Desert Island Discs is a British institution. First broadcast in 1942, the premise is super simple – if marooned on a desert island which songs would you take with you (as well as a book and a luxury item). Of course the show is about much, much more than music and thanks to the incredible guests the show attracts (being invited on DID is a real cultural badge of honour) and the skills of the interviewers, each show becomes a fascinating insight into some of the most interesting minds around. You can (and really should) spend some time exploring the incredible archive but here we’ve picked out a few shows featuring castaways from the art and design world that we recommend.
You can add any you think we’ve forgotten in the comments section at the bottom.
Everyone has an idea what Tracy Emin is like; her DID interview will confirm some of your preconceptions and very much challenge others.
Arguably the most important product designer working today, and Dyson explains why he chose Dylan is a real treat.
It’s worth bearing in mind that everything Hirst does – including media appearances – seems to be part of his personal brand development, but there are moments here when he appears to drop his guard.
The perfect combination of a compelling personal story and a real insight into an art form (children’s illustration in this case).
A really eclectic selection from artist Antony Gormley and some enjoyable sparring with host Sue Lawley.
Artists that are genuine cultural icons are pretty rare so this is a privilege to listen to. The fact he picks The Spice Girls’ Wannabe for his daughter Rose is particularly charming.
It’s Nice That director Will Hudson sent this round to the team shortly after it was broadcast and he’s right that it’s well worth a listen. He doesn’t come across how you probably imagine he might.
Anyone who was Hunter S Thompson’s sidekick is alright by us. A rare talent and an extraordinary life story.
- It's Nice That visits the Turner Prize
- Our Favourite Places is promoting the creative wealth of innovative Sheffield
- Meet tarot-obsessed Gucci illustrator Jayde Fish
- Julia Autz documents Transnistria, a country steeped in Soviet nostalgia
- Felicity Marshall, the illustrator merging editorial and fashion design
- Wow Factor: the eye-popping results of A Load of Jargon's printing workshops
- “Nymphomaniac” photographer Casper Sejersen's explosive images
- Anja Wicki's sarcastically sweet comic illustrations
- Logo Pizza is selling 50 ready-made logos that increase in price with each one sold
- Google and INT Works commission 19 illustrators to create over 500 works for Allo app launch
- The Gentlewoman’s art director, Veronica Ditting gives us a peek at her bookshelf