Photo: MASI 2018 Gold Recipient, Office under 80/sq. ft. Category, Peyton Licensed Interior Design
Whether it’s driving to a project site visit in another city, or heading out on your family’s annual road trip, there’s a good chance you’ll be spending some time in a vehicle this summer. When you’ve gotten bored of your music library (or sick of listening to the kids’ video playing in the backseat), podcasts can be a great way to pass the time and get your creative juices flowing.
I’ve tried out dozens of different podcasts over the past couple of years, and my biggest takeaway is that the challenges and opportunities we experience in our work as interior designers are universal. Issues like maintaining creativity, assembling strong teams, building a profitable business and assessing the overall impact of our work on the world are great topics to be explored through podcasts.
Below, in no particular order, are a few of my favourite design-related serial podcasts:
How I Built This from NPR – Host Guy Raz interviews the founders of some of the world’s most successful companies, including creative corporations such as Kate Spade, Wayfair, and WeWork. (Come to think of it, you can’t go wrong with pretty much any NPR podcast, including
The Ted Radio Hour)
Design the Life You Love – hosted by Ayse Birsel, an industrial designer who has worked with Herman Miller. She interviews leaders from all facets of companies related to design, including IDEO and the Museum of Modern Art.
Steelcase 360 – this podcast builds upon Steelcase’s strong legacy of research and innovation, and features themes that align with their 360 print and online publications. Their most recent podcast with Simon Sinek is a great listen.
EntreArchitect – hosted by Mark R. LePage, a residential architect in the US. While you need to be selective about which episode you listen to, his focus on how to be successful as a small firm entrepreneurial architect has plenty of best practices that are transferrable to professional interior design firms.
Design Matters – For more than 15 years, host Debbie Millman has interviewed creatives across all related fields including artists, filmmakers, musicians, authors, fashion designers and others.
Have a podcast you think your colleagues would enjoy? Got a suggestion for a topic or interview we should tackle on our upcoming new IDA podcast? Hit us up on Social Media to share your thoughts, or email me at
Wishing you all a fabulous summer, with lots of time to reconnect, recharge and re-inspire.
Urban Encounters is Alberta's premier Interior Design trade show hosted in both Edmonton and Calgary each year.
Urban Encounters showcases the latest products and services for commercial and residential suppliers to the Interior Design community in Alberta.
This trade show connects the design and supply communities together in an informal, social atmosphere that inspires mutually beneficial client-vendor relationships.
The MASI (Manitoba Alberta Saskatchewan Interior) Design Awards recognizes talented professionals in the interior design industry from across Manitoba, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. This event strives to become a shared platform for talented professionals in the industry to showcase their ﬁnest work and have the opportunity to gain recognition for their achievements.
Early Bird Deadline:
12:00 PM, July 15, 2019
12:00 PM, August 15, 2019
Will be announced at the PIDIM 65th Anniversary Gala on October 17, 2019
Friendly reminder that applications for the NCIDQ Exams for October 2019 are due on July 15th. Registration will be open from July 1st to September 31st.
The newly named School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape officially opened the doors of the City Building Design Lab [in April] – an innovative research hub in downtown Calgary – thanks to a partnership with East Village master developer Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC).
The University of Calgary school formerly known as the Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS) first announced its downtown location in the Castell Building, with a five-year lease agreement generously provided by CMLC, in December.
September 12 & 13, 2019
Thursday: 7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Join us in Vancouver, B.C, this September 12 and 13, 2019, as we host one of North America’s most uplifting, inspiring and expansive educational conferences showcasing the true value of design.
IDC brings together thought leaders, subject experts and game changers from the wider design, business and media community to explore design thinking through human connections, and the crucial role of design in shaping a productive, healthy and inclusive society.
The two-day symposium aims to expand horizons, networks, and skills through a program of in-depth education, expert panel discussions, guided design tours, award presentations, emerging leaders programs, and provocative conference keynotes.
This year, join us as we dive deeper into design thinking and explore the human connections to rapidly-changing technology, environment and nature, and sustainability and wellness.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
12:00 AM EST
IDC is committed to supporting the diversity of individuals and organizations working to strengthen the interior design profession. The Coast-to-Coast Subsidy affords those IDC members who might otherwise not be able to attend, the opportunity to represent their organization at IDC’s 2019 Design Symposium.
Join us to network with fellow members from across Canada and hear a report on IDC’s activities over the past year. This is your chance to connect with our CEO, Tony Brenders, the 2019-20 Board of Management and learn what we have in store for the coming year.
The Annual Meeting will be taking place during IDC's Design Symposium in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Please note there is no cost associated with attending the Annual Meeting.
To complete the Celebration of Design in Manitoba, the 10th Annual Manitoba Design Exposition will be held on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at the Victora Inn Hotel & Convention Centre. The PIDIM, in partnership with the University of Manitoba Department of Interior Design and Partners Program, will also be hosting the 2019 Dale Henwood Memorial Lecture. Finally, the Provincial Interior Design Regulator (PIDR) associations will be hosting their President meeting in Winnipeg on Friday, October 18, 2019.
In celebration of 65 Years of Interior Design in Manitoba The Professional Interior Designers Institute of Manitoba (The PIDIM) will be hosting a Black Tie Anniversary Gala at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights (CMHR) on Thursday, October 17, 2019. As part of the Gala, The PIDIM is also hosting the Manitoba Alberta Saskatchewan Interior (MASI) Design Awards for the first time as we celebrate and recognize the talented professionals in the interior design industry from across the Prairies.
BUILDEX is the voice of the building industry today, and the vision of its future. This exciting event – the largest in Alberta – brings together talent from across industry to interact, learn and discover the newest innovations of a market in constant transformation.
BUILDEX Alberta is an event that will enable Architecture & Design, Construction, and Property Management professionals to immerse themselves in dialogue and build community, providing a meaningful platform for industry advancement.
Opportunities advertised below are subject to change, please visit our job board to view current listings and for more information.
Creative Design Lead, Interiors - Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd. - Calgary, AB
Junior Interior Designer - Peyton Interior Design - Calgary, AB
Senior Interior Designer - S2 Architecture - Calgary, AB
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