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!

Episodes

633 - July Poster Countdown with Mitch Putnam  

The work coming out of the poster scene this year is more impressive than it's ever been and July is certainly no exception. Mitch Putnam of OMGposters joins Mark for the July Poster Countdown where these two veterans of the industry pour over pieces to break down what sets them apart from the crowd and other behind the scenes tidbits that shed light on the reality of producing them. Composition, typography, color palettes, and more are upturned to critique posters created for movies, music, and pop culture that straddle the thin line between fine art and commercial art. What are the extra steps these creatives take to catch the eye of hard core collectors and the hearts of newbies wondering why everyone cares about an expresso bean? This is the largest countdown we've ever undertaken between the July's Top Ten, Mondo's releases from San Diego Comic Con, and a few other triumphs in screenprinting lifted from OMGposters.com that can't go unnoticed. Get ready to learn from some of the best artists in the scene who aspire to be so great that people in the near future will be ripping off the hard work they're putting out now.

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An unprecedented, long running series where the creator still makes the art.  Scale and rendering to control the story of your work.  The tap dance of focus and release. Polarizing posters from Tom Whalen and judging an artist on their own curve.  Can you do the work you believe in regardless of the limitations surrounding it?  Compositions that make an impact and drawing influences from the peers you admire.  The permanently raised bar of the poster scene.  Studying Half Hazard Press to see where to improve your own work.  Finding the underserved fan bases.  Having fun, inventive ideas that explore what can be done in your medium.  Which way do you hang it? Achieving light through screen printing.  Telling a story that leaves your audience wanting more.  Appreciation of the craft and the finances behind slower paced artists.  Controlling your viewer's eye through rendering.  Movement, intensity, and other effective tools in an illustrators arsenal.  Workflow, work, and the discipline of controlling when to kick it into overdrive.  The continual exploration of Kevin Tong on his artistic journey. 

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Should you suffer through the comic book industry as a training ground for poster work? Understanding character development and conveying mood in your piece.  Alluding to an older composition in a series and other incredible feats by Jock.  The fine line of appearing purposeful in simplicity.  Unfair hate for live action updates.  Wild color palettes and other risks Ken Taylor still isn't afraid to take.  Are you being ripped off or was your fingerprint ever really that large? Uncovering new illustration techniques and artist's leaving breadcrumbs in their groundbreaking pieces.  An old look that people like that carefully requires authenticity.  Well thought out compositions that are comprised of countless moving parts from the artwork itself to the subject matter.  On brand work that resonates with the story you're depicting.  Setting the tone with your brushstrokes.l and the triple threat of looking retro, painterly, and screen printable.  Leaving your viewer with a feeling and an unfortunately large copyright. 
632 - Shop Talk with OKpants and Billy Baumann  

Break out the drum early because Shop Talk is here and it's time to start banging. This week Mark is joined by OKpants and Billy to swap bold, edgy statements that will get you thinking about where we are today and where you're going tomorrow. From questions about working with morally incompatible companies if the price is right to contemplating potential professional pivots, this episode goes deep into who you are as a designer and person. Aaron, Mark, and Billy discuss the atrocities in Charlottesville, our President's weak response to it all, and getting people who want a positive change on the same side to fight the real enemies we are facing. Despite these pressing and depressing recent events, the boy's bedrock belief in the PMA lifestyle shows us that friendship and respect are vital to finding what happiness we can in life. Now get out there and believe in yourself. It requires zero money, logic, or help. Quit being a loser.

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The Tick returns and Mark needs some context as to why in the hell that's happening.  Mike Giant, gun ownership, and feeling dead on or dead off.  Would you add an asterisk to your brand? Race, violence, and Charlottesville.  Getting on the same side for a positive change and the political problem plaguing us. Audience reactions to last week's Shop Talk.  Moving forward with the Seinfeld poster.  Finding the proper platform, the mark of good art, and channeling your anger into inspiration.  You are not what you like.  Is it more important to get the best time or have the best time?

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A debate for and against The Rock.  Work on yourself then be yourself.  Can you ever really retire from what you love doing? Staying relevant, potential pivots, and understanding the cultural barometer.  The next rebellion.

TEAM BILLYS DIRT

631 - Carrlyn Bathe of Fox Sports West  

Fox Sports West host Carrlyn Bathe joins Mark to unveil the ego behind performing. These two entertainers may call themselves working class celebrities, but that just means they care more fiercely about their craft than anyone who has already "made it." Carrlyn has put a lifetime of work into becoming the woman we've seen on television and this interview is a look behind the facade at the authentic personality shining through in her work. It may appear to come effortlessly, but there is so much more than natural talent that goes into being great at bringing out the best in people. Mark has had a different path that led to a similar end and he shares how the Act As If mentality was the turning point for him in becoming the ringleader of Adventures In Design and how he built the stage he stands on today one step at a time. Get ready for an introspective journey that relates directly to your own confidence, how you present yourself, and how you relate to others.

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Getting paid for not being famous... yet.  The one man band facade of being digestible and informative in an effortless manner.  Confidence, authenticity, and energy.  Empathy is the scientific answer. Caffeine is the other answer.  Getting the most out of the people you're shining a light on. Unleashing on dogs that will always pick up the ball.  Breaking muscle memory, calling someone out, and moving past fandom.  Establishing the fine balance of trust with your guest and the audience.  Before you broadcast... A contact buzz, a complex, and earning your place at the table when no one cares about who you are.  Needing an audience to be in your element. 

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Building your theatre professionally.  Auditioning to take jobs away from children and faking it even after you made it to get momentum spinning in your direction.  Taking the time to figure out how to get to the reality and the unattainable dream.  Letting go in front of others and caring about the craft.  Inclusion and bonding with everyone.  Looking at the situation and the circumstances behind calendar photos and where they may lead.  The fountain of youth in broadcasting for both genders. 
629 - The Logo Show with Dan Stiles and Billy Baumann  

Coffee has exploded onto every single street corner and strip mall of this great nation ever since Starbucks paved the way for its broader appreciation by the masses. With demand at an all time high, the supply that rises along with it will fortunately and sometimes, unfortunately, take on all shapes and sizes. Luckily Dan Stiles, Billy Baumann, and Mark Brickey are here with another installment of The Logo Show and have been percolated a few ideas that could visually raise the bar on the branding associated with this caffeinated craze. Mismatched line weights, oversized serifs, and visual tropes abound as they comb through dozens of logos that go from good to bad to holy shit that coffee bean has a soul patch and a headband. When so many companies are selling such similar products, design is left to do a lot of the heavy lifting that properly conveys what distinguishes each business to prosumers around the world. Get ready for a big sip of branding with quick witted critiques so hot it just might burn your tongue. Circle Of Trust Members also get to hear the very first Billy On The Beat where he interviews Design Scout and their involvement in rebranding the Chicago coffeehouse Fairgrounds.

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A new day and age for premium priced coffees and a peek at next month's category.  Do Walmart level products need Saul Bass level design? The suit on the inside, everyone trying to leave their mark, and priming the pump.  Billy pitches his redesigns Philz Coffee and pitches it to Dan and Mark.  Fonts, Typefaces, and Stiles on styles.  Making hot too hot so that hot looks like medium.  Illustrator Rough or Organic Rough and aesthetics outside the market norm.  Well handled typography with matching weight for small caps and Star Trek A point problems.  Good is great, intriguing line weights, and giving off the appropriate vibes.  New concepts to old approaches, unbalanced Baristads, and snob free claims.  A designer's love for ampersands, branding elements to play with, and some severe letter spacing issues. 

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What type on a slightly curved path does for your logo mark and limiting your font families.  The dot com logo treatment of our era and establishing a visual hierarchy.   Critiquing vintage looking logos that more or less don't want you in the stores they reside over.  Salvaging other terrible attempts at logo design for Cellar Door and more.  Taking a couple lumps on a one hour, coffee themed logo project that brought Mark out of retirement.  Marching line weights with secondary fonts for unity, non-logos, and organic distressing.  Nine colors of green and mistletoe muddying the waters of a good logo.  Things to look for in a font (errrrr.. typeface) (Sorry Dan).  Deeply flawed execution and the eye of the beholder. 

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Meet Design Scout and their roster of clients.  All cool things all the time and revamping stagnant design aesthetics.  Identity systems, interior design, and adding the missing elements of the company itself.  Sourcing the physical objects that would match the new look of Fairgrounds and other collaborations that bring a space to life.  Bringing a holistic experience that lifts up the logo and expands upon it.  Oh Fuck! moments, happy accidents in production, and trusting vendors that work outside your control.
628 - Redneck Wisdom with Jeral Tidwell  

Jeral Tidwell returns to the AID Airwaves on the cusp of becoming a father to share some much needed redneck wisdom that everyone needs to hear. If you've heard Mark and Jeral together before you know what you're in for, and if this is your first dose of advice from the taint of this great country then get ready for some harsh truths that will get your head on straight. From airbrushing anything at a mall kiosk to becoming a world renowned pinstriper to his current project of converting two abandoned commercial buildings into a dream home and workspace, Jeral's can do attitude and unfaltering determination has led him across the ever changing landscape of following your dreams. He's been chewed up and spit out by a world that doesn't care about his plans so many times that some may assume he's too stupid to know how hard life is, but we know it's an unbreakable determination to achieve happiness in any form he imagines it. Strap in for another inspirational joyride through the mind of Jeral Tidwell that will take you closer to being done, but never perfect.

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The evolving plan to revitalize two abandoned commercial buildings in Kentucky.  Zoning laws and never taking no for an answer.  Playing hard enough to bleed, doubt, and being led by your obsessions.  A fight to get back to zero so you can finally start and the guy who comes out of the clouds with thunderbolts when you're already down.  Restarting your ship when it's dead in the water and the delicate momentum of a career.  Will becoming a dad affect Jeral's next artistic adventure? Waiting for a mini male Tidwell looming on the horizon.  A simple survival tool for every step in the evolution of your career. 

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The difference between done and perfect.  Getting there is the biggest part of your personal and professional growth.  Proving yourself... to yourself. Raising a good human, being yourself, and hoping your kids dream up ways of killing you. 
627 - Paul Frank  

Armed with an unwavering desire to create anything customized and a preserved sense of child like wonder, Paul Frank built a world filled with friends we have all come to know like Julius, Worry Bear, Bob the Brace Face Dog, Shaka Brah Yeti, and many more. These characters served as his catalyst to craft an entire world of tchotchkes that took hold of the hearts of millions worldwide who gravitated towards his personal touch on each product bearing his name. The gratitude expressed for all the opportunities that have come his way since his humble beginnings buying vinyl at a speedboat repair shop is palpable across this entire interview and really shows the genuine character that Paul Frank is. From wallets to a balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, size and scale are no boundaries for Paul's endless imagination.  Mark opens with a monologue touching on the source of our motivations and treading the fine line between following your dreams and financing your life. It's time to meet your new best friend, Paul Frank.

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A disconnect over the agony of defeat, a designer that truly cares, and creating a world of friends.  Balancing what's real, what's really important, what fills you with pride.  Becoming an emotional millionaire.  Starting out at a speedboat repair shop and the art of discovery before a computer was in every home.  Taking inspiration from Disney, Sanrio, and little tchotchkes from all over.  Driven by shapes and details.  Happiness in creation and working backward in the world of animation.  The struggle in compromising your vision and the importance of an item.  Character origins and collaborating with school kids. Curiosity, the consumer, and the craft.  The catalyst for customization. Ten years of using everything but your name to further develop as an artist. 

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Bendy toys, the Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the joy of seeing your work in the wild. Seeing the forest for the trees.  The real profit for Paul Frank and keeping your fandom intact.  Putting earnest energy out there with a few extra inspirational pieces to discover.  What's next for Paul Frank now that he's back in the captain's chair? Uncovering the trail to a happier life. An honest look at a journey through Paul's head and the demand of the industry.  The ingredients that resonate with audiences around the world.  Treating the worst details with the most care and concern.  Growing up a little out there in the woods. 
625 - Shop Talk with Billy Baumann  

It's that special time of the week when we get our drums and start banging because the boys are back for yet another Shop Talk. Expect some cobra venom to fly and a rare Shop Talk moment when Mark and Billy do some actual design work live and on air with a brainstorming session for a Jerry Seinfeld poster in the works over at Delicious. Instagram Story secrets, carefully crafted email responses, and presentation practices keep the episode moving forward with tips and tricks from two battle tested creatives who always keep the end goal in mind. The only thing that's missing is a download garnering big name guest star to get you to listen to this career changing content! Antics, as always, ensue.

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Disgusting, jealous, male trolls put Billy into a midlife crisis personified by a used Mazda.  An out of place ball buster in a Millennial's more sensitive world.  Taste makers who know better are still a star driven community who care less about great content.  Execution as the great separator and verbalization as an even greater one.  DDL and VGHC team up.  Football Jones is in a free time pickle.  Unveiling how to use Instagram Stories the way they intended it.  Jeb Bush's epic failure. A world littered with "what could've beens" and dealing with missed opportunities in design.  Fighting for the best possible work and a designer's responsibility to the all important consumer experience.  Getting past the visual tropes within a genre of design and the hunt for that perfect solution you know won't come easy. 

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Spitballing ideas for Jerry Seinfeld.  Mark gets a bigger rig to not die in his sleep.  Presenting your poster on the World Wide Web.  The ins on an email and crafting verbiage that get better responses.  Do you kiss ass or Shawshank it when a long shot, life changing type opportunity arises?

TEAM LITTLE BILLY ( a strong six )
TEAM STARS 

624 - June Poster Countdown with Mitch Putnam  

OMGposters.com curates an incredible swath of artists leaving their own mark on the world with ink and paper as their weapons of choice. Each month Mark sits down with Mitch Putnam to analyze a month's worth of work and create a Top Ten out of the best and brightest to see what we can learn from their triumphs. Each piece offers new solutions to new challenges ranging from composition to color choices and Mitch and Mark apply their cumulative expertise to pull out what really matters in each poster that makes the countdown. Mondo has been busy, as always, and Mitch gives us some behind the scenes info on their role at San Diego Comic Con and much more in June's Poster Countdown.

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Mondo increases their footprint at San Diego Comic Con.  Spider-Gwen explained and marketing to the next generation of comic book readers.  Haunting elements in a familiar color palette.  Bright colors and a pen-ish key line style that tread the line between digital and analog.  A return to form for DDL, transitioning out of gig posters, and how being married to Anne Benjamin can undermine your artistic confidence.  Working with Alamo on their internal merchandise line from tees to tiki glasses.  Elevating an experience with like minded people who want more than popcorn with their movie.  All The Flowers At My Funeral.  The slow trickle of new artists in the gig poster scene and what it takes to break through.  Jaws is still a formidable opponent.  The health of the poster market and Mitch's controversial theory on its rise.  Multiple planes of storytelling in Cars.  Underground domination in marketing materials, difficult direction on duality, and movie studios that don't know when they're on to something good.  Tall guys, smashed heads, and the incredible Rich Kelly filter. 

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The importance behind your presentation and making a hangable piece.  Talented illustrators, signature styles, and the magnetism of human faces.  Setting your open edition collection on fire with limited edition quantities and keeping your supply lower than your demand.  Building a long lasting collectible career by leaving money on the table.  An obscure sixties street musician that illustrates Black Dragon Press' fearless business model.  Evoking someone's personality in an illustrated portrait as opposed to a photograph.  Where pop culture resonates across multiple generations.  The effortless King Of Composition ruling over a style all his own.  Turning a couple of black shapes into an emotion evoking image of the female form. Leaning on IP for posters.  Rory's Dark Knight and its mixed reactions based on fan expectations and skill level.  Watching an artist experiment with new styles for a wide fan base.  The art school student working with Mondo and spinning a few other plates all at the same time.  Digital media and the next generation's toolbox.

TEAM MITCH

623 - Mike Giant  

Our resident Zen Master, Mike Giant, returns to the AID Airwaves with another dose of his hard won wisdom and self-taught skills during his visit to Pow Wow Long Beach. With his formidable stature and full sleeves, most people would deem it best to get out of his way but we know him as a grounded guru that speaks from a broad perspective about community and creativity. Art nights, bigger spaces, and spinning paper set the stage for a deeper glimpse into what immediately makes Mike a respected artist wherever he ends up. His decades of hard work put him exactly where he wants to be and his DIY mentality continually leads the way to each new project that sculpts his legacy. Armed with an endless supply of Sharpies, Mike's style has continued to evolve while pushing the boundaries between art, tattoo aesthetics, and the world as he sees it in black and white.

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The importance behind a weekly art night that's always a random mix.  You better start digging.  A simple set of smooth marks and developing your drawings. Working outside a particular paradigm as a part of the tattoo generation that had to say "yes." I was born where I was born.  Going from six inches as an urban athlete with one shoe to six feet in Boulder.  Post career realizations about what's not worth giving a fuck about, the career building aspects of skateboarding, and leveling the market on a global level.  Escapism outside of erroneous bullshit through present moment awareness.  Mike's relationship with Buddhism and mindfulness.  Man against the clock as a graffiti writer for Pow Wow and the high pressure of today's cans.  Gun ownership, respect, and handling trouble when it comes for you. 
621 - Shop Talk with Billy Baumann  

Shop Talk is here so go get your drum and start banging because it's another classic episode with Mark and Billy. This week The Godfather of AID and your favorite podcaster pivot back and forth between the creative struggle and the mental struggle just waiting outside your doors. When you're cranking away at your desk you're bombarded with questions about the direction of your career, the direction of your latest piece, and the how that all relates to the direction of your bank account. Once you swivel out of your chair and join the rest of the world there is an entirely new set of questions to wrestle with regarding other people's dilemmas that will one day be knocking at your own door. Take a moment to collect yourself and make some sense of it all as Adventures In Design is here to help you make sense of at least a few of these troubling issues that are keeping you up at night. Antics sort of ensue.

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A good man with a bad deed.  Making room at Delicious with a sale and a scoop on the rebrand on Secret Panel.  Perceptions of a leader and in house branding for professional sports have a conference.  A fresh page out of the Book Of Baumann on looks and interiors.  Connecting the dots on Trump's safe target and how it relates to other injustices that may or may not affect you yet.  Distractions from the real issues and the nonstop marketing machine you're a part of. 

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Help yourself by helping others.  What's in your head versus what's on the page and the ecosystem of the business world.  How far away are you from losing it all? Support systems and savings.  Learning compassion for your fellow man.  Passing the real ninja test. 
620 - Hammer Time  

If you use cacti or soft serve as a spell check strategy then this episode of Hammer Time is for you. If the summer sun's relentless rays have you racing into that Dirty Aquarium Window DQ for a trademarked treat then the seventh Hammer Time is for you. If you're on the fast track down the road to betes you guessed... this Hammer Time is for you. Mike, Mark, and Tavo enter a competition so fierce that sixteen enter and only one may leave, The Blizzard Battle Royale. In this showdown for the crown at the queen the boys pit flavor against flavor to determine this summer's chilled champion that flip your whole world upside down faster than the dessert's their judging. Cure those summertime sadness blues and sit back with your king sized crew of Dessert Boys that will keep you entertained with stories and potential tattoos across this epic showdown of sweet items mixed with ice cream.

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Life in glass houses that blow up A/C units.  Counting Rollins' money for him, a Mexican Maxwéll ad, and the Travis Barker effect on society.  Dunkirk for breakfast.  Eighty percent more or business class the Brickey way and the best reason to cancel a credit card.  The Blizzard Battle Royale begins.  Three of the worst candies, old people confections, and the coveted corner piece.  Who is the all time executioner of sweet items?

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#theroadtothebetes Cultural divides, food adultery, and existence without a head.  Hammer's Turtle.  The Zero Bar, Skor, Payday, and Thurgood Jenkins only friend.  Ice agents in the court once The Southern Lawyer shows up.  A "would you rather" that you'd rather not. 
619 - The DKNG Show: Chapter 10 - The Christmas In July Special  

We've always known The DKNG Show is a gift that keeps on giving but that's especially true in this latest chapter because it's Christmas In July! Not only do we once again get an in depth exploration of every project Dan and Nathan have worked on over the last two months, but Mark and the boys are announcing some special AID Giveaway winners all episode long. Chapter Ten is jam packed with work chronicled from concept to final product ranging from beer cans to printed posters and everything in between. Huge clients like Calloway, Mondo, and Almanac Beer Co. put their brand in the very capable hands of DKNG and we get the opportunity to learn from two modern day legends as they tell us how they work on a project from every angle. Christmas In July gets everyone's excitement at an all time high and that's bound to attract the attention of a few characters to drop in so listen close to an adventure filled with giveaways, graphics, and some surprises you have to hear to believe.

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Seasonal Ingredients that dictate product releases.  Tropical Space sketches with astronauts, Space Shamus, and the palm trees that got cut.  Limited visibility of flat artwork put on a round can.  Setting up a Screens N' Suds poster companion piece with a few different players.  The value of a return client and the long lasting relationships that business owners respond to.  Work so precise it looks like you didn't even do it.  Documentation or interpretation? Translating DKNG's work into the enamel pin game and getting past the solid lines to the stamped process.  Working with the Alamo Drafthouse to create more limited merchandise for Homecoming's release.  Parlaying one project into many.  Visiting the set of the holiday hit Hendry Alone and a drop in from Hannakuh Steve. 

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Calloway comes to DKNG for a series of golf inspired posters starting with the British Open.  Composing the winning pose. Free form geometric sketches of the hardest part that act as the game plan.  Staying on track with fresh eyes, choosing the best printing technique, and the key to capturing someone's likeness.  Putting your thumbprint on a portrait.  The promotional aspects of the project laid out from the get go.  A challenge to create an alternate illustration style using vector shapes and avoiding image trace or other filters.  The "I am Group" workflow, Revision Eyes, and finding the value for process videos.  The design decisions behind strong sellers in repeat markets.  Legal restrictions on landmarks and hinging your success on other people's IP.  Reinventing your merchandise to stay relevant in the poster scene circuit.  Irreplaceable face to face interactions with your customers and fans. Diversification and not letting nostalgia affect your business decisions. 
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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.  

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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. 
611 - Rogue Territory: Karl Thoennessen and Leslie Yeung  

All great things start out small. Rogue Territory took its first steps one pair of custom made jeans at a time and found its footing in taking that knowledge to the next organic step of ready to wear denim that took the world of premium men's fashion by storm. Karl and Leslie take us on an exploration to create what they love on their terms and let the organic demand dictate each step of the way. Rogue Territory is an expansive passion project for Karl and Leslie which now includes pants, trousers, button-ups, and a list of stockists whose love for the brand rivals their own. From pricing custom fabrics to working as a team, this interview lets you behind the scenes of a working classic brand that embodies the unchecked diligence and unbridled individuality synonymous with the mentality of its founders. Mark also sits down with Ben and Miranda of Snake Oil Provisions, a proud Rogue Territory stockist, about their perspectives on the brand, the common bond between creators, and the dream products they hope to see on shelves one day.

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The common bond of entrepreneurs, the flavor of the division of labor, and the niche of men's premium fashion and its rebirth. Getting your first fashionable Batsuit and showing people how things should fit. Developing the Working Classic style that defines Rogue Territory.  The design of the details.  Finding the whys, uncovering the intent, and editing out the filler.  Breaking down the pricing for quality.  Falling into fluidity and the unpredictability life throws at you.  High fives, communication, and some scary aspects of working with your significant other.  The practical things you should consider before you tell your boss to fuck off.  The marriage between the consumer needs and your needs. 

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Picking out the hundred hours you work and the support system that will keep you afloat.  What feels right, common sense, and typical business practices you throw out the window.  Starting a journey with regular guys that want the fit that works.  Basic Karl picks out what he needs next to define a brand and the story of Argentian Trouser program.  Avoiding crotch blowout, washing schedules for denim, and poetic ways to describe your raw denim.  The business side of custom made fabrics.  Building a distinct brand that innately draws the right customer.  Are trade shows right for your brand? A zero dollar marketing budget and sustaining engagement.  Indirectly and organically made in America. The ultimate sizing guide for Rogue Territory fits filled with the nuances and extra measurements every discerning customer needs. 
609 - Shop Talk with Billy Baumann and OKpants  

Get out the drum and start banging your hardest because Shop Talk is here. Mark, Billy, and Pants circle the wagons to discuss the launch of Aaron's capsule collection and how on-demand printing has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for an overworked designer. With quality at an all time high and fulfillment on your end a thing of the past, this cruel summer was a test for OKpants that he shares with us to help craft the shape of shops to come. Mark introduces an all new new segment that gets everyone sharing some hard earned truths that surround the free wheeling lifestyle of a creative. No matter how many drums you bang and no matter how many bosses you kill, the real question you need to ask yourself is... are you happy right now?

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Fourth Of July shenanigans OKpants.shop drops its first capsule collection. Delegation as a dictator and learning when to take a step back.  Rebranding the Secret Panel. The next steps for OKpants and keeping your store alive via print on demand.  Net Zero Inventory, pure profit, and the ability to effortlessly pivot.  What is the going rate for a cut of the profit is from On Demand printing?  Cloud life and tech support.  Please drunk dial us at 1.855.553.7563

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An unofficial cool from Billy.  Credit cards, credit scores, and staying on today's three-year rate.  Saving for retirement, getting ahead of the wealth accumulation game while you can, and overcoming shame.  A case for real degrees that get real careers.  Identity Theft, healthcare, and modern enslavement.  Are you happy right now? Elon breaks all the rules and the future of the automobile industry.  The design of the Tesla 3. 

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608 - The Collection with Huck Gee - Part 19: Camilla d'Errico  

Navigate through the colorful world of Camilla d'Errico as Huck Gee and Mark Brickey sit down with her for the next part of The Collection. With her unique style and vibrant palette Camilla has had her Italo-Canadian hands in everything from vinyl toys to socks to surrealist paintings that leap off the canvas. Split open rainbow heads and little button noses have paved the way for an empire of art that resonate with lifelong fans and new comers alike. One component that sets Camilla apart is how she sells her work and the multi-tier pricing that makes owning a piece from her collection an affordable venture at any budget level. Books, Skillshare classes, and countless Cons continually expand her reach and helps pave the way for new opportunities that will keep Camilla at the top of the game for a long time to come. There is so much to learn from an artist who finds a balance between the fun of creation and the business side of it all that keeps a career going so get ready to open those oversized Manga eyes even wider as The Collection interviews Camilla d'Errico.

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Hunting at festivals, awkward accents, and other Italian trivialities.  Overcoming teachers' expectations and making live art.  Budgeting your time for social media and letting the audience in on the process.  Minimums and price points in vinyl and the role of resin for modern makers.  International distribution, building your US Audience, and Canada's third world postal service.  Playing the Etsy game to grow your business and turning one painting into many sellable pieces.  Taking inspiration from yourself.  The Blank Show gets ramped up for a return.  Affordable price points at every level. 

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The long road to publication and what it takes to get to the printed page.  Beyond fruit bowl paintings and the why behind How To Books.  Staggered advances, royalty percentages, and the options of distribution.  The respect a fan base deserves as they follow on your journey.  Shady neighborhoods that Huck calls home and the wild older brother to Canada.  Camilla takes on more feminine Manga Skillshares.  Expanding your social media audience and outsmarting the algorithm.   Video tips for Instagram. 
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