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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...

Duration: 01:04:42

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...

Duration: 01:04:44

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...

Duration: 00:54:17

NOSHU founder Rachel Bajada on the reality of decision making, starting a business and creating a food product

It’s a pleasure to have your company on episode #43! Our guest is the founder of NOSHU – Australia’s first food brand to be truly sugar free. Time Out Sydney included her as one of the top Forty Under 40. What’s interesting is that she started her degree in Food Science, then did a pivot to Design (Visual Communications), she completed that, worked in the industry for a number of years, then moved to France for a while, and returned back to Australia to create the business. Her family...

Duration: 00:46:19

Ashleigh Axios, Former Creative Director of The White House on cultivating brand values and lessons learned along the way

Welcome to episode #41! Our guest today is a graduate of RISD and has flourished into many amazing things. A few titles under her humble belt include her being the former Creative Director of The White House, currently Design Exponent at Automattic – side note here: Automattic are the people behind WordPress.com, WooCommerce, Jetpack, Simplenote, Longreads, VaultPress, Gravatar, and many more online, open source publishing tools. Our guest is also an Editorial Board Member for Design...

Duration: 01:02:09

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...

Duration: 00:44:02

Russell James, Victoria’s Secret & Vogue photographer on creative discipline, persistence, adapting and mentors

Episode #34 is now up! I interviewed an award-winning, highly-acclaimed photographer who has been a big part of the photography world for over 20 years. A renowned Vogue cover photographer (amongst many other magazine) and the main photographer for Victoria’s Secret, he has worked with the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Bill Clinton, Halle Berry, Rihanna, Tyra Banks, Giselle Bündchen, Naomi Campbell, Heidi Klum, Adriana Lima, and more! Some of the topics we spoke about include:

Duration: 00:59:15

The first 50 pages of ‘How to get a mentor as a designer, guaranteed’ by Ram Castillo for free [AUDIO BOOK VERSION]

Welcome to episode #33 – this is a little different to all the other episodes in the past. I’ve not yet done a solo episode, as I haven’t had a good reason to, until now. If you’re a first time listener, usually I have a conversation with one expert guest and attempt to dissect their story, the lessons they have learnt along the way and the advice they would give to their younger self.

Duration: 00:39:46

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. [...]

Duration: 01:05:52

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 [...]

Duration: 01:04:59

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 [...]

Duration: 01:08:18

Robyn Wakefield, Australia’s female Yoda and veteran of the design industry for 30+ years, on staying relevant

Welcome, to episode #26! If you’ve ever wanted to hear from a woman who was born in the 60s and started her design career in the 80s, has travelled the globe working with clients including Coca-Cola Amatil for 10 years building their brand across several continents, as well as working with some of Australia’s most successful corporate businesses such as QANTAS; then you’re in for an absolute treat. To this day she has worn all the hats you can imagine in the design space, from jun [...]

Duration: 01:12:38

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...

Duration: 01:10:30

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:

Duration: 01:11:00

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:

Duration: 01:00:18

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 1995...

Duration: 00:54:10

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.

Duration: 01:01:06

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:

Duration: 00:59:54

Ben AbStacker on being Australia’s No.1 men’s physique fitness model, living a double life and owning his own supplement brand

Welcome to episode #19, I have the type of guest that truly lives life to the fullest, with unstoppable intentions. He is a health and fitness personality, and is currently Australia’s number 1 men’s physique fitness model. He has his own supplement brand. And on top of all that, lives a double life working for the world’s fastest growing software company; Salesforce.

Duration: 00:49:57

Chase Jarvis, Founder of CreativeLive and world-renowned photographer on human connection

Strap yourself in and have some snacks handy. This is a long one, but for good reason. It’s partly deep, partly entertaining and 100% real. This man needs no introduction, but if by chance you haven’t heard of him, he is a world-renowned photographer, CEO and Founder of CreativeLive. It’s none other than, Chase Jarvis. Some of the topics we spoke about include:

Duration: 01:34:50

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