English: Two for the price of Juan. In this bonus episode, Oliver and Alejandro recap the season in Spanish (or Espanglish).
Español: En esta edición especial, recapitularemos la temporada, y lo haremos en español con el fin de llevarle nuestro contenido a la audiencia de habla hispana, y así demostrar, por qué somos 'Uncommon' o mejor dicho, 'Poco común'
In person or remotely
In this episode, Alejandro and Oliver discuss how they have navigated the last 2 years amid a pandemic. They talk about setting up and running the business from various places including their homes, a co-working space and at one point, a camper van. They discuss how the space changes the work dynamics and how they managed to set up a business without being in the same place. Raising the question of going back to the office or staying remote, Alejandro and Oliver consider the new model of decentralised businesses. How does that work for an agency?
Anecdotes of setting up a design agency
In this episode, Oliver and Alejandro talk about the trials and tribulations of getting Uncommon set up. They cover Legal requirements, financial commitments, 9-5 jobs that required their full attention, and life in general and the hurdles they each faced.
We are Uncommon: The process of naming our agency
In this episode, Oliver and Alejandro share the story and process for branding themselves. A very challenging task for designers; it is always easier to design for someone else than for yourself. They walk you through the strategy they applied and why it can be so challenging to get it right.
The Uncommon way: The agency – an introduction
Now that you’re familiar with Alejandro and Oliver, in this episode they talk about their design agency Uncommon, and why they exist. They’ll talk about purpose, and how they defined and refined the agency ethos and design process.
The evolution: From freelance to agency
In this episode, Oliver and Alejandro share the story of WHY they both decided to change their careers from contracting designers to joining forces to launch an agency. They talk about their motivations to change and the benefits they’ve experienced since doing so.
Design and self-discovery: Alejandro's story
In this episode, Alejandro Mejias shares his story on becoming an Experience Designer. Unpacking his thoughts, Alejandro talks about moving to Australia from Venezuela and recounts his path to finding his passion that led him to co-founding Uncommon.
Mexico to Melbourne: Oliver’s story
In this episode, we share the story of Oliver Munoz and his journey to becoming a Visual Designer. From designing party flyers in Tijuana, Mexico to co-founding Uncommon, Oliver deep dives into where it all started and the projects and jobs along the way that led him to where he is now.