Wed, 24 May 2017
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 AIDpodcast.com
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.
Thu, 18 May 2017
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
Wed, 17 May 2017
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.
Tue, 16 May 2017
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.
In The Circle of Trust
- Being attracted by the why of art? Instead of the final results of art.
Thu, 11 May 2017
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!
Wed, 10 May 2017
578 - Seasons of The Snake No.006 - Summer 2017 with Ben Neuhaus and Miranda Malloy of SnakeOilProvisions.com
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.
Tue, 9 May 2017
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.
Tue, 2 May 2017
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.
TEAM TOY DESIGNER AWARDS / 5 POINTS FESTIVAL / CLUTTER / DO IT ALL / JOSH HAS GOT HIS HANDS IN TOO MANY COOKIE JARS
Thu, 27 April 2017
Gather around and get ready to hear the Top Ten Posters from OMGposters.com during the month of March. The Godfather of Adventures In Design himself, Billy Baumann, has selected the creme de la creme from countless posts to analyze and obsess over with Mark. Their insight on composition, color, and craftsmanship will help you unlock the secrets behind what makes a successful piece and how to utilize those same skills in your own work. With decades of experience between their respective creative careers, Mark and Billy spot every trick in the book and explain what has set each unique entry apart from the rest of the pack. This month has a few familiar faces, a few up and comers, but most importantly exhibits a wide range of both style and approach to the world of posters.
Wed, 8 February 2017
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.