Looking For New Podcasts


Background noise makes everything better for me and lately I’ve been searching for new things to listen to. Podcasts have been my go-to while I’m grinding out work, but my appetite for new shows is growing and the catalog choices are looking kinda shitty. So today I bring you Sampler, a new podcast that does the searching for you.

I’ve dropped the dime on Adventures In Design a few times here and I still stand by it as a good listen while I’m toiling away. But that’s only an hour long (two if you’re a paid member) and I have a pretty long day to fill.

Music is great and I keep my playlist up to date, but I love podcasts for the free information they provide that can help upgrade my life. You get to hear from people who have struggled to make things work and learn about shortcuts that you can deploy in your own world. The problem is that there is a lot of crap to sort through.

Not that I know so much about making a great show or anything, but as a picky consumer I’m excited about Sampler because I can now outsource my search. Host Brittany Luse has that “make you feel awkward” humor that cuts to the chase and her first episode brings a trio of shows, two of which sound bad ass: Bodega Boys and Dead Authors. You’ll have to listen for yourself, but even if you aren’t interested in the podcasts she picks for interviews the show itself is pretty amusing. So that’s a plus that might make you add this to your playlist.

I’ve had lots of recommendations and the toughest part about keeping my interest is largely personality based, so take my advice with a grain of salt, but if you can show me something I haven’t heard before I’ll probably come back for more. The best shows are the ones that open a new world for you and force you to change perspective. Hopefully Sampler can do that. Check it out.

I’ll be back with more recommendations to save your sanity while slugging it out on the job, but let me know if you have any hidden gems worth checking out.

‘Till then good listening!


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Video: Chuck Jones


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The artist evolves. This is a central theme for all professions, but in the context of creative arts it comes down to spending time with the world and seeing the things that you can interpret in a different light. Looney Toons still makes me laugh and today’s video pulls back the curtain on the magic of Chuck Jones in these cartoons that continue to hold up against the test of time.

Every 1st of the month I post a video relating to art, design, or creativity so come back and see what’s new.

Video: An Englishman Talks About Cowboys


Brian Eno is a musician from way back who’s worked with dudes like David Bowie, U2, Coldplay and other big names. He’s also a painter with a minimalist bent. In today’s First Watch Eno talks about what creativity is and how it’s used with some really great pointers about perfection, nurturing innovation, and being ready.

If you or your degenerate friends have any videos to share about creativity, cowboys, or graphic arts, let me know and I’ll post it here on the first of the month – somewhere down the road.




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