RDInspirations is a growing collection of talks, webinar recordings and other media involving Royal Designers that provide unique insights into the ever-changing world of design.

RDInsights - 2013
 
 
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Mike Dempsey — 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.
Sir Christopher Frayling - 22 Nov 2018
 
 
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Mike Dempsey — 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.
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: 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 and RDI in 2015.
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: Sarah Wigglesworth
 
 
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Sarah Wigglesworth — 11 Nov 2013

Sarah Wigglesworth RDI is a British award-winning architect and was a Professor of Architecture at the University of Sheffield until 2016, she talks to 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: 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: Mark Farrow
 
 
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Mark Farrow — 24 Nov 2009

Listen to Mark Farrow in conversation with Mike Dempsey RDI
RDInsights: Terence Woodgate
 
 
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Terence Woodgate — 16 Sep 2009

Listen to Terence Woodgate RDI in discussion 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: Kenneth Grange
 
 
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Kenneth Grange — 11 Jun 2008

Kenneth Grange RDI speaks to Mike Dempsey RDI 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: Gerald Scarfe
 
 
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Gerald Scarfe — 01 Aug 2006

Listen to Gerald Scarfe RDI in a lively 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
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.
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