40 episodes

Design Notes is a Google Design podcast about creative work and what it teaches us, hosted by Liam Spradlin. Each episode we talk with people from unique creative fields to discover what inspires and unites us in our practice.

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    • Visual Arts

Design Notes is a Google Design podcast about creative work and what it teaches us, hosted by Liam Spradlin. Each episode we talk with people from unique creative fields to discover what inspires and unites us in our practice.

    BJ Best, ArtyBots

    BJ Best, ArtyBots

    In this episode, Liam speaks with BJ Best, a poet who teaches computers to do what humans can’t in the name of art. His network of ArtyBots is part of a vibrant scene of robots creating, sharing, and collaborating with one another on virtual art. In the interview, Best describes the reflective opportunities and editorial impact created by a bot-created body of work numbering in the tens of thousands.

    • 32 min
    Laurie Rosenwald, Illustrator and Author

    Laurie Rosenwald, Illustrator and Author

    Design Notes is a show about creative work and what it teaches us. In this episode, Liam speaks with illustrator, editorial designer, and author Laurie Rosenwald about how she’s managed to cultivate an aesthetic—and a career—around “making mistakes on purpose.” Learn how chaos and collage can come together to reveal unexpected creative potential, and let Rosenwald help make sure you’re never alone with a blank page.

    • 30 min
    Kerry Murphy, Co-Founder, The Fabricant

    Kerry Murphy, Co-Founder, The Fabricant

    In this episode, Liam speaks with Kerry Murphy, co-founder of digital fashion house The Fabricant, to learn how ones and zeros are spun, woven, and stitched into virtual couture.

    In designing couture that doesn’t—or can’t—exist in physical space, The Fabricant also explores ideas of embodiment and self-actualization. Murphy pushes these concepts even further, by interacting with his own “virtual twin,” composed from 3D-scans of his body.

    • 22 min
    David Reinfurt, Author (A *New* Program for Graphic Design)

    David Reinfurt, Author (A *New* Program for Graphic Design)

    Design Notes is a show about creative work and what it teaches us. For the first episode of 2020, Liam speaks with David Reinfurt, founder of O-R-G, half of Dexter Sinister, and author of A *New* Program for Graphic Design. Together they explore the fluid notions of personal, corporate, and graphic identity throughout Reinfurt’s career, the importance of learning through practice, and the relationship between design and art.

    • 35 min
    Reflectly - 2019 Material Design Awards

    Reflectly - 2019 Material Design Awards

    This episode is part of a series of interviews with the winners of this year’s Material Design Awards, exploring what goes into creating an award-winning app.

    Reflectly, a unique journaling app, won this year’s award for innovation by pushing the boundaries of Material and bringing it to life with animations, a novel elevation model, and custom components. In the interview, cofounder Jacob Kristensen digs into the how Reflectly's experience—from philosophy to specific interactions—came to life.

    • 13 min
    Ruff - 2019 Material Design Awards

    Ruff - 2019 Material Design Awards

    This episode is part of a series of interviews with the winners of this year’s Material Design Awards, exploring what goes into creating an award-winning app.

    Ruff is a note-taking app that won this year’s award for theming, building an expressive identity through the application of color, typography, and shape. In the interview, developer/designer Bardi Golriz talks about what it’s like to add new features without losing focus, and how Material Theming impacts the process of developing an app.

    • 15 min

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