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To create something, anything, you need a method. You need an approach that works for you. But wouldn’t it also be nice to learn how others approach their creative process?

Works in Process is a monthly podcast where I, Designer and Educator George Garrastegui Jr, have the conversations you wish you had. I talk to designers, artists, educators, and creators to find the Hows and Whys of their creative work. Then, through experiences and inspiration, my guests explore the techniques and observations that helped them to navigate their creative careers.

Join me as I continue to research how creativity is fueled by inspiration, motivation, and most of all, process. Remember... It’s not always about what you do, but how you do it!

Works In Process George Garrastegui, Jr,

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

To create something, anything, you need a method. You need an approach that works for you. But wouldn’t it also be nice to learn how others approach their creative process?

Works in Process is a monthly podcast where I, Designer and Educator George Garrastegui Jr, have the conversations you wish you had. I talk to designers, artists, educators, and creators to find the Hows and Whys of their creative work. Then, through experiences and inspiration, my guests explore the techniques and observations that helped them to navigate their creative careers.

Join me as I continue to research how creativity is fueled by inspiration, motivation, and most of all, process. Remember... It’s not always about what you do, but how you do it!

    Brandi Sea – Finding Uncommon Inspiration

    Brandi Sea – Finding Uncommon Inspiration

    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 https://www.brandisea.com/ (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: https://www.brandisea.com/designspeaks/ (Design Speaks). With her https://www.brandisea.com/product/strategic-creative-concepts-essentials-course/ (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 https://www.brandisea.com/product/strategic-creative-concepts-essentials-course/ (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
    https://www.brandisea.com/product/strategic-creative-concepts-essentials-course/ (The Strategic Process™)
    https://www.brandisea.com/designspeaks/ (Design Speaks) podcast.
    Follow Brandi Sea at https://www.brandisea.com/ (Personal Website) / https://twitter.com/brandisea (Twitter) / https://www.instagram.com/brandisea (Instagram) / http://facebook.com/brandisea (Facebook)
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    Credits
    Intro / Outro Music: https://youtu.be/x-YJDmyMld0 (The System Has Failed Us - The Passion HiFi)
    Content / Transcription Reviewer: https://www.orszyflingier.com/ (Or Syzflingier)

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    About the Works in Process Podcast:
    A podcast series by https://ggarrastegui.com/ (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:
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Jacinda Walker — Decoding the Creative Beast

    Jacinda Walker — Decoding the Creative Beast

    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 https://designexplorr.com/ (designExplorr), a social impact organization whose mission addresses the diversity gap within the design profession. Her research on https://designexplorr.com/design-journeys-strategies-for-increasing-diversity-in-design-disciplines/ (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
    http://designexplorr.com/ (Design Explorr)
    https://vimeo.com/162984418 (Design Journeys)
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    Other links Jacinda wants you to know about:
    https://www.linkedin.com/posts/project-osmosis_design-youngleaders-youngartist-activity-6888582504673026048-9coQ (Project Osmosis 2021 Mentor Award)
    https://www.cleveland19.com/video/2022/01/15/unsung-heros-addressing-diversity-gap-design/ (Unsung Hero Community Service recognition)

    Follow GUEST NAME via: https://www.facebook.com/designexplorr (Jacinda's Facebook page) /https://instagram.com/designexplorr (@designexplorr on Instagram) / http://designexplorr.com/ (Jacinda's Website) / https://twitter.com/designexplorr (@designexplorr on Twitter)
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    Credits
    Produced by https://hearsay.productions/ (HearSay Productions)
    Intro / Outro Music: https://youtu.be/x-YJDmyMld0 (The System Has Failed Us - The Passion HiFi)

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    Like what you just heard? Support the process and http://wip.show/apple_podcast (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:
    https://www.instagram.com/works_inprocess (Instagram) / https://www.facebook.com/works.inprocess (Facebook) / https://www.linkedin.com/company/wip-podcast (LinkedIn) / https://twitter.com/works_inprocess (Twitter)

    • 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 https://www.realm.fm/ (Realm) a podcast studio on app with https://www.motherdesign.com/ (Mother Design), https://fnh.mx/ (Felt Not Heard), and an incredible internal team. It debuted at #1 on the Apples podcast charts and was featured in https://www.itsnicethat.com/news/mother-design-realm-rebrand-graphic-design-290421 (It's Nice That) as well as https://www.printmag.com/post/serial-box-becomes-realm-and-gets-a-thorough-rebranding-from-mother-design (Print Mag). And https://www.underconsideration.com/brandnew/archives/new_logo_and_identity_for_realm_by_mother_design.php (Brand New) named it one of the https://www.underconsideration.com/brandnew/archives/the_year_in_review_part_5_the_best_in_icons_monograms_wordmarks_and_mascots_2021.php (top 10) wordmarks and monograms of 2021.
    And before that, Ritesh has worked with and for https://sagmeisterwalsh.com/ (Sagmeister and 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 https://www.watbd.org/ (Where Are The Black Designers?) -a nonprofit design advocacy organization.. and with his upcoming venture as Founder of https://www.usefulschool.com/ (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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    Mentionshttps://www.realm.fm/ (Realm)
    https://sagmeisterwalsh.com/ (Sagmeister and Walsh)
    https://www.gannett.com/ (Gannett)
    https://www.usefulschool.com/ (Useful School)
    https://www.watbd.org/ (Where Are The Black Designers?)
    https://www.futurefonts.xyz/ (Future Fonts)
    https://sharptype.co/ (Sharp Type)
    https://www.greenlightbookstore.com/book/9781797203850 (SPIKE LEE Book)
    Other links Ritesh wants you to know about:
    https://eyeondesign.aiga.org/what-does-it-mean-to-decolonize-design/ (What Does It Mean to Decolonize Design?)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJmlSOZapUE (Dori Tunstall: Decolonizing Design Practices in Academia) (VIDEO)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_oS6azqtYI (Even by design - Linda Dounia Rebeiz (Config 2021))(VIDEO)
    https://themaleescholarship.org/ (The Malee Scholarship)
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    Follow Ritesh Gupta via:
    https://www.ritesh-gupta.com/ (Ritesh's Website)
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    Credits
    Produced by https://hearsay.productions/ (HearSay Productions)
    Intro / Outro Music: https://youtu.be/x-YJDmyMld0 (The System Has Failed Us - The Passion HiFi)

    ————
    Like what you just heard? Support the process and http://wip.show/apple_podcast (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....

    • 40 min
    Make Design Useful, FULL - Ritesh Gupta

    Make Design Useful, FULL - Ritesh Gupta

    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 https://www.txstate.edu/blackdesign/ (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, https://wip.show/08 (Dr. Fahamu Pecou), Ep 17 guest https://www.wip.show/17 (Mike Nicholls) and welcome https://www.byaridannielle.com/ (Ariel Dannielle) and https://www.akintundeahmad.com/ (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 thehttps://adamatl.org/ ( 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 foundedhttps://www.thisisumber.com/ ( 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 tohttps://inneractproject.org/ ( 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:
    https://www.instagram.com/works_inprocess (Instagram) / https://www.facebook.com/works.inprocess (Facebook) / https://www.linkedin.com/company/wip-podcast (LinkedIn) / https://twitter.com/works_inprocess (Twitter)

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Ritesh Gupta — Making Design Useful (Part 1/2)

    Ritesh Gupta — Making Design Useful (Part 1/2)

    Welcome to Works In Process / Ep 20
    This is Part 1, the combined episode with be listed as a bonus :) Coming Soon
    Speak their language
    It’s relatively rare to have a designer who can speak or is even interested in speaking both design and data… To be able to say, I did an A B test, and that means it equals another $333,000. That's a really powerful and really exciting thing that a designer is able to say. — 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 https://www.realm.fm/ (Realm) a podcast studio on app with https://www.motherdesign.com/ (Mother Design), https://fnh.mx/ (Felt Not Heard), and an incredible internal team. It debuted at #1 on the Apples podcast charts and was featured in https://www.itsnicethat.com/news/mother-design-realm-rebrand-graphic-design-290421 (It's Nice That) as well as https://www.printmag.com/post/serial-box-becomes-realm-and-gets-a-thorough-rebranding-from-mother-design (Print Mag). And https://www.underconsideration.com/brandnew/archives/new_logo_and_identity_for_realm_by_mother_design.php (Brand New) named it one of the https://www.underconsideration.com/brandnew/archives/the_year_in_review_part_5_the_best_in_icons_monograms_wordmarks_and_mascots_2021.php (top 10) wordmarks and monograms of 2021.
    And before that, Ritesh has worked with and for https://sagmeisterwalsh.com/ (Sagmeister and 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 https://www.watbd.org/ (Where Are The Black Designers?) -a nonprofit design advocacy organization.. and with his upcoming venture as Founder of https://www.usefulschool.com/ (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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    Mentionshttps://www.realm.fm/ (Realm)
    https://sagmeisterwalsh.com/ (Sagmeister and Walsh)
    https://www.gannett.com/ (Gannett)
    https://www.usefulschool.com/ (Useful School)
    https://www.watbd.org/ (Where Are The Black Designers?)
    https://www.futurefonts.xyz/ (Future Fonts)
    https://sharptype.co/ (Sharp Type)
    https://www.greenlightbookstore.com/book/9781797203850 (SPIKE LEE Book)
    Other links Ritesh wants you to know about:
    https://eyeondesign.aiga.org/what-does-it-mean-to-decolonize-design/ (What Does It Mean to Decolonize Design?)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJmlSOZapUE (Dori Tunstall: Decolonizing Design Practices in Academia) (VIDEO)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_oS6azqtYI (Even by design - Linda Dounia Rebeiz (Config 2021))(VIDEO)
    https://themaleescholarship.org/ (The Malee Scholarship)
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    Follow via:

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    Credits
    Produced by https://hearsay.productions/ (HearSay Productions)
    Intro / Outro Music: https://youtu.be/x-YJDmyMld0 (The System Has Failed Us - The Passion HiFi)

    ————
    Like what you just heard? Support the process and http://wip.show/apple_podcast (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:
    https://www.instagram.com/works_inprocess (Instagram) / https://www.facebook.com/works.inprocess (Facebook) /...

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

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10 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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