This is Design School
By Jp Avila & Chad P. Hall
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“This Is Design School” is a podcast for the growing designer; those interested in design, starting a career in design, or needing a reminder of why they went into design. Jp Avila is the Chair of the Art & Design Department at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash. Outside of teaching, Jp is charged with imagining and bringing to life curriculums which will prepare the designers and artists to shape the future of tomorrow. He earned his MFA in Visual Communication from the School of Art Institute of Chicago and holds a BA from Valparaiso University. Chad P. Hall is a graduate student working towards a Master of Design from the Division of Design at the University of Washington. He holds a BAC in Communication from Pacific Lutheran University (where he met Jp). Chad has a history of working for organizations and teams who’ve never worked with designers. Previously to heading back to school, Chad was an Associate on the Strategy & Insights team at Revel in Kirkland, Wash. Year 02 Intro/Closing music: “Electronic : Nostalgic” by Paul Tyan (https://soundcloud.com/paultyan/electronic-nostalgic) Year 01 Intro/Closing music: "Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
||CleanAnna Brayton on Curiosity||On this episode, Anna Brayton, Senior Designer at Amazon, talks about how her passion for design started with markers at a young age. She speaks of her career progression through 10 years designing stores at Starbucks, to the challenges of projects with a blank canvas, and learning through seeking feedback from your colleagues. Anna talks about how design is a lifestyle and having the right tools at-hand makes creating so much more fun.||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJp Avila on Chasing the Next Carrot||On this episode, Jp Avila, Associate Professor of Art & Design at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington talks about the importance of narrative as a basic principle of design, distilling information as a currency of the future, and the struggle of staying in the moment versus chasing the next carrot.||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMichael Smith on Deepening Design Practice||On this episode, Michael Smith, Director of the Master of Human-Computer Interaction + Design Program at the University of Washington, talks about information architecture as an entry point to design, the sad loss of studio culture, and teaching and practicing design research.||1/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJohn Snavely on Questioning Thoughtfully||On this episode, John Snavely, Principal Design Manager of Xbox at Microsoft, talks about his journey as a series of failures, questioning things thoughtfully, managing teams in no praise zones, and the ethical tensions designer face today.||12/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lance Kagey on Authenticity||On this episode, Lance Kagey, an owner and Principal at Rotator Creative, talks about community building, the tangential hobbies that make designers interesting, and creating more authentic work by using elements and materials from the world around us.||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Gabri Joy Kirkendall on Being Bold Enough||On this episode, Gabri Joy Kirkendall, author of Creative Lettering and Beyond and The Joy of Lettering, talks about book publishing in the art world, unexpectedly changing your life course, and being bold in typeface and in person.||9/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKaren Gutowsky on Preparing for What’s Next||On this episode, Karen Gutowsky-Zimmerman, a Professor of Visual Communication Design at Seattle Pacific University, talks about how to prepare students for the next step after graduation beyond the portfolio, how design can remain relevant in a world with increased access to slick looking designs, and balancing teaching visual foundations with a need to arm young designers to think more strategically.||5/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanErin Kendig on Making Space to Work||On this episode, Erin Kendig, a practicing fine artist and Managing Editor of Arcade Magazine, talks about making space to work, ditching the five-year plan, and figuring out how you want to spend your time.||4/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRebecca Stewart-Johnson on Persistence||On this episode, Rebecca Stewart-Johnson, a Tacoma-based designer, talks about the work to get that first job, the bravery it takes to approach new people, and how to keep working and learning through life changes.||3/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Terry Marks on Impending Good||On this episode, Terry Marks, a Seattle-based designer and AIGA Fellow, talks about finding his way to design, balancing work to eat with work for good, and what we need to survive as designers today.||2/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Krista Fredricks on Merging Passions with Design||--||1/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Benjamin Shown Discusses Designing for the Future||--||12/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Gage Mitchell & Jen Stewart on Sustainable Design||--||11/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Taylor Cox on Creative Constraints||--||10/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKaren Cheng Talks Critique||--||9/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Adriel Rollins Discusses Design Education||--||6/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Jon Cook on Writing, Mentors & Healthcare||--||5/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Scott Ichikawa on Balancing Design & Family||--||4/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ryan Applegate & What He Wishes He Knew Sooner||--||3/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Matt Knorr on Creating More and Sharing Often||--||2/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Daniel Worthington on Life-Long Learning||--||12/22/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPaige Pauli on Imposter Syndrome||--||11/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrittany Staten on Creative Outlets||--||10/20/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJessica Frongello on Trusting Yourself||--||9/23/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Samuel Hosman on Doing What You Love||--||7/19/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYr01, Ep00 :: Jp & Chad||--||6/1/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
I love the idea of this podcast. I think as it progresses, it could turn into an extremely useful tool for people who are in school, about to graduate or just starting off a career in the world of design.
It is really important as a designer, to understand different perspectives, and this podcast does just that. It allows people to see the different struggles new designers are faced with, as well as the triumphs they get to experience.
I would definitely suggest listening to this podcast!
Loving the episode about Brittany (my sister) its a great conversation. And to be honest I could never tell my friends what my sister did (because as many times as she told me I just couldn’t remember) but now I can educate them just a little bit better. Thanks JP its a great 'cast.
Enjoy the various perspectives!
I really enjoy listening to this podcast - it’s always great to hear from peers and industry professionals making their way in various design jobs that you can easily relate to and be inspired by.