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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.

Aug 20, 2018

Everyone wants to let their work have a stronger voice and be more original but we have to deal with self-doubt, group think, and working for companies that demand conformity to a shared culture and way of thinking. In this episode, we will look at what makes up the foundation of originality and then explore the things...


Aug 20, 2018

I’ve never spoken at SXSW and I am trying to change that this year with a new solo session called 'BUILDING AN IN-HOUSE DESIGN POWERHOUSE’ that is an all-new session that shares what he has learned first-hand about how to transform your in-house team from an overlooked commodity to a critical asset. You can vote...


Jul 29, 2018

In this episode we will answer listener questions about if main navigation should just get you around or project a brand image, if there such a thing as “necessary evils” in design, my take on having Design Systems in a large enterprise, how to inspire change in small organizations, and How travel inspires my...


Jul 22, 2018

Increasingly as companies become more global and our work becomes more complex we are working, ideating and creating with teams all over the world and it can be very difficult to be successful using old approaches in this new way of working. In this episode, we will look at the most common problems with remote work, the...


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...