Educated Guess: A Virtual Art School

Educated Guess: A Virtual Art School
We are bridging the cultural gap for careers in art + design. Our interview episodes dive deep into community, tactics, and mentorship. We share candid conversations with the best in Design about what it actually takes to have a seat at the table and see your ideas come to life. No fluff. No ambiguity. Mild cursing. So, whether you’re knee deep in building your own design business or just a lover of fine art, this is a place where you can come to elevate your mindset and skillset as a designer. Tune in.

The Neuroscience of Belief | Ep. 168
Sep 21 • 16 min
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Thinking v. Doing | Ep. 166
Sep 16 • 20 min
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People are Watching | Ep. 165
Sep 14 • 20 min
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How to Deal with the Truth | Ep. 163
Sep 9 • 25 min
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How to Create Through Uncertainty | Ep. 162
Sep 7 • 26 min
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4 Pillars of Futurist Thinking | Ep. 160
Sep 2 • 19 min
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How to Find Your Passion | Ep. 159
Aug 31 • 18 min
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Getting Paid What You’re Worth (ft. Robin Johnson) | Ep. 158
Aug 28 • 70 min
Robin is a Creative Producer with a wealth of experience in tech start-ups and cultural initiatives. Leveraging her expertise in project and stakeholder management, she’s become a wizard at blending her passions for music and culture to build communities,…
How to Plan a Quarter | Ep. 157
Aug 26 • 28 min
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The Allegory of the Cave | Ep. 156
Aug 24 • 16 min
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Demna Gvasalia | Ep. 155
Aug 21 • 31 min
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4 Stages of Epistemology | Ep. 154
Aug 19 • 16 min
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The Last Questions of Life | Ep. 153
Aug 17 • 14 min
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Michael Heizer | Ep. 152
Aug 14 • 16 min
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How to Read a Book | Ep. 151
Aug 12 • 25 min
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Notes on Minimalism | Ep. 150
Aug 10 • 20 min
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A New Beginning (ft. Al Leake) | Ep. 149
Aug 7 • 44 min
Most people around the world who listen to our online art lectures know us for bringing on some of the foremost artists, designers, and creative business owners in the world today. These people have accomplished some incredible things which include, but…
How to Prep for the Future | Ep. 148
Aug 5 • 25 min
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Megaphone for a Deaf World | Ep. 147
Aug 3 • 13 min
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Building a 3-Step Marketing Plan | Ep. 145
Jul 29 • 28 min
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The Myth of Being Rescued | Ep. 144
Jul 27 • 19 min
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Wittkower | Ep. 143
Jul 24 • 12 min
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How to Design for Inclusion | Ep. 142
Jul 22 • 26 min
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How to Master the Entropic Machine | Ep. 141
Jul 20 • 19 min
If you’re searching for a time in life when everything will finally be at rest, then unfortunately you chose the wrong planet to land on. So, in today’s segment, we hope to offer you a few mental notes that you can come back to for reference whenever you…
Practise Makes Practice (ft. Christopher Knowles) | Ep. 140
Jul 17 • 61 min
Christopher Knowles is an art director, illustrator, art director and founder of the Atlanta-based non-profit Practise Makes Practice. Some of his past clients and affiliations include: Daft Punk SXSW Alicia Keys Creative Circus Unboundary Son&Sons…
How to Tell the Story of Your Brand | Ep. 139
Jul 15 • 21 min
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Coping v. Creation | Ep. 138
Jul 13 • 12 min
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3 Key Learnings from Vitruvius | Ep. 137
Jul 10 • 17 min
If you’ve ever studied the work of Vitruvius, then chances are high that you know about the dichotomy of his influence and controversy. In this lecture, we offer a perspective on why Vitruvius might be someone you can study throughout your career.…
What Real Confidence Looks Like | Ep. 136
Jul 8 • 17 min
Most people mismanage their own confidence and end up building a slippery slope for low self-esteem in the process. In this lecture, we hope to offer an outline that you can use to tap into a true sense of confidence by understanding the false forms of…
Why Consistency is Your Best Leverage | Ep. 135
Jul 6 • 18 min
Consistency is the most valuable leverage you have. Most people think leverage comes from a relationship, money, status, following, tenure, etc. But, in the long-game—consistency is king and queen. In this lecture, we outline 3 benefits of leaning into a…
How to Leave an Impact With Your Art (ft. Simone Noronha) | Ep. 134
Jul 3 • 58 min
On this segment of “Well Read”, we’re joined by our friend Simone Noronha—illustrator and art director. For roughly 60 minutes, we discuss the ins and outs of the illustration business. Some of the topics/questions we cover in this lecture include, but…
How to Get More Things Done | Ep. 133
Jul 1 • 16 min
In this lecture, we step out on a limb and talk a bit about the art of getting things done. Most people worship the idea of productivity, but these same people are often the most unproductive of them all. We teach how one can get much better results and…
What’s the Purpose of Art? | Ep. 132
Jun 29 • 20 min
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The End of Art? | Ep. 130
Jun 24 • 16 min
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The Myth of Expertise | Ep. 129
Jun 22 • 27 min
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Giving Feedback as an Art Director | Ep. 127
Jun 17 • 16 min
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Working from the Inside Out | Ep. 126
Jun 15 • 28 min
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Lee Clow | Ep. 125
Jun 12 • 18 min
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What is an “Overnight Book”? | Ep. 124
Jun 10 • 17 min
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Understanding the Shadow Self | Ep. 123
Jun 8 • 24 min
Carl Jung popularized the idea of the Shadow Self many moons ago. Yet, there’s still a frequent undertone of needing to remind people just how powerful the subconscious can be. There’s an old quote from Jung that states that “until you make the…
Making Peace with “Twoness” (ft. Jeremy Benson) | Ep. 122
Jun 5 • 69 min
Double-consciousness is a concept in social philosophy referring, originally, to a source of inward “twoness” putatively experienced by African-Americans because of their racialized oppression and disvaluation in a white-dominated society. The concept is…
The Myth of Productivity | Ep. 121
Jun 3 • 21 min
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The Burden of Your Gift | Ep. 120
Jun 1 • 19 min
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Pedro Reyes | Ep. 119
May 29 • 19 min
On this segment of “Well Read.”, we cover the work and life of Pedro Reyes—a multidisciplinary artist and designer. Through his work, Reyes aims to use sculpture, architecture, video, performance and participation to increase the individual or collective…
5 Tough Questions on Artificial Intelligence | Ep. 118
May 27 • 29 min
When new technologies become widespread, they often raise ethical questions. For example: Weapons — who should be allowed own them? Printing press — what should be allowed to be published? Drones — where should they be allowed to go? In this lecture, we…
How to Overcome Fear | Ep. 117
May 25 • 20 min
Most fears are just repetitive thoughts. The bad part about these sorts of thoughts is that once they get going…they seem to have a mind of their own. And, as a result, our biggest fears begin to compound on one another. The good news is that once we…
Jackson Pollock | Ep. 116
May 22 • 27 min
Well-Read is our segment dedicated to delivering a portraiture or still life of an artist that we are studying at this particular time. Mostly, we’re interested in uncovering the underpinnings that drive their particular body of work. This week, we are…
How to Think About the Future | Ep. 115
May 20 • 27 min
This episode continues our Great Expectations study series—documenting and sharing different methods of anticipatory design. As we continue to understand design as more than just a department, we are able to see our role as creatives through a lens of…
How to Build a Routine that Lasts | Ep. 114
May 18 • 50 min
Most people find it particularly difficult to stick with a routine. From health to wealth, to wisdom, they all seem to struggle with finding the “right way” of doing things. Generally, most well-read people who are interested in the development of the…
How One Thing Leads to Another (ft. Andrew Herzog) | Ep. 113
May 15 • 83 min
On this installment of “Well Read.”, we share a dialogue with artist, designer, and studio owner—Andrew Herzog. Andrew is a multidisciplinary conceptual artist and designer. He’s a partner at School, a design studio founded by two…
How to Plan for Technology Disruption | Ep. 112
May 13 • 35 min
How does technology impact the future? How will these convergences transform today’s legacy industries? What will happen to the way we raise our kids, govern our nations, generate wealth, and care for our planet? What should we be paying attention to?…
N.E.R.D. — Nothing’s Ever Really Done | Ep. 111
May 11 • 27 min
So many people wonder how their life is going to turn out. And, most people repeatedly ask the same types of questions over and over. Will I live a good life? Will I have success? Will I make it? Will I have the wealth and influence I need to achieve the…
Massimo Vitali | Ep. 110
May 8 • 18 min
As the first, official installment of our Well Read segment, we will spend this episode highlighting the life and work of Massimo Vitali. This portion of our curriculum aims is to provide a brief biographical and psychoanalytic study of artists and…
The Bar Test for Presentations | Ep. 109
May 6 • 14 min
Presentations are hard. Especially if you have to make slides, then you’re usually taught to make more of a file folder of information. (i.e. the information monster) then a story rainbow. As a result, most people suffer from these common problems: They…
Seeing Yourself as a Bricklayer | Ep. 108
May 4 • 13 min
“So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.” If you were moved by this quote, then this episode was created for you. In particular, this episode details the parable of the…
Works. (ft. Haris Fazlani) | Ep. 107
May 1 • 70 min
Haris Fazlani is a partner at Works Studio—a multidisciplinary design consultancy based in NYC. Some of their past clients include: Mineral Health Converse Reebok Peloton John Elliott Fear of God Ryan Leslie Heron Preston The Dream Alexander Wang And more…
How to Build Trust with New Clients | Ep. 106
Apr 29 • 39 min
If you’re going after your first big project, then you might find yourself spending way too much time selling things and way less time making them. The problem here is that there are only so many hours in the day. So, in this episode, we walk through 4…
The Attitude of the Beginner | Ep. 105
Apr 27 • 15 min
If you’ve been practicing your craft for a while now, then you probably have run into a roadblock for inspiration at some point or another. One person may call it “writer’s block”. Another person might call it boredom. Nonetheless, we all have moments…
Why You Should Register for “The Book Fair” | Ep. 104
Apr 24 • 12 min
The Book Fair (04.26, 2-6PM EST ) is a quarterly lecture series where selected contributors to The Stacks talk about the inputs and inspirations that have had a significant impact on their lives and careers. Visuals c/o Zuheng Yin The Book Fair is open…
What is the Publik Library? | Ep. 103
Apr 22 • 11 min
Have you ever wondered what your favorite creatives are reading, watching, and listening to on a regular basis? Or, what inspires them to create the work we know and love? And, more importantly, could anyone take this information and build their own “art…
How to Rewrite the Story You Tell Yourself | Ep. 102
Apr 20 • 19 min
5 Touchpoints of a Customer Experience | Ep. 101
Apr 17 • 15 min
“Quiet, Please.” | Ep. 100
Apr 15 • 104 min
To commemorate the 100th episode, we have a special presentation in partnership with Research and Development—an online art museum. If you would like to learn more about Research and Development, then you can connect with them on IG @researchdevelopment_…
How to Build a 1% Mindset | Ep. 99
Apr 13 • 17 min
If you’re feeling like a roadblock has entered into your sphere, then it’s most likely because you haven’t shifted your mindset into accepting the willingness to place bets on yourself. Most people want to sit at the blackjack table, yet when it’s time to…
How to Deal with Information Overload | Ep. 98
Apr 10 • 17 min
If you’re a child of the internet, then it’s inevitable that you will feel overwhelmed by everything being thrown at you. How-to articles are never-ending. Book recommendations are endless. And, procrastination has become the most popular elective. Most…
How to Create a Design Brief | Ep. 97
Apr 8 • 26 min
Most people struggle with handling ambiguity. Unfortunately, designers are no different. When faced with nebulous project descriptions, you’re left feeling overwhelmed. The good news is that this doesn’t have to be the case. In this segment of “Work…
Why Fear Should NOT Be Your Compass | Ep. 96
Apr 6 • 16 min
“One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.” — Henry Ford If this quote hit home for you today, then this episode was made for you. Over the span of the next 15 minutes,…
Square Peg—Round Hole | Ep. 95
Apr 3 • 40 min
If you have ever felt as if you’re not fit for any job application or description on LinkedIn, then you might want to lean into this episode in particular. Most people go through life hoping that others define where they belong. However, the path of the…
Understanding a Basic Sales Process | Ep. 94
Apr 1 • 23 min
Sometimes in art + design, we want our work to speak for itself. And, really, we want our work to sell itself. Most people hide behind the veil of not wanting to conform to the “normal” way of doing things. Yet, really they are just afraid that maybe they…
The Engine of Gratitude | Ep. 93
Mar 30 • 23 min
In this segment of “Incomplete Thoughts”, we discuss what it looks like to press a hard “reset” on your life or circumstances. Regardless of the status of your work or the amount of attention you receive, most people will run across a time when questions…
The Art of Producing World-Class Work (ft. Olivier Charland) | Ep. 92
Mar 27 • 57 min
Olivier is a multi-disciplinary designer from Montréal. With work spanning across different mediums while maintaining a playful and sensitive aesthetic throughout his practice, he has previously done work with Apple, Sagmeister & Walsh and Vallée Duhamel.…
How to Staff a Creative Team | Ep. 91
Mar 25 • 21 min
If you own a small business or a small agency, then one thing you’re always nervous about is hiring creative talent. While no one will admit it, it’s usually rooted in not knowing what value one individual person could really provide. Also, it’s worth…
Scarcity Brings Clarity | Ep. 90
Mar 23 • 18 min
The Importance of Knowing Your Numbers | Ep. 89
Mar 20 • 14 min
In times of scarcity, our natural reaction is to look to the scoreboard and hope that we have enough points on the board to last the rest of the game. Most people in the middle class who are not on the frontlines can’t help but stare aimlessly at their…
Understanding the Priorities of a CMO | Ep. 88
Mar 18 • 32 min
Frequently, small design firms and studios want to save the world through design. Obviously, this means “using other people’s money to help them revamp their entire brand—because you can’t understand how someone thought that was beautiful in the first…
Avoiding Scope Creep in Branding Projects | Ep. 87
Mar 16 • 25 min
There are many categories of projects that all could fall within “brand strategy”. However, if you want to avoid taking on immense amounts of scope after a period of time, you have to learn to categorize the bullets as they are flying at you. Here are…
How to Find a Repeatable Client-Service Process | Ep. 86
Mar 13 • 35 min
Lately, we’ve been studying ad agencies a lot. Part of what we’ve learned is that “designers” (with a capital D) often try to carve out a unique value for themselves as artists, multidisciplinarians, or outliers that cannot and should not be boxed in.…
How to Build a Strategy Portfolio | Ep. 85
Mar 11 • 30 min
On this segment of WorkStudy, we outline how you could best leverage your different experiences in crafting the best portfolio possible: Brand Strategist Brand Planner Account Planner Creative Director Strategy Director In our estimation, the best…
When the Sun Goes Down | Ep. 84
Mar 9 • 9 min
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How to Find Patterns of Disruption (ft. Scott Belsky) | Ep. 83
Mar 6 • 47 min
Scott Belsky is an entrepreneur, author, investor, and currently serves as Adobe’s Chief Product Officer and Executive Vice President, Creative Cloud. In 2006, Scott founded Behance, the leading online platform for the creative industry to showcase and…
How to Setup a Brand Strategy Project | Ep. 82
Mar 4 • 23 min
Often, thinking through a brand often gets confined to the terminology and nuances of the fashion world. Admittedly, this works for building a brand as a Solopreneur. However, things get a bit more sticky as you attempt to bring someone along on your…
Don’t Hate and Don’t Wait. | Ep. 81
Mar 2 • 9 min
In this segment of “Incomplete Thoughts”, we breakdown this colloquial phrase once and for all. A lot of times, the very thing holding us back is not an external fear, but an internal fear. Remember, we are often shaped by how we see others seeing us.…
The Ancient Practice of Finding Your Way (ft. Elliott McKnight) | Ep. 80
Feb 28 • 99 min
“CARTOGRAPHY…or, the Ancient Practice of Finding Your Own Way.” • To coronate this new initiative of @educated__guess, we had the pleasure of bringing in Episode 80 by interviewing Elliott McKnight @elliottmcknight_. • - Elliott has spent better part of…
5 Lessons of Leadership | Ep. 79
Feb 26 • 19 min
On this segment of “Work Study”, we cover five essential leadership lessons that we’v gathered over the years. Because a lot of creativity is often focused on the insular craft work, we felt a void in the space regarding the need for team building and…
How to Start Becoming… | Ep. 78
Feb 24 • 8 min
Often, it’s difficult to understand how much you’re growing while you’re still in pain. In fairness to those of you who are experiencing the pain right now, an exponential curve looks flat while you’re in the middle of it. We’ve all heard the saying “No…
Notes from a Weekly Feed | Ep. 77
Feb 21 • 14 min
As a brief experiment to step away from our more evergreen content, Justin takes time to walk through at least 5 insights, thought starters, or current events that he found interesting from this week alone. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER FOLLOW US ON…
How to Do Cold Emailing in a Respectful Way | Ep. 76
Feb 19 • 30 min
Too many times creativity is dependent on the “powers that be”. It’s very easy to get wrapped up in a “I just need this person to respond!” mindset. And, quite honestly, entitlement follows soon after this mentality. Today, on this segment of “Work…
Follow the Uncertainty | Ep. 75
Feb 17 • 10 min
On this segment of “Incomplete Thoughts”, we cover what it means to follow YOUR FEARS. There’s magic in taking on projects that you aren’t quite sure you can accomplish. People often give the word “Yes” a negative connotation in this industry. But, we’re…
Why You Should Stop Playing Scared | Ep. 74
Feb 14 • 7 min
On this episode of our Friday Lecture Series, you’re hearing directly from Justin as he shares a quick meditation on intuitive versus measured approaches to life. If you’ve been following along for quite a while, you know that Justin grew up playing golf…
Understanding When to Use RAID Logs | Ep. 73
Feb 12 • 33 min
Progress updates are tough. It’s harder than ever to kick off projects, understand stakeholders, take care of billing, account for risks, etc. All while being asked to be EXTREMELY creative. This sounds like a lot of work because it actually is. So, what…
Why Consistency is the New Leverage | Ep. 72
Feb 10 • 15 min
On the segment of “Incomplete Thoughts”, we talk about three different types of consistency to have as a creative. Gone are the days where all of the leverage is dependent on scale. We also discuss why it’s important to find a schedule that works for you…
How to Shift Into Your Purpose (ft. Bryan McElderry) | Ep. 71
Feb 7 • 80 min
To wrap up the week, we have our lecture series dedicated to sharing best practices, industry insights, anecdotes, interviews, and perspectives. Each lecture exists for the purpose of boosting confidence and cross-industry awareness. So, this week, we’re…
A Framework for Stakeholder Communication | Ep. 70
Feb 5 • 29 min
This is the inaugural episode of our “Work Study” segment. Tactics, How-To’s, templates, and Methods are the ingredients of this dish. Typically our episodes are more abstract in nature. However, we’ve found a need to start offering more actionable pieces…
How to Burn the Boats at the Shoreline | Ep. 69
Feb 3 • 21 min
In this segment of Incomplete Thoughts, we discuss the art of making good decisions in high-risk situations. This episode is for you if you’ve been wrestling with the idea of taking a big leap. Whether you’ve thought of asking for someone’s hand in…
Race, Cultural Appropriation, and the Liberal Artist (ft. D’Ondre Swails) | Ep. 68
Jan 31 • 117 min
In this episode, we are joined by D’Ondre Swails. D’Ondre is finishing up his Ph.D. at Brown University in Africana Studies. And, in true multidisciplinary fashion, we discuss (for ~90 minutes) how liberal arts fit into a modern capitalist economy. Some…
Dear Mamba. | Ep. 67
Jan 27 • 14 min
This segment of “Incomplete Thoughts” is dedicated to Kobe Bryant. Our hero—forever and always. “Everyting negative - pressure, challenges - is all an opportunity for me to rise.” ― Kobe Bryant Educated Guess Website
Deciding Between Graphic Design and Illustration (ft. Jocelyn Tsaih) | Ep. 66
Jan 24 • 50 min
If you’re a self-taught designer, the chances are very high that your path began with a torrented copy of Illustrator or Photoshop. And, even if you received formal training at an art school, graphic design is a frequent choice for it’s relative…
Understanding the Relationship Between Design + Art? | Ep. 65
Jan 20 • 17 min
On this segment of Incomplete thoughts, Justin shares extemporaneous thoughts on the ever blurring lines between design and art. In an effort to root the thoughts of this episode in some historical context, Justin provides a passage from Bruno Munari’s…
Moving Past Opaque Explanations of Work (ft. Jeannette Kuo) | Ep. 64
Jan 17 • 62 min
“If the content is there, then you don’t need to hide behind the language.” — Jeannette Kuo For roughly 60 minutes, guest lecturer Jeannette Kuo and host Justin McElderry talk about why it’s important for designers to move beyond using esoteric,…
Why Tomorrow Starts Today | Ep. 63
Jan 13 • 15 min
“Hoping for a good future without investing in today is like a farmer waiting for a crop without ever planting any seed.” — John Maxwell Have you ever started checking items off a list in hopes that things will change one day? Yet, as more and more…
The Art of Purpose-Driven Design (ft. Erez Nevi Pana) | Ep. 62
Jan 10 • 86 min
Erez Nevi Pana is an explorer who uses design as a significant tool to investigate phenomena through material experimentation. Nevi Pana earned his BA in design from the Holon Institute of Technology and a MA from the Design Academy Eindhoven where his…
How to Reclaim the Romance of Life | Ep. 61
Jan 6 • 35 min
This episode begins a new Educated Guess segment called “Incomplete Thoughts”. Occurring only on Mondays, these episodes—in conjunction with lecture hall episodes—aim to provide both tactical and aspirational advice directly from Justin McElderry. For…
The Uncommon Art of Specialization (ft. Dark Igloo) | Ep. 60
Dec 6, 2019 • 61 min
Every artist dreads answering one single question, “What do you do?”. So, in an attempt to understand new ways of dealing with this angst, we lean on Dave + Mark, founders of Dark Igloo. And, in this episode, we explore how they’ve found a unique sweet…
“You’re Not the Boss of Me!” — A Lesson in Childhood Axioms | Ep. 59
Nov 22, 2019 • 26 min
For just a moment, let’s think back to the days of yelling at our peers—and maybe even our parents—this very statement, “You’re Not the Boss of Me!”. We were so convinced that we were the sole proprietors of our future. We were in control. We held the…
Happiness is Not the Same as Satisfaction | Ep. 58
Nov 8, 2019 • 31 min
Melancholy is often considered cool in the art world. Yet, plenty of examples show the extreme consequence of living in a consistent state of sadness and reserved joy. Often, artists and designers think that keeping joy within is the only way to remain…
The Art + Science of Seeking Inspiration (ft. Rachel Bungey) | Ep. 57
Nov 1, 2019 • 51 min
Rachel is a Tokyo-based, multidisciplinary designer and art director originally from England. Her work is multidisciplinary and echoes her interest in music nature and contemporary culture. She has worked for independent record labels XL Recordings and…
Finally Making Peace with Your Hobbies | Ep. 56
Sep 20, 2019 • 15 min
Hobbies are often a sore spot for many artists. Having someone refer to your very craft as a “hobby” is almost the ultimate diss to some. Yet, today, we make an attempt to make peace with hobbies once and for all. ]Some questions explored on this show…
Making Art a Way of Life (ft. Dewey Saunders) | Ep. 55
Aug 13, 2019 • 52 min
Dewey Saunders is a Florida-born visual artist residing in Los Angeles. Some central themes in his work include hip hop and psychedelia. And, most recently, he’s garnered a lot attention for his work with both Future and Anderson.Paak on album art. For…
Can Visual Arts Save the World? (ft. Ben Fry) | Ep. 54
Aug 2, 2019 • 59 min
Ben Fry is principal of Fathom, a design and software consultancy located in Boston. He received his doctoral degree from the Aesthetics + Computation Group at the MIT Media Laboratory, where his research focused on combining fields such as computer…
The Art of Personal Innovation (ft. Natalie Nixon) | Ep. 53
Jul 15, 2019 • 56 min
This week on our radio show, we are joined by Natalie Nixon. Natalie holds a PhD. and is the founder of Figure 8 Thinking, LLC. She advises leaders on change management at publicly traded and privately held corporations and non-profits. She helps them…
Building Inclusion Into a Habit (ft. Matt May) | Ep. 52
Jun 30, 2019 • 52 min
For this episode, we are joined by Matt May — Head of Inclusive Design @Adobe. We spend ~1 hour talking about the necessity of building products / experiences that are both accommodating and delightful for all skin tones and ages. Some of the topics /…
Daring to be Different (ft. Amy Choi) | Ep. 51
Jun 15, 2019 • 76 min
One of the core tenets of Educated Guess is “Accessibility”. For us, this means that people (at any age) should have the opportunity to shadow and learn as much as possible about a career they are interested in. And, ultimately, we believe that this mode…
Five Life Lessons from the Past Year | Ep.50
May 10, 2019 • 26 min
Educated Guess is now a year old! And, after putting in a year’s worth of sweat equity, I’ve decided to take a moment to reflect on some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way. In this moment of silence and reflection, I’ve realized a pretty exhaustive…
Forging Your Own Path as An Architect (ft. Dong-Ping Wong) | Ep. 49
Apr 12, 2019 • 51 min
Educated Guess is all about bridging the gap for careers in art + design. And, as a result, we spend a lot of time working to understand the complexities of an innovative solution so that we could explain and share it with someone who might just be…
Facing the Frontier of AR + VR (ft. Hassan Seguias) | Ep. 48
Apr 5, 2019 • 46 min
Given the ever-changing landscape of tech, it can frequently feel difficult to sell a new design service centered around a piece of technology that’s still evolving. So, for the few companies who are brave enough to step out in front and lead the charge…
Doing the Work You Love (ft. Archie Lee Coates IV) | Ep. 47
Mar 1, 2019 • 48 min
If you’re interested in starting a studio or agency of your own, it’s most likely because you’d like to consistently take on projects that are both fulfilling and financially rewarding. Yet, for anyone who’s spent time in a small agency or studio, they…
Freelance, Studio, and Agency…What’s the Difference? (ft. Marc Posch) | Ep. 46
Feb 22, 2019 • 48 min
In an era where pretty much all design businesses can do the same thing…Logo Design, Branding, Product, Websites, Brochures, etc., how do you know what business you’re in? The truth is — in true consulting fashion — that it depends. Depending on the…
Are You Being Effective or Just Efficient? (ft. Josh Davis, PhD) | Ep. 45
Feb 15, 2019 • 55 min
If you’ve ever wondered whether or not you’re committing your time to the right tasks, then this episode is for you. This week, we’re joined by author, speaker, and consultant Josh Davis, PhD. Josh Davis, PhD, is the author of the international bestseller…
The Power of Asking Better Questions (ft. Warren Berger) | Ep. 44
Feb 8, 2019 • 63 min
Have you ever met that one person who always seems to ask just the right question to dig deeper into your thinking? Usually this person is a therapist. But, what if there was a way for the average person to tap into their innate curiosity. What if…
How Your Network Can Change Your Life (ft. David Burkus) | Ep. 43
Jan 25, 2019 • 48 min
If you’ve ever felt weird, awkward, or inauthentic at networking events or conferences, you can trust that you’re not alone. In fact, you’re probably in the majority. So, now that we know the problem, how might we go about solving for the lack of…
Diversity + Inclusion: Has the Needle Been Moved? (ft. Deneesha Lawrence) | Ep. 42
Jan 18, 2019 • 47 min
On this episode, we’re joined by Deneesha Lawrence — Producer on the marketing team for Facebook’s new Portal product. For about an hour, we spend time unpacking some of the difficult questions about diversity & inclusion. Some of which include: what’s…
How to Reignite the Magic Moments in Art | Ep. 41
Jan 4, 2019 • 17 min
The past few years have been a challenge for the world. Even though these are some of the most prosperous times in modern history, they’re also some of the most socially numbing times for many. While I can’t speak for everyone, I know many who’ve had…
How Designers Can Create a Social Strategy (Ft. Kim Nguyen) | Ep. 40
Dec 14, 2018 • 67 min
Joined by digital content strategist at Finishline, Kim Nguyen, we talk about smart ways to use time on social, color threading on an IG feed, getting better at work-life balance, and learning to speak up as a woman in a creative field.
Why More Artists Should Train Like Athletes (Ft. Kevin Carroll) | Ep. 39
Nov 30, 2018 • 49 min
Joined by Author, speaker, and art school consultant, Kevin Carroll, we walk through mindset changes, winning routines, and a 4-step process that could give any designer the same edge he’s seen in the world’s biggest athletes - including his friend Kobe…
Own Your Heritage. It Matters. (ft. Spandana Gopal) | Ep. 38
Nov 16, 2018 • 45 min
Naturally, I think we’re all a little afraid of standing out from the rest of the crowd. Naturally, when you stand out, you’re open for criticism. Yet, so many of us come from places, cultures, and circumstances that others simply can’t relate to. So,…
What No One Tells You About Content Creation (ft. Ben Roazen) | Ep. 37
Nov 9, 2018 • 47 min
As we approach a a new decade of the 24/7 news cycle (starting , everyone feels pressure to create (and consume) content around the clock—for better or for worse. This week we’re joined by Ben Roazen, former host of Hypebeast Radio and contributing writer…
What You Should Know About Art Dealership (ft. Paul Johnson) | Ep. 36
Nov 2, 2018 • 63 min
[Education]: Pratt + Chelsea Flea Market [Work]: Johnson Trading Gallery + Salon 94 With over 20 years of experience buying and selling high-end art, furniture, and sculpture, Paul Johnson knows more than a thing or two about building a art + design…
What’s Next for Sneakerheads? (ft. Brandon Edler) | Ep. 35
Oct 26, 2018 • 51 min
Content Producer - [Education]: Complex - [Work]: Complex, Finishline, + Rosewood We don’t like the phrase “making it”. The second that happens is the same second that we stop growing. In the spirit of growth, we’re joined by someone who’s shown an innate…
How to Balance Two Brands on Instagram (ft. Shujan Bertrand) | Ep. 34
Oct 19, 2018 • 56 min
Industrial Designer [Education]: Art Center College of Design, Astro Studios, IDEO, InCase, Steelcase, Nike, and more. [Work]: Aplat, Inc. It’s probably your dream to start a new brand from scratch. In today’s age of dropshipping and crowdfunding, a new…
Stop Skipping Design Fairs! | (ft. Bernard McCoy ) Ep. 33
Sep 28, 2018 • 58 min
Co-Founder Atlanta Design Festival [Education]: Design is Human + Modern Atlanta [Work]: Atlanta Design Festival If you’re a young, self-taught designer, you might feel out of place at a design fair. Walking from one exhibit to the next, you can’t even…
Building a Design Studio Culture That Lasts | (ft. FUWL) Ep. 32
Sep 14, 2018 • 40 min
Industrial Design Studio [Education] Linnaeus University [Work] IKEA, BAUX, TID Watches, MUUTO, HEM, Cappellini With well over a decade of experience under his belt, Jonas Pettersson (co-founder of @formuswithlove) knows first hand what it’s like to lead…
Why Accolades Don’t Mean Shit | (ft. Beau Oyler) Ep. 31
Sep 7, 2018 • 42 min
Founder / Industrial Designer [Education] Academy of Art University + New Deal Design [Work] Urbio, Enlisted Design, Samsung VR, Netgear Arlo, Fellow, Pi Charging, Airpop, etc. Description: Beau has won damn near every design award there is to win. He’s…
How to Change Your Career Path | (ft. Kevin Bethune) Ep. 30
Aug 30, 2018 • 47 min
Founder / Shoe Designer [Education] Notre Dame, Carnegie Mellon, + Art Center College of Design [Work] Dreams + Design + Life, Nike, BCG Digital Ventures, Booz Digital, + Design Management Institute Description: Kevin joins us this week to discuss how he…
How to Grow Your Design Brand | (ft. October Comms) Ep. 29
Aug 23, 2018 • 61 min
PR / Marketing [Education]: University of Leeds, Chartered Institute of Marketing, Heart Home Magazine, Vitsoe, and Digital Media Manager [Work]: Case Furniture, One Eighty Light, De Rosee Sa Architects, Viewport Studio, London Transport Museum, Atlanta…
Why Public Space Matters | (ft. Xavier Vendrell) Ep. 28
Aug 17, 2018 • 34 min
Architect / Professor [Education]: Barcelona School of Architecture, Rural Studio at Auburn University, and University of Illinois at Chicago [Work]: Poblenou Park in Olympic Village, 1992 Olympic Games, Millennium Park Chicago, University of Illinois at…
How to Prototype the Right Way | (ft. Brett Lovelady) Ep. 27
Aug 9, 2018 • 49 min
Product Designer / Entrepreneur [Education]: Brigham Young University, Astro Studios, Lunar Design, Frog Design, [Work]: Xbox 360, Apple, EA Sports, Facebook, Nike+ Fuelband, HP, Skullcandy, and More Featured in Fast Company’s 2018 list of most innovative…
Pros + Cons of a Running a Small Design Studio | (ft. Morcos Key) Ep. 26
Aug 2, 2018 • 49 min
Graphic Design Studio [Education]: RISD, Notre Dame University [Lebanon], Grey Advertising, [Work]: Yale University School of Art, HBO, Nickelodeon, The Public Theater, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Codify Art From features in Print Magazine’s 15 under 30,…
Subculture Matters…Alot. | (ft. Andrew Luecke) Ep. 23
Jul 19, 2018 • 47 min
Stylist / Trend Forecaster / Writer This week, we’re joined by Andrew Luecke—author of COOL: Style, Sound, and Subversion. He spends about an hour with us sharing stories of skater culture, writing for major fashion mags, and getting a book to Barnes and…
Why More Students Should Study Architecture | (ft. BLDGS) Ep. 24
Jul 10, 2018 • 54 min
Architect / Studio Owner [Education]: Harvard, Washington, Yale, Dartmouth, Georgia Tech, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects [Work]: Burned House, Steelcase Leadership Headquarters, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Benning Place, Ansley Glass House,…
Why is Design School so Great | (ft. Tomas Clarkson) Ep. 23
Jul 5, 2018 • 44 min
Graphics and Typeface Designer Born to English + Spanish parents, raised in the Netherlands, and educated in London, Tomas Clarkson is co-owner of Plusminus Studio—specializing in graphic and typeface design. We spend about an hour discussing the…
How to Find Your Voice in Your Work | (ft. Joe Peacock) Ep. 22
Jun 26, 2018 • 76 min
Designer / Writer Joined on the show by author, designer, artist, and curator—Joe Peacock—we spend time talking through definitions of success, dealing with burnout, and the social responsibilities of an artist. If you find yourself stuck with these…
How to Create Conversation with Design | (ft. HAWRAF) Ep. 20
Jun 15, 2018 • 40 min
Design Studio Joined on the show by HAWRAF co-founders Andrew Herzog and Nicky Tesla, we spend an hour addressing topics of process, routine, and sales in design. Tune in. HAWRAF: - Interactive Design Studio - Est. in Brooklyn. 4 Co-Founders. [Education]…
Why Your To-Do List Sucks (And What To Do About It) Ep. 19
Jun 5, 2018 • 25 min
Today—we talk about: - Why the concept of a to-do list is killing your work - How I know this to be true - What the alternatives look like - What process I have found that works best for a creative career - Other resources & names to explore
Inspiration is for Amateurs Ep. 18
May 29, 2018 • 12 min
Today I’m talking about the number one complaint I see on a regular basis and why we all need to raise our standard for operating. — IG: @edu.guess
Two Mental Blocks Every Artist Must Manage | Ep. 17
May 26, 2018 • 14 min
1. MORAL VICTORIES 2. MANAGING A SOCIAL LIFE I’m talking about both of these during this episode. Tune in to hear more. — @educated__guess
Le Corbusier - The [Not So] Radiant City | Ep. 16
May 23, 2018 • 18 min
“Le Corbusier was trying to find a fix for the same problems of urban pollution and overcrowding, but unlike Ebenezer Howard (Garden City) , he envisioned building up, not out.” One of the most polarizing figures in architecture…the pioneer of modernism.…
Friday Frustrations | Ep. 15
May 18, 2018 • 3 min
2nd installment of our Friday frustrations series. - Submit your 90 second clip to @justinmcelderry via text - We’ll share your story - We’ll share your work - We’ll both share the importance of positivity + grit
Alister Mackenzie - Landscape Design at Scale | Ep. 14
May 17, 2018 • 13 min
Today—we’re covering applications of art in a slightly different field. We’ve been on a wave of design with applications in advertising. But, we’ve yet to touch on applications in entertainment, sport, and real estate. So, here we go. Alister Mackenzie is…
Muriel Cooper - Co-Founder of MIT Media Lab | Ep. 13
May 15, 2018 • 14 min
Remember our episode with Jacqueline Casey last week? This week, we cover the person who hired her—Muriel Cooper. You won’t want to miss it. Follow along our typical format: - Bio - Work You Should Know - Her Signature Style - Other Names You Should Know
Friday Frustration Instructions | Ep. 12
May 11, 2018 • 5 min
Educated Guess is all about helping artists: 1. Learn more about their craft 2. Connect with other local artists 3. Breakthrough creative blocks A critical piece of this puzzle is making sure we provide artists a platform to vent AND share their…
Jacqueline Casey - A Queen of Helvetica | Ep. 11
May 9, 2018 • 11 min
Imagine keeping the consistency of typeface, layout, and messaging for a private academic institution that’s been in existence for over 125 years. This was the charge of Jacqueline Casey—a graphic designer, illustrator, and educator—throughout her 40+…
How to Deal With Imposter Syndrome | Ep. 10
May 7, 2018 • 11 min
There’s always a piece of every artist that pops up once every blue moon asking the question…”Am I Good Enough??” Today, I’m talking about this topic head on. I’m discussing 3 Simple Ways I overcome what is often called “Imposter Syndrome.” We’re here to…
Power of Ritual - It’s OK to “Go Through the Motions” | Ep. 9
May 4, 2018 • 14 min
There are 3 statements that get a bad rap in the art community. 1. “I feel like I’m just going through the motions.” 2. “How do I know if I’m making progress?” 3. “I only got 15 views per video.” I’ve found these statements to be debilitating and…
Michael Bierut - Version Controller | Ep. 8
May 2, 2018 • 22 min
“Can you do one more version?….Man, I wish my clients knew how much thought really went into the graphic design work I do before just saying.” — Yep, this has definitely been me before. Maybe it’s been you? Today, we’re talking about someone who has…
How To Fall In Love Again | Ep. 7
Apr 30, 2018 • 11 min
On this episode of Educated Guess, we talk about the all too familiar feeling like you “missed your moment” or “I don’t love it the way I used to”. I’m offering you three simple ways to get through this familiar feeling. In this podcast, you’ll hear some…
How To Get Out of Your Artistic Rut | Ep. 6
Apr 27, 2018 • 11 min
Today, we’re talking about that moment we all love to hate. The moment when we look up and realize it’s been 12 days since we last worked on the project we know we’ve been looking to finish: a painting, a song, etc. We’re not here to gripe about it. We’re…
Nate Brown - Creative Director | Ep. 5
Apr 25, 2018 • 29 min
The “Name Drop” series — happening every Wednesday on Educated Guess is meant to make sure people in our community are aware of artists that have paved the way before us! This Installment: Nate Brown (IG: @thenatebrown) Here’s What We Cover in This…
How to Make the Most of 5 Hrs in a Day | Ep. 4
Apr 23, 2018 • 26 min
1. Diving into “There’s not enough time.” or “I’ve got all this time and don’t know what to do.” 2. The Pomodoro Method 3. How I Use it To Plan My Day ig: @justinmcelderry
Paul Williams - The Architect of LA | Ep. 3
Apr 19, 2018 • 33 min
Topics covered on this week’s show. 1. What is NYSK? What does it stand for? 2. Who is Paul Williams? 3. What are some projects we might recognize regularly? 4. What’s unique about his style or process? 5. Who are some other names to know?
Escaping the “Factory Mentality” | Ep. 2
Apr 17, 2018 • 38 min
An episode specifically for moonlighting artists out there looking for the breakthrough while working a day job. 1. What is the factory mentality? 2. Why is it important to our field? 3. What do we do about it? How can we overcome it? 4. What resources do…
How I Use Pinterest to Avoid Distraction | Ep. 1
Apr 9, 2018 • 22 min