Fri, 22 April 2016
Special guest Jason Edmiston joins Mark and Billy for today's Shop Talk. Fresh off his timed edition release for The Hateful Eight, Jason offers up insight to the entire process from ideation to the crucial final touches that sets his artwork apart from the rest. Billy has just moved Delicious into its new home and he shares with us the whole experience of what its like to buy, build out, and fill up a new office location. Somehow we manage to squeeze in a bit of off topic ball busting, but be ready for some serious note taking throughout today's episode as three masters of their craft swap stories and share advice on everything from workflow to conference calls. Some antics ensue.
Thu, 21 April 2016
If you want someone to listen you have to grab their attention. If you want to keep that attention you need to have something worth saying. Everyday each of us are endlessly marketed to and Bobby Kim of The Hundreds found his own way to cut through the white noise and speak directly to the world from his early blog posts to his current seat at the head of the streetwear industry where he now uses the attention he earned to continue fighting for a better world. The Hundreds was the first platform Bobby used to gain our attention yet there is so much more to this politically charged, socially introspective, feminist father who applies his mind to his own impact on the community around him. Far from an out of touch and jaded who's who in the fashion world, Bobby has pioneered what a brand can do and how they fit into the marketplace from the small doors to mall doors. So listen up because Bobby has something to say and its definitely worth your attention.
Tue, 19 April 2016
There isn't a trophy. There isn't prestige. There isn't even an actual game being played. That's right its the Design Stanley Cup where AID Host Mark Brickey sits down with Mike Hammer and Brian Talbert from the Violent Gentleman Hockey Club and have each team in the NHL Playoffs bracketed off into a three round competition based off the team's uniform designs. We definitely aren't qualified to be athletes, but we sure as hell are qualified to judge the branding used to represent a professional sports team.
Round 1 - Teams square off based on their Home and Away Jerseys
Round 2 - Advancing Teams are judged on the strength of their third jerseys (or sometimes their stadium series jerseys)
Mon, 18 April 2016
Success. Failure. Virtual Reality Dogs. Today's Shop Talk has it all and Mark, Sean, and special guest Colin Frangicetto take each topic head on. What do you do as your empire crumbles around you? How much of your success in one world transfers over to any new venture? Do we give the internet to a goat herder's son in Pakistan out of philanthropic motivations or to increase market size? This adventure really does cover a lot of ground that all revolves around how we present ourselves as professionals to the world.
•Big announcement for Circle Of Trustees.
•How control has shifted in the consumption of content and the pace it's created.
•The fall of Tower Records.
•How success and fame don't come hand in hand.
•The Zucklord laughing at himself.
•Watching what you say to avoid public persecution or being bold for public praise.
•Why Facebook wants to bring the internet to the whole world.
•If technology is opening up our world or acting as a barrier to actually experiencing it.
•Why do alert noises have to be so annoying?
•The Five Ways We Communicate explained (sort of).
•Going DIY to connect with your audience.
•Colin's recent artist collaboration as a timed edition and how that worked out financially. Does time increase collectibility and do you have the right audience for the whole process?
•Audience size and their engagement levels.
•Can you take success form one world into another?
•Learning to laugh at criticisms.
•A look at Nervous Engine before the curtain is raised. What are Colins stratgies and financial goals for this upcoming venture.
•"Final" shows, break ups, or going on hiatus.
Fri, 15 April 2016
Talking Points for Episode 369
Thu, 14 April 2016
For six generations French Paper has kept its doors open in the great state of Michigan. Paper empires have crumbled around them as they continues to expand their stock choices and re-imagine the role of a paper company in the life of a designer. Brian French joins Adventures In Design to share his story of carrying on the family legacy of making paper instead of going to law school to end up buried in paperwork. Get a peek inside the mill and the mind of a man that can teach us all about the business we print our business on.
Circle Of Trust Talking Points
Tue, 12 April 2016
What isn't there to like about Landland? The relationship they have as working professionals and the genuinely compassionate attitudes of both Dan and Jessica make them an unstoppable force to be reckoned within the poster and illustration world. In this episode we hear about the the formation of Landland, how they have grown both together and separately, and where their future may, or may not, take them. This is a rare sort of interview that can only happen when people are true friends and let their guard down to openly share their triumphs and their troubles as working artists, and as people. Get ready for an honest and open look into everything that is Landland.
In The Circle of Trust
Mon, 11 April 2016
Mark and the People's Champ, Sean Mort, are back with another Shop Talk that revolves around a little bit of life and a little bit of business. Between reviewing Batman Vs. Superman and analyzing the rise and fall of streaming servicse from Pandora to Apple Music, today's episode has something for everyone including a few surprises along the way. Antics Ensue.
- Walking Dead Season Finale breakdown.
- The gruesome details of the now actually haunted Phantom Manor.
- Hollywood Brickey at the movies.
- The perils of unemployment in the United States.
- Mark illuminates the rise and fall of markets and how key players in it mirror our own business markets.
- The public's perception of a company that tries to "shakes things up" with all new upper management. Are they polishing brass on the Titanic or saving a business from the clutches of obscurity.
- The role advertising within social media plays in businesses big and small. Who is truly affected when a company tries to gain financial leverage on a popular service that is free.
- Mark has a unique plan to get off the grid and avoid technical difficulties.
- Finding the content your audience wants to hear from you.
- A listener uses an idea floated out on AID and turns it into a business. Hear the step by step process from ideation to going live online and making their first sale.
- How to get into an established system, figure out its working parts, and use that research to your benefit financially as a middleman.
- Choosing to set up an online shop where customers already are or trying to direct them over to your personal site to shop.
- Strategies for building an audience of engaged users with a new social media account.
- Using your time to expand your product line or focusing on becoming the absolute best with the one product you do offer.
- Sean gives an honest account of his impressions of the Austin Motor Inn.
- The long con on the boys of DKNG.
Fri, 8 April 2016
The Dream Team is back after what seemed like weeks of battling off food poisoning, cosplay nerds and the rock and roll elitists. In today's Shop Talk Mark, Billy, and James take a long look at the way things were and how they still can (or sometimes can't) affect us in today's digital centric world. Everyone has got some great stories to tell with applicable advice from how you run your business, be it a boutique agency or if you're all on your own, scrapping and hustling for every dollar that you're making.
- Delicious Design League has some big news on their brand new office by their new neighbor, Bobby From Chicago.
- Confronting your nostalgia for the old days in design and seeing if things still hold up over time or fall short of expectations. Doing things by hand and before the digital era doesn't necessarily make it better.
- Mark continues to go back and forth on the Apple iPad Pro. Will he switch over to the dark side and get a Microsoft Surface?
- 100% speculation on what went down with Apple and the F.B.I.
- A back breaking prank phone call.
- What gets Mark wet on his recent trip to LACMA.
- How pushing the envelope 40 years ago doesn't seem so controversial now and how pop culture needs to be seen through the lens of when it was created to appreciate it.
- Mark' appearance in The Force Awakens.
- What to do when you find out you just created something that has already been made by someone else and you didn't know it. Where is the line in ripping someone off if you legitimately made it through your own personal discovery and how art is synergistic in its ability to communicate visually.
Circle Of Trust Talking Points
- James Flames discusses his Flatstock experience and explains how he strategically set up his booth and stood out from the competition around him.
- How to test the demand for a new product without going all in too soon.
- Billy went to C2E2 with Secret Panel and has some stories about proper booth placement and the difference between various conventions and their professionalism.
- Mark and James help Billy with alternate strategies for obtaining licensing and how to find other avenues to where you want to go when it seems like you've hit a roadblock.
Thu, 7 April 2016
Jason Munn has built a quiet style of observation and substitution in the spaces between the louder moments of our lives. The simplicity in his work speaks volumes about the confidence the ideas behind his design and the subtlety in the communication of it. Join AID as we sit down with Jason to hear about his career and his rise in the world of rock posters.
- How his book as The Small Stakes elevated his career and encapsulated a time in his career.
- Viewing each project as a singular piece of work and not as an entire body of work
- Designing by subtraction to create work that communicates with as little as possible
- Feeling stuck in a style due to customer expectations.
- Learning when you're done with a project you've been working on.
- Choosing the appropriate style to work in for a client.
- How much do you put yourself into your work and the projects you decide to take on.
- Finding yourself as an artist while in the public's eye and enjoying that journey.
- How the digital world encroaches upon available subject matter for Jason's style of work.
- Creating a narrative in your work based off the hints and breadcrumbs an artist leaves for you in their work.
- The trials and tribulations of moving to the greatest state in the nation.
In The Circle of Trust
- The thought process behind choosing a moniker for your business or working under your own name while thinking long term about your career.
- How losing the joy in designing is linked to losing the balance in your personal life.
- Learning within struggle to come out better on the other side.
- Seeing imitation as flattery, not plagiarism, and understanding that it is an early step in anyone's design career to emulate their heroes.
- Developing your own set of design tricks over time.
- Mark and Jason share their favorite put down of their work from people standing in their booth.
- The struggle in getting the general public, and even your clients, to understand your style.
- How struggling with the problem solving aspect of design can affect you personally