Muhammad Perry and myself started UNDR_GRDS with the intention of asking our favourite designers and creatives the questions we've always wanted to. We quickly realised that this could be made into a platform to educate, fascinate and stimulate students still going through the creative education process, whether that's Degree level, college or below. It was also a great networking tool and helped us achieve common ground and friendship with a lot of the designers we interviewed.
We had listened to our fair share design related podcasts. As grew ever more tired with the questions everyone was asking, we started to come up with our set of questions we'd like to ask designers, ranging from the down right curious to the deep, well though out comprehensive questions.
So we began researching, experimenting with audio, and contacting designers. This is how it all unfolded...
Our first guest was Ben Mottershead, a friend of ours and a prominent figure in The Designers League. At this point myself and Muhammad were still learning the ropes of podcasting, luckily Ben is a patient man and after hours together, we managed to record our first UNDR_GRDS podcast.
In early March 2018, after endless hours of figuring out how to work Adobe Audition, we released our first UNDR_GRDS Podcast! Ben's podcast episode remains one of our most played episode.
The latter end of May is where our journey takes a big step. So far, we had only interviewed designers and illustrators who were based in the UK. And so we decided to get into contact with a highly respected designer based somewhere in mainland Europe to see if we could visit them... And they said yes.
We were lucky enough to interview Eike König from Hort. A true pioneer in the graphic design industry. We met him for lunch at a local restaurant near his studio, passed a grocery store to buy a few authentic german beers and then got to recording the podcast.
We sat down with Eike for just over 2 hours, over that time he dropped some serious knowledge, and so we made the decision to release this podcast in two parts. The wealth of experience and industry knowledge was too great for us to try and whittle it down into a 1 hour long episode. The two-part episode garnered a lot attention and helped grow our online presence greatly.
We decided to take a brief hiatus from U_G to focus on ourselves, and we picked up the baton once more in September. With Muhammad now in full time work and myself starting my 3rd year at university, we had even less time to work on our side hustle. Our next guest was Glenn Garriock from MadeByFolk, f.k.a FormFiftyFive. He is situated and so we decided to try out a new way of recording podcasts with our international guests.