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The Crazy One

Creative people can now affect businesses in ways we haven't seen since the Industrial Revolution, but most of us have no idea about how to take advantage of these opportunities. 

The Crazy One is created out of the real experiences and insights that host and award-winning creative director Stephen Gates has learned from leading global in-house and agency creative teams, building multiple Fortune 100 brands, and working with some the world's most innovative companies like Apple, Google, and more.

It teaches anyone things like foundational creative approach and methodologies to some of the more difficult and less discussed areas of being a creative person. You will get actionable insights to help you be more creative, become a better leader, create more innovative work, build better relationships with your clients, grow a stronger career and more.

Jul 1, 2018

Combining data and research with your creative process is a tricky and frustrating thing for too many people. In this episode, we will look at data, research and brainstorming to see how powerful they can be when used correctly, the reasons why they can completely kill creativity when used incorrectly and the...


May 26, 2018

In this episode we will answer listener questions about content creation, the top 3 books I recommend to friends, advice for junior designers, how to get work done and my thoughts on being a “jack of all trades”. 


Jan 7, 2018

As we continue to explore the relationship between creativity and some of our base emotions we move on to one of the most difficult for your work, your team and yourself - honesty. In this episode, we will look at honesty vs. candor, how to apply it, and deep dive into it in your career, your personal life, your work...


Dec 25, 2017

I wanted to close out 2017 by looking back at some of the most important themes and issues we discussed over the past year of the podcast. In this episode, we will look at the show’s common themes of creativity, your career and leadership to dig deeper into the things that I think are important, where I see a lot of...


Sep 24, 2017

Empathy is a simple phrase that's increasingly popular thanks to methodologies like Design Thinking, but very few people understand it, how to incorporate it into their work or how to find real empathy with their customers. In this episode, we will look at what empathy entails, the things people mistakenly think is...