Works In Process, the podcast that asks the hows and whys behind the creative work. Creativity is oversaturated with the final results—Whether it be a painting, the words you write, or that elegant piece in your portfolio. We seem to find completed and beautified work across the web, but what steps did it actually take to get there? Talk a ride with me, Designer and Educator George Garrastegui, as I learn from my guests that there’s no one way to being a creative, but endless possibilities fueled by passion, purpose, and of course process.
It’s not always about what you do, but how you do it!
Mike Nicholls — Nuances of the Black experience.
Understand you have value:
As much as is great for (young designers) to have internships at big companies... know that you could also do your own shit too. Have a vision for what you want to do for yourself, and not be so reliant upon working at (any) company. You have all of the options. Your value is not defined by where you work and, if it is—flex that. But know that THEIR value is up because they got you there. That's how you have to see it.
Terresa Moses — Create with Intention.
Creating a style:
I'm very inspired by what Emory Douglass did for the Black Panther Party—being able to use art to share messages, very rapidly. With that idea in mind... if I needed to get a message out rapidly, you know… What does that look like? If I had to get on the computer really quickly and do something digital, and I don't have time what does that look like? So that is often reflected in my work.
That's why clients want to hire us, because of that particular style.
Deon Mixon — Making Design Fun!
Selling your perspective:
“People often say that what I bring is a great story to my projects. There's (always) a story behind it (because) I connected it to something I experienced or associated with from real life.— So be passionate about your own work and how to articulate it … because as your work.”
Designer, Educator and Entrepreneur
Jen White-Johnson — Advocating and Uplifting Joy.
Advocating and Uplifting Joy.
"If you feel like you're really empowered by a specific topic, or theme, or agenda… stick with it, and learn it, and educate yourself. Whether that's related to like a specific color that pops up in your designs all the time, or a word, or a character… just milk it. Continue to just embolden yourself with those particular tools, because those are the things that are going to get you noticed."
Neurodiverse + Disabled AfroLatina, Designer and Photographer for Collective Liberation, HBCU Design Professor, she/her/ella
Dan Castro — Pivot! Adjusting the narrative.
Our guest, Dan Castro, is a photographer, motion designer and director from New York by way of St. Louis. We chatted about his career journeys and how each step of the way is able to pivot to something new. We also touched on how his collaboration with other creatives on passion projects helps his studio expand what they're able to produce.
Hope you enjoy this episode.
Thomas Jockin — Make it easier for people to say yes.
In this episode, I speak with Thomas Jochin, founder, partner, adjunct lecturer, and practicing type designer. We chatted about how he was inspired by the power of the community to start a typographic meetup called Type Thursday. We also discuss his partnership with a fellow educator to tackle the daunting task of reading proficiency, and It has something to do with type.
I discovered this podcast last year and have loved every episode. It was the only podcast I could find that discussed the most important thing about creativity…the process.
Loving the outcome of a discipline is one thing but falling in love with the process of getting there is truly beautiful.
George Garrastegui (just the sound of the host’s name-you know it’s going to be cool), does a fantastic job of connecting with his guests and helping them tell their unique story.
As someone who has always wanted to earn the title of “artist”, I find this podcast so encouraging. I am always smiling at the end of every episode, partly because I love the intro/outro music, but mostly because these stories remind me of how important creativity is in our lives. Please keep making podcasts!
Co-Founder, Dearest Creative
Incredible series dedicated to showcasing artists of all kinds from all over. As a designer, I love hearing about different creative experiences and initiatives while gaining knowledge on how to keep growing myself. I can't pick just one favorite episode because I love them all!
Insightful, relatable, well-rounded
This podcast is an excellent take on getting a closer look at creatives' processes and journeys. The host does a great job interviewing his guests and gently steering the conversation, without being overly dominant or interrupting his guests. The pacing of the episodes makes listening to it very easy and enjoyable — the initial icebreaker at the beginning of each episode helps the host and his guests just as much as the listener to ease into each new guests personal journey. Beyond that, the production quality is remakrably high for a new podcast.
Personal favorites include the #tinyartdirector and learning about the initial meeting between ep 4 guest David Soto and the host. It is the connection between the host and his guests that make these annecdotes so believable and enjoyable to listen to.