32 episodes

Works in Process is a podcast about uncovering creative methodologies from people doing inspiring work. Whether we're talking to a designer, an educator, or an entrepreneur we learn the HOWs and WHYs behind what they do. Through experiences and determination, WIP guests explore the techniques and inspiration that have helped them navigate their creative careers.

I’m your host, designer, and educator, George Garrastegui Jr. … Join me as I continue to elevate the creative process by shifting the focus to how we work over what we produce.

Works In Process George Garrastegui, Jr,

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    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

Works in Process is a podcast about uncovering creative methodologies from people doing inspiring work. Whether we're talking to a designer, an educator, or an entrepreneur we learn the HOWs and WHYs behind what they do. Through experiences and determination, WIP guests explore the techniques and inspiration that have helped them navigate their creative careers.

I’m your host, designer, and educator, George Garrastegui Jr. … Join me as I continue to elevate the creative process by shifting the focus to how we work over what we produce.

    Process Feeds Habit w/ Maurice Cherry

    Process Feeds Habit w/ Maurice Cherry

    Welcome to Works In Process / Ep 24
    Finding Your Process Takes Time. Knowing when to pivot from one tool to another, and finding the right one that fit(s) into your workflow is super important. What might be good for one person may not be good for you. As with any process and system...you have stick to it, you have to have discipline — you can build the best system, but if you don't use it, it's useless.—Maurice Cherry, Designer / Strategist / Podcaster
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    That’s my guest Maurice Cherry. In this episode, Maurice reflects on the early days of the web and how it was a time of great opportunity for anyone with an idea. The origins of his award-winning Revision Path podcast and how 10+ episodes are now part of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture permanent collection. Maurice shares his insights on how to be a successful creative, the importance of community, and how he wants to be a renaissance person. Also, the challenges and opportunities that come with being a person of color in the design industry, and how to create change within the industry.
    What a blast it was to talk to him. Enjoy!
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    Mentions
    Dr. Cheryl Holmes-Miller 
    Where are the Black Designers? 
    Raquel Rodriquez 
    Alesha Randolph 
    28 Days of The Web 
    Wayne Sutton 
    Tina Shoulders 
    Jesse Phillips / Neu Year
    Google Docs
    Audacity
    Trello
    Notion
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    Follow Maurice and Revision Path on:
    Personal Website  / Twitter / Instagram
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    Credits
    Edited by RJ BasilioResearch and Transcription Reviewer: Or SyzflingierIntro / Outro Music: The System Has Failed Us - The Passion HiFi
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    Like what you just heard? Support the process and rate us on Apple Podcasts :) 
    About the Works In Process Podcast:
    A podcast series by George Garrastegui, Jr. — designer, educator, and creative catalyst. Works In Process is a collection of discussions that...

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Finding Uncommon Inspiration w/ Brandi Sea

    Finding Uncommon Inspiration w/ Brandi Sea

    Welcome to Works in Process / Ep 23
    "Start with Words. Don’t try starting with ideas. If you try starting with an idea without a concept or a plan, you’re just going, you are going to continue to experience more imposter syndrome. Create concepts using a word map and then understand how to insert the uncommon inspiration and stop just searching where everyone else’s searching!” — Brandi Sea---
    That’s my guest Brandi Sea, Brandi is an award-winning designer, educator, and creative leader. She's been recognized for her poster design work. In 2017, she was also awarded a prestigious Albuquerque 30 award from the American Advertising Federation, which celebrates the 30 greatest ideas of the year. Brandi has also worked as an adjunct professor at her Alma mater Southwest University of Visual Arts teaching advanced design concepts. She began her design career in 2001 and is actively involved in her local design community. 
    Brandi uses her 20 years of experience to help fellow creatives map out a plan to discover uncommon inspiration and produce more captivating design concepts to create standout work through her podcast: Design Speaks. With her online course, her YouTube channel, and her blog, Brandi works to empower designers with the tools they need to stay inspired and create the work that gets through. 
    In this episode want to learn more about her ability to see inspiration and unusual things and how she developed The Strategic Process™ and approach for designers who look to strengthen their creative confidence so they can present design work that gets approved the first time.
    Enjoy!
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    Mentions
    The Strategic Process™
    Design Speaks podcast.
    Follow Brandi Sea at Personal Website  / Twitter / Instagram / Facebook
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    Credits
    Editor: RJ BasilioResearch and Transcription Reviewer: Or SyzflingierIntro / Outro Music: The System Has Failed Us - The Passion HiFi
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    Like what you just heard? Support the process and rate us on Apple Podcasts :)  and Spotify!
    About the Works in Process Podcast:
    A podcast series by George Garrastegui, Jr. — designer, educator, and curutor. Works In Process is a collection of discussions that explore the creative process. I interview individuals to gain more insight into the ways they work and the projects they...

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Decoding the Creative Beast w/ Jacinda Walker

    Decoding the Creative Beast w/ Jacinda Walker

    Welcome to Works In Process / Ep 22
    I always encourage (young people) that you should believe you can do it. That thing that you think is a disadvantage might very well be the best down thing you SHOULD do. You’ve got to believe it’s possible. Because there will be people, there will be forces, there will be places and organizations to tell you otherwise. If you don’t, you better start believing quick!”---
    That’s my guest Jacinda Walker , Jacinda is renowned for her work in design, diversity, research, and strategy. She is the founder and creative director of designExplorr, a social impact organization whose mission addresses the diversity gap within the design profession. Her research on Design Journeys: Strategies for Increasing Diversity in Design Disciplines has been hailed as breakthrough work. This solutions-based thesis explores diversity in design disciplines and investigates effective strategies to expose Black and Latino youth to design careers. Ms. Walker’s future goals are to help scale diversity in design initiatives within education institutions, corporations, organizations, and museums.
    It's for her continued drive and advocation for young people that I have Jacinda on the show. I look to learn how she instills the passion for design at an early and what we should do, as a community, do to foster this change alongside her.
    Enjoy!
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    Mentions
    Design Explorr
    Design Journeys
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    Other links Jacinda wants you to know about:
    Project Osmosis 2021 Mentor AwardUnsung Hero Community Service recognition
    Follow GUEST NAME via: Jacinda's Facebook page /@designexplorr on Instagram / Jacinda's Website / @designexplorr on Twitter
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    Credits
    Edited by RJ BasilioResearch and Transcription Reviewer: Or SyzflingierIntro / Outro Music: The System Has Failed Us - The Passion HiFi
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    Like what you just heard? Support the process and rate us on Apple Podcasts :) 
    About the Works In Process Podcast:
    A podcast series by George Garrastegui, Jr. — designer, educator, and creative catalyst. Works In Process is a collection of discussions that explore and demystify the creative process. I interview individuals to gain more insight into the ways they work and the projects they produce.
     Follow Works in Process:
    Instagram / Facebook / a...

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Ritesh Gupta — Making Design Useful (Part 2/2)

    Ritesh Gupta — Making Design Useful (Part 2/2)

    Welcome to Works In Process / Ep 21
    This is Part 2, the combined episode with be listed as a bonus :) Coming Soon
    Design is About feedback
    There’s a really big need for us to rethink the entire curriculum that we’ve been teaching for 50 plus years. Advocate strongly for unlearning and have honest conversations with the graduates. Because if we’re not getting feedback from the people who have gone through our classes, you’re doing a disservice to the institution as well as the students.— Ritesh Gupta, Founder / Volunteer / Lover of Techno, Streetwear, and Greyhounds---
    Ritesh is a Wieden+Kennedy alum, a former director at 2 Shark Tank companies, and specializes in product design, product management, branding, and growth analytics for mission-driven companies. 
    He recently rebranded and rebuilt Realm a podcast studio on app with Mother Design, Felt Not Heard, and an incredible internal team. It debuted at #1 on the Apples podcast charts and was featured in It's Nice That as well as Print Mag. And Brand New named it one of the top 10 wordmarks and monograms of 2021.
    And before that, Ritesh has worked with and for Sagmeister & Walsh, Cooper Hewitt, Disney, and Hungry Harvest. Currently, he’s the Senior Director of New Product Ventures at Gannett/USA Today.
    We’ll get into some of that, but I want to focus on his support and championing of the shift in Design, to include more advocacy, accountability, and access. Ritesh has been helping change the landscape with his volunteer work for Where Are The Black Designers? -a nonprofit design advocacy organization.. and with his upcoming venture as Founder of Useful School, A useful, fun, affordable, 10-week product design virtual program catered to the people who needed it. Ushering in more diversity, autonomy, and practicality into the profession.
    Enjoy!
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    MentionsRealm
    Sagmeister & Walsh
    Gannett
    Useful School
    Where Are The Black Designers?
    Future Fonts
    Sharp Type
    SPIKE LEE...

    • 40 min
    Making Design Useful w Ritesh Gupta (Full)

    Making Design Useful w Ritesh Gupta (Full)

    Full combined episode from Ep 20 & Ep 21.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    State of Black Design: Family Reunion

    State of Black Design: Family Reunion

    Welcome to a live version of the Works in Process podcast. As part of the State of Black Design Conference and theme: Family Reunion, I am looking to revisit previous guest conversations. This is a way to catch up with them and learn more about people we should keep our sights on. Thank You Episode 8 guest, Dr. Fahamu Pecou, Ep 17 guest Mike Nicholls and welcome Ariel Dannielle and Akintunde Ahmad.
    Enjoy this conversation about the State of Black Design and Creativity and hear the power of owning our stories, owning our narratives, and determining how people see us.
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    Guest Info
    Dr. Fahamu Pecou. Fahamu is an interdisciplinary artist and scholar whose works combine observations on hip-hop, fine art, and popular culture to address concerns around contemporary representations of Black men. Through paintings, performance art, and academic work, Dr. Pecou confronts the performance of Black masculinity and Black identity, challenging and expanding the reading, performance, and expressions of Blackness.
    Dr. Pecou is also the founding Director of the African Diaspora Art Museum of Atlanta (ADAMA).
    Mike Nicholls is an Oakland-based award-winning creative director, book designer, visual artist, and community builder. He translates ideas into visionary creative solutions utilizing over 20 years of design experience and natural talent. Mike founded Umber, a media platform highlighting creative perspectives that matter, which has been recognized by Blavity, Print Magazine, KQED, and Communication Arts.
    As a community builder, Mike is an advisor to Inneract Project, a nonprofit that empowers underrepresented youth through design. Through his work with Umber, he collaborated with renowned creatives around the world like Saul Williams, Tonya Rapley, Souls of Mischief, and Deanna Van Buren.
    Ariel Danielle is an African American painter born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She graduated from the University of West Georgia, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Drawing directly from her life, Ariel creates large-scale paintings that depict the daily experiences of young Black women. She believes in the importance of her artwork to provide new lenses through which Black womanhood can be represented, understood, and related to.
    Akintunde Ahmad is a writer, podcaster, and filmmaker from Oakland, CA. He has also been an educator with the Oakland Unified School District’s African American Male Achievement Program. He is currently the co-host of the podcast series Viewers Like Us, and an associate producer for Proximity Media’s non-fiction department.
    Follow Works in Process:
    Instagram / Facebook / LinkedIn / Twitter

    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Heather Blocker ,

Amazing Podcast!

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!

korianndyer ,

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!

marcmariusmueller ,

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.

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