Adventures In Design (general)

The Collection returns for its next installment with this year's Designer Toy Of The Year Award Winner, James Groman. Fresh from Five Points Festival, Mark Brickey, Huck Gee, and James look at the state of the designer toy world from a higher perspective as it hits a third wave. Just by looking at James' winning submission, King Korpse, you can see how the world of vinyl and resin toys has shifted to an artists first approach all the way from concept to production. That's just the start as The Collection keeps going through the world of kaiju, American Greetings, and giving birth in front of a live audience. James has been in the game from the beginning as he worked on Madballs, officially licensed Star Wars toys, and developed storyboards for the Care Bears. There's no stopping this juggernaut because he came up in a world where hard work was just the first bullet point on someone's resume. That type of determination is what put him in the same room with mega talents feeding their ideas straight to Peter Jackson and creating new components in the Star Wars universe through his toy designs. Now this episode of The Collection is going to put you in the same room with one of the greats so take notes and pay attention.

Talking Points

  • Seasoned veterans review Five Points Festival and the beginning of Death Star 3.0. 
  • Following the stampede to the gore. 
  • Designer Toy Of The Year Award and the fist fights for King Korpse.
  • From cutting costs to craftsmanship. 
  • How working for yourself let's you fight for what you believe in. 
  • Trailblazers from the greeting card industry that birthed the creativity on the designer toy world today. 
  • The rejuvenation and vindicated success of Gold Life. 
  • Instinct Toys and finding the funding from people that believe in your ideas. 
  • Working big, 3D sculpting, and overseas shipping. 
  • Getting lost in the sketchy days of King Korpse. 
  • The benefits of giving birth in front of a live audience. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

  • The reality of designing and adding to the Star Wars Universe. 
  • Confidence, depression, and intimidating moments in front of mega talents with high standards. 
  • Storyboards for Care Bears and staying relevant in the long run. 
  • Buying into the dot com legend that has shifted younger generations mindsets away from the hard work of finding a job. 
  • A look into the Garage Kit Culture (another Wild West sub culture). 
  • Consumer culture, American culture, and the sad state of creating new intellectual properties. 
  • Bootlegging's dark side with a potentially bright future. 
  • Relating to your audience and the long road to hone your talents. 


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Episode 44 "The Interview" featuring Graham Erwin

Ohio born Graham Erwin joins the Circle of Trust for a interview like no other Adventures In Design has hosted yet. Join Graham while he's cross examined by Mark, Billy and James. Also on this episode Adventures In Design goes to war with a rival gang, the boys debate big payday versus big opportunity and play who has too much paper.

Category:general -- posted at: 8:23am PDT

Episode 31 Daniel Danger "50 Shades of Blue"

AID 31 is so full of industry insiders and design related discussions, it's nearly overwhelming, but before we dive in, Mark shares with us his relationship issues with Monday Night Football. Billy reveals his great idea for a new and improved team name for St. Louis, including his perspectives on  crappy logo designs.  One thing we know for certain, whoever dresses up as Tom Brady this Halloween is getting slapped in the face.  Billy tells a spooky story filled with death and mystery to get us into the spirit, while James plans to become a neighborhood favorite for trick-or-treaters, giving away full-sized candy bars this year.

Everyone's excited for our extensive interview with the one and only Daniel Danger.  He reveals his “Sting Method” for maintaining stamina while creating his signature, heavily-illustrated prints.  We talk limited editions, timed-editions, dropping out of school, Cowboys and Aliens, and we don't stop there. Just what makes Daniel so Dangerous, anyway?  We're bringing you a colossal, 31
st episode of Adventures in Design,  loaded with design and illustration info and a man-sized appetite for full-sized Snickers.  

Category:general -- posted at: 10:23pm PDT

Episode 17 "Epic Never Happens" LIVE from Masthead Gallery in Philadelphia, PA

Episode No.17 finds our Hero, Mark, being held hostage in a warehouse located in Philadelphia, PA where a squeegee biker gang called The Awesome Dudes have taken him and local shop owner Shawn Hileman as their prisoners. Can Billy use the power of the internet to disarm the threat before it reaches EPIC levels? Along with the help of Kevin Mercer, Billy races against time to free Mark from the Awesome Dudes deadly grip and save the Masthead Gallery.

Category:general -- posted at: 8:59pm PDT