Adventures In Design

Adventures In Design

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America's only daily morning talk show for creatives just like you. Sometimes educational, sometimes off topic but always entertaining! New Episodes Monday-Friday!


551 - Shop Talk with Billy Baumann and OKpants  

Put down the pitchfork and get ready for some Shop Talk with Mark Billy, and OKpants. The wide world of comics bookends today's episodes with some controversial opinions about the best Bruce Banner and a long look at the film Logan. From finding your tribe to talking about your work without doing any of it, the boys examine their formative years as creatives and what motivated them. Mark puts out a new ethics code on constructive criticism and when it should be given while Aaron argues it might just be a new facet to tolerate on the world wide wide web. This is the hangout you need with the friends you love to get you through the final push of the week. Antics ensue.

Talking Points

OKpants 2.0 as Pants Pantsly the divorced aunt from 2024 or as the Barb of AID. The mind shift at your forties to become the person you want to be.  Is the ship going down or are you looking for a way out? The only asset you need in life to do what you want.  Ben Affleck is the best Batman.  Forgiveness and directing.  The weakness of Wizard World in Cleveland.  Pent up perverts that need some cautionary signage.  Comic shop geeks and their hypothetical lives.  Growing up normal and the paradigm of coolness.  Community college, art school, and careers in the creative world.  Blue collar perspectives on white collar privilege on the approach to "work." The debate of art.  The importance of critiquing your work while you're working on it and not when you're finished with it.  Embodying the constructive spirit with your comments and not slipping into the ego centric musings about similarity.  Pitchfork campaigns from posts without proper context that cost people their jobs.  A new class emerges and unhealthy habits in children.  Understanding various cultural niches and doing the right thing.  Changing neighborhoods, racist self defense 101, and standing up to end a meeting.  Getting cc'ed on some bad thoughts.  Movie trailer swearing, AID language, and defining explicit. Wolverine or... and getting outnerded.  A review of Logan and Old Man Logan.  It takes Deadpool for Hollywood to finally make a dark superhero comic book film.  Keep it dark and bleak.  Storytelling with too many elements and the suits that ruin it by crowbarring in too many elements. 
550 - February Poster Countdown with Mitch Putnam and Rob Jones  

Mark Brickey, Mitch Putnam, and special guest Rob Jones take on the Top 10 Posters culled from every post during the month of February. Composition, illustration tricks, and behind the scenes information only Mondo Insiders can bring you fill this countdown recorded on site at the Rob Jones Mansion. Does your poster have too many earrings on it? Will color ruin your black and white linework? Do all these great artists nail the composition and concept on their first try? All of these questions are answered as these three industry experts break down all ten posters while talking about what makes each of them successful and where they fall short. With subject matter ranging from bunny orgies to severed fingers there is no stone left unturned in this month's poster countdown.

Talking Points

Split focus endorsement issues Blasting out your titles.  When everything is well done but the composition is off.  Bringing a cinema collage together.   Late addition Spider Man pop ins and a free fall of approvals that draw out a process. Precious storytelling real estate and locking in the hierarchy.  Becoming a full time separator to broaden the market of usable illustrators. Cat hospices, black pearls, and splitting up families.  Cartoons with realistic features. Picking expressions that best tell the story.  Movement through perspective in a composition.  The extra work that makes a great poster.  Compartmentalization that can deliver more information.  Servicing fans the way they want.  Are there one too many earrings on your poster? Doing research on pieces versus guessing at what's important in the narrative.  Was Phasma supposed to be the next Boba Fett? Forensic research on very specific Star Wars characters and the weird inconsistencies that were right in front of you.  Tiered fan expectations for Mike Mitchell's Star Wars series.  Painterly decisions, collectibility, and tribute imagery.  The difficulty of Harrison Fords profile and reference photos.  Continuity issues, color changes, and the back and forth with LucasArts.  The hard work that leads to a high quality in your work and rising through the ranks.  Boiling down all your ideas to a one second snapshot.  Missing the tips.  Variants that make a difference, involve a bit of effort and a dash of risk.  Effortless, prolific talent on tap.  Finding a way to say something through your work.  Supply changes as demand goes up later on in life.  Should Teagan White split her styles into two separate businesses? Navigating the waters of transitioning over to fine art from posters.  Intensity and edge in subject matter.  Pressure Printing with carved embossing that is breaking the mold in the poster world.  A hero rises from the comic book industry.  Seven digit figure, top level art careers and where the work comes from.  Working with Jess more on movie posters that sell out instantly due to talent and not property.  Rounding out Mondo's poster lineup from well known properties.  The longest, most important, and innovative careers in posters.  The old guard versus the new guard.  Caring about properties.  Forced perspective that grabs the eye and gives you vertigo.  Art print appeals to the audience.  When black and white imagery gets too much color and loses a lot of the striking contrast and details.  Rogue One critiques and second run throughs.
547 - AID Live featuring The Hood Sisters and Dave Kloc  

Adventures In Design returns to take over Fairfax and things get deep with Amy and Jennifer Hood of Hoodzpah Design and Dave Kloc. Unpacking the why behind what you do can be an elusive answer to truly pin down. In a world of endless possibilities which one (or two, or three) will you pick to latch onto and ride into the sunset of satisfaction and accomplishment. The Hood Sisters know a thing or two about design having run a successful boutique agency for over a half decade and went on to launch Odds And Sods to celebrate the world around them that they love. Dave Kloc pushes forward in a new studio with a semi auto that brings some much needed shoulder relief and a little more time for the better things in life like hockey and sandwiches. Set you goals and learn from some of the best out there as they let us into what truly drives them to wake up each day and make something from nothing.

Talking Points

If you think cutting off your hand is a good idea, think again.  Rising above the daily grind and keeping your eyes on the bigger picture.  How do you make less? Hoodzpah Design on tour and out of body.  Checking the tape and overanalyzing your performance.  Buying your own bullshit and then curating it online to move more units.  Perceived value in social media.  Tricking your clients with their own words to get the approval.  Bad movies, preview monitors on sitcoms, and the Justin Bieber mentality.  Apologizing for something small to get the jury on your side.  Finding the legs for your brand with the places you love.  Deliberately trying to emulate Converse.  The process to create an Odds And Sods broach and being able to take a risk.  The K Man goes face first into every day and got access to a semi auto press.  Avoiding the inspirational walk to keep your creative process pure.  Breaking into packaging and relying on Tokyo Dave or The pressure of being the only one approving the art and the balance of client approved work.  Taking yourself out on a date to keep your mojo flowing.  Who's listening to what you're doing? The Alpaca Scam in the design world and becoming a personality to work with.  Chasing money, employees, and trying to have it all.  Telling your clients to wait.  Expanding past a one man show and the quick hire list.  Are you ahead or behind what your younger dreams were? Xeroxed greeting cards as entrepreneurial trial and error.  Getting lapped, seeing yourself differently, and wondering what you might have done wrong. The growing gap between skill, experience, and waiting for life to happen to you.  You aren't getting straight to the goal right out the gate.  Are you the person you want to be? The world doesn't owe you anything. 
546 - The Logo Show with Dan Stiles, Dustin Noden, and John LaCroix  

If you thought last year sucked then just wait until you see what Dan Stiles, Dustin Noden of Lincoln Design Co., and creative director John LaCroix have to say about the major rebrands from 2016. No one is safe from the watchful eye and sense of style these three designers have honed over the years on countless projects from companies big and small. Through their critiques and opinions you'll learn to apply the same skills to your own work and rise above the mediocrity being pumped into the world every year. From The Metropolitan Museum of Art to Nascar to Instagram you won't want to miss the twenty seven rebrands we have selected for these creative professionals togo over with a fine toothed comb. Is everyone going too thin? Has the logo evolved enough? Why the hell won't Taco Bell just put their B under their T? The Logo Show takes on an entire year of updated and all new logomarks that are going through a more thorough check than Winona Ryder leaving a retail store!

Talking Points

Moving up from clipart to an actual logo.  Have you stripped the logo down too much? Giving a nod to what your mark represents. Making the logo a family.  Touchy Qs, washed out mountains, and visual hierarchy.  Swashes that read very differently.  Going away from the MLB logo and hacking type.  Are you stabbing or cutting? Stoking your audience with a logo.  The kids at the bowling alley that used all up all the crayons.  The fauxpas of stretch type.  Reversing everything to improve nothing.  White stroking your logo and moving away from bold.  Is thin considered sophisticated? What does a two hundred page brand book say about that steezy W?  Version 10 Logomarks that make it out the door and clients that want to see mild, medium, and hot.  Risk Adverse Sea Level Dudes who don't know visual culture but have to take your logo up the flagpole.  Trashy Trailer Park Panthers wishing they were Cougars.  Going from kick ass to a stylized shield that doesn't excite your audience.  Did Fortune lose their fortune? Finding a typeface that is close enough and losing your proprietary look.  Balance through being established.  Using on screen inks and problematic color scheme choices.  Brand equity over time and overcoming difficulty.  Retro Lollapalooza 1.0 logos.  Drawing icons in chalk to see how good they are.  Having the guts to stay with what's new.  Crazy, iconic K's and vertical type that won't scale.  Refracting light and tapping in on nostalgia.  A feel good off brand logo that relies on red. Imagining how to execute your mark. The problem with four color logos.  Geometric shapes that aren't pleasing and pushing and pulling the forms until it is.  Ligature Nightmares and beating your gimmick to death. Repeating type tricks to build a uniform look.  Collegiate looks and older attitudes.  The challenge of NASCAR and being a human montage of logos.  Doing the right thing in the corporate world.  Brighter, friendlier, and thinner. Enough to get noticed but not enough to make a difference.  Bird necks, rubber stamps, and propaganda looks.  Dropping the ball at the execution and stopping at a good start.  Reformatting the pieces of the puzzle for an updated look.  Flexing on your friends and tricking out the type on a very visual word.  Being ownable versus undeniable coolness.  Title casing your words but the giant gaps that you've left behind.  Leaning on serifs when it's important.  Switching around the type and the icon to make the motion go the right way.  An upgraded wing shape that breaks way from Nabisco.  Gradient gimmicks that work with clients but not in practice.  The importance of value and lumpy illustrator arrows.  Design moves when you want to just go home.  T and B's that hang all the way.  Cultural windows and shit colors for branding.  Has your logo lost it's sound? Dropping your logo to one color and losing your type when you have an iconic mark.  Problematic, penetrating, and presidential icons.  Never save the swastika and don't make anything that looks like cock and balls.  Trump gets a win on AID.  Cultural shifts and CEO's designing logos.  Makes that don't make sense and leave users guessing what you've done. Overcoming the difficulty behind adjusting reds and blues without going to Methane's website.  Thin outer strokes and why you never draw the name. The biggest sport in the world done by the biggest brand in the world.  Overthinking the details. 


545 - Bob Smith  

Welcome to the wild world of west coast nostalgia master Bob Smith. Cutting his teeth at Nike for over a decade, Bob thrived with their boundless resources and struggled through being micro managed for optimal efficiency. His creativity is contagious throughout this interview covering everything from aiming high to the allure of 21 Jump Street to fighting through motivational anxiety. Nothing can stop this California Transplant from gnashing his teeth at the world and forging ahead with his latest endeavor, OreCal Sportswear. Bob has taken his decades of experience and honed in on his passion to create an immersive, high quality experience told through apparel and we get to hear about how he accomplished just that. He knows how to play and he knows exactly what he wants to say so be sure you listen to a master at his craft.

Talking Points

The difficult adjustment of Being dragged up to Oregon at ten years old.  Growing through difficulty and Sagmeister's take on happiness.  Los Angeles Nostalgia and all the special sorts of bat shit we hold onto.  The west coast story behind OreCal.  The insecurity of the creative mind coupled with the arrogance to know better.  Motivational anxiety. Unpacking definitions of the stressors that are holding you back.  Building a Nike store inside Nike with a small budget and some blind faith.  Regional ads, tapping into the zeitgeist, and losing the sexy core of the company.  Ratcheting up your presentation each time you do it until the powers that be get the message.  The problem solving part of design that isn't design at all and the crucial ability to execute.  A decade of working in a formative environment that can show you what works.  Making a souvenir of the story you're told and what makes you hold onto something.  The importance of "Fuck You Money." Blowing smoke yo everyone's ass to keep an entire corporation on the same page.  Senior Troublemaker: Department of Office Confiscation.  The energy to innovate versus the energy to operate.  Feeling betrayed by Nike and bracing your ego for moving on.  Mid life creative crisis that might be linked to drop offs in testosterone. Templates and gray spaces in education and learning how to learn.  The triple crown in Shoe City.  Pouring your life's experience into OreCal and the fuel of curiosity.  Aim high, be smart, and slowly working your way to the front of the plane.  Where is the profitability? Developing sustainability in your brand while you go global with a brand based off two American states.  Growth arcs, spirit, and deliberately working the reoccurring patterns in your favor.  You know how to play, but what do you want to say? Taking The Grateful Dead approach to a brand.  Telling your story and the importance of narratives.  "Design is a good idea." Environments that give off great energy, compartmentalization, and overall management capabilities.  Is it better to not know who you're talking to? The benefit of meeting your peers and leaving your creative bubble.  Developing the intuition to know how many bells and whistles your product needs.  The devil in the details and the social cues we make off appearance.  Can't versus won't and observation versus judgement.  Neglecting the imagery that feeds into the experience.  Finding your identity on 21 Jump Street in a town without any punk rockers around.  Protecting your bat shit and making connections.  Microchoices that effect your entire life and waxing poetic on a spiderweb of choices.  Getting aggressive and keeping your mind tuned up to the challenge ahead of you. The Magic on the tape belongs to us.


*** brian Flynn episode / dr Kuhlken episode****

543 - Shop Talk with Billy Baumann  

Bang. The. Drum. It's an official Shop Talk just like you remember with Mark Brickley and Billy Baumann on the mics bringing you a double dose of design dialogue. Today's episode has some intriguing twists and turns that you might not expect as The AID Godfather and your favorite Roadrunner Of The Year talk about potential pivots in their creative careers and keeping the motivational flame burning. The boys also break down some of Billy's recent political novellas ranging from our nation's budget to dealing with a myriad of generational mindsets each with a unique set of standards to uphold. The internet has changed the face of the world as we know it and our two heroes are caught at Generation Crossroads on the foremost tip of the learning curve as each advance comes their way. The key is to find your creative sweet spot and remember what you;re doing this all for. Antics ensue.

Talking Points

Billy's passages are explained in full. Paul Ryan works Trump's shaft. The crippling effects of consequence and balancing political thoughts with your company's forward facing ethics. Setting limits when you're in the drivers seat. Gauging obsession. Where would Billy pivot next? Storytelling in a whole new way at Cub Studio. Billy's bag of tricks and his love of posters. Imagination from procrastination, swimming forward, and finding what will keep you at work. Your creative sweet spot. A complicated jobs program, Team America: World Police (fuck yeah!), and generational mindsets at war. People are people.  Exposure to other cultures and the problem with seclusion.  The illusion of safety and toddlers with guns. Losing your way of life, blue collar workers, and an American ethos that isn't going to make things easier. A lesson from Fraggle Rock to rebuild our communities. The Double is announced. Test runs with better students who already know the way of The Cobra. Asking questions at Flatstock and the modern way around it.  Loving Beth with or without before and after photos. Teaching experience at Delicious, video components, and building out a workshop.  Wheel greasing for the deals. Generation Crossroads deals with Comixology. Southern Bastards cells, geek on geek crime, and learning empathy.  Falling through the cracks, appropriate follow ups, and diverse rosters.  Existing outside of a loud minorities style guide.  Praying for Mark's stain.  Being a masculine ally and the tricky waters of talking for thousands of hours. Fatherhood tips and tricks from one co-host to another and spotting Billy's dad dick. 
542 - Seasons of The Snake No.005 - Spring 2017 with Ben Neuhaus Owner/Proprietor of  

Spring is in the air and new beginnings are everywhere, including Snake Oil Provisions. Ben and Miranda have once again curated their store to keep you looking good and feeling good in the quality goods they stock. Ben and Mark debunk tee skirts, Skate Bettys, and the social media jerk offs who are dragging men's fashion through the mud with their endless quest for double taps. The phone lines open as well for some questions to get answered by the Cincinnati Sensation covering everything from selvage denim to budgeting for Snake Oil Provisions. In a bold move, we are offering this episode in it's entirety since the intended Circle Of Trust Content about city ordinances and SOP's recent legal debacle was too important to keep behind the pay wall. Enjoy this full episode filled with fashion, faux pas, and the fun only Ben can bring to your earholes.

Talking Points

The perfect leather jacket, a fool's errand, and getting past feeling like you're in a costume. But can you pull it off? Rogue territory makes a power move in the world of denim.  Ounces of denim on a season to season basis.  Starchiness, dry cleaning, and blouse stacking.  Earl's Apparel debuts at Snake Oil with a price point that can't be beat.  Customization on the horizon? Big and tall brands available from the Snake and personally requesting sizes from Ben. Taking care of high end denim blouses.  Waiting for your Skate Betty to wear that Thrasher shirt.  Posers abound. Transcending social media metrics and people that are letting the content curate them.  What to do with hook ups. The keys to finding good denim and salvaging selvage.  Snake Oil on a budget and budgeting for Snake Oil.  The ethics behind buying cheap clothes.  Ditching fedoras, checking out of planet earth, and tee skirts.  Miranda steps in to lend an answer towards the quest for the perfect fitting women's tee. Drug busts that open doors... literally. Dream spots, bully tactics, and laughable offers. Lawyering up to end harassment. Bittersweet resolutions with acceptable financial terms. Armed guards, the smell of the sticky icky, and city ordinances written behind closed doors. Tiny victories and locations that literally fell out of the sky. The right thing to do versus the best thing to do.  Educating yourself on zoning laws, city council members, and what you should handle by yourself. Big business and the karma that we all hopes will come around.
541 - Brian Flynn  

Thank you passionate listeners for tuning into another warm hour with Brian Flynn of Hybrid Design and Super 7. Brian has used his passion as a compass to take him down the path of designing happiness into his entire life from his dream list of clients to his teenage passion project he just spent the entire year building up to it's next level. At the core of all his work Brian understands that starting with why is what can lead your project to the success it needs to be. Aesthetics take a back seat to purpose in the house of Flynn and you can see the longetivity and relevancy it has earned him. Excellence, commitment, and excitement are the cornerstones to all of Brian's work and he is here to explain the thought process that goes into every nook and cranny. He knows better than anyone that working in the creative field is a true privilege so hold on to the incredible moment you have right at your fingertips.

Talking Points

Shopping in a sneaker box and the level of design we all aspire to. Using creative problem solving outside of pure aesthetics. Developing a roadmap to results. Clients who can't talk design and designers who can't talk client. Imagining the unknown. Balancing Hybrid Design and Super 7 and taking time away from what's already working. Overhead, growth, and letting the work be more important for the paycheck. Evaluating what success means for a small studio. A stable and significant side project moves out of its teenage years. Leveraging your opportunity to compete in your market. Making the toys you want instead of being driven by outside sources or profits. Keystones and the "So What" attitude behind being able to make something awesome. Losing sight of the vision when budgets get involved. Why He-Man? Minutia, research, and pulling on the thread of what you love. Approaching a project as the toy nerds that you are and finding the authentic reasons behind everything. Making Skeletor's office, a whole new Masters Of The Universe cartoon, and turning He-Man on its ear. Getting into the mindset to create the future you want. Portfolio advice to up and comers with the punk rock mentality of figuring it out. Youth Movements influences from Disco to Discord. Reign in Blood and It Takes A Nation all swimming well together. The time it takes to stay involved, connected, and up to speed with what stokes you out. Finding your lane. Sell through rates that distort what is considered as a failure. Is going back giving up and what's the worst that could happen? Insecurities, being touched by idiots, and the political climate we live in today. Fear of the unknown and immigrant problems in Cincinnati. Looking outside your comfort zone to get what you want in your priorities. Starting your own team and running with your heroes. Why Powell Peralta felt different than any other brand and sacrificing the sacred cow of skateboarding. Destroying long term collectibility or bringing in a whole new cycle of collectibility. A crash course in selling nostalgia. Reissuing Battle Of The Planets and one more shot at Tron.
539 - Dr. Kuhlken  

Take one, long, slow, deep breath. Bring yourself into the moment and listen as Psychologist Dr. Kuhlken talks about coping with stress and managing anxiety to become a better, balanced version of yourself. You might not even realize it just yet, but there are a lot of stressors in your world that are stacking up and need to be addressed. Mark takes a moment away from art to sit down with Dr. Kuhlken and bring to light how we can maintain our mental health and find more of the beauty in what appears to be an increasingly chaotic world. From de-normalizing the recent steps back we've taken as a culture to learning to listen to others, Dr. Kuhlken helps open new possibilities for us in our world view and how we relate to it. Use this interview as the first positive step towards finding your center of balance or as one continual step further down the path of empathy, acceptance, and introspection. 

Talking Points

Dr. Kuhlken is qualified to see through Mark's bullshit. Privileged ostrich survival tactics and the politics we are all dealing with. A new, better generation that values equality and fairness. America starts to send a different message to the world. Media consumption, awareness, and the underlying socialization we have yet to overcome. Legitimizing pain in the moment and how for some, this isn't a new issue. Meet The Press and searching for a way to normalize your feelings. Finding companionship for strength and the importance of belonging. Are you addicted to Trump's chaos and does it all come from the media? Achieving balance, practicing mindfulness,  and analyzing your day to do what needs to be done. Career FOMO and developing alternate aspects of your identity. The culmination of so many issues and fatiguing the American people. Coping with anger and finding a way to do something about it. Overcoming the red flags of your addiction. Breaking down "Grab them by the pussy" and the ramifications of electing a president who has openly admitted to sexual assault that we overlooked. Victims, survivors, and asking what people identify with. Sitting in the pain. Being a real ally and stepping outside the problematic tendencies of help becoming a selfish action. Working outside your privilege. Getting a pass, internal biases, and increasing exposure. "Hey... what do you need?" Listening to the quieter voice in the room and resisting the impulse to jump in. Making effort where your can to connect. Acknowledging discomfort through your empathy while remembering personal identity. Compassion for men. Mark's panic attack and the stress of working for yourself. How getting ahead is just getting you behind. Significant changes that denote if you're going too hard. Cash flow, work balance, and the levels of anxiety that come with being an adult. Defining stressors, riding the rollercoaster, and going down the other side of the bell curve. Setting up steps to alleviate your concern. Defining unproductive worries. Finding Personal validation in and out of your work, the importance of confidence, and remembering humility. Writing a script for success to plan out what you want at the moment and in the future.
538 - The Collection with Huck Gee - Part 15: Jesse Hernandez  

Jesse Hernandez brings his urban aztec style to The Collection with Huck Gee and Mark Brickey. Jesse lets us inside his multi-faceted history touching on his involvement on everything from Run The Jewels, his own TV show called Vinyl Addiction, and the fingerprint he left on Farmville. With a career that varied Jesse has still managed to carve out a signature style that brings him clients like Rockstar and Gears Of War. Creativity is limitless with a couple late nights and a work ethic thats hard to match from a talented artists and father of four. Huck Gee unveils his process in developing the world his Dapper Little Scoundrels race through and pulls back the curtain on his work at the fun factory he has pieced together. Two masters at their craft open up and remind us all that their raw abilities are just the start of a long journey to produce truly memorable work.

Talking Points

A Robotech kick off with overdubbed storylines and the return of Voltron. Rolling the dice with the Re:Blank and some variations to follow. Birthdays, 5 Points Festivals, and Designer Toy Awards. Fine tuning the roduction process and using Legos as a quick fix. Parking your car in the urban Aztec space. The feathered serpent that led Jesse to his signature space. Making the artwork inside the artwork to keep it interesting from every angle. Complexity balanced with contrast. Drawing inspiration from pinstriping. Fills with no lines to be your own Dunny. Scale and process in Jesse's work and a mural tip from Tristan Eaton. Using the form as a jumping off point for your art in environmental design. Outworking the knock offs and doing it the hard way. Putting in the work, discovering your style, and some real talk. The Real Immigrants hiding behind Alt Right terminology. Americas number one export and keeping things mixed up. Jesse's three tones and discovering his color theory.  Client work you can't put your fingerprint on and landing Run The Jewels. Jaguar Skulls, Ozomatli, and Jesse's future in toy design. Why do so many deals fall apart in the toy industry? Keeping it authentic when making culturally sensitive artwork. Family life and balancing a career around it. Hosting Vinyl Addiction, interviewing big names in the game, and making the most of an opportunity while it lasts. Making time for your own stuff amidst client work. Farmville, Blindspot, and flexing outside of your style. Coping with the entertainment bug and putting the cart in front of the horse. Perfectionism and an outsiders perspective of a project. From a draftsman to an illustrator and learning through the process. Going beyond the first step to make a booth you don't take home. Waiting two years to develop the capabilities to make something intricate. Streamlining your dream to make it affordable. Research, variations, and the execution. The schematics of producing dapper little scoundrels. Balancing imagination and practicality. Dreaming in pencil and blueprints in Illustrator. Individualizing a series while staying smart about the form factor. Picking Flynn and the level of anthropomorphic characteristics Huck incorporates. Google image search and collecting inspiration in a folder. Character proportions, 1:1 scale, and Outside The Artboards. Flat paper dolls 3D modeling to resin sculpts. Chassis, engine blocks, and giant wheels that all have to work.  Hidden surprises and happy accidents. The strategy behind intricacy at home and mass production elsewhere. Grounding your characters in reality form the beginning. The cautionary tale of Superman and siding with suits or stoners.


537 - Benny Gold  

Let the bell toll to announce the second coming of Benny Gold. With the pressures of an uncertain future in a soft market Benny Gold has kept true to his roots and fought hard for what he loves and has pushed his brand farther than he ever dreamed with his first sticker. In the face of adversity he has doubled down with a firm belief in his vision and opened a brand new shop in the heart of San Francisco to further pursue his quest to create. This isn't work. This is true passion. Benny Gold shows us how to use your dreams as your life's compass and maintain a youthful outlook even if the odds or your age seem stacked against you. With no signs of slowing and a promising future filled with one on one interactions, lectures, and plenty of coffee there is a whole lot to unpack with this Florida Keys transplant that rose above his lackadaisical upbringing and made a name for himself. Calm your mind. Calm your heart. Take a deep breath and learn from one of the nicest guys in streetwear, Benny Gold.

Talking Points

Opening up a grown up shop on the main drag. Expanding into cut and sew and deciding between domestic or overseas. What is Benny's role in the business now? Delegation, brand name regrets, and understanding success. Staying in the moment piece by piece until the finish line. Benny knows there's always a way and to trust his instincts. Throwing stability out the window and sticking to your dreams. Stress as life's engine. Breaking down the Works For Jerks mantra. Ringing the bell, youth culture, and maintaining sanity through meditation. Age brackets and fighting your DNA. Working through your problems without any crutches on the quest for self empowerment. A life in skateboarding. Gateway friends that deliver you into punk rock and Mr. Gold's solid record collection. Exploring your exploratory nature and missing the age of discovery. Is success easier to attain these days? Staying power, passion, and authenticity. For the love of creativity. Stand alone institutions and finding your passionate tribe. The importance in fighting for yourself and bringing face time back to the experience. Separatism and teaching true acceptance to the next generation. It's a beautiful world so pick yourself back up when you fall. The bosses you accumulate that stand in the way of your vision. Enjoying the moment and the varying degrees of success. Make it all for something. 
534 - Hammer Time with Ian Perkins  

In episode two of Hammer Time Mark Brickey, Michael Hammer and Ian Perkins talk about Ian’s relationship with playing guitar for Brian Fallon both on his solo records and with Gas Light Anthem. The guys take a field trip to the Fender Guitar Custom Shop and learn all about the art of guitar making as well as the different levels of guitar craftsmanship. A fun episode that talks about sports, designing luck into your business, that art of manufacturing and allowing yourself to make your dreams come true by simply saying yes and not being motivated by money or tribal tattoos.

533 - Erik Marinovich  

This is the typography discussion you've been waiting for with Erik Marinovich from Friends Of Type. Erik has brought lettering to life for everyone from Google to Facebook to Ford as his unbridled passion for letterforms brings their messages to a much more vibrant life. What separates Erik from the pack is that he understands the importance of the message itself and how his typework can bring that to life. With one two three typographic hierarchies, a strong grasp on storytelling, and an unwavering passion for his work its no wonder Erik was a key character in this typographic resurgence amidst a vast sea of uninspired type blocks and pre-textured fonts thrown together more haphazardly than Kanye West's sense of fashion. Sit down and learn from one of the best in the business to start transforming your work into the well thought out, impactful piece you want it to be. Consonants and vowels have never had it so good!

Talking Points

Bringing type into the spotlight. Noodling with custom forms and rediscovering lettering. Life experience that influences your design. Original content and the perseverance necessary to become a better creative. Macro and micro views. Waiting until the last minute to live in the moment and discover your process. Making type talk and losing your loyalty to style. The One Two Three Hierarchy and type instead of typography. Erik Mood Board as a starting point and solving specific problems. From Point A to Point Paid. Untrained eyes that break you out of tunnel vision. Owning the "the" and the importance of representation in the corporate world to explain your value in the marketplace. Giving in to what your best at and becoming a Billy. Type or illustrations of type? The evolution of Blogs, social media, and fixing things at 7000% zoom. Thirty Day Challenges that will kick you in the ass and spark inspiration. Keeping your finger on the pulse of what you like and injecting that directly into your work. Do you have something for actually say? Collecting what you feel in the moment to be the best storyteller you can be. Four things you have to do versus the one thing you want to do and recalibrating your toolset for optimal workflow. Less likes as a metric for what's working better. Learning through your eyes of your children and finding the bird. Custom made letters and the worst misspellings of all time. Jaded from excessive signage and trimming the fat. Dream things to hang in your office and a 1:1 scale brontosaurus.
532 - The State Of Creativity with Shane Valentino, Paco De Leon, and Dave Kloc  

The State Of Creativity is the latest AID Live from Los Angeles installment where Mark has brought together three creative professionals from different walks of life to discuss where we are and where things will be going. It seems like current events will continually raise the stakes on democracy with issues that demand our attention and understanding and that can really take its toll on  most of us. Shane Valentino comes to us from the world of film, Paco De Leon has an unshakeable grasp on finance, and Dave Kloc brings his Andy Richter-ing to new peaks as our guests bring insight, intelligence, and inspiration for anyone's uncertain future in the creative forces. This AID Live is  a motivational boost to stand up, be heard, and carve your niche out of the resources and community you have around you. Whether your already digging the ditch or waiting for the opening you've been searching for, The State Of Creativity is an incredible resource to find your way through a difficult time ahead.

Talking Points

Taking logs to a fire while you resist and relax. Keeping your forearms tight and Dave Kloc's pre printing ritual. The ACLU collab that raised close to $5,000 from a Hissing Booth. Meeting the Madonna of finance and lighting up the internet. Financial literacy and separating bookkeepers from accountants. What's the worst question Paco gets? Bringing accountability back to the masses, pie allocation, and lumpy cash flow.  Saving for the financial rainy days ahead and a helpful firewall to keep you honest. The Anarchy Skills you need and practical advice about your money that you need even more. Seeing past the doom and gloom and picking up some of the shattered pieces. The strategy behind moving to New York and the simultaneous careers that leave you room for better work.  Multiple metrics that keep the dream alive. The zeitgeist (literally) behind the scenes and the positive discourse that came out of the election. Waiting for the face of resistance from Hollywood and the time it takes to find a voice. Giving back to the world and still feeling like an asshole. News resources, the fine line of binging, and fighting the urge to parrot what you've heard. Searching for a different perspective and discovering your empathy. Maintaining motivation in tough times and the pendulum swing between emotion and action. Creating tension and finding the enemy.  Shaming creatives stay out of politics and the dangerous us versus them mentality.  Front of the class and back of the class kids. The many levels art and creativity function at.
531 - January Poster Countdown with Mitch Putnam  

The Poster Countdown returns with Mitch Putnam back on the mic and Mark Brickey making the selections as they rank the best of the best from the month of January. These two image aficionados critique what makes each poster great and brings to light the tips and tricks that set each image apart. From image sources to compositional choices, no stone is left unturned as all ten choices from get put through the ringer to give you more insight and greater foresight when you sit down to create. Mitch and Mark also offer up well kept industry secrets about crafting a career in the creative world and the business behind every great artist. January is jam packed with incredible picks that push the poster community to achieve new heights and continually refine an art form that has captured the imagination of millions of people. Throw in a couple of indie hits and some pop power plays and you have an ultimate countdown like none before it's existence.

Talking Points

Are you too close to someones else's signature style? Trends in design and influencing the next generation. The three levels of composition that can make a poster great. Straight glass breakage and source image politics. Are you building an interesting image? Real world elements and levels of originality. New views and compliments form the neck down. Gauging the proper amount of detail. Developing your own style and sticking to it. Unearthing the magic of your own style. Achieving new levels of depth with CMYK. Making and breaking your own rules within a piece. The career you have and the career you think you want. Working within scarcity. A Jay Ryan world  and his wife's children's books. Working through the offbeat hits and licensing strategies. The insane middle ground of film purgatory. Type, layout, and composition. Our generation finds its voice. Finding motivation from competition. A little news about an unnamed poster show. Nailing the concept. Relying on imagery to move units. Starting your story in the middle to maintain attention. Behind Killian Eng. A lesson in overprinting and using your gut to find the appropriate model for a poster release. Deliberately leaving money on the table to line your pockets later. The artist, the title, and the quality. Studying the past to predict the future. Leveling up in a career and capturing the quiet that snow brings. Guided by our libidos. Becoming sexually aware through art and Johnny Appleporn out in the woods. The giclee creation process. Mondo Fan Fury and the fast entry of a rising star. Cementing a new artist's place. The future of Mondo and The Vacvvm. Planning out Mondo Con 2017 and reverse engineering the work to be done. Double dipping. AID in MN.


Final Score: Pop 12 / Indie 8

530 - Skinner: Part Two  

Skinner returns to take you on an emotional rollercoaster that will exercise your demons and help you make peace with the world at large. Underneath the wild facade of lizard on lizard art is a complex artist working through what makes us all human and an unending search for truth. Mark and Skinner connect through a humanizing interview that we all need to hear to start reconnecting with the people around us. By sharing the life experiences that shaped these two creative powerhouses we can further understand the artist behind the work and the motivations underneath everything. Halfway through things get flipped and Mark find himself in a Skinnerview of his own and lets us in a little deeper to his own past as well. Come bond with a straight edge adult and a wild man vaping the night away talking about everything from the Krull Experience to understanding the momentum of your own heart.

Talking Points

Noticing the world around you and your reactions to it. The mechanisms we use to acknowledge people that could seem like an overcompensation. What do you have to lose form someone else's resistance? Opening your heart and the effects of staying on defense mode. Dealing with where your mind goes and keeping your perspective while making lizard on top of lizard art. Depression, anxiety, and the momentum of your heart. Psychological breakdowns and how our idealistic nature goes up against our narcissistic nature. Attaining freedom from suffering. Survival instincts, work ethic, and the non stop cycle of making the next thing to try and bring you happiness. The search for truth and a hopeful shift in the social norm. Jazz in the creative mind. High workouts. A case for and against marijuana. Emotional interpretations, staying in the zone, and not messing with a good thing. A lot of different kinds of abandonment and the common thread that bonds us all. Going Broprah and deciding whether to leave a light on for certain people. One of my parents is dead to me (literally and figuratively) and wanting to change what you can't control. Telling a stranger the stories of your life and taking the power back. Would you trade in your pain for a cool parent? The Krull Experience at Disneyland and being the Bootleg Kid. Toilet paper mummies and the oddities of a child's memories. Watching Hulk Hogan hve sex and making a website for Jake The Snake. The greatness of Bill Burr. Hitting the "professional artists" quota. Rising above the regurgitated shit from major media outlets. Skinner's acting chops and his silver screen goals. Idiot. Idiot. Idiot. Money, the Gambler's lifestyle, and investing in yourself. Peaking with Willie Nelson and Wee Man. Funding long term projects that go directly to your audience to give you the ultimate bargaining chip. Finding opportunity in the chaos.


527 - The DKNG Show: Chapter 7  

The DKNG triumphantly returns for its second year still leading the charge on all things design. Dan and Nathan have been busy since we heard from them doing everything from giant catalogues to product design to character development. Mark takes us into the belly of the beast to go over all projects DKNG has pushed out the door since we rang in 2017. How do they determine billing on their projects? How do they interact with their clients across an entire project? How do they plan out their design work? How do they do what they do so damn well? Step back inside the inner workings of one of the hardest working design studios out there and see why Dan and Nathan continue to stay at the top of their game as leaders in the industry.

Talking Points

Reinventing the holiday card over the last four years and changing the oil on the Death Star. B2B catalog at epic proportions with tons of data, style guides, and a lot of backs and forths. Figuring out billable hours for developing sixty pages.  Pie slices and pumping the breaks on two hundred and fifty small pieces that make up larger projects. Letting your fans grow up, get jobs, and hire you. Leaning last year's functional system and fixing more surface level design issues. Remembering the purpose of the project. New spins on old to semi old ideas or keeping what works as a standard. A moment on Mark's off brand thighs. Signature style, hand drawn illustration, and discovering the paintbrush tool. Googling thirteen year old girl proportions and the fine line to get it just right. Finding a client that feeds you all their customer facing design needs. Typographic hierarchy and unique purposes. Layering data into good design. Four tiers of confidence that make things easy to read and still leaves some flexible room for change. Treating data in steps and one of the best tricks in the book. Keeping MXPX and The Jesus and Mary Chain the same sizenand the problem solving skills behind typography. The many players involved in working on a licensing deal and establishing first contact.  Tonal lighting to bring your illustrations to life and using two separate types of light.  Showing a feeling instead of the details and turning the lights on in a bar at the end of the night. Logo placement and tangents. Making it all to deliberately lose some of it. Symmetrical elements and layering more shapes. The process in making a DKNG original illustration and the lego pieces they add in. One tiny part at a time and finishing all over the place.  Creating actual space in the classic Star Wars style. How much is enough to make you want more? Are you a painter or a designer? Mark's process on the Fantasyland print versus Dan's process on creating a piece. Going past the threshold on building real world gravity into every piece. Logos and limitations up in lights. The allure of signs that aren't structurally sound and the realistic storytelling behind it.  Setting a bar you're comfortable with. Creating feelings and the science behind it that is our job to understand. The importance of a good mockup to help bridge the gap in your client's imagination. Playing rhythm guitar to improve the feel of the room instead of stroking your design ego o the lead guitar.
526 - Jay Weinberg  

Jay Weinberg has toured the world and been knee deep in live music for as long as he can remember. From Against Me! to sold out stadiums with The Boss to Slipknot, Jay has kept his passion for percussion at the forefront of his life. These hard days and longer nights taught him everything he knows about artistic expression, finding your place in the world, and doing it as best as you can. On AID 526 we get a look behind the mask at an accomplished young man who went from a teenager filling his fathers shoes to inspiring the next generation of creatives by breaking down the barriers between artist and audience. There is a fire and determination in Jay Weinberg to accomplish whatever he sets his mind to and that energy is dangerously contagious across this entire interview. Just remember, everything is Spinal Tap.

Talking Points

Watching your dad transform into the drummer of the E Street Band and hanging with uncle Bruce. Seeking your own influences and drawing parallels while learning to see things from an outside perspective. Connecting with the universe through the arts. How much pressure can you handle as a goalie and as a drummer? Breaking down barriers to see musicians as people. Math, emotion, and doing the job at a "Do Or Die" level. Going beyond the music and getting into your mask. A muscle memory audition for Slipknot. When the curtain rises for the very first time. How the body shuts down in a live environment and the horrible comedown afterwords. What's in Jay's ear to stay tight? Unique thumbprints and chasing the perfect feeling. Running with your own thing makes you bulletproof to the ups and downs of the industry. Getting kicked into the deep end in front of thousands of die hard fans. Is age an issue on and off stage? Feedback from Max and translating drumming across generations. Avoiding Madball and your first van tour. Non stop shows with Against Me! and getting kicked out of Madison Square Garden.  Supporting your support system and watching Tom become Laura. Relation, Empathy, and being a human in the face of diversity. German Highway WiFi, taking exams on a Blackberry, and calling in to drop out. Leaps of faith and following the rabbit hole while looking for a job job. Giving back to the legacy that helped shape your life. Everything is Spinal Tap. Marrying the loves of your life on a circular canvas and an odd surface.  Literally watching paint dry for an event . Obtaining your dreams and realizing your potential in VFW Halls. Getting down to the bare necessities for Slipknot. Keeping cool on the road.
523 - The Collection with Huck Gee - Part 14: Mad Toy Design  

Huck Gee and Mark Brickey invite Jeremy Madl of Mad Toy Design to The Collection this month and he has a lot to offer. Jeremy has a degree in toy design and has spent almost two decades inside the industry learning every aspect of development from research to production. We've had a lot of talented designers on The Collection, but Jeremy is the first to use terms like "play patterns" so it's obvious he knows his stuff inside and out. Jeremy has worked with every name in the business, made his own successful toy company, and helped huge properties like Halo and Minecraft. Which conventions does he see as valuable? How does he view his own line of toys? How does he avoid getting burned by clients of all sizes? This episode lets you inside the mind of a modern renaissance man who has built a successful empire from a home base miles away from any major market he deals with regularly. Jeremy Madl brings his unbridled passion to The Collection and shares exactly how he has made things work.

Talking Points

Finishing up the smallest motorcycle for pre-order. Determining edition sizes. Bringing out the ultimate potential in a toy. The process of pricing. Planning out each step of your storyline in a larger than life universe. Dreaming past the current state of technology and reconfiguring your workflow to follow new production capabilities. The broach to end all broaches. Getting mad at Madl. Unreadable Hong Kong toys as a gateway into vinyl. Building cultural collateral and the importance of patience. Strategically developing your first toy to allow for variation and customization. Exploring medium and scale  as you hone in on the definition of "model." Doing your research, developing a pitch, and taking a risk. Getting more work from your toys than from selling them. How the side hustle moves the day job forward. Adding skills that increase your value at the board room table. The Diner Menu or the Niche Food Truck. Who are you dealing with and what is their budget. The greatest hits of getting ripped off. Licensing your own own IP to develop your brand with people you trust. Avoiding getting Funko-fucked if you're beat to market. The Toy Fair in New York City. What is the best designer toy convention to attend? Researching where you want to be in the industry. Rolling the dice, collecting a paycheck, and the motivation behind each choice. Living off the grid while working in the modern world. Learning more about your career form your kids. Cultivating free thinking, personal style, and following your passion. Raising the next generation of makers. Future plans based off the greatest invention ever made: royalties. Staying resourceful and making a living off your gifts.
522 - Brian Steely  

Brian Steely returns to Adventures In Design with a whole new way of working at your side hustle. Jackson Spalding has given Brian an incredible life but as his freelance career skyrocketed the push and pull from burning the candle at both ends was wearing him down. Between his role as a father and future as a creative Brian found a new business model to achieve a better balance of what he loves and what he's passionate about. With a whole new set up in place Brian lets us in to how he created his own beautiful space in the gray of a career too good to let go and a side hustle bursting at the seams. It turns out your creativity doesn't stop at your art but transcends into how you split up your day and earn a living if you put your mind to it.

Talking Points

The formation of Steely Works in a whole new business model. Keeping your side hustle in house for the resources. Designing decks and the evolution of skate science. Burning the candle at both ends and reshuffling your priorities. Hitting the hard reset. Pacing out life's big moments that seem to fly by. Working on Nike's Elite Teams with millions of art directors. Loving Phish... solely as a punk rock business model. Minting coins and translating your artwork. Environmental design in real life. A healthy reminder to never give up. Breaking down a day at Jackson Spalding. The legal and financial side of forging Steely Works. Workflow and the law of averages. Wings, wolf heads, and what people want. How age affects your decisions and finding your own beautiful space in the gray. The hurry up and wait mentality of long term projects. Whats in the works for Brian and Steely Works. Numbers and percentages on Steely Works projects through Jackson Spalding. Authenticity and trends. Setting up your life so that failure is not an option. Percentage based deals and earning your wage.
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