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Educated Guess :: A Liberal Arts School for the Future

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Educated Guess (EG) is a research and design organization concerned with humanity's relationship to machines, images, and cities. Conceived in 2018 as a "liberal arts school for everyday people", Educated Guess garnered attention initially through this public lecture series. Serving over 45,000 huma… read more

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Leaning Into the Mundane (ft. Lütjens Padmanabhan) | Ep. 221

January 24th, 2022


Lütjens Padmanabhan Architekten was established by Oliver Lütjens and Thomas Padmanabhan in 2007. The recent work of the practice focuses on housing in the residential districts surrounding the cities of Zürich, Basel …

A New Model for Design Studios (ft. UnderConsideration, LLC.) | Ep. 220

November 5th, 2021


Established in 2007, UnderConsideration is a graphic design firm generating their own projects, initiatives, and content while taking on limited client work.

Since 2002, they have been publishing content online, …

When the Message is Beyond the Medium (ft. Robert Newman) | Ep. 219

October 29th, 2021


Robert Newman is a painter, director, and designer. After graduating from Morehouse College in 2014, Robert moved to Harlem to continue both his …

How to Re-contextualize Your Upbringing (ft. Curry Hackett) | Ep. 218

October 8th, 2021


Curry Hackett is a transdisciplinary designer, public artist, and educator. His practice, Wayside Studio is formerly based in Washington, DC, and …

All We Have are 5 Seconds | Ep. 217

September 3rd, 2021


Why aren't we able to be decisive? How come it takes us such a long time to mull over critical decisions? And, why do we choose to procrastinate in …

How to Make & Keep Promises in Your Creative Life | Ep. 216

July 19th, 2021


Commitment is not a decision--it is a lifestyle adjustment. If you were to look back at your life for the past 10 years, then you'd probably find that your only regrets seem to come in scenarios when you weren't able to …

A Conversation with No-Plans (ft. Daniel Baer) | Ep. 215

July 16th, 2021


Born and raised in Switzerland, Daniel Baer is a partner at the design studio No Plans. Fascinated by design through code since the MySpace era, Daniel has worked in digital design for over 15 years.

In 2014, Daniel …

The Delusion of Passion | Ep. 214

July 15th, 2021


Most people believe that passions are the impetus for everything we are now. We determine our success as an artist by how closely aligned to our "passions" we seem to be. Yet, why is it that when we feel aligned, we …

How to Create a World for Others (ft. Bodega Ltd.) | Ep. 213

June 11th, 2021


Bodega Ltd. is a multi-disciplinary creative studio. Creating worlds through integrated strategy + communications, creative direction + branding, …

How to Use Your Pain for Good | Ep. 212

June 7th, 2021


How often do you spend time thinking of ways to avoid pain you've felt in the past? Maybe it was a deal that fell through. Maybe it was a partnership that didn't work out. Or maybe your self-belief has run its course. 

30 Minutes to Change Your Life | Ep. 211

May 31st, 2021


Most people think that the life they want to live will magically appear in their future. The truth is a bit different...Tune in for one of the most candid lectures ever published on this platform.
Claim Your Salonnière …

How to Find Joy in Learning (ft. John Maeda) | Ep. 210

May 28th, 2021


John Maeda has a long list of accomplishments that are in some way related to design. Some of these accomplishments include serving as President of …

Where Will You Be in 5 Years? | Ep. 209

May 26th, 2021


How often do you spend time thinking about your future? In this episode, we'll go in-depth and provide you with useful tools to navigate the …

Skills v. Attributes | Ep. 208

May 17th, 2021


If you ever wonder why some people fall off and some people seem to succeed at whatever they do, then this is an episode meant for you.

Claim Your …

Dreams, Realities, and In-Betweens (ft. Andy Pressman) | Ep. 207

May 14th, 2021


Andy Pressman is currently a resident of Portland, Oregon. And, according to his Instagram, he is very clearly NOT an Art Director. Yet, I think you might find it interesting that he is the former head/founder of the

Introducing the "Learning to Live" Lecture Series | Ep. 206

May 12th, 2021


All summer long, we're bringing you the brightest minds in design, philosophy, and life. The bedrock of Educated Guess is the eternal pursuit of an integrated life--where life and art become one. So, this summer is …

How to Free Yourself from the Game | Ep. 204

March 22nd, 2021


Most multidisciplinary artists tend to feel like they are fighting a losing battle as time goes on. Too often, we find ourselves in a victim …

Like Making T-Shirts from Wood (ft. James "RONG" Williams III) | Ep. 203

February 19th, 2021


James is a Virginia-bred, self-taught multidisciplinary artist based in Atlanta. Over the years, Williams has operated within multiple disciplines …

How to Learn from Things You Hate | Ep. 202

February 17th, 2021


Imagine working for years on "finding your style" only to realize that your life and work have essentially become their own echo chamber. Maybe you find yourself looking at a ton of work, but you tend to gravitate …

How to Recognize Your Season of Life | Ep. 201

February 15th, 2021


Most people know that life comes in phases. Whether you consider yourself an artist or not, the truth remains that the energy of our formative years and the wisdom latter years demand very different things of us. 

In …

A Return to the Future (ft. Arlander Taylor) | Ep. 200

February 12th, 2021


In celebration of our 200th episode, we've invited one of our friends who has been here since our humble beginnings 3 years ago. Arlander is the founder of Wakuu Works and TMINEC, and currently serves as an art director …

From Water to Water | Ep. 199

February 8th, 2021


Most people understand the interconnected nature between spirit and art. This is a large reason for the term zeitgeist (or spirit of the times).

Yet, if you're anything like me, then you at times get anxious when the …

How to Avoid Copying the Work You Love | Ep. 198

February 3rd, 2021


If you've ever found yourself being terrified by your blank canvas, then you're not alone. Beginning from nothing is tough. Naturally, you often return to your sources of inspiration so that you can find a point of …

Notes on Living a Meaningless Life | Ep. 197

February 1st, 2021


Most people know the quote "Everything means nothing until you make it something." This one aphorism is as powerful as it is brief. The truth is that …

Valerio Olgiati | Ep. 196

January 29th, 2021


If you've never heard of Valerio  Olgiati, then there's a great chance that you're just like 99% of other people who wake up every day without …

How to Use Avoidance to Your Advantage | Ep. 195

January 27th, 2021


If you're anything like 99.9% of artists, then you probably worry from time to time if you're becoming too predictable. Deep down you want to create …

How to Create Your Personal Code of Conduct | Ep. 194

January 25th, 2021


Most artists and designers are in pursuit of many things at once. Life seems to move at warp speed while art seems to fight to keep pace. Perhaps your pursuit is simply to find some reasonable understanding of the …

Navigating Life as a Creative Director (ft. Yancy Wilkinson) | Ep. 193

January 22nd, 2021


Yancy is a Creative Director at ASD Sky (a multi-disciplinary design firm headquartered in Atlanta). As a graduate from SCAD, Yancy has over 15 years …

The Power of Whimsical Constraints | Ep. 192

January 20th, 2021


Most people know that an infinite number of options gives way to very little creativity. Decision making becomes hard. This conundrum becomes even more potent when considering what it takes to initiate work of your own …

Dealing with Rejection | Ep. 191

January 18th, 2021


Rejection comes in all shapes and sizes. It damages our self-esteem. It goes against our tribe-like nature. And, MRI brain scans prove that the same part of the brain is activated during emotional trauma as in physical …

How to Log Project Ideas in Your Studio | Ep. 190

January 14th, 2021


Chances are high that your sketchbook is full of unfinished shapes, poems, graphics, etc. You feel that you've failed because they haven't …

A Simple Way to Keep the New Year Momentum | Ep. 189

January 13th, 2021


Most people spend a lot of time pre-planning all the great things they're going to do in the new year. Yet, when the rubber meets the road, all of …

Dealing with Fear, Frustration, and Failure | Ep. 186

December 18th, 2020


If you're anything like us, then chances are quite high that starting from scratch and being a beginner at a new skill comes with its fair share of frustrations and shortcomings. The good news is that there are a few …

How to Separate Yourself | Ep. 185

December 14th, 2020


Most people are wondering this time of year how they will best use the seconds, minutes, and hours leading into the new year. Yet, very few of these …

David Chipperfield | Ep. 184

December 11th, 2020


In this installment of our 'Well Read' segment, we offer some biographical and contextual insight into the life and work of David Chipperfield. 

How to Make Projects Happen Faster | Ep. 183

December 9th, 2020


If you're new to running your own studio or practice, then you might find that your biggest challenge has little to do with being able to execute the work in front of you. And, instead, it has to do simply getting work …

The Importance of Asking Worthwhile Questions | Ep. 182

December 7th, 2020


Most creative people aspire to one day run their own practice, studio, office, or firm. Yet, in most cases, their aspirations never quite come true. In this installment of our 'Incomplete Thoughts' segment, we cover why …

Vertner Woodson Tandy | Ep. 181

December 4th, 2020


In this installment of our 'Well Read' segment, we offer some biographical and contextual insight into the life and work of Vertner Woodson Tandy--the first black architect registered in the state of NY.

Subscribe to …

Realigning with Your Purpose (ft. Marcus Hollinger) | Ep. 178

November 13th, 2020


Marcus Hollinger is the SVP of Marketing at Reach Records, an independent hip hop label based in Atlanta, GA with a roster of artists, including: …

Getting Paid What You're Worth (ft. Robin Johnson) | Ep. 158

August 28th, 2020


Robin is a Creative Producer with a wealth of experience in tech start-ups and cultural initiatives. Leveraging her expertise in project and …

A New Beginning (ft. Al Leake) | Ep. 149

August 7th, 2020


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 …

How to Master the Entropic Machine | Ep. 141

July 20th, 2020


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 …

Practise Makes Practice (ft. Christopher Knowles) | Ep. 140

July 17th, 2020


Christopher Knowles is an art director, illustrator, art director and founder of the Atlanta-based non-profit Practise Makes Practice. Some of his …

3 Key Learnings from Vitruvius | Ep. 137

July 10th, 2020


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 …

What Real Confidence Looks Like | Ep. 136

July 8th, 2020


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 …

Why Consistency is Your Best Leverage | Ep. 135

July 6th, 2020


Consistency is the most valuable leverage you have. Most people think leverage comes from a relationship, money, status, following, tenure, etc. But, …

How to Leave an Impact With Your Art (ft. Simone Noronha) | Ep. 134

July 3rd, 2020


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 …

How to Get More Things Done | Ep. 133

July 1st, 2020


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 …

Understanding the Shadow Self | Ep. 123

June 8th, 2020


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 …

Making Peace with "Twoness" (ft. Jeremy Benson) | Ep. 122

June 5th, 2020


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 …

Pedro Reyes | Ep. 119

May 29th, 2020


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 …

5 Tough Questions on Artificial Intelligence | Ep. 118

May 27th, 2020


When new technologies become widespread, they often raise ethical questions. For example:

  1. Weapons — who should be allowed own them?
  2. Printing press …

How to Overcome Fear | Ep. 117

May 25th, 2020


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 …

Jackson Pollock | Ep. 116

May 22nd, 2020


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 …

How to Think About the Future | Ep. 115

May 20th, 2020


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 …

How to Build a Routine that Lasts | Ep. 114

May 18th, 2020


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 …

How One Thing Leads to Another (ft. Andrew Herzog) | Ep. 113

May 15th, 2020


On this installment of "Well Read.", we share a dialogue with artist, designer, and studio owner--Andrew Herzog. 

Andrew is a multidisciplinary …

How to Plan for Technology Disruption | Ep. 112

May 13th, 2020

  1. How does technology impact the future?
  2. How will these convergences transform today’s legacy industries?
  3. What will happen to the way we raise our …

N.E.R.D. -- Nothing's Ever Really Done | Ep. 111

May 11th, 2020


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.

  1. Will I live a …

Massimo Vitali | Ep. 110

May 8th, 2020


As the first, official installment of our Well Read segment, we will spend this episode highlighting the life and work of Massimo Vitali. 

This …

The Bar Test for Presentations | Ep. 109

May 6th, 2020


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 …

Seeing Yourself as a Bricklayer | Ep. 108

May 4th, 2020


"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 …

Works. (ft. Haris Fazlani) | Ep. 107

May 1st, 2020


Haris Fazlani is a partner at Works Studio--a multidisciplinary design consultancy based in NYC. Some of their past clients include:

  • Mineral Health

How to Build Trust with New Clients | Ep. 106

April 29th, 2020


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, …

The Attitude of the Beginner | Ep. 105

April 27th, 2020


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. 

Why You Should Register for "The Book Fair" | Ep. 104

April 24th, 2020


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 …

What is the Publik Library? | Ep. 103

April 22nd, 2020


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 …

"Quiet, Please." | Ep. 100

April 15th, 2020


To commemorate the 100th episode, we have a special presentation in partnership with Research and Development--an online art museum. 

If you would …

How to Build a 1% Mindset | Ep. 99

April 13th, 2020


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 …

How to Deal with Information Overload | Ep. 98

April 10th, 2020


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 …

How to Create a Design Brief | Ep. 97

April 8th, 2020


Most people struggle with handling ambiguity. Unfortunately, designers are no different. When faced with nebulous project descriptions, you're left …

Why Fear Should NOT Be Your Compass | Ep. 96

April 6th, 2020


“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 …

Square Peg--Round Hole | Ep. 95

April 3rd, 2020


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 …

Understanding a Basic Sales Process | Ep. 94

April 1st, 2020


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 …

The Engine of Gratitude | Ep. 93

March 30th, 2020


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 …

The Art of Producing World-Class Work (ft. Olivier Charland) | Ep. 92

March 27th, 2020


Olivier is a multi-disciplinary designer from Montréal. With work spanning across different mediums while maintaining a playful and sensitive …

How to Staff a Creative Team | Ep. 91

March 25th, 2020


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 …

The Importance of Knowing Your Numbers | Ep. 89

March 20th, 2020


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 …

Understanding the Priorities of a CMO | Ep. 88

March 18th, 2020


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 …

Avoiding Scope Creep in Branding Projects | Ep. 87

March 16th, 2020


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 …

How to Find a Repeatable Client-Service Process | Ep. 86

March 13th, 2020


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 …

How to Build a Strategy Portfolio | Ep. 85

March 11th, 2020


On this segment of WorkStudy, we outline how you could best leverage your different experiences in crafting the best portfolio possible: 

  • Brand …

How to Find Patterns of Disruption (ft. Scott Belsky) | Ep. 83

March 6th, 2020


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 …

How to Setup a Brand Strategy Project | Ep. 82

March 4th, 2020


Often, thinking through a brand often gets confined to the terminology and nuances of the fashion world. Admittedly, this works for building a brand …

Don't Hate and Don't Wait. | Ep. 81

March 2nd, 2020


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 …

The Ancient Practice of Finding Your Way (ft. Elliott McKnight) | Ep. 80

February 28th, 2020


“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_.

5 Lessons of Leadership | Ep. 79

February 27th, 2020


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 …

How to Start Becoming... | Ep. 78

February 25th, 2020


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 …

Notes from a Weekly Feed | Ep. 77

February 21st, 2020


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. 


How to Do Cold Emailing in a Respectful Way | Ep. 76

February 19th, 2020


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. …

Follow the Uncertainty | Ep. 75

February 17th, 2020


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 …

Why You Should Stop Playing Scared | Ep. 74

February 14th, 2020


On this episode of our Friday Lecture Series, you're hearing directly from Justin as he shares a quick meditation on intuitive versus measured …

Understanding When to Use RAID Logs | Ep. 73

February 12th, 2020


Progress updates are tough. It’s harder than ever to kick off projects, understand stakeholders, take care of billing, account for risks, etc. All …

Why Consistency is the New Leverage | Ep. 72

February 10th, 2020


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 …

How to Shift Into Your Purpose (ft. Bryan McElderry) | Ep. 71

February 7th, 2020


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 …

A Framework for Stakeholder Communication | Ep. 70

February 6th, 2020


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 …

How to Burn the Boats at the Shoreline | Ep. 69

February 4th, 2020


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 …

Race, Cultural Appropriation, and the Liberal Artist (ft. D'Ondre Swails) | Ep. 68

January 31st, 2020


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 …

Dear Mamba. | Ep. 67

January 27th, 2020


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

January 24th, 2020


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 …

Understanding the Relationship Between Design + Art? | Ep. 65

January 21st, 2020


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 …

Moving Past Opaque Explanations of Work (ft. Jeannette Kuo) | Ep. 64

January 17th, 2020


"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 …

Why Tomorrow Starts Today | Ep. 63

January 13th, 2020


"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 …

The Art of Purpose-Driven Design (ft. Erez Nevi Pana) | Ep. 62

January 10th, 2020


Erez Nevi Pana is an explorer who uses design as a significant tool to investigate phenomena through material experimentation. Nevi Pana earned his …

How to Reclaim the Romance of Life | Ep. 61

January 6th, 2020


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 …

The Uncommon Art of Specialization (ft. Dark Igloo) | Ep. 60

December 6th, 2019


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 …

"You're Not the Boss of Me!" -- A Lesson in Childhood Axioms | Ep. 59

November 22nd, 2019


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 …

Happiness is Not the Same as Satisfaction | Ep. 58

November 8th, 2019


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 …

The Art + Science of Seeking Inspiration (ft. Rachel Bungey) | Ep. 57

November 1st, 2019


Rachel is a Tokyo-based, multidisciplinary designer and art director originally from England. Her work is multidisciplinary and echoes her interest …

Finally Making Peace with Your Hobbies | Ep. 56

September 20th, 2019


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, …

Making Art a Way of Life (ft. Dewey Saunders) | Ep. 55

August 14th, 2019


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 …

Can Visual Arts Save the World? (ft. Ben Fry) | Ep. 54

August 2nd, 2019


Ben Fry is principal of Fathom, a design and software consultancy located in Boston. He received his doctoral degree from the Aesthetics + …

The Art of Personal Innovation (ft. Natalie Nixon) | Ep. 53

July 15th, 2019


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 …

Building Inclusion Into a Habit (ft. Matt May) | Ep. 52

June 30th, 2019


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 / …

Daring to be Different (ft. Amy Choi) | Ep. 51

June 15th, 2019


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 …

Five Life Lessons from the Past Year | Ep.50

May 10th, 2019


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 …

Forging Your Own Path as An Architect (ft. Dong-Ping Wong) | Ep. 49

April 12th, 2019


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 …

Facing the Frontier of AR + VR (ft. Hassan Seguias) | Ep. 48

April 5th, 2019


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 …

Doing the Work You Love (ft. Archie Lee Coates IV) | Ep. 47

March 1st, 2019


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 …

Freelance, Studio, and Agency...What's the Difference? (ft. Marc Posch) | Ep. 46

February 22nd, 2019


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 …

Are You Being Effective or Just Efficient? (ft. Josh Davis, PhD) | Ep. 45

February 15th, 2019


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 …

The Power of Asking Better Questions (ft. Warren Berger) | Ep. 44

February 8th, 2019


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 …

How Your Network Can Change Your Life (ft. David Burkus) | Ep. 43

January 25th, 2019


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 …

Diversity + Inclusion: Has the Needle Been Moved? (ft. Deneesha Lawrence) | Ep. 42

January 18th, 2019


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 …

How to Reignite the Magic Moments in Art | Ep. 41

January 4th, 2019


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 …

How Designers Can Create a Social Strategy (Ft. Kim Nguyen) | Ep. 40

December 14th, 2018


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, …

Why More Artists Should Train Like Athletes (Ft. Kevin Carroll) | Ep. 39

November 30th, 2018


Joined by Author, speaker, and art school consultant, Kevin Carroll, we walk through mindset changes, winning routines, and a 4-step process that …

Own Your Heritage. It Matters. (ft. Spandana Gopal) | Ep. 38

November 16th, 2018


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. …

What No One Tells You About Content Creation (ft. Ben Roazen) | Ep. 37

November 9th, 2018


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 …

What You Should Know About Art Dealership (ft. Paul Johnson) | Ep. 36

November 2nd, 2018


[Education]: Pratt + Chelsea Flea Market

[Work]: Johnson Trading Gallery + Salon 94

With over 20 years of experience buying and selling high-end art, …

What's Next for Sneakerheads? (ft. Brandon Edler) | Ep. 35

October 26th, 2018


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 …

How to Balance Two Brands on Instagram (ft. Shujan Bertrand) | Ep. 34

October 19th, 2018


Industrial Designer

[Education]: Art Center College of Design, Astro Studios, IDEO, InCase, Steelcase, Nike, and more.

[Work]: Aplat, Inc.

It’s probably …

Stop Skipping Design Fairs! | (ft. Bernard McCoy ) Ep. 33

September 28th, 2018


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 …

Building a Design Studio Culture That Lasts | (ft. FUWL) Ep. 32

September 14th, 2018


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 …

Why Accolades Don't Mean Shit | (ft. Beau Oyler) Ep. 31

September 7th, 2018


Founder / Industrial Designer

Academy of Art University + New Deal Design

Urbio, Enlisted Design, Samsung VR, Netgear Arlo, Fellow, Pi Charging, Airpop, etc.

Beau has won damn near every …

How to Change Your Career Path | (ft. Kevin Bethune) Ep. 30

August 31st, 2018


Founder / Shoe Designer

Notre Dame, Carnegie Mellon, + Art Center College of Design

Dreams + Design + Life, Nike, BCG Digital …

How to Grow Your Design Brand | (ft. October Comms) Ep. 29

August 23rd, 2018


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, …

Why Public Space Matters | (ft. Xavier Vendrell) Ep. 28

August 17th, 2018


Architect / Professor

[Education]: Barcelona School of Architecture, Rural Studio at Auburn University, and University of Illinois at Chicago

[Work]: …

How to Prototype the Right Way | (ft. Brett Lovelady) Ep. 27

August 9th, 2018


Product Designer / Entrepreneur

[Education]: Brigham Young University, Astro Studios, Lunar Design, Frog Design,

[Work]: Xbox 360, Apple, EA Sports, …

Pros + Cons of a Running a Small Design Studio | (ft. Morcos Key) Ep. 26

August 2nd, 2018


Graphic Design Studio

[Education]: RISD, Notre Dame University [Lebanon], Grey Advertising,

[Work]: Yale University School of Art, HBO, Nickelodeon, …

Subculture Matters...Alot. | (ft. Andrew Luecke) Ep. 23

July 19th, 2018


Stylist / Trend Forecaster / Writer

This week, we’re joined by Andrew Luecke--author of COOL: Style, Sound, and Subversion.

He spends about an hour …

Why More Students Should Study Architecture | (ft. BLDGS) Ep. 24

July 11th, 2018


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, …

Why is Design School so Great | (ft. Tomas Clarkson) Ep. 23

July 5th, 2018


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 …

How to Find Your Voice in Your Work | (ft. Joe Peacock) Ep. 22

June 26th, 2018


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 …

#1 Rule of Design Thinking | Ep. 21

June 20th, 2018


Rule #1 | Don’t think too hard about thinking. Rule #2 | See rule 1. In this episode, we unpack the phrase we all love to hate. It’s not that we …

How to Create Conversation with Design | (ft. HAWRAF) Ep. 20

June 15th, 2018


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.

- Interactive Design Studio
- Est. in …

Why Your To-Do List Sucks (And What To Do About It) Ep. 19

June 5th, 2018


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 …

Inspiration is for Amateurs Ep. 18

May 29th, 2018


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 26th, 2018



I'm talking about both of these during this episode. Tune in to hear more.



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Le Corbusier - The [Not So] Radiant City | Ep. 16

May 23rd, 2018


"Le Corbusier was trying to find a fix for the same problems of urban pollution and overcrowding, but unlike Ebenezer Howard (Garden City) , he …

Friday Frustrations | Ep. 15

May 19th, 2018


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 17th, 2018


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. …

Muriel Cooper - Co-Founder of MIT Media Lab | Ep. 13

May 15th, 2018


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 …

Friday Frustration Instructions | Ep. 12

May 12th, 2018


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 …

Jacqueline Casey - A Queen of Helvetica | Ep. 11

May 10th, 2018


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, …

How to Deal With Imposter Syndrome | Ep. 10

May 7th, 2018


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 …

Power of Ritual - It's OK to "Go Through the Motions" | Ep. 9

May 4th, 2018


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 …

Michael Bierut - Version Controller | Ep. 8

May 3rd, 2018


“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, …

How To Fall In Love Again | Ep. 7

April 30th, 2018


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 …

How To Get Out of Your Artistic Rut | Ep. 6

April 27th, 2018


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.

Nate Brown - Creative Director | Ep. 5

April 26th, 2018


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)

How to Make the Most of 5 Hrs in a Day | Ep. 4

April 23rd, 2018


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


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Paul Williams - The Architect of LA | Ep. 3

April 19th, 2018


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 …

Escaping the "Factory Mentality" | Ep. 2

April 17th, 2018


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 …

How I Use Pinterest to Avoid Distraction | Ep. 1

April 9th, 2018





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