Adventures In Design

A return to what made Shop Talk a classic part of the Adventures In Design Network. Billy Baumann and Mark Brickey get together to talk about all thing professional and personal on this Circle of Trust free-view episode. As a Memorial Day Weekend bonus today EVERYONE gets both the free part of the show and the Circle of Trust. If you enjoy what you hear today? Sign up and join the Circle of Trust at


Talking Points Part One

When freelancing robs yours freedom and deadlines take away your holiday weekend.

Everybody hurts… sometimes. An in depth talk about depression and how seeking help through medication doesn’t “change you” it actually allows you to “return to being you”.

Dealing with suicide and the aftermath of losing someone you love, liked or looked up to.

The lost years of your life between boy and man, girl and woman, how do you grow up when there’s no one to show you the way?

Old country traditions don’t always hold up to the new country’s expectations. The stress immigration puts on the parents and children of a massive cultural relocation.

Can our generation be the worst generation ever for creating the proper grit our children need to succeed.

How design icons are born not created.

The slow death of the Co. design trend and the pain of figuring out what’s next.


Talking Points Part Two The Circle of Trust

Why the Girl Scout’s logo is amazing and timeless.

When it’s time to create timeless or timely design.

Timeless design, the execution of without trend, how making a mark that last is the biggest challenge.

MTV’s endless diversification of their branding.

What’s the best timeless logo.

How Coke defined Christmas and Pepsi lost their way.

Apple Computer’s evolution of brand and icon.

Creating narrative for your brand or design agency.

Getting clients to realize how your current work transfers to their design needs.

How Disney’s Cast Members crushed the Pride Parade.

Getting over that client up of growing past the small clients but being perceived as big enough to get the next level of larger clients.

Putting your best into your work, because you know it will deliver the best results.

The importance of ownership for you work.

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JP Connelly is the production designer for NBC’s hit show The Voice, Top Chef, Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party and Adam Carolla & Friends Build Stuff Live. Working with The Voice for the last 13 seasons has created a healthy flow of creative and financial success. Hear how JP Connelly guides his blooming design firm, personal goals and creativity into a future that builds upon this success and hopefully takes them all to great new heights. It’s not enough to just succeed anymore, but to learn how to lead that success into future growth and opportunities.

Talking Points

Set design and production design as a character, a added element of drama and traffic flow of contestants to hosts.

Creating the best work for the client versus doing your signature style.

Designing an experience, nothing has to be basic.

Getting started with small projects, killing yourself to earn your reputation for the big stage.

Running your business in a way where it doesn’t run you down.

A healthy dose of fear will help your next big creative project.

Learning the difference between “We” and “I” when you build a business based off your personal identity.

How Nick At Night birthed Netflix and binge watching.

Designing the flow of a game show through production design.

Trying to look at your own work like a stranger would.

In The Circle of Trust (Bonus Content)

Adding new textures to What's Happening Live With Andy Cohen.

Award Shows the greatest drama of unscripted television.

Making safe mistakes and realizing some rules can’t be broken.

Hear two grown men fight over “favorite” colors.

Dudes are always trying to pick up something whether it’s chicks or dudes, the early career paths we take via libido.

Being insecure about your success and scared where to go next.

How to transfer your success into other arenas and projects.

Giving creative ownership of your business to your team.

What does Mark’s TV set look like?

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A Shop Talk special that takes a look at the policy, not the politics, of the current proposed healthcare and tax reform bills. Mark and Billy study both proposals from a freelancer, small business owner and  middle class creative’s points of view. How would these changes possibly change the healthcare and taxes of the Adventures In Design audience.


“Sounds like shit” -Jim Madison Print Mafia

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Mitch Is Back And The Show Is STACKED AND PACKED - 25+ Design Topics And Projects Reviewed 

A quick wrap up of Never Grow Up, the second Disney / Mondo poster show, and the social media value of decorating your physical space.

Masters of None returns to Netflix. We talk about Jay Shaw’s working relationship with Aziz Ansari and the show. As well as we learn Jay’s half sister, Caley Hicks, is a full on illustration threat.  

Jeremy Spears has our number 10 poster. We love it’s textures and composition but question a couple of items that feel out of place. 

Rob Jones at number nine shows us the deep personal thoughts of the continuing Grief series and how he remains on top of the collage game for a difficult Third Man Records poster gig. 

Poster number 8 shows us that a toned down print Daniel Danger is still much louder than most folks best efforts. 

Ghoulish Gary Pullin and Jason Edmiston interrupt the poster countdown with some really great work that we believe will find its way into a future countdown. Mitch explains to Mark how a career renaissance for both of these Canadians came a boot. 

How color separations became an industry and the real star of the modern poster making process, even creating new careers for creative veterans like John Smith.

A listener asks “What’s the big deal about the text block rights in movie poster design?” we explain it’s visual and business appeal. 

The Thing, the game, Mondo dives into making their first movie themed boardgames and the creative mind of Jay Shaw is at the helm once again. 

Poster number 7 on our countdown by Sam Wolfe Connelly brings up a discussion on the difference between film posters and video game posters.

We Buy Your Kids pop up with our 6 best poster of the month and start a dialogue on creating truly original work in a saturated creative market. 

PART TWO - The Circle of Trust

Mike Mitchell celebrates May The 4th with a long awaited portrait of Darth Vader and a Storm Trooper. Hear how hard it was to get those beautiful classic amber lenses in the final piece. 

Mondo celebrated the new Guardians of the Galaxy film with a new GOTG art print by Paolo Rivera and a Tom Whalen pin drop. We explore when it’s the right time to change your printing method to create a more authentic product and how Mondo masters the pin game with Strong Stuff.

Leslie Herman is sitting pretty at number 5 with his newest and most ambitious print to date for Ween. This print showcases how composition and detailing will show people you’re a master at illustration, even if you choose to do it a little loose and little sloppy.

Landland shows up at number 4 with a pending plagiarism lawsuit from Mark Brickey. But before the lawyers make us all enemies, we enjoy how much work goes into Dan Blacks process and how you can really tell he’s in it for the love of the game. 

James Jean throws everything at the wall on our third poster and we love it all. Any square inch of this crowded piece would be a reason for any other artist to hit a career milestone but for JJ it’s just another day at the office. 

We go back to midcentury design with Laurent Durieux’s second best print of the month for The Graduate. It’s a real beauty on screen but we explore how the printed version would be a masterpiece by comparison to it’s jpeg counterpart. 

The impossible to predict N.C. Winters steals the month and the countdown’s number one spot with his fresh take on the classic Aliens property. Taking a known element and presenting it in a new creative environment takes the month with this simplified and bright composition for a franchise that’s known for existing in the dark and the chaotic.  

But wait there’s even more!

Leigh Mulley confuses us with a painting that is so damn good it gets disqualified from the countdown because Mark foolishly assumes that it’s a photograph. Now we know Leigh is a painter, and a great one at that. 

Dark Hall Mansion just can’t seem to find the proper rhythm for their ongoing work with Peanuts. Just when we got excited about Dave Perillo’s new print, the best one DHM has made in a number of months, we get confused all over again with the Jeff Granito black light piece. It’s a great illustration and composition, but we just can’t get past the color schemes strange tone. 

Carlos Valenzuela gives us a crowed Masters of The Universe battle scene that is rendered very well, but could really use a hierarchy in it’s composition to make the battle seem more intense and in the process create higher visual stakes. 

Lastly we talk about the epic age of discovery that Kevin Tong has been exploring the last 4/5 years and how he may be the guy that invented many of the new tricks that forever changed what the industry and art world would come to think you could create within silkscreen. 

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Lorna Brown - Painter, Author, Skateboarder, World Traveler

Lorna Brown did it all the way your suppose to. She went to university, she got trained at her craft of Scientific and Natural History Illustration painting. Lorna got jobs, clients and an agent, but she never found professional happiness. As a teenage skateboarder, she had always felt free skating and left design to focus on the competitive sport of, you’ll never guess, Roller Derby. After nearly a decade of competition she felt a calling that took her to the Middle East, Palestine, where she taught young girls and women how to skateboard. Amongst the destruction of Palestine she found beauty in the urban decay and street art of war torn world. This inspiration allowed her to not only find her way back to painting, but also around the world documenting the art of the streets through her beautifully painted urban landscapes. Living the book that she’s literally writing, right now, Lorna sat down with Mark at his home in Los Angeles, while she took a break from documenting the streets and skateparks of Southern California. This is an inspirational episode, perfect for anyone looking for a change or any young woman trying to find the self confidence to live the life that she wants, not the one she thinks she’s suppose to live. 

Today's Chicken Nuggets

- Traveling to Palestine and becoming an ambassador for skating boarding and western feminism. 
- Learning how to care for someone else, teaches you how to care for yourself. 
- The perspective of the Middle East conflicts from someone who has lived it. 
- Going to school for illustration and feeling let down by the path that lies before you. 
- Feeling emotionally lost in the client driven design industry.
- How loose is too loose, how tight is too tight, finding your rhythm as a illustrative painter. 
- A healthy personal conflict when depicting other creatives in your own work. 
- Street art versus murals versus graffiti versus tagging… The reason why each exist.

In The Circle of Trust

- Being attracted by the why of art? Instead of the final results of art. 
- Finding your quest in life, getting lost and ending up exactly where you’re meant to be.
- Living your book and chasing your dream. 
- Struggling to relate to the life that your “suppose” to be living. 
- Evaluating the life that you really want to be living.
- Living in the present. 
- How do you break free? 
- Facing your fears and learning to go straight toward them.
- Allowing yourself to change, giving yourself permission to be free. 
- Being prepared to give up what you have, being ready to succeed.  
- Skateboarding as a life long inspiration. 
- Roller Derby-ing away from your problems. 
- Finding a way to put all of your passions into you love for work.  

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After going out on the road and talking to designers and small business owners, that Mark has met after speaking and giving his workshop, he realizes many people are falsely chasing clients in stead of chasing themselves. A Shop Talk Special Report where Mark stays focused while also trying to keep Billy awake. In part one of the episode the guys breakdown, for everyone, the concept of chasing the best parts of you to land the big job. In part two of today's episode, for Circle of Trust members only, Mark & Billy show you how to buckle down, how to get started and most importantly how to finish! 

Talking Points

  • Promotional plans, infrastructure, and managing where your work will go. 
  • Does your dream client need what you're trying to sell them?
  • Trying to patch the gap that hundreds of other agencies are also going after. 
  • Girlfriend stealing and chocolate buying cut throats competition. 
  • Visualizing the dream work and what clients could fit into that aesthetic. 
  • Be sure to show the world the work you can do. 
  • Holding your clients hand beyond the branding alone. 
  • Setting a promotional goal, defining the objectives for it, and maybe getting a sweet rebate in the process. 
  • Leveraging social media ads with look alike audiences to achieve your number one goal. 
  • Realistic timelines and the elephant in the room. 
  • From a cringe worthy Brooklynn illustration to working for Mickey. 
  • Where is the most bang for your buck when you're chasing clients?
  • Get your work out into the world and selling yourself instead of giving away work for free. 
  • Are veteran designers pissed that Billy is giving away the secrets of screenprinting during The Double?
  • Start with a timeline, make a schedule, and hold yourself accountable with deliverables. 
  • Budgeting out finances and your time. 
  • Beware the wormhole of fun that keeps you from the final moment. 
  • Calculated risks, effort, and starting down the path. 
  • Make in roads before you're done. 
  • Researching from the front lines and getting involved to figure out your launch strategy. 
  • Hard deadlines and finishing. 
  • Different animals in different times.
  • Setting yourself up to do better the next time around. 
  • Get your head out of your phone to see what works and what doesn't work in the world. 
  • Analyze the design elements of any environment you walk into to figure out how it was done. 
  • Chicken Nuggets from USA Today's Money section. 
  • Don't forget to evaluate what worked and what didn't work. 
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Seasons Of The Snake returns bigger and better than ever as Ben and Miranda take on the summer season. With a brand new location and a larger footprint in Long Beach your favorite high end men's fashion retailers have hit the ground running with the latest drops from Stevenson Overall Co., Rogue Territory, and more. SOP also has a new face around the store taking photos and helping to visually define the look and feel of every piece that makes it through their doors and onto their shelves. Even with all the changes these two California transplants have recently fought through to open their new spot, there is even more on the horizon for them. Between landing an account with Double RL and the addition of some very sought after Vans this summer is sure to once again redefine what Snake Oil Provisions can do.

Talking Points

  • From four hundred to eight hundred square feet. 
  • Volume Three for Snake Oil Provisions. 
  • Running or crawling to filling up the new, even larger spot. 
  • Strategizing for smart business. 
  • Finding the face of SOP and living the trash panda life. 
  • Sticking with authenticity for organic success. 
  • Buying efficient pieces for your wardrobe. 
  • Stevenson Overall Co. bringing their best for the latest spring drop. 
  • The boutique side of Levi's sold in select retailers only and made by Americans all thanks to Number 45. 
  • Cutting through the noise to land a new brand at Snake Oil Provisions. 
  • Welcoming Double RL and their working classic look as a brand inside the brand. 
  • The quest for RJ, using out of office replies, and the two prerequisites that were already met. 
  • Separating the men from the boys and tapping into California's greatest resource. 
  • Stop dying on the vine. 
  • Getting Off The Wall in June. 
  • How does the world know you're wearing premium quality clothing?
  • A monumental acquisition to overcome the (literally) back breaking work of making Snake Oil look so damn good. 
  • Shooting Mark at Disneyland. 
  • The 0.03% of guys that try and pick you apart in explicit detail instead of figuring out how to do it themselves. 
  • Think critically and lean into your success. 
  • Dancing around the big zinger for the new spot and saving the day by working inside your network. 
  • Store homelessness. 
  • Becoming your own contractor and still shipping out your product under some less than ideal circumstances. 
  • Appreciating what you have when it gets temporarily taken away. 
  • Life costs money and negotiating high. 
  • How badly does Snake Oil Provisions need a brick and mortar location?
  • Your customers can see the ups and downs of your life. 
  • Tied down to your open hours.
  • A tribute to the left of center who brought downtown back.  
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Dave Shapiro comes to us from the world of representation at United Talent Agency. From his early days behind the kit and as a tour manager to where he sits now in Beverly Hills, Dave's grasp of each component for his clients success is what sets him apart from other agents. By understanding the role of a mentor and creating his own lane wherever he worked allowed him to rise quickly through the ranks. In a world without seniority or privilege, it is Dave's strategic manipulation of human psychology that keeps him at the top of his game and continually confirming more deals for his diverse roster of talent. Learn to negotiate and find your creative value as we hear from a real life Ari Gold about fighting for the best deal on today's adventure. 

Talking Points

  • Is UTA the biggest talent agency in the world?
  • Finding representation with some leverage and what that means for your career. 
  • It all starts with someone in a band. 
  • Taking your hands on experience to the other side so you can completely relate to your clients. 
  • From tour manager to drum tech to promoting to booking bands and getting them on the road. 
  • Taking the talent on Equal Vision Records to the next level and get them an agent. 
  • Going from short term goals to long term deals with a future. 
  • Riding your boss and gaining respect both ways to create your own lane. 
  • Three years, three job offers, and breaking out of your comfort zone to learn more. 
  • From Devil Wears Prada to Nickelback in their "prime" years. 
  • Mentorship instead of paid for degrees that mean nothing. 
  • Getting bought into UTA and becoming a real dude with a real title at a real agency. 
  • You are as good as you are today. Period. 
  • Finding your Ari Gold. 
  • Living in a high stress world while staying three steps ahead with or without personal outlets. 
  • Delivering news the right way to change the conversation. 
  • Greatest misses. 
  • Good Cop and Bad Cop get paid... by working together.
  • Mastering the art of flight. 
  • Loop di loops, barrel rolls, and ghost riding the whip fifteen hundred feet above the ground. 
  • Great rates at the airline pump, commuter planes, and bypassing airport security. 
  • Going solo. 
  • The first real flight by yourself and the soundtrack to flying high. 
  • What do most people get wrong about owning a plane?
  • The pains of flying commercial.
  • Looking deeper at negotiations and the different approaches people take. 
  • Using the phone to push people as far as you can based off their tone. 
  • Psychology over dollars. 
  • Know your audience and know your negotiation points. 
  • Balance where you want to be and where you need to be. 
  • Can you get over taking it personally?
  • Managing expectations case by case to humanize the process. 
  • Don't forget that you need an escape. 
  • Percentages, discretionary bonuses, and hitting the not so straightforward factors. 
  • What's next on Dave Shapiro's horizon?
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On the first episode of Start Today co-hosts Mark Brickey and Biggie breakdown the 1989 Gorilla Biscuits track “Start Today” and go line by line trying to fully understand the songs greater meaning and influences that it had on their lives. However, before we get to breaking down the walls of this inspiration, first Mark provides a rich audio documentary explaining the influences, origin and history of the short lived New York Hard Core super group the Gorilla Biscuits.


Talking Points

- Controlling your temper, not blowing up like you used to and realizing work isn’t worth getting mad over.

- Understanding that you’re never too old to hangout and the importance of finding your tribe.

- Location, location, location, where you are plays a huge part in how you play.

- Staying one step ahead of your current career and always planning for the next big thing.

- Not just working hard, but working hard toward a focused life plan.

- Procrastinating solves nothing, only creates more work.

- There is no seniority in the arts, which leaves zero room for laziness.

- The importance of movement, keeping moving to keep surviving.

- Trusting your gut, you always know what’s right.

- Put in the hours, it will always show in the work.

- The importance of saying sorry face to face.

- Time is your enemy, friend and greatest love.

Circle of Trust

Mark talks about his lessons learned from both the song Start Today and the creating the first podcast episode. As well as plays audio that didn’t make the final public cut.

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Josh Kimberg joins The Collection with Huck Gee and Mark Brickey to talk about the many hats he wears in the world of designer toys. From a Managing Partner at Clutter Magazine, to organizing Five Points Festival, all the way to running the Designer Toy Awards can keep his schedule more full than a house of Tanners. His unique perspective and heavy involvement in the designer toy world makes him an important pillar for The Collection and highlights the passion it takes to succeed when you follow your dreams. Huck and Mark get some insight into Kaiju, the vinyl world in New York City, and navigating through the murky waters of a difficult break up. If you don't know what Sofubi is, how dredge taxes kill profitability, or the odds of winning against yourself instead of thousands then this part of The Collection will teach you all that you need to know. 

Talking Points

  • Understanding the lo-fi music of the designer toy world. 
  • Are murals graffiti and is graffiti a mural?
  • A Skull Fucker bigger than a Shogun Warrior. 
  • The Collection gets an exclusive Gold Life scoop, Dapper Little Scoundrels, and glow in the dark giant jellybeans. 
  • Where did all the tentacles come from?
  • Behind the scenes of the Designer Toy Awards and how the winners are chosen. 
  • The thankless role of a steward to kick the tires and define the scene. 
  • An Inside Man brings the gravitas. 
  • 5 Points Festival creates a home that can elevate the scene and celebrate in New York City. 
  • The slow second coming, dredge taxes that kill taxes, and getting a garage secured. 
  • Content creators in the early days of the internet and beyond. 
  • Transitioning is weird and painful addiction to overcome. 
  • Just beat yourself instead of thousands of people. 
  • Finding your drive again. 
  • The Walmart-ing of the web, overcoming the grid, and the death of Flash. 
  • A Generalist Nerd makes a disclaimer before his dive. 
  • The origins and current categories of Kaiju. 
  • What is Sofubi?
  • Huck debates about bringing soft vinyl into his fun factory. 
  • A time and a place for every style. 
  • So terrible it becomes amazing... like The Room of toys. 
  • Indisputable materials over concept. 
  • Bullseye Art, Mini Disco, and earliest days of Kid Robot. 


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