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Episody 33-Alida Draudt, Futurist-Capital One

This week on The Perception Podcast is Alida Draudt. Alida is a Futurist, as well as a nation-wide speaker and author on strategic foresight. Through her work with Capital One, the Threatcasting Lab – a collaboration between the Army Cyber Institute and Arizona State University – and numerous independent works, Alida has looked at futures and implications that span societal, political, environmental, economic, and technological implications. Recognized as an advocate for including greater...


Episody 32-Dan Novy, MIT MEDIA LAB-Science Fiction, Technology and Magic

Dan Novy is a dream guest for us on the Perception podcast. He combines many of the ingredients that make up the secret recipe of Perception. He is a PhD student at the MIT Media Lab, an Emmy- and Visual Effects Society Award-winning VFX technical supervisor, a transmedia experience designer, and former chair of the Visual Effects Society Technology Committee. What fascinates me most, are the two classes he teaches at the Media Lab "Science Fiction-Inspired Prototyping" and...


The Agency Summit - Danny Gonzalez And Andrey Polston

Perception Co-founder Danny Gonzalez is interviewed for The Agency Summit by Andrey Polston. Topics include how to attract top talent, creating a culture at your design studio and more. You can watch the video here:


Episode 31-Listener Q & A

We've been getting so many great questions from our listeners lately we'll be doing these Q&A's more frequently. This episodes features questions about how we both got interested in this field, celebrities we've met, where we go for inspiration and more. Please keep your questions coming by sending them to and don't forget to leave us a good review on Apple ITunes!


Episode 30-Gene Winfield, Legendary King of Custom Cars

Todays guest is the legendary custom car builder Gene Winfield. He’s best known for his custom cars like the Ford Custom Car Caravan, the front wheel drive Strip Star and many others. He has also designed cars for film an tv like the Star Trek Galileo ship, Blade Runner, Man From Uncle, Bewitched and Robocop. He started customizing cars at the young age of 15 and from there he became a legend for his paint blending techniques and super human abilities to bend metal into forms that only he...


Episode 29-Amko Leenarts, Design Director Ford Europe

Today’s guest is Amko Leenarts. He is the Director of Design for FORD Europe where he is responsible for the exterior and interior design of all models for global markets. Amko leads a team of more than 275 Ford employees at Ford Design Studios in Germany and the Dunton Technical Centre in the U.K. Previously he was the director of Global Interior Design at Ford leading interior design strategy and implementation for both the Ford and Lincoln brands worldwide. Leenarts graduated from the...


Episode 28-Paul Babb, Maxon President/CEO Chats with Perception Chief Creative John LePore

On this episode of the Perception Podcast, our very own Chief Creative Officer John LePore speaks with Paul Babb. Paul is President and CEO of Maxon - the creators of Cinema 4D. We've known Paul for a very long time and have been using C4D for a very long time. In the famous words of Ed McMahon - "Heeere's Johnny!"


Episode 27-CES 2018 Recap with Chris Pfaff, CEO, Chris Pfaff Tech Media LLC

Our guest today is Chris Pfaff, Founder and CEO of Chris Pfaff Tech Media. Chris graduated form Northwestern in 1987 and since then has been a purveyor of tech for companies like Sharp, Sony, AT&T, Lucent, Nokia and a host of other industry giants. At his firm he performs business development, marketing, and public relations services for early-to-mid-stage technology and new media companies, concentrating on North America and Europe. He is a regular at CES and often gives guided tech tours...


Episode 26 - James McQuivey VP, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research

On this episode of the Perception Podcast we welcome James McQuivey, VICE PRESIDENT, PRINCIPAL ANALYST at FORRESTER RESEARCH James serves CMOs. He is the foremost analyst tracking and defining the power and impact of digital disruption on traditional businesses. His consumer models identify the ways consumers have embraced digital experiences and platforms, and his strategy models help companies prepare to serve those consumers. He applies this knowledge to a wide variety of industries, from...


Episode 25 - Paul Armstrong Founder of HERE/FORTH & Author of Disruptive Technologies

Today on the Perception Podcast we welcome Paul Armstrong. Paul is a leading strategist, author and speaker on the future of technology, disruption, retail innovation, media industry, social technologies, consumer technology, mobile innovation, IoT, Martech/Adtech, start-ups and the start-up ecosystem. He runs the technology advisory HERE/FORTH where he helps clients including PwC, Coca-Cola, O2, P&G, jkrGlobal and MEC understand trends and how to sensibly apply emerging technologies...


Episode 24 - Felix Holst, Chief Product Officer & Co Founder HACKROD

Our guest today is Felixt Holst. Felix has spent most of his career at Hot Wheels. He was head of creative for Hot Wheels, Matchbox and Tyco. After 11 years at Mattel he decided to flex his entrepreneurial muscle to cofound HackRod. HACKROD IS A DIGITAL INDUSTRIAL COMPANY DEVELOPING A DESIGN, ENGINEERING AND MANUFACTURING PIPELINE THAT WILL DRIVE THE NEXT INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION. ENABLING EVERYONE WITH THE POWER TO DESIGN, INNOVATE AND PRODUCE UTILIZING distributed manufacturing and local...


Episode 23-Klaus Busse, Head of Design FCA Italy - Fiat, Abarth, Lancia, Alfa Romeo & Maserati

Our guest today is Klaus Busse (Bussay). Klaus has spent his entire career with Chrysler, first as Daimler then Chrysler and now FCA. He moved up the ranks over 22 years - from Design manager, Chief designer, VP of interior design for the brands Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, RAM and the heart pounding SRT and now, he is currently the VP of Design for Fiat, Abarth, Lancia, Alfa Romeo, and the beautiful Maserati for FCA in Turin, Italy. He was an integral part of creating and improving the interiors...


Episode 22-John Absmeier, SVP Autonomous Business Unit Harman, VP Smart Machines, Samsung

Our guest today is John Absmeier. John has an interesting background, starting with his career with Delphi (the automotive technology company) where he worked his way up for over 17 years. While at Delphi he spent over 8 years in Shanghai, China. After his time overseas he came back to Silicon Valley for another 4 years at Delphi. Toward the end of 2015 he became VP of Smart Machines at Samsung. Thats about the time I met John. About 2 years after he joined Samsung they acquired Harman...


Episode 21-Chris Bangle, Design Visionary and Managing Director of Chris Bangle Associates

This week we have a special treat, legendary car designer Chris Bangle. One only needs to look down the street for evidence of Chris Bangle’s ingenuity and far-reaching influence. A daring designer whose work has provoked endless discussion, Bangle is best known for his tenure as Chief of Design for the BMW group, where he was responsible for bringing the designs of BMW, Mini, and Rolls Royce into the twenty-first century. The New York Times has said “Bangle is arguably the most influential...


Episode 20-Jack Cole, Creator of The Six Million Dollar Man title sequence

Our guest today is Jack Cole. You may have not heard of him but trust me, you’ve seen his work. Jack is best known for the Six Million Dollar Man title sequence that opens the show. He has also designed sequences for great shows like the Rockford Files, Ellery Queen, Ironside, Bionic Woman and a host of others. Whats unique about his work is how he told the story of the show through his design of these title sequences. It was 1974 when he created the Six Million Dollar Man sequence. Lets put...


Episode 19-Henrik Fisker, Chairman & CEO at Fisker Inc

This week, we are thrilled to welcome visionary entrepreneur and car designer extraordinaire, Henrik Fisker. Henrik is a world renowned designer of beautiful automobiles like the BMW Z8, Aston Martin DB9 and V8 Vantage, the Fisker Karma, Mustang Rocket and his latest innovation the Emotion. Other then automobiles he has also worked on the Lauge Jensen Viking motorcycle and collaborated with yacht builder Benetti on a 164 foot super yacht concept which when converted equals 50 meters called...


Episode 18-Brian Greene, Professor of Mathematics & Physics at Columbia University

Our special guest today is Brian Greene. Brian is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University and, is renowned for his groundbreaking discoveries in superstring theory, including the co-discovery of mirror symmetry and of spatial topology change. He is known to the public through his books, The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Hidden Reality, which have collectively spent 65 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and sold more than 2 million copies...


Episode 17-Phil Gilbert, Manager of IBM Design

This week we had the honor to speak with Phil Gilbert, General Manager of IBM Design, where he leads strategy and transformation of product design at IBM. He came aboard IBM in 2010 when his company Lombardi Software was acquired. In addition to leading three successful start-ups, he is a respected thought leader who regularly shares his expertise on topics of portfolio and software design, design governance, strategy and culture with clients and organizations around the world. This wide...


Episode 16-VFX Director Doug Appleton, That Damn Thing Podcast

Catch Perception VFX Director Doug Appleton answer questions from the crew at THAT DAMN THING PODCAST and get some interesting insights about Perception. Please send any questions or suggestions to


Episode 15-Kenneth Johnson Interview, Creator of The Incredible Hulk, Bionic Woman, V, Alien Nation

FINALLY! The exclusive Interview with Kenneth Johnson. Join co-founder Jeremy Lasky interview one of his childhood mentors who is the creator, writer, director and producer of some of the iconic series in television history. Some of his all time greats include Six Million Dollar Man, Bionic Woman, The Incredible Hulk, Alien Nation and V to name a few. His methods of bringing science fiction to life strongly influenced the core of Perception. For the video version of this interview see:...