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Design Better

Design Better co-hosts Eli Woolery and Aarron Walter explore the intersection of design, technology, and the creative process through conversations with inspiring guests across many creative fields. Whether you’re design curious or a design pro, Design Better is guaranteed to inspire and inform. Episodes are released semi-weekly. Vanity Fair calls Design Better, “sharp, to the point, and full of incredibly valuable information for anyone looking to better understand how to build a more innovative world.”

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Recent Episodes of Design Better


Bonus: AI and the Creative Process

Bonus: AI and the Creative Process

Generative AI is finding its way into the tools and processes that power creative work. Exciting? Terrifying? Maybe a little of both. Adobe has been not only shipping impressive generative AI tools and features, but thinking about the implications this new technology could have on creative careers. 

Adobe invited us to their offices in San Francisco for a conversation with a panel of leaders including Rachana Rele, Samantha Warren, Danielle Morimoto, and Laura Herman who shared how they and their teams are building and training AI models ethically while bringing innovation to the creative process.

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Episode 4 June 2024 1h, 1m and 4s


Ben Clymer: Hodinkee founder on watch design and creating a compelling content brand

Ben Clymer: Hodinkee founder on watch design and creating a compelling content brand

Get access to the full episode on our Substack: https://designbetterpodcast.com/p/ben-clymer

Aarron fell down a rabbit hole when the Apple Watch came out. He knew nothing about watches, their design history and the immense investment of human effort it’s taken to engineer accurate timepieces until he bought an Apple Watch. He loves wearing a watch, but notifications and tracking caused him to abandon it for something simpler and mechanical.

Anyone curious about watches will inevitably end up at Hodinkee.com, the premier publication about watches and the rich culture around them. Ho...

Episode 99 28 May 2024 14m and 42s


Natsai Audrey Chieza: Designing with biology

Natsai Audrey Chieza: Designing with biology

View show notes, transcript, and more on our Substack: https://designbetterpodcast.com/p/natsai-audrey-chieza

Steve Jobs perfectly described the creative process when he said, “Creativity is just connecting the dots”. Innovation and new ideas are often found by combining the familiar in new ways. Natsai Audrey Chieza, founder of Faber Futures, is doing just that. 

Natsai started her education as an architect, became fascinated by materials and transferred into biology, and today is designing new textiles, design processes, and manufacturing methods by harnessing biological technology. She’s a rare individual who can hop between disciplines to desi...

Episode 98 21 May 2024 40m and 41s


Pablo Stanley: A creative force of nature on the importance persistence and hustle

Pablo Stanley: A creative force of nature on the importance persistence and hustle

Get access to the full episode, show notes, transcript and more on our Substack: https://designbetterpodcast.com/p/pablo-stanley

Pablo Stanley’s creativity seemingly knows no bounds. Constant doodling is a key to his creative process, and has spawned countless projects including web comics like The Design Team and Stanley and Rupert, an illustration generation platform called Blush, and most recently Bueno, a platform that lets people build virtual worlds. Pablo makes us all feel like slackers!

We spoke with Pablo about his childhood in Mexico and how it influences his creativity, the wide array of...

Episode 97 14 May 2024 20m and 9s


Tasha Golden: Avoiding burnout while pursuing creativity with passion

Tasha Golden: Avoiding burnout while pursuing creativity with passion

Find full show notes, transcript, and more on our Substack: https://designbetterpodcast.com/p/tasha-golden

As designers and creatives, we often find our work to be meaningful and fulfilling. But creativity can also come at a price. There can be a danger of burning out when we pursue creativity with passion, and our guest today, Tasha Golden, has experienced this herself. She lost her music career as a touring songwriter due to severe burnout and depression, and now researches well-being, how it’s affected by creativity, and how to use this knowledge to drive real change.

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Episode 96 7 May 2024 42m and 52s


Jonathan Adler: Famed potter and designer on bringing creativity into all aspects of life

Jonathan Adler: Famed potter and designer on bringing creativity into all aspects of life

Visit our Substack to get access to the full show: https://designbetterpodcast.com/p/jonathan-adler

We’ve admired Jonathan Adler’s work for a long time. Though he started his career as a potter, today he designs sumptuous furnishings and interiors that inject energy and joy into everyday life. His work is decadent but not frumpy and always delivered with a winking sense of humor. If anyone truly knows how to bring creativity into all aspects of life, it’s Jonathan Adler.

We speak with Jonathan about why every creative person needs a naysayer to rebel...

Episode 95 30 April 2024 13m and 27s


Making Design Better—better—with weekly episodes, an enhanced newsletter, and more

Making Design Better—better—with weekly episodes, an enhanced newsletter, and more

Tldr; We’re transitioning to weekly episode releases, publishing an enhanced newsletter, and simplifying our premium subscription which will now be on Substack. Read the details below …

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Weekly episodes

For years, we’ve been on a semi-weekly cadence for new episodes, but this schedule is proving too limiting for the amount of interviews we’re producing. Starting today, we’re shifting to a weekly release schedule for our premium subscribers who will receive a new episode every Tuesday morning. 

Simpler pricing model, more affordable

We’re also simplifyi...

Episode 24 April 2024 5m and 21s


Brian Tyler, composer for Yellowstone, Crazy Rich Asians, Mario Brothers, and more, on his creative process

Brian Tyler, composer for Yellowstone, Crazy Rich Asians, Mario Brothers, and more, on his creative process

Find the transcript, full show notes, and more on our Substack: https://designbetterpodcast.com/p/brian-tyler

Our conversation today takes us further into the creative process across different mediums.

If you’re a fan of Yellowstone, Crazy Rich Asians, Iron Man 3, or the recent Mario Brothers movie, then chances are good that one of the soundtrack clips in the trailer below is familiar to you. And today on Design Better we speak with the person behind them all: Emmy-award nominated composer Brian Tyler.

We talk to Brian about his childhood influences, growing up in...

Episode 94 9 April 2024 44m and 15s


Bonus: Eric Snowden, Head of Adobe Design, on AI + Design

Bonus: Eric Snowden, Head of Adobe Design, on AI + Design

Find the transcript, show notes, and more on our Substack: https://designbetterpodcast.com/p/eric-snowden

Adobe has been the big wrench in our creative toolbox for decades. But there’s a new tool shaking up our workflow —Generative AI. Eric Snowden, leader of Adobe’s design team, sees a big opportunity for designers to extend and enhance the creative process by folding generative AI into each of our tools and we wanted to get his take on what’s around the corner. 

We spoke with Eric about his journey from Atlantic records during a period of upheav...

Episode 2 April 2024 49m and 9s


Kate Aronowitz: Shaping the story of design in business

Kate Aronowitz: Shaping the story of design in business

Visit our Substack for transcript, show notes, and more: https://designbetterpodcast.com/p/kate-aronowitz

Few designers have an instinct for business fundamentals. Those that do are able to position design as a competitive advantage for a business and pave the way for design teams to collaborate more effectively. Kate Aronowitz is one of those rare birds.

Kate has held high level design roles at LinkedIn, WealthFront, Facebook, eBay, and today she’s at GV (formerly known as Google Ventures), where she helps early stage companies find their footing.

We speak to Kate about the...

Episode 93 26 March 2024 51m and 33s

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