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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 19, 2019

In this episode, Liam speaks with New York-based type designer Ksenya Samarskaya, exploring how type absorbs influence from its place in time, space, and culture. Samarskaya unpacks how typography  represents the histories and complexities of the world around us, while revealing our own identities in the process.


Feb 19, 2019

In this episode, Liam speaks with Bee Grandinetti and Hedvig Ahlberg—two thirds of the trio that founded Punanimation, a community and platform for women, trans, and non-binary folks working with animation and motion design.

Bee and Hedvig unpack the ways in which motion design is influenced by the music and movement...


Jan 15, 2019

In this episode, Liam sits down with the winners of the 2018 Material Design Awards—Anchor, KptnCook, Lyft, and SimpleHabit—to discuss how they each adopted and extended Material to build expressive, inspirational experiences.

 

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Dec 13, 2018

Tuuli and Kivi Sotamaa are the brother and sister team behind Ateljé Sotamaa, a studio creating emotionally-appealing objects and holistic architectural environments.

In the episode: Tuuli and Kivi Sotamaa recount their very first collaboration (back in 1999!) and discuss a shared interest in experiences that...


Dec 13, 2018

Marko Ahtisaari is the artistic director of the Helsinki Festival, a former product design lead at Nokia, and co-founder of Dopplr and Sync Project.

In the episode: Marko Ahtisaari expands on his journey as a designer and entrepreneur, explaining powerful lessons learned across three continents. By taking a holistic...