38 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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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.

    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
    Trip.com - 2019 Material Design Awards

    Trip.com - 2019 Material Design Awards

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

    Trip.com is a travel app that won this year’s award for universality by accounting for users around the world with over a dozen supported languages and custom imagery. The interview unpacks what it’s like to build an app for the entire world, and what makes Trip.com a unique experience.

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

thundernixon1 ,

Concise, insightful, and inspiring

Liam consistently hosts excellent interviews with guests who are designers in a wide range of fields. I usually don't know of the guest yet, so I always come away learning something new. Very much worth your time!

themichaelcook ,

Great show for designers

Great, diverse line-up of guests with a good mix of guest background stories and thoughts on design.

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