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617 - Adventures In Pickles with Mark and Billy
Bang the jar and book your ticket to the Philippines as Mark and Billy open up what Design PIckle is all about. Whether you feel threatened by their low monthly retainer or laugh at their low quality of work, it's worth examining the business model behind the latest attack on design at large. From their up front infrastructure to their stock photography testimonials, understanding how Design Pickle works is a tool for you to determine the value behind what you do as a creative professional. Later on, Billy lets us in on what it's like to work for Phish and Mark takes us over to Kloc's Corner where the boys answer some questions by uprooting some of the whys behind their answers. Antics ensue. Talking Points Alex Jones in Bon Iver, the AID Slack Channel, and a Pro Trump run in at D23. Explaining the business model of Design Pickle. Russ Perry and quality control on marketing. The infrastructure that gives Design Pickle a leg up over other designers. Email, Jars, and pickling it. Who is Design Pickle's target market and the problem this poses for Freelancers? Gambling with retainers. Separating yourself from the herd and carefully chosen verbiage. Mark uncovers fake client testimonials by recognizing stock photos of "April." Leading by example and letting go of clients who won't get who you are. Morality and outsourcing to the Pickle with ten of your friends. The difference between Russ and Us. Finding the proper course of action. Circle Of Trust Talking Points Posters based on geographic locations, lions that are too rasta-esque, and drippy owl caves on foreign planets. Supporting drug culture through song structure. Pushing your work to the next level and a cost analysis on choosing your battles. Starting with why. Family responsibilities, selfishness, and trying to have it all. Partnerships, percentages, and progress. Combining your talents and your beliefs. The left eats itself.
616 - Dylan Garrett Smith III: Summertime Sadness
When your summertime sadness starts creeping in, it's time to fall back on your friends to get through your darker days... and not many are darker than Dylan Garrett Smith. It was the heart of winter last time we checked in on our hypothetical COT Employee and Mark is back to kick the tires and see how his plans are holding up. Fragrances, Fine Art, and Photography fill up today's interview as well as the heart to heart moments we have come to expect when these two get together. There is a lot to learn from Dylan's drive and determination that he makes seem so effortless, but don't forget he is putting in the time and it is all starting to pay off with his full schedule and dream projects closing in on completion. Talking Points Specialized design and Dark Nature at Last Rites. Sticking to your six month plan even when you're inundated with work you want to do. Dedicating yourself to the concept of you and chomping at the bit to do your own projects. Setting up your dungeon whole ass to become a print powerhouse. Pushing forward with fragrances and flexing some different creative muscles. Complacent to lazy to resentful and the many dangers of working for yourself. Summertime sadness creeps in. Low Spirits and romanticizing the past. The Healthcare Battle, the Free Press, and the protester just there to throw a Molotov Cocktail. The bad asses who are standing up and fighting back for their own health and well being. Circle Of Trust Talking Points Creating your own photography for packaging design to smooth out the process. Social media strategies and the reason for repeating imagery. Scheduling that makes sense and that billionaire follow. Ticks where they don't belong. Buying skulls for Big Rick. Real life Circle Of Trust Meetups and making instant friends. Coming to grips with other people's mortality instead of your own. Exit strategies, processing random life events, and relativity.
615 - The Forefathers Group
It's time to revise how you think about design from a globe spanning team so confident in their work they don't allow revisions at all, The Forefathers Group. Kick Frankenstein-ing to the curb with Jonden, Matthew, and Emir as they walk us through how they approach telling a brand's story and how they have separated themselves in an undercutting, self-sabotaging market overflowing with designers willing to bend the knee to the whim of any client who thinks they know better. The Forefathers Group holds fast to a set of design principles that reflect their respect for the craft of creation that their body of work so perfectly exemplifies. It's so rare to hear a story like theirs and one we all need to remember to take back some of the dignity and reverence that we all know design deserves. Whether you met them at Creative South, followed them when e-cards were still a thing, or use their digital action sets, you need to hear what The Forefathers are up to now. Talking Points The power of the internet and Every Time I Die brought The Forefathers Group together from across the globe. Learning a division of labor the hard way. The responsive brand board that shows the whole universe being built. Flourishes, balance, and using all your pieces to effectively tell a story. The Declaration behind limited revisions and controlling client interactions for the best result. Website design in a post-Squarespace world that developed a premium tier. Taking your punk rock mentality into uncharted territory. Giant cups and concentrates. The saturated design market that undercuts and copies itself. Pinning down industry pricing. What it's like to work with the pros and Dribble's widespread effect on design. Circle Of Trust Talking Points The Pro Path that separates you from Three Thirty Jones. Diving deep and bending the rules to arrogantly say "I told you so." Multiple income streams and the pros of digital content over physical. Side hustles, life preservers, and the Whorefathers. New team members on the horizon, the heavy toll of increased responsibility, and accounting for accounting. The real Emir. TEAM SCARY EMIR / ANTI CHURCH EMIR
613 - The Logo Show with Dan Stiles and Billy Baumann
The Logo Show focuses its pinpoint laser gaze on baseball's National League and its history of sports team branding. With a reach extending back well before desktop publishing and a future evolving before our eyes, America's favorite past time can offer a unique insight into the lasting principles behind an effective design. Dan Stiles, Billy Baumann, and Mark Brickey explore everything from the central branding of each team, to vintage to programs, to alternate mascots that seem to come out of left field in relation to a team's look. As we explore each National League franchise the boys discuss the effect technology has on design, the difficulty in simplicity, and what is next in a future with fewer design limitations. Hot spots and intentional wonkiness lead the way through a vibrant visual history that can make you a better designer today with expert tips and tricks from the logomark masters we have on the show. Talking Points The whipping boy of the design world. Journeys-esque logos and the phat era Phil won't back down from. Analyzing America's past time. Historic branding, finials, and the intentional wonk. The beauty in going for it in the age of refinement. Mixing and matching Cubs branding. The "Can you draw this pirate?" Test that became a logo. Does your logo need to represent the industry it's in? Simplify. Simplify. Simplify. Essential typographic finesse that the computer lets a lot of people skip over. Put a circle on it. That glove that does the heavy lifting. What are modern designers afraid of? Searching for a unique shape that makes a killer die cut sticker. Circle Of Trust Talking Points That baseball gray, Color Rush Football, and the rules of restrictions. Mr. Redlegs vs. Mr. Met, fashionable mustaches, and sleeveless uniforms that are anything but the look of baseball. Simplifying the National League logo and getting rid of its turkey feet topper. Distilling a logo down to its essence and determining how much information is necessary. How much should you dumb it down? Negative space and the type you forgot about. Starting with one color before all the smoke and mirrors. Going to grayscale to value check your work. Deliberate complication to validate that your job as a designer and convey value. NASA begins measuring tree canopies, the team of engineers involved with design and the International Space Station. Bad guys with better designs. Do the old rules still apply today? Aging out of design, new maximalism, and long lasting principles of design that transcend technology.
612 - Seasons of The Snake No.007 - Summer 2017 2.0 with Ben Neuhaus and Miranda Malloy of SnakeOilProvisions.com
Ben and Miranda are bringing you an all new Summer 2017 Special 2.0 Edition of Seasons Of the Snake. Why? Because men's fashion never sleeps and because it's finally time to announce the SOP 3.0 Grand Re-Re-Opening Party. Dive into an episode filled with the business behind looking good and how Snake Oil has filled out their larger storefront and brought in an expanded price point range. Later on, we get a look at some of the financial hurdles that come with running a business and determining how much of all that income is actually yours to spend. What about men's jewelry? What is the story behind 3sixteen? What in the hell is a sanitary belt? It's all here with Ben, Miranda, and Mark getting deeper and deeper into the rugged world of men's premium fashion. Talking Points New Long Beach versus Old Long Beach. Motorcycle piles, a Nocturnal Unicorn, and training at the VA. Side Slit Jones, C Pockets, and Triangle Boy. The story of 3sixteen. Darning. Balancing data and design. Winning the SuperBowl with RRL and its effect on SOP's customer base. Expanding your price point range. The Wallabee move and other fashion power moves. Pant preferences. Circle Of Trust Talking Points Easing into the world of men's jewelry. Overcoming your hideous troll nature and sanitary belts in fashion colors too! Metrics to the rescue. Stocking the new Snake Oil with intuition and developing new organizational systems. Responsibility, credit scores, and being penalized for owning a business. When does the profit come out of the system and what is yours? Buyer's remorse from two different perspectives. The art of negotiation and power moves.