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

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.
493 - Latinos In Contemporary Art with Man One, Maria "TooFly" Castillo, Antonio Pelayo, and Ritzy Periwinkle  

Our third and final panel from Designer Con ends on a very strong note with Latinos in Contemporary Art. Mark sits down with Man One, Maria "TooFly" Castillo, Antonio Pelayo, and Ritzy Periwinkle to hear first hand what life is like at the crossroads of two cultures and how the next regime change can potentially affect their creative careers. All four of our guest's stem from a background rooted in community and caring which comes out in their artistic content and approach to life. Not only can everyone learn from their professional practices, but their personal mindset on a day in day out basis to keep success in all of our corners. This panel is a glimpse at the hustle needed to thrive in the upcoming economy and a bright spot of hope about thriving even if the odds are stacked against you.

Talking Points

Working with everyone to make America great again. Getting into the mindset of becoming an agent of change. Bringing better points of view to the table. Learning to listen and applying rubber to the road. Inspiration from the Mexican countryside. Growing up as a creative in the golden era of hip hop. Getting your hands on the black book of NYC Graffiti Culture. The marriage between street art and latino culture. Feeling the need for expression. Using your success to bring others up with you. The strong sense of community infused in the Latinos. Overcoming stereotypes and working with the cards you're dealt to get ahead. Finding strength in your role models and being an example to the next generation. Merging two cultures in your artistic outlets. Cutting the bullshit out of business and its surprising results. What happens when the majority gets the blinders taken off? A plus for the art business is a minus for the business of art. Entering action mode and searching for sustainability. The looming stench of T-Day. Becoming Sisyphus on a personal and professional level. Putting a stop to the pity party and making some new and united moves. Is it our job to save the world? Silver passes and cell shading.
492 - I'm With Her... Women in business, design, and contemporary art with Tara McPherson, Julie B, Whitney Kerr, and Junko Mizuno  

The live episodes from Designer Con continue with a panel of four women at the forefront of the contemporary art world. Using their unique blend of creativity and business sense Tara McPherson, Julie B, Whitney Kerr, and Junko Mizuno have become powerful voices in the design community around them. What are the struggles these women have faced from board rooms to blank canvases and has gender played a significant role in their careers? How has our cultures surge in technology affected artist's abilities to share their stories with a broader audience? Mark asks the questions you need answers to from this diverse panel of women whose abilities span the entire gamut of the creative spectrum. Today's intro also contains a holiday surprise from Jordan Buckley of jbww.com and Every Time I Die.

Talking Points in the Jordan Buckley Intro

Falling asleep to the sound of counting cash. Releasing the album of your career. Waiting six months to find out if you creatively missed the mark. Progressing in your craft while still connecting with your audience. Casting smaller nets. Taking your number at the Supply And Demand Deli. Missing song six and seven at Amateur Hour. JBWW.com moves into merchandising. Trial and error till death. A real life "can you imagine" moment and balancing work with life. Staying Productive on and off the road.

Talking Points in I'm With Her... Women in business, design, and contemporary art

Returning to Pasadena, a split booth, a personal affirmation, and facing new challenges. Rotofugi's redemption and a future in Chicago. A Tara Show versus a Junko Show. The excitement in collaboration. Starting your career with the creative tools available today compared to the Nineties. Interacting with your own work in real life. Coaching artists through their first 3D experience. The pros and cons of the internet on an artist's career. Pausing your career and becoming the Partridge Family of posters. Motherhood, business, and the opportunities you can't say no to. The moment you knew it would work. Patching up your Net 90 Holes. Staying unrealistic in Tokyo and outlasting your parent's alternate expectations. Drawn to bondage. Female sexuality from a female perspective. Exploring existential angst while retaining your strength. Do you respond to the feedback of your fans? Accepting help and handing off power. Trusting yourself to make the right decision. Keeping a balance of health and wealth. Bringing the family into the business. Uncovering the mystery behind gender biased color palettes. Value, saturation, and making your colors resonate. Following the paper and abandoning your monitor. The greatest moment in a creative career.
491 - Turn Your Art Into Entertainment with John Tomko, Josh Rimes AND Brian Michael Levant  

How do you break into the entertainment industry with your creativity? What matters most about a new project from people at the top of the ladder to the producer's assistant? Mark Brickey sits down with John Tomko, Josh Rimes, and Brian Michael Levant at Designer Con to get the answers to you closer to your big break. This panel represents over fifty collective years in the entertainment industry and they've seen it all and bring their experience to today's adventure to give you some inside information about how this lucrative world works. Get direct advice about sharing your unique voice, creating a universe, and possibly making the type of money that can change your life.

Talking Points

Pop culture goes Open Source Bringing Falling Down to life. Getting your work into an accessible format for Hollywood. The tools creatives have to break into the industry. From character to story to world building. Are you giving away too much or now showing enough? Developing a fan base that gets assess in seats. Voice, vision, and the art of storytelling. Getting teamed up with people to help you find your niche. How to share your vision and bring them into your universe. Where are you pitching your idea and how do you keep them engaged? Getting through the front door of a locked up industry. The importance of sharing your vision with the people you're working with. Researching management companies. Spec scripts, internships, and gaining skills in the industry. A graveyard of good ideas from John, Josh, and Brian. What is the biggest thing currently missing in the industry? Fitting into the brand. Staying resilient and authentic.
The Best Of The Circle Of Trust Year Two: AID 304 - Aaron Draplin “300 Episodes Later”  

Aaron Draplin is back on Adventures In Design exactly 300 episodes later and he’s not happy with our host. Mark stated that Draplin’s original episode (AID Episode 4) wasn’t his favorite episode and a professional regret (due to his own performance). Draplin explains why he’s not happy with Mark taking these feelings to the air instead of taking them direclty to him. Hear a honest and unedited exchange between one guy who’s trying to protect his reputation and good standing and a another guy who’s try to right his professional and personal wrongs. Can Draplin make peace with Brickey? Can Brickey interview the real Aaron Draplin? Who knows? But we do know that classic rock, country music and Bob Seger heal all wounds, as the guys bond over Uncle Tupelo and the Silver Bullet. Sit back and enjoy this unedited double episode of Adventures In Design. It’s refreshing how real this conversation is!

490 - Shop Talk with Billy Baumann and OK Pants  

Bang The Turkey Drumstick because its time for some Thanksgiving Shop Talk. Fill up your plate and meet Mark, Billy, and OK Pants over at the Kid's Table for a double helping the advice you can only get from AID. Business is on everyone's mind as the holidays approach from that one big job that always stretches you to your limits to planning out what 2017 might look like. During these hectic seasons having your mission in mind is a reliable guide for determining where you choose to devote your limited time and energy. Be thankful for your creative passion and hopefully this Shop Talk will help you fine tune how to approach your business better whether you're a solopreneur, an boutique agency co-owner, or a Side Hustle Jones. Happy Thanksgiving from the entire AID Universe!

Talking Points

That big project that always shows up around October. The Dark Ages of January and the ebb and flow of freelance. Frames without pictures in them. The running meter of life and the certainty you can't buy. CEO Fudge Packing and being dumb with ambition. Illustrations that take too much time and aren't even up to our standards. Option Paralysis and being more like Anne. A Director's Commentary on The Wizard Of Oz poster. The pride of someone's paycheck. Fiats, Civics, and springing for power windows. Holiday Havoc in Cleveland and some event planning strategies. Knowing you got the name and the follow up exercises in futility. Taking control of the situation with your own boundaries. Black Friday and minding the law of diminishing returns. Teal Tuesday and being proactive while you cut through the noise. Black Fartday. Discount Code: Whatever. Understanding Shopify metrics. Ok Pants to OK Slacks to OK Pantsuit (eventually). Freewriting, outlines, pulling out steps and finding actionable plans. Tying yourself to clients and the point of making a plan. Next year for DDL and overcoming the initial hurdles. The OK Pants Plan and saying yes to to what moves your company forward. How to focus on art and how to attract better clients. Is it a good thing that Delicious is losing two designers? AID Interviews beyond Illustrators. The passion for design. Thanksgiving plans, Turkey Tartar, and what everyone is grateful for. The push and pull of wanting to provide more and seeing past material things. Keep it as Fugazi as possible.
489 - Seasons of The Snake No.004 - Holiday 2016 with Ben Neuhaus Owner/Proprietor of SnakeOilProvisions.com  

The next Season Of The Snake is upon us and Ben Neuhaus returns to bring us everything we need to know for the biggest retail season of them all. We have witnessed a huge year for Snake Oil Provisions from moving to a store double the size of their original location and dramatic increases in online orders as well. How does Ben handle all this growth and keep the momentum of his business moving forward? What challenges are on the horizon for a small, independent shop as Black Friday and the entire Christmas Season move closer and closer? Is that guy wearing women's jeans? All these questions and more are answered as The Unofficial King Of Long Beach and Mark Brickey bring us everything we need to know to get through Holiday 2016 and the business behind it.

Talking Points

Getting out of bed to grind. Ramping up your shop for the biggest season of all. Brand development and building a rabid fan base. Wearing Snake Oil gear out in the world and spending your money on a look you can get behind. Nine months ahead on nothing but intuition. When do you take money out of the merry go round? Tips on shopping for someone else and becoming a bizarre carnival barker. The timeless working classic look as a Long Beach Negan with an iced coffee. Lady jeans or skinny jeans? Everything but the motorcycle and the gang. Belting down your trash bag or striving for more. Overcoming cash flow and human resources. Short term views on long term solutions for growth. Keeping your bat cave off the beaten path. Intriguing contacts and shooting a Snake Oil Celebrity lookbook. Friendstomers. Fixing a crotch blowout, protecting doodads, and building a jean trilogy. Doubling size means doubling orders. The three chapters for Snake Oil Provisions and betting on a fish out of water. Keeping your customers engaged and appealing to more than tattooed white guys. Beating the odds, betting on your personality, and being your customers partner. How parties can kill your business. Durable tees that dads can't ruin in the dryer. Spotting A Tribe Called Quest in faux leather jackets. The two sides of the Snake Oil Income Strategy. Handling increases in web traffic and the occasional cart jacking. Instagram's frustrating Al Gore's Rhythm and keeping consistent personality driven posts. How will SOP survive the next four years in a new and uncertain economy? The California Bubble versus the rest of the US.
488 - The Collection with Huck Gee - Part 11: Brooke Wheeler  

The Collection explores the company behind the revolution in the marketplace and the world they help build. Brooke Wheeler from Reynolds Advanced Materials joins Huck Gee and Mark Brickey to bring to light the products most makers use on a daily basis to create their empires. From his own past in the creative field to his day to day of working with creatives that use the products he sells, Brooke brings a deep knowledge of what can be done on both large and small scales. Huck and Mark go on to unveil their plans for Designer Con, break down their busy month, and how the upcoming economic changes will affect the designer toy industry that just regained its footing.

Talking Points

The MVP that 80-90% of the industry uses to claim their independence. Finding the ultimate Sky Mall Catalog for your industry. Starting in set decorations and themed environments to moving onto the other side of the bucket. What happens when big business shatters into smaller segments? Give away the education and reconfigure your marketing dollars towards what people actually want. Consumer friendly products from the kitchen table user to a professional maker. Making a product your customer can grow with. Life of a digital salesman. Emulating textures and familiarizing yourself with your suppliers products. Relying on the end user to find the next product needed. Is 3D Printing an ally or an enemy to Reynolds AM. The benefit of working with hundreds of creatives and gleaning their ideas. Mark's 1:1 scale dream project. Will The Collection continue? Procrastinating, managing your calendar, and staying three steps ahead. What does Huck have planned for DCon? Bouncing ideas off your friends when you get dealt a serious setback or three. Half ass jobs and admitting defeat. Le Mystique emerges. Small runs that spread across the globe to both old and new faces. Calculating hourly rates and determining your price point. Timed releases, run sizes, and protecting your legacy. Two points on what is to come from He Who Shall Not Be Named and his plans. Approaching your best earning years in an odd economic time. DIY 3D Printing and getting too technical for sculpting. Walking back on your own footsteps. The Three Horsemen of End Times and closing the portal.
487 - Shane Valentino  

Shane Valentino is the Production Designer on Tom Ford's latest film Nocturnal Animals and he gives us a long look at the world of film. As a Production Designer it is Shane's job to capture the emotion and ambiance of a film using color, lighting, and the set choices that make the entire universe the characters exist in. The tricky part is that his decisions go up and down a huge chain of people, all with their own creative input, and Shane has to synchronize all this to elevate the explore the themes throughout the film. Straight Outta Compton, Beginners, The Normal Heart, and all the projects he's worked on allow him to explore how to express so many different emotions through storytelling.  Shane is guided by his love of film and his desire to continually push his sense of style with each new project he takes on. From conceptual thinking to its practical application... this is design at a whole new level.

Talking Points

The space between Straight Outta Compton and Nocturnal Animals. Letting your previous work start a conversation about tone, color, and texture. Honoring a period. Does half a budget mean you work twice as hard? Getting past a guesstimate. Two competing sets that frame the idea of an event. Sourcing saturation to convey emotion. Collaborating on the elements in the frame. Making place a character and turning building blocks on their heads. Sending a postcard to your audience on where they're headed. How do you curate a fictional body of work? Initial pitches and studying film from an analytical perspective. Starting with color, tone, and space. Switching to the practical approach with your fully articulated bible. Getting on the other side of the screen and playing house. Holding the visual keys and strategizing to get your way with what you unlock. Working in concert and setting up a team based leadership system. Start with what's good and tweak what needs work. Being the best cheerleader you can be. Wallowing in 40% or working on the 60% you got! Trusting who you work with and overcoming the concept of celebrity to make great art. Did race play a factor when working on Straight Outta Compton? Diverse people in powerful positions. Capturing the chaos on a budget. a 90 second pace versus a 90 minute pace. Hitting your stride and still pushing your stylistic approach. The hardest part of production design and the freedom of a finite position in film. Leveraging commercials.
486 - Z Trip  

Nothing will put out the creative fire that has led Z Trip across his entire career. From putting together the finale of the Grammy's to being the godfather of mash-ups, there is nothing beyond his grasp. Everything Z Trip has achieved was spawned from his love of music and his obsession to make it his own. The slow burn to the top is what keeps his career vibrant and varied as he explores how his unique voice can change what artists before him have put down. The meaning and the melody are what inspire and entice him to continue creating and expanding his approach to what music can accomplish in the world. Putting aside all the fame and fortune Z Trip has achieved you will meet a confident and grounded creative who still follows his heart to make the right moves and stay one of the best DJs in the world.

Talking Points

Are Turntablists musicians? The rare Jedi and the disposable Stormtrooper. Oversimplifying labels and cutting through the noise to describe yourself. Who set Z-Trip down the path? The scratch heard round the world. Uncovering the DNA of your idols and making music to mix it better. Turning people onto what you love. Keeping your point of pride in what you put out and the headfuck of fandom. The best compliment from a bar's employees. Staying a fan forever. Committing to Freebird or dipping and diving. Analyzing how you get lost. The art of the arc and jackhammering your agenda. From b-boy circles to mosh pits in under a minute. The dawn of Napster that opened the floodgates. Publishing hurdles in the music industry from sampling. The slow push or taking label money. Collaborating to grow and crossover excitement. Meaning. Melody. Mashup. Sharing influence with your audience. Art, safety, and Paul's Boutique. Stepping out of the spotlight to become a better creative. Confidence, patience, and vision. Setting up each component of your life to bring out the best in you. Z Trip's current business model and walking away form crazy Forbes money. Working with LL Cool J and playing every position of the sport you love. Feeling like you belong in an all star cast. Rising past IS even when you haven't heard of it and becoming your own branch. Responding to genuine politicians. Why is Z Trip at DCon? Life changing lines of though while you hide in a bush for four hours. Approaching life balance form an interesting place. Taking yourself off  hold.
485 - Shop Talk Special Report with Mark Brickey and Sean Mort  

Shop Talk is back to bring us some international perspective on the US Elections and what the future holds. The People's Champ has survived Brexit thus far so we turn our ear across the pond to see what lies on the other side of political difficulty. Sean and Mark take all your breaking news and answer a lot of questions both on and off topic for where America will be heading for the next four years and the strategies we can make as creatives to thrive. While some people think the luxury items we make will be the first to go there are other, and much more agreeable, opinion about the potential response to buy small and support each other. Some of our hearts are still weighing heavy but this International Bromance isn't leaving without a couple good stories to get your head back in the game and on with life. 

Talking Points

Staying Responsive to your landscape. Mark in crisis mode. What could possibly make Southwest look like a luxury airline? Sean as a travel agent. Anchor babies and where else to start a family in the world. One movie ticket or renting a whole apartment in Illinois. The AID Underground Railroad in Sean's snicket. Our troll hero. (RIP t0liet_cobra) A little distance for a bit of perspective on things. Do you want to make prison a living nightmare or do you want to manipulate the system you;re in to get the most out of it. Getting on with things and counting on checks and balances. Will Trump take an potential bait too easily? Rebuilding the places left to rot in America and the people who live there. Dealing with misogynistic bullshit and taking the high road to end up losing. Protest votes in the wrong argument and saving your energy for when it counts. Looking past the orange cherry. Getting into the right mental and emotional state to design. Are we looking at the beginning of the end for design as a trade? Uber, the App Economy, and betting on corporations. Sean's alternate take on buying small in the new market we face. Building your first booth, making it look professional, and putting your efforts into what will impact your customers. The complexity and extravagance of Complex Con. If people spend less will Sean keep coming over to the US? Bridging the gap of the two Americas. The Brickey Ticket in 2020. Renegade in London and aiming for the right demographic. Are you selling your work to the cool guys or the normal people? Big booths and breast feeding. A taxi cab ride that tugs on more than your heartstrings.
484 - Shop Talk Special Report with Billy Baumann and Aaron Sechrist  

So... maybe you got some news the other day you weren't quite expecting. Maybe you're feeling a bit uncertain about the future as you thought you knew it. Take a deep breath. Now another. Mark Brickey, Billy Baumann and OK Pants bring you a Special Report Shop Talk about the recent US Election results and the projected impact it will have. What does this mean for our economy and your independence? What does this mean for our neighbors and their children? Are frisbees finally cool? It's times like these that hearing a friend or three talk about what sits on the very near horizon once the Presidency changes hands can soothe a few nerves and answer a few questions about what to expect as the signs of doom and gloom fill our social media feeds from friends and heroes alike. Join Adventures In Design for an open dialogue about the state of our nation for the next four years and how it will affect the creative marketplace.

Talking Points

Shifting to a surprise and the creeping needle. New and innovative ways to lose for four years. Bracing for the next recession and prepping your portfolio for a leaner time. Hearing your peers talk about what's in your head. Ending divisiveness in America and still speaking up. Sore losers and doing your best to listen to others. Molotov cocktail voting to bring down the system in place. The sad and shocking silent majority rises. Starting the change thats cool and not laughing off what isn't cool at the dinner table. Watching someone else get what you thought was promised to you. Thriving in the midst of difficulty and Mark's promise to AID Listeners. Losing our political Turducken. Blowing the dog whistle on the frisbee market and plugging through the sorrows. The first ever "Thanks Trump" and some real fears about another trickle down economics government. What if even Glen Beck is dumbfounded? Contingency plans and cart wrangling. Talking to the other side of the aisle. The catch twenty two of working lean and letting employees go. Unexpected outcomes from being friendly. Boss battles and the boundaries set for a better business. A 14 Nail Box work environment and being manipulated through your desire to improve. Squirreling money away and the anxiety over a quiet inbox. Finding the time to create. Do Delicious' back up plans excite Billy more than their current state? The transition from print work to experience design. Projecting yourself larger than life. Unintentional comedy from corporations. ToiletCobra, T0ilet_Cobra, and a troll complaining about being trolled to Instagram. Functional Bosom Buddies. What if we're wrong...

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Break Glass In Case of Emergency!

A special Shop Talk recorded earlier this morning to help keep you company on this crazy day. The election threw everything off course, including our release schedule. The next couple of days things will be a little different, so that we can better serve you during this unique moment in history where we believe you'll need your friends more now than ever!

Warning: This Is Tomorrow's Episode 12 Hours Early Only For The Circle of Trust

483 - Apocalypse Party: AID Live with Florian Bertmer, Derrick Castle, Dan Mumford, and Dave Kloc  

Mark Brickley's Apocalypse Party is the first official coverage of the potential beginning of the end in America as we know it. We assembled an unofficial United Nations consisting of Florian Bertmer, Dan Mumford, Dave Kloc, and surprise guest Derrick Castle to help us strategize and reorganize life on the other side of a really bad choice that may or may not have been made yesterday. Do you have a backup plan for an economic downturn? Do you know how to make turtle soup or hunt for squirrels? What do you loot first? Can you get on King DJT's good side by capturing his unholy orange glow in a timeless portrait? AID Live returns to help you plan for whatever is left of your future from pioneering digital illustration techniques to snapping out of creative lulls from creative minds spanning the globe.

Talking Points

 Becoming financially independent during a bleak span of our nation's economy. Working for yourself or working... for yourself. Squirrel Hunting fails. How making Turtle Soup prepares you for the Apocalypse. Living in the land of plastic surgeries and expensive meals. Becoming the face of digital illustration and working Adobe Max. New Adobe Apps and the swirling momentum of Dan Mumford. Is everything a fun ride or is there an end goal? Taking a project from start to finish on an iPad Pro. Mondo Con 3 with Florian Bertmer. The Hand Of Glory and finding a future in toys. Tools of the trade in analog illustration and doing things old school. Advanced signature techniques with Dave Kloc. Apple N, a blank piece of paper, and the real struggle for legitimacy. Compositions in your head. Looting the new Surface Studio or the MacBook Pro. Trying to stay professional without ports. The best hidden shotgun story. Ever. Uncovering the real monsters in zombie films. Back up plans and multiple back up plans for potential economic downturns. The Hushpuppy Shuffle. Eating children before dogs in apocalyptic times. Brexit and Dan Mumford. Snapping out of the low points in your career. Testing out new markets and switching up the status quo. Do you reset the clock or just plow through? Remaining independent or letting go of the reigns for happiness. Projects with finish lines and the ghosts that haunt you on uncompleted areas. The administrative side of design. Does digital work increase your output or bog down your workflow. Unintended audiences on an airplane. The official Apocalypse Spelling Bee. What will you miss the most in the end of days? 
482 - Ashleigh Axios  

Ashleigh Axios took her creative talents to Capitol Hill and helped shape the human centered design approaches made during Obama's Administration. With a socially responsible mindset and checked ego, Ashleigh used her creative talents to better our nation and make The White House more accessible to the general public. Design truly has the ability to make a meaningful impact and when design exponents like Ashleigh rise to the challenge we all benefit from their expertise and a fresh perspective to push a more diverse agenda forward. This adventure focuses around representation, inclusion, and the ways we communicate to help open our minds to the multi faceted world we are actively a part of. Ashleigh continues her quest for empowering the masses at Automattic and helping organizations like AIGA and Design Observer.

Talking Points

Transitioning into new leadership in the US. There's no room for error in your work when you're at The White House. Human centered design at the government level. Playing down what you're doing to overcome the high stakes with each project. Checking your ego, prioritizing what needs to be accomplished, and switching hats. Being a high energy introvert in a media-centric role. Getting energy from the ripple effect of change through design. Communicating to the emoji generation from Capitol Hill. The digital frontier reshaping how Washington DC works. How Obama's administration is an extension of its elegant design approach. Breaking down the barriers in an organization to facilitate a broader voice. Making the White House a place of hope and change. Finding diversity in design and the bravery of self assessment. Improving your Board Of Advisors to make better decisions. Do minorities feel comfortable in the world of design? Racial Justice By Design conversations that make everyone feel awkward. Being on the right side of history as a face of change. Making The Presidency Great Again with a scandal free record all with your hands tied behind your back for eight years. Putting people in office that represent everyone. Shaping the daily decisions we make as responsible citizens. Lost voting rights we fought to get in the 60's and the never ending vigilance for civil rights. Why don't talented people run for president? Switching to diversity and inclusion instead of the closed garden approach. Finding information from outside your comfort zone to engage people across the aisle about their pain points. The wolf in sheep's clothing preying off the Other America. Common denominators we can all get behind. Two steps back for every three steps forward. Snapping people out of the opportunity to learn. Taking your career past pretty pictures. Collaborating to advocate empowerment of the masses. Becoming a Design Exponent. Open Source Tools that change everything. The atypical elements of working in the private sector. Start Up Culture at an internet giant and designing happiness into your career. Would you divorce yourself from Red or Blue? Walking Obama through his first Facebook Avatar.
481 - Judy Sobko  

From your career, to your personal life, to your political beliefs it can be difficult to determine right from wrong. Today's guest, Judy Sobko, worked for Donald Trump at the Taj Mahal and came to a life changing realization that her design talents would be best put to use elsewhere. After answering an ad in the paper she created a school program to empower the underserved art students in her community and help prepare and place them in future endeavors. As the National Election looms closer Judy's unique insight and behind the scenes knowledge of Donald Trump as a leader and a person can hopefully shed light on more than a few reasons he would be an inept and ill suited leader of the free world. From wantonly firing minorities for pleasure to never paying his bills, Donald Trump exhibited many of the behaviors we see at full maturity today years ago in Atlantic City. Judy left a sizable paycheck behind to lead a fulfilling life in education and uses her voice on today's episode to hopefully educate a few more while it still matters.

Talking Points

The pros and cons of an early retirement. Spreading yourself too thin to accommodate everyone and the pressure of excellence. Passing on the skills you take for granted. Standing on the sidelines of the ever changing world of design. Being cute, young, and manipulative. Putting your talents in the right place to make a positive change. The moment opportunity strikes. Underserved art students and the gaining skills for the world you want to be in. Reverse engineering how to be the conduit to the professional world. Guidance and counseling from guidance counselors. Teaching real world skills inside. What do you need? How do you get it? Loving learning and rising above the monotony of education as an occupation. Working for Donald Trump in Atlantic City. Skeet shooting in the back of house. Donald's fully matured ticks. A righteous political calling or a cry for attention. Playing with other people's money and never paying your bills. Working first hand with the design and marketing for the Taj Mahal. The third rate people working for Trump. Rallying the other America that feels left behind. Terrorism color coding, fear mongering, and cowing the public. Economic trends of growth and the political parties it is affiliated with. Laughing at continually deviant behavior. How many sexual harassment victims does it take to warrant change? Making concessions to keep a paycheck in a system set up for predators. Voting for the economy and seeing past the emotional issues. We truly are stronger together. How to stop the super wealthy form taking over the country again. Follow the money to find the answers. Stockpiling the emotional commerce that is better than money.
The Best Of The Circle Of Trust Year Two: The Hood Sisters with special co-host Sean Mort  

Back for their 2nd appearance Amy & Jennifer Hood join us to talk aboutOdds & Sods their new straight to consumer product business. We explore the benefits of breaking your business into to focused disciplines. We also hangout and have a end of the year office party Shop Talk where any and all topics make their ways to these here downloadable airwaves for our Off Topic Tuesday. Sit back it’s a fun one! The Circle Of Trust Bonus Content stays both off and on topic by exploring how we feel you make real money at design and focus on the relative terms of “success” and “wealthy.” Plus, Mark asks the twins to explore their mortality and Mort-tally as we have fun with special co-host Sean Mort on this Off Topic Tuesday!

The Best Of The Circle Of Trust Year Two: Biggie: On Tour Now  

Art and sacrifice walk hand in hand no matter what part of the creative world you find yourself a part of. For musicians who write the music we love it takes a couple more emails than you might expect to make that show in a town near you come to life. Our business mentor Biggie of Good Fight Entertainment is here to break down each aspect of taking your act on the road from how you get there to what you take home. Time, money, and inspiration all play pivotal parts in this delicate balance of multiple personalities shoving themselves in the road wagon of their choosing for days on end. Biggie and Mark each have years of experience under their belts and in this touring episode you'll learn about who gets a cut of what and why ten cents on the dollar to play your heart out is still a pretty good deal. The only question left is where are we playing tomorrow night? 

Talking Points

Seeing the bigger picture. Who mentors your mentors? Turning a corner with Low Teens and getting everyone on the same page. Enjoying the good stuff while you can and not taking your success for granted. Starting new business models at 40. Planning your cycle through the tiered markets of America. Driver floats and an expanded look at the cost of a tour bus. Chasing the Highway Glory eighteen months in advance. Keep it local and keep it lean while your working for your momentum. How the USPS played a vital role at the turning point for independent music. Does your singer need a break? Staying ahead of the game to get the guarantees and dates that you want. Tour managers that maximizer the bottom line. Is double dipping spontaneous or was it planned all along? Breaking down a day on the bus for everyone who's in it. Understanding who you're managing to get the most out of them. Loose accounting in touring and worrying about the "What If?!?" Playing Tetris with people and losing everything you own. When should you add a guitar tech to maintain your mystique. Spreadsheets, profits, and the luxuries you can forego. Go it alone to make the most money. Merch Guys and Front Of House Freakouts. The magical moment before you hit the stage. The rise of the meet and greet and why Biggie keeps it in house. Dreaming of Dave Matthews Band leverage. Making ten cents on the dollar to play your heart out every single night.
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