The Design Alchemy podcast is a peek behind the veil of the design industry where we break down complex topics and examine, discuss and deconstruct the Great Work of visual communication and symbolism, and how they affect our culture.
Hosted by Dimi Lazarou, a Brand Identity designer with a passion for symbolism, and Billy Boman, UX/UI Designer by day, metal head and avantgarde enthusiast by night.
RIP Design Thinking (?)
In this episode of Design Alchemy, hosts Billy and Dimi discuss the topic of design thinking and its place in the design industry. Dimi expresses his skepticism towards design thinking, calling it a vague framework that falls under the category of secular religions. Billy, on the other hand, defends design thinking and explains its five-stage process of empathizing, defining, ideating, prototyping, and testing. The hosts also touch on the role of top-down design in industries such as fashion and the importance of understanding the needs of users in UX and UI design. Tune in to this thought-provoking episode to gain insights into the world of design and its various approaches.
On the next exhilarating episode of the Design Alchemy Podcast, prepare to dive into the captivating world of generative AI with our passionate hosts, Billy and Dimi. They'll explore the cutting-edge AI tools transforming the design landscape, such as ChatGPT, DALL-E, and MidJourney, and how they're revolutionizing their own creative processes.
Join Billy and Dimi as they debunk common misconceptions and fill in the knowledge gaps surrounding generative AI, often perpetuated by the mainstream media. They'll share their infectious enthusiasm for the boundless possibilities AI presents in design, while also addressing the challenges, like copyright dilemmas and the spread of misinformation.
Listen in as our dynamic duo recounts their adventures using AI for both professional and personal projects, from crafting visually stunning teaching slides to experimenting with imaginative prompts that push the boundaries of design. You won't want to miss their insights on how the rapid development of AI technology is shaking up the industry, prompting crucial discussions on cheap visual labor and the gig economy.
Plus, get a sneak peek into groundbreaking projects like the first-ever AI-made film contest, "White Mirror," showcasing the awe-inspiring creative potential in the field. This thrilling episode of the Design Alchemy Podcast will leave you inspired and eager to explore the fantastic opportunities and challenges generative AI brings to the design space. Tune in, and let your creativity soar!
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Designing for the Metaverse
Are we doomed to live and die inside the Zuckerberg-sponsored Matrix of the Metaverse? Is there any reason to get hyped about this? How will the metaverse change the way we design and produce our work? What does this mean for students and young professionals? Billy and Dimi are getting in the grim vision of the future, but manage to end on a positive note.
Designfluencers and the End of Skill
"Does design matter at all? What is Postmodernism, and how has it affected the design discipline? Is the idea of the Beautiful and the Sublime forever lost? What is Attentionalism? Is our culture really collapsing?" Billy Boman and Dimi Lazarou return to the Design Alchemy podcast with a bang, making as many enemies as they possibly can..
The Multiple Meanings of Melodies (with Sam George)
"What does an audio brief look like? What is a Sonic Logo? How do expression, leitmotifs and different scales influence the mood and symbolism of a music piece? What are some common grounds between musical composition and visual design?" We ask Sam George, from PickupGoliath and @theproducertutor, to help us with these, and more, questions, in the fifth episode of Design Alchemy.
The Blanding Paradox
”What is happening to fashion brands all over the world? What are we sacrificing with the current trends in Brand Identity Design? What is Blanding, really? Is the cultural stagnation temporary? Where can we find more meaning?“ Join us to discuss these, and more, in the fourth episode of the Design Alchemy Podcast.