26 episodes

A podcast about design practice and its relationship to the world.

Working File Matt McInerney and Andy Mangold

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 31 Ratings

A podcast about design practice and its relationship to the world.

    26 — Shows That Could Have Been

    26 — Shows That Could Have Been

    This is our last episode of Working File, at least for a little while. Linda and Maurice join Matt and Andy to go down the list of possible topics for shows that we never got to make. It's a Working File lightning round! Thanks to all of our contributors over the past year who helped make the show a reality.

    Links Discussed

    Wrist Robot

    Machine Learning

    Material Design





    Frank Chimero

    Frank's Rowhome Illustration

    Official Objectified Poster

    Andy's Ripoff of the Objectified Poster

    Matt's Objectified Poster

    Luba Lukova

    Everything is a Remix

    • 55 min
    25 — What the Future Holds

    25 — What the Future Holds

    This episode features Matt and Andy having a one-on-one conversation about the future of Working File and the difference between expressive and functional design projects.

    Links DiscussedOn the GridNumerologyThe Beginning of InfinityDavid ColeWaterfall Model

    • 55 min
    24 — Too Short to Scoop the Ice Cream

    24 — Too Short to Scoop the Ice Cream

    Matt is back for a lively discussion with Victoria and new contributor Daisy Sun about self-esteem and how to get a job when the world tells you that you're underqualified. Should you apply for a job if you don't meet the posted requirements? How do you break into an industry that feels elite and inaccessible to you? Is getting fired from Ben & Jerry's for being too short to scoop the ice cream technically discrimitation?

    Links Discussed

    Lord of the Rings "Cave"



    Wayfair Jingle


    How to Pronounce Wacom


    Ben & Jerry's

    David Foster Wallace on Fish

    Dear Prudence

    Food Lust People Love

    • 1 hr 5 min
    23 — Location, Location, Location

    23 — Location, Location, Location

    Matt and Andy take an episode off and Maurice wrangles three new contributors from all over the country to discuss how geography influences design community. Richard Wade Morgan, Kim Green, and Jamal Collins call in from Atlanta, Boseman, and Clevenland, respectively, and compare their experiences as a designer in different locales.

    Links Discussed
    Studio WadeSarah LawrenceWeapons of Mass CreationAdventures in Design PodcastMontana State UniversityBora ShehuUniversity of GeorgiaLiving Walls AtlantaGoat Farm Arts CenterRazorfishSon & SonsMailchimpKabbageMake America Gay AgainLost-N-Found Youth

    • 59 min
    22 — Something to Say

    22 — Something to Say

    Long time contributor Maurice Cherry organized this episode where Andy, Matt, and new contributor Jon Lewis discuss what it's like starting your own business as a designer. What are the reasons to start something new instead of getting a normal, stable job? What are the most difficult parts that no one ever tells you about?

    Links Discussed



    Bakken & Bæck

    Million Dollar Matchmaker

    Elevate App

    Mike Monteiro

    • 1 hr 18 min
    21 — Don’t Hug your Phone

    21 — Don’t Hug your Phone

    We take a break from our normal topical panel shows this week for something different. Prompted by an interview with Simon Sinek, Andy and Linda have a one-on-one discussion about our generation's attitudes towards work and social media. How does our approach to our careers differ from our parents'? Are connections made through social media less meaningful, or at least different, than those made in real life?

    Links Discussed

    Simon Sinek on Millennials in the Workplace

    Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

    Friends of The Web

    The Great Recession

    Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv

    The Borg

    Our Incredible Journey



    Candy Crush

    Steve Jobs

    2011 Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami


    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

Syll ,

Thank you for making this show,

...even if you don't revisit it down the line (do!). Episode 24 really put some pep in my step on my way in to work this morning. Just hearing other stories in the field inspires me to keep on keeping on, as one tends to get caught up in the minutia of the day-to-day at any job, even ours—which is still pretty cool once you take a step back, folks!

Been a listener of you two's for quite a while now, so it's really great to hear how you've expanded to include the variety of people and perspectives featured on this show, and I appreciate the range of topics you've covered so far. Design still feels like its lacking a voice and a show like this.

PJ Rosa ,

Episodes are like design vitamins

I'm a recent college grad and I love listening to what all the contributors have to say because it offers glimpses into the minds of people who are on the cutting edge of the industry. Which really helps open the eyes of someone like me whose exposure to the field is super limited. It's even helped me deal with a lot of worries I've had about my own career and given me the confidence to work on my own flaws. You guys are awesome!!

ChristopherAshworth ,

Great breadth of thoughtful guests

I really appreciate the breadth of guests on the show — folks from a lot of different backgrounds on a lot of different career paths. Really interesting stuff, done well but also done humbly. Recommended.

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