A podcasts for anyone who wants to be more creative, be a better leader or learn how to make a difference in their company.

In this iTunes top 5 design podcast, visionary Global Creative Director, designer, and speaker Stephen Gates shares his experience and actionable insights learned from years of experience leading global creative teams for multiple Fortune 500 brands and working as a partner to some the most innovative companies like Apple, Google and Adobe. Each episode is an in-depth exploration of issues that matter to creatives including leadership, creativity, career development, innovation and more.

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Most popular episodes

Based on tens of thousands of listener downloads there are the 5 most popular episodes so far.


1:  Ep 1 Lightbulbs are bullish*t


2:  Ep 27 The importance of happiness in creativity


3:  Ep 21 ‘Success is a choice’ from Adobe MAX 2016


4:  Ep 6 How to create your own personal brand


5:  Ep 33 Design Thinking: Part 1 – Overview and Inspiration phase


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Listener reviews

“The is the Tony Robbins audio series for the design community. Subscribe now!”

“It’s so good! Keep ’em coming man!”
Clark Valberg CEO & Co-founder of InVision

“I couldn’t agree more with what you are talking about and its inspiration to hear another creative thinker who is not afraid to say out loud what most creatives just whisper or don’t say at all.”

“Stephen helped me define my personal brand, think from the point of view of a hiring manager, and more. If you are looking take your creative career up a notch, give this podcast a try.”

“The subjects discussed are very relatable and I’m not even in the design field. He ties ideas to real world examples that I am able to visualize. The podcast is informative and inspiring at the same time.”

“I cannot emphasize enough the impact it’s made on myself personally and professionally. I’ve turned many on to it technically NOT in the creative field… – my beau in the Oil industry as a consultant/engineer that cleans refineries, a PR colleague is now glued to the episodes about personal branding as she starts her own consultancy,my sister a lab technician in a hospital is starting to see herself differently after the “Success is a Choice” episode. I could go on… And as one who aspires to change the way Creatives work and are seen in society, this is one of my solid resources for inspiration as well as a constant barrage of ‘a-ha’s’!”

About Stephen Gates

Stephen is a 2nd generation Creative Director with 20+ years experience transforming agency and client-side teams to create award-winning global advertising campaigns, built multiple global Fortune 500 brands and created industry changing digital experiences.


He currently works as the Global Head of Design at Citi, where he leads multiple global design studios to creating global brand experiences across digital, advertising, branding and bank branches. His clients have included American Airlines, W Hotels, Disney, ExxonMobil, Acura, Old Navy, Nationwide Insurance, Verizon, Subaru and many more. His work has received over 150 awards, his app designs have been named as one of the World’s 100 Greatest Apps, Apple has featured his work in 9 keynotes, 4 TV commercials, in Apple Stores, on iTunes and more. Stephen also shares his insights on creativity and leadership through his podcast, blog and speaking engagements. He has been asked to teach at companies including IDEO, Apple, GE, Adobe and more. He has also been a guest lecturer at Yale, Parsons, Princeton and SVA as well as delivering large international keynotes alongside speakers like Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Nest founder Tony Faddel, Martha Stewart, Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh, designers Stefan Sagmeister and Karim Rashid.

Partner and advisor to some of the world’s most innovative companies.

His work has received over 150 international awards, my app designs have been named as one of the World’s 100 Greatest Apps, Apple has featured his work in 9 keynotes, 4 TV commercials, in Apple Stores, on iTunes and in the Human Interface Guidelines. Stephen has been asked to work as a partner with brands like Apple, Google, IBM, 53, Adobe and others to create some of the first experiences for Apple Watch, iOS, Apple Passbook, Google Glass and more. He also regularly works as a beta tester and advisor on apps and products like IBM Watson, multiple releases of Adobe Creative Cloud, Astropad, Adobe XD (previously Project Comet) and many more.

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