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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.




Dale Partridge, serial entrepreneur on evaluating our purpose, seeking our truth and creating businesses you believe in

Giants, welcome to episode #63! Today’s guest has launched over half a dozen multi-million dollar companies. From a rock-climbing gym to a conference company to a branding agency and a highly successful e-commerce business. In the last few years, he’s shifted his mission from starting companies to teaching others how to start theirs. To help people create the business and family they love. Empowering people to chase their dreams and fulfil their purpose. He’s been featured in...


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...


Jules Lund, Founder of TRIBE and former presenter of Getaway on relentless hard work and world-class discipline

Hello wonderful Giants, welcome to episode #60! Today we have a former host of Getaway (which is actually Australia's longest-running travel and lifestyle TV program) and he appeared on Getaway for almost 400 episodes over 8 years. He’s hosted the Logies Red Carpet, Game-shows, Reality TV, live events, celebrity interviews and plenty more. He is a highly respected Australian TV and Radio superstar. On top of that, in the digital space he is widely known as the Founder of global influencer...


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...


President & CEO at Effie Worldwide; Traci Alford on building exceptional relationships, and leadership lessons learned while at Cadbury Schweppes and Shell International

Welcome to episode #56! Our guest today is the President and CEO of Effie Worldwide. Effie is an organisation best known for championing and improving the practice and practitioners of marketing effectiveness. Prior to joining Effie Worldwide, our guest spent 13 years at Cadbury Schweppes in a variety of marketing and business roles, up to Global Business Development Director. And she also spent almost 7 years at Shell International. Her roles at Shell included General Manager of...


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...


Jake Kassan, Co-founder of MVMT on humble beginnings and growing a business to $80+ million in revenue in four years

This is episode #53. And today’s guest is the Co-founder and CEO of MVMT pronounced as ‘movement’. MVMT are a global – fashion, watches and accessory brand for millennials, that has sold over 1.5 million products. After almost failing out of high school and dropping out of college, our guest started this brand at age 22 while he was $20,000 in debt. Four years later, his brand has grown to more than $80 million in revenue and 4 million social followers. Some of the topics we spoke...


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,...


Lewis Howes on the story you tell yourself, the power of forgiveness and how to break through barriers

Giants, welcome to episode #51! Today’s guest is a former professional football player who suffered a career-ending injury, and is now an international lifestyle entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, has a consistently top 100 podcast in the world and is the founder of a multi-million dollar online media company. In this episode he shares the struggles of negativity and loneliness, and how he re-discovered his vision and identity. Some of the topics we spoke about...


Dr. Jim Kokkinakis, expert optometrist on managing dry eyes and computer vision syndrome

This is episode number 50! Thank you all for your support on the podcast journey so far. It has been a privilege to bring you 50 guests since starting mid-2015. In this episode we dig deep into an often overlooked topic, an area most of us take for granted, which is our eyes. Our guest has been a top-practising optometrist for over 3 decades, and is one of Australia’s most experienced eye doctors. Currently an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales, he has also...


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...


CEO of Publicis Worldwide (AUS & NZ) Andrew ‘Billy’ Baxter on leading an organisation with 450+ people and 60+ major clients

Welcome to episode #48! Our guest is the Chairman of Publicis Communications Australia and New Zealand, one of the largest communication agency groups in the region. He is also CEO of Publicis Worldwide Australia and NZ, with businesses specialising in advertising, digital, PR, CRM, activation, mobile, brand strategy and design. He leads over 450 people in an organisation that has over 60 major clients. Some of the topics we spoke about include: How he interacts with employees to unlock...


Oscar Trimboli, specialist coach in deep listening on how to listen beyond the words

This is episode #47! Our guest is a specialist coach in deep listening. He's helped many individuals, to massive corporations; from Google to Microsoft to Universal. The most powerful thing I personally got out of this interview was learning how to uncover meaning in dialogue from what’s said versus what’s unsaid. Some of the topics we covered include: How to listen deeply using the 5 levels of listeningThe ideal ‘speaking versus listening’ ratioShadow listening styles to be aware...


Charbel Zeaiter, Co-founder at Academy Xi on UX design processes, VR, AR and the future of design

This is episode #46! Our guest is the Co-founder and Chief Experience Officer at Academy Xi. They teach groups and individuals in the areas of design and tech – but with a unique positioning and offering. Academy Xi specialise in teaching newly emerging disciplines such as virtual reality design, augmented reality design, service design and of course UX design as well. As you can imagine, this gets me going because they aim to address the upcoming skills gap in technology and give...


Dr. Carmel Harrington, sleep specialist for over 20 years on how to achieve better sleep

Welcome to episode #45! Our guest is a former lawyer and educator who has a PHD in Sleep Medicine from Sydney University and consults with companies and educational institutions all over the world on sleep health. She’s an internationally recognised Doctor that has been working in the world of sleep for nearly 20 years. She’s the Managing Director of Sleep for Health and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Children's Hospital Westmead. She’s also a founding member of the Sleep Health...


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 various...