Adventures In Design

- Managing your work schedule and deciding to take time off or not.

- Kyle’s opinion of keeping the work flowing versus Mark’s opinion of always demanding more compensation.

- A honest look into the work/emotional balance between Kyle’s personal brand Electric Zombie and his client work as an apparel designer in the music industry.

- Dealing with the frustration of not being respected or appreciated inspired Kyle to not return to work one day and instead create his own brand.

- Kyle has a industry reputation of being honest and known for calling out bullshit. Mark encourages Kyle to tell him the things about Adventures In Design that he disagrees with.



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- We get Kyle to break down his efficient work flow in the apparel industry. Creating 4-12 band new designs per day. We get his step by step process and understand how he’s able to take creative short cuts that make hime competitive in this market.

- The repercussions of being outspoken and honest publicly.


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Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 221

- How A Trip to WMC Fest changed Mike’s creative and professional life.

- We learn about Mike’s design conference Creative South 

- The stereotypes of the south and  speaking with a southern accent.

- We break down the workflow of Mike’s agency Serve Studios that he stepped out on his own to form with friends two years ago.

- Mark asks Mike about his religious faith and asks if he ever worries about excluding others professionally by being so outspoken in his beliefs. 

- The benefits of being honest and open and the emotional rewards that come from living your life that way.


In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)

- Mike’s role at his agency and what he passes on to his team members.

- Serve Studios has very in depth contact form on their website for perspective new clients, we ask Mike about this strategy and it’s efficiency.

- Heavy is the head that wears the crown and learning the art of delegation.

- Cutting your boss a little slack and understanding that higher you go, the more pieces of the puzzle you have your hands on.   

- A recent health scare and new outlook on personal fitness. 

- What makes a great BBQ restaurant.


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Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 220

-  Art as therapy Can you still get lost in your work.

- Trying to stay within budget and not hating the work.

- The validation of social media and the anxiety of putting your work out into the world. 


In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)

- Testing out new equipment the guys listen to viral video by personal trainer John Burk.

- OK Pants freelance relationship with Delicious Design League.

- Aaron’s love of T-Shirt designing, while Mark and Billy hate it.
- A update from everyone’s favorite Professor Billy.

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Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 219

- A preview of new things to come from Mondo as they enter the collectable toy world more aggressively. 

- The Top 10 Posters of June 2015 from

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In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)

- Mitch share with us release strategies of high demand products.

- We pick Mitch’s brains on his opinions of artist Instagram auctions.

- Can doing too much unlicensed or bootleg artwork ruin your chances of getting legitimate gigs down the road.

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Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 218

- DKNG has been slammed this summer and had to turn away couple of passion projects.

- Remembering the art of saying no at all levels of your career.

- In case you get lost: Columns 

A: BIG CLIENTS (Agency Work, Fortune 500s)

B: INTERNAL PROJECTS (Art Prints, T-Shirts, Passive Income)

C: PASSION CLIENT PROJECTS (Art Shows, Poster Gigs, Music/Movie Industry)

- Dustin Lee is the founder of and shares his path to understanding passive income.

- Influence from the book 4 Day Work Week.

- How taking action, trying new things and following your success will change your career and life.

- Learning the mindset of thinking long term in how create revenue.


In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)

- What makes you different than others is what will make standout in the marketplace.

- Money doesn’t buy happiness but it does buy freedom.

- How creating intellectual property is considered to be one of the best ways to create wealth.

- Old guys have all the answers.

- The value of creating an audience.


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Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 217

- Dan shares with us how doing artwork for a friends band turned into a great career starter as that band got signed to a major label and came back to Dan for more work, all while he was wrapping up his time at university. 

- A shared bond over the loneliness of freelance and the importance of that daily commute.

- Feeling like others were catching up with his look and style, Dan decided to take  4 months of to focus on getting better at illustrating and it paid off BIG time.

- The difference a year can make in your career.

- Why it’s so important to stay hungry!


In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)

- Dan’s personal balance of working on fan art or inspired artwork for himself or art galleries.

- The pain of illustrating the human face.

- Composition and sketching, how much do you preplan.

- How going too far away from client work makes it almost impossible to go back to working with others.
- Dan’s in a relationship with a gallery owner and shares how they each help the other understand the art world from their different vantage points

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Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 216

- The pressure of living up to your name when it’s Sonny Day.

- How following your passion around the word, makes the world seem small.

- Why Sonny feels it’s important to still work solo and away from his gig at We Buy Your Kids.

- How flashy work draws in the clients, but you have to self initiate your first wave of flashy work.

- Always remembering to say thank you! No matter how big your britches get.

- The concept of “Mind Intern” Sonny’s solo show opening in Austin, Texas this week.

- How losing Sunny’s dad two years ago put a heavy influence into his artwork and how art became his therapy.

- The warning label that should be attached to following your dreams and passion in life.


In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)

- The innocence of Alice in Wonderland and her significance in pop culture.

- Awkward timing of Inside Out releasing just before Mind Intern.


- Allowing the influence of other artists to make a healthy mark on your work.

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Connie Collingsworth and Jim Madison have been doing Print Mafia since 1997. In their nearly 20 year run they have seen the glory pay days of gig posters and the complete crash. Even though rock n roll will always be there first love they are making some 


Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 166

- The more things change the more they stay the same when running your business for 18 years.

- Creating art and prints without a computer.

- Being different, not cool and totally happy about it.

- Breaking your back for printmaking.

- The invention of Shirt Club a new weekly offering from Print Mafia.

- Birthing a large scale internal project,


In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)

- Digital distribution for analog art.
- Scheduling internal projects for success.


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Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 150

- The degrees of failure.

- Shrinking music design budgets, where’s has that zero gone?

- When the American dream feels like American bullshit.

- What makes the seasoned professional more appealing than talented kids straight from art school.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)


- We speculate on the future of Mike King’s career and talk about what he’s most looking forward to and what he’ll never miss doing again. Why in the end your philosophy on design is your strongest attribute. Being in love with design, regardless how many times it’s breaks your heart.


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Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 103

• Living for a good story.

• Surrounding yourself with people that you want to learn from.

• Opening your mind to discovery and exploration.


In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)

• Finding Straight Edge
• Using psychedelic drugs to explore your mind and binging it back to your artwork.


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