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/
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||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|
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||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||On this episode, Krista Fredricks, a Seattle-based web designer, talks about the importance of internships, finding your dream job by merging your passion with design and the concept of designer as curator.||1/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Benjamin Shown Discusses Designing for the Future||On this episode, Benjamin Shown, a Boston-based creative director, talks about the importance of establishing a design community, and how designing for the future is about making design invisible by bringing content and narratives to the foreground.||12/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Gage Mitchell & Jen Stewart on Sustainable Design||On this episode, Gage Mitchell & Jennifer Stewart, partners at Modern Species in Seattle, Wash., talk about the complexity and need for sustainable design in today’s world. And, how celebrating small wins can help when feeling overwhelmed while confronting large scale, wicked problems.||11/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Taylor Cox on Creative Constraints||On this episode, Taylor Cox, a letter press designer and book artist, talks about not being afraid to veer away from what your peers are doing, going all in when learning a new technique and what not to do when climbing inside a giant Heidelberg Press.||10/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKaren Cheng Talks Critique||On this episode of This is Design School, Jp Avila and Chad P. Hall talk with Karen Cheng, a Professor of Design at the University of Washington. Karen discusses how she found her way to design and the value of the skill of critique, both in education and work, but also in everyday life!||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|
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||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.