Adventures In Design

Inside Out released a small, four song EP called No Spiritual Surrender in March of 1990 that went on to quite possibly be the most popular release ever on Revelation Records. Despite disbanding one year after its release, their intense live performances and socially conscious lyrics left a lasting impact on the scene that still ripples outward today. This episode of Start Today opens with the in depth history surrounding Inside Out, the bands working alongside them, and how they came to leave such a lasting impression on the scene in such a short time. Burning Fight was the opening track off their monumental 7" where Zach wanted to remind us that the real struggle was to come down from the soap box and open our arms to anyone who would listen to the positive message we believe in. Mark Brickey and Biggie of Good Fight Entertainment go over each lyric of Burning Fight, share what it has come to mean to each of them, and how this poignant message continues to guide them to this day. Reach out your hand and get ready for the third installment of Start Today.

Talking Points

  • Youth Of Today calls it quits and hardcore begins to turn inward.
  • Familiar faces, new sounds, and the arrival of rivals.
  • Understanding 1990 from the 70’s.
  • Crafting a unique sound that took its time to explode.
  • Burning Fight becomes the slower paced anthem for the shape of hardcore to come.
  • What comes after Inside Out?
  • The revolution that came along with Rage Against The Machine.
  • Channeling your anger to take on the rest of the world. 
  • Coming back to the center where everything started.
  • Overcoming expectations to fulfill your dream.
  • Music as the background to a community, cutting through all the red tape, and understanding the "it" factor.
  • Comedown space, crowd control, and the ninety minutes bands fight for.
  • The changing of the guard in hardcore.
  • Expanding universes, shrinking circles, and finding your tribe.
  • Are you ready for the music that will change your life?

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

  • Straight edge after thirty, violent misconceptions, and in-scene squabbles.
  • Not fitting in today, cutting the fat off the bone, and the engaging art of compromise.
  • Managing others expectations and managing your own.
  • The social structure in the scene changes as new discovery points open the doors to everyone.
  • Walking away when it’s time, the wormhole to heavy, and using the platform while you have it.
  • What is your burning fight now?
  • Spiritual surrender.

TEAM NO SPIRITUAL SURRENDER

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Every movement has somewhere sacred renowned as its birthplace and for East Bay Punk, that is undeniably 924 Gilman. For years this club has been the epicenter of a community formed by outsiders, freethinkers, and cultural revolutionaries armed with nothing more than determination and a few power chords. Corbett Redford spent the last four years of his life pouring over footage chronicling Green Day, Rancid, NOFX, and countless others to create his documentary, Turn It Around: The Story Of East Bay Punk. Who better could properly encapsulate all these vastly unique personalities sharing one common thread than someone who lived through all that triumph and turmoil themselves? Corbett applied what he learned from a fiercely independent scene to plunge headfirst into crafting a story that uplifts the powerfully honest principles behind punk rock and highlights how voices both big and small play a crucial role in shaping communities that matter. This interview weaves between Corbett's own involvement in the scene, how he came to make this beautiful film about it, and what is next on the horizon for him.

Talking Points

  • "You're cool... but fuck your band" and three friendly guidelines from Billie Joe.
  • A handbook for building a community with music as a backdrop. 
  • Remembering what you learned about what you are capable of building. 
  • Finding connections with the human element when you need it. 
  • A culture shift towards celebrating the outsiders. 
  • Eggplants in every scene and how artists see art. 
  • Is inclusivity the answer?
  • Learning to meet people in the middle. 
  • Not every band can be Fugazi and products of bad geography. 
  • Sitting face to face with real racism, putting out a helping hand, and getting someone on the path. 
  • The DIY mentality on being who you want to be. 
  • Silent contributors to Gilman and never forgetting where you come from. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

  • Slipping into the next thing through music. 
  • Life always finds a way. 
  • Did everyone have their coffee today?
  • Where is the next place to go?
  • Collaborating with Iggy Pop and working with your heroes to get the real story. 
  • Who was Corbett in this film?
  • Finding your next steps and learning new reflexes.
  • Can you go back to normal life? 
  • Recalibration, responsibility, and the real creative crescendo. 
  • Exhaustion, art, and emotional lottery tickets.
  • Keeping the stoke. 

TEAM TURN IT AROUND

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Hammer Time X is upon us and the cast is taking on the McDonald's menu in all of its thirty two item glory. Mark, Tavo, and Hammer reminisce about the food that made them into men and use our tried and true system of democracy to determine which foods will advance and what falls by the wayside. Breakfast. Dessert. Sandwich. Snack. Division by calorie packed division square off in a food fight to the finish with only one true victor left standing when the carnage finally subsides. Along the way, your boys drop the secret to making a McDoogle, unmask the bagel industry not based in New York, and mix ethnic delicacies to create all new gourmet experiences. Toss in a few stories from Hammer's innovative employment history at Starbucks and a few other antics that ensue and you have yourself a Hammer Time that will have you say "I'm lovin' it."

Talking Points

  • The Comment Piñatas get cracked open. 
  • A sticky syrup situation, rolls with holes, and PB Times. 
  • The Snowman Shuffle to the first Veagle. 
  • Quarter Pounder flounders.
  • Simpler times in America on the back nine and bringing people together. 
  • The McDoogle, the "presence of health," and sauce strategies. 
  • Defending the cheeseburger. 
  • Hammer makes you an offer you can't refuse.
  • Chef Jandora applies to Tavo's Tacos in full force.
  • Mark wins the Social Lottery. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

  • Momo watches Sofia and Blanche getting that Nut Nut.
  • Potatoes aren't apples and owning all the blueberries in the world. 
  • Revisiting blizzards and understanding food adultery. 
  • The first Cheeseburger McFlurry. 
  • Hammer's innovative employment history at Starbucks earns him an extra nickel every hour... that he declines. 
  • Vibing since youth, The Pizza Song, and the varying levels of Coca-Cola Classic (including a secret level). 
  • Moments of silence as potentially planted moments of entertainment. 
  • Where are you Biggie in your life?
  • The Final Four Face Off and the grande royale battle to the finish. 
  • Hawaiian Pizza Alternates, Kung Pao-ritos, and a Would You Rather that's Dragon Ballz Deep. 

TEAM FUCKIN HAMMER TIME

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The August Poster Countdown is here with Mark Brickey and Mitch Putnam of OMGposters.com guiding you through a month chock full of raw talent and jaw dropping pieces. As we move higher and higher up the ranks, you can study how each artist harnessed their creativity to truly hone in on what each work attempted to communicate. These two captains of industry point out what makes each poster stand out from the rest and lend time tested, industry insight into the business behind creativity. Is a portrait or landscape layout better for your next composition? Are you great enough to be deliberately sloppy? Do you have the guts to put blue cheese on pizza? With such a wide array of style and subject matter exhibited across this month's selections, you are sure to walk away with countless chicken nuggets about the subtle finesse behind design expertly wielded by these artists.

Talking Prints

  • The slow decline of cinema and the evolution of its marketing tactics. 
  • Low budget horror films that make money but lack the quality Mondo would confidently stand behind. 
  • Hitting the tone of what you're trying to capture in your work. 
  • Making humor translate and avoiding likeness rights through illustrative styles. 
  • The power of portrait. 
  • Sturdy women, traditional styles, and Revolver videos. 
  • Metallica posters, Space Riders, and inspired hires who actually try something different. 
  • Consistently piling on your signature style with details and layering. 
  • A moment for Pizza that makes no sense. 
  • Reminiscent posters that harken back to a better time for gig posters and cementing yourself in the community. 
  • Existing in incubators and honing your craft. 
  • Grayscale grief online. 
  • A quiet breath of fresh air, your client's success is also your own, and inspired secondary photos. 
  • Challenging infographics that most artists want to take on. 
  • Making type that talks, lego pieces that work for you, and some new bookmarks you need. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Prints

  • When real world TLC backfires and the intense process behind James Jean's work that puts him in competition with no one but itself. 
  • Avant-garde client work that comes from a totally different world. 
  • Harnessing the power of white. 
  • Mood, silence, and tone, following the career path of Dan McCarthy, and the difficult lesson of restraint. 
  • Understanding finesse. 
  • Master Lego Builders and working the information into the composition. 
  • Mixing hand drawn illustrations and real world photos. 
  • Are you deliberately sloppy or just not talented? 
  • Experimenting outside the Star Wars universe and guessing at the long term cultural footprint of modern IP's. 
  • From marketing to meritocracy. 
  • Negative space is self confidence and Mondo teams up with Black Dragon Press. 
  • Form, function, and split fountains. 
  • Nailing line weight like a master. 

TEAM POSTER COUNTDOWN

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Bang that drum because Shop Talk is here and ready to rumble. Mark, Billy, and James have teamed up around the proverbial water cooler to dish dirt, share stories, and drop chicken nuggets like there's no tomorrow. How much does your name truly affect your life and how you are perceived? If you could have a dream team of five people what would they be doing for you? Are you held down by a customer first mentality that isn't leaving you creatively fulfilled? Get ready to dive into the deep end with your favorite coworkers as they tackle issues and dole out advice to prepare you for the next big steps on your own journey. Sechrist out!

Talking Points

  • Delicious gets gothic and makes an Ambrose alert. 
  • Getting Raw with the cast of Hammer Time and fans who cross over. 
  • How much does your name affect your life?
  • Flushing out a dream team of five people to help you achieve your dreams for five years. 
  • Altering the structure at Delicious Design League to better utilize everyone's talents. 
  • Billy faces off against Aaron in a boxing match of his dreams. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

  • Developing the proper timeline to think about your customer. 
  • How do you approach the artboard?
  • Hoping for hits and staying creatively fulfilled. 
  • Gauging your market.
  • Darlings that remake themselves and icons that fade away. 
  • Forward thinking design aesthetics or communicating with your customer. 
  • PSAs from Billy, Mark, and OKpants. 
  • Delicious Design League presents at Duotone at Gallery F. 
  • VR on the cultural horizon and the slow disconnect from one another. 

TEAM CHARLIE CHARLIE

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Making your dream a reality is the first step on the long road of keeping your dream a reality. Between finding funds to keep things going and generating new users in a marketplace pulling their attention in every which way, ProductionPro continues to revolve around their single source of truth. Alex Libby returns to Adventures In Design to share what a year and a half of fighting the good fight has taught him and how his app idea turned into a dedicated team of people collaborating to further adapt their product towards what the entertainment industry wants. Mark opens the episode letting us all behind the curtain on how he is curtailing these interviews to help everyone stop following the leader and start learning how you can start taking down the walls that are in front of your own challenges. Just like ProductionPro, we are trying to help you perform at the height of your creativity.

Talking Points

  • The changing creative landscape and interviewing creatives from other fields.
  • Following the leader or learning from their triumphs.
  • Taking down another brick in the wall.
  • Does your career seem easier to you now?
  • Becoming Appletes ™. 
  • Working towards what you love. 
  • Finding the single source of truth and learning from your users. 
  • Splitting up episodes and viewing the same content in different ways. 
  • A three year journey to find a meaningful and succinct way to say what you're doing. 
  • Raising money, finding users, and the hungry tech beast. 
  • A cultural challenge to find usability. 
  • Competition, one hundred "No's," and checking off some boxes for your investors.
  • The shift to show off your team. 
  • How far can this go? How big can this get?
  • Choosing between the friendly sell and the hard sell. 
  • Forever funding and meaningful metrics. 
  • Making something you can actually show people. 
  • Protecting the team and educating them about an industry they never thought they'd be a part of. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

  •  Hating the day to day but loving what you're working towards. 
  • Death Bed Hindsight. 
  • Pitching do's and don'ts. 
  • Operating inside the Disney Accelerator. 
  • Accessing the most creative minds to improve your product. 
  • The Bi Coastal lifestyle. 
  • Significantly moving the needle. 
  • Fighting for a real idea at the core of what you do. 
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The Gang dreams of opening their own pizzeria.

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Summer brings us all together at beaches and barbeques across this melting pot of a great nation and there is no better way to give the season a proper send off than The Unity Episode with the cast of Hammer Time. Hang out with your best podcast friends Mike Hammer of Violent Gentlemen, Mark Brickey, and the guest of honor, Gustavo Jaimes, for a rollercoaster of ball busting so good that even you will be screaming "eagle." It's been a wild month and there are plenty of stories to share from being backstage with Rancid to winning The Shitley Cup to almost dying with a very sleepy One Star Jones Uber driver. You'll want to settle in and purchase some snacks from the dream vending machine these goons put together because this entire episode is going out to everyone in the spirit of unity. So if there really is a war going down between your brothers tonight then as one stand together because it's Gus's big day on Hammer Time.

Talking Points

  • Gus gets gifted a very patriotic safe word.
  • Work shopping the Dream Vending Machine. 
  • Vibe Teching for AID. 
  • Pacing out your Pop Tart, TastyNudies.com, and revealing the Donettes flavor that smells like sunscreen. 
  • Smoke breaks for straight edge kids. 
  • Kentucky based automobile engineering hacks, shaking your head out of the photo, and mob based government mandates. 
  • Row classification. 
  • Can you taste the rainbow?
  • Hostess Pies on the road to the Betes, fur on your fingers, and stiff arming Blizzards. 
  • Work only vending machine purchases. 
  • Letting in the Winn Dixie crowd. 
  • Striving for 600% more, reminders of your social status, and counting wrinkles on your Uber Driver's forehead. 
  • Three Rogue Territory blouses and lightly used luxury vehicle dilemmas. 
  • The Gently Used Shitley Cup. 
  • Watching Rancid with The Rats, starting with "are you," and the official cake of Hammer Time. 
  • Johnny Appleporn keeping the kids analog, a postcard from The Pickle, and a carefully crafted email to all the Eventbrite flakes. 
  • Frat Boy Humor gets old and isn't expected. 
  • Top summer time memories. 
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It's time for another drum banging, shop talking, Slack slandering with Mark, Billy, and OKpants on the mics making your life a little bit better one minute at a time. Summer is coming to a close but these bad boys have a few more good times planned out before it's all over. Was going to college a waste of money? How did Delicious make it through some recent tight financial times? What's up with the jerks at Guitar Center who always think they know better than you? Today's Shop Talk gets into all those answers and more as the boys swap stories around the hypothetical water cooler that is Adventures In Design. Antics ensue.

Talking Points

  • The disruption of the disco train and how trends have always affected the arts. 
  • Poster Children poems. 
  • Staying in college or joining the workforce and the prospects on either horizon. 
  • Are colleges a money pit?
  • Billy shares how DDL weathered the storm of tight financial times. 
  • Responding to the Circle Of Trust's responses, a potential Shop Talk band in the making, and another "must be nice" moment.
  • Don't let the unfollow button hit you on the way out. 
  • The Cocaine Guy at the Mayweather fight, the unsung heroes who shoot the peripheral, and losing a social media wager. 
  • The permanent ten percent set aside for offspring. 
  • Having the space to create and not controlling the outcome. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

  • Talent, timelines, and getting to the top. 
  • Talking down to people who you think know less than you (we're looking at you Guitar Center employees). 
  • Slack Slander. 
  • Where are the hard workers that are the life blood of our nation?
  • Summer's best moments. 

TEAM BILLY DOESN'T GIVE A FUCK ABOUT YOUR NEEDS

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Your new hero is the man responsible for an entire world of heroes from OK KO! on Cartoon Network, Ian Jones-Quartey. Since his hand could hold a pencil and his head could form a question he has been learning, growing, and using all of that information to create anything and everything he could share with other people. His unquenchable desire to create has put him behind such projects as Adventure Time and Steven Universe with titles next to his name like writer, animator, storyboard artist, and voice actor. With an infectiously positive outlook and a boundless imagination, Ian now finds himself at the helm of OK KO! creating a safe escape for kids to find the hero within themselves and face the world confidently. It's time you do the same, so let go of all that baggage you've been lugging around and take a step back into the magic of your youth on today's Adventure In Design. Maybe you'll start to feel like everyday is your birthday too!

Talking Points

  • A self-initiated project that was a refinement of the work you've been putting in since your pre-tween days. 
  • Fascination, frequency, and follow through. 
  • Getting the permission to evolve in your craft. 
  • Animated shorts on your own time that are filled with the fun of creation and constant reinvention. 
  • OK KO is Ian ideas on overdrive on the fly. 
  • Pendleton Ward expands on what joke telling can be. 
  • Keeping creative success in your hands whether the limelight is on you or not. 
  • Awash in information pre and post internet. 
  • If there's a problem you can solve it. If there's something you don't know you can learn about it. 
  • Consistency over accuracy in storytelling and overcoming the naysayers. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

  • OK KO arrives on Cartoon Network and shows how everyone can be that hero without any cosmic intervention. 
  • Kid First goals and living your life in the margins. 
  • The concept of the sublime that draws your audience into a larger universe they invent in your head. 
  • Keeping cartoons safe.
  • Capturing the creative process and sharing it with people who can keep building off whatever you put out into the world. 
  • The unbridled love for making things with an open ended idea of being creative. 
  • Adults are (kind of) ruined people. Kids are still open to the fun of life. 
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