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Design Notes is a Google Design podcast about creative work and what it teaches us, hosted by Liam Spradlin. Each episode we talk with people from unique creative fields to discover what inspires and unites us in our practice.

Design Notes is a Google Design podcast about creative work and what it teaches us, hosted by Liam Spradlin. Each episode we talk with people from unique creative fields to discover what inspires and unites us in our practice.

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United States

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Design Notes is a Google Design podcast about creative work and what it teaches us, hosted by Liam Spradlin. Each episode we talk with people from unique creative fields to discover what inspires and unites us in our practice.

Language:

English


Episodes

Theming with Moooi - 2020 Material Design Awards

4/20/2021
This episode is part of a special series of three interviews, recorded remotely with the winners of the 2020 Material Design Awards, exploring what goes into creating an award-winning app. Moooi, winning the award for Material Theming, focuses on aesthetic fundamentals like type, color, and imagery to create an immersive and expressive experience for their digital flagship. In the interview, Liam is joined by Margot Gabel and Rémy Barthez taking an in-depth look at how Moooi implemented an...

Duration:00:21:13

Dark Theme with KAYAK - 2020 Material Design Awards

4/20/2021
This episode is part of a special series of three interviews, recorded remotely with the winners of the 2020 Material Design Awards, exploring what goes into creating an award-winning app. KAYAK has taken their comprehensive price comparison and travel booking experience to the next level by translating their brand into a dark theme. In the interview, Liam learns from Aleksandra Safarova and Mike Scopino how building a dark theme revolutionized KAYAK's entire approach to color. 👉 PDF...

Duration:00:21:27

Motion Design with Epsy - 2020 Material Design Awards

4/20/2021
This episode is part of a special series of three interviews, recorded remotely with the winners of the 2020 Material Design Awards, exploring what goes into creating an award-winning app. Epsy uses motion meaningfully, guiding users living with Epilepsy through critical tasks to better their quality of life. In the interview, Liam is joined by Jennifer Stott and Marco Peluso to break down Epsy's approach to designing - and prioritizing - motion. 👉 PDF Transcript Subscribe to Design...

Duration:00:20:27

BJ Best, ArtyBots

4/21/2020
In this episode, Liam speaks with BJ Best, a poet who teaches computers to do what humans can’t in the name of art. His network of ArtyBots is part of a vibrant scene of robots creating, sharing, and collaborating with one another on virtual art. In the interview, Best describes the reflective opportunities and editorial impact created by a bot-created body of work numbering in the tens of thousands. Subscribe to Design Notes 👉Google Podcasts 👉iTunes 👉Spotify 👉Pocket Casts 👉RSS

Duration:00:32:26

Laurie Rosenwald, Illustrator and Author

3/17/2020
Design Notes is a show about creative work and what it teaches us. In this episode, Liam speaks with illustrator, editorial designer, and author Laurie Rosenwald about how she’s managed to cultivate an aesthetic—and a career—around “making mistakes on purpose.” Learn how chaos and collage can come together to reveal unexpected creative potential, and let Rosenwald help make sure you’re never alone with a blank page. Subscribe to Design Notes 👉Google Podcasts 👉iTunes 👉Spotify 👉Pocket...

Duration:00:35:28

Kerry Murphy, Co-Founder, The Fabricant

2/18/2020
In this episode, Liam speaks with Kerry Murphy, co-founder of digital fashion house The Fabricant, to learn how ones and zeros are spun, woven, and stitched into virtual couture. In designing couture that doesn’t—or can’t—exist in physical space, The Fabricant also explores ideas of embodiment and self-actualization. Murphy pushes these concepts even further, by interacting with his own “virtual twin,” composed from 3D-scans of his body. Subscribe to Design Notes 👉Google...

Duration:00:22:22

David Reinfurt, Author (A *New* Program for Graphic Design)

1/21/2020
Design Notes is a show about creative work and what it teaches us. For the first episode of 2020, Liam speaks with David Reinfurt, founder of O-R-G, half of Dexter Sinister, and author of A *New* Program for Graphic Design. Together they explore the fluid notions of personal, corporate, and graphic identity throughout Reinfurt’s career, the importance of learning through practice, and the relationship between design and art. Subscribe to Design Notes 👉Google...

Duration:00:35:37

Reflectly - 2019 Material Design Awards

11/26/2019
This episode is part of a special series of four interviews with the winners of this year’s Material Design Awards, exploring what goes into creating an award-winning app. Reflectly, a unique journaling app, won this year’s award for innovation by pushing the boundaries of Material Design and bringing it to life with fluid animations, a novel elevation model, and custom componentry. In the interview, cofounder Jacob Kristensen digs into the foundations of Reflectly and how its...

Duration:00:13:50

Ruff - 2019 Material Design Awards

11/26/2019
This episode is part of a special series of four interviews with the winners of this year’s Material Design Awards, exploring what goes into creating an award-winning app. Ruff is a focused note-taking app that won this year’s award for theming, building an expressive identity through the consistent application of color, typography, and shape. In the interview, Liam and developer/designer Bardi Golriz talk about what it’s like to add new features without losing focus, and how Material...

Duration:00:16:12

Trip.com - 2019 Material Design Awards

11/26/2019
This episode is part of a special series of four interviews with the winners of this year’s Material Design Awards, exploring what goes into creating an award-winning app. Trip.com is a travel app that won this year’s award for universality by accounting for users around the world with over a dozen supported languages and custom imagery. The interview unpacks what it’s like to build an app for the entire world, and what makes Trip.com a unique experience. Listen and subscribe to Design...

Duration:00:09:45

Scripts - 2019 Material Design Awards

11/26/2019
This episode is part of a special series of four interviews with the winners of this year’s Material Design Awards, exploring what goes into creating an award-winning app. Scripts won this year’s award for Experience, with creative interactions, navigation, and content presentation. In the interview, I spoke with the Scripts team about using a color system to create a unique experience while expressing identity, and building interactions that make users feel accomplished right...

Duration:00:12:04

GMUNK, Designer/Director

10/30/2019
In this episode, Liam speaks with Bradley Munkowitz, also known as designer/director GMUNK, unpacking Munkowitz’s scintillating psychedelic aesthetic — inspired by actual psychedelic experiences — and why it’s important as a designer to continually challenge and be challenged, maintaining a healthy discomfort with one’s own work. Subscribe to Design Notes 👉Google Podcasts 👉iTunes 👉Spotify 👉Pocket Casts 👉RSS

Duration:00:30:40

Qianqian Ye, Artist and Creative Coder

10/1/2019
In this episode, Liam speaks with interdisciplinary artist and creative coder Qianqian Ye in her San Francisco studio. The duo traces her journey from wielding calligraphy brushes to building a hand-holding glove, unpacking the vulnerabilities we all share as humans, how creative intent is communicated, and the importance of imagining other futures. Subscribe to Design Notes 👉Google Podcasts 👉iTunes 👉Spotify 👉Pocket Casts 👉RSS

Duration:00:26:48

Harvey Moon, New Media Artist

9/3/2019
In this episode, Liam speaks with new media artist Harvey Moon in his San Francisco studio. The duo discuss how Moon’s work reveals unseen properties of the world around us, the process of creating one’s own creative tools, and the kind of art that’s only made possible through collaboration with machines. Read a full transcript 👉Transcript Subscribe to Design Notes 👉Google Podcasts 👉iTunes 👉Spotify 👉Pocket Casts 👉RSS

Duration:00:30:17

Conor Grebel, Bedtimes

8/6/2019
In this episode, Liam speaks with Conor Grebel about how lived experiences inform and are conveyed through creative work. Our conversation traces Conor’s journey toward creative work and the “ingredients” that help him craft soothing art for himself and others. Note: The first half of this episode deals with topics of panic attack disorder, anxiety, and psychological abuse. Read a full transcript 👉 Transcript Subscribe to Design Notes 👉Google...

Duration:00:31:19

Katie Garcia & Dustin Payseur, Bayonet Records

7/9/2019
In this episode, Liam speaks with Katie Garcia and Dustin Payseur, who together run independent music label Bayonet Records. Garcia and Payseur (who also leads the band Beach Fossils) break down the complex relationship between a record label and the creative work it supports, the qualities of sonic design, and the magic of releasing an album on your own terms. Read a full transcript 👉 Transcript Subscribe to Design Notes 👉Google Podcasts 👉iTunes 👉Spotify 👉Pocket...

Duration:00:31:14

Liam Spradlin, Host of Design Notes

6/11/2019
In this episode, guest host Barbara Eldredge turns the tables, interviewing regular host Liam Spradlin about his own creative journey and reflecting on the themes that unite the first 25 episodes of Design Notes. Read a full transcript 👉 Transcript Subscribe to Design Notes 👉Google Podcasts 👉iTunes 👉Spotify 👉Pocket Casts 👉RSS

Duration:00:32:23

Rob Giampietro, Design Director at MoMA

5/14/2019
In this episode, Liam speaks with Rob Giampietro, Design Director at the Museum of Modern Art. Giampietro shares his journey from studio designer to design manager, explores the unseen details of a museum experience, and describes the responsibility designers have to create impact. Download a PDF transcript 👉Download Subscribe to Design Notes 👉Google Podcasts 👉iTunes 👉Spotify 👉Pocket Casts 👉RSS

Duration:00:25:55

Clinton Cargill, Visual Director at Vanity Fair

4/16/2019
In this episode, Liam speaks with Clinton Cargill, the current visual director at Vanity Fair and former photo director at Bloomberg Businessweek. Cargill describes how he mastered the art of critically looking at pictures, what it takes to craft a compelling story with the expressive capabilities of photography, and why intent is central to creative work. Download a PDF transcript 👉Transcript Subscribe to Design Notes 👉Google Podcasts 👉iTunes 👉Spotify 👉Pocket Casts 👉RSS

Duration:00:28:10

Ksenya Samarskaya, Type Designer

3/19/2019
In this episode, Liam speaks with New York-based type designer Ksenya Samarskaya, exploring how type absorbs influence from its place in time, space, and culture. Samarskaya unpacks how typography represents the histories and complexities of the world around us, while revealing our own identities in the process. Download a PDF transcript 👉 Transcript Subscribe to Design Notes 👉Google Podcasts 👉iTunes 👉Spotify 👉Pocket Casts 👉RSS

Duration:00:20:04