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What Bubbles Up

41 EpisodesProduced by Phil and BarryWebsite

Where do great ideas come from? What techniques do different people use to develop them? And how do you know when an idea is truly great? Join Phil Golub, Barry Fiske and a different special guest every episode for a lively conversation over beers about the alchemy of developing brilliant ideas. So … read more

41 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

S3 E9: What Bubbles Up in... Creative Leadership!

June 6th, 2022


In this very special episode, Barry and Phil are joined by none other than Jesse James Garrett, co-founder of formative UX Design agency Adaptive Path and author of the seminal book, "The Elements of User Experience". …

S3 E8: What Bubbles Up in...Information Architecture!

May 22nd, 2022


In this episode, the inimitable Dan Brown, Principal and Co-Founder at EightShapes, joins us for a chat and a drink about the world of Information …

S3 E7: What Bubbles Up in...Social Media!

May 3rd, 2022


In this episode, Merkle's Director of Social and Content, Nick Verlaney, joins us for a chat and a drink about all things social media. Nick runs down why each of the top social platforms were, are, and still can be …

S3 E6: What Bubbles Up in...SXSW 2022!

March 27th, 2022


What were the best ideas at SXSW this year? Valerie Vacante, Director of Strategy and Product Innovation at Merkle, joins us for a drink and a chat live from Austin, Texas with her observations on the 2022 South by …

S3 E5: What Bubbles Up in... Music Production!

March 1st, 2022


In this episode, Jack Bradley, Executive Producer and Partner at HiFi Project, joins us for a drink and a chat about the ever-changing world of commercial music production. We discus how to give constructive feedback …

S3 E4: What Bubbles Up in...Content Marketing!

February 21st, 2022


In this episode, Andi Robinson, Global Digital Content & Brand Leader at Corteva Agriscience, joins us for a drink and a chat about successful …

S3 E3: What Bubbles Up in...Web 3.0!

February 15th, 2022


In this episode, Dave Meeker, Head of Design & Innovation and Global Chief Innovation Officer for Dentsu Americas, joins us for a drink and a chat about design in a world enabled by Web 3.0. Dave gives us his honest …

S3 E2: What Bubbles Up in... CES 2022!

January 10th, 2022


What were the best ideas at CES this year?  Val Vacante, Director of Strategy and Product Innovation at Merkle, joins us for a drink and chat about her observations from Vegas and the 2022 Consumer Electronics Showcase. …

S3 E1: What Bubbles Up in...New Year's Resolutions!

January 9th, 2022


Join Phil and Barry as they crack open a cold one and discuss their New Year's Resolutions for the third season of What Bubbles Up!

Drinks: Bent …

S2 E17: What Bubbles Up in...2021: A Year in Flights!

December 17th, 2021


You’ve heard of beer flights. Well, get ready for a podcast flight! Join Phil and Barry as they host their annual Year in Flights episode and sample …

S2 E16: What Bubbles Up in... Horror SFX!

November 22nd, 2021


In this season's (belated) installment of our annual Halloween episode, make-up and visual effects artist Stephen Imhoff joins us for a drink and a conversation about the science and artistry of his creepy effects for …

S2 E15: What Bubbles Up in...Graphic Novels & Kickstarter!

October 31st, 2021


In this episode, Producer and Storyteller Cole Kerrigan joins us for a beer and a chat about his Kickstarter campaign to fund “Mega Galactic”, a …

S2 E14: What Bubbles Up in...Computational Design!

October 12th, 2021


In this episode, Adam Morse - Designer, Technologist, and CEO of - joins us for a drink and a chat about the complexities and …

S2 E13: What Bubbles Up in… Songwriting!

August 25th, 2021


In this episode, singer/songwriter Jill McCracken joins us for a drink and a laugh about the craft of songwriting. We discuss the art and therapy of …

S2 E12: What Bubbles Up in… International Design!

August 1st, 2021


In this episode, Lance Shields, Director of International Design at Adobe, joins us for a drink and a chat about designing for international users. …

S2 E11: What Bubbles Up in… Design Culture!

June 15th, 2021


In this episode, Dan Mall, CEO and Founder of SuperFriendly, joins us for a far-reaching conversation about building prolific design teams, how to …

S2 E10: What Bubbles Up in… Storytelling!

June 1st, 2021


Novelist and Creative Director Kathy Hepinstall Parks saddles up to the WBU microphone for a tequila shot and some priceless advice on listening to your inner horse brain "Clyde", how to write green and not red, and the …

S2 E9: What Bubbles Up in...Blogging!

May 24th, 2021


As he surpasses 3,000 posts, Round Seventeen Blogger and Creative Director Rich Siegel joins us for a drink and raucous chat about the power of writing to turn the tables on fake Nigerian Prince internet scammers, to …

S2E8: What Bubbles Up in...Inclusive Design!

May 13th, 2021


Misty Bell Stiers, VP Creative Director of Inclusion at Citi, joins us for a chat and a drink about designing inclusive experiences. We discuss the differences between Accessibility, Diversity, and Inclusivity, why …

S2E6 Part 2: What Bubbles Up in... Animation & Illustration

April 6th, 2021


In part 2 of our special 2-part illustration episode, Storyboard Artist Tony Santo joins us for a drink and a chat about animating for Disney, EA Sports and storyboarding feature-length films. We discuss the power of …

S2E6 Part 1: What Bubbles Up in... Comic Book Illustration!

April 1st, 2021


In part 1 of this special 2-part episode about the world of illustration, Comic Book Illustrator Tim Shinn joins us for a drink and a chat about drawing Batman, Deadman and other beloved characters from the DC, Marvel, …

S2 E5: What Bubbles Up in...Mission-Driven Design

March 15th, 2021


Michael Hardy, Senior Product Design Manager at Etsy, joins us for a drink and a lively discussion of the importance of being mission-driven in projects and over the course of your career. In this episode, we discuss …

S2 E4: What Bubbles Up in...Video Production!

March 1st, 2021


Dustin Devlin, Co-Founder and Creative Director at Vagrants Productions, joins us for a drink and a lively discussion about the changing world of …

S2 E3: What Bubbles Up in...The Future of AI

February 9th, 2021


Suff Syed, Director of Connected Care at Microsoft, joins us for a drink and a lively discussion of the future of life and experience in an AI-driven world, his philosophy of “rebuilding yourself from the ground up”, …

S2 E2: What Bubbles Up in...Craft Brewing

February 2nd, 2021


Jake Endres, Owner and Founder of Crooked Run Brewing in Sterling, VA, joins us as we sample his brewery's wares and discuss how brewing beer is like cooking, how the craft brewing community keeps each other on its …

S2 E1: What Bubbles Up in...Our Second Season

January 29th, 2021


Join Phil and Barry as they crack open a cold one and discuss what's in store for the second season of What Bubbles Up!

Beers: Wachusett Brewing …

S1 E15: What Bubbles Up in....The Year 2020

December 22nd, 2020


You’ve heard of beer flights. Well, get ready for a podcast flight. Join Phil and Barry as they sample a collection of great moments from our first …

S1 E14: What Bubbles Up in… Marketing Transformation

December 17th, 2020


Anthony Yell, Chief Creative Officer of Razorfish, joins us for a drink and a discussion of how relaunching a renowned agency brand (in the middle of a pandemic), making time for “walk and talks” to develop talent, and …

S1 E13: What Bubbles Up in… Purpose Driven Marketing

November 16th, 2020


Jennifer Putnam, Chief Creative Officer at Allen & Gerritsen, joins us for a drink and a discussion on the role of purpose in creating brand …

S1 E12: What Bubbles Up in...Conversational Experiences

November 2nd, 2020


Shyamala Prayaga, Autonomous Digital Assistant Vision Lead at Ford Motors joins us for a drink and a talk about designing voice experiences for the …

S1 E11: What Bubbles Up in... Horror!

October 14th, 2020


In this special Halloween episode, horror novelist and video game writer David Bergantino joins us for a drink and a chat about all of his spooky writing experiences, from crafting the novelization of Wes Craven's 'New …

S1 E10: What Bubbles Up in… Poetry

October 9th, 2020


Award-winning poet and author TJ Jarrett joins us for a drink and a chat about throwing things away to make them better and how she fills her vessel with history before letting new ideas fly. Got a suggestion for the …

S1 E9: What Bubbles Up in...Interior Design

August 31st, 2020


Marianne Weiss, Interior Designer and Co-Chair of the IIDA New England Workplace Innovation Committee, joins us for a drink and a discussion about designing physical spaces in the age of COVID, the art of 'cleanliness …

S1 E8: What Bubbles Up in... Consulting

August 17th, 2020


Adrian Slobin, Chief Executive Officer of Nerdery, joins us for a drink and a discussion about how consultants should hunt for the “interrogative …

S1 E7: What Bubbles Up in…Graphic Design

August 3rd, 2020


Micah Whitson, Chief Creative Officer of athenahealth and co-founder of joins us for a drink and a discussion of the importance of design research, how history can inspire the most modern of ideas, and his …

S1 E6: What Bubbles Up in… Filmmaking

July 27th, 2020


20-year-old director, editor, filmmaker Timur Bootzin joins us for a drink and a talk about starting his directorial career in his early teens, what …

S1 E5: What Bubbles Up in… Fine Art

July 12th, 2020


Steve Prince, Director of Engagement and Distinguished Artist in Residence at the Muscarelle Museum of Art, joins us for a drink and conversation about finding inspiration in the world around you, the power of art in …

S1 E4: What Bubbles Up in...Data

June 27th, 2020


Jason 'Kodi' Kodish, Global Guild Lead – Data and Intelligence at Cognizant, joins us for a drink and a talk about using data to drive ideation, how baseball inspired him to get into the field of data science, and the …

S1 E3: What Bubbles Up in… Start-Ups

June 24th, 2020


Julia Sosa, Head of Experience & Design at Pumpkin Petcare, joins us for a drink and a talk about inventing new businesses, how great ideas start …

S1 E2: What Bubbles Up in... Acting

June 21st, 2020


Actor and Theater Director Tricia Parks joins us for a lively discussion of Shakespeare, acting as exercise, directing non-actors, and Tricia’s overall approach to life and creativity.  Got a suggestion or comment? …

S1 E1: Our First Bubble!

June 17th, 2020


Phil and Barry kick things off with an intro to the topics, the guests and the beer that will make this podcast an entertaining and informative listen for anyone interested in improving their creativity and the quality …

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