Year 03

John Snavely on Questioning Thoughtfully

    On this episode, John Snavely, Principal Design Manager of Xbox at Microsoft, talks about his journey as a series of failures, questioning things thoughtfully, managing teams in no praise zones, and the ethical tensions designer face today. Chad: John Snavely,...

Lance Kagey on Authenticity

    On this episode, Lance Kagey, an owner and Principal at Rotator Creative, talks about community building, the tangential hobbies that make designers interesting, and creating more authentic work by using elements and materials from the world around us. Jp: Lance...

Gabri Joy Kirkendall on Being Bold Enough

    On this episode, Gabri Joy Kirkendall, author of Creative Lettering and Beyond and The Joy of Lettering, talks about book publishing in the art world, unexpectedly changing your life course, and being bold in typeface and in person. Chad: Garbri Joy Kirkendall,...

Year 02

Karen Gutowsky on Preparing for What’s Next

    On this episode, Karen Gutowsky-Zimmerman, a Professor of Visual Communication Design at Seattle Pacific University, talks about how to prepare students for the next step after graduation beyond the portfolio, how design can remain relevant in a world with...

Erin Kendig on Making Space to Work

    On this episode, Erin Kendig, a practicing fine artist and Managing Editor of ARCADE Magazine, talks about making space to work, ditching the five-year plan, and figuring out how you want to spend your time. CHAD: Erin Kendig, thank you for being on the show with...

Rebecca Stewart-Johnson on Persistence

    On this episode, Rebecca Stewart-Johnson, a Tacoma-based designer, talks about the work to get that first job, the bravery it takes to approach new people, and how to keep working and learning through life changes. JP: Rebecca Stewart-Johnson, thank you for coming...

Terry Marks on Impending Good

On this episode, Terry Marks, a Seattle-based designer and AIGA Fellow, talks about finding his way to design, balancing work to eat with work for good, and what we need to survive as designers today. CHAD: Terry Marks, thank you for joining us on This is Design...

Krista Fredricks on Merging Passions with Design

    On this episode, Krista Fredricks, a Seattle-based web designer, talks about the importance of internships, finding your dream job by merging your passion with design and the concept of designer as curator. JP: Krista Fredricks, thank you for being on This is...

Benjamin Shown Discusses Designing for the Future

      On this episode, Benjamin Shown, a Boston-based creative director, talks about the importance of establishing a design community, and how designing for the future is about making design invisible by bringing content and narratives to the foreground. CHAD: Ben...

Gage Mitchell & Jen Stewart on Sustainable Design

      On this episode, Gage Mitchell & Jennifer Stewart, partners at Modern Species in Seattle, Wash., talk about the complexity of and need for sustainable design in today’s world. And, how celebrating small wins can help when feeling overwhelmed while confronting...

Taylor Cox on Creative Constraints

On this episode, Taylor Cox, a letter press designer and book artist, talks about not being afraid to veer away from what your peers are doing, going all in when learning a new technique and what not to do when climbing inside a giant Heidelberg Press.   JP: Taylor...

Karen Cheng Talks Critique

On this episode, Karen Cheng, a Professor in the Division of Design at the University of Washington, discusses how she found her way to design and the value of critique, not only in education and work, but also in everyday life.   CHAD: What’s your backstory? Where...

Year 01

Adriel Rollins Discusses Design Education

On this episode of This is Design School, Jp Avila and Chad P. Hall talk with Adriel Rollins, an industrial designer who works on creating yachts. Adriel discusses his time in undergraduate and graduate school and how those experiences have helped shape him for a...

Jon Cook on Writing, Mentors & Healthcare

On this episode of This is Design School, Jp Avila and Chad P. Hall talk with Jon Cook, a Senior UX Designer at Edifecs in Bellevue. Jon discusses using writing to organize thoughts, finding a mentor and the potential of design in healthcare.

Scott Ichikawa on Balancing Design & Family

On this episode of This is Design School, Jp Avila and Chad P. Hall talk with Scott Ichikawa, a graduate student in University of Washington’s Master of Design program. Scott discusses his thesis project, the news and his son (the most important project of his life)....

Ryan Applegate & What He Wishes He Knew Sooner

On this episode of This is Design School, Jp Avila and Chad P. Hall talk with Ryan Applegate, a self-taught designer working in Seattle. Ryan talks about creating interesting visual stories and what he loves about long-form media. His insights on what he wished he...

Matt Knorr on Creating More and Sharing Often

On this episode of This is Design School, Jp Avila and Chad P. Hall interview Matt Knorr, a designer in Seattle who shares with us the value of sketching and learning by failure. Matt, an avid sports fan, shares his insights on the importance of sketching and...

Daniel Worthington on Life-Long Learning

On this episode of This is Design School, Jp Avila and Chad P. Hall interview Daniel Worthington, a designer and programmer in Seattle. Daniel shares his insights on being a life-long learner and how he finds projects that interest him. Jp also realizes he has found a...

Paige Pauli on Imposter Syndrome

On this episode of This is Design School, Jp Avila and Chad P. Hall interview Paige Pauli, a UX/UI designer and front-end developer at Simply Measured in Seattle. Paige shares stories on her roundabout path to becoming a designer and how even successful and talented...

Brittany Staten on Creative Outlets

On this episode of This is Design School, Jp Avila interviews Brittany Staten, a visual designer at CareZone in Seattle. Brittany discusses the importance of being creative both at work and at play. Learn how she finds creative outlets to allow her mind to think about...

Jessica Frongello on Trusting Yourself

On this episode of This is Design School, Jp Avila and Chad P. Hall interview Jessica Frongello, a visual designer at CareZone in Seattle a. Jessica discusses the process of getting her first job as a designer after design school and learning to trust...

Samuel Hosman on Doing What You Love

On this, the first official podcast of This is Design School, Jp Avila and Chad Hall interview Samuel Hosman, a graphic designer and audiophile living in the Pacific Northwest. Sam discusses his interest in music, design and the importance of loving what you do. And...

Yr01, Ep00 :: Jp & Chad

On this prototype podcast of This is Design School, Jp Avila and Chad Hall interview each other to test out what it would take to make a podcast. What starts out with fun banter testing the sound of the microphone quickly shifts to Jp and Chad digging into each others...