Adventures In Design (art design )

Bang the drum for this week's Shop Talk with Billy Baumann and Mark Brickey rounding out another batch of AID goodness. The Cobra is in fine form today as he immediately strikes on everything from selling single pages out of a book to decoding another artist's layer laden file. Mark uses his deft investigative journalism to pry out some behind the scenes details on the recent Dave Matthews poster Delicious Design League took on. Things can get tricky when you're playing in the big leagues and Billy tells all to turn his experience into a learning one for us all. Don't miss their expert advice on color separations and how planning ahead with your file can save you a few headaches at the finish line. Most importantly, let this Shop Talk act as a much needed reminder to any creatives who feel beaten down that we all can strategically pick our battles as designers and fight for our ideas when the timing is right. Street by street. Block by block. Taking most of it all back.

Talking Points

  • A new bootleg poster scam of jpeg reprints or getting ahead of the vintage ad game?
  • Cart logic. 
  • Delicious Design League's unconventional diptych approach and the world of Dave Matthews. 
  • Buying Chicago or Apple as a long term investment. 
  • Who gets what cut of a gig poster?
  • The problem when unqualified people get a taste of being the puppeteer without any applicable experience in their background. 
  •  Creating for approval instead of what is right and the rationale behind taking it just for sanity's sake. 
  • Finding the rhythm between work and passion. 
  • The art is just the start and the increasingly complex world of color separations. 
  • Getting an education through hands on experience. 
  • Industry expansion from coloring books to mezzotints and transparent inks. 
  • Decoding another artist's file or just developing your own process. 
  • Hitting yellow and seeing red. 
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Category:Art Design -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

Every month Mitch Putnam and Mark Brickey pour over to put together a Top Ten Countdown that seems to continually raise the bar of greatness contained between four corners. The month of May was no exception to this phenomena as artists vied for the top spot on the countdown or found their way into Mitch's Treasure Chest for worthwhile comments and observations. Piece by jaw dropping piece is picked apart to show what sets it apart from the rest by two heavy hitters in the design world that have seen every trick in the book and have some behind the scenes facts that illuminate the lesser known semantic side of the work itself. As their analyzation unfolds you can apply the same concepts to further your own career and use top shelf tips and tricks that other industry greats had to discover the hard way. With visionary artists like Daniel Danger, Becky Cloonan, James Flames, and more filling up the countdown its inevitable that you'll learn how they manipulate the two dimensional space to capture unforgettable moments and spark a viewer's imagination.

Talking Points

  • The best and worst designed sports city in the United States. 
  • The watermark of superstar level success and breaking out of our art world in very unprecedented ways. 
  • Intellectual discrepancies between how you see your client and how they see themselves. 
  • Consumer products and marketing objectives pulling art in opposite directions. 
  • Composition, collage, and unique perspectives on familiar themes.
  • Achieving richness and subtlety in screenprinting. 
  • The risks of one color prints, owning official Disney artwork, and screenprints that legitimately look like paintings. 
  • The execution kills the concept that needed an art director to save it. 
  • Getting your heart hooked into your work and albums you should listen to just once. 
  • The leap into the metaphorical. 
  • Becky Cloonan's seamless transition from comic books. 
  • Soaking in a mentor's influence and making it your own. 
  • A quick dip into the Marvel Universe. 
  • Dual format designs and the difference between blouse imagery and poster illustration. 
  • Evolving backwards from the Frank Kozik coloring style as printing techniques improve. 
  • Powerful movie poster archetypes and developing a new approach to old properties.

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

  • The cover of the novel within the film that became a poster representing the time period it came from. 
  • Watching an artist on an epic journey through space and time as they continually reinvent themselves. 
  • Understanding your market and how you can gear your business model towards it. 
  • Deliberately wonky work made by hand.
  • Walking away from women and building out your poster to utilize the medium. 
  • The difficulty in miniaturizing a film and multiple illustration styles that run the gamut.
  • Client reactions to minimalistic approaches. 
  • Managing your audience's varying artistic demands. 
  • From scratch board to laser etching to continually innovate your medium. 
  • Drawing from the greats to find a style that doesn't allow for revisions. 
  • Living in highlight and a unique take on a fan favorite. 
  • Giant comic book covers and banking off some very rooted hype. 
  • Jim Fire is making the culture of screenprinting look bad with his new artistic direction.
  • Determination, results, and cosplaying as James' agent. 
  • Honoring icons and the murky waters of cashing in on celebrity deaths. 
  • Making toys and more at Mondo. 
  • The thought process behind timed editions. 
  • Beating the game with a dirty little secret successful bloggers use all the time. 
  • Transitioning out of the gig poster world into experimental new areas that highlight your skills. 
  • Taking on ten challenges in one poster and the two voices of Landland. 


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Category:Art Design -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

Bang the drums and bust out your preferred note taking medium because this Shop Talk is so full of chicken nuggets you'd think it was sponsored by Ronald himself. Mark, Billy, and special guest Jason Edmiston leave no stone unturned as they rip through moral dilemmas and motivational hurdles in a creative's career path. Would you pay for likes on social media if it meant a positive uptick in your sales? Are big brands fleecing the public by supporting popular social movements? How do you keep your work loose when you work form reference materials? That's just a taste of what today's trio gets into as they explore each topic with an honest transparency you won't find anywhere else on today's adventure into design. Antics ensue.

Talking Points

  • Buying likes on Instagram (because you're a business). 
  • Overcoming meritocracy in art. 
  • Are you focusing on false metrics that don't align with your marketing goals. 
  • Investing your time or your money into video. 
  • Are you an anonymous artist?
  • Standing at the intersection of brands, politics, and business. 
  • The creative's ego. 
  • Living with the perfect partner. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

  • The integral inside out process of preparation to make incredible pieces. 
  • Keeping your work loose when using reference materials. 
  • Exaggerating the movement. 
  • Tracing secrets the world isn't ready to hear. 
  • Harnessing the power of brainstorming. 
  • The demise of hard work as we shift away from traditional media. 
  • Creating and curating content to use as you work through projects. 
  • You only need one buyer. 
  • Vague emails and the response that takes longer than the question itself.


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Category:Art Design -- posted at: 12:41am PDT

As the next chapter of The DKNG Show unfolds we find our favorite design duo busy as ever and actively pursuing new ventures. With so much work still under wraps Mark takes the opportunity to pour over some of Dan and Nathan's business practices as they weave between the last two month's projects. Even as the boys go over their Radiohead poster project, the subject matter skews towards how they reinvented their own process to reflect the band's shifting approach to music and business. In the Circle Of Trust bonus content we get a double dip of insider information about breaking into the wholesale world and a look at advertising through social media channels. Chapter Nine continues to push the boundaries of how much DKNG lets us inside their creative minds and how they have become a premiere boutique agency at the top of their game.

Talking Points

  • Respecting boundaries, uprooting bad relationships, and effective communication. 
  • The challenge to even approach designing for Radiohead's multifaceted sound. 
  • Reinventing your structure from the ground up and keeping things simple for your client. 
  • How much do you initially show your client to allow your project to evolve into its final form. 
  • Live streaming portfolio reviews and the tricky side of constructively critiquing work. 
  • Common pitfalls in portfolios. 
  • Initiative, ownership, and curation. 
  • Diversification for continual cash flow. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

  • Starting wholesale at a local level and giving a little to get to the next level. 
  • Growing your stockist list and the slow march to a smooth, automated process. 
  • Presenting a line that tells a complete story to increase consumer engagement. 
  • Business when you're at the top of the Wild West enamel pin game. 
  • Pin-Pal-Palooza 2017 and gauging pop culture concepts. 
  • Cracking the code of advertising in social media. 
  • Boosts and the initial discouragement of getting into the game. 
  • Understanding the true value of your product and targeting the right people for that. 


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Category:Art Design -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

Step into the vibrant world of Esao Andrews. Just as his work reflects, he is a complicated tapestry of darker worlds concentrated around the bright spots of energy. Today's adventure takes us back through the story of his rise through the world of art and the unsteady ground that pushes him towards continual adaptation. With one foot in the gallery world and the other in commercial design, Esao is a renaissance artist not afraid to use his talents wherever they take him. From visually defining the world of Circa Survive across their musical career to crafting oil paintings ripe with contrasts that emotionally resonate with audiences around the world, Esao taps into the core of his message in any medium. Mark discusses facing your fears to cash in on the emotional lottery tickets you've put out into the universe and how Esao's interview is a perfect example of that. Be brave and remember that the true power of your art comes when you share it with the world.

Talking Points

  • The art that drew you in and designing decks in the days of screen printing. 
  • Meat House, the unlikely powerhouse at a defunct learning website, and serendipitously moving into the art world in waves. 
  • Landing on your style while making a living as a fine artist. 
  • Designing with restriction to expand your creativity. 
  • Finding financial independence in a shifting supply and demand economy. 
  • Creative collaboration within your industry. 
  • Planning versus jazz and getting lost in your work. 
  • Capturing the narrative to overcome your reference materials. 
  • A hand in hand relationship becoming the visual aspect of Circa Survive. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

  • The fickle, fine line between fine art and commercial art.
  • Exposure, financial gain, and learning to say no. 
  • Making Esao.
  • Gaining control in the feast and famine lifestyle.
  • Metaphorical opposites between Satellite and World Traveler. 
  • Color, atmosphere, and contrast. 
  • Being a control freak when new opportunities arise. 
  • The struggle to tell your own story and the lifeboats left out at sea. 
  • Humbly handling fame. 
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Category:Art Design -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

If there was only one name that could be included in the art history books to represent street art and youth culture at the turn of the century, Shepard Fairey would be it. From a few wheat pasted posters and a posse rallied around Andre The Giant, Shepard Fairey became a household name in a matter of years by sharing his punk rock ethics with the world and creating iconic imagery opposing the powers that be. The only problem is that fame comes at a cost on both a personal and professional level and this interview takes you behind the hype and inside the mind of a cultural icon who's been on both sides of the coin. From doing time to calls from the Commander In Chief himself to spearheading the next steps in social justice, Shepard Fairey's true story reveals a focused and humble creative using his influence to better the world he came from and the world he wants to live in. Mark opens the episode to get everyone in the proper perspective to understand the weight of first place and the struggle to convey your intentions when you're only trying to help.

Talking Points

  • Being the guy going down in history books without ever thinking you even had a space in the art world.
  • The freedom inside a whole new genre without any past expectations.
  • Red toner leads the way to a unifying aesthetic and developing your arsenal of paper stock.
  • Straddling the digital age and the limits of science.
  • Speaking directly to your audience and the fear of getting too big.
  • The outside inside strategy that can subvert the machinery you're trying to undo.
  • Viral messages and a humble reminder about the responsibility behind creating socially responsible art.
  • Evolving past the pole position of privilege.
  • How does Shepard pick his battles?
  • Celebrating the positive while critiquing the current political regime. 
  • Building a toolset with your life's graphic and philosophical foundation. 
  • The Obama Hope Poster project, being the antithesis of Bush, and risking your street cred to build a better world. 
  • Low self esteem, other talented artists, and staying busy. 
  • Balancing the risks of public art with the people who rely on you. 
  • The AP Trial of the century. 
  • No good deed goes unpunished, standing up for racial justice and equality, and a rainbow coalition. 
  • Exploitive offers, donating to charities, and privileged problems. 
  • Staying cool to people in the face of conjecture. 
  •  The occasional legitimate piece of criticism. 
  • Staying motivated and switching gears when you hit a creative wall. 
  • Building a business with your wife and how Mark becomes Mark after he gets his first tough love from Amanda Fairey. 
  • A couple firsts in Shepard's life. 
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Category:Art Design -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

The DKNG triumphantly returns for its second year still leading the charge on all things design. Dan and Nathan have been busy since we heard from them doing everything from giant catalogues to product design to character development. Mark takes us into the belly of the beast to go over all projects DKNG has pushed out the door since we rang in 2017. How do they determine billing on their projects? How do they interact with their clients across an entire project? How do they plan out their design work? How do they do what they do so damn well? Step back inside the inner workings of one of the hardest working design studios out there and see why Dan and Nathan continue to stay at the top of their game as leaders in the industry.

Talking Points

  • Reinventing the holiday card over the last four years and changing the oil on the Death Star.
  • B2B catalog at epic proportions with tons of data, style guides, and a lot of backs and forths.
  • Figuring out billable hours for developing sixty pages. 
  • Pie slices and pumping the breaks on two hundred and fifty small pieces that make up larger projects.
  • Letting your fans grow up, get jobs, and hire you.
  • Leaning last year's functional system and fixing more surface level design issues.
  • Remembering the purpose of the project.
  • New spins on old to semi old ideas or keeping what works as a standard.
  • A moment on Mark's off brand thighs.
  • Signature style, hand drawn illustration, and discovering the paintbrush tool.
  • Googling thirteen year old girl proportions and the fine line to get it just right.
  • Finding a client that feeds you all their customer facing design needs.
  • Typographic hierarchy and unique purposes.
  • Layering data into good design.
  • Four tiers of confidence that make things easy to read and still leaves some flexible room for change.
  • Treating data in steps and one of the best tricks in the book.
  • Keeping MXPX and The Jesus and Mary Chain the same sizenand the problem solving skills behind typography.
  • The many players involved in working on a licensing deal and establishing first contact. 
  • Tonal lighting to bring your illustrations to life and using two separate types of light. 
  • Showing a feeling instead of the details and turning the lights on in a bar at the end of the night.
  • Logo placement and tangents.
  • Making it all to deliberately lose some of it.
  • Symmetrical elements and layering more shapes.
  • The process in making a DKNG original illustration and the lego pieces they add in.
  • One tiny part at a time and finishing all over the place. 
  • Creating actual space in the classic Star Wars style.
  • How much is enough to make you want more?
  • Are you a painter or a designer?
  • Mark's process on the Fantasyland print versus Dan's process on creating a piece.
  • Going past the threshold on building real world gravity into every piece.
  • Logos and limitations up in lights.
  • The allure of signs that aren't structurally sound and the realistic storytelling behind it. 
  • Setting a bar you're comfortable with.
  • Creating feelings and the science behind it that is our job to understand.
  • The importance of a good mockup to help bridge the gap in your client's imagination.
  • Playing rhythm guitar to improve the feel of the room instead of stroking your design ego o the lead guitar.
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Category:Art Design -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

Biggie brings his business savior-faire back to Adventures In Design and pulls the curtain even farther back on a successful mindset. Once the romantic idea of starting a business has worn off there is still the day to day ditch digging that most people shy away from. Biggie is the first one there with a shovel, ready to go, and inspiring everyone else to get started. This episode is filled with business and productivity advice that can help you with your focus, motivation, and ability to finish. Biggie is beginning to reap the rewards of his hard work and we can all  learn from his discipline and drive to bring you to the same place... no matter which hallway you choose.

Talking Points

  • Recapping 2016 for Good Fight and Biggie's life.
  • The insane sci-fi concepts involved with human birth.
  • What records are dropping in 2017?
  • Romantic inceptions versus realistic expectations.
  • Focusing on your goals and not getting sidetracked.
  • Are you wired for multi tasking?
  • Moderating your pie in the sky ideas with your daily goals.
  • Avoiding complacency being the lion ready to go at the top of the hill.
  • Keeping your employees motivated, thinking about yourself, and being fair.
  • Delegation, communication, and being as hands off as possible.
  • Inspiring the inner sect.
  • Vision and inspiration.
  • Looking ahead to plan out success.
  • Keeping an eye on both your responsibilities and your employee's responsibilities.
  • Touching on the Three C's and some impressive organization.
  • Finding time to workout in a busy schedule.
  • Energy upticks form working out.
  • Shoestring Fries and Burpee Pull Ups.
  • Using benchmarks to compare your life's progress.
  • Overcoming the guilt in rewarding yourself.
  • Living within your worst potential means and the wisdom in frugality.
  • Poster framing as a metaphor for everything else in life.
  • The flip side of the struggle and self parking cars.
  • Watch wormholes that represent straight cash money.
  • Paying your dues, taking lumps, and reaping your rewards.
  • 2 Hallways. 1 Place.
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Category:Art Design -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

513 - Shop Talk with David Smith & Kloc

The Double Dave bonanza on Shop Talk continues but this time we have David Smith and Dave Kloc breaking down the week with Mark. Everyone on today's episode brings their perspectives on financial strategies and how the ebb and flow of a Net 30 lifestyle can wear on you. Also Dave, Dave and Mark have all recently dealt with some professional pivots in their careers and the mental fortitude it takes to make it through an uncertain time in life that comes to just about everyone. This Shop Talk gets deep at a moment's notice and always knows how to come back up for some light hearted air so be ready for a rollercoaster of emotions similar to the one you're most likely on financially if you're a freelancer. Now let's go find that guy with the twenty grand and get another paddle in the water.

Talking Points

  • The difference between small corporations, big dollar, and the freelance life.
  • Getting emo in LA with all it's isolation.
  • Choosing happiness over financial comfort.
  • The rollercoaster of the grind or being chained to your paycheck.
  • Financial strategies, multiple bank accounts, and staying ready for tax season.
  • Buying equipment that you've earned.
  • How one project should greenlight the next two.
  • The Net 30 or Net 60 that can sabotage your motivation.
  • Money, work, and the emotional side of getting paid (what you're worth).
  • Both sides of the fence on privilege.
  • The first VHS you ever watched.
  • Bad money and more paddles in the river.
  • Is working with the big boys even worth it?
  • Building blocks versus road blocks.
  • Natural selection in the creative community.
  • Decreasing the distance between whats in your head and whats on the page.
  • Professional pivots.
  • Design past branding and the the importance of the right connections.
  • Staying innovative when you;re an OB.
  • The luxury of moving on from something once you're bored with it.
  • What is crucial in your balance of life?
  • Setting up boundaries and the mental shift it has on productivity.
  • Does everyone feel behind? Does anyone feel respected?
  • Getting stuck and living in the moment to appreciate what you have.
  • Fighting for different results.
  • Who can't you let down?
  • Strength of character, sacrifice, and being kind.
  • Making your work ethic less volatile than your bank account.
  • The success of investing in yourself emotionally.
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Category:Art Design -- posted at: 11:53pm PDT


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Category:Art Design -- posted at: 12:19am PDT