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Design Notes is a show from about creative work and what it teaches us, hosted by Google's Liam Spradlin. Each episode we talk to people from unique creative fields to discover what inspires and unites us in our practice.

Mar 13, 2018

In this episode, Liam speaks with game designer, professor, and philosopher Bennett Foddy about  using frustration as a design pattern, positioning games at the intersection of art and software, and who he had in mind when creating Getting Over It.

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Feb 12, 2018

In the sixth episode, guest host Aaron Lammer speaks with designer and professor Molly Wright Steenson about pattern languages, the important similarities between architecture and AI, and the publication of her new book Architectural Intelligence.

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Jan 16, 2018

In the fifth episode, Liam speaks with Mitch Paone, Principle and Creative Director at DIA Studio, about creating a jazz solo out of the creative process, using a beginner’s mindset to unlock new possibilities in design, and the difference between intuitive and analytical creativity.

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Dec 19, 2017

The fourth episode is a special edition featuring Luis von Ahn, co-founder and CEO of DuoLingo, recorded at SPAN 2017 in Pittsburgh. In the interview, Luis and guest host Aaron Lammer discuss why von Ahn chooses projects that can make an immediate impact and how language skills picked up from DuoLingo can increase...

Nov 22, 2017

In the third episode Lizzy and Darlene Okpo, the designers and sisters behind New York-based fashion label William Okpo, detail what gives their line its identity, the personas that shape a collection, and the intersection of expression and utility in fashion design. 

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