Explore the untold histories behind the images, patterns, and designs we take for granted. Each week we’ll bring you a different story about a curiosity from the creative world - interviewing experts and creatives as we dive into the unusual origins of everything from Comic Sans to the polka dot. Curious Minds is an original podcast by Domestika dedicated to sharing and celebrating creativity in all its forms.
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The Most Intimate Portrait
Why do artists make self portraits? And can there ever be any real rules about how you choose to express yourself? Painter Shane Wolf and mixed media artist Nneka Jones discuss how the genre gives them free reign to experiment, photographers Cristina Otero and Danny Bittencourt explain how they use self portraits to explore emotion rather than aesthetics, and graphic artist Ohni Lisle talks about what it means to see yourself reflected in your work.
No Shame in Mending
Why mend your clothes when it's easier to just buy new? In the last decade the visible mending movement has taken off, with people using colorful stitches to draw attention to tears in their clothes. Authors Kate Sekules and Arounna Khounnoraj explain what’s sparked this new mending movement. Upcycling expert and crochet designer Emma Friedlander Collins talks about mending as a creative outlet, and expert Atsushi Futatsuya explains how sashiko represents much more than just stitches on fabric.
Getting Sold on Movie Posters
Movie posters are often your first taste of a movie, but many times the people who design them… haven't even seen the movie. We speak with award-winning movie poster designers Akiko Stehrenberger and James Verdesoto about the unique challenge of condensing an entire film into a single, enticing visual, and illustrator and movie poster artists Marie Bergeron and Tracie Ching discuss how these poster images have only gotten more important, even if fewer of us are actually going to theaters.
What Furniture Brings to The Table
Furniture isn’t just functional, and how we feel about the pieces in our homes can, well, make us feel more at home. But with so many desks, chairs, and sofas already out there, are today’s designers just reinventing the wheel? IKEA designer Marcus Avronen and bespoke furniture maker Stewart Linford discuss what the design of these everyday objects has to say about us, and we explore with industrial designer Mark Goetz how these pieces are part of a creative history few of us have ever stopped to consid
Always Be Knolling
You’ve probably seen flat lay photography everywhere on Instagram, even if you don’t know the term “knolling”. From its origins in Frank Gehry’s studio to social media staple, photographer Pati Gagarin explains how this simple style of arranging objects at right angles has taken off. We speak to professor of Consumer Science Michel Wedel to understand why these images are so satisfying, and graphic designer Henry Hobson about how he used the technique for the 2015 Academy Awards.
Illustration on Trial
Why are illustrators hired to capture trials? Going where cameras cannot and recording everything from Charles Manson’s trial to Supreme Court proceedings, these artists play a crucial role in showing the public what happens behind closed doors. We speak with veteran courtroom illustrators Bill Robles, Jane Rosenberg, Arthur Lien, and Elizabeth Williams to discover if artists can ever be objective observers.
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The podcast I was looking for
Very interesting and educational podcast. 20 minutes in English to learn a lot about design, illustration... it’s really worth it!
Worth a listen!
A genuinely intriguing, entertaining, and easily digestible podcast from the creative minds at Domestika.
A very curious podcast indeed!