Unknown Origins

Unknown Origins

Inspirational conversations with creators about architecture, art, design, entrepreneurship, fashion, film, music, and pop culture. Hosted by Roy Sharples. Broadcasted and curated by Unknown Origins. Save the world from unoriginality by unleashing the power of creativity.

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May 13, 2022 40 min
Ekaterina Solomeina is a creative director, educator, and founder of Future London Academy – an executive school for creatives. For the past 17 years, she has worked with some of the greatest creative minds alive, including Michael Wolff (founder of Wolff Olins), Donatella Versace, and companies like Coca-Cola, Sony, Mars, IBM, Microsoft, and Samsung – helping to grow brands, developing design teams and create innovative products. 

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Claire Morris is Chief Studio Officer at Founders Factory, the world's leading venture studio and accelerator, where she helps build and scale tech startups - powering founders to go further faster where she has turned more than 50 early-stage ideas into the next generation of tech companies.

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April 26, 2022 24 min

Brian Braiker is president and editor-in-chief of Brooklyn Magazine. He is an award-winning journalist who has written, reported, and edited for various national and local media outlets.

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Paul Mellor is the Master of Decibels (MD) at Mellor&Smith

He is a self-confessed certified pain-in-the-ass asker of difficult questions and creator of advertising that makes brands famous. 

Paul's primary role in life is the direct opposite of a hostage negotiator – convincing people to take risks. He started the Ad Agency Mellor&Smith in 2009 amid the banking crisis and has been making sensible decisions ever since. 

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March 24, 2022 22 min

Patrick Coyne is the editor and designer of Communication Arts, the world's largest journal of visual communication. The recipient of numerous awards for his design and art direction (including a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators), Coyne received the 2004 AIGA Design Leadership Award and was named a 2012 AIGA/San Francisco Fellow. As a drummer, he still enjoys rocking out with his bandmates in Zru Vogue—much to the ...

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March 18, 2022 32 min

Paul Buckley is a Senior Vice President, Executive Creative Director at Penguin Random House, where he conducts a large staff of exceptionally talented designers and art directors overseeing ten imprints called The Penguin Art Group. Paul also personally designs, and art directs for a few of the imprints under his umbrella and is directly responsible for the branding of authors, big and small. His iconic design and singular art dir...

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March 8, 2022 36 min

Adrian Dutt is an illustrator, musician, and co-founder of the DIY record label 'Howling Owl.' Adrian manages the Bristol branch of Rough Trade and uses his time to continue pushing his creativity via Spectres, illustration, and various record label collaborations.

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March 3, 2022 22 min

Francesco Sedita is an author and publisher at Penguin, where he oversees Penguin Workshop and works with authors like Dolly Parton, Ann Hood, Jessica Hische, and publishes series like WhoHQ, Mad Libs, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, and Little Engine That Could. The third book in his graphic novel series, The Pathfinders Society, publishes in August 2022. He's produced the Emmy-award winning The Who Was? Show for Netflix and has a pod...

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January 28, 2022 56 min

Ian Ritchie, CBE FREng FRSE FBCS CEng, is a serial entrepreneur whose work in the technology industry alone has helped influence how we live and work today as a society, including his pioneering work with the software company he founded, Office Workstations Limited (OWL). Ian has helped build Edinburgh and Scotland as a center for innovative high-growth technology companies where he has been instrumental in developing over 50 start...

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Steven W. Pedigo is Professor of Practice, Director of the LBJ Urban Lab at the University of Texas in Austin. An expert in economic and urban development, city strategy, anchor engagement, and placemaking. Steven has advised and collaborated with more than 50 cities, universities, developers, nonprofits, and Fortune 500 companies across the globe to build more creative, innovative, and inclusive communities. 

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January 12, 2022 36 min

From opera singer to celebrity and fashion photographer Bertie Watson makes images  as a visual language by capturing snapshots in time for Swarovski, GQ Magazine, Harpers Bazaar, Hello! Magazine, Empire Magazine, BAFTA, Deadline Hollywood, Lacoste, L’Oréal, The Wall Street Journal, Roland Mouret, Watches of Switzerland, The British Fashion Council, and Raindance Film Festival.

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January 11, 2022 30 min

Tim Greenhalgh is the Chief Creative Officer at Landor & Fitch where he steers the creative direction globally for this brand transformation company.

Tim has been awarded for his work from the likes of LEGO, McLaren, and Harrods. He has also been a judge and advisor for many awards and industry bodies, including the DBA and D&AD’s International Advisory Board. Tim is listed as a Retail Design Luminary by design: retail and i...

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Steve Lillywhite is a multi-award-winning music-making pioneer, and Commander of the Order of the British Empire, whose iconic work spans over four decades, producing over 500 records including The Scream by Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Crossing by Big Country, Peter Gabriel by Peter Gabriel, Sparkle in the Rain by Simple Minds, The Joshua Tree by U2, Naked by Talking Heads, Vauxhall and I by Morrissey. He has been Managing Direc...

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January 1, 2022 7 min

A song to inspire positive societal change through creative action. 

Words and Voice by Roy Sharples and Gary Burt

Music composed and performed by Iain Mutch

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December 30, 2021 56 min

Gary Burt and Roy Sharples discuss some of the most provocative stories from 2021 that are the signposts for change of what is to come in 2022 and beyond—bringing together news, events, fashion, films, architecture, design, economics, politics, socio-culture, technology, and creative practice that influenced pop culture.

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December 21, 2021 66 min

Clara Blume, Ph.D., is an Oakland-based artist, cultural diplomat, and researcher. As head of the Open Austria Art + Tech Lab, she curates artworks that explore the interplay of human and artificial creativity. As a professional musician and singer/songwriter, Blume was invited to tour Europe and the US. Apollo - The International Art Magazine most recently selected her among the 40 UNDER 40 most talented young people worldwide...

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December 20, 2021 85 min

Roy Sharples is Founder and CEO of Unknown Origins, a creative studio on a mission to save the world from unoriginality by unleashing the power of creativity. Author of "Creativity Without Frontiers: How to make the invisible visible by lighting the way into the future." Curator of the community-driven storytelling platform that provides everyone access to insights and content from creators worldwide.

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December 20, 2021 34 min

From Copenhagen to being a runner in Hollywood to a serial creative at advertising and brand agencies, media and entertainment companies; Zupa, KesselsKramer, GREY London, Adam & Eve DDB, Channel 4, Uncommon Creative Studio, and now the Executive Creative Director at the BBC, Rasmus Smith Bech leads the creative output across all BBC campaigns and branding.

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December 18, 2021 53 min

Peter Hinssen is a serial entrepreneur, advisor, keynote speaker, and author. Peter is one of the most sought-after thought leaders on radical innovation, leadership, and the impact of all things digital on society and business. He lectures at various business schools such as the London Business School (UK) and MIT in Boston. Peter has founded nexxworks to help organizations become fluid, innovate and thrive in 'The Day After T...

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Sadie McKinlay is Head of Development for the Edinburgh International Festival, where she raises funds to enable this annual celebration of the performing arts, working with sponsors, donors, and trust & foundation supporters to create meaningful and valuable partnerships that support the presentation of music, drama, and dance in theatres and concert halls, and learning and engagement and Community Programmes throughout Edinbu...

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