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A podcast focused on learning from top experts of various industries to help listeners become better designers, creatives and giant thinkers.

A podcast focused on learning from top experts of various industries to help listeners become better designers, creatives and giant thinkers.
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A podcast focused on learning from top experts of various industries to help listeners become better designers, creatives and giant thinkers.




Candice Kumai on the Japanese practice of golden repair and celebrating our imperfections

Giants welcome to episode #62. Today we have an internationally-renowned wellness writer, chef and content creator. She’s in fact a classically trained chef, who has cooked on the line at several restaurants. And impressively (but not surprisingly) was the youngest chef competing in the first season of Top Chef. Other accomplishments include being a former tv host, former-model-turned wellness journalist, and a five-time best-selling author. ELLE magazine describes her as “The Golden Girl...


Matt Mullenweg, Creator of WordPress and Founder & CEO of Automattic on tireless tinkering

G’day Giants, This is episode #61! Our guest today is best known for developing the free and open-source web software that is insanely popular called: WordPress – which to date, officially powers 30% of websites on the internet. Including The New York Times, The Walt Disney Company, Sony Music, Bloomberg, BBC America, TechCrunch, Wired, People Mag, even Beyonce and Katy Perry’s websites run on the Wordpress CMS platform. Back in 2007, our guest was named #16 of the 50 most important...


Blair Enns, Founder of Win Without Pitching on pricing creativity and how to best position our value

Welcome to episode #59! Today we have the founder and CEO of Win Without Pitching, the sales training and coaching organization for creative professionals. He is also the author of The Win Without Pitching Manifesto and the brand new book titled Pricing Creativity: A Guide to Profit Beyond the Billable Hour. This man has taught me and many thousands of creative people and businesses around the world, on how to build a lucrative client base without having to pitch ideas for free. Some...


Ryan Carson, Founder and CEO of Treehouse on creating products from thought to reality

Welcome to episode #58 Giants! Our guest today is a father, a husband and an inspiring entrepreneur, widely known as the Founder and CEO of Treehouse – which is an online technology school that offers beginner to advanced courses in web design, web development, mobile development and game development. I absolutely love Treehouse because their courses are hands-on in teaching people how to code for a career in the tech industry. Some of the topics we spoke about include: The many...


Michael Bierut from Pentagram on visual communication, career development and the big picture

This is episode #57. Our guest today is arguably one of the graphic design industry’s most well known designers. He worked at Vignelli Associates for ten years before joining Pentagram as a partner in 1990 where he still works till this day, after 28 years and counting. His clients at Pentagram have included The New York Times, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Robin Hood Foundation, MIT Media Lab, Mastercard, Princeton University, the New York Jets and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. As a volunteer...


Prince Ea on reaching over 1 billion video views and 10 million subscribers by spreading positive social change

Hello dear Giants, this is episode #55. Our guest today is widely known for creating motivational and inspirational spoken word films and thought provoking content. His YouTube and Facebook videos have received over a billion views each on both platforms. And he covers a range of topics such as environmentalism, socio-economics, work–life balance and spirituality. He leverages life experience, self-teachings and his honors degree in anthropology. Oprah Winfrey’s TV show ‘Super Soul...


Kelly Slater, 11-time World Surfing Champion on longevity, setbacks and mental toughness

Hello wonderful Giants, this is episode #54. Our guest today is truly one of a kind. He’s an 11-time world surfing champion. Holds the record as the youngest (at age 20) to win the title and the oldest (at age 39) to win the title as well. A living legend, an inspiration to millions of people, by far the best-known surfer on the planet and chatting with him blew me away. Some of the topics we spoke about include: His thoughts on longevity and making a career out of something you love...


Ayse Birsel on deconstructing and reconstructing to design the life you love

Welcome to episode #52! Today’s guest is the Co-founder and Creative Director of Birsel + Seck, the award-winning design and innovation studio working with clients including Herman Miller, GE, Colgate-Palmolive, IKEA and Toyota. She’s a highly experienced and sought after New York based designer. Is the creator of Design the Life You Love, a book and coursework that teaches designers and non-designers how to create a meaningful life using her design process,...


Co-Founder and Principal of Meld Studios; Janna DeVylder on the materiality of service design

This is episode #49! Our guest today is a Co-Founder and Principal at Meld Studios; an Australian design firm specialising in Service Design and Interaction Design. Her foundational beginnings stems from graduating with Honors in Psychology, Masters in Social Sciences, and starting in Information Architecture. Her career has been focused on humanising products and services down to the most detailed of interactions within them. She is an incredible woman, a mentor to me and many others, and...


Musician Rachel Claudio on building electronic performances and the transcending power of sound

Welcome to episode #44! Our guest is a European-based, Australian-born artist, composer, singer and producer. She uses electronic instruments and technology to create and perform masterpieces in real time, and has performed all over the world. She recently delivered a moving TEDx talk titled ‘how to translate the feeling into sound’ and is also a freelance lecturer in Creativity at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Some of the topics we spoke about include: The...


Steve Frykholm, design legend of Herman Miller on navigating a career and dealing with differences and failed attempts

Welcome to episode #40! Our guest today is truly a Graphic Design legend. An icon of the industry. He’s had a 45-year stint at Herman Miller, and was in fact hired as their first ever Graphic Designer in 1970, working his way up to Creative Director and now still with them as an advisor. His work is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and is also an AIGA Medalist. This interview was recorded in person at Grand Rapids, West Michigan in December last...


Nathan Chan, Creator of Foundr Mag on 2 paying monthly subscribers to over 20,000 and counting in 3 years

Episode #31 is now live and ready to shake up your day! I chatted with the creator of the digital magazine Foundr, which curates expert advice from some of the world’s greatest minds in entrepreneurship. He has interviewed the likes of Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, Tim Ferriss, Tony Robbins, Gary Vaynerchuk, Brené Brown, Seth Godin and many more. All contributing to the Foundr communities incredible growth since its humble beginnings in 2013. [...]


Danling Xiao of Mundane Matters on creating emotional sculptures and sensory experiences using natural ingredients

Episode #28 is now live and ready to rock your ear buds! Our guest is a senior graphic designer and the brain behind Mundane Matters; known for creating beautiful and intricate masterpieces through humble fruits and vegetables. Her work has been featured in more than 30 online publications and TV channels, includin [...]


Taj Pabari on being a 16 year old Founder and CEO of tech empire Fiftysix Creations

Giants, welcome to Episode #27, where we chat to the 16 year old Founder and CEO of tech empire Fiftysix Creations; also known as the Lego of the 21st Century. Coined by some as “the next Steve Jobs”, he was exposed to his first school laptop in Grade 4, and started his first blog and entrepreneurial journey at the age of 11. He’s currently still a full-time high school student who runs his business by waking up at 4am every morning to connect with his team throughout Australia, t [...]


Ted Leonhardt, master negotiator and former Global Chief Creative Officer, FITCH Worldwide on getting what you’re worth

Welcome to episode #25! The guest joining us is a world-class expert negotiator for creatives and was the former Global Chief Creative Officer for FITCH Worldwide. In 1985, he was the founder and CEO of the branding agency ‘The Leonhardt Group’, which employed over forty people and annually billed $10 million to clients including Nissan, Nordstrom, Charles Schwab, Electronic Arts, and Microsoft. He’s also lectured at Seattle’s School of Visual Concepts, is a contributing writer for...


Nelson Kunkel, Deloitte Digital’s National Creative Director on evangelizing the value of design

Giants, here on Episode 24 we peek into the incredible mind of a professional creative problem solver, who also happens to be the Executive Design Director and National Creative Director for Deloitte Digital. For the last two decades he has consulted with Fortune 50 companies, built agencies, created brands and shares with us his knowledge collected from a diverse range of experiences, including:


Nike+ Design Director, Ben Fullerton on interaction design, channelling your creative voice and bringing it to life

Today we are diving into episode number 23, where I chat with the Design Director for Nike+, who has worked across the realms of digital products, physical products, services and brands. He is best known for his interaction design work, and his CV includes the likes of Samsung, Twitter and IDEO. His work has been recognised by:


The legendary Ric Grefé on listening, leadership and legacy via design to impact social change

Our guest on episode 22 is unlike any other. His CV includes a broad range of accomplishments including working in naval intelligence during the Vietnam War, working as a journalist for the Associated Press, and contributing as a business writer for Time magazine. His most recent and significant contribution to the world of design has been his 20 year tenure as the Executive Director of AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts), where he was committed to advancing creative thinking from...


Daniel Flynn, Co-founder and MD of ‘Thankyou’ on donating 100% of profits to end global poverty; giving over $3.7 million to date

We are pumping out episode number #21 with a guest who is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Thankyou. They make water, food and body care products, then give 100% of the profits to help end global poverty. Their recent video was brought to my attention only a few days ago and I had to get this gentlemen on the show. I was so moved by their cause and impressed by their actions to bring their vision into reality.


Aaryn Longmore, Founder & CEO of NLP Academy Australia on using Neuro-Linguistic Programming for designers and creatives

This guest is the Founder and CEO of NLP Academy Australia. For those that haven’t heard of NLP before, it stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and it’s a name that encompasses the three most influential components involved in producing human experience; neurology, language and programming. NLP methods include ‘modeling’ and ‘adopting’ the skills and behaviors of exceptional people, then using that to acquire your own goals and objectives. Some of the topics we chat about include: