93 - Douglas Davis

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93 - Douglas Davis

 

Fear is a dragon that won't shut up. SLAY.

A special part two conversation with the author of “Creative Strategy and the Business of Design”

Today on Obsessed with Design we have a special second conversation with one of our most popular past guests, Douglas Davis. Douglas is the author of “Creative Strategy and the Business of Design”, Digital Marketer, Freelance Art and Creative Director, and Advertising & Design Educator.

Douglas and I talk about his new video series, and the role fear plays in the creative process.

Here's the raw audio promo of Douglas, related to what we speak about at 19:50 when we talk about the "healthy way to deal with or find the fear":

And this clip is the practice promo of what we talked about at 24:11 - "Practice makes presentable":

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92 - Wier / Stewart return for part 2

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92 - Wier / Stewart return for part 2

Today we re-join dynamic duo, Alex Wier and Daniel Stewart, Creative Director and Studio Director (respectively) and founders of Wier / Stewart, an advertising agency located in Augusta Georgia, Alex and Daniel.

We chat about growth, treating yourself as your number one client, and what it's like to finally find pants that fit.

These southern gents are hilarious, so I hope you enjoy this special second interview with Weir / Stewart.

http://www.wierstewart.com/

https://www.instagram.com/wierstewart/

You can follow them on Twitter here.

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Best of Design Podcasts, Part I:

Today on Obsessed with Design we have a special episode featuring a few of my fellow design podcasters, focused on their shows, how they got started, and what makes them tick. 

Looking back, there have been many conversations that I’ve had over the past 80-some odd episodes, and a surprisingly large percentage of them were with fellow designers who are also podcast hosts. Coincidentally these are all guests that I’m planning to get fresh conversations as part of season three in the coming months. But for now, I’d like to invite you to join me in the way back machine to relive some great advice from my favorite design podcasters.

This first clip is back from episode #72: Chris Do

The next clip is from Stephan Ango, from the Well-Made podcast, talking about what makes his show tick...

Up next, out long-time pal, Prescott Perez Fox of The Busy Creator podcast - one of the designers I know who is most obsessed with tools, processes, and tactics to help you be your best... 

And host of the Powderkeg podcast, Matt Hunckler talked with me about building a community of tech entrepreneurs, designers, developers, and investors in the Midwest.

 

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Josh Silverman

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Josh Silverman

January 1, 2018

88-Josh Silverman-Design Producer in Product at Twitter

Josh Silverman is a design producer at Twitter in San Francisco, California. Check him out on Twitter and his website.

Josh’s passion for design began as a kid doodling logos and brainstorming jingles on the piano for different brands. He didn’t realize graphic design was a career path until high school, when he took a class that taught him about 2D v. 3D design. After working for IBM and running his own business for eighteen years he would eventually become the first design producer in product at Twitter.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Origin story
  • Startnership
  • Twitter
  • Best professional moments

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Our theme music is a track from Kazi Jo called, "Matchbox Girl."

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Randy Fisher

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Randy Fisher

December 4, 2017

87-Randy Fisher-Design Partner at DeveloperTown 

Randy Fisher is a Design Partner at DeveloperTown in Indianapolis, Indiana. Check him out on Twitter

Randy attended Indiana University (I won’t hold it against him) and began the first decade of his career in Chicago. Eventually, he was led back to Indy and began working as a design partner for DeveloperTown. For lack of a better way of saying it, he’s completely obsessed with design. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Origin story
  • DeveloperTown
  • What makes great designers and clients

Mentioned in this Episode:

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Our theme music is a track from Kazi Jo called, "Matchbox Girl."

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Stacey Dyer

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Stacey Dyer

November 13, 2017

85-Stacey Dyer-Creative Strategist at IZotope

Stacey Dyer is currently the Creative Strategist for iZotope, where audio software products are developed to enable and inspire creativity. While managing a new brand landscape, Stacey pushes the team to go beyond their usual boundaries through lean practices, as well as process discovery and customer validation.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Her journey to publishing her first book, AstroWed.
  • Her favorite parts working for Loctite.
  • Her brief stint owning a cake bake shop.

Mentioned in this Episode:

Design Heroes:
Marian Bantjes
Dave McKean

Find out more about the book, AstroWed: Astro-Wed.com
Stacey's Blog: StaceysDIYLife.com
Stacey's Work: StaceyDyer.com

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Our theme music is a track from Kazi Jo called, "Matchbox Girl."

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Kelly Hume

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Kelly Hume

October 16, 2017

84- Kelly Hume-Logo Designer and Lettering Artist

Kelly Hume is a logo designer and lettering artist in Bainbridge Island, Washington. Check him out on his website or email him.

Kelly always enjoyed creating artwork. However, growing up in Iowa there weren’t too many opportunities to pursue it, that’s what led him to the Art Center College of Design. After earning his degree in Advertising Illustration he began working at print shop as he built-up his freelance clients. Now he works solely freelance, and in his free time you can catch him jamming out in his “one man band,” Hume and the Humanoids. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he got into design
  • Lettering for MLB
  • Advice to designers

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Karen Conrad

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Karen Conrad

October 9, 2017

83-Karen Conrad-Owner of Karen Conrad Home

Karen Conrad is the owner of Karen Conrad Home in Woodland Park, Colorado. Check her out on her websiteLinkedIn, and Facebook .

During Karen's childhood she would sit at the kitchen table and hear discussions swirl around her about business. These conversations placed an entrepreneurial spirit in her. After 15 years in the banking industry she changed her focus to home staging. Her purpose is simple, help bring people’s “vision to reality.”

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Origin story
  • Her purpose
  • Designing Spaces
  • Her Book

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Betsy Helmuth

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Betsy Helmuth

October 2, 2017

82-Betsy Helmuth-Owner of Affordable Interior Design 

Betsy Helmuth is the owner of Affordable Interior in Design New York City, New York. Check her out on her website or simply email her.

After college Betsy Helmuth packed up her bags and “angry cat” to pursue a career in painting and acting in the Big Apple. Later she would discover that her true calling was interior design on a budget. Her mission is simple, to change lives through the dynamic of a household, and she does just that with her business, Affordable Interior Design

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Origin story
  • What her day's look like
  • What makes a great client
  • Ins and outs of interior design

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Mackey Saturday

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Mackey Saturday

September 25, 2017

81-Mackey Saturday-Principal Designer at Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv

Mackey Saturday is a principal designer of Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv in New York City. Check him out on TwitterInstagram, or on his website.

In middle school Mackey Saturday’s mother told him he should pursue graphic design, but at the time he thought the art form was reserved for artistic “cheaters.” Later he would go onto to earn a degree in fine arts with a concentration in metalsmithing. After school he realized he could take art and turn it into something valuable and objective, which led him into design where he became the design principal at Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Origin story
  • Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv
  • The best clients
  • Design heroes

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Paul Sahre

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Paul Sahre

September 18, 2017

80-Paul Sahre-Founder of Office of Paul Sahre 

Paul Sahre is the founder of Office of Paul Sahre in New York City, New York. Check him out on Twitter and Instagram

Paul Sahre started his path in design at Kent State University. After working in a few different agencies he realized as a lone wolf he should begin his own independent practice, Office of Paul Sahre

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Office of Paul Sahre 
  • Being married to a designer
  • Designing book covers
  • His memoir
  • What he’s most obsessed with today

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Our theme music is a track from Kazi Jo called, "Matchbox Girl."

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Ian Paget

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Ian Paget

September 11, 2017

79-Ian Paget-Lead Creative Designer at Advansys Ecommerce Solutions and Freelancer for Logo Geek

Ian Paget is the lead creative director at Advansys Ecommerce Solutions and a freelancer for Logo Geek in Manchester, England. Check him out on Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin

Ian Paget landed into design, oddly, through a warehouse job. After being recognized by the owner as “good at drawing” he began creating promotional posters for their sales team. From there he self-taught himself Adobe Indesign and his career took off. Now he works as the lead creative designer at Advansys Ecommerce Solutions and a freelancer for Logo Geek.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Origin story
  • Logo Geek
  • His podcast
  • Freelancing and agency

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Christian Helms

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Christian Helms

September 4, 2017

78-CHRISTIAN HELMS-FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF HELMS WORKSHOP

Christian Helms is the founder and creative director of Helms Workshop, in Austin, Texas. Check him out on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Born and raised a southerner, Christian discovered design during his final years at University of North Carolina. Following his design epiphany he headed to the Portfolio Center in Atlanta to brush up on the skills he needed to become an expert designer. After taking a brief stint for an internship with Pentagram in New York City, he headed down to Austin, fell in love with the city, and began his own agency, Helms Workshop.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Origin story
  • Work in the beer industry 
  • Internship with Michael Bierut
  • Helms Workshop
  • Proudest moment as a designer

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Our theme music is a track from Kazi Jo called, "Matchbox Girl."

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Alex Wier and Daniel Stewart

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Alex Wier and Daniel Stewart

August 28, 2017

77-Founders of Wier/Stewart

It started over a burrito, and now here they are...

This week, Josh sits down with Alex Wier and Daniel Stewart, Creative Director and Studio Director of Wier/Stewart in Augusta, Georgia to catch up.

You can follow them on Twitter here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why they decided to open an agency together.
  • What they love about design and branding.
  • Where Wier/Stewart is today. 
  • Good and bad clients.

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Our theme music is a track from Kazi Jo called, "Matchbox Girl."

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Joseph Kalinowski

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Joseph Kalinowski

August 21, 2017

76-Joseph Kalinowski-CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF CONTENT MARKETING INSTITUTE 

Joseph Kalinowski is the creative director at Content Marketing Institute (CM). Check him out on Twitter @jkkalinowski and Instagram @jk_kalinowsk.

Joseph Kalinowski, better known as JK, began his career in Cleveland by cutting his teeth in production and printing. Later in life, at a PTA bowling event, he struck up a conversation with the owner of Content Marketing Institute, Joe Pulizzi, which led to his role as creative director for CM. When he’s not searching for the latest Star Wars action figures he’s busy at work planning for the next Content Marketing World.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His background
  • Content Marketing Institute
  • His design hero
  • His favorite action figures

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Our theme music is a track from Kazi Jo called, "Matchbox Girl."

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Tom Ross Part 2

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Tom Ross Part 2

July 14, 2017

75 - TOM ROSS - FOUNDER AND CEO OF DESIGN CUTS

Tom Ross is the founder and CEO of Design Cuts in London, England. Check him out on Instagram @tomrossmedia.

By the time Tom was twelve he had already begun to dabble in the realm of graphic design. He entered his designs into online contest where he began to make a name for himself. After what he calls his “right of passage,” he found an amazing community of designers from all different backgrounds and formed his company, Design Cuts.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His story 
  • Starting Design Cuts 
  • Honest Designers Show 
  • What he most obsessed with today

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Our theme music is a track from Kazi Jo called, "Matchbox Girl."

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