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Best Thoughtstarters podcasts we could find (updated December 2019)
Best Thoughtstarters podcasts we could find
Updated December 2019
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Produced out of White City Place, Thought Starters is a podcast about the relationship between business and creativity.
 
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In this episode, perspectives from the old and established and the new and start-up, as we talk about what work each has to do to develop their brands, tell their stories, and rise to become benchmarks in their industries.
 
As guarded as the country is about itself, and as careful about who and what they let in, there is a certain pride taken in the architecture of North Korea.
 
A conversation on the future of mobility between Deyan Sudjic, director of Design Museum of London and Philipp Rode, director of the LSE Cities research centre at the London School of Economics.
 
Sophie Rochester and Miranda West reflect on the conversations they’ve had with investors, the importance of having a genuine social value at the core of a business, and why establishing a positive company culture from Day 1 is crucial.
 
Today, the design industry often blurs boundaries with the art world, and collectible craft and furniture is becoming increasing popular, gaining market value and a prominence at major fairs.
 
In the Pod today, a curator and a designer in praise of the prototype.
 
In this episode, a conversation with architects Alex Gore and Timothy Smith about the impact of the smaller details.
 
A notoriously fast-moving industry, the world of fashion seems to be changing like never before: a hyper-quick metabolism for images which drives down our attention span, eco-consciousness, and the breaking down of the gender binary. In this episode, a designer whose brand has transitioned effortlessly from menswear to gender neutrality, and a ...…
 
Graphic design and art often interplay, with boundaries regularly blurred. One element that often to link the two is type; using individual letters or words in a way that either subverts or elevates linguistic communication. In this episode we meet two artists whose successful careers have layered an expressive approach to typography with tradi ...…
 
When you're working in the creative industries, the dream is often to use creativity to fuel a social cause. Aspiring to make a contribution instead of simply fuelling consumerism. Sadly, that seems to very rarely come to fruition. But not so for our conversationalists today, who are co-founders of Glimpse, a creative collective that tries to c ...…
 
“Craft.” For a long time, the word has had been pushed to the periphery of the design world, disregarded for its perceived quaintness. But, thanks in part to the efforts of crafts organisations, that has very much been changing. “Craft” now has become associated not with homeliness, but with the highest forms of the discipline – creeping its wa ...…
 
As snappy as we seem to like our information these days, each year there are innumerable books of non-fiction that explore our world in great depth and thoughtfulness.These works can help us see the world in a new way, by exploring previously murky arenas of culture, or taking focus on themes that rarely get much breathing space.We have two suc ...…
 
As much as photography and video have gained in reputation in the world of fine art, they have also been democratised. Thanks to smart phones, 1.2 trillion photos were taken in 2017 alone. ?Image-making is also something often scrutinised. It can reinforce strict and unrealistic standards of beauty or, collectively, define a narrow demographic ...…
 
These days, we expect brands to reflect a set of values, not simply provide products. No businesses do this better than those whose entire mission is to change the world for the better, even in just a small way – these are social enterprises. Combining commerce with social progress, they often work with vulnerable groups, offering work and a se ...…
 
In design, there’s a certain aesthetic we imagine we hear the word “sophistication” – it’s likely muted, neutral, maybe even sombre. And, we apply it often: to offices, to homes, to restaurants, to hotels. But these spaces aren't often very ‘joyful’. Joyful spaces are playful and bright. And, so, we often think of joyful places as those for chi ...…
 
In the field of architecture, communicating ideas has always been a challenge. A combination of scale models, illustrations, plans and renderings help explain how a space, a building, or even an entire city might look and feel. But all of that is beginning to change, with the introduction of cheaper, quicker and more elaborate VR experiences. N ...…
 
For what seems like forever, we've been told we live in a “consumer society” – we are defined by how we spend, it is our most important expression of ourselves, our aspirations and our politics. And, while still a powerful concept, some have argued that we are sliding into a new era: a citizen society. Instead of simply a choice to purchase or ...…
 
Today, we delve into the world of digital publishing with two editors at the top of their game, for two of the most notable women-focus publications out there – industry-leading digital magazine Refinery 29 and one of the biggest names in fashion: British Vogue.Womens-focused publications have changed significantly since these Sarah Raphael and ...…
 
The Pod is going on tour for London Design Festival! Last stop: Exhibition Road, outside the V&A as part of the Day of Design street party.We met Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Rory Hyde and founder of Digital Identities, Dr. Abhay Adhikari. Together, they reflected on this year's London Des ...…
 
The Pod is going on tour for London Design Festival! Last stop: Exhibition Road, outside the V&A as part of the Day of Design street party.We met editor of Icon magazine, Priya Khanchandani, and design curator Max Fraser. Together, they reflected on this year's London Design Festival as the city-wide event came to a close. Tune in for wrap-up f ...…
 
The Pod is going on tour for London Design Festival! First stop: The Brompton Design District. Today we met Johanna Agerman Ross, curator of contemporary design at the V&A and Tetsuo Mukai of the research and design and research consultancy, Workshop for Potential Design.Tune in for an invigorating chat about how we display design in museums, h ...…
 
The Pod is going on tour for London Design Festival! First stop: The Brompton Design District.Today we met architect and furniture designer Kelechi Odu of Oparanze Collective and Sophie Thomas of communications design studio Thomas Matthews. Tune in for an invigorating chat about the reuse of materials in design, enjoyable ways to tackle not-so ...…
 
The Pod is going on tour for London Design Festival! First stop: The Brompton Design District.Today we met Sevra Davis of The Design Museum and Seetal Solanki of Ma-tt-er, a research design studio that explores the past, present and future of materials. Tune in for an invigorating chat about strange new materials, and how we can nudge them into ...…
 
?????The art world can be uninviting, and the sheer number of galleries can feel overwhelming. One solution: the internet. ?????Counter Editions is a platform selling prints and multiples by leading international artists. Director Robert Diament joins us in the Pod, along with actor and art collector Russell Tovey. ?…
 
?Some of the most esteemed and enduring brands are those that build in their customers an emotional connection – they give us more than just practical function. A few of those them seemingly manage to create own worlds, and come to represent a lifestyle and system of values, too. ?One such brand is Rapha, the cycling sportswear company founded ...…
 
????Does the world need another chair? It’s a question often asked in the design world, mostly by industry journalists who have a hard time getting excited about countless new four-legged additions to furniture showrooms from Milan to Mexico City. ???What is far more intriguing are the experiments in how we make, not necessarily what we make. F ...…
 
???It's possible your social media feeds have been completely flooded with dispatches from the Venice Biennale of Architecture. The international architecture exhibition has just launched, and will take over the coastal city with national pavilions, individual architects and curators exploring themes that have ranged from cities and society – o ...…
 
?For a fashion brand, success takes many forms.Commercial success is an obvious one. But then there’s cultural impact. And now too, it’s about an online following. Often the audience that lends a brand its relevance aren’t always the most active consumers. Today we talk about just that, fashion that is more than just clothing, it’s also a messa ...…
 
??Sustainability is a word that gets frequently thrown around, but what, exactly, does it mean? Today on Thought Starters, Caroline Till of FranklinTill and Carole Collet, founder of the Material Futures master’s programme at Central Saint Martins talk about what sustainability means for the rapidly changing world of fashion and design.…
 
??It's been a decade of protest. And from the Women's march to the Brexit marches, what these large-scale political expressions carry with them is an outpouring of creativity. That's exactly what's explored at Hope to Nope, a new exhibition at the Design Museum in London. We were lucky enough to get the two curators, Margaret Cubbage? and Lucie ...…
 
?Today, we talk about architecture – its great triumphs, its failures, and where the world is headed. In conversation: architect Farshid Moussavi and writer and critic Phineas Harper. ??Iranian-born Farshid Moussavi is an internationally acclaimed architect and educator, who founded her own eponymous practice in London in 2011, after first esta ...…
 
???The Gentlewoman and Gal Dem are two very different magazines combatting a common problem: how women are spoken to by women's magazines. To coincide with International Women's Day, we invited editors Penny Martin and Liv Little into the Pod to discuss their growing magazines, and the role of the editor.…
 
???Sartorially speaking, London is home to some of the world’s finest craftsmanship. Look no further than Savile Row. But for brands that have been there for decades using traditional techniques for traditional garments – how to stay relevant? ????We meet Campbell Carey of Huntsman (founded in 1849) and George Glasgow Sr or Cleverley (founded 1 ...…
 
???It's the biggest event in the world, and one of the most recognisable brands. So what goes into designing for the Olympics? We speak to Chris Moody, Chief Design Officer at Wolff Olins, the global brand design studio tasked with designing London's 2012 Olympic identity. Joining him is James Hurst, principle at DesignStudio, who knows a thing ...…
 
???Today we discuss art and ability. Intoart is an art and design studio that collaborates with people with learning disabilities, creating beautiful and thought-provoking pieces. Henry Ward is the former Head of Education at the Southbank Centre? and currently is the creative director at the Freelands Foundation, whose mission is to support ar ...…
 
??Airbnb is a tech company super success. Yet, it's also a multi-faceted, forward-thinking organisation, reconsidering architecture and space and how they can work for you (and for others). In 2014, Airbnb rebranded, moving to a more mature identity that is now known the world over; James Greenfield led that design work.…
 
??If you've been through White City Place recently, you'll notice a new light installation creating beautiful, glowing patterns. We invited Spandana Gopal, founder of Tiipoi to join us in the Pod to talk about the installation. Joining her, Afroditi Krassa, one of London's preeminent hospitality designers, behind the interior design of Dishoom, ...…
 
??Today things get a little spooky. We meet Tobias Revell and Natalie Kane, who together form Haunted Machines. ?Haunted Machines explores narratives of myth, magic and haunting around technology. They've recently participated in the Serpentine Galleries’ 24-hour event on artificial intelligence, machines and consciousness this year – called Gu ...…
 
?Yinka Ilori is a London based designer. He specialises in up-cycling vintage furniture, inspired by the traditional Nigerian parables and African fabrics that surrounded him as child. This past September, he create a colourful playground outside the CitizenM hotel in Shoreditch, the hotel group of which Robin Chadha is the Chief Marketing Offi ...…
 
?Alex de Rijke is one of the founders of London architecture practice dRMM. They're currently up for the prestigious RIBA Stirling prize for their work on the new Hastings Pier. The winner will be announced in just a few days on Oct 31. In the meantime, Alex and Lee Mallett, urbanist and director of Urbik, joined us in The Pod. They discuss Has ...…
 
?Today we hear from two creative Londoners about their partnership at the Ace Hotel. ?Laura Houseley is a writer and consultant specialising in contemporary design, and the founder of the influential Modern Design Review magazine. ?Vickie Hayward is head of culture and programming for Atelier Ace, the in-house creative team at the Ace Hotel. ?O ...…
 
?Two young women at the top of their game talk about junior-level staff – and how the creative industries don’t always encourage them to their full potential. ?Dior Bediako is the founder of Pepper Your Talk, a platform for young fashion creatives. Her new project The Junior Network has created a community of fashion professionals at the beginn ...…
 
?It's a universal truth that hospitals can be depressing places. They certainly don't have to be, at least in their design. ?That's exactly what we talk about in this episode of Thought Starters. ?Dr. Nick Rhodes is a psychiatrist by trade, but runs a charity called The Nightingale Project that helps improve health services through art and musi ...…
 
?The mismatched lifespan of hardware versus software, why startups need better product marketing and how science fiction drives innovation: all in this episode of Thought Starters. ?In the Pod at White City Place, we meet Matt Webb, who runs accelerator programs for esteemed digital agency R/GA, and Jon Marshall, design director at MAP, an indu ...…
 
?Two women at the helm of two creative businesses talk about just that: running a business, and running a business while being female. Joining in us The Pod at White City Place: Danielle Pender and Sabine Zetteler. ?In 2013, Danielle founded Riposte, self-described as a “smart magazine for women”. And, it is. Now on its 8th issue, Riposte has f ...…
 
? In this episode, we learn that making champagne and making a magazine isn’t all that different. We also learn what happens when you bring a legendary east London drag queen to rural France. ? Our guests: The Gourmand founder David Lane and Adam Saletti, co-owner of Selavy Champagne. ? If you flip through issues of bi-annual food and culture m ...…
 
?On this episode of Thought Starters, we talk about archives. Joining us, Tory Turk, the head archivist at the Hyman Archive, the world’s largest magazine archive, and Carl Williams of Carl Williams Rare Books. ?They discuss the importance of digitising our archived history and why it’s sometimes okay to buy fakes.…
 
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