Working File

Working File

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A podcast about design practice and its relationship to the world.
26 — Shows That Could Have Been
Nov 13, 2017 • 55 min
This is our last episode of Working File, at least for a little while. Linda and Maurice join Matt and Andy to go down the list of possible topics for shows that we never got to make. It’s a Working File lightning round! Thanks to all of our contributors…
25 — What the Future Holds
Oct 31, 2017 • 55 min
This episode features Matt and Andy having a one-on-one conversation about the future of Working File and the difference between expressive and functional design projects. Links DiscussedOn the GridNumerologyThe Beginning of InfinityDavid ColeWaterfall…
24 — Too Short to Scoop the Ice Cream
Oct 16, 2017 • 65 min
Matt is back for a lively discussion with Victoria and new contributor Daisy Sun about self-esteem and how to get a job when the world tells you that you’re underqualified. Should you apply for a job if you don’t meet the posted requirements? How do you…
23 — Location, Location, Location
Oct 2, 2017 • 59 min
Matt and Andy take an episode off and Maurice wrangles three new contributors from all over the country to discuss how geography influences design community. Richard Wade Morgan, Kim Green, and Jamal Collins call in from Atlanta, Boseman, and Clevenland,…
22 — Something to Say
Sep 18, 2017 • 78 min
Long time contributor Maurice Cherry organized this episode where Andy, Matt, and new contributor Jon Lewis discuss what it’s like starting your own business as a designer. What are the reasons to start something new instead of getting a normal, stable…
21 — Don’t Hug your Phone
Sep 4, 2017 • 53 min
We take a break from our normal topical panel shows this week for something different. Prompted by an interview with Simon Sinek, Andy and Linda have a one-on-one discussion about our generation’s attitudes towards work and social media. How does our…
20 — Lessons Learned
Aug 21, 2017 • 62 min
This episode is all about education. Andy, Matt, Meg, and Maurice share their origin stories as we discuss the differences between being self-taught and learning about design through a formal, paid program. How do you find your voice when you begin your…
19 — A Human Podcast
Aug 7, 2017 • 61 min
Annie and Jon join us for a speculative discussion about the future of design. Will artificial intelligence and machine learning replace us in the future? How will we develop taste in automated systems? What will become of our industry when capitalism…
18 — Maturity and Experience
Jul 24, 2017 • 62 min
On this episode, Matt, Andy, and Kristy are joined by new contributor Sabrina Majeed to discuss what it means to be senior in any field. Find out what potential employers think of your years of experience and what it means to be a mature designer. Links…
17 — Back and Forth Forever
Jul 10, 2017 • 58 min
This episode reunites Matt and Andy with Dan Auer, cohost of On the Grid, the podcast that eventually led to the creation of Working File. We get caught up on developments in Dan’s life and discuss how we’ve grown and changed in the five years since we…
16 — I do Squiggles and Gradients
Jun 26, 2017 • 75 min
Robyn and Chappell join us for an episode all about the presence or absence of “weird” sensibility in graphic design. We start off talking about the new art direction of Bloomberg Businessweek but end up discussing capitalism, Snapchat, and the SR-71…
15 — Listener Questions
Jun 12, 2017 • 63 min
Andy and Matt are joined by Lola and Kara to answer listener questions about design managers, creative staffing agencies, how user choice affects modern product design, and of course, whether or not design can change the world. Links On a team, what do…
14 — A Room Full of Strangers
May 29, 2017 • 70 min
Andy and Matt are joined by Cap and Maurice to talk about our relationship with conferences and other design events. Even though all four of us have spoken at events before, why is it that we almost never attend them ourselves? What responsibility do…
13 — Money Talks
May 15, 2017 • 63 min
On this episode we’re tackling a potentially sensitive subject: money. Linda and Annie join Matt and Andy for a candid discussion about their past jobs and how much money they made doing them. When is it appropriate to negotiate for a higher salary, and…
12 — Verbal Design
May 1, 2017 • 72 min
Chappell and Robyn join us for a lively episode wherein we discuss the language we use to describe ourselves and our work. With her recent transition to the private sector, Chappell gives us her take on agency life and the vernacular associated with it.…
11 — Comparing Notes
Apr 17, 2017 • 64 min
Matt and Andy are on their own this week having a practical discussion about proposals and how we communicate with potential clients. What is the right amount of information to provide and the best way to provide it? Why do we keep sending 8.5″ by 11″…
10 — Institutional Value, Individual Agency
Apr 3, 2017 • 63 min
This episode is all about our relationship with the AIGA and more general feelings about design community and discourse. Annie, Matt, and Andy are joined by new contributor Nicole Killian to discuss our relationship with the AIGA and centralized…
9 — A System for Others to Succeed
Mar 20, 2017 • 66 min
Matt and Andy are joined by Kristy Tillman and new contributor Cap Watkins to discuss design management. We learn about some of the traits of bad managers and discuss how to advocate for design within an organization. Should design work be diversified and…
8 — Proving Yourself to Yourself
Mar 6, 2017 • 57 min
Kara Haupt and Victoria Rushton join us on the eve of Matt’s wedding and the first day of Kara’s new job for a candid discussion about our confidence and sense of self-worth. As designers, our value is constantly measured against other designers, other…
7 — Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic
Feb 20, 2017 • 72 min
This marks the beginning of a conversation that we’ll be continuing in the future: the relationship between design and politics. Maurice Cherry and Robyn Kanner join us to talk about whether or not design is inherently political, turning down jobs for…
6 — Using Yourself as a Constraint
Feb 6, 2017 • 55 min
This episode, featuring Linda Eliasen and Jon Gold, addresses the relationship between the design process and production. Does an understanding of the materials and techniques used to manufacture your designs make you a better designer, or hold you back…
5 — Who Gets to Say No
Jan 23, 2017 • 56 min
Victoria Rushton and Annie Yiling-Wang join us to discuss criticism in a professional context. For many of us, what was once formal critiques with peers during our education has been replaced by a confusing array of criticism from a variety of people. How…
4 — Making Something that’s Missing
Jan 9, 2017 • 53 min
Andy and Matt are joined by Kristy Tillman and Lola Landekic for a conversation about side projects and the culture that surrounds them. We talk about the virtues and pitfalls of pursuing a self-initiated projects and whether we should hold people…
3 — A Thing to be Seen
Dec 26, 2016 • 52 min
On this episode of Working File, which is actually the first one we ever recorded, we’re joined by Satchell Drakes and Jen Mussari to discuss being a designer in the public eye. How is being a famous designer different than being a famous dentist? Is one…
2 — The Artist and the Problem Solver
Dec 12, 2016 • 57 min
This episode is all about the distinction between working individually and working collaboratively. Gitamba Saila-Ngita and Meg Lewis join us for a discussion where we talk about our preferred work environments, the difference between design education and…
1 — An Industry Inside of Every Industry
Nov 28, 2016 • 52 min
Our inaugural show is all about the state of the design community, design journalism, and what Working File should be. Chappell Ellison and Maurice Cherry join us for a conversation about the difference between design discourse in public and private…