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Design is universal. We all live and work in the built world, and every object, system and environment in the built world has been designed. Clever is a podcast about design. Well, actually, it's about designers, too. Sure, they're visionaries, problem-solvers, critical thinkers, rebels and aesthetes, but above all, they're human. Designer Amy Devers has candid and revealing conversations with these super-smart people because, well, relating to the humans responsible for the objects and environments that shape our lives can result in a more meaningful connection to the world around us.

Clever Amy Devers + Jaime Derringer of Design Milk

    • Design
    • 4.5, 24 Ratings

Design is universal. We all live and work in the built world, and every object, system and environment in the built world has been designed. Clever is a podcast about design. Well, actually, it's about designers, too. Sure, they're visionaries, problem-solvers, critical thinkers, rebels and aesthetes, but above all, they're human. Designer Amy Devers has candid and revealing conversations with these super-smart people because, well, relating to the humans responsible for the objects and environments that shape our lives can result in a more meaningful connection to the world around us.

    Ep. 126: Sustainability Thought Leader Joel Towers

    Ep. 126: Sustainability Thought Leader Joel Towers

    Architect & Professor of Sustainable Design Joel Towers grew up in the suburbs with steady access to New York City. His father taught him to build and repair things, which helped carve his problem-solving neural pathways from a young age. Aware of the tension between humans and nature, a pivotal trip to Alaska set him on a dedicated path to striving for alignment and harmony. An educator at Parsons, he’s outspoken and optimistic about a future that is circular, decolonized, decarbonized, just, and feminist.


    Read the show notes here.


    Many thanks to this episode’s sponsors:


    Xibit
    Xibit lets you swap your artwork or photos out for another picture removing any hardware off the wall. It’s that easy to change the whole look of your room—anytime. Learn more at myxibit.com.


    Wireframe
    Wireframe is a new podcast hosted by Khoi Vinh, Senior Director of Design at Adobe, about how user experience (UX) can help technology fit into our lives. Search “Wireframe” in your favorite podcast app or click here to start listening.


    BADGuild
    Black Artists + Designers Guild is a global platform founded by Malene Barnett, representing a curated collective of independent Black artists, makers, and designers. Find the directory and learn more about their latest project at badguild.info/badg-house.


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    Clever is hosted by Amy Devers and produced by 2VDE Media, with editing by Rich Stroffolino, and music from El Ten Eleven.


    Clever is proudly distributed by Design Milk.
     
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Ep. 125: Furniture & Product Design Studio Bower

    Ep. 125: Furniture & Product Design Studio Bower

    Danny Giannella, Tammer Hijazi and Jeffrey Renz are the trio behind Bower, a contemporary furniture and product design studio. With a focus on mirrors, they explore perceptions of depth, light and self. Through a free–thinking, experimental process, Bower aims to bring unexpected objects and environments into people's lives, with reflections taking center stage. They believe the mirror is the everyday object most closely related to our consciousness.


    Images, links and more from Bower!


    Clever Reflection Contest!
    Clever has teamed up with Bower and West Elm for the Clever Reflection Contest
    Grand prize: A custom one-of-a-kind Bower mirror + $250 West Elm gift card
    2nd prize: $250 West Elm gift card
    To enter: cleverpodcast.com/reflection-contest


    Check out Bower’s collaboration with West Elm at westelm.com/bower


    Please say Hi on social! Twitter, Instagram and Facebook - @CleverPodcast, @amydevers, @designmilk


    If you enjoy Clever we could use your support! Please consider leaving a review, making a donation, becoming a sponsor, or introducing us to your friends! We love and appreciate you!


    Clever is hosted by Amy Devers and produced by 2VDE Media, with editing by Rich Stroffolino, and music from El Ten Eleven.


    Clever’s distribution partner is Design Milk.
     
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    • 49 min
    Ep. 124: Designing for A Pandemic—New Zealand’s Success Story

    Ep. 124: Designing for A Pandemic—New Zealand’s Success Story

    In this episode of Clever we’re deconstructing the success of New Zealand’s response to coronavirus through a lens of design in a conversation with Ana Monroe, a civic design strategist and Akiko Kurematsu, a design and culture journalist in Auckland. New Zealand is considered a major success story in how they reacted to and contained the spread of Coronavirus, so we took a deep look at that success, by doing what designers do: taking it apart to see how it works.  


    Images, links and more from this episode on our show notes!


    Many thanks to this episode’s sponsors:


    Typetura - Typetura is truly responsive typography that makes breakpoints obsolete. It enables you to create stunning designs while dramatically reducing code. Get a month free with promo code CLEVER. Check out typetura.com/clever to learn more!


    Skillshare - Skillshare's online learning community is offering Clever listeners 2 months of free Premium Membership! Explore new skills, deepen existing passions, and get lost in creativity, with classes from Skillshare. Get 2 free months of Premium Membership at skillshare.com/clever.


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    If you enjoy Clever we could use your support! Please consider leaving a review, making a donation, becoming a sponsor, or introducing us to your friends! We love and appreciate you!


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    Clever is hosted by Amy Devers and produced by 2VDE Media, with editing by Rich Stroffolino, and music from El Ten Eleven.


    Clever is proudly distributed by Design Milk.
     
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Ep. 58: Ti Chang [Rebroadcast]

    Ep. 58: Ti Chang [Rebroadcast]

    Please enjoy this rebroadcast of a classic Clever interview!


    Industrial designer Ti Chang is co-founder and creative director of Crave, a start-up dedicated to innovative and elevated sex toys. Originally from Taiwan, as a child Ti moved with her family to the U.S. and grew up feeling out of place in small-town Georgia. Loneliness had its upside though; less friends, more creative time! An independent thinker and brave warrior for female empowerment, she’s on a mission to eradicate shame and guilt, and believes all women should own their pleasure. Amen, sister!


    Images and more from our guest!


    Please say Hi on social! Twitter, Instagram and Facebook - @CleverPodcast, @amydevers, @designmilk


    If you enjoy Clever we could use your support! Please consider leaving a review, making a donation, becoming a sponsor, or introducing us to your friends! We love and appreciate you!


    Clever is created, hosted and produced by Amy Devers and Jaime Derringer, aka 2VDE Media, with music from El Ten Eleven and editing by Alex Perez.


    Clever is proudly distributed by Design Milk.
     
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    • 1 hr
    Ep. 123: Learning During a Pandemic

    Ep. 123: Learning During a Pandemic

    In this special program, presented as part of WantedDesign Manhattan Online Conversation Series 2020, we discuss leadership insights, best practices and innovative ideas that can help sustain art and design schools through the new realities of the global health crisis and beyond. A conversation hosted by Amy Devers of Clever, with Rosanne Somerson, President of RISD; Samuel Hoi, President of MICA and Lorne Buchman, President of ArtCenter.
     
    This episode is presented as part of WantedDesign Manhattan Online Conversation Series 2020, presented by Clever and Design Milk. Visit wanteddesignnyc.com/online to view the program and watch replays of live talks.
     
    Please say Hi on social! Twitter, Instagram and Facebook - @CleverPodcast, @amydevers, @designmilk
     
    If you enjoy Clever we could use your support! Please consider leaving a review, making a donation, becoming a sponsor, or introducing us to your friends! We love and appreciate you!
     
    Please fill out Clever’s listener survey. Thank you for your input!
     
    Clever is hosted by Amy Devers and produced by 2VDE Media, with editing by Rich Stroffolino, and music from El Ten Eleven.
     
    Clever is proudly distributed by Design Milk.
     
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    • 54 min
    Ep. 122: Design Advocate Jessie McGuire

    Ep. 122: Design Advocate Jessie McGuire

    Branding & design strategist Jessie McGuire was born in El Salvador and adopted by a “wholehearted feminist” single mother. She grew up exploring her creativity and getting encouragement to go to art school. After a few degrees and a slew of work experience she’s now the managing director of ThoughtMatter, where she’s fostering a culture of work worth doing, building a justifiable case for creativity and spreading the gospel of curiosity, thoughtfulness and generosity. And redesigning the constitution, nbd.
     
    Images, links and more from Jessie McGuire!
     
    Check out For the People.
     
    Please say Hi on social! Twitter, Instagram and Facebook - @CleverPodcast, @amydevers, @designmilk
     
    If you enjoy Clever we could use your support! Please consider leaving a review, making a donation, becoming a sponsor, or introducing us to your friends! We love and appreciate you!
     
    Please fill out Clever’s listener survey. Thank you for your input!
     
    Clever is hosted by Amy Devers and produced by 2VDE Media, with editing by Rich Stroffolino, and music from El Ten Eleven.
     
    Clever is proudly distributed by Design Milk.

     
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    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

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24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Nathan Pollock ,

Clever awesomeness

The Clever Podcast is a design revelation. Since discovering it a few months ago (aplogies for the late signup ladies) I have been addicted to the sincere, witty, detailed interviews on some of the world's best designers.

As a designer, it is both inspiring and super refreshing to hear design held on such a pedestal and for all the world to see. I particularly like the personal anectdotes and insights into the designer's lives and career milestones.

Looking forward to more. Keep up the awesomeness!

Cheers,

Nathan.

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Love it

Great podcast, highly recommend for product designers.

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