Hi, I’m Amy.
I’m a storyteller, explorer and champion of creativity.
I love asking questions and learning new things. Curiosity and empathy are my tools of choice, and listening intently. My favorite thing in the world is having meaningful, illuminating and insightful conversations with creative people about their human experience.
My background and education is in art and design. I’m a firm believer that creativity is a super power, that we all have it, and that it can and should be nurtured, strengthened, supported and harnessed for the betterment of our collective future. I see myself as a champion of creativity. Champion, as in avid supporter and advocate.
As such, I created (with my partner-in-crime, Jaime Derringer) Clever, a podcast about design, in order to share the stories, learn from the experiences, and open our eyes and hearts to the passionate humans who are shaping the world around us. Each episode is a deep-dive, candid interview with an individual creative. I like to say it’s a window into the humanity behind design. My hope is that it helps to foster a more meaningful connection to the built world and acts as connective tissue among the creative community. But also, I believe that creative superheroes are deserving of the same cultural recognition afforded to pop stars, movie stars and famous chefs. So I created a platform to celebrate them – where they could tell their stories in depth, in their own words and voices.
In my career as an on-camera TV host, I have travelled the world interviewing our most renowned designers and architects, explored our most creative cities, and sampled food from exotic locales. I’ve “fixed” yards, and houses and designed and built furniture, step-by-step. Very hands on. I’ve been involved in more makeovers than I can even remember and I have had the joy of instigating many lightbulb moments.
I have won an Emmy.
All of this experience adds up to a deep appreciation of the craft of storytelling and a burning desire to tell gritty, authentic stories about all manner of human ingenuity. I am hell-bent on using the power of popular media to expand our cultural understanding of design. That’s me. That’s what I’m into.
I’m always looking for like-minded collaborators, mentors and partners. If you want to explore an opportunity to work together, by all means, get in touch.
Oh, and it’s Devers (Deh-verz) – rhymes with forevers and whatevers.
Clever Ep. 95: Design Strategist Alain Sylvain
NeoConversations Ep. 7: Designing Branded Spaces
Clever Ep. 94: Gregg Buchbinder of Emeco
Clever Ep. 93: Designer Ana Monroe
Clever Ep. 92: Designer Humberto Campana
Clever Ep. 91: Designer Amélie Lamont
Clever Ep. 90: Artist Daniel Arsham
LA Design Festival | TALK: Meet the ICON – Elena Manferdini
Clever Ep. 89: VP of Google Hardware Design Ivy Ross