Creativity is a muscle. The more you use it, the more it grows. We’re here to debunk the myth that creativity is JUST for artists: it’s not, it’s for everyone. Each episode, through various interviews, discussions and performances, hosts Nathan Michael, Jonny Mendez, Jon Guerra, Valerie Guerra, and Dan Sumpter take you on a deep dive into the process of channeling your creativity to make a better life for yourself and the world around you.
Universal Standard Brings Elevated Fashion to All Bodies
Together with cofounder Polina Veksler, Alexandra Waldman created Universal Standard in 2015 to obliterate the dividing line of size—a style barrier which often determines who has the privilege and freedom to dress with quality and style. Starting with the premise that clothes should look and feel good on everyone, Alex and Polina set out to design a line of contemporary, elevated essentials for all women and allow a size 2 and a size 32 to shop in the same way – using style as the only filter. Available in sizes 00 to 40, Universal Standard is currently the most inclusive brand in the entire world. This week Alexandra Waldman sits down with The Creative Muscle Podcast to discuss the meaning of clothes, who pays the price for fast fashion, and the role of fearlessness in generous creativity.
How the Co-Founder of Kickstarted Decided What to Do Next
Imagine you co-found something enormous and culture-shaping like, say, Kickstarter. Where do you go from there? How do you decide what to do next? Charles Adler is a designer and technologist who has dedicated his life to accelerating the creative work of others. In 2009, he co-founded Kickstarter, which has been catalyst to Academy Award-winning films, National Design Award-winning products, launched a satellite, created over 300,000 jobs, and distributed over $3.0 billion to creators across every continent. On this week’s episode of The Creative Muscle Podcast, Charles Adler discusses his process for determining what to create next, how to test your ideas, and the definition of terms you may not have heard before: “the ugly baby moment” and “flaneur.” You don’t want to miss this insightful interview! Note: Be sure to listen all the way to the end of the episode for an important announcement.
Peter Dunn Helps People Do Good Work On-the-Go
As we prepare to enter the third decade of the 21st century, fewer people than ever are working in traditional offices. Many of us do our work in coffee shops, airports, hotel rooms, on-location with clients, in co-working spaces, on trains and everywhere in between. We need to be able to fit our entire office into a bag. Peter Dunn spotted this trend from a mile away and created Topdrawer, a store that offers quality “Tools for Nomads” so people can do their best work wherever they are, using sustainably-made products that reduce landfill waste. Peter joined the Creative Muscle podcast to talk about the analog revolution, what our consumption habits are doing to the planet, and why gratitude is the key to everything. You don’t want to miss it!
Two Lost Girls, One RV, and the Wild World of Vintage
Six years ago Sarah Azzouzi and Kyla Embrey started a locally-owned, woman-owned and minority-owned small business called Lost Girls Vintage, a pop-up shop operating out of a 1976 Dodge RV Camper (and now a brick-and-mortar store in West Town), selling vintage clothing they source themselves. Their collection runs the gamut from Victorian garments to pieces any Spice Girl would be proud of, and everything in between. And the thing that ties it together is that they only sell what they love. They joined The Creative Muscle Podcast to talk about owning your identity, giving others permission to express themselves, and the importance of starting before you know what you’re doing. Added bonus: take a listen to find out which Spice Girl Nathan Michael dressed up as in high school. :)
Ello Combats Single-Use Plastic With Style
So many people go into creative work because they want to make something that will be noticed or make an impression. But what about the kind of creativity that's meant to blend in with our everyday life? Industrial and product design is usually a success when we barely notice the way it seamlessly flows into our lifestyle. Providing alternatives to single-use plastic, Ello creates eco-friendly glassware products that are affordable, accessible and beautiful. They partner with a non-profit called H2OpenDoors, selling their products to raise money for a solar-powered water system in Kenya that will become the foundation for a women-run social enterprise. Director of Design Glen Gilmore and Director of Social Impact/Senior Industrial Designer Micaela McCabe joined The Creative Muscle Podcast to talk about channeling your passion for social impact into meaningful work, how to vet partners, and why you should run your ideas by non-experts.
There Is No “I” in Beer
Do all craft brewery taprooms have to be industrial spaces with loud music blasting over guys drinking hoppy beers at tables made of reclaimed wood? Samantha Lee thinks not. She is the co-founder of Hopewell Brewing, a remarkable craft brewery in Logan Square, Chicago, known not only for its accessible beers, but also for the bright, welcoming design of its taproom, and generous, hospitable presence in the community. She joined The Creative Muscle Podcast to talk about pink beer, living wages, and why your business plan doesn’t need to be 30 pages long.
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