Getting Simple

Getting Simple
Getting Simple is a podcast about how you can live a more meaningful, creative & simple life, in the form of friendly, long-form conversations with creatives from eclectic areas. “Do less, better.” Learn more at

#32: JR — Insisting Simplicity, Frugal Practices to Achieve Financial Independence, and Permaculture Design
Jun 26 • 88 min
Insisting Simplicity’s author, JR, on crafting your own routine from scratch, writing, blogging, frugal practices to achieve financial independence, permaculture design, the struggles of making a living as an artist, and more.
#31: Kean Walmsley — Fun, Freedom, Flexibility, and Family
May 28 • 100 min
Autodesk’s Kean Walmsley (@keanw) on prioritizing fun, freedom, and flexibility, traveling and working around the world with family, blogging, teaching, remote work, and the post-COVID world.
#30: Sketches — Stories Are the Answer
Apr 30 • 10 min
Here’s an episode in memory of Patrick Winston which opens the new Sketches series with a short piece on story understanding with artificial intelligence and my experience attending Winston’s 6.034 lectures at MIT. “Don’t just tell me it’s a school bus.…
#29: Scott Mitchell — Experimentation in the Arena
Mar 31 • 110 min
Scott Mitchell jumps in time to dissect his own experimentation life philosophy, his efforts to remove creative friction, and his worldview. An experimental episode on Scott’s metaphor of the arena, experiments he’s carried out over the past years, and…
#28: A Year of Transformation
Feb 6 • 16 min
What I’ve learned and what’s changed over the past year, and new habits that seem to be here to stick with me for years to come.
#27: Tatjana Dzambazova — The Art of Asking The Right Questions
Jan 15 • 76 min
Technology whisperer Tatjana Dzambazova on asking the right questions to avoid the waste of talent, connecting and inspiring others, becoming vegetarian, and the myth of a better life.
#26: Habits — Writing
Dec 18, 2019 • 24 min
Nono’s daily writing process, tools, and techniques. This episode is part of an experimental series titled Habits in which I share how myself (and others) do certain things and why, hopefully unveiling workflows, techniques, habits, and routines that you…
#25: Nono Martínez Alonso — The Origins of Getting Simple
Nov 30, 2019 • 87 min
Nono Martínez Alonso on his story, his worldview, how and why he started Getting Simple, and the struggles and joys of making a podcast about simple living, doing less better, and crafting your own lifestyle.
#24: Nate Peters — Design for Good
Oct 28, 2019 • 77 min
Nate Peters on democratizing design tools and using his design skills for good, dealing with internet junk, potential misuses of machine learning, and more.
#23: Andrew Witt — Letting Ideas Grow
Sep 27, 2019 • 64 min
Harvard University’s Andrew Witt on the power of ruminating ideas, understanding complex problems, curating signals, geometric simplicity, introspective automation, and finding time for reflection.
#22: Scott Young — Ultralearning, How to Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career
Aug 6, 2019 • 122 min
Scott H. Young on quickly mastering hard skills, acquiring knowledge, and becoming good at things that seem impossible to you right now.
#21: Cristóbal Valenzuela — Machine Learning for Creators
Jul 18, 2019 • 67 min
Technologist and artist Cristóbal Valenzuela on powering your creative work with artificial intelligence, co-founding RunwayML to put machine learning in the hands of creators, and his take on simple living and creativity.
#20: Pier Gustafson — Drawing Fast, Thinking Slow
Jun 26, 2019 • 71 min
Artist and illustrator Pier Gustafson on living a simple life with what makes him smile, the messy creative process behind projects, clients, and deadlines, and being an artist in the twenty-first century.
#19: Panagiotis Michalatos — Slow Down From What?
May 30, 2019 • 90 min
Panagiotis Michalatos on the luxury of choosing to be simple and the emerging trend of simplicity, the power of intuition, questioning our creative interfaces and workflows, and his love for screens.
#18: Getting Lost on the Tools
Apr 30, 2019 • 16 min
Nono Martínez Alonso on forgetting who you were trying to help, the main point behind creating tools, and the case of Machina, with Jose Luis García del Castillo y López.
#17: Saba Ghole — On Growth Mindset
Mar 31, 2019 • 96 min
CEO of NuVu, Saba Ghole, on creating an innovation school & reinventing high school education; growth mindset; art and design as expressive mediums; changing places; simple life habits; technology; and more.
#16: Matt Jezyk — The War for Attention
Feb 28, 2019 • 98 min
Tesla’s Matt Jezyk on his rituals to slow down and stay afloat amongst all the things competing for your attention; embracing change and automation; techniques to be more creative; the rationale behind his ten-year life cycles; why he just transitioned…
#15: Antonio García Guerra — A Holistic Approach to Yourself
Jan 29, 2019 • 61 min
Antonio García Guerra, PhD from the University of Oxford, on the importance of physical activity, social time, and information to be more creative and perform at your maximum cognitive capacity.
#14: Craig Long — The Unexpected Life Plan
Dec 20, 2018 • 89 min
Craig Long on how life is in the moments you didn’t expect, quieting your inner intensity, helping others achieve complex goals when they don’t know where to start, remote working, and disconnecting from technology.
#13: Ben Fry — Co-creator of Processing
Nov 19, 2018 • 90 min
Co-creator of “Processing” and founder of Fathom Information Design — Ben Fry (@ben_fry) — on the beginnings of the Processing programming environment, the use of information design and visualization to understand complicated data problems, and his…
#12: Jiyoo Jye — The Challenge of Art
Oct 10, 2018 • 51 min
Artist, designer, and educator Jiyoo Jye on the struggles of making art and choosing your projects; education at an innovation school as a creative; when to share your work and the role of feedback; media consumption and technology; and her approach to a…
#11: Nathan Melenbrink — Who Decides What’s Important to You?
Sep 4, 2018 • 83 min
Researcher Nathan Melenbrink on his research on simple robots, teaching, his efforts to bring news neutrality to the internet, liking new things, acquiring taste, and much more.
#10: Nono Martínez Alonso — Who’s Up Next?
Aug 15, 2018 • 4 min
Host Nono Martínez Alonso gives a brief overview of what’s new and what’s coming to Getting Simple over the next months. Discover who’s up next on The Getting Simple Podcast in September, October, and November 2018.
#9: Ian Keough — How to Make Better Decisions Faster
Aug 1, 2018 • 113 min
Hypar’s Ian Keough on automating the generation of the built environment to help stakeholders make better decisions faster, writing code from his garage.
#8: Saurabh Mhatre — Space-saving Deployable Mechanisms
Jul 1, 2018 • 47 min
Saurabh Mhatre talks about the simplicity behind deployable systems, the chaos of taking pictures, mindful photography, material science, social media, productivity tools, and more.
#7: Julia Hayden — How You Affect the Planet
Jun 16, 2018 • 52 min
Julia Hayden talks about how our actions affect the planet, ways to fight our throw-away society and minimize waste, her love for tiny houses, and a lot more.
#6: Peter Boyer — Running Away from Centralized and Addictive Technologies
May 1, 2018 • 110 min
Peter Boyer (@ptrbyr) talks about his efforts to run away from notifications and centralized technologies toward decentralized, encrypted-by-default alternatives; and also about self-driving cars, being in relation with nature, addictive technologies,…
#5: Andrés Colubri — A Personal Narrative to Bring Your Interests Together
Apr 1, 2018 • 76 min
Andrés Colubri (@codeanticode) shares with us how he manages to do seemingly different things—such as art, computational biology, or open-source development—by connecting them around one overarching theme.
#4: Jacob Hamman — Virtual Reality & Life Habits to Prevent and Reverse Alzheimer’s Disease
Mar 1, 2018 • 72 min
Jacob Hamman (@jcbhmmn) shares with us how virtual reality and healthy life habits can help prevent and reverse Alzheimer’s disease.
#3: Jose Luis García del Castillo y López — Will Robots Simplify Your Life?
Feb 1, 2018 • 82 min
Jose Luis (@garciadelcast) and Nono talk about providing alternative access to robot control, learning from open source software, the joy of being an educator, simple living, eating healthy, and more.
#2: Zach Kron — Putting More Ideas Into The Things We Make
Jan 1, 2018 • 69 min
Zach Kron (@zachkron) talks with Nono about how new digital tools allow designers to work (and wether these tools make our lives simpler), and about life habits, boredom, constant connectivity and disconnection, digital clutter, and more.
#1: James Melouney — How to Lead Your Best Life
Dec 1, 2017 • 35 min
Author James Melouney on the art of success, self-motivation, positive habits, and purpose.