269 episodes

Welcome to 'The Creative Condition' podcast: an ongoing exploration of human creativity, hosted by The New York Times, Adidas, and Premier League illustrator and author Ben Tallon.
Creativity is an often misunderstood pillar of human happiness, something far bigger than artistic talent and crucial for fulfilling lives and careers. Little by little, Ben builds an archive of valuable stories, experiences, and tips to help you maximise yours.
Featuring exclusive interviews with experts and thought leaders, including illustrators, rock stars, artists, sensitivity experts, designers, emergency service workers, Olympic gold medal winners, comedians, microbiologists, photographers, fighters, and many others.
Supported by founding sponsor illustrationx.com
Also supported by the Ukrainian Institute https://ui.org.ua

The Creative Condition podcast Ben Tallon

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 45 Ratings

Welcome to 'The Creative Condition' podcast: an ongoing exploration of human creativity, hosted by The New York Times, Adidas, and Premier League illustrator and author Ben Tallon.
Creativity is an often misunderstood pillar of human happiness, something far bigger than artistic talent and crucial for fulfilling lives and careers. Little by little, Ben builds an archive of valuable stories, experiences, and tips to help you maximise yours.
Featuring exclusive interviews with experts and thought leaders, including illustrators, rock stars, artists, sensitivity experts, designers, emergency service workers, Olympic gold medal winners, comedians, microbiologists, photographers, fighters, and many others.
Supported by founding sponsor illustrationx.com
Also supported by the Ukrainian Institute https://ui.org.ua

    Ep 230: Invisible Hands - trusting instinct and flow when logic says no

    Ep 230: Invisible Hands - trusting instinct and flow when logic says no

    'Invisible Hands' was a term American writer and professor Joseph Campbell used to describe the sense of flow in the right direction when creating purely, when following our bliss.I've become fascinated by it, and explore the idea in this episode. Logic is often king in our frightened brains, but when we commit to what instinct and the wellspring of our being suggest is right for us, and create accordingly, it's amazing how doors open, and people who can help us emerge in our lives.Sponsored ...

    • 27 min
    AI TERMS EMERGENCY

    AI TERMS EMERGENCY

    Seemingly overnight, Meta, Adobe, and Squarespace, among others, have issued robust terms to users that would see creative industry professionals surrender their work to train Artificial Intelligence models.This is a ramble from a confused illustrator who would rather not hit the big red button on Instagram, and would rather not have to quit Photoshop for the last time. But what does it mean to accept such an invasion of privacy, and how do we all feel?It's a worrying precedent and a corporat...

    • 44 min
    HIGHLIGHTS of episode 229 with BBC football commentator Alistair Bruce-Ball

    HIGHLIGHTS of episode 229 with BBC football commentator Alistair Bruce-Ball

    This week's episode HIGHLIGHTS for those who can't spare the time for the long-form FULL episode. Enjoy!Radio remains a timeless and unique medium in the age of abundant TV and film streaming services. There's an intimacy and a human quality that has seen it endure despite countless technological advances, and it invites the imagination of the listeners in a way no TV broadcast ever could.Football commentary represents arguably the most passionate form of commentary, but what of the creativit...

    • 28 min
    5 things we learned about creativity from: BBC 5 Live football commentator Alistair Bruce-Ball

    5 things we learned about creativity from: BBC 5 Live football commentator Alistair Bruce-Ball

    The first in a new series of takeaway episodes in which I distill 5 key takeaway tips about creativity from this week's guest conversation.The full conversation is available now on episode 229, and you can see the video version of this podcast on The Creative Condition Youtube channel.Sponsored as ever by https://illustrationx.com who have a superb new quarterly illustration trends report here: https://www.illustrationx.com/uk/news/5992/trendx_-_april_2024and the Ukrainian Institute https://u...

    • 8 min
    Ep 229: Football commentator Alistair Bruce-Ball on sports broadcasting, responsive creativity, adapting in the moment, and owning your personality

    Ep 229: Football commentator Alistair Bruce-Ball on sports broadcasting, responsive creativity, adapting in the moment, and owning your personality

    Radio remains a timeless and unique medium in the age of abundant TV and film streaming services. There's an intimacy and a human quality that has seen it endure despite countless technological advances, and it invites the imagination of the listeners in a way no TV broadcast ever could. Football commentary represents arguably the most passionate form of commentary, but what of the creativity of the people whose trained voices take us as close to the action as possible without stepping foot i...

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ep 228: The problem with perfectionism in a creative environment with University of Chicago professor & author of 'Flawed' Greg Chasson

    Ep 228: The problem with perfectionism in a creative environment with University of Chicago professor & author of 'Flawed' Greg Chasson

    Perfectionism can be extremely damaging to creativity. We live in the age of data, in which the bottom line creates a culture of fear. Here uncertainty is the enemy, and algorithmic creativity is causing a dramatic level rise in the sea of same. In the creative industry, this could be a death sentence, so I spoke to Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, and author of 'Flawed' Greg Chasson at length about the neuroscience and effects of perfectionism.As a man with a ca...

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

Ben Clark Design ,

A must listen for creative people

Ben’s irresistible passion for creativity is consistently inspiring. His natural, inquisitive interview style draws you deeper into flowing conversations that always leave me feeling energised and full of new ideas.

I never really found space in my routine for podcasts, but this one changed that.

DougPinthetoon ,

Real world creative!

A fantastic podcast, tacking the real world challenges of most if not all creatives face. Including and beyond the creative product and process. keep up the amazing work and thank you for the immense effort you put into this!

martineillustrates ,

Favourite podcast

This is by far my favourite podcast, full of creative journeys and stories that make me feel less alone whilst in my studio. Ben’s voice is full of curiosity and interest, bringing out his guests experiences, thoughts, tips and advice in the most natural way. It is rare to feel involved but I find myself totally invested in the conversation.

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