RDInsights is a series of lively and informal interviews conducted by graphic designer Mike Dempsey RDI with fellow Royal Designers. These memorable conversations and inspiring stories span a wide range of design disciplines.


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RDInsights - 2013
 
 
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RDInsights introduction — 22 Nov 2022

If you haven't dipped into these recordings yet, we have the perfect introduction with this bite-size collage of recordings, featuring moments from a cross-section of Royal Designers.
RDInsights: Gerald Scarfe
 
 
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Gerald Scarfe — 18 Jun 2024

In this early RDInsights Archive recording from 2006, Gerald Scarfe RDI, one of the world's best-known political cartoonists, is in conversation with Mike Dempsey RDI. He discusses his early years and his long and highly successful career, using his recognisable ink-slashing pen style that pulled no punches when depicting public figures. After 50 years, he ended his weekly cartoon with The Sunday Times in 2017. In 2019, he published "Long Drawn Out Trip: A Memoir by Gerald Scarfe." At 88, he is still inspiring us. He lives with his wife, the actress Jane Asher.
David Pearson
 
 
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David Pearson — 04 Jun 2024

Mike is in conversation with the graphic designer David Pearson RDI, who inhabits the highly competitive world of book cover design; he is a self-confessed Typophile, naming his company 'Type As Image' where typography is king. Ironically, one of David's most renowned covers was for George Orwell's 1984, which had all front cover types redacted as a powerful representation of that dystopian tale. When not designing, you'll find him teaching or talking to hungry young students here and abroad. In addition to his RDI mantle, he is a member of the prestigious Alliance Graphic International.
Kenneth Grange
 
 
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Kenneth Grange — 28 May 2024

For many, the work of Sir Kenneth Grange RDI would have touched their lives at some point; think the classic TX1 taxi, the ease of taking a photo with a Kodak Instomatic, whipping up a storm in the kitchen with a Kenwood Chef or nodding off while travelling on the sleek lines of the intercity 125, or posting a letter in one of Kenneth's postboxes or writing that masterpiece under the light of the anglepoise adjustable lamp or popping a coin in the very first parking meter or keeping dry while waiting under a bus shelter. All and much more were designed by Kenneth Grange over the past six decades. They are all featured in the recently published book 'Designing the Modern World' Thames & Hudson. Photo: Andy Sewell
RDInsights: Sarah Wigglesworth
 
 
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Sarah Wigglesworth — 30 Apr 2024

This is a podcast version of our RDInsights archive recording from 2013 with the award-winning architect Sarah Wigglesworth RDI MBE, who recently closed her practice. Mike Dempsey RDI caught up with Sarah to record an update and learn about her decision to move to new pastures. Photo: Jim Stephen
Lauren Child
 
 
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Lauren Child — 20 Feb 2024

Mike meets with the celebrated children's author and illustrator Lauren Child RDI, who burst onto the publishing scene in 1999 with Clarice Bean - That's Me, followed in 2000 by Charlie & Lola - I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato. They quickly became firm favourites to millions of children worldwide. Over the years, Lauren garnered many awards and honours, including the Kate Greenaway Medal, an MBE, CBE and Royal Designer for Industry. She was also the 2017 Children's Laureate. But Lauren’s creative path to success was long, winding, and, at times, bumpy, as you will hear in this revealing interview about Lauren's life and work.
Christoph Niemann
 
 
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Christoph Niemann — 06 Feb 2024

Mike Dempsey RDI in conversation with the German artist, designer, and author Christoph Niemann Hon RDI. He rose to international fame through his highly inventive conceptual cover designs for The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Wire and The New York Times Magazine. His many prestigious awards and accolades include induction into the US Art Directors Hall of Fame, along with membership of the international body, Alliance Graphic International and the RSA’s Honorary Designer for Industry award. After spending over a decade in New York, Christoph moved back to Germany to settle in Berlin, where he works on international and personal projects, exhibitions, and books.
Lucinda Chambers
 
 
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Lucinda Chambers — 12 Dec 2023

In this latest edition of RDInsights, Mike is in conversation with Lucinda Chambers RDI, the British fashion director, designer, and stylist who worked at Vogue magazine for 36 years and is also in demand as a consultant to many major fashion brands. Her creative path in that seemingly glamorous world was a combination of mishaps, luck, hard work, dedication, creative imagination and passion for her subject, which she continues in her new fashion enterprise, Collagerie, curating the best of fashion, interiors, beauty and lifestyle.
Kate Hopkins
 
 
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Kate Hopkins — 05 Dec 2023

In this new episode of RDInsights, Mike is in conversation with Kate Hopkins RDI, the three-time BAFTA-awarded documentary sound designer. Her meticulous and imaginative work spanning over three decades in landmark productions like Blue Planet, Planet Earth, and Frozen Planet has enabled audiences worldwide to experience a heightened reality through her extraordinary creative sound work. In 2014, Kate was awarded The Technicolor Creative Technology Award for Women in Film and Television.
Fernando Gutiérrez
 
 
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Fernando Gutiérrez — 17 Oct 2023

Mike Dempsey RDI interviews graphic designer Fernando Gutiérrez RDI. Born in London in the 1960s to Spanish parents, Gutiérrez displayed artistic talent from a young age, often drawing and painting on the walls of his room. Despite being initially directed towards a trade job with the London Electricity Board, his art teacher recognized his potential and steered him towards a different path. Gutiérrez’s unique upbringing contributes to his identity as a genuinely European designer, with a unique way of choosing projects and the clients he works with.
Andrew Grant
 
 
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Andrew Grant — 11 Jul 2023

In this interview with the landscape architect Andrew Grant RDI, Mike Dempsey RDI covers Andrew’s idyllic farming childhood, the long path to discovering his creative potential, his teenage passion for the illustrator Roger Dean’s otherworldly landscapes, and the reality of his own interpretation of such a setting in Singapore that would change his life and firmly establish him on the global creative map.
John Pawson RDI
 
 
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John Pawson — 17 Apr 2023

Mike Dempsey in conversation with renowned architectural designer John Pawson. For over three decades, Pawson has dedicated his career to creating minimalist spaces that eliminate the unnecessary. With his passionate attention to detail and materials, he has become known for his signature style, which has brought him global fame. But as you will hear, Pawson's creative path was long and winding before he finally found his passion in architecture.
Geoffrey Kirk
 
 
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Geoffrey Kirk — 31 Jan 2023

Mike interviews the aeronautics designer engineer Geoff Kirk RDI. During his long career at the Rolls-Royce Airline Business, he rose to the position of Chief Design Engineer and worked on the designs of many of the company's iconic jet engines. On retirement, he continues to pass on his design engineering knowledge as visiting professor at Queen Mary, University of London and the University of Nottingham.
John McConnell
 
 
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John McConnell — 24 Jan 2023

John McConnell in conversation with Mike, talks about his long career as a leading light in the world of graphic design, along with his thirty-one years as director of Pentagram Design. And he explains the complexity of coordinating large corporate projects. John left Pentagram in 2005 and re-established as McConnell Design.
Sir Christopher Frayling - 22 Nov 2018
 
 
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Christopher Frayling — 21 Nov 2022

Sir Christopher Frayling has long been a friend and supporter of the RDI with his impressive wealth of knowledge of its history. During his extensive period as rector of The Royal College of Art, he changed the course of design education and presided over many designers who are now members of the RDI Faculty. Mike Dempsey RDI interviewed him at BAFTA in 2018.
RDInsights: Kim Colin
 
 
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Kim Colin — 29 Oct 2018

In this interview, Mike talks to architect and product designer, Kim Colin about her early life and career in a male-dominated profession. Kim Colin became an RDI in 2015.
RDInsights: Kenneth Adam
 
 
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Kenneth Adam — 01 Mar 2010

Sir Kenneth Adam RDI, most famous for his set designs for the James Bond films of the 1960s and 1970s, talks to Mike Dempsey RDI about the production design discipline
RDInsights: Terence Woodgate
 
 
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Terence Woodgate — 16 Sep 2009

This RDInsights archive recording from 2009 features product designer Terence Woodgate RDI. In 2023, he left the UK to set up a new home and studio on Rocacorba Mountain, just outside of Girona in Catalonia, Spain. We look forward to seeing new work emerge from his new permanent base in these sunnier climes.
RDInsights: Thomas Heatherwick
 
 
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Thomas Heatherwick — 01 Apr 2006

3D Designer, Thomas Heatherwick became an RDI in 2004. Listen to his RDInsight with Mike Dempsey in the form of an informal discussion.
Jenny Beavan
 
 
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Jenny Beavan — 20 Nov 2022

Jenny Beavan RDI, the much-in-demand, three times Oscar-winning costume designer in conversation with Mike Dempsey RDI looking at her creative path that blossomed into an astonishing film career, with productions from ‘A Room With A View’ to ‘Gosford Park’ and ‘The Kings Speech’ to ‘Mad Max: Fury Road', just a small sampling from the 46 films she has worked on since 1979.
Mike Dempsey
 
 
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Mike Dempsey — 04 Nov 2022

In this 60th edition of RDInsights, Tom Lloyd RDI takes over the reins to interview Mike Dempsey RDI about his life and work, his love of music, cinema, book cover design, dyslexia, along with his unconventional entrée into the world of graphic design.
Steven Appleby - 12 September 2022
 
 
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Steven Appleby — 12 Sep 2022

Mike Dempsey RDI in conversation with the celebrated cartoonist, illustrator and author Steven Appleby RDI, who has been entertaining us with her wobbly line drawing style, transporting us into often darker corners of her imaginative musings on what life is really all about, for over three decades. In 2021 her graphic novel 'Dragman' was a Guardian Book of The Year, and it also won the PRIX SPÉCIAL DU JURY at the 48th International Angoulême Comic Festival in France.
Marina Willer
 
 
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Marina Willer — 17 Jul 2022

Graphic designer and filmmaker Marina Willer RDI talks to Mike Dempsey RDI about her Brazilian childhood, creative education and her path to becoming the first female partner of Pentagram, London.
RDInsights: Charlie Paton
 
 
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Charlie Paton — 19 Apr 2022

Mike Dempsey RDI talks with designer Charlie Paton RDI about his passion to provide a low-cost solution to one of the world's greatest needs - fresh water in hot, arid areas of our planet.
RDInsights: Simon Esterson
 
 
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Simon Esterson — 20 Feb 2022

Simon Esterson RDI is the art director, co-owner and publisher of Eye magazine. It has gained a reputation as the world’s most beautiful and collectable graphic design journal and has recently published its 102nd edition since launching in 1990. Mike Dempsey RDI talks to Simon about his single-minded vision of his professional destiny at an extremely young age.
RDInsights: Jenny Frean
 
 
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Jenny Frean — 29 Jul 2021

Jenny Frean RDI is a textile designer known for her refined use of colour, versatility and unique pattern construction. She talks to Mike Dempsey RDI about her long and fascinating career.
RDInsights: Tom Lloyd
 
 
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Tom Lloyd — 04 May 2021

Tom Lloyd RDI is one of the UK's foremost product designers. Along with Luke Pearson RDI, they run the award-winning London based industrial design and innovation consultancy Pearson Lloyd. Tom is in conversation with fellow RDI Mike Dempsey and shares his views on a wide range of issue facing design in the 21st century and the future of the post-pandemic workplace, plus much more.
RDInsights: Marion Deuchars
 
 
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Marion Deuchars — 26 Mar 2021

The Illustrator and author Marion Deuchars RDI believes that everyone would benefit from living a creative life. She talks about this, her childhood, work and living under lockdown in conversation with fellow RDI, Mike Dempsey.
RDInsights: Paule Constable
 
 
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Paule Constable — 13 Jan 2021

Paule Constable RDI is an award-winning lighting designer. She has received a staggering five Laurence Olivier Awards for her lighting design work, which has included War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Listen to her conversation with fellow RDI, Mike Dempsey.
RDInsights: Tom Gauld
 
 
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Tom Gauld — 25 Nov 2020

Mike Dempsey RDI explores the world and early life of cartoonist and author, Tom Gauld RDI
RDInsights: Ben Terrett
 
 
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Ben Terrett — 29 May 2020

Service designer, Ben Terrett RDI shares his views on design in the 21st century, the future of education and the importance of collaboration.
RDInsights: Morag Myerscough
 
 
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Morag Myerscough — 10 Jan 2020

Mike Dempsey RDI in conversation with Morag Myerscough RDI on her life and work and the revelation that she had to wait 25 years before she had found her true creative heart
RDInsights: Derek Birdsall
 
 
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Derek Birdsall — 12 Jul 2018

In this interview, Mike talks to the pioneering modernist graphic designer, Derek Birdsall RDI about his life and long career.
RDInsights: Alison Brooks
 
 
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Alison Brooks — 29 Nov 2017

Mike Dempsey RDI talks to Alison Brooks RDI, the influential architect about her life and work.
RDInsights: Tristam Carfrae
 
 
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Tristram Carfrae — 17 Sep 2017

Mike Dempsey RDI talks to Tristram Carfrae RDI, the outstanding structural engineer about his life and work
RDInsights: Patrick Woodroffe
 
 
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Patrick Woodroffe — 06 Jul 2017

Patrick Woodroffe RDI creates inspiring public events through his innovative and influential use of light, hear about his life and work in conversation with Mike Dempsey RDI
RDInsights: Sandy Powell
 
 
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Sandy Powell — 06 Jan 2016

In this interview, Mike Dempsey RDI talks to Sandy Powell RDI about her highly successful career.
RDInsights: Ben Kelly
 
 
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Ben Kelly — 27 Sep 2015

In this fascinating interview with Mike Dempsey RDI Ben Kelly RDI talks about his early work, from the Sex Pistols to the kids friendly space he created for London's Science Museum. His also shares his early life in Yorkshire and much more.
RDInsights: Margaret Calvert
 
 
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Margaret Calvert — 13 Jul 2015

Graphic designer, Margaret Calvert RDI, is interviewed by fellow RDI Mike Dempsey in this absorbing podcast
RDInsights: Dan Pearson
 
 
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Dan Pearson — 02 Mar 2015

Dan Pearson RDI is interviewed by Mike Dempsey RDI in this absorbing podcast
RDInsights: Dinah Casson
 
 
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Dinah Casson — 22 Jan 2015

Listen to Dinah Casson RDI's engaging interview with Mike Dempsey RDI as part of the RDInsight series
RDInsights: Mark Major
 
 
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Mark Major — 29 May 2014

This RDInsight features lighting designer Mark Major RDI in conversation with Mike Dempsey RDI
RDInsights: Paul Williams
 
 
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Paul Williams — 19 Mar 2014

Listen to Paul Williams RDI in a lively and informal interview conducted by Mike Dempsey RDI.
RDInsights: Perry King
 
 
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Perry King — 16 Sep 2013

Listen to Perry King RDI in this animated and informative interview led by Mike Dempsey RDI
RDInsights: Nick Park
 
 
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Nick Park — 15 May 2013

Join animator Nick Park RDI and graphic designer Mike Dempsey RDI for a lively discussion in this edition of the RDInsights series
RDInsights: Richard Hudson
 
 
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Richard Hudson — 10 Jan 2013

Join theatre designer Richard Hudson RDI in a bright and provocative interview with Mike Dempsey RDI
RDInsights: Michael Foreman
 
 
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Michael Foreman — 25 Sep 2012

Michael Foreman RDI is a British author and illustrator, one of the best-known and most prolific creators of children's books. Listen to an interview with Mike Dempsey RDI for a sharp witted and intuitive discussion about the world of illustration
RDInsights: Alex McDowell
 
 
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Alex McDowell — 25 Jul 2012

Alex McDowell RDI is a British production designer and film producer. McDowell was born in Borneo to parents of English origin. Listen to this perceptive interview with Mike Dempsey RDI for an interesting peek into the world of production and film
RDInsights: Neisha Crosland
 
 
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Neisha Crosland — 30 May 2012

Listen to Neisha Crosland RDI in conversation with Mike Dempsey RDI for a detailed insight into the world of textile design
RDInsights: Michael Wolff
 
 
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Michael Wolff — 30 May 2012

Michael Wolff RDI is interviewed by Mike Dempsey RDI about the intriguing and creative world of commercial brand design
RDInsights: Stuart Craig
 
 
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Stuart Craig — 04 Oct 2011

Film production designer Stuart Craig RDI is interviewed by Mike Dempsey RDI; listen in for an unmitigated exploration into the film production industry
RDInsights: Paul Smith
 
 
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Paul Smith — 06 Sep 2010

In this interview with Mike Dempsey RDI, Sir Paul Smith RDI discusses his fascinating career and grants the listener a unique insight into the fashion industry.
RDInsights: David Gentleman
 
 
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David Gentleman — 08 Jul 2010

David Gentleman RDI is a well-known book illustrator and stamp and poster designer, listen to this podcast for an expert-led discussion about the discipline
RDInsights: Mark Farrow
 
 
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Mark Farrow — 24 Nov 2009

Listen to Mark Farrow in conversation with Mike Dempsey RDI
RDInsights: Georgina Von Etzdorf
 
 
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Georgina von Etzdorf — 16 Jun 2009

Listen to Georgina Von Etzdorf RDI in an interview with Mike Dempsey RDI for a professional take on the diverse world of textile design
RDInsights: Nick Butler
 
 
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Nicholas Butler — 15 May 2009

Join Nick Butler RDI and Mike Dempsey RDI in an engaging discussion about the professional world of production design
RDInsights: Sue Blane
 
 
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Sue Blane — 06 Mar 2009

In this interview for the RDInsights series Sue Blane RDI talks to Mike Dempsey RDI about the costume and stage design industry
RDInsights: Roger Law
 
 
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Roger Law — 12 Jan 2009

In this interview as part of the RDInsights series Roger Law RDI discusses all things graphic design with Mike Dempsey
RDInsights: Kyle Cooper
 
 
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Kyle Cooper — 26 Nov 2008

Film & TV Graphics designer Kyle Cooper became an Honorary RDI in 2001 for his illustrious contributions to the industry. Listen to his interview with Mike Dempsey RDI here
RDInsights: Robin Levien
 
 
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Robin Levien — 02 Oct 2008

Listen to Robin Levien RDI discuss glass and ceramic design with Mike Dempsey RDI
RDInsights: Timothy O'Brien
 
 
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Timothy O'Brien — 14 Jul 2008

Timothy O'Brien RDI discusses theatre design with Mike Dempsey RDI in this informative interview from the RDInsights series
RDInsights: Peter Brookes
 
 
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Peter Brookes — 06 Jul 2008

Peter Brookes RDI talks to Mike Dempsey RDI about Graphic design as part of the RDInsights series.
RDInsights: Margaret Howell
 
 
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Margaret Howell — 01 Sep 2007

Listen to Margaret Howell RDI in interview with Mike Dempsey RDI as part of this series
RDInsights: Ivan Chermayeff
 
 
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Ivan Chermayeff — 21 Aug 2007

Graphic designer, Ivan Chermayeff became an Honorary RDI in 1991. Listen to his interview with Mike Dempsey RDI for exclusive excerpts from the RDI award winner's career
RDInsights: Chris Wise
 
 
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Chris Wise — 02 Jul 2007

Design engineer, Chris Wise became an RDI in 1998 and in this interview from the RDInsights series he discusses his industry with Mike Dempsey
RDInsights: Malcolm Garrett
 
 
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Malcolm Garrett — 01 May 2007

Malcolm Garrett RDI discusses new media design with Mike Dempsey RDI.
RDInsights: Pearce Marchbank
 
 
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Pearce Marchbank — 01 Mar 2007

Listen to Pearce Marchbank RDI in discussion with Mike Dempsey RDI
RDInsights: Betty Jackson
 
 
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Betty Jackson — 01 Jan 2007

Listen to Betty Jackson RDI in this engaging discussion with Mike Dempsey RDI
RDInsights: Anthony Powell
 
 
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Anthony Powell — 02 Oct 2006

Costume designer Anthony Powell RDI discusses the industry in this interview with Mike Dempsey RDI
RDInsights: Arnold Schwartzman
 
 
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Arnold Schwartzman — 01 Jun 2006

Listen to documentary filmmaker, Arnold Schwartzman RDI talk to Mike Dempsey RDI about his unique experience in the industry.
RDInsights: Sara Fanelli
 
 
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Sara Fanelli — 01 May 2006

Illustrator, Sara Fanelli became an Honorary RDI in 2006. Listen to her interview with Mike Dempsey RDI as part of the RDInsight series
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