Ep. 1: Joe Doucet

We couldn't be more thrilled that Joe Doucet is our very first guest. This NY-based designer is articulate, incredibly talented, and humble. We loved chatting with him about growing up in a small Texas town, designing from a place of naiveté, and we even found out that he also suffers from the ever-so-common imposter syndrome. Listen now:

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It's clear that he's earned his nomination for a Cooper-Hewitt design award this year, designing everything from a luxurious flat-pack table to virtual reality eyewear to a deck of minimalist cards. We even found out about designs we'd never known about before, such as his redesign of the wind turbine, called Airate.

Left: One Sense / Right: Airate

Left: One Sense / Right: Airate

We learned that he "cross-trains" his brain by doing conceptual design in between commercial projects, and that he approaches design with naiveté:

Innovation comes from curiosity, it comes from tinkering, it comes from questioning what has come before, and it comes from naivete to be honest.

Joe talks to us about why he decided to launch a new brand called OTHR. OTHR will bring to market made-to-order beautiful objects designed by some of the biggest names in design (trust us - we've seen the list - it's impressive!), with new designs launching bi-weekly. All of the items will be made using on-demand technology. We can't wait to see the collection! 

Learn more about Joe Doucet on his website: JoeDoucet.com
Follow Joe on social media:
Twitter: @joedoucet
Instagram: @joedoucet

Read about his work on Design Milk here.

Learn more about OTHR on othr.com.

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Special thanks to Chris Modl of Yore Studio for editing this episode.
Music in this episode courtesy of El Ten Eleven—hear more on Bandcamp.
Shoutout to Jenny Rask for designing the Clever logo.