Creatives Are The Worst

Presented by Design Pickle - The World’s Leading Flat-Rate Graphic Design & Creative Services Company

About the show

Creatives always seem to get a bad rap. They’re too strange, too unconventional, too sensitive, too fickle, too disorganized, too... misunderstood?

Creatives Are The Worst is a new podcast presented by Design Pickle, the world’s leading flat-rate graphic design and creative services company. Each week hosts Kate and Jess explore the stories behind famous (and not-so-famous) creatives that have somehow changed the course of history. From globally renowned artists to unfamiliar risk-takers, our hosts will cover these fascinating stories to figure out — are creatives really the worst?

Episodes

  • Purple Rain

    April 6th, 2021  |  34 mins 58 secs
    artists, arts, comedians, comedy, creative, creatives, creativity, documentary, history, literature, music, musicians, writing

    We’re doing something a little bit different on today’s podcast.

    We’ve talked about a lot of unique creative people on this show in the past, but we thought it would be fun to take a deeper look into the process and history behind some of our favorite artists’ most iconic creations.

    This week, we are purifying ourselves in the waters of Lake Minnetonka once again, as we take another glimpse into the life of the mystifying purple one, Prince.

    This episode is all about his most ambitious project, the groundbreaking 1984 song, album, and film of the same name; Purple Rain.

  • Skip Bayless

    March 23rd, 2021  |  1 hr 16 mins
    artists, arts, comedians, comedy, creative, creatives, creativity, documentary, history, literature, music, musicians, writing

    John Edward "Skip" Bayless is a larger-than-life sports personality and the kind of guy that you love to hate.

    He first rose to prominence as a sportswriter in the Dallas area, and gained notoriety for penning salacious tell-all books about one of America's most popular sports teams; the Dallas Cowboys.

    It wasn't long before his controversial opinions made their way to television, where his outlandish "hot takes" would turn into a ratings gold mine and make him one of the highest-paid media personalities in the world.

    This week, we're asking the question: Is Skip Bayless the worst?

  • Oprah Winfrey

    March 16th, 2021  |  1 hr 20 mins
    artists, arts, comedians, comedy, creative, creatives, creativity, documentary, history, literature, music, musicians, writing

    Oprah Gail Winfrey is the undisputed “Queen of All Media”, a talk show host, actress, and media mogul.

    Despite her tumultuous upbringing in rural Mississippi, she rose through the ranks of daytime TV, and for 25 years, she hosted The Oprah Winfrey Show, one of the most popular and critically-acclaimed talk shows in history.

    The success of her show, as well as her production company Harpo Studios, would make her one of the most influential women in the world, and the first black multi-billionaire.

    With great influence, comes great responsibility, and Oprah has rightly been criticized for giving a platform to questionable ideas and contributing to the rise of pseudoscience.

    This week, we’re asking the question: Is Oprah Winfrey the worst?

  • Gordon Ramsay

    March 9th, 2021  |  1 hr 19 mins
    artists, arts, comedians, comedy, creative, creatives, creativity, documentary, history, literature, music, musicians, writing

    Gordon James Ramsay was once a promising young soccer player before a serious injury forced him to give up on the sport that he loved.

    Soon, he would shift his focus to the kitchen, and a meteoric rise to the top of the culinary world would begin.

    Ramsay would become one of the most recognizable chefs in history, launching critically acclaimed restaurants around the world and a slew of hit television shows including Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, MasterChef, and more.

    He would also gain a reputation for his hair-trigger temper, coarse language, and appetite for confrontation.

    This week, we’re asking the question: Is Gordon Ramsay the worst?

  • Marilyn Monroe

    March 2nd, 2021  |  1 hr 10 mins
    artists, arts, comedians, comedy, creative, creatives, creativity, documentary, history, literature, music, musicians, writing

    Norma Jean Baker was living as a mild-mannered housewife in Southern California before a chance encounter would propel her to superstardom.

    A successful career as a fashion model would give way to an opportunity to star in films, and a new stage name: Marilyn Monroe.

    Marilyn would become a bonafide icon: a slice of Americana, a scandalous sex symbol, and the face of Hollywood’s golden age.

    Her personal life was turbulent, with multiple failed marriages and high-profile love affairs. She eventually spiraled into addiction, before her untimely death at the age of 36.

    This week, we’re asking the question: Is Marilyn Monroe the worst?

  • Texas Storm Announcement

    February 23rd, 2021  |  24 secs
    artists, arts, comedians, comedy, creative, creatives, creativity, documentary, history, literature, music, musicians, writing

    We put a lot of time and energy into researching and producing every one of our episodes, and unfortunately, the historic winter storm that rocked the state of Texas has impacted our ability to create a new episode this week.

    We'll be back next week with a brand new episode, and until then we can confidently say that power outages are the WORST.

  • Carrie Fisher

    February 16th, 2021  |  1 hr 8 mins
    artists, arts, comedians, comedy, creative, creatives, creativity, documentary, history, literature, music, musicians, writing

    Carrie Frances Fisher was born into Hollywood royalty, the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher.

    It was no surprise then when she was cast in the iconic role of Princess Leia in the 1977 film Star Wars, a performance that would define her for the rest of her life.

    In the decades that followed, she openly battled addiction and mental illness, while simultaneously carving out a unique career path as a writer and “script doctor” before her untimely death in 2016.

    This week, we’re asking the question: Is Carrie Fisher the worst?

  • Phil Spector

    February 9th, 2021  |  1 hr 5 mins
    artists, arts, comedians, comedy, creative, creatives, creativity, documentary, history, literature, music, musicians, writing

    Harvey Phillip Spector was widely considered to be the first true auteur record producer.

    His trademark “Wall of Sound” can be heard on albums by The Beatles, The Ramones, The Righteous Brothers, The Ronettes, and so many more.

    Artists like Brian Wilson and John Lennon have called him “the greatest record producer of all time”, but a chaotic personal life and penchant for violence were simmering beneath the surface.

    It would all culminate in 2003, when actress Lana Clarkson was found dead from a single gunshot wound in Spector’s home.

    This week, we’re asking the question: Is Phil Spector the worst?

    Content warning: This episode contains graphic depictions of violence and domestic abuse.

  • Johnny Cash

    February 2nd, 2021  |  1 hr 6 mins
    artists, arts, comedians, comedy, creative, creatives, creativity, documentary, history, literature, music, musicians, writing

    Johnny Cash was “The Man in Black”, a trailblazing country musician, who famously penned songs of outlaws and redemption.

    He is one of the best-selling songwriters of all-time, and his songs have earned him a place in the country, rock & roll, and gospel halls of fame.

    His personal life was not without its own tribulations, though.

    His outlaw image was well-substantiated through years of hard drug use, marital woes, and run-ins with the law.

    This week, we’re asking the question: Is Johnny Cash the worst?

  • Martha Stewart

    January 26th, 2021  |  1 hr 7 mins
    artists, arts, comedians, comedy, creative, creatives, creativity, documentary, history, literature, music, musicians, writing

    Martha Stewart is one of the most recognizable media figures in American history.

    Following a successful modeling career in her teenage years, and a brief stint as a stockbroker, Martha would rise to fame in the 1980s to become the face of homemaking in the United States and around the world.

    From there, a true media empire was born, with bestselling books, magazines, television shows, and merchandise all bearing her name.

    Her image as the perfect homemaker would come unraveled in 2004 when she was convicted of insider trading and sentenced to five months in federal prison.

    This week, we’re asking the question: is Martha Stewart the worst?

  • Howard Stern

    January 19th, 2021  |  1 hr 7 mins
    artists, arts, comedians, comedy, creative, creatives, creativity, documentary, history, literature, music, musicians, writing

    Howard Allan Stern is the self-proclaimed “King of All Media”.

    Not only is he the highest-paid radio personality of all time, but he is also a bestselling author and television host, with a cult-like audience of millions.

    His penchant for pushing the envelope has drawn people to tune into his show for decades to find out what he was going to say next.

    The success has not come without controversy, though.

    His offensive and lowbrow material, along with a history of public feuds and burnt bridges have us asking the question: is Howard Stern the worst?

  • Eddie Murphy

    January 12th, 2021  |  57 mins 12 secs
    artists, arts, comedians, comedy, creative, creatives, creativity, documentary, history, literature, music, musicians, writing

    Edward Murphy is without a doubt one of the most successful comics in history.

    Despite his turbulent upbringing in Brooklyn, NY, his rise to superstardom was positively meteoric.

    After joining the cast of Saturday Night Live at the age of 19, he would become one of America's biggest box office attractions, starring in films and stand-up specials that remain among the highest grossing of all time.

    His material at the time was provocative and controversial, though, and in many cases, it has not aged particularly well.

    This week, we're asking the question: Is Eddie Murphy the worst?

  • Walt Disney

    January 5th, 2021  |  1 hr 31 mins
    artists, arts, comedians, comedy, creative, creatives, creativity, documentary, history, literature, music, musicians, writing

    There are few creatives in the history of the world who have a legacy as enduring as Walter Elias Disney.

    His name has become synonymous with animation, entertainment, imagination, and magic, and it remains attached to what is arguably the most popular entertainment brand in the entire world.

    From iconic animated characters like Mickey Mouse to theme parks, films, and so much more, his creations have become a cornerstone of American culture.

    Many people view his public persona as a sort of kind and generous uncle, but accusations of antisemitism and racial insensitivity in his work have us asking the question: Is Walt Disney the worst?

  • Bill Murray

    December 22nd, 2020  |  1 hr 12 mins
    artists, arts, comedians, comedy, creative, creatives, creativity, documentary, history, literature, music, musicians, writing

    William James Murray is one of the most recognizable faces in American cinema.

    His roots in the Chicago improv scene would lead to scene-stealing performances in iconic comedies like Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, and the holiday classic Scrooged.

    While his career would take a dramatic turn in later years, his alcoholic exploits, including multiple physical confrontations behind the scenes, would earn him the nickname “The Murricane”.

    Despite his brilliance, his enigmatic behavior and reputation for being difficult to work with have us asking the question: Is Bill Murray the worst?

  • Madonna

    December 15th, 2020  |  1 hr 26 mins
    artists, arts, comedians, comedy, creative, creatives, creativity, documentary, history, literature, music, musicians, writing

    Madonna Louise Ciccone is the undisputed “Queen of Pop”, and arguably the most influential female songwriter of all time.

    Her body of work includes countless hit songs, iconic music videos, award-winning acting performances, bestselling books, and more.

    She is the best-selling female artist of all time, and the highest-grossing solo touring artist in history.

    She is also no stranger to controversy.

    Her tumultuous public relationships and her history of pushing the envelope have us asking the question: Is Madonna the worst?

  • Vincent Van Gogh

    December 8th, 2020  |  57 mins 19 secs
    artists, arts, comedians, comedy, creative, creatives, creativity, documentary, history, literature, music, musicians, writing

    Vincent William Van Gogh is one of the most influential painters in the history of Western art.

    Known for his vivid use of colors and his dramatic brushstrokes, Van Gogh’s works are among the most expensive paintings to have ever sold.

    He would not get to appreciate the fruits of that success during his lifetime, though.

    Van Gogh would suffer from severe mental health issues, and ultimately wind up institutionalized at the age of 35. At the time of his suicide in 1890, he was widely considered “a madman and a failure.”

    This week, we are asking the question: is Vincent Van Gogh the worst?