Designer Marquise Stillwell’s new podcast series “The Sweet Flypaper” - borrows its name from “The Sweet Flypaper of Life,” a 1955 fiction and photography book by photographer Roy DeCarava and poet Langston Hughes, describing 1950s Black family life in Harlem, New York City. Joined at the beginning of each episode by friend, educator and Creative Economist, Neil Ramsay, this conversation series responds to a growing need to reexamine how design powers the world and our lives, and its potential to thoughtfully – and poetically – influence societal change. Stillwell firmly believes in the concept of holistic design practices, which, with the help of Ramsay, he uses as a guide to navigate through the ten episodes of the first season. From Deb Willis’ celebration of Black history, joy and progress through photography, to Paola Antonelli’s philosophy that design democratization and literacy can be a catalyst for progress, Stillwell takes us on a warm, approachable journey through the nuances of creative process and their power to change the world.
Sara Zewde on Landscape Psychology and The Craft of Construction
Derrick Adams on Visual Language and Reframing The Black Experience
Franklin Sirmans on Meaningful Representation and Community Responsibility
Paola Antonelli on Her Philosophy of Design and The Power of Objects
In this episode, I speak with design legend Paola Antonelli, who has contributed her expertise to MoMA since 2014, serves as the Senior Curator of the Department of Architecture & Design and also Research and Development. We discuss her career and philosophy of design as power. For Antonelli, her “gift” as a creative is to lose herself in objects, in the process of understanding how they work, what’s behind them, and their purpose. Antonelli sees a responsibility in sharing this gift with the world to empower people to make better decisions and take control of their lives. She is the co-host of Design Emergency and received the Smithsonian Institute’s National Design Award in 2006, and in 2007 was named one of the “25 most incisive design visionaries” by Time Magazine.
Deborah Willis on Capturing Black Joy
Dean Milton S.F. Curry on Empathetic Architecture and Civic Duty
In this episode, I speak with Dean Milton S.F. Curry about his life’s work and the importance – and civic duty – of architecture and design on giving shape and energy to cultural and community engagement. Curry, who is currently the Dean (and Professor) at the University of Southern California's School of Architecture has lived a life dedicated to architecture and design, but with a focus on its connection to empathy and social responsibility.
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This podcast is perfect for anyone seeking elevated, current dialogue on topics surrounding design, environmentalism, race, and everything in between. Marquise and his guests are brilliant yet approachable. Great show!