Welcome to ‘Create Great’. This podcast series features conversations with creative people from different backgrounds, from different disciplines and different schools of thought. This podcast is hosted by David Bennett, Creative Director at OPX.studio and Curator of the online showcase, Visuelle. The best creatives will always strive to create something great, and we delve into how they go about this, what it means to them, their clients and what it means for our wider society too. This is a chance to explore what drives these talented individuals (and their studios) to create great.
Today’s podcast guests are the creative duo of Simon Dixon & Aprova Baxi and otherwise known as DixonBaxi.
A global brand agency, the team at DixonBaxi use creativity to design a better future for brands that seek to challenge convention. This includes the likes of Hulu, AT&T, ViacomCBS, British Land, V&A, IMAX, Channel 4, Netflix and AC Milan.
DixonBaxi believe In a world that’s moving faster than ever before, the stakes for brands have never been higher.
EP08 Giles Duley
Today’s podcast guest is Giles Duley – CEO of the Legacy of War Foundation and an activist for the rights of those living with disability.
Giles is a portrait and documentary photographer, writer, and presenter. Duley also cooks, and writes about food and food politics, under the name The One Armed Chef.
The first time I got to know Giles, was when he kindly came into the studio to talk about his humanitarian work. It was a very powerful and challenging experience that will stay with me forever.
Storytelling and compassion is key to his work, and it’s reflected in everything he creates.
EP07 Thomas Kurppa
Welcome to the first episode of 2023! Today’s podcast guest is Thomas Kurppa, Chief Creative Officer & Co-founder of the superb Kurppa Hosk.
Kurppa Hosk is a brand agency with 80+ employees and offices in Stockholm and New York. We solve complex business problems by combining the sharpest strategic minds with the best designers in the industry. They collaborate with brave organisations – from early stage startups, to some of the world's most admired companies.
The first time I got to know Kurppa Hosk was probably 10 years ago, I remember even to this day how great the work was. Whether it's branding work or typography there’s always the perfect balance between serious and fun.
EP06 Rejane Dal Bello
Today’s podcast guest is Rejane Dal Bello, an amazing designer with over 20 years of experience in graphic design and branding, including stints at renowned agencies such as Wolff Olins (UK) and one of my favourites Studio Dumbar (NL), and recently she wrote the ‘Citizen First, Designer Second‘ book published by Counter-print.
The first time we met was at a typo circle talk – and what I loved about her work was how playful it was.
Rejane is founder of Studio Rejane Dal Bello (SRDB), a design studio, creating work that is meaningful, engaging and lasting to address society’s diverse needs and the possibilities of design as a visual language, ‘to make something visible, worthy of time, attention and engagement’.
EP05 Anthony Burrill
My guest joining me today on the 5th episode of create great is graphic artist
- Anthony combines a knack for simplicity that packs a punch with analogue craft skills and powerful, positive messages.
Burrill frequently collaborates with other forward-thinking creatives across disciplines spanning music, architecture, curation, education and more; pushing his traditional discipline of choice, letterpress printing, into bold new territories.
His work is held in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, and has been exhibited in museums around the world, including the Barbican Art Gallery, the Walker Art Center and the Design Museum, London.
EP04 Mouthwash Studio
My guest joining me today is Abraham Campillo, Co Founder of Los Angeles based Mouthwash Studio. Mouthwash Studio are a creative company rooted in narrative and built on collaboration.
Their work has been featured a lot on Visuelle, for me it was great seeing your work, it felt new and exciting and is a constant source of reference.
I believe the first feature was back in August 2020 for Waka Waka who focus on wood furniture and functional objects designed and handcrafted by Shin Okuda.
How lovely to listen in to this warm hug of a conversation. Reminds me why I love this industry so much. Really looking forward to the next episodes.