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.
- 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.
Direct download: AID527i.m4a
-- posted at: 2:00am PDT
Wed, 18 January 2017
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.
- 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.
Direct download: AID515i.m4a
-- posted at: 12:00am PDT
Wed, 11 January 2017
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.
- 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.
Direct download: AID513i.m4a
-- posted at: 11:53pm PDT
Wed, 14 December 2016
For Our 2nd Annual Holiday Fundraiser We Have Decide To Help Homeless And Hungry People In Need.
We Will Be Asking For Your Donations From Now Until Sunday At Midnight.
110% Of The Money Raised Will Go To Feeding Long Beach.
The Brickey Family Will Match Your Donation By 10%
We Will Purchase Toiletries, Underwear, Socks, Plastic Bags (For Food Distribution)
And Other Basic Supplies That You And I Take For Granted But Could Greatly Help A Person In Need.
Watch The Shopping On Instagram Live And Look To This Page For A Copy Of The Receipt Of Purchase.
By Donating Your Name May Be Randomly Selected To Win One Of The Following Donated Prizes
$100 Gift Card From Mondo
$100 Gift Card From Mitch Putnam of Posters and Toys or The VACVVM
$50 Gift Card From PinGameStrong.com
Win 1 of 5 DKNG Polar Bear Prints courtesy of Adventures In Design
A Years Subscription To The Circle of Trust
$100 Gift Card For The Adventures In Design Store
*On AID/COT Merchandise Only
Direct download: AID503i.m4a
-- posted at: 12:19am PDT
Mon, 22 September 2014
Mark McDevitt and Robert Lee of Methane Studios stop by for a inspiring interview and fun shop talk. For two guys that are known to be the funniest guys in design world we get them to actually get deep before they give us some of the best punchlines in the industry. Mark, Billy and James share a bucket of popcorn, have on air staff meeting and decide the fate of Adventures In Design’s future. In this podcasting choose your own adventure, what Adventure In Design will you choose?
-- posted at: 11:27am PDT
Tue, 29 July 2014
Summer insanity has reached and all time high on our schedules, so this week we're recording AID43 live on YouTube for anyone to watch and to participate along with. Mark, Billy, James and very special guest Sean Mort will do a show where we take listener questions live on air with us and let the audience vote in real time who wins the "wit off" between Billy & Sean.
(This podcast can be watched in it's entirety on demand via our YouTube channel)
-- posted at: 5:07pm PDT
Mon, 14 July 2014
On episode 42 our first ever art gallery owner Gary Booth of the Phone Booth Gallery stops by to talk about successfully opening up a gallery, doing mobile shows and discusses the overall business model of art galleries. In a friendly exchange Mark brings up all of the negative things he’s ever had to say about art galleries and Gary offers back some similar views, but also a couple of new perspectives on artists and galleries working together. Dan Kuhlken of DKNG stops by Shop Talk, where the guys talk about time management, hidden traps in flash sales and always striving to make Pinkerton.
-- posted at: 7:39pm PDT
Mon, 30 June 2014
Hear the episode described by founder Billy Baumann as the most important 30 minutes in the entire history of Adventures In Design. Illustrator Jeral Tidwell, also known as Human Tree, stops by and tells the gang about the fine art of copyrighting your own artwork and how doing this properly has resulted in six figure pay days. That’s right I said six figures. All of this legal advice and so much more is waiting for you on this Adventure In Design.
-- posted at: 9:21pm PDT
Mon, 16 June 2014
Design legend Charles S. Anderson founder of CSA Images stops by and talks about his love of collecting the collectors, space pod monkeys and how the industry has changed over the last 40 years. Old friend and AID alumni Dan Stiles sits in for a informative Shop Talk that focuses on cease and desist letters, knowing your value in negotiating, plus advice on the career long dilemma of budgeting your time. All of this and so much more is waiting for you on episode 40 of Adventures In Design.
-- posted at: 9:00pm PDT
Mon, 2 June 2014
Classic AID is back on the podcasting airwaves featuring old favorites like “Hire, Fire or Retire”, “Dog Stories” and the instant classic “Billy Time”. Plus the filmmakers Faythe Levine & Sam Macon stop by to talk to the Circle of Trust about their new documentary “Sign Painters”. This episode was made possible by Jakprints.com.
-- posted at: 9:12pm PDT