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!


516 - A Shop Talk Special with bigSTORY's Mike Bonifer  

We are on the cusp of a new story unfolding and there is no one better to speak with than Mike Bonifer from bigSTORY about the narrative in front of us. Mike has spent his career analyzing how to engage your audience through effective communication and his take on America's recent election of Donald Trump and what lies ahead is an invaluable source of information for us to use and apply in our own lives. From Brain Drain in rural America to the media's role in giving the wrong voice the megaphone, this special Shop Talk covers a lot of ground that lead us to where we are today. Perhaps the larger question is where do we go next and Mike and Mark provide ample ideas in that realm as well. At least we know the advice coming out of Mike's mouth is nothing but good bullshit.

Talking Points

ERGO and honoring all the voices in a story. Why storytellers who bend the narrative past the truth will win. Locker Room Talk on an emotional and meta level without any pushback. Pinning the fine print on Hillary. Brain Drain in small towns that are feeling left behind. Taking the bait that turns America into an endless string of strip malls. Joining the narrative of local, structured resistance. Learning to improvise and improve our polyculture. Actually doing the work that was discussed in our philanthropic meetings. Why aren't more artist's risking their fame to stand up for what is right? Tearing down a trillion dollar industry one brick at a time. Good Bullshit / Bad Bullshit Leaving mass media behind to get your message out. Taking the first bus out of Rerun City. Is your starting point realistic and intentional? The hunger for creativity and finding where it fits. Was Disney's acquisition of Marvel a bad deal? Honoring the concerns of the collective mind. Misguided concepts of heroism. The media's responsibility in handing the megaphone to a voice that didn't deserve it. Looking at the other side of the bathtub. Articulating your intention to let your story guide you. The importance in staying alert. One for the studio and one for you. Acting on your instincts. The real danger happening today and trusting outsiders.


515 - Biggie  

Biggie brings his business savior-faire back to Adventures In Design and pulls the curtain even farther back on a successful mindset. Once the romantic idea of starting a business has worn off there is still the day to day ditch digging that most people shy away from. Biggie is the first one there with a shovel, ready to go, and inspiring everyone else to get started. This episode is filled with business and productivity advice that can help you with your focus, motivation, and ability to finish. Biggie is beginning to reap the rewards of his hard work and we can all  learn from his discipline and drive to bring you to the same place... no matter which hallway you choose.

Talking Points

Recapping 2016 for Good Fight and Biggie's life. The insane sci-fi concepts involved with human birth. What records are dropping in 2017? Romantic inceptions versus realistic expectations. Focusing on your goals and not getting sidetracked. Are you wired for multi tasking? Moderating your pie in the sky ideas with your daily goals. Avoiding complacency being the lion ready to go at the top of the hill. Keeping your employees motivated, thinking about yourself, and being fair. Delegation, communication, and being as hands off as possible. Inspiring the inner sect. Vision and inspiration. Looking ahead to plan out success. Keeping an eye on both your responsibilities and your employee's responsibilities. Touching on the Three C's and some impressive organization. Finding time to workout in a busy schedule. Energy upticks form working out. Shoestring Fries and Burpee Pull Ups. Using benchmarks to compare your life's progress. Overcoming the guilt in rewarding yourself. Living within your worst potential means and the wisdom in frugality. Poster framing as a metaphor for everything else in life. The flip side of the struggle and self parking cars. Watch wormholes that represent straight cash money. Paying your dues, taking lumps, and reaping your rewards. 2 Hallways. 1 Place.
513 - Shop Talk with David Smith & Kloc  

The Double Dave bonanza on Shop Talk continues but this time we have David Smith and Dave Kloc breaking down the week with Mark. Everyone on today's episode brings their perspectives on financial strategies and how the ebb and flow of a Net 30 lifestyle can wear on you. Also Dave, Dave and Mark have all recently dealt with some professional pivots in their careers and the mental fortitude it takes to make it through an uncertain time in life that comes to just about everyone. This Shop Talk gets deep at a moment's notice and always knows how to come back up for some light hearted air so be ready for a rollercoaster of emotions similar to the one you're most likely on financially if you're a freelancer. Now let's go find that guy with the twenty grand and get another paddle in the water.

Talking Points

The difference between small corporations, big dollar, and the freelance life. Getting emo in LA with all it's isolation. Choosing happiness over financial comfort. The rollercoaster of the grind or being chained to your paycheck. Financial strategies, multiple bank accounts, and staying ready for tax season. Buying equipment that you've earned. How one project should greenlight the next two. The Net 30 or Net 60 that can sabotage your motivation. Money, work, and the emotional side of getting paid (what you're worth). Both sides of the fence on privilege. The first VHS you ever watched. Bad money and more paddles in the river. Is working with the big boys even worth it? Building blocks versus road blocks. Natural selection in the creative community. Decreasing the distance between whats in your head and whats on the page. Professional pivots. Design past branding and the the importance of the right connections. Staying innovative when you;re an OB. The luxury of moving on from something once you're bored with it. What is crucial in your balance of life? Setting up boundaries and the mental shift it has on productivity. Does everyone feel behind? Does anyone feel respected? Getting stuck and living in the moment to appreciate what you have. Fighting for different results. Who can't you let down? Strength of character, sacrifice, and being kind. Making your work ethic less volatile than your bank account. The success of investing in yourself emotionally.
512 - December Poster Countdown with Dan Stiles  

Mark Brickey and Dan Stiles take on the month of December in todays Poster Countdown on AID. From art pieces to fresh takes on classic films, was filled with worthy contenders that we can learn from when two veterans critique the cream of the crop. What is the true function of a poster? What are these artists trying to convey? Where should the type go? This countdown is going to get you thinking about your approach to creating work from concept to execution. Dan brings his well trained eye and Mark brings the emotional aspect of storytelling to the Top 10 to show us how we can all improve our creative work.

Talking Points

Promoting all your skills and not getting pigeon holed into one facet. The kernel is the concept and drawing a paper cup. Jamming out on your illustration. How nice does Dan have to be on the show? Worshipping fussiness as posters transition from functional to fashionable. Simplifying your composition to increase its impact. Constantly reinventing your characters. the unique Jay Ryan that is inspiring future generations. Illustration with or without integrated typography. The two most common type strategies that you should never use. How to show your clients their ideas are wonky. Punching up the drama to push what you're trying to communicate. Is it a painting or a poster? Creating impact through the juxtaposition of scale. Using all three layers of storytelling in your poster. Balancing your excitement with what the project truly needs. Black Spotting your illustration. Technique and take away. Women drawing women and the difference between naked and nude. Following the breadcurmb trail in the posters. Using linework to avoid cinema collage. Capturing the emotions in the story. Nailing down the time period in your piece. Technical techniques and graphic techniques. Redoing well known characters as closely as possible. Setting rules and knowing when to break them. Pushing the overlap to increase the illusion of layering. Master light and the world is your oyster. The push and pull of making original work that will sell. Doing less with more. Is it an ad or a poster? Negative space as negative space. Simplification and limitations that improve your piece.
511 - Lincoln Design Co.  

Lincoln Design Co. has the client roster you've always dreamed of. Lincoln Design has the talent you've always wished was yours. Lincoln Design earned every bit of it with countless hours of cranking out the best work possible... and then some. Mark sits down with owner/founder Dan Janssen and creative director Dustin Noden to find the secret in the well designed sauce. Not only have they made work for Nike, Hot Wheels, Wacom, Harley Davidson, and Disney but they have their own internal collateral ranging from tees to zines that speak volumes about their capabilities and creativity. Sit back and get ready to meet your new heroes from the Pacific Northwest who have redefined hard work and mind melting style.

Talking Points

Making your own Bones Brigade.  Keeping everyone on the same page with respect and leadership. Utilizing the whole team for the greatest impact. Working for The Bird Man and what it means to be an icon. The importance of putting in the face time. Maintaining long term relationships with dream clients. Never promise what you can;t do at 100%. Who does what at Lincoln? Transitional periods in business that can potentially kill your momentum. Making collateral for yourself. Neutral territory for effective team building. The art of cranking. Are you over critiquing your projects? The difference in print. Pricing out your promo materials and the long term value in it. When is it time to bring on another employee? The ups and downs form project to project. Switching gears to brand for Barbie. Hot Wheels logo changes and building WWE Superstar style guides for licensees. The rise of seasonal skateboard series. Essential Place Guide or Tip To Tail Graphics? Internal scheduling for your own branding. Traditional Ad Agency models and accounting for incorporating the lifestyle you lead. Making things for the maid to throw away. Heavy bags, mini ramps, and building the brand.
509 - Shop Talk with Dave Cook and Kloc  

Shop Talk is back with a Double Dave vengeance as Mark sits down with Bonethrower AKA Dave Cook and the K Man AKA Dave Kloc in not so sunny Los Angeles. As the boys sit in the Silverlake Studio they get into the world of screenprinting, self employment, and wearing every single hat along the way to making a sale. Dave Cook and Dave Kloc still keep most of their art making process in analog form and they each share their technical difficulties and how they found the determination to overcome them. After all that blood sweat and tears, they even break down the heartbreaks of getting complimented on someone else's work when it comes their way. What more can these two endure? Just because you love something doesn't always mean you'll be successful at it but nevertheless... antics ensue.

Talking Points

The #1 myth about screenprinting is dispelled. Acclimating to Southern California temperatures and going soft. Handling the various costs of living as you make a new locale home. The love hate relationship of self employment.  Finding profits in printing. Planing your brand and scripting out your sales. Effectively setting up a webstore after you've already done everything else. If you want to live... don't sleep in your studio? The detrimental effects of an audience on your skill set. Making your house a home by having a studio somewhere else. Fuel in the tank and significant others. Analog, digital, and the fascination between the two disciplines. Building muscle memory and confidence in your art. The ability to get things done and the power behind a checklist. Dave and Dave confront their biggest hurdles in retail. Closing customer loopholes and limiting the portals they can contact you with. Getting compliments for someone else's work and taking credit for someone else's work. Paying the bills with goofy dogs. Taking your commisioned pieces to the next level and The Cook Book AKA Dave's Idea. Making the decision to follow through. Mark admits to thievery.
508 - Dylan Garrett Smith II  

Dylan Garrett Smith returns to Adventures In Design and this time not as a creep, but as a friend. The young, uprising talent joins Mark to talk all things dark, mysterious, and creative. Dylan has a true creative spirit that revels in the art of creation and playing god on his own terms and you can find that in his work and determinate mind. What is his process for taking his work digital and working towards the light? What is Dylan planning as he takes The Mission Of Trust himself? Who is The Jersey Devil? Theres a whole lot of dark meat chicken nuggets in this episode so get ready to jot it all down in the smallest pocket notebook you can find.

Talking Points

Hate Mail from a concerned listener and stoking the fires of an international rivalry. Boot chains and tire chains. Going digital and working on white before it goes black. Giving yourself room to bob and weave. Making a map to help with the inking process. How much eyepatch related culture does Dylan have to know? The Daniel Danger Upside Scanning Technique returns! Are you just making other people's ideas or making your own? A new and pertinent sponsor arrives to the AID airwaves. Who is Zeke? Posing your Mom as a murder model. Revisiting the themes in A Charlie Brown Christmas as an adult. The Folklore of The Jersey Devil and his better aesthetic. Contemplating the better party in a potential afterlife. Crystal Lee Lucas and her shadow love. Seeing the same house through a whole new lens (literally and metaphorically). Standing up for 2016 and not being a victim. Action over acquiescence. The weakest people you know and how to rise above the bullshit. Standing up against racism. What is your project telling you and are you confident enough to follow it there? Putting yourself into the calendar. Being mentally ready to take on an art career and the financial realities after college. Time, Money, and Balance. The Fragrance House from Hell and how The Mission Of Trust is challenging Dylan to push himself into whole new worlds. The smallest notebook you can carry around and the thoughts inside it.


507 - The Collection with Huck Gee - Part 13: J Ryu  

The Collection returns for another year on the Adventures In Design airwaves and Huck and Mark bring J Ryu on as their first guest. J Ryu has a beautiful and delicate ornamentation found across his work that places his work in another time. Between his sense of style and rich pop culture knowledge he adds a whole new layer to The Collection we have yet to hear from a designer. Meanwhile Huck has been hard at work as he adds another production technique to his at home arsenal of toy making gadgetry. This DIY approach offers some cost cutting and time saving tactics Huck employs, but there is still some research to be done and we get to hear some of the results straight form the mad scientist himself.

Talking Points

The many names of J Ryu. Rotocasting vs. Slush Casting Balancing the time to dry, the amount to use, and balls that throw off your center of gravity. DIY home production techniques. All hands on deck for Huck and the double edged sword of purchasing equipment. The long long road of the F.A.D. Dunny. Making chic trash. The leadership and decision making process behind a maturing company. J Ryu's ornamentation as storytelling elements. Growing up as an Asian Gothic Redneck in North Carolina. Shanghai Comic Con Customers and Eastern Culture. Uncovering the path to make toys and searching for that career rave. Chasing real creative ideas when you walk away from agency work. The proper ways to behave when you meet a celebrity. Optimus Prime, Battle Of The Planets, and Voltron. Putting together your fragmented childhood memories to find Space Giants. The first generation of kids who grew up and chased down their dreams. Pro Pomeranians, Pro Wrestlers, and Con Kids. Testing the science behind 3D Resin materials over time. How cost effective is it to have a 3D Printer and how does it change your production techniques? Can we get 3D Printing on demand yet? Storytelling with Squad 33 and developing the online archive of Huck Gee. Facebook as an advertising tool and Facebook as a social media outlet. Boiling the internet down to four channels. Getting the invite to The Smiths party. Are you adding to the conversation or just muddying the waters? Properly pushing the products you make and staying prolific.
505 - Last Tube of Christmas - Brickey Saves Christmas?  

Can Mark Brickey save Adventures In Design Christmas? It's AID Christmas Eve and Mark has no guest, no plan and no content. Can he race against the midnight church bells to make a AID Christmas special and save Christmas. 

His friends over at Delicious Design League create a Christmas Miracle for the Circle of Trust for the final tube of Christmas. 

504 - Tube 02: Weird Sin Preview Pop Up Shop by Your Cinema  

Besch is back and he and Trump have one big thing in common... 2016 was a great year for them. Since we last checked in with Ryan and Your Cinema he has been firing on all cylinders and making his presence felt in the world around him. From finding his Building Block Clients to developing multiple passive income streams you could say he took some of that Tough Love to heart back in January. This episode is filled with practical work advice from a creative on the rise and stepping back into his own and sharing his well researched color palettes, inking techniques, and halftones that will make you beg for more. Finally, Ryan will be getting some much deserved time in the spotlight between his growing popularity and expanding network of creatives that will make 2017 an incredible year for him. 

Talking Points

An AID success story. Exploding on Instagram and analyzing what your audience wants. Showing what you;re capable of to get hired for it. Phish as a career barometer. Stepping over to the seedy side of the street. The alleged Black Face Pig and why you never feed the pigeons. Cutting your creative vision loose. Putting the work into linework. Coming out of your shell once you realize there is nothing to lose. The importance of feedback from other artists. Screenprinting the Home Depot way. Personal projects and finding your building blocks. A DVD player that Tarantinos any movie. Seeing snow as a necessity to start the season. Piggybacking your products into a client's order. Besch's best brushes and big tips in illustration. Selling your Halftone Habits. Research to recreate retro magic. Building a color palette based off old comics and cheap printing techniques. Picking what products to produce to stay diverse. Brainstorming an activity pack for scumbags that will grow your legend. Questioning callbacks in the creative profession. Dealing with content troublemakers and reverse comment trolling. Building your own icons in your own universe with their own meanings. Handling the surge.


503 - 3rd Tube of Christmas - Donate To Feeding Long Beach  
For Our 2nd Annual Holiday Fundraiser We Have Decide To Help Homeless And Hungry People In Need.
We Will Be Asking For Your Donations From Now Until Sunday At Midnight.
110% Of The Money Raised Will Go To Feeding Long Beach.
The Brickey Family Will Match Your Donation By 10%

We Will Purchase Toiletries, Underwear, Socks, Plastic Bags (For Food Distribution)
And Other Basic Supplies That You And I Take For Granted But Could Greatly Help A Person In Need.

Watch The Shopping On Instagram Live And Look To This Page For A Copy Of The Receipt Of Purchase.

By Donating Your Name May Be Randomly Selected To Win One Of The Following Donated Prizes

$100 Gift Card From Mondo

$100 Gift Card From Mitch Putnam of Posters and Toys or The VACVVM

$50 Gift Card From

Win 1 of 5 DKNG Polar Bear Prints courtesy of  Adventures In Design

A Years Subscription To The Circle of Trust

$100 Gift Card For The Adventures In Design Store
*On AID/COT Merchandise Only

502 - Tube 04: Derrick Castle  

It wouldn't be everyone's favorite time of year without That Christmas Guy flying through Nashville and spreading a little redneck holiday cheer to every boy and girl! Derrick Castle helps us open up our 4th Tube Of Christmas and brings along some of his famous southern wisdom that also brings out the best in Mark. Derrick balances a full time design job and has Straw Castle as a side hustle that also hones his illustration talents and now helps develop his screenprinting chops as well. From cash flow to ink flow this episode is a great look into an established artist dipping his feet into the production side of the process to further his own craft. Derrick shares his struggles with staying fresh while keeping his audience, balancing perception and intent, and pumping the brakes to move forward.

Talking Points

The AID Straw Castle Snapback and Enamel Broach for COT members. QVCing the whole episode, Chai Mantra Beer, and Barry White Trash. Explaining beer to a straight edge kid. Are craft shows hitting critical mass? Keeping your products strong, finding your hurdle, and getting in front of new eyes. Color sells your product. A tip for keeping your white type crisp when you;re screenprinting. Fudging color overlays and calling audibles when it doesn't work out. Added value, start up capital, and structuring a sale. Keeping the cash flow momentum. Massaging the people who produce your products. Toning, tinting, and shading. A bucket of base to bootleg your way to better print. From dark to light while walking a mile in Mark's squeegee. Hypothetically slowing down and keeping things fresh. What's wrong with designer? The undercurrent of an AID interview. Getting behind the brand to get the real struggle. What won't Mark put out? Knowing where you;re going before you open your mouth. Pumping your brakes for the proper momentum on the big reveal. Plans, flying by the seat of your pants, and making the most out of what you;ve got. Working with photographers. A Competitive Edge Call about Californian concerns. Keeping up your public facing image. Where is the moral line of right and wrong on sensitive subject matter? Intent, perception, and communication. The most redneck Christmas gifts.
501 - Tube 05: Breaking News with Sean Mort  

The best team in Breaking News goes live one last time in 2016 and they are pulling out all the stops. Before Mark and Sean take Monday's show behind the paid wall for Circle Of Trust Members only they bring out the big guns and answer some serious listener questions. The pros bring you the pros and cons of keeping utility clients, analyzing your market, and pushing onward to the next level of success. When should you release a new product after the Christmas Season? How do you get your foot in the door of clients with some bigger budgets? Are you doing the wrong thing and you don't even know it. The People's Champ and your favorite podcaster use Breaking News to answer your questions and help give you the tools you'll beed to succeed as a creative in today's world.

Talking Points

Mall Kiosk Merchants and The Christmas Guy The trouble with utility clients. Which Renegades are worth your while? An update on James Flames as he burns the candle at both ends. Managing Baby Mort and attending Hamilton in 2017. Sean gets a free membership and Mark realigns some priorities. Leveling off and analyzing your market. Compelling the people to join the Circle Of Trust, What has happened and what hasn't happened for AID. Tapping into the struggle to make the best content. The first AID Universe Civil War. Should you give Christmas some space before you release a new product? The shift away from globalism and looking at who else shit the bed. Squarespace, Etsy, and the key to having your own store. To wait for 8 or just jump over. Getting your foot in the door with larger companies. How the human element bears fruit. Drop a pin. Make a book. Take some meetings. Walking down the DIY road. Executing your own ideas so people know you can perform. Keeping your confidence while you stumble around in the dark.
500 - Tube 06: Delicious Design League  

Adventures In Design reaches a momentous milestone by reaching its 500th Episode going out on these here downloadable airwaves. It is only fitting that Mark and the Godfather of the Podcast itself, Billy Baumann of Delicious Design League, get together to talk about the past, present, and future. From listening back to some early AID content, a visit from an old colleague, to some heartfelt advice between friends... this episode perfectly encapsulates what makes Adventures In Design so special. A very sincere thank you to everyone who has ever listened to a single minute of the show, shared some of your thoughts with us, or joined The Circle Of Trust because you believed in the show as much as we did. Here's to another 500 (which we will hit in 2019)!

Talking Points

Mark and Billy give some Director's Commentary on the first AID ever. Billy officially admits that the podcast is important to him. A clip from another early show about STD's, getting picked on, and the unimaginable wealth from a career in podcasting. Hey! That's Cool with James Flames. Diversify or die. Gaining a new perspective on your business from other people's struggles. DDL unpacks the 6th Tube Of Christmas. Billy open up about what's been going on with him and why he is justifiably depressed lately. The shift form being single to being counted on. A difficult diagnosis to stomach. Escapism in it's many forms. Getting vulnerable with the AID Family. Billy moves up and out of third place. Hey! That's Not Cool with Billy. Fitting Fantasyland into one print and how Mark collected source material from the park. Getting to good enough. The problem with passion projects. The designers at Delicious plant their side hustle flags to backfill dead time. Tearing down the walls to connect the dots on something bigger. The reluctance of pushing yourself into a new skill. Grappling with a self aware laziness. A peek behind The Mission Of Trust and where it's going. Turning tune out time into productive time. Relighting the spark in your life. The struggle to support your family. 500 Episodes later and Mark still never knows what Billy is going to say.


499 - Tube 07: Bonethrower Brickey Birthday Blowout with special guest Mike Hammer  

It's Mark's birthday blowout and that means he gets to do whatever he wants. If he wants to offer a massive 24" x 36" False Idol print from Bonethrower that has been sold out for a long time now... he gets to do it. If he wants to talk with Mike Hammer of Violent Gentlemen... he gets to do it. If he wants to talk about the new problems that come with a new climate... he gets to do it because that's how birthdays work! Mark and Hammer talk about everything from being a Belieber to social media strategies and a big announcement about some regularly schedules episodes next year. Behind all the fun and fireworks, this episode is packed with chicken nuggets for you like the best length to run a sale, the importance of quality, and winging it once you're the boss. Wish your favorite podcaster Mark Birckey a "Happy Birthday" today and thanks for listening!

Talking Points

Getting brownie points from your neighbors. The Bonethrower Tube is opened up and something special is inside. One year for due diligence and being bad business dad's. Less games raises the stakes to a do or die level. Building momentum in your best cities. Marketing towards fellow fans. Making merchandise that resonates with the people. EA Sports' team picking rules. Stylization meets competition and setting up the AID Olympics. Spitballing Hammer Time episode concepts. What is the best length to run a sale? The guy who missed the sale that was never going to buy anything anyways. Social media strategizing and picking your posts. Double Tap Privacy and regramming people of all shapes and sizes. Storytelling 101. Cutting the shit and treating everyone equally. Hammer's guarantee to keep it real. The low down on Lil Dicky. Is Justin Bieber a puck hog? Mud room continuity and the process of taking off your shoes. Staying ready for anything and picking a side. Holiday spikes to your bottom line. The refresh strategy and that special new blouse aura. New climates, new problems, and whats wrong with white interiors. Commit to quality. Hammer takes on the difficult world of kid's clothing. Growth, delegation, and winging it. How to Shell a mall. You're winning or you're learning.
498 - Tube 08: The Collection with Huck Gee - Part 12: Camilla d'Errico and Alex Solis  

The Collection returns for its possibly final installment with a live performance from Designer Con with Camilla d'Errico and Alex Solis. The life of a creative can take a lot of unexpected twists and turns and this episode focuses in on the optimism and hard work it takes to break through to the other side. When do you start to find your own style? Will I no longer have to live by spreadsheets once I'm successful? How do I kick myself into gear to get things done? The Collection answers all this and more as Mark Brickey and Huck Gee delve deeper into the world of business that surrounds art before and after the live Designer Con portion of the show.

Talking Points

 The 8th Tube of Christmas gets opened up and shipped for free domestically with a chance to win the Day and Night versions of Raku. Sex talk on The Collection and hard Camaro disses. Drowning in the big projects. Pricing a forty part toy bike and blindly following your passion. The tipping point in production when you work in house. Why should you get out of your bubble and into a convention? Trying to control the chaos while taking stock of your time. Bringing in pop culture to bring in an audience. The process behind creating a series and making each piece have some sort of meaning. Losing over 10,000 followers because of your subject matter. Does the final product dictate the initial sketches? Planning for complexity, price point, and structural engineering. When did your work start to look like your work? The 10,000 hours to develop your style. Finding your heroes and making what you love your own. Persistence in the only patch to take. Jumping in feet first and figuring it out as you go along. Balancing what you want against what your audience wants against what galleries tell you will sell. Refining your vision and staying optimistic with no end in sight. Staying invigorated by pushing into new territories. The difficulty behind breaking out of your own shell and showing people your work no matter how weird it is. How do you kick yourself into gear to get something done. Mark gets his bubble burst. Huck's goals for 2017 and leaving San Francisco. The current workflow from pencil to plastic and the back and forth of finding the form. The many hats you don't think you'll have to wear as a sole proprietor. Spreadsheets over sketchbooks. Accounting for flexibility in your business plan and figuring out what is within your control. Will The Collection return next year at all?
497 - Tube 09: The DKNG Show: Chapter 6  

The DKNG Show reaches its final chapter for it's first year on the air and we have learned so much from these two design industry leaders. Dan and Nathan open their doors once again to let us examine their business strategies, design choices, and public appearances. It's just our luck they also have put together an incredible deal for our 9th Tube Of Christmas filled with Explorer's Club patches, pins, and a chance to win the Big Salami! Chapter 6 pulls apart how DKNG completed their recent geometric Polar Bear Print, how they account for mystery tube sales, and speaking in front of thousands at Adobe Max. Need more? How about what it was like to take on their first mural project, set up shop at Mondo Con 3, and compare their business model to Daniel Danger's. Theres never a dull moment when Dan, Nathan, and Mark get together to bring you over an hour and a half of design talk and some insight on making that sweet caaaaaaaaaaaaaaash.

Talking Points

The Oreo of Good News / Bad News / Good News. Some good news about the bad news regarding Hanukkah. PATCHES AND PINS AND A CHANCE TO WIN! The Big Salami push and pulling out the big winner. Donating your time and service to a cause you believe in. Making healthy geometric relationships and keeping the story strong. Keeping the end goal and the audience in mind. Putting as much attention into your customer relationships as your artistic expressions. Pre-loaded Black Friday Tubes that keep your inventory on point. The semantics behind a Mystery Tube Sale and what work qualifies for it. Treating your prints like a dead buffalo. Is complexity all your clients want? Flexing your skills before you get into the Rubix Cubism. Remembering what you're designing and working for others. The feedback is less origin and more sausage making. Are you sharing too much of your business plan and creating more competition for yourself. Packaging design, registration, and planning for trapping. Letting limitations elevate you. Designing the box, selecting the species, and laser etching contrast. DKNG does a mural. Incorporating texture and not overpowering the room. Stretching the room with math. Mondo Con and it's different kind of customer. Losing it for limited edition pieces and people geared towards collectibility. Are you a DKNG or a Daniel Danger? And can you be both? The emotional side of supply and demand. What happens when you stop working and your income is directly correlated with it. Some heartfelt Holiday well wishing.
496 - Tube 10: Breaking News with Sean Mort  

Breaking News takes over the airwaves with our 10th Tube and a long overdue episode from Dem Snicket Boys. Sean Mort and Mark Brickey answer all the questions you've been dying to hear the answers to and mix in some great stories, a little career advice, and some good old fashioned ball busting. Breaking News takes questions ranging from starting your career in digital art to explaining the multitude of release strategies for releasing physical copies of your art. What's the best way to send products to your customers? Are you trying to impress your friends with your talents or are you trying to develop a following? Do craft fairs get crazier than you think they would? The International Bromance reunites to put these questions to rest and brighten up the week to come with a big bucket of yellow.

Talking Points

Was Sean kicked out of the Circle Of Trust? Mondays move behind the paid wall in 2017 to be better for everyone. Hashing out problems with your friends instead of in front of everyone. Getting out from behind the truck. Creating content around your product and other promotional tips. The steering wheel situation from the other side of the snicket. Sending out smaller prints the Wendy's way. Impressing your friends or moving units. Fag City / Cali For Mia / Booth Breast Feeding Print Trading Lies / The Worst Booth / Hipster Body Rock Fights / Strawberry Shortcake Elephant Ears / Beth Gets Pushed And Heads Get Kicked In From individually unwrapped American Cheese slices to expensive artisan cheese trays. Open editions, variants, numbered prints, and secondary markets. Balancing cash flow, developing your following, and splitting the difference. A little food for thought on the current state of The Walking Dead. Mark drops the ball on Sean's Balls and the only appropriate time to wear shorts. The potential in self driving cars. Mark's burial plans explained in full. Seeing where Sean lives and the joy of traveling. Digital art entry points. Long term plays on merch and gauging your stock. Other podcasts that won't break up the bromance. Planning out the Bucket Of Yellow enamel pin sale. Rogue One plans and predictions.





495 - Tube 11: Shop Talk with Billy Baumann and OK Pants  

Bang the holiday drum because the holidays have come to Shop Talk as we open up the 11th Tube Of Christmas. The boys stay well off course today to keep everyone's spirits bright after a long week of settling in for the long lines and crowded parking lots that loom ahead. Billy almost gets fired from Delicious, Mark's plane loses a passenger, and all the while our personal Tiny Tim, OK Pants is trying to keep things positive. The iPad Pro receives a final AID verdict and we all uncover what Instagram has been hiding with Al Gore's Rhythm and why. Shop Talk ends on a high note as Mark, Billy, and Aaron square off in a heated debate over the superheroes and supervillains that have impacted us the most.  

Talking Points

A standing issue with horses. Rolling out a blouse of positivity. The Hanukah Metrics, custom menorahs, and our favorite eight legged holiday mascot. Flying with a one year old and upgrading to Rogue. Cloud based file saving systems and the missing laptop that got away. Mid-Atlantic Emergencies with Mark. A final ruling on the iPad Pro from Mark and Billy. Microsoft inches ahead for creative professionals. What to do with more than one iPad. From the backwoods to the bleachers at Disneyland. Holiday Havoc looms over Cleveland. Instagram's Curation Conspiracy is unearthed by Black Friday. Or is it? A price per click kick in the balls. Cluttered content, spreading the good word, and rolling back to email lists. The strongest superhero square off. Billy blows the Top 10 Villains list. Defending character arcs in Batman Vs. Superman. DC's subtle take on humanity. The build up for a six minute fight and Ben Affleck as the best Batman yet. Tent poles in the movie industry and kicking the tires on your audience.
494 - Tube 12: Jason Edmiston  

December is upon us and over at Adventures In Design that could only mean one thing… the 12 Tubes Of Christmas are here! We kick off our countdown of deals with a heavyweight in the world of contemporary art, Jason Edmiston. This year spans the gamut of successful projects for Jason from an art show at the Mondo Gallery to publishing his first art book, Visceral. After 2015 proved to be his breakout year, our Canadian Contender turned inward to create work that expands his public visibility and artistic credibility and joins Mark to share what he’s learned. Balancing the workload associated with personal achievements and profitability can be a tricky one even when you’re spreading it across three hundred and sixty five days but if anyone can do it, Jason can, and with a plan. It’s no accident Jason has an immense and impressive body of work and hearing his insight and intent behind his actions in a valuable tool for artists at any level in their career about what to do and where to go next.

Talking Points

Merchandising painting. The big giclee flop and keeping your customers in mind. Jason’s big takeaways from 2016. Betting your success on your customer’s budget. Where you release your art dictates its price. Gushing over Grief. Rob Jones’ business model at Mondo Con 3.  Placing a personal achievement over profitability. Greasing the hands that make the books. Being groomed for a future at Mondo. The early Edmiston grind with Ron Swanson. Art for art, widgets for visibility, and making money off it all. Crawl. Walk. Run. Ordering images spanning two decades. Vetting you publisher and the obscurity of the French. Going HD and more like Breaking Bad as you progress. The least profitable item in the booth is still the most profitable way to sell it. Innovative incentives to promote purchases. The deal with apparel. How to move every copy at the bookstore. Volume based business and the upside of loss leaders. Pulling yourself up a bracket. What does Jason have planned for 2017? Going from shotgun to sharp shooter. Exploring potential revenue streams for your business.
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